Japan is a wonderful blend of ancient history and the latest in technological innovation. Beautiful old temples sit next to modern skyscrapers and dizzying lights. Meticulously maintained gardens, high-speed trains, mountains and a sometimes bizarre culture create a fascinating society that has evolved over thousands of years. Visitors to Japan will never want something new or interesting to explore.
Most visitors will arrive at one of Japan's two international airports, Narita Airport in Tokyo and Kansai Airport in Osaka. From there you can take domestic flights to other regions or travel by train, car or bus rental. Japan's rail network is excellent and reliable, making it one of the best ways to travel around the country. It houses the world's first high-speed train, the bullet train. C & # 39; is a special tourist Japan Rail Pass that allows you to travel by train without limits for up to three weeks with excellent value for money. It is important to note that the pass must be purchased in advance before arriving in Japan and there are some restrictions, but not many. The cheapest way to travel is by bus, known as a kosoku bus.
Japan has distinct seasons, which makes it great to visit at any time of the year. Spring in Japan is famous for its beautiful cherry blossoms in bloom. The summer can get very hot and humid, but the mountains offer fantastic getaways and it's the time of year when many festivals take place. The autumn brings the fiery blaze of the foliage. In winter, the mountains and northern Japan offer good skiing. The southern and Pacific coasts are milder than other parts of the country. This time of year is a great time to experience Japan's hot springs, many of the best are found in Tohoku, the northernmost region of the main island.
Japan has a lot of accommodation options available in western and Japanese style and to meet different budgets. To experience a truly Japanese experience, try spending at least one night in a Ryokan. These Japanese inns almost always include breakfast and dinner. Bed and breakfasts are another good way to experience life in Japanese style. Western-style hotels are common with many household names throughout the country. Travelers on a budget will find hundreds of hostels to suit their needs. One of the most unique options is to stay in a Japanese temple and take part in Buddhist morning prayers.
Japan has enough attractions to fill many guides. It has forests, gardens, thermal springs, mountains, sea, museums, shrines, temples and much more. The temples are found in all regions of Japan and are excellent examples of traditional architecture. Some temples still function as Buddhist monasteries and host sacred shrines. Some of the most beautiful temples are Takkoku no Iwaya, Motsuji Temple, Yamadera, Sensoji Temple, Kokedera and Ankokuronji Temple. Lovers of marine life and families will appreciate Japan's incredible aquariums, such as Aquamarine Fukushima and Churaumi Aquarium, probably the most spectacular in two Japanese aquariums.
Although Japan is known for its mega and ultra modern cities, it is also rich in nature to explore. Cherry blossoms are one of the major attractions of the country and the most famous plants. The best time of year to see them is early April. The most famous viewing points are Chidorigafuchi in Tokyo's Kitanomaru Park, Sankeien Garden, Chureito Pagoda and Hikone Castle. There are several national parks where visitors can experience spectacular landscapes and hiking trails. One of the best places to see the colors of autumn is the Daisetsuzen National Park. For the thermal springs head towards the Towada Hachimantai national park.