Japan is one of the most popular travel destinations for Australians. It is a unique blend of traditional and modern, with many temples and buildings from the past co-existing with modern architecture. Visitors can be immersed in Japanese history and culture whilst enjoying all the amenities and attractions of the modern world. Furthermore there is an abundance of natural beauty.
The Japanese are very friendly people. If you’re looking at a map in the street, someone will probably help you, even if you don’t speak Japanese and they don’t speak English.
Here are some reasons why you will very much enjoy a Japanese visit.
Tokyo Tower for a great view
Photo: Japan Guide
Tokyo Tower, inspired by the Eiffel tower, is the second tallest man-made structure in Japan. Visitors can climb the tower for unparalleled views and appreciate Tokyo from a different perspective.
Tokyo Imperial Palace
Photo: Japan Guide
The Emperor of Japan makes his home at the Tokyo Imperial Palace. It also functions as a museum to showcase Japanese art and history. The palace is set on the ruins of older castles that were destroyed by fire or war, and architects have honoured the past by incorporating design elements of the different eras into the modern palace. The new palace is surrounded by traditional and tranquil Japanese gardens that offer a peaceful and relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial
Photo: Japan Guide
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial is a somber tribute to the lives lost when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Set in a park, the memorial features Genbaku Dome, the only building left standing in the vicinity after the bomb dropped.
Jigokudani Monkey Park
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Jigokudani Monkey Park is a famous hot spring area near Nagano. The name Jigokudani (meaning “Hell’s Valley”), is due to steam and boiling water that bubbles out the frozen ground, surrounded by steep cliffs and cold forests. It is famous for its population of wild Snow Monkeys that go to the valley during the winter when snow covers the park. The monkeys descend from the forest to sit in the warm hot springs.
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This small ski resort town in Hokkaido boasts the finest powder in the country and three major ski resorts to match: Niseko Village, Niseko Annupuri, and the Grand Hirafu/ Hanazono.
Away from the resorts, the allure is prime backcountry powder and ample opportunities for ice climbing, telemark skiing, and boarding through virgin snow. And Niseko also has mineral-rich hot springs perfect for soaking away aches and pains from a day on the slopes.
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 meters (12,388 ft). The volcano is a well-known symbol of Japan and is a popular tourist attraction for sightseers and climbers. An estimated 200,000 people climb Mount Fuji every year, 30% of whom are foreigners. It is best to allow a full day for the Mount Fuji experience as poor weather can cause the ascent to take up to 8 hours and the decent up to 5 hours. That said, it is common for the ascent to take 3-4 hours and the decent 2-3 hours.
Soak in a Natural Hot Spring
The Japanese have been using communal onsen, or natural hot spring waters, to relax and heal for centuries. What’s more – they do it naked. Dogo is still one of the country’s most renowned onsen resorts. Not that you need venture to Dogo for a good soak—there are thousands of public baths and ryokan with onsen across the country, all worth stripping off for.
Hike the Northern Alps
The awesome peaks of Japan’s Northern Alps are considered the country’s premier hiking grounds. From the town of Kamikochi, the gateway to the area, visitors have a choice of easy day hikes or week-long adventures that would challenge the fittest of hikers.
In the peak of summer, the most popular routes can crawl with weekend hikers, but come on a weekday or any day in autumn and visitors get to experience the Northern Alps’ without the crowds. Just in case you roll an ankle and need medical assistance, make sure you have travel insurance.
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It’s common to see single women walking the streets late at night, or children riding the subway alone. You can travel with peace of mind in Japan: there’s very little chance something will happen to you.
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