Japan Travel Guide

Ultimate information for touring Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, Osaka, etc.

If any colors can represent Japan, then pink might be one of them. Starting the Japan tour with this lovely soft color would also be a good attempt.

Spring is the season for cherry blossoms from south to north, blush to rouge, as well as the best time for wagashi tasting in sakura flavor, which is easy to find in Tokyo. Then there is the carnation kimono, which really matches the Nijo Castles and Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, or the bright peach yukata, usually worn at a summer festival such as the most famous Daimonji festival in Kyoto. As for the sushi topped with pale pink flesh like tuna, salmon, and roe, or the octopus inside the takoyaki, Osaka's gourmet cuisine will never disappoint. And the most important of all is Mount Fuji, which always turns into a flamingo color at sunrise. So, how to put these together in a trip and experience the best of Japan? Read on, and then you will get your clue.

Japan Travel Essentials

Popular Destinations in Japan

Must-Dos in Japan

  • Lake Kawaguchi Boat Tour to See Mount Fuji

    Mount Fuji has always stood as a symbol of Japan. In addition to being Japan's highest peak, Mt. Fuji is also one of Asia's most famous landmarks, and it unquestionably has Japan's most breathtaking vistas. Beneath Mount Fuji are five weirs, also known as the Fuji Five Lakes. Lake Kawaguchi, the most famous among the Five Lakes, is one of the best places to see the whole of Mount Fuji. You may get on a boat and slice the reflection of the sun and the mountain on the mirrorlike water surface, catching the snow-capped Mount Fuji towering into the clouds.

  • Blessing and Lottery at the Temples in Kyoto
    Visiting Japanese temples is always interesting because not only do you get to see all the old and beautiful temples, but there is also a great sense of participation - you can really get involved in the blessing part. Especially in Kyoto, the "city of a thousand years", you can enjoy the red Fushimi Inari Shrine, the golden Kinkaku-ji, and the Kiyomizu Temple standing on the water. Of course, after your visit, don't forget to pay 100 yen to draw a lottery to see your recent fortune! If the upper sign represents good luck, you can take it away as a souvenir, while if the lower sign represents bad luck, you can leave it at the temple and let the monks pray for you.
  • Take a City Tour of Tokyo

    As a cosmopolitan city in Japan, there are always two sides to Tokyo. In the daytime, the gentle and refined Nadeshiko will lead you to one of the oldest Edo-style temples, Sensoji, rebuilt by Tokugawa Ieyasu, who also built the verdant Kyoto Imperial Palace, then pray for your health and future happiness. At night, the Nadeshiko makes up for the geisha with the brightly decorated Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree, ready for a musical Kabuki show at Kabuki chou, which is also the main stage for entertainment in Shinjuku City, and Ginza is the battlefield of shopping malls, the best place to spend your night.

  • Relax in the Natural Hot Springs

    The active tectonic movements make Japan a great wealth of natural hot springs, which nearly reach a number of 30 thousand, so it is quite common to see a sink at the lounge kiosk, where you can easily dip your feet into the hot spring water. For full-body relaxation, choose an onsen hotel with an open-air hot spring, where you can see the clear moon and leaves reflecting in the water. Soak up to your shoulders in the pool, then boil an egg or warm a cup of sake with the thermal spring, which is also a kind of Japanese elegance.

  • Have a Taste of the Local Food

    It is always a pleasure to dine in Japan that can satisfy both the mouth and the eyes. We can first start with street food and try some famous snacks. Like takoyaki, a kind of roast round dumpling with octopus inside, taiyaki, a kind of cake in fish shape. For the main food, ramen noodles can easily fill you up, or a formal dish of sushi with different toppings, which is a great combination of hot rice and fresh fish. As for the dessert, there are seasonal wagashi with different flavors and shapes, such as the sakura cake in spring, macha yokan in summer, chestnut manju in autumn and milk daifuku in winter.

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