Explore the galleries of Art Island
Just off Japan’s coast is the island town of Naoshima. It is often referred to as ‘Art Island’ thanks to its major galleries and various small art venues. There are also 19 pieces of outdoor art to be discovered.
Eat some B-Grade gourmet food
Japan is home to a huge range of dishes for all budgets. If you’re looking to experience quality Japanese food without burning a hole through your wallet, try some ramen noodles which are popular throughout the country.
Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima
The atomic bomb fell on the 6th August, 1945. The Peace Memorial Park and Museum is dedicated to the victims. Much of the park is very evocative and provides a reminder of the destruction caused to the city.
Relax at a natural hot spring
Natural hot spring waters have long been used by the Japanese to relax and heal. The communal onsen involves being totally naked and bathing with strangers. Japan has many great onsen resorts.
Stay at traditional accommodation
Staying at a traditional Japanese inn can be a relaxing and unforgettable experience. Known as ryokans, they’re known for their meticulous service. Visitors can enjoy outdoor hot spring baths and lavish meals.
Go hiking in Japan’s Northern Alps
Arguably the best place to go hiking in Japan, Japan’s Northern Alps has hiking trails for people of all ages and abilities. The best time to go is during the week when it is quieter and easier to enjoy the countryside in peace.
Visit Tokyo’s east side
One of the most popular places for tourists in Tokyo is Asakusa with the famous Sensoji temple. However, walk a few blocks and you can discover the entertainment district which includes the mini Hanayashiki Amusement Park.
Go skiing at Niseko
Niseko is a small ski resort town with three main ski resorts. This is the best skiing location in Japan. Aside from skiing there are a range of activities including ice climbing. And in the summer mountain biking, white water rafting and kayaking are all popular options.
Spend a night in a temple
Mount Koya is home to many temples since it has long been a place of pilgrimage. Many temples are open to guests and it is possible to have dinner, spend the night and join monks and pilgrims for prayers in the early morning.
Visit the historic sights of Kyoto
The city of Kyoto is steeped in history. The city is home to many iconic remnants that reveal the city’s imperial past. Kinkakuji is one such example and the temple is one of 17 World Heritage sites in Kyoto.