Japan is unlike any other country on earth. It’s jam-packed full of temples, shrines, tranquil zen gardens and mountains.
It is a curious mix of contemporary city life mixed in with ancient Japanese history. When I visited Japan, it was absolutely magical. I felt honored to participate in the tea ceremonies, ancient Buddhist culture and Geisha shows.
In this blog, I want to share some of that magic with you and outline the reasons I think that a group tour to Japan should definitely be on your bucket list in the near future.
Kyoto is Japan’s oldest capital, and I have to say, it was definitely one of my favorite places. I really enjoyed exploring the temples and visiting the historical tea houses in the region. Many of the monuments there are classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. One of the most famous attractions in Kyoto is the Heian-jingu Shrine, which was built in the 1800s.
You’ll also find the enchanting Arashiyama bamboo forest just off the western suburbs of Kyoto. Just behind the forest are the breathtaking mountains, which are perfect for an afternoon’s hike.
No trip to Japan would be complete without a visit to Japan’s tech capital - Tokyo. And while you’re there, why not make a stop at the Robot Restaurant? Here, you can enjoy great food, and a raucous pop-culture show with robotic monsters, dancers & lasers.
And actually, if you’re a tech nerd like me, you might also love the impressive National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Nippon Kagaku Mirai-kan). It is often referred to simply as Miraikan. This attraction gives you a fascinating insight into innovation in Japan. It includes many hands-on interactive exhibits dealing with everything from earthquakes to weather, as well as renewable energy and robotics.
Oh, and while you’re in the city, then you’ve surely got to visit Disneyland Tokyo, if only to say that you’ve been. I’ll be honest, it’s probably on a par with Disneyland Paris, and it’ll be way more impressive to the under 18s. But it still makes for an enjoyable day out and if you’re on a group tour, it’ll definitely be a great laugh and a trip to remember.
Ultimately, if you’d prefer a trip to the countryside, then Nikko is a pretty good bet. It’s a 2 hour train ride from Tokyo and its charming collection of mountains, green gardens, shrines and boutique countryside shops will enchant you.
This hillside town has been a center of Shinto and Buddhist worship for many centuries and it is designated a World Heritage Site. It is home to the largest wooden tori gates in Japan and the most lavishly decorated shrine - the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu was the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, Japanese military government from 1600-1868.
It’s an awesome place to visit regardless of the season, but you’ll definitely want to pay a visit in the Autumn when the leaves turn a golden red color.
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Janine is a copywriter and marketing manager from England, with a background in journalism. She runs a popular travel blog called janinesjourneys.com and a Youtube blog where she shares her top tips and travel advice with other travelers. As a digital nomad, Janine spends most of her time exploring new places, creating dynamic marketing campaigns on behalf of other companies, and producing inspiring content about travel and photography. She represents a number of different entrepreneurs and startups. She also has a passion for helping people to reach their full potential.