Japan conjures up dreamy images of snow-capped mountains, beautiful pink cherry blossoms, genteel geisha girls and iconic temples, starkly contrasted by efficient and modern neon-lit cities and futuristic technologies. Modern it may be, but Japan still retains plenty of its long and proud history and mystical oriental charm. From the etiquette demanded in social situations, to the minimalist décor behind rice paper screens, Japanese culture is alive and well and cannot be ignored, which makes a visit to this amazing country a fascinating experience.
The country’s major cities, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka appear westernised, but visitors quickly see the sleek modern culture of Japan expertly blended with ancient tradition with temples peppered around the urban centres. Away from the cities, visitors can climb one of the country’s 200 mountains, explore ancient shrines and unwind in peaceful hot springs.
Whether you want to see the cherry blossoms in spring, enjoying the sunshine of late summer, or ski in winter, Japan offers diverse and unique adventures for all.
it was an amazing trip of a lifetime, stress less from beginning to end…perfect balance of travelling, exploring by ourselves, lounging about and guided trips– M. Healey