Japan Travel 2021
The biggest city in Kyūshū, international Fukuoka is famous for its nightlife and gastronomic scene. One dish in exacting reign’s highest – rāmen – noodles in a characteristic white broth made from pork bones: tasting sounds originate from the 400-plus rāmen shops and numerous yatai (food stalls).
Fukuoka-items are apparently hard drinkers and outstandingly friendly. The city is full of clubs and bars, and it’s often likely to drink for free much of the night in swap for on-the-spot English practice. Oddly, Friday nights can be kind of dead, as many people work six days a week.
Kyoto, with its massive number of temples and gardens, was the royally capital between 794 and 1868, and remains the civilizing centre of Japan. Its scraped pebble gardens, sensuously contoured temple roofs and strange Shintō shrines fulfill the Japanese fantasy of every Western cliché hunter.
With an astonishing 1600 Buddhist temples, 400 Shintō shrines, a trio of palaces, and dozens of grounds and museums, Kyoto is Japan’s civilizing treasure house. Seventeen of Kyoto’s olden constitutions and gardens have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Nagoya, Japan’s fourth-biggest city isn’t a conventional tourist intention, but it has a number of worthwhile views, some good restaurants and places to shop. In courage, this major manufacturing centre, the capital of Aichi-ken, feels like a scaled-down, less breakneck-paced Tokyo.
The English-language signs spotted throughout the city make it easy to get around. Some of the most interesting restaurants, shops and nightspots can be found in the Sakae amusement district. Nagoya is also a suitable hub for day trips in central Honshū.
Known for its down-to-earth citizens and energetic cuisine, Osaka combines historical and cultural attractions with all the pleasure of a Japanese urban phenomenon. At night Osaka is live-wired with blinking neon, indicating with promises of tako-yaki (fried octopus ball), good times and lots of beer.
Often maligned by visitors as ‘ugly’ and still best viewed under the neon light of night, Osaka is currently undergoing a facelift to woo daytime visitors to its concrete and pachinko city grid. Waterfront expansions are restoring Osaka’s image as a port town and creating new attractions for tourists.
On the same beer-soaked opportunity as Munich and Milwaukee, Sapporo lays undoubted claim to the title of Japan’s prepared mecca. Beer-makers Sapporo, Asahi, Kirin and a host of local microbreweries have all set up shop here, assisting to make this active city even more lively and rambunctious.
The kick of Sapporo, however, comes from much more than it’s most popular export. This friendly, international city welcomes visitors with a prosperous restaurant scene, as well as countless outdoorsy chances in the craggy Hokkaidō landscape outside of town.
The sheer level of energy is the most arresting feature of Japan’s capital city. Tokyo is a place where the vital rhythms of consumer civilization crash with the quieter moments that remain from older customs. It’s excited madness leavened by the most Zenic of calms.
While it’s true the exciting vibe has a somewhat depressing flip side – shoebox housing estates and office blocks crossed by overhead expressways packed with traffic – Tokyo remains a impressive example of the ‘miracle’ of post-WWII Japan.
Climbing Mount Fuji
Many Japanese people dream of climbing Mt. Fuji once in their lives. Mt. Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan (3,776m / 12,388feet) and is a volcano. Japanese people love Mount Fuji, calling it as Fuji-san. Fuji Mountain is located about 60 miles southwest of Tokyo in Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures.
The authorized climbing season of Mt. Fuji is from July 1 till the end of August. Even though all tracks get really jam-packed, it’s best to climb Mt. Fuji at this time of the year. The off season climb is discouraged due to the bad weather. It’s said that about 300,000 people try to climb Mt. Fuji every year and that 30-40% of them are foreign visitors.
Skiing and snowboarding
Skiing and snowboarding are very famous in Japan, and there are a lot of snow resorts you can visit. Most of the famous Japanese snow resorts are located in Chubu region, Tohoku region, and Hokkaido. Japanese snow resorts often have hot springs (onsen) nearby. Soaking in a hot spring after skiing/snowboarding is one of Japanese people’s favorite things to do. To relax both your body and mind, visit snow resorts with hot springs.
Skiing in Japan can be expensive for you since the lodgings, food, and lift tickets tend to be costly. Frequently, a one-day lift ticket costs from 4,000 yen to 5,000 yen. Ski/snowboard set rentals are available from 4,000 yen as well.
Is camping famous in Japan? Yes. Camping in Japan is a fun thing to do. As camping has become a famous leisure activity among Japanese people, thousands of sites have been built all over the country. sites are called camp-jo in Japanese. Also, campgrounds which have RV sites are called auto camp-jo. The price varies from site to site, but the average camping fee for a family with a RV is about 5,000 yen per night. Most of the auto camp-jo in Japan proposes services seen in the campgrounds in North America, such as shower rooms, restrooms, sewer, electricity, water, and so on. Also some have hot springs. If you plan to stay in a campground during the summer (July and August) or on weekends, early reservations are advised. There are check-out and check-in times in each campground. Make sure to know the times when you make reservations. And during the off season, many campgrounds are closed.
Sumo wrestling is the national sport of Japan. Two sumo wrestlers (rikishi) wrestle in a ring named dohyo. The sumo’s essential regulation is that the one who first makes his enemy steps outside of the ring (dohyou) or makes him touchs the ground with any part of his body wins.
There are six main competitions (basho) each year: hatsu-basho (in January) at Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan (03-3623-5111, in Japanese only), haru-basho (March) at Osaka Municipal Gymnasium, natsu-basho (May) at Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, Nagoya-bacho (July) at Nagoya Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, aki-basho (September) in Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, Kyushu-basho (November) at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.