Japan holidays

Essential Information

Currency
Japanese Yen
1.00 USD = 111.36 JPY
CURRENT WEATHER
Sunny
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Why Japan

There is a cliche to describe Japan: the ‘land of the rising sun’, where millennia of traditions coexist with high technology. Not that this is not true, but it is a rather simplistic view. The world's third-largest economy has much more to offer on Japan holidays than robots, sushi, and samurai. Tokyo is the cleanest and most organized super-megalopolis on the planet, with the highest concentration of excellent high-end restaurants on the planet - and we are not just talking about sashimi, but houses offering Italian and French dishes you would not find in Bologna or Paris. Around you are must-see tours such as the calm Kamakura, the historic Nikko, and the little historic Tokyo Disneyland. Taking the bullet train, opt for spectacular views of Mount Fuji or the incredible Japanese Alps, perfect for idyllic hikes or great ski runs. The Kansai region, home to the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara, is Japan's cultural home with the country's most notable temples, palaces, and castles. There you will come face to face with the tea ceremony, the Buddhist meditation, the geishas and the kaiseki - the Japanese-style banquet. Head south, understand the reason why Hiroshima is a symbol of peace and discover tropical Japan on the paradisiacal beaches bathed in the blue waters of Okinawa. All of this is waiting on Japan holidays and more…

Taking the northern path, wild and mountainous landscapes are the highlights. In all seasons of the year, Hokkaido seduces visitors, sometimes with endless rugs of lavender in bloom, or receiving skiers from all over the world at super resorts like Furano and Niseko.

 

If your business is shopping, away from the obvious electronics is a myriad of options that makes people spend whole days inside department stores. From simple stationery to a charming gourmet kiosk, from designer purses unique to musical instruments, Japan can leave you completely exhausted with so many alternatives. Not to mention the gastronomy, which from traditional to fusion has combined native recipes with imports from Asia and Europe to create a beautiful, tasty and, more important than ever, nutritious cuisine.

 

Climate

Due to the length of the Japanese territory, the climate is very varied. Being composed of a group of islands, the Japanese territory is affected by several climatic oceanic interferences. Maritimity (the influence of sea moisture) is significant in the Japanese climate.

The four seasons are all well-defined. Rain is concentrated in the months before and after summer. By winter, the Japanese territory suffers from the influence of the Mass of Air of Siberia that drops the temperatures drastically.

 

Average temperature: 5 degrees Celsius in winter and 25 degrees Celsius in summer means holidays to Japan are reasonably comfortable year-round.

Special features

Hokkaido Island (north) has a cold continental temperate climate.

Honshu Island (central region) presents temperate oceanic climate with strong influences of Pacific moist air masses. The islands of Kyushu and Shikoku (south of the country) have a subtropical climate. The climate is mild due to the influence of the sea current of Japan.

How to Spend Your Japan Holidays

Western palates are familiar with sushis and sashimis, based on cuts of raw fish. However, there are a plethora of good dishes and restaurants, for all types of palates to be discovered on holidays to Japan. For those who do not like Japanese cuisine, know that here are some of the best French and Italian cuisines in the world, with chefs, sommeliers and patisseries awarded. Local bread and chocolates certainly will amaze you. For those who are short on budget, fast food chains are easily found even in small towns.

Japan offers a myriad of regional dishes. Many have Chinese origin as the known yakisoba (fried noodles), gyoza (a grilled pie, boiled or fried) and chahan (spring rice). Try local specialties such as Okinawa steak (delicate grilled meat), fugu (bailiwick sashimi, poisonous fish), Hokkaido ice cream (where there are excellent fruits and milk), Yanagawa eel or different types of pasta: Bifun, udon, soba and lamen (those of Hakata and Sapporo, pork and soy paste, are the best).

Japan was once the paradise of electronic gadgets. Yes, cell phones, tablets, notebooks, and cameras are still there, with mind-boggling design and quality, but the values ​​are not always very accessible. With continued economic stagnation the country has turned to a type of consumption that combines low prices, good design and durability, a rule seen in new icons of the market such as the Uniqlo clothing brand and the Muji product stores (literally, no brand"). Enter and try to resist the temptation to take a good share of the stock.

Those who travel with children will find great houses specializing in toys (traditional, those of toy, or more modern, with characters such as Pokemon and Hello Kitty).

Last minute souvenirs can be ceramics, hashis, fans and great cosmetics from brands like Kanebo, Astalift, and Shisheido.

