In this travel guide of Japan you’ll find many reasons to visit this ancient country.

Japanese history and culture are everywhere, even in the most modern cities where technology is a daily base element.

Japan is also nature and sport. A perfect area for adrenaline and outdoor sports seekers and also for culture and food and wine lovers.

Sports and adventures

Here are the sports and adventures we recommend in this destination.

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  • Trekking and hiking on mountains and volcanoes that offer spectacular views
  • Diving to see hammerhead sharks, manta rays, corals, Second World War wrecks, and much more.
  • Warming up in the Onsen (pools of termal water) with wild monkeys
  • Skiing and snowboarding on the driest snow in the world


Some of the special experiences that you could live in this destination.

  • Admire the gaysers show
  • Relax on a lake cruise
  • Attend a sumo competition and martial arts wrestlers
  • Cook sushi
  • Visit floating sanctuaries
  • Attend the singing and dancing performances of the geishas
  • Buy local crafts
  • Participate in the tea ritual
  • Back in the pasta t the Samurai period
  • Visit the Manga museum
  • Sleep in a Ryokan (traditional accommodation)

What to see

We suggest you to visit Japan also for:

Tokyo: the kingdom of the contrast between ancient and modern, temples and skyscrapers and its nature.

Kyoto: cradle of Japanese history and culture

Nikko: Unesco heritage for its balanced mix of natural beauty and architectural masterpieces.

Kanazawa: one of the less famous destinations but worth visiting for its botanical garden, the Samurai house, the treasures of local craftsmanship and much more.

Takayama: with its ancient wooden houses and villages surrounded by forests and rice fields.

Nara: is the oldest capital of Japan, it has a deer park, the temple of the Big Buddha and the “3000 lanterns” sanctuary, among other things.

Hiroshima: a visit not to forget the terrible bombing of the 1945. But also the small island with the floating sanctuary and with a red tori (access portal) in the middle of the lake.

Osaka: is the home of tasty and hearty food, where you can taste lot of different street foods.


The landscape, the flora and the fauna of this country are just one of the reasons to visit it.

Nature is at its best with the cherry blossom and foliage, but also the rest of the year offers wonderful shows, among animals and a thousand colours of woods, parks, volcanoes, sea and mountains.

Food and Wine

What you could eat and drink in this country

Japanese cuisine is truly varied. There are dishes based on vegetables, fish and meat, such as:

the Yakitori, meat skewers, usually chicken, grilled;

Takoyaki, octopus and batter-based meatballs, with the addition of pieces of tempura, ginger and onion;

Soba, some particular buckwheat noodles that can be found combined with any type of seasoning, from meat to seaweed to broth;

of course Sushi, which we all know, but in Japan it’sreally different. We suggest you to eat it at the market;

a very particular dish is Okonomiyaki, a kind of omelette made from a cabbage leaf kneaded with eggs and flour, cooked on the griddle, used to wrap whatever you want and served with mayonnaise and a sweet and sour sauce called okonymsyaki;

you can’t miss Fugu, or puffer fish. Eat it only if you are absolutely sure that whoever prepared it knew what it was doing, because if treated in the wrong way it releases a potentially deadly toxin;

Accompany these dishes with tea and sake.

When to go

Recommended periods for a trip to Japan are spring or late autumn, when rainfall is not abundant, and temperatures are acceptable. And above all, they are the best times to admire nature, with cherry blossoms and autumn foliage.

Japan’s climate is very varied and changes significantly during the seasons and moving from north to south, also due to the influence of warm ocean and cold currents from the north, especially from Siberia.

In the north winters are much more rigid and long, with abundant snowfall especially in the mountainous areas, while the summers are short and mild.

In the central area winters are short and summers are hot and humid.

In the southernmost islands, winters are mild and summers longer but very humid.


Language: Japanese. English is widespread.
Currency: Yen
Capital city: Tokyo
Seasons: spring from April to June; summer from June to August; autumn from August to Oc-tober; winter from October to April. Spring and autumn are seasons of transition and often the passage between sum-mer and winter is not even noticed.

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Some tips

Japanese transports are amazing. Trains are fast and on time. To use trains, remember to buy the Japan Rail Pass before leaving.

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