A world apart, Japan is a melting pot of culture, tradition, and modernity. A place where a unique civilization blossomed, Japan is also called ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’. This country is a fascinating destination for tourists, combining new-world technology with old-world ethos. Also, topographically, Japan boasts of everything – waterfalls, great cities, the Japanese Alps, beaches, forests, glorious lakes, and a lot more.
Best time to visit Japan
March to May and September to November are considered the best months to visit Japan. During these months, the temperatures are mild, skies are clear, and there is little or no rainfall. To add to that, Japan looks stunning with fallen autumn leaves during September to November, and a full blown cherry blossom from March to May.
How to reach Japan
Very well-connected to the rest of the world, getting to Japan is no problem at all! A number of international airlines regularly operate flights from North America, Europe, Asia, and other destinations. The main and the busiest international airport in Japan is the Haneda Airport in Tokyo. There are other international airports in Kansai, Okinawa, Kyushu, and more. From New Delhi, airlines like All Nippon Airways and JAL Japan Airlines operate direct flights to Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. From Mumbai, Jet Airways and All Nippon Airways operate direct flights to Japan. The connecting airlines from India to Japan are Air China, Air India
, Bangkok Airways
, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, and Etihad Airways
Accommodation in Japan
Accommodation in Japan is varied, ranging from upscale hotels to traditional ryokans. Kyoto is famous for the traditional inns called Ryokans. The beautiful traditional Japanese setting and traditional kaiseki multi-course cuisine are added bonuses. The tariffs start at INR 4,000 (approx.) per night. Tokyo is famous for capsule hotels (starting at INR 1,500). However, there are other accommodation options available as well, catering to all types of budgets. Many budget-friendly accommodation options like hostels and dormitories can be found in Fukuoka and Nagoya. They start at INR 950 per night.
Best places to visit in Japan
Japan is dotted with several interesting places to be explored by the curious traveler. The must-see places in Japan are Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Jigokudani Monkey Park near Nagano, Kiyomizu-dera in eastern Kyoto, Himeji Castle, the Great Buddha of Kamakura, Todaiji Temple in Nara, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Mount Fuji, and the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto.
Must-buys in Japan
Japan is truly a shopper’s paradise! From stunning handmade ceramics to cool street-wear, Japan offers a promising shopping experience for all. When you’re in Japan, the must-buys are ceramics, tech gadgets, skincare products, crafts and stationary, clothing and shoes, and snacks.
Food in Japan
Beguiling and unique, Japan is a must-visit holiday destination for foodies. You cannot leave Japan without sampling Sushi (raw fished wrapped in rice), Ramen (egg noodles in salty broth), Unagi (fish dish), Tempura (deep-fried seafood and vegetables), and Yakitori (cold beer).
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