Here are the top things you must do in Japan
For explorers, a trip to Japan is also an experience. It is an opportunity to discover very different uses, customs and traditions, from ours, as well as to admire grandiose palaces, spectacular gardens, suggestive natural landscapes and futuristic cities. Let us see the top things to do Japan.
Visit the temples of Kyoto
Kyoto is a city with one and a half million inhabitants that was the capital for more than a millennium: for this reason, here are some of the most beautiful historic buildings and temples in all of Japan. In 1994, the historical monuments of ancient Kyoto were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Attending the tea ceremony
The Cha no yu, known in the West as the Tea Ceremony, is a real social and spiritual ritual, codified at the end of the 16th century. The more complex and long form consists of a kasseri- style meal, thick tea service, and light tea. Powdered green tea is used, mixed with hot water with the special bamboo whisk.
Visit an authentic Japanese garden
The Japanese miniature gardens are world famous due to their spectacular aesthetic landscapes in an abstract and stylized way. Sometimes they are crossed by a path, others host the tea ceremony, and still others are places for meditation. In any case, they have a very high aesthetic sense and are one of the most beautiful expressions of Japanese spirituality.
Shopping in the Ginza district of Tokyo
Tokyo is the capital and there are many places to visit, to discover the past – national museum, SENSO-JI temple – and the future – Imperial Palace – of the nation. However, we recommend the Ginza district, a luxury shopping area, with department stores, boutiques, restaurants and cafes. It is the Manhattan of Japan. If you want to see the latest fashion trends, you can find them here.
Enjoy the beauties of Nara
Small center of the island of Honshu, the main one of the archipelago, is known for its temples and palaces, witnesses of an important role in the past of Japan, and even more for its parks in which circulate freely, and without fear of people, numerous deer.
Try the Japanese Hot Tubs
Onsen is the Japanese name for spas. They use hot water from geothermal heated springs and are a popular tourist attraction for the Japanese themselves. As in the saunas of northern Europe, the practice is to dive naked, but you can wear bathing suits.
Traditional villages in the Alps
Yes, there are also the Alps in Japan. The term refers to the Hida Mountains, the Kiso Mountains and the Akaishi Mountains. Kanazawa is the cradle of the finest artistic artisanship – silk kimonos, ceramics, and Wajima lacquers. Takayama is also of great interest.
Attend typical sword fighting
Among the traditional folkloric manifestations, highly spectacular is a sword fight, which involves an articulated ceremonial and which fascinates for the sophisticated clothing and protections that the fighters wear. The swords are called shinai and are the representation of the authentic, and potentially lethal, Japanese katanas.
Take a trip back in time
140 km north of Tokyo, in a mountainous area, is a town that boasts several spectacular temples, many Onsen and a national park full of forests and waterfalls. Nikko is famous in Japan for Nikko Edomura – an amusement park.