Today we have yet another guest post, focused on tourism in Japan! This time it’s from a fellow blogger, Grucko! Enjoy!
Japan is a country steeped in a rich history and intriguing culture. Visiting this country is something many of us can only dream of so we are resigned to watching the travel documentaries and other such programmes that tend to focus on the more bizarre aspects of Japanese culture rather than the sites and traditions we would actually see should we ever go there.
We are going to look at some of these now and if you should ever find yourself in Japan we hope you think back to this guide and experience what is on offer.
Geographically speaking there is one major phenomenon that you should take the opportunity to see if you can. Mount Fuji at 3,776 metres is the tallest mountain in Japan and is regularly seen as the ideal challenge for climbers visiting the country. The iconic mountain is extremely popular in Japan and you will see it depicted in various forms from art to clothing and general merchandise.
If you are inspired by Japanese architecture, then the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto should appeal to you. Built originally in the 14th century as a retirement home for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu it had to be rebuilt after being burned down in the 1950’s. The Golden Pavilion is an exquisite and peaceful place that places much of its emphasis on harmony, from the gardens to the building’s reflection in the water. A truly awe inspiring attraction that is a must for visitors to the country.
Another impressive and thought provoking place to visit is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Much like the Twin Towers memorial in New York this is a place to pay tribute to lives lost and for quiet reflection. In a haunting reminder of the events of August 6, 1945, the Ganbaku Dome stands as it did following the attack.
For something a bit more lively and fun the Jigokudani Monkey Park near Nagano is also very popular with tourists. You can see wild Snow Monkeys relaxing in the hot springs and it is one of the best examples of nature and a geological phenomenon coming together in perfect harmony.
For those looking for a bit more hustle and bustle a visit to Tokyo City could be more up your street. One of the world’s busiest cities, you can find all aspects of Japanese culture here and take in famous sights like the Rainbow Bridge of the Tokyo Tower. You will be able to shop until your heart is content with all the designer labels being found in this great city.
Any trip to Japan would not be complete without a taste of traditional Japanese cuisine and of course, that means sushi. There are a wide variety of great restaurants to choose from and getting an idea from local guide can be a good idea. You can also choose between the traditional Sake or the more modern Japanese favourite, the sweet Midori to wash your meal down.
Japan is an incredible country and anyone visiting should make the most of it and take in as much of it as they can.
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