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Japan – The Land of the Future and Thousand Years Old Traditions – VIDEO
When you see it on a map it looks rather unremarkable, an archipelago in east Asia. Yet it is a country of amazing history, traditions, nature, and it is an economic powerhouse. You can expect anything before your first trip to Japan. Be sure that the country will surprise you anyway. Perhaps even more than you think.
Japan is much larger than one would expect. There are 4 main islands - Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu. These are the largest and closest one to another. However, there are hundreds of other islands which span to the south almost to Taiwan. This is one of the reason why you should make enough of time to visit Japan. There is a lot to see.
The land became famous for Fuji mountain, modern technologies, Shinkansen high-speed trains, and modern cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, or Nagoya. What will enchant you is local culture and history. Over one thousand years old temples, perfectly maintained gardens, legendary castles which saw samurai wars, onsen traditional spa, tombered houses with wickered floors, and great food. Don't worry. They don't eat solely sushi in Japan. Actually, you would have some hard time to find a Japanese who would eat sushi regularly.
Japanese tea rituals are also famous around the world – grounded green matcha tea and the ancient tea ritual which precisely depicts local traditions of treating guests. Japanese complaisence (in relation to our culture bit overexaggerated), politeness and respect will mesmerize you. Anywhere you go they will treat you like you were a royal family. This is normal in Japan.
Many fell in love with Japan also for its mountains ,beautiful nature or remote villages which would make you feel as if you had travelled thousand years back in time. In Japanese mythology and philosophy nature has significant role. Once you step in Japanese forest you will learn why. You will feel the atmosphere of amazing calm and forest spirits. You simply need to experience it to fully understand…
So, how can you get to Japan? Only by plane. Ideally you land in Tokyo or Osaka. You can get there from almost any location in the world with only one transfer flight. If you plan to move often, than we recommend you to buy Japan Rail Pass – which is valid for most trains including expensive Shinkansen. Beware that you need to buy this ticket at home. You can't buy it in Japan. You can travel across Japan by car, of course but it is worth taking a ride on a high-speed train.
We find ghost towns all over the world, but one of the most interesting ghost islands in the world is located in Japan, near Nagasaki. Hashima or Gunkan-jima (Warship Island) is one of the 505 uninhabited islands belonging to Japan. However, this one is absolutely unique.
It almost seems that the second largest city in Japan would look similar to the largest one. However, I was neatly surprised. Osaka can be really different which I found out right after the arriva. But this happens not everyhwere all the time - the city is full of people. If take a good look oyu discover its great magic.
A city where deers roam freely? No problem in Japan. If you feed one, it bows to you. This is only one of the reasons why Nara is a place you need to visit. It is situated near Osaka and Kyoto in the region of Kansai. But there is much more to it than deers. Nara is famous for its shrines, palaces and cuisine. Tōdai-ji is the largest wooden structure in the world.
A dot on the map with seemingly to improtance. But in my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I talk about the sacred mountain valley of Kōya in Kansai region near Osaka. There are over one hundred beautiful shrines and Okunoin - the largest cemetery in Japan. It is the type of place you wouldn´t like to leave.
There are so many attractions in Japan that it is difficult to go somewhere without having particular destination in mind. To stay at an old Japanese house was difficult to resist. Japanese countryside is way different from city. Eventually, it is more charming.
Most of the visitors to Kyoto remain in downtown and they often forget there are many beautiful places around the city. Daigo-ji, a shrine compound, is such a place. The half-an-hour ride by subway is sure worth it.
Former Japanese capital of Kyoto has about two thousand shrines. Mostly these are Buddhist, about quarter of them is shinto. Sometimes these are vast compounds, in other cases only small shrines hidden in the streets. Let's see some of them.
It was Japanese capital for centuries. Today, it is far from the size of Tokyo yet it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Should we recommend you but one place where to go, Kyoto it would be.
Nagoya is the third largest city in Japan. Many forget to visit it, unfortunately. There are many interesting places and should you have enough time, spend there a day and night at least. You won't regret.
The capital of Japan seems endless. And it is sort of true- it is not just one city but it is seamless megalopolis in the Kanto region. Around 40 million people live there. Still, it is very easy to feel there like in a small town.
Perhaps every tourist, who in Japan goes into the souvenir shop, must try a lot to don’t buy all goods that shop offers. Tourists are attracted by coloured fans, ceramics, kimonos, traditional Japanese woodcuts reproduction, thousands of objects with cute formulas, and of course the ubiquitous Hello Kitty.
What is the main difference between Japan and the Czech Republic? Surprisingly, this is one of the most common questions that I can hear. As if there wasn’t any answer. As I like to say, in Japan, everything is different. Even the air there is different than the one which we are accustomed. And it's not just a different air, what Japanese nature offers us.
How the Friday and Saturday night life looks like in Tokyo? Completely different than in the daytime. It could be said that this is a completely different city.The streets are lit up, signs and billboards come to life through colourful neon glow lamps. Girls dress skirts about ten to fifteen numbers shorter than normally, use the strong layer of makeup, glue the false eyelashes and going to clubs.
Japanese history is not very discussed topic. De facto people don’t talk about it much. If you try to speak about history, most people think of the events of World War II. The rest remember samurais, bold warrior with katana, samurai sword, and geishas, who are still in the subconscious of people subsumed as prostitutes unfortunately.
Tokio. City where are living side by side school children in the old-fashioned uniforms, fashion ladies, who spend the morning by shopping in stores, in the parks and all sorts of corners of the city slacking youth skaters with coloured hair, girls with false eyelashes and twenty centimetres high heels, the dogs wears in mini kimons and of course ubiquitous businessmen.
What do you imagine when you hear words - Japanese food? I know of someone who would have imagined raw fish and rice. Many people mistakenly believe that the Japanese were nothing more than these two foods don’t eat. And the idea of spending weeks on raw fish and rice is then often forces to bring on a trip to Japan packaged with salami.