With nearly 4000 islands in its archipelago, Japan can seem like a daunting destination for even the most seasoned traveller.
From mountain ranges and cherry blossom to temples, intricate culture and the weirdest, most wonderful food, Japan has it all. So to save you the brain-ache we’ve put together seven reasons why your next trip should be east bound.
Tsukiji Seafood Market
Being an island chain Japan is ideally located to have some of the best seafood on the menu. With a bustling atmosphere of sellers, shoppers, trucks and deliveries combined with the eye-catching sight of the daily fresh catch makes this Tokyo market a true attraction.
Be one of the lucky 120 visitors allowed in and you can catch sight of the live tuna auction but be prepared for a 5am start! And of course, you can taste what’s on offer in the onsite restaurants and stalls.
Tokyo’s most famous and popular temple was built in the 7th century, making it also one of the oldest. Located in Asakusa central district, this Buddhist temple’s name comes from “senso” which is an alternative reading for Asakusa and “Ji” meaning temple. Asakusa is a place where the atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives.
Arguably the most famous mountain in Japan, Fuji is the tallest and is climbed by thousands of people every year. Rated as a difficult climb, on our Solo Traveller trip you will embark on a full day tour of the peak, considered sacred by many Japanese, at a much more leisurely pace!
Only an hour away from Tokyo, Nikko is a great place to visit if you don’t want to venture too far. Nikko is popular because of its World Heritage Sites such as the Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine with its’ respective festivals and parades and also the Edo period for which the area is known.
We’ve all seen monkey’s so you might wonder what the big deal is. But these monkey’s bathe in hot springs with surprising human-like resemblance, even making snowballs in the winter. The hot springs and surrounding cliffs of Yokoyu River are the perfect location to catch the hilarious antics which have put them on the map.
These high speed trains, called shinkansen, are a tourist novelty in their own right thanks to their punctuality and speed. Departing on time to the second, these bullet trains can run up to speeds of 320 km/h and connect Tokyo with most of the country’s major cities. On our Best of Japan tour you will catch a train from Tokyo to Takayama to experience this for yourself
These traditional Japanese style inns are the best opportunity to experience real lifestyle and hospitality. More than just a place to sleep, Ryokan feature tatami floors, futon beds and Japanese style beds. The perfect retreat after a long day sightseeing!