What do you think of when you think,”Japanese culture?” Samurai, geishas, tea ceremonies, people wearing kimonos and wearing swords? Or video games, anime, super trains and “salarymen”?
I hate to tell you this, but the samurai are all gone, and nobody wears swords anymore.
Japan is as modern as modern gets, but its traditional culture is alive and well. If you want to see what Japan’s all about, there are lots of ways to go about it. Here are some suggestions for seeing Japan culture at its best.
Ask anybody and theyÂfll tell you, Kyoto is the place to go. Kyoto is a historic city, surrounded by mountains, where you can see more of traditional Japan than anywhere else. Kyoto is most famous for its temples. Kiyomizutera, Kinkakuji and Ryoan-ji, just to name a few. These are not just historic monuments, but places visited all year around by Japanese tourists. I had a Japanese friend say to me once, “Looking at a temple in Kyoto- that is Japanese Soul.” In addition to temples, in Kyoto you can sample Japanese maccha ice cream and have your picture taken with geishas.
Mount Fuji can be seen from all over Japan and it has fired the imaginations of Japanese people for centuries. For a true Japan travel experience, you can climb Mount Fuji. It’s a long way to the top, but you can choose different tours. If you’re not up for the whole climb, you can do a partial one. I can tell you, the first time you see Mount Fuji in the distance, it will take your breath away.
Japanese people have enjoyed their natural hot springs for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. They are called onsen, and are located in the mountain areas all over Japan. ThereÂ’s nothing like sitting and relaxing in an onsen in the cool mountain air. People from the cities flock to the onsens any chance they get. Most are located in resorts where you can also enjoy other activities.
Finally, you can get the full experience of modern Japan in any number of Tokyo’s busy wards. In Akihabara, you can see the latest in electronics; in Harajuku and Shibuya, you can see the latest in fashion; in Ginza and Odaiba, some of the best shopping in the world; and for nightlife, Roppongi or Shinjuku on Tokyo’s west side.
Japan’s cultural treasures have something for everyone!
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