Almost another world, Japan has a different culture, very different from ours. Understand what you need to do to make your holidays in Japan wonderful and without too many hurdles.

Where to Stay

With a wide range of rooms, Japan has countless international network options. If you want to enjoy the oldest and most traditional side of the cities, opt for the neighborhoods on holidays to Japan. If you want to stay near the most modern places, look for accommodation in international hotels. Enjoy the diversity of hotels in Japan and have a good trip!

The average hotel room rate in Japan can vary widely. But of course, this will depend on what you want. Khaosan Tokyo hostels are an option, but on the internet, you can also find several good hotels, and with no obligation reservation, i.e., you pay only one night and, by a specified date, you can cancel without problems that the value you already Paid will be returned.

When choosing the hotel look for location references (close to where), whether it will be easy to get to the airport, reviews of previous guests, and it caters to what you want and needs. But there are plenty of options.

When to Go

It depends a lot on what you want to do on Japan holidays. Winter (from December to March), is great for skiing and visit hotels and inns located in thermal spas. That is the quintessence of the art of hosting in Japan, with elaborate meals, relaxing baths, and well-appointed rooms. The period between the end of March and the beginning of May (peak in the first weeks of April) is the time of cherry blossoms. There are lots of parties on the streets, with executives and students crowding the parks for after-hours picnics. Summer (June to August) is usually very hot and rains a lot. In terms of climate, it is dreadful, but it is precisely at this time that the main festivals of the country occur, such as the Gion Matsuri (Kyoto), Nebuta (Aomori), Great Fire Festival of Nagaoka (Niigata), Hakata Gion Yamakasa (Fukuoka ) And Kanto Matsuri (Akita). Climbing to Mount Fuji and the Japanese Alps are also quite crowded these months. Autumn is very pleasant, especially in November, when woods and gardens win tones of red, yellow and orange. Some of the best sites to enjoy the landscape of the period are temples, castles and parks in Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nikko, Takayama and in the provinces of Nagano, Yamagata, Fukushima, and Miyagi.

How to Get to Japan

Today flight options are limited to Air Canada (via Toronto and Vancouver), British Airways (via London), Delta (via New York), Emirates (via Dubai) and Korean Airlines (via Los Angeles and Incheon, with good flight options to various cities in Japan).

Your holidays in Japan will begin from one of the major international airports which include Haneda and Narita (for Tokyo); Kansai International Airport, near Kyoto and Osaka; and New Chitose Airport, near Sapporo. Many regional airports also operate shorter-haul international flights to other countries in Asia, such as Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Planning Your Holidays in Japan

Spending less than 10 days in Japan is sacrilege.

Book five days to visit Tokyo and the surrounding area, visiting Nikko and Kamakura on holidays to Japan. With a calm rhythm and without exaggerating the number of temples, Kyoto asks for three days of immersion in Japanese culture. Great walks near the city are in Nara and Osaka.

Traveling west, be sure to visit Himeji Castle and Hiroshima City. For those who have a few days to spare, visit the charming little Takayama. If you come for Japan holidays in the winter, the island of Hokkaido to the north and the Japanese Alps in the center have some of the best and most well-structured ski slopes. Both have hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972 and 1998.

MANDATORY EXPERIENCES

- Stay in a ryokan and sleep on a futon on tatami mats. For the brave, also try a hotel-capsule;

- Bathing in a thermal pool at a spa or onsen;

- Try the following dishes: Sushi in Tokyo, Lamen in Sapporo and Fukuoka, Eel in Shizuoka, Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima and Osaka, Soba in Okinawa and Nagano and Kaiseki Banquet in Kyoto;

- Watch a kabuki play or a day of sumo fights (it's all slow but enjoyable)

- See Mount Fuji (in the summer it does not have snow);

- Skiing on high-level slopes in Niseko, Furano or Hakuba;

- Meet small historical cities like Takayama, Nikko, Kamakura, and Kanazawa.

Conclusion

Japan is one of those mystical and fascinating destinations with contrasts between tradition and modernity. A tourist destination difficult to understand from a Western outlook and therefore actually challenging. From the capital Tokyo to the beautiful temples of the relic city of Kyoto, from dazzling Mount Fuji to blossoming cherry trees in Okinawa or Hokkaido, to cities like Osaka, Nara, Sapporo, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, there is no shortage of reasons for sightseeing trips to Japan.

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