From the snowy peaks of Hokkaidō’s mountains to the futuristic crackle of Tokyo, from the smallest rāmen noodle restaurant in Osaka to Okinawa’s coral reef, Japan is another world. Or should that be a number of other worlds?
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One thing is for sure: no one returns from Japan without an incredible story to tell. Walking the streets of Tokyo or Kyoto, you get a glimpse into the future. Tiny technology and garish advertising blink and flash 24 hours a day to a distinctive soundtrack of J-pop. Enjoy the flavours and textures of fresh, succulent sushi as it is meant to be, not adapted to western tastes. Japanese cuisine is unique. You will be treated to combinations of flavours that just don’t exist anywhere else. Until you can really follow the menu, you may wonder what exactly is on your plate, but just go with the flow and you will not be disappointed!
If the highly structured chaos of the cities becomes too much for you, make the most of Japan’s exceptional public transport system and head out into the countryside. Snow sports rule in the winter months, hiking and climbing in the summer, or you could simply take a deep breath of the fresh mountain air while relaxing in a hot spring bath.
Japanese people are at once friendly and reserved, with unique customs that take time to understand. If people here can sometimes seem “closed”, they are at the same time incredibly open to different cultures and respectful of other’s traditions. Take the time to explore Japanese culture and you will find unmatched dedication to beauty in all its forms. From hypercities to the smallest rural villages, Japan is unlike anywhere else in the known universe.
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