There are so many reasons why Japan is a country that you should have on your bucket list, but we have compiled the top 5 reasons so many travelers are heading to the land of “endless discovery” in 2020.
1. Unique Offerings on Every Island
There are 4 major Islands in Japan and each of them offers something unique.
Honshu is the largest island that includes Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, and Hiroshima so you will spend much, if not all, of your time here.
Shikoku is great for off the beaten path travel if you like a more rugged experience.
Kyushu includes Nagasaki and feels authentically Japanese.
Okinawa is known for diving, it’s jungle and food. Although Okinawa has beautiful beaches this is not for a relaxed beach stay like many Americans are used to.
2. The Amazing Food Scene
Tokyo has the most Michelin star restaurants in the world! That alone should make you interested in Japan’s food scene! Osaka is known as “Japan’s Kitchen”. The streets are full of traditional outdoor food vendors providing unique tasting opportunities.
3. Each Season Offers a Different Experience
You can return to Japan each month and see something completely different than the last because of the ever-changing environment and continuous festivals throughout the year.
The spring brings cherry blossom season. Fall the changing of the leaves. Travel in winter is suggested most of all so that you can experience the freshest seafood you’ve ever tasted along with many winter sports.
This summer Tokyo is hosting the Summer Olympics, but summer is also host to the Obon Festival which honors the spirits of one’s ancestors by parading through the streets celebrating with food and fireworks!
4. You can Enjoy a Completely Different Culture
From the way people dress, eat, or interact with one another the culture throughout Japan is stunningly different than our own. Kawaii “Cute” Culture is uniquely Japanese and you can see it in every form such as the attire above, in the workplace, the home, and even in the shape of the food you eat!
Another way to experience Japanese culture will be in your accommodations. In many cases, you will sleep on traditional futon floor mattresses rather than traditional Western-style beds.
5. Our Amazing Partners
With the help of our expert partners at Inside Japan, we can create customized itineraries to meet each need your family has. Want to see a Sumo match? Done. Go on a street food tour in Osaka? No Problem! You name it we can help bring it to life!