JAPAN GUIDE

  • There are many reasons to visit Japan, whether it's for it's food, for shopping or for its famous temples and shrines. Japan has 14 World Heritage Sites, including Himeji Castle and Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities). Kyoto receives over 30 million tourists annually.

    Mountains

    mountainsThree-quarters of Japan is covered by mountains. In central Honshu, are the Japan Alps, a chain of mountains reaching 3,000 meters (approximately 9,800 feet) high. Between the Japan Alps and Tokyo lies Mount Fuji, the country's tallest mountain at 3,776 meters (12,390 feet). Mount Fuji is dormant volcano and the tallest among Japan’s mountains. The thing to do on Mount Fuji is, of course, to climb it. But you need to be careful around what time of the year you climb it, as the climate is very cold around Mount Fuji. In fact, its top is covered in snow for several months in a year. The best season for climbing Mount Fuji is from the 1st of July to the 27th of August. The entire area around the base is a national park.

    Mount Haku, is a mountain in NishiwakiHyogo Prefecture, Japan. This mountain is one of the Hyogo 50 Mountains. It is a dormant volcano standing 8783 feet tall. A popular hiking destination, Hakusan’s best seasons are late summer and fall when the mountain is at its most beautiful.

    In 1962 Mount Haku was declared a national park and since then, the mountain has had minimal human intrusion. The mountain is home to a diverse flora and various animals, including the Golden Eagle.

    Mount Tate is located in the southeastern area of Toyama Prefecture is one of the tallest peaks in the Hida Mountains at 3,015 m (9,892 ft). Mount Tate is easily accessible. The best time to climb this mountain is from April until November. Japan’s deepest gorge, Kurobe Gorge, is just east of Mount Tate.

    There is a public transport that takes tourists and hikers up to the Murodo Plateau, a mere 1854 feet from the peak. Shopping areas and onsen baths are also present in Murodo Plateau. At the peak of the mountain is the Oyama Shrine.

  • Major Cities and Other Places of interest

    Tokyo (Japan’s capital city) is an amazing city. If you are going to Japan, visiting Tokyo is a must! Tokyo is one of the busiest cities in the world and also one of the most varied, with much to see: from the latest gadgets and crowded shopping streets, to peaceful temples and old fashoined values. Old and new are side-by-side everywhere you go and it works fantastically.

    tokyo at night

    There are many places to see and things to do in Tokyo.

    If you like shopping, Shibuya, Ginza, Harajuku and Odaiba are a good place to start. A visit to the Meiji shrine and the Imperial Palace are essential and, if you are a cat lover, how about experiencing a Cat Café, where you can hang out with cats while drinking your coffee?

    Tokyo lights up at night time. Neon lights and lanterns brighten up the city. Ginza, Roppongi and Kabuki-cho are some of the main night places to visit. If you want a good view of Tokyo-by-night, the ferris wheel inside the Palette Town grounds in Odaiba is a nice relaxing way of admiring the city in private. This is the largest ferris wheel in Japan (115 meters tall) and from it's heights you can see the Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower and lots of beautifully lit-up skyscrappers.


    World Heritage Sites

    nikkoJapan has sixteen locations registered as World Heritage Sites. These consist of twelve Cultural Heritage Sites and four Natural Heritage Sites. The twelve Cultural Heritage Sites are the Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land, Buddhists Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area, Himeji-jo, the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities), the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome), Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara, the Shrines and Temples of Nikko, the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu, and the Sacred Sites Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, and Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. Japan's four Natural Heritage Sites are at Ogasawara Islands, Yakushima, Shirakami-Sanchi, and Shiretoko.