Japan Travel Recommendations for 2014

Although Japan is a relatively small country, don’t forget that it is made of nearly 7,000 islands so you can be sure that there is a lot to see. You might be interested in the ancient architecture, uninterrupted nature, and commanding temples or anything else that the country has to offer.

Tokyo

Tosho-gu Shrine- Tokyo

At first the city may seem overwhelming. If you ever go there it is a must to visit the Imperial Palace East Gardens, Tosho-gu Shrine, and the Asakusa Kannon Temple. There are some neighborhoods that you might be interested in as well, such as Shinjuku which is known for its rich nightlife.

Kyoto

Gion Geisha District- Kyoto

Once you visited Tokyo, you will find Kyoto a lot more manageable. The city is a mixture of modern and traditional elements that influences the life of the city including fashion and food. You can buy designer clothes at Shinkyogoku Shopping District or have a walk in the Gion Geisha District.

Temples

Golden Pavilion Temple

You might find it impossible to travel to Japan and not to visit some shrines and temples. Some of the most interesting temples can be found just minutes from Kyoto’s city center. These include the Golden Pavilion Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha, and Kiyomizu-dera.

Enjoying Nature

Mount Fuji

One of the most well-known symbols of the country if Mount Fuji. About 200,000 tourists climb the mountain each year. Even if you don’t make it to the top, you can enjoy the sight from the distance as well. Naturally you can also take a trip to the bamboo groves and the houses built in harmony with nature.

Art Island

Naoshima

Naoshima is one of the art centers of the country. There are three main art galleries and several smaller ones. Besides the art galleries, there are some other places as well for you to find art, such as outdoor establishments and the fishing village of Honmura that has become a permanent art installation.

Go Skiing

Go Skiing

Hokkaido is rich in places that skiing people will appreciate. The three main ski resorts will make sure that you will enjoy your stay: NisekoAnnupuri, Niseko Village, and the Grand Hirafu. Backcountry skiing is also available and naturally the slops are just perfect for some snowboarding.

As you can see, there is a lot for you to do in Japan. No matter what interests you have (culture, art, history, religion, sports), you will have something to keep yourself busy with. In fact, it is impossible to get bored in Japan.