A land of beautiful contradictions, Japan is all about unmistakably charming culture and traditions, and at the same time it also boasts advanced technology of the future. On top of the friendly and hospitable communities, Japan has many natural, cultural and popular wonders to be enjoyed all year round. Beyond Japan’s most popular cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, there are many more destinations to see, including Hokkaido, Nara and Kobe, among others.
Where to Stay
To have an authentic Japanese experience, it’s always intriguing to opt for traditional ryokan (inn)-style accommodation. That said, Japan has many luxurious world-class hotels to offer, including Park Hyatt Tokyo, Aman Tokyo, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto and The St. Regis Osaka.
For a perfect combination of opulence and local elements, check out Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Kyoto. Scenically set along the serene Hozu River, the Japanese-style hotel is a short distance away from the popular Arashiyama bamboo grove.
What to Do
Summing up excellent activities to do in Japan is almost impossible as there are endless things to do and wondrous places to see. Tokyo is great for shopping and finding out the latest happenings in the country – from restaurants and bars to exhibitions and shows. Kyoto is an ideal choice to see the more rustic side of Japan – the Arashiyama bamboo grove, exquisite temples, including the famed Fushimi Inari, and more.
Popular seasonal attractions are the sakura blossom in spring and skiing in winter. The blooming cherry blossoms can be seen practically anywhere in Japan between mid-March and mid-April. For the ultimate ski destination, Hokkaido is the place to go. While there, don’t forget to take a dip in one of the onsen (natural hot springs).
Where to Eat
Believe us when we say there’s more to Japanese cuisine than sushi and sashimi. That said, the legendary Tsukiji Market is a must-visit to get the best and freshest sashimi, now in a new location in Toyosu, Tokyo. Furthermore, each region in Japan has its own culinary delights, and they’re all worth the trip.
Hiroshima is known for okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes), Osaka for takoyaki (octopus dumpling) and Sapporo for ramen – and beer, of course. Carnivores must know by now to head to Kobe, for the best world-famed Kobe beef. In between, there are more unique delicacies that you should not miss.