Japan – the amazing politeness, the incredible punctuality of subway trains, the extraordinary vending machines and the super-fashionable teenagers.
Enjoy the fantastic noodle and sushi bars, catch a sumo contest and explore futuristic Tokyo Bay. In Tokyo, you’ll be energised by the frenetic pace of life, dazzled by the neon and entranced by every detail of life there!
The Japanese are a respectful culture, with many of their traditions tied to the Shinto religion which is prevalent throughout the country. Cuisine in Japan is heavily focused on rice, soup and pickles, with seafood in abundance and there are plenty of traditional restaurants to visit – many will request that you remove your shoes before entering.
Not to be missed – Geishas
Geishas are traditional entertainment in Japan, and usually perform song, dance and games at tea houses in cities across the country. They are most prevalent in Kyoto, where the most exclusive tea houses are found. Access to these tea houses is for established patrons, however geishas can be seen performing to the public during the spring “Miyako Odori” festival.
Something different – Itsukushima Shrine
One of Japan’s most iconic landmarks, the Itsukushima Shrine is a distinctive red ‘floating’ Torii gate on the shore of Miyajima Island. Accessible from Hiroshima, the island as a whole has retained its natural beauty, with deer often seen roaming the streets and parks freely. In addition to the shrine, there are a collection of restaurants and shops to explore.
Seeking adventure – Bullet Train
Speed across Japan on a train that reaches speeds of up to 200mph! The high-speed rail network that’s unique to Japan means that you can travel from Tokyo to Hiroshima amongst other destinations in just a few hours, enabling you to see more of this enticing and beautiful country. Be transported to multiple cities as you sit back and relax.