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
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.