Japanese people have a healthy association to the past, and maintain a strong connection to their traditions and roots, unlike most of us in the Western world. Homes Traditional Japanese homes are built entirely of wood with timber frames, have no ornate edgings, and have many paper screens within to create separate rooms. Free-standing houses called minka are the … [Read more...] about Living Traditionally in Modern Japan
Japan is one of the most unique nations on earth - a nation that has embraced modernity like few others, but that reveres and honors the past. In the span of a single day you can explore the sprawling urban wonders of Tokyo and visit shrines atop nearby hillsides. Nestled across several islands, Japan's land mass is mostly mountainous, providing the opportunity for exceptional hiking paths, villages in the high hills, and hot spring resorts throughout the country. In Japan travel is an act of exploration and discovery like few other countries on earth.
Whether you start in Honshu where the majority of Japan's residents live, on the southern islands of Kyushu or Shikoku, or far to the north in Hokkaido, Japan's transit system is the best in the world. High speed train lines connect every major city across all of the nation's islands and you'll find subways in the largest cities, conveniently labeled to help you reach your destinations.
Nothing illustrates the twin natures of Japan like visiting Kyoto. Located just north of Osaka, Kyoto was the original capital of Japan and is home to scores of temples, shrines and gardens memorializing those days. You'll find traditional food and dance here, along with buildings that have stood the test of time.
Japanese cuisine is wholly unique and on full display across the nation. With a long naval tradition, Japan is perhaps best known for seafood dishes along the coast and hearty meals of diverse vegetables and noodles in the mountains. Whether touring Japan with a guide to see the white peak of Mt. Fuji or exploring the cities and countryside alone using the bullet train system, travel in Japan is a once in a lifetime experience.