Japan is one of the safest, cleanest, friendliest and easiest places to get around. You don’t even really need to understand the language as signage is in English and people are very keen to assist tourists, often going out of their way to do so.
Japan is renowned for its cultural and historical experience. Temples dot every city, each of which need to be appreciated with an understanding of why they were built and what they stand for. To just look at the architecture will leave you bereft of meaning, so be sure to look each one up and discover its history before you go. Alongside many temples are traditional gardens, perfectly manicured to reflect the tranquility of the Japanese people.
Japan is the perfect blend of historical values, culture, food and, frankly, clean, hygienic travel. It doesn’t feel hard to travel in Japan, you can always find something new to experience or eat, and nothing feels scary. If you can afford it, there’s a little bit of luxury in some glamorous hotels, or a whole lot of tradition can be experienced in the Ryokan (traditional bed and breakfast with tatami mats). Hotel rooms are small, no matter where you go, so don’t expect “big beds”, especially in the bigger cities.
There are two peak seasons which people come for, The Cherry Blossom Season in the first week of April and an increasingly popular winter season with bumper snow and gentle ski slopes that seem to go on forever. Japan is becoming increasingly attractive to tourists seeking a northern hemisphere... view
Surprisingly, for such a technologically advanced country, Japan is largely a cash-based society so don’t expect to be able to use your credit card to pay for dinner. Always have a small amount of cash on you for tourist attractions and little incidentals. One Australian dollar is about 82 yen,... view