Every year more and more travelers choose Japan for their summer vacation, it's hard not to fall in love with this culture, and many come back here again and again. Watching the same sights in the second circle is a pleasure for everyone. We tell you what to see in Japan if you want something unusual and not the beaten tourist routes.
Hiking Mount Fuji
If you like outdoor activities, you should consider conquering Mount Fuji. Its height is 3776 m, but it is not necessary to be a professional climber, it is enough not to have serious heart problems. The climbing season starts in July and ends in September. The mountain has all the infrastructure - from toilets to huts for overnight stays, but you don’t have to wait for much comfort: you will sleep in sleeping bags on tatami mats. The climb itself takes about 7-8 hours, you will arrive at the top around 3:00 to meet the sunrise there. Fuji tours can be combined with any other tour packages, such as Tokyo-only tours or longer multi-city tours.
Tips for First Time Travelers to Japan
For those who are in Japan for the first time, we recommend the Discover the Planet Japan! tour, which includes a visit to the capital and cities of Kyoto, Uji and Nara. The program includes not only sightseeing tours, but also immersion in the original Japanese culture: tea ceremonies (you can try on a kimono), sake tasting, a trip to the Japanese fish market and much more.
There are many festivals held in Japan all year round, which are worth timed to coincide with a trip to this country. Especially many colorful holidays are held in summer.
Kyoto celebrates Aoi Matsuri every year on May 22nd. For the first time this festival was held in the 10th century, and since then every year a “performance” from the life of the imperial family has been played in the city. The main character is a princess, who is chosen every year from unmarried girls and dressed up in a kimono of 30 layers.
Another bright holiday in Kyoto - Gion Matsuri - takes place in July and lasts the whole month. The main event is a procession of colorful floats that parade through the city. Each of them symbolizes a certain folklore theme.
Osaka also has its own festival - Tenjin Matsuri, which takes place every year on July 24-25. This is a celebration of Japanese culture, and you can see geisha performances, festive processions in 8th century costumes and traditional boat bonfires.
On July 7, Tanabata is celebrated all over Japan - the most romantic holiday of the year, when the stars Altair and Vega meet in the sky, which were "separated" by the Milky Way and they see each other only once a year on this day. Fairs, concerts, and fireworks in the evenings are held everywhere.
To the beach - to Okinawa
Okinawa Island is without exaggeration the best place for a beach holiday in Japan. There is fine white sand, beautiful lagoons and coral reefs, and the water is considered the cleanest and most transparent in the entire oceans. The beach season here lasts from May to October, and the water temperature in the sea does not fall below +20 ° C all year round. The climate in Okinawa is recognized as curative, and many Japanese come here at least once a year to improve their health. The unique Okinawan cuisine has about the same reputation: the Japanese say that local products (for example, black pork or sea “grapes”) easily replace trips to the doctor.
Mostly locals rest here, and there are no crowds of tourists even at the height of the season.
Red maples "momiji"
The main Japanese tourist brand is cherry blossom. However, in the fall, no less beautiful time comes - the season of red maples "momiji". This season begins in October and continues until the very frosts, first the maples in the north turn bright scarlet and then reach the very south. The Japanese even have a special calendar that tells when and in which region to expect "momiji".
Just like during the cherry blossom season, the Japanese go on picnics in the parks. To emphasize the beauty of this picturesque spectacle, fairs, exhibitions and musical performances are held everywhere, and Shinto and Buddhist temples surrounded by red maples are only becoming more beautiful at times.