Floating Torii Gate in Miyajima Island. Photo credit: Martin Abegglen at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Japan, the land of the rising sun offers you enormous joy and happy moment at the time you start exploring it. It does not matter whether you live in other parts of Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, North America or Australia; things are totally different here. Your country’s culture and its culture have many differences. So, don’t you think you should visit Japan at least once in a life? Tourists love Japanese culture, they respect it fully once they make a trip.

Japan: A country in East Asia, located in the Pacific Ocean
Capital City: Tokyo
Total Area: 377,972.28 km2
Japan Emperor: Akihoto

A Geisha in Japan. Photo Credit: Nick Richards at Flickr.

Japan is home to the great warriors called Samurai who used to live in with pride. In modern ear, there is no existence of samurai rules but still this nation has got samurai residences where samurai families used to live at many years ago from now. Geisha, the highly Japanese valued entertainers still believe in themselves that they could represent Japan showing their traditional dances and other entertaining performances to the world. Where do they live in Japan mostly? Head to Kyoto and meet real geisha and maiko there (apprentice geisha).

Japan Prime Minister: Shinzō Abe
Japanese Currency: Yen
National Language: Japanese
Japan Population: 127.3 million

Japanese Samurai in Kyoto. Photo credit: Japanexperterna.se at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Maybe you have heard of some famous places of Japan such as Tokyo city, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Floating Torii Gate, Great Buddha Statue in Kamakura, Meiji Shrine, Himeji Castle, the island Okinawa & Hokkaido, Hiroshima Peace Park and so on. If you are adventurous and courageous then think of a plan to climb Mount Fuji in summer. The one who likes to explore wildlife should head to Hokkaido. In fact, this will be a life time opportunity to see gorgeous natural beauty of Hokkaido’s wildlife.

Total Number of Regions: 8 (eight)
Total Number of Prefectures: 47 (Forty Seven)
Japan country code: +81
Japan’s Major Cities: Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka, Yokohama, Kyoto, Nagoya, Sendai, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka.

Gion Matsuri in Kyoto. Photo Credit: Hideyuki KAMON at Flickr.

Many festivals like Obon, Nebuta, Sapporo Snow Festival, Gion Matsuri, Ume, Hanami, Hanabi and etc. are usually held annually in Japan. You never ever can forget the beauty of cherry blossoms and autumn leaves colors once you experience them yourself. Head to Kyoto, Hakone, Tohoku, Tokyo, Niigata, Nikko, Hokkaido, Nara and Osaka for viewing colored autumn leaves and experience the fall beauty. Endless joys and unforgettable experience would make you feel great. All these places including participation in the festival should be in your Japan bucket list.

The oldest hotel in Japan: Hoshi Ryokan (World’s oldest hotel)
Japan’s most famous ski resort: Niseko, Hokkaido
Japan’s earliest sunrise city: Nemuro
Japan’s longest and largest river: Shinano River

Bird on a Cherry Tree During Spring. Photo credit: Gabriel Rodríguez at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Japanese people are very much friendly, helpful, polite and have good personality. They do respect elders and guests. Most of the people adore the nature and that’s for what they eagerly wait to see cherry blossoms in spring and maple leaves in fall. To have a very good time with Japanese people you should know certain etiquette which will lead you to be a good friends of them.

Japan religion: Buddhism & Shinto
Japan’s National Animal: Raccoon Dog
Japan’s National Bird: Green pheasant, Red-crowned Crane
Japan’s National Sport: Sumo

Red maple leaves in Kyoto. Photo Credit: Tetsuji Sakakibara at Flickr.

Traditional Japanese costume is worn on formal occasions. In summer, people (male & female including children) go out to see fireworks display wearing light Yukata. While on the other hand, women’s first formal dress is Kimono. They wear it for celebrating special occasions such as wedding, anniversary, public events and etc. In modern Japan, styles of Japanese street fashion along with traditional costume ideas attract many fashion enthusiasts coming from different parts of the world.

Japan’s biggest winter festival: Sapporo Snow Festival
Japan’s longest suspension bridge: Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
Japan’s largest city by population: Yokohama
Japan’s largest island: Honshu

Tokyo fashion! Photo Credit: René Mayorga at Flickr.

Japanese arts & crafts are widely popular. Each and every year, many visitors arrive in Japan to explore the traditional and modern architecture, Japanese traditional gardens, tea ceremony, origami, bonsai, contemporary arts, literature, yukata, kimono, ikebana, japan manga, anime, movies, calligraphy and etc. Everything is just built and created by the original artists. Their arts works have fascinated millions of visitors hearts who really have intention to discover them all.

Japan’s National Flower: Cherry Blossom (Sakura)
Japan’s National Dress: Kimono
Japan’s National Food: Japanese persimmon
Japan’s National Fish: Japanese Koi

Beautiful garden at Ginkakuji, Kyoto. Photo Credit: Takuma Kimura at Flickr.

Traditional Japanese cuisine includes sushi, tempura, tofu, soba, green tea, rice, ramen, udon, yakitori, pickles, sashimi and various alcohols. When it comes to talking about Japanese food and table manners then first a very delicious mouthwatering food called sushi appears in your mind. You surly would be nostalgic while having it at a Japanese restaurant in Japan if you ever have tasted it in your country.

Japan’s most famous & tallest mountain: Mt. Fuji
Japan’s Deepest Lake: Lake Tazawa (423 meters)
Japan’s most windy city: Wakkanai
Japan’s most fastest Train: Maglev Bullet Train

Delicious sushi. Photo Credit: cyclonebill at Flickr.

Japan has interesting history, arts, rich culture & tradition, variety of foods, beautiful landscape, amazing architecture (Shrine, Buddhist temple, Castles, Samurai residences), wildlife, and seasonal beauty. At the time you visit us, please make sure you buy the cutest (Kawaii) souvenirs from the shopping stores located all over Japan.

So, have you got your answer why you should visit Japan in future? If you really want to explore all these things in real life, you need to have a well organized travel plan, and just to help you out Kyuhoshi.com shares latest Japan travel guides that include finding the best hotel deals, featuring the best seasonal attractions/festivals, sakura