View of Mount Fuji, Japan's most famous mountain, from Fujiyoshida
Cherry blossoms in Chidorigafuchi park in Tokyo
Japan offers spectacular nature, diverse cultural and culinary impressions, unique pop culture and a variety of other wonderful experiences. The picturesque landscapes, which constantly change their appearance in spring, summer, autumn and winter, ensure that many travelers keep coming back. The wonderful blend of tradition and modern culture creates a unique atmosphere that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Attractions in Japan
Discover the region
In recent years, outdoor sports have gained noticeable popularity in Japan. The word 'outdoor' encompasses a wide range of activities, and Japan's geography and climate offer the opportunity to do many of them. Japan is an island nation stretching from north to south, two-thirds of which is covered by mountains and forests.
In spring, you can admire the cherry and plum blossoms and fresh greenery while hiking and mountain climbing; in summer, water sports and rafting are popular; and autumn is the best time to walk among the autumn leaves. In winter there are many mountains suitable for ski touring and winter sports.
So go ahead, get out of the city and enjoy the charm of Japan's nature! Here we have compiled some tips for you:
Japanese food culture is now known all over the world. Sushi, ramen and okonomiyaki are among the most famous dishes. For dessert, there are sweet mochi or fine fruit - especially perfect fruits are sold expensively in their own luxury fruit stores. Japan is also famous for its traditional tea ceremonies.
But there are also a wealth of culinary specialties in various parts of Japan that are still comparatively undiscovered. One of the great pleasures of travel is to experience the local cuisine of each region and the seasonal produce that can only be enjoyed there.
Ryūkyū cuisine plays a central role in Okinawan culture and is favored by the mild climate. Wanko Soba noodles in Iwate Prefecture have a unique history dating back over 400 years. In Kagawa, known for its Sanuki Udon noodles, there are said to be more restaurants than grocery stores!
Depending on the season and region, there are very different dishes on the menu in Japan. So why not extend your visit and go on a culinary voyage of discovery?
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The daily life of the people of Japan, their traditions and urban pop culture stimulate the senses and make a trip even more memorable. There are a wide range of offerings throughout Japan, from small experiences that can be enjoyed in a few minutes between visits to historical sites and places, to full-day programs. Kimono making and Japanese candy making are popular with foreign visitors to Japan and also offer the Japanese themselves a chance to take a fresh look at the treasures of their culture.
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Onsen: Japan's hot springs
The relationship between onsen and the Japanese is inseparable. When planning a trip to Japan, an onsen should be at the top of your list. Onsen are also the perfect place to end a day after mountain climbing or winter sports, as they offer the ultimate relaxation. Taking time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spending your days in a place with a hot spring bath to relax in the hot springs is an absolute luxury. Onsen are popular all over Japan. Each has its own qualities, and they relieve the stress of everyday life. A Japanese proverb says that onsen can cure everything - except heartbreak.
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Green Destinations Award for Ozu
The small town of Ozu has made a special achievement in recent years and was awarded first place in the Culture & Tradition category of the 2023 Green Destinations Story Award.
The city is located on the island of Shikoku in southern Japan. After more and more abandoned houses were found in the historic old town, an organization was established with the help of which the original houses were renovated and new life was breathed into the town. The medieval Ozu Castle has also been restored in this move and is now not only open to the public but even open for overnight stays.
With this impressive overnight accommodation and the new hotels in the city center, Ozu is becoming more and more in demand as a tourist destination, although the city is certainly still a real insider tip. There is plenty to do around Ozu. The city offers cultural and culinary attractions as well as tranquil rivers, dense forests and proximity to the sea. Visitors can learn traditional crafts, explore the area on a luxury train or relax with a swim, a Japanese tea ceremony and meditation.
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