Holidaying in Japan
The land of the rising sun, sushi and the Samurai, Japan is a wonderfully unique and enchanting country.
Japan consists of four major islands (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu) and many smaller islands. The climate varies widely from one region to another, although most parts of the country has four distinct seasons.
Spring is one of the best times of year to visit Japan, this being the time to see it's renowned and beautiful cherry blossoms.
The blooming is celebrated in Japan with cherry blossom festivals which are spectacular attractions for both the Japanese and visitors from around the globe.
The contrast here between ancient and modern is stunning, modern cities, a sea of burning neon with unimaginably futuristic skylines encompass beautifully ornate and ancient temples and shrines.
Nowhere is this more evident than in Japan's caital city, Tokyo. This huge, vibrant and fascinating metropolis exhibits high-tech visions of the future alongside glimpses of Japan's ancient past.
To get a glimpse of Japan's beautiful and captivating heritage and history head to Asakusa, in Tokyo's downtown Taito district. This is the heart of old Tokyo and contains many ornate temples and shrines, including Sensoji, the city's largest Buddhist temple which is a prime attraction for both locals and tourists alike.
The other side of the coin is Tokyo's space-age skyline, a diverse jumble of modern architecture, gigantic, soaring shards of glass and metal, testament to the city's financial and commercial prowess.
One of the highlights of visiting any country is meeting it's people, and the Japanese people are renowned for their politeness.
Even in the big cities with their frenetic pace of life they still maintain their friendliness and smiles.
Many Japanese are thrilled and honoured to have visitors to their country and are extremely helpful to confused and lost-looking foreign visitors.
The Japanese people also have a sense of fun too, Karaoke was invented here and you'll find an abundance of places to indulge in a spot of crooning in practically every Japanese city.
Japan has unique attractions for history and WWII afficionados. The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the only two cities in the world that have been hit by nuclear bombs and both have their own thought provoking and poignant memorial museums and peace parks, well worth a visit.