A Place Rich In Tradition
My love for the Japanese culture all started out from when I was a kid watching all their different types of Anime, to playing Nintendo video games, and learning about their tremendous powerful history it has not lost its appeal to me even now.
The traditions can still be seen, experienced, and enjoyed by all when taking a trip to this marvelous country of comradery and fun. Whether hiking Mount Fuji, staring in awe at the cherry blossoms, or shopping like you have never done before in this industrialized technology advanced nation just explore Japan like there is no tomorrow.
History Shapes Each Cities Sights
Tokyo the capital of Japan has one of the happiest places on earth there, and of course I’m talking about Toyko Disney a theme park and resort. That is a definite must stop on anyone’s tour of Japan. After a day of fun at the park check out Toyko Skytree a broadcasting and observation deck with a view that will be well worth the trip.
If you are looking for another tall rise attraction to visit with an Eiffel Tower look to it then head to Toyko Tower to catch those amazing shots of the city. You will not want to be without a power bank to keep your phone charged for those great memories you will want to capture. I recommend the RAVpower one it has never failed me yet and it is very durable.
Japan does have many temples, but while in Tokyo visit the Senso-ji the oldest temple and take in the street shops along its path until you go see the shrine.
After that go take a stroll in the East Gardens at the Imperial Palace, view the cherry blossoms at Ueno Park and all its national museums, or move along to Shinjuku Gyoen National Park Tokyo’s largest and most popular gardens. It has three different types of botanical gardens making it a very scenic place to relax after a long day. Top of your sight seeing at Harajuku for some pop street art and a cute fashion scene.
Kyoto the former capital of Japan still showcases more of the traditional Japan. One of the temples that should be seen here is the historic gold Kinkaku-ji with its garden and beautiful pond.
While Arashiyama is a scenic bamboo forest and a great place to see many monkeys along the path.
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The famed Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine is a beauty to see lined with hundreds of gates in a mountainous area of Kyoto. This is a great place to visit for a hike and experience the Kyoto mountainside. After an enduring hike and appreciating nature the perfect place to set your sights on next is Gion the Geisha District. Have some food, shop, and enjoy some entertainment while your there.
The Yasaka Shrine as known as the Gion Shrine is another place to see with its numerous lanterns which are great to see lit up at night. This spot is where is the famous Gion Matsuri festival is held, so don’t miss an opportunity to visit. As well as stop by the Nishiki Market that has so many shops that deal with anything food or food related.
Osaka the more modern, port, and commercial city is part of any Japan experience due to its:
- Bustling Nightlife
- Osaka Castle
- Osaka Aquarium
- Universal Studios Japan
- Osaka Tennoji Zoo
Universal Studios Japan is another great theme park attraction to experience while your touring Japan, in need of comfortable shoes for this then get you a pair of Toms for women and men. If you have ever been to Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood, you will need some your feet will thank you for it later. Plus come on it’s the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that is a can’t miss for sure.
In need of more entertainment then go to Dotonbori a popular tourist place to visit with all those amazing neon lights that make the Dotonbori canal and streets come alive in all those vibrant colors.
Close by is the Namba area a good place to party all night long. If you’re a night person who loves good food and drinks and people who love to have a great time, then Osaka’s night life is where you need to be exploring.
During the day take a tour of the Osaka Tennoji Zoo which houses animals ranging from hippos, rhinos, koalas, lions, chimpanzees, and so much more different types. Looking to see sea animals too go to the Osaka Aquarium one of the world’s largest exhibit of marine life habitats. They recreate different regions from the icy Antarctica to the Pacific Ocean to the sunlit Japan Forest.
Done exploring the land and sea animals take in the culture and history of the famous Osaka Castle which has a museum and the Osaka Park. Head to the top of Tsutenkaku to get a view of they city and watch a show at the basement of the tower.
They see themselves as one people one race, yet the times are changing how some actually view this phrase now. They do have more elderly people than anywhere else is the world that outnumbers the young. When Japanese people meet, they traditionally bow instead of shake hands. It is not uncommon to shake hands these days, and the lowest bow shows the deepest respect.
Japanese people have been known to be polite, clean, kind, punctual, hard-working, respectable people. They take into regard one’s age and status when addressing each other with formality. Their etiquette is built into everything they do from their gift giving to saving face in unpleasant situations.
Which can sometimes mistake Japanese people as shy to sum up their interactions with one another it is best stated by, Keisuke Tsunekawa how Japanese people interact with other Japanese people,
“Generally speaking, Japanese people try to involve other Japanese people as little as possible.”
“Speaking to someone who is a stranger, even if you encounter them daily on their walk, is a big no-go.”
Ramen and Fish Galore With a Side of Sake
We all know when we go somewhere new, we must try the local dishes there. In Japan some of the well-known dishes are sushi, sashimi and tempura.
Ramen noodles served in a bowl and the steamed broth with either vegetables, meat, or both in another bowl are also very popular in the Japanese culture. One thing though Japanese people do consume more fish than any people in the world. Other popular foods are:
- DON (Don Buri)
- Nabe (Stewed dishes)
- Shabu Shabu
Drinks that are popular in Japan are:
- Sake (Nihon shu)
- Royal Milk Tea
- Aloe Drinks
Technology Advanced Yet The Past Still Lives On
As you take to the skies to jet away to this spectacular country double check to see if you brought your travel adapter, don’t have one yet this is a great place to get an adapter quick.
That way you don’t have to worry about missing out on enjoying everything Japan has to offer with all its wonder and splendor, but please keep in mind to respect the land and culture. Many of these landmarks have been around for thousands of years. Let everyone get a chance to take in its natural beauty like you were able too.
You will also want to get a Japan Rail Pass to be able to travel all over the country, and don’t forget to dress for the weather bring clothes for hot and cold temperatures. Lastly make sure there is enough room in your luggage for all the great souvenirs you will want to bring back with you especially all that must have electronics. Most importantly have an excellent trip!
That’s all for now on sights to be traveled🗺 let’s travel to our next destination soon. 😁🎫🛫
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