Boarding Pass: Things to Do in Japan

By February 8, 2021Boarding Pass

Let’s go to Japan

The world has referred to Japan as Nippon, the “Land of the Rising Sun”. Tradition has it, the name “Nippon” was chosen because the country was so close to where the sun rises. Japan is an island country located in northwest Pacific Ocean of East Asia.

Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) of Japan

The Sakura of Japan are well known around the world for their beaming beauty, but they are more than simply gorgeous cherry blossom trees. Sakura are tied to Japan’s history, culture and identity.

Each year, the Japanese people gather together to watch the Sakura bloom throughout April and observe how at the peak of their beauty, the blossoms start to fall; providing a stark reminder that although life is beautiful, it is also ephemeral and short.

Himeji castle in the background with group sailing under the cherry blossoms in spring

Adventures in Japan:

Explore the lesser-known tropical islands of the south, snorkeling and scuba diving the tropical reefs and historic WWII wrecks. If you prefer a colder climate, carve up the powder on the slopes of the wintery north, or embark on a pilgrimage for more meditative, religious experiences. Whether it’s zen activities, extreme sports like bungee jumping, or just a relaxing round of 18 on one of the breathtaking golf courses around Japan, you’ll find an adventure that calls for you in the land of endless discovery.

Under the sea adventures

Japan’s southern island of Okinawa is ideal for underwater adventures like scuba and snorkeling. The crystal-clear waters and warm temperatures attract many divers, who come not only to see the marine life but also to explore underwater ruins and wrecks from World War II.

Asians hiking through mountains in Japan with Mount Fuji in the background

Extreme Adventures
Extreme adventures are incredibly popular in Japan, with its many stunning national parks and nature reserves serving as the perfect backdrop for adrenaline sports and other heart-racing activities such as paragliding, rafting, or rock climbing. One of the top attraction of Japan is experiencing Mt. Fuji. Experience it from up close, from a hot spring resort or ryokan, or from as far away as Tokyo. There are many ways you can make the country’s tallest mountain part of your Japan adventure.

‘Zen’ adventures

Japan is home to and endless number of meditative and religious experiences. Visit one of Japan’s numerous Buddhist temples and partake in their rites, retrace the pilgrimage steps on the southern island of Shikoku, or isolate yourself from the modern world through the mountains with the Yamabushi monks.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Japan is hosts to several World Heritage Site landmarks. These sites have been designated by UNESCO for having, “outstanding value to humanity” for its cultural, historical, scientific, or other source of significance.

Ogasawara Islands

Visit the “Galapagos Islands of Asia”

  • Guided Whale watching tours
  • Swim with dolphins at Futami Port in Chichijima
  • Eco guided tour of the surrounding forest to explore the rare plants and animal species

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

  • Visit the structure exactly as it was after the bombing
  • If visiting on August 6th, join the Annual Peace Memorial Ceremony
  • Peace Memorial Museum

Itsukushima – Island of Worship

  • Visit the centuries old Marodo and Main Shrine
  • Walk across the O-Torii gate during low tide
  • View traditional Bugaku court dance and music
    Sunset view of Torii gate, High tide, Miyajima, Japan

Markets and Shopping

Experience Japan’s numerous shopping havens that will fit anyone’s budget. No matter what city you’re in, you will find the perfect souvenir to bring home.

  • Tokyo – Setagaya Boroichi, Kasai Shrine Antique Fair, Takahata-fudo Temple Gozare-ichi, and Hanazono Shrine Antique Market
  • Tochigi – Otakara Antique Market at Osaki Shrine
  • Gifu – Kogane Shrine Antique
  • Kyoto – Toji Temple Kobo Ichi and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine Antique
  • Osaka – Shitennoji Temple Flea
  • Fukuoaka – Dazaifu Tenjin Omoshiroichi

Japanese Cuisine

You can’t visit Japan without sampling its cuisine. Japanese cuisine can be found almost anywhere in the world, but nothing compares to the quality and variety of food you can enjoy while in Japan. From the traditional dishes of Kaiseki cuisine, sashimi, or sushi that were developed over thousands of years, to the truly unique regional specialties, all of which are accompanied by iconic Japanese drinks. Japan is truly a smorgasbord for food lovers to discover.

Accomodation

Find your unique home away from home while you’re staying in Japan.

Japanese Style

  • Ryokan: traditional Japanese-style rooms
  • Minshuku: Japanese-style bed and breakfast

Western Style

  • International and Japanese hotel chains
  • Business hotels: small rooms with snacks and vending machine drinks
  • Hostels: budget friendly lodging and meals

Unique Lodgings

  • Capsule hotels: small, inexpensive, pod like sleeping spaces with belongings stored in a nearby locker
  • Shukubo “sleeping with the monks” lodgings: temple lodgings that let you participate in the temples religious ways and lifestyles

Longer stays

If you’re looking to explore Japan on a more lengthy journey, we recommend lodging in an apartment. Long term apartment stays will offer you a similar cultural experience at a lower price than a lengthy stay at a hotel.


Pack your bags and start your next adventure to Japan! Call 877-FLY JAYA (359-5292) to book today!

 

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