Japan is a feast for the senses. Whether you’re in a densely populated metropolis, a tiny village or exploring the sublime and varied landscape, unforgettable sights, sounds, smells and tastes await you. It is a place that straddles time: there are few countries that strive towards the future and have embraced the aesthetics of modernity so enthusiastically yet proudly maintain their past traditions. Japan has done it in a manner that seems practically seamless.
The sheer variety of experience on offer in Japan is breathtaking. Glittering Tokyo, with its skyscrapers and pulsing energy, is the largest, most bustling city on the planet. It’s practically a country unto itself and has defined the image of futuristic conurbations for decades. However, don’t ignore other Japanese cities. Kyoto is the spiritual heart of Japan, where the romance and traditions derived from centuries of history are still alive in the awe-inspiring temples, immaculate tea gardens and gorgeous geisha houses. Osaka, the city of merchants, is legendary as the foodie hub of Japan. The list goes on, because every city in Japan really has a unique character and experiences to be explored.
The natural splendours of Japan are of equal renown, having served as inspiration for artists from both East and West for centuries. Whether it’s the glorious majesty of Mount Fuji, the haunting forests of Shiratani Unsuikyo Gorge, or the tropical calm of southern islands such as Okinawa, there is a tranquil, sublime beauty to every inch of the countryside.
Cuisine and culture are tightly woven together in Japan, and the food and restaurant industry of the country is legendary the world over. The traditional tea ceremony has been perfected and mastered over hundreds of years, and there are few things more soothing than taking part in such an event. While sushi, ramen and teppanyaki may have become firm favourites around the world, there is simply no better place to sample these gourmet delights.
However, don’t miss the chance to try more obscure foods, such as the amazing okonomiyaki pancakes, or freshly fried takoyaki octopus. The high standards maintained in almost every Japanese eatery, from modest hole-in-the-walls to the most glamorous, exclusive restaurants, mean you will be hard-pressed to find a place that doesn’t serve amazing food. And wash it down with an incredible choice of saki, beer or excellent Japanese whisky. Kanpai!
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