Top 5 Authentic Experiences in Japan

With relaxed visa regulations, discounted airfares, and appealing tour packages, Japan is quickly becoming one of the must-visit places this year. The Land of the Rising Sun packs a punch and these are the five best travel experiences you shouldn’t miss out on: Go back in time Did you know that Japan has 172 castles? […]

  • November 13, 2019

With relaxed visa regulations, discounted airfares, and appealing tour packages, Japan is quickly becoming one of the must-visit places this year. The Land of the Rising Sun packs a punch and these are the five best travel experiences you shouldn’t miss out on:

Go back in time

Did you know that Japan has 172 castles? That’s a huge amount for a small area! It can get overwhelming, but focus on the top three impressive castles that Japan has to offer: Kumamoto, Osaka and Nagoya. Each of these castles are rich with history, so make sure you have enough time to fully enjoy the visit.

If temples are more up your alley, pay your respects at the famed Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. Also worth a visit is Kiyomizu-dera, a UNESCO World Heritage site included in the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.

Wear something traditional

Filipinos have the barong and the terno, while the Japanese have the kimono. While this traditional dress is only worn by the Japanese during special occasions, there are some rental shops in Kyoto that offer you the opportunity to rent your choice of kimono for a fee.

Ride the bullet train

Properly known as shinkansen, Japan’s high-speed bullet train has efficient and convenient lines connecting different stations from one city to another. We recommend getting a rail pass to save money and time!

Catch the cherry blossoms

Parks and gardens such as Ueno, Yoyogi, or Shinjuku make the perfect spot for cherry blossom sightseeing. Cherry blossoms not in season? The parks still make a good stopover for some people watching and even picnics, so make sure you include this in your itinerary.

Eat to your heart’s content

Japan is known for its satisfying cuisine featuring the staples of sushi, kobe beef, and sake. Contrary to popular belief, dining in Japan doesn’t have to be expensive – sometimes even the smallest ramen food stall will be quite the revelation. Convenience stores, such as the homegrown brand Family Mart, also serve authentic local meals worth writing home about. Want to try something quirky yet traditional? The owakudani or black egg is a black shelled egg hard boiled in thermal pools. It is said to give you long life, so best to keep that in mind as you struggle through the sulfurous taste!

Ready to go to Japan? Check out our website www.travelwithaccess.com for a list of available tour packages to Japan. We also offer personalized itineraries, visa processing and travel tips upon request!

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