On one hand Japan is speedy. Bullet trains, bubbling hot springs and ebullient Tokyo. On the other it is a country that oozes tranquillity, at its beyond beautiful shrines, along its ancient hiking routes in light filled bamboo forest, and at remote, mountain temples. What we hope this Japan travel guide does, is show you all of the different aspects of Japan.
Japan cultural vacations travel guide
The Japanese welcome is part of the country’s makeup, not only to foreigners but from neighbour to neighbour. Which means that traveling here is simply a joy. Because nothing is done just for tourism but is inspiringly innate.
Japan has one of the most well preserved cultures in the world with traditions such as tea ceremonies, gift giving, temple going and bathing still part of everyday life.
The ancient architecture is revered and, thus, preserved, with waterside temples looking like they have been Photoshopped, they are so perfect. There are four main islands and so it is bigger than you think. And so with highlands and islands, sacred trails and ancient tales, this country’s cultural heritage is as layered as one of its beautifully wrapped gifts. And yes, it keeps on giving and giving.
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Best time to go on a Japan cultural vacation
Japan is falling down with festivals, from the O-bon Buddhist festivals to the Sapporo Snow Festival. However, a simpler seasonal event is the planting of paddy fields, a serene sight happening everywhere during May and June.
There are no extreme climates to deal with in Japan, although there are definite seasonal influences on cultural happenings. The famous cherry blossom festivals vary geographically, starting in January in Okinawa, but at their best in late March to April in the Honshu region. In Hokkaido, you want to get there in May for the full array.
Japan’s ‘rainy’ season is from mid-May until the end of June, but visiting temples enshrouded in moody mists makes them look as if they are floating ethereally in air. And although the countrywide Buddhist O-bon festivals are planned around the lunar calendar, they are very seasonal, falling in August. Japanese travel en masse for O-bon, when trains take on a lunatic status as well.
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