Traveling in Japan
Japan is an island nation about the size of California, and is one of the most populated countries in the world. I’ve gone to Japan more times than any other country; right now I’m at six trips. Japan is mostly known for its advanced technology that has influenced the world as well as being one of the safest countries in the world to visit. Aside from the high tech side of Japan, the country has some very interesting history and culture, and some amazing natural beauty. So far I’ve made several trips to the mainland as well as the large island of Kyushu. When I return to Japan I’d love to visit Hokkaido in the north, and the distant tropical island of Okinawa.
For more than a 1,000 years, Kyoto was the capital of Japan. Although the capital is now Tokyo, you can imagine with all the history Kyoto will always be the cultural center of the country. This is by far the best place in Japan to enjoy authentic cuisine, spot a geisha, or visit ancient temples and shrines. Some of the most Japan’s most important temples are here such as Fushimi Inari-Taisha and Kiyomizu Dera temple.
Osaka is the second largest city and metropolitan area in Japan. Osaka is a popular destination, but much less so than Kyoto or Tokyo giving you a more authentic feel. Osaka has plenty to offer travelers, especially in the sprawling entertainment district of Dotonbori. The city will always be most famous for having one of the most beautiful castles in the country, Osaka Castle.
Tokyo is the capital of Japan, and one of the world’s greatest cities, both in terms of population and as a travel destination. Tokyo is perhaps the world’s most modern city, with everything from one of the most impressive skylines in the world to the headquarters of some of the world’s most technology advanced corporations. There are more districts and neighborhoods in Tokyo than you can ever visit, with a range from crazy nightlife to the peaceful gardens of the imperial palace.
Mt Fuji is Japan’s most sacred mountain, and one of the most well known mountains in the world. This picturesque extinct volcano has been painted and written about in Japan for centuries, and will always remain Japan’s most important natural landmark. The cultural experiences and natural beauty here will awe any traveler. And for those who are looking for some adventure there are plenty of summer and fall hikes, as well as winter climbing and skiing.