The photographs of little villages hidden in the Japanese Alps does a good job of selling this place for the visitors. It does take a certain determination to see Unesco awarded Gokayama and Shirakawago villages as these places are off the beaten track.
Two things I remember from our brief stop in Nara are the heat and the clever deers begging tourists for biscuits. Nara is the old capital of Japan and is a home for many Unesco sights. It is a must stop for the history lovers.
Before going to Osaka, you will hear many thing about this city: the best night life in Japan, friendly and relaxed people, amazing street food and the vibrant atmosphere. This is is all true!
Kyoto is the heart of Japan – geographically and culturally. Usually when traveling, I do not like staying at one place for long but with Kyoto, I would go back anytime to continue enjoying of so many beautiful things this town (and its surroundings) have to offer.
Thanks to its topographical situation Japan is basically a one big hot spring. And it comes with no surprise that the Japanese people, who are masters in incorporating the harmony of nature in many different forms and shapes to their everyday lives, have an elaborated culture of public baths – onsens.
Japan has plenty of cultural highlights and splendid natural spots; however, the country is not well known for its beaches. So, when planning a beach vacation, a list of all other South East Asia countries may pop up in your head before thinking of Japan. But if you are planning a visit to “the land of the rising sun”, keep in mind that white sands and turquoise waters are within a hand’s reach.
In the end of July we started our long waited and carefully planned trip around Japan. We were warned about the unbearable heat and humidity combination around this time of the year, but it was the only free time we had, so we went for it anyways.
We merged into the Tokyo’s rush straight away. On our second day in the city we learned about the summer festival taking place in Asakusa neighborhood and decided to check it out.