Japan; a beauty that will take your breath away

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Japan; a beauty that will take your breath away

Whenever anyone mentions Japan, the first thought is that we wish to visit this beautiful land one day.

Don’t have to think about the destination, just book  your tickets and fly right away!

Here are a few destinations that you must visit when travelling to Japan –

Shibuya 

The famous “Scramble Crossing” by Shibuya Station is without a doubt one of the most iconic sights of Tokyo. On an average weekday, this bustling intersection bears foot traffic levels as high as 2.8 million people. If you’re trying to snap in the madness of the crossing just be sure to get yourself to the other side by the time the traffic signals turn red.

In addition to Shibuya’s mind-blowing crossing, many of Tokyo’s clothing brands can be found in this area. Several cutting-edge fashion shops are located on or around the Center Gai Street. The famous Shibuya 109 shopping mall is a well-known legendary haunt for many shoppers and is anchored just a few minutes from the train station.

Akihabara

Akihabara has earned the well-known designation of being the world’s geek capital. From anime and manga to video games and computers, you will be hard pressed to find a more concentrated collection of geek culture on this planet.

Be wary when popping into shops though as a small handful are considered to rank well beyond the “safe for work” category.

Kamakura

The seaside town of Kamakura was once the military capital of Japan. The area is largely responsible for the rise in samurai culture as it is known today. Additionally, Kamakura is also one of the main birthplaces of Japanese Zen Buddhism.  Many of the temples that fostered such spiritual tenets are still practising the essence of Buddha’s teachings today.

Be sure not to miss nearby Enoshima! It’s an exceptional and breathtaking treat.

Eastern Kyoto

Kyoto remains the best place to visit in Japan for cultural insight. There are far too many “must-sees” in the city for a first-time traveller to consider missing it. Luckily, many of the major attractions are scattered along the eastern valley wall. As a starting point, consider checking out Gion for rare Geisha sightings and then visiting Kiyomizu-dera temple.

Additionally, while technically considered “Southern Kyoto,” you also cannot afford to miss the legendary Fushimi Inari Taisha. This Shinto shrine has become iconic of Kyoto in recent years. Be sure to go early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

Nara Park 

Located about an hour or so south of Osaka, Nara Park is most famous for its adorable and mischievous deer. In addition to these free roaming wild critters, Nara park also has two very important cultural assets, the Giant Buddha at Todai-ji temple and the Kasuga Grand Shrine. If you plan on visiting Nara, be sure to get an early start as many of the attractions close by 5pm.

Sapporo 

Outdoor enthusiasts will find that Sapporo is a great base from which to head out and explore. Additionally, due to its location on Japan’s northernmost island, Sapporo is a great escape from the summer humidity. That said, the city is probably most famous for its annual snow festival. Every year artists fashion large snow sculptures with some measuring more than 25 meters wide and 15 meters high! It’s definitely worth a visit and if you’re in Japan during February you have snow excuse not to check it out.

Visit Japan for the experience of a lifetime.

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