Dazzling lights, tall skyscrapers, and bustling city streets give Tokyo an exciting flare. Get lost among the crowds crossing the busiest crosswalk in the world, taste world class sushi, or shop until you drop.
In stark contrast to Tokyo, Kyoto gives appreciation to “old” Japan; quiet but grand temples, relaxing rock gardens, and a glimpse of a scurrying geisha if you’re lucky.
Often unsung, Takayama is rural town that is quaint, friendly, and with few tourists. It retains a traditional feel, with hillside temples and shrines overlooking the town’s waterfront, and a beautifully preserved old town. Don’t miss the sake and soya sauce breweries!
Since the devastating atomic bombing of 1945, Hiroshima has become famous for its near extinction. Today, the city has been reborn and the Peace Memorial Park created in memory of the tragic events.
Yes, a visit here is just as the name suggests. Take a tour of the famous Toyota factory; song and games included.
Japan’s first capital dates Nara back to the year 710, making it second only to Kyoto in cultural and traditional sights. The town is small and easy to cover on foot, making it great for a day trip.
An hour from Hiroshima, this island welcomes you with its beautiful floating torii gate and a herd of people-friendly deer. Though overrun with tourists at times, escape can be found in the numerous hiking trails and walking paths that start from the town center.
Rent one room in a skyrise of hundreds and sing your heart away at a Japanese karaoke bar. If you’re going on a weekend, plan to wait in line just to get your chance.
Feast on world class sushi at an expensive restaurant or sit down for a quick bite picking rolls off a conveyer belt as they circle around you.
Treat your yourself to Japan’s national sport by partaking in a Sumo wrestling tournament. Learn about the customary rituals as you watch the wrestlers attempt to hurl eachother out of the ring.
Ride the shinkansen, or high speed train, to zoom from one city to another before you even get the chance to blink. Better yet, buy a Japan Rail Pass before you arrive in the country to save major money on transit.
This Japanese-style lodging introduces the visitor to traditional Japanese lifestyle and hospitality. Sit on tatami mats in your kimono while enjoying local cuisine, bathing in onsen (hot springs), and sleeping on futon mats.
With more vending machines per person than anywhere in the world, take in the convenience by ordering a drink, hot bowl of soup, magazine, or fried chicken out of one of Japan's numerous vending machines.
Absorb yourself in the contagious excitement of Japan's most popular sport by watching a baseball game. The fans here rival European football, and there's the bonus of ordering a beer from servers carrying kegs on their backs.