Home Page >  > Asia  > Japan

about Japan , East of the Orient, Japan. Beyond the hi-tech city sprawl along the Pacific coast, Japan conceals an astonishingly beautiful volcanic hinterland. Japan offers a very wide range of attractions, from historical and cultural treasures to modern and futuristic sights and mountains and sea coasts.

Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

Japan's topographical features include coastlines with varied scenery, towering mountains, which are very often volcanic and twisted valleys that invite visitors into the mysterious world of nature.

Japan abounds in accommodations, both western-style and Japanese. Types of accommodation vary widely in terms of style and price. You can easy choose to stay in the familiar comforts of a western-style hotel and personal attention of a traditional Japanese inn.

Traditional cultural pursuits such as sado and ikebana are much more than simple pursuits in skills. They embody spiritual ways seeking the traditional values of wabi and sabi . Facilities abound which offer you the hands-on experience of the Japanese tea ceremony, flower arrangement and other cultural pursuits.

places worth seeing, The best time to see Japan is when the cherry blossoms are out- springtime . Spring (March to May), with its clear skies and cherry blossoms, is probably the most celebrated Japanese season, but the Golden Week period, which is 29 April to 7 May, is a holiday period for the Japanese and many of the more popular travel destinations tend to be flooded with domestic tourists. Autumn is a pleasant to to go. Autumn (September to November) is a great time to travel: the temperatures are pleasant, and the autumn colours in the countryside are fantastic. Mid-winter (December to February) can be very cold . Avoid the summer months of July and August as it can get very humid, also be aware of typhoon season when visiting certain regions, while the sticky summer months (June to August) can turn even the briefest excursion out of the air conditioning into a soup bath; on the plus side, major tourist attractions will generally be quieter at these times of the year. It's also worth considering peak holiday seasons when you plan your trip. Moving around and finding accommodation during New Year, Golden Week and the midsummer O-Bon festival can be a real headache

Mount Fuiji and the Fuiji Five lakes are in Central Honshu. Japan's best known natural landmark, Mnt Fuiji's famous shape has been the insipation of artists for hundreds of years. The beautiful skirt of lakes at the bottom are popular for their watersports and amusement parks. Also for the picturesque artistic views of the mountain.

Kume Island is in Okinawa archipelago. Immerse yourself in the Okinawan culture, pay a visit to this quiet and most beautiful of the islands, a world away from the bustle of commercial Japan. A haven of peace, shrines, and pure blue water with villagers going about their daily tasks as they have done for 1000's of years.

Horyu ji Temple is in Western Honshu. The famous five story Pagoda is said to represent the five elements. A fragment of Buddha's bone is set in a shrine here and rare artworks are also on view. A must visit for those interested in the origins of Buddhism in Japan.

Nagasaki Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum are in Nagasaki was bombed 3 days after Hiroshima, killing 75 000 people. The museum houses numerous displays which objectively depict this event and the history of the development of nuclear weapons

There are also many traditional festivals, called matsuri, which are a celebration of natural seasons and religious beliefs. Hamamatsu Matsuri is the kite flying festival in Hamamatsu Shizuoka during 3rd - 5th May Gion Matsuri Kyoto is inJuly 17. Spectacular procession of floats, a tradition since before 10th century of requesting protection from a ravaging disease at that time.

how to get Japan , Japan's most important international airport is Tokyo's Narita international airport, followed by Osaka's Kansai Airport and Nagoya's Central Japan Airport.

Japan's fourth largest international airport is Fukuoka Airport, which links the city with several Asian destinations. Many other Japanese airports have a small numbers of international flights, mainly to Korea and China. It's also possible to arrive in Japan by sea from a number of nearby countries, particularly South Korea.

eXTReMe Tracker