Nippon, or the “Land of the Rising Sun”, is known to us as Japan. Its unique and complex culture make Japan a fascinating destination to visit. With its mix of ancient villages retaining strong traditions and ultra modern, high-tech cities, Japan is a country of contrasts.
In the highly ritualised tea ceremony the kimono dressed hostess performs well rehearsed and graceful movements. Koi carp disturb the glasslike surface of the ornamental pond with its small stone bridge. The sweet fragrance of cherry blossoms drift on the gentle breeze, with Mount Fuji as the backdrop of this timeless scene.
Trendy teenagers are parading futuristic fashions as you board your bullet train in Tokyo. Takayama offers beautiful mountain landscapes and Osaka is Japan’s foodie town. History is the attraction in Kyoto and Hiroshima, with fantastic skiing opportunities all over Japan in winter, from Nagano to Niseko.
Enjoy tempura, teppanyaki, yakitori, or sashimi paired with warm sake or a cold Asahi or Sapporo. Try green tea or wasabi flavoured ice cream if you’re game! Experience a traditional onsen or communal hot spring bath in the snow, or a role play at a former geisha house to gain an understanding of this ancient tradition. Japan promises endless fascination and great memories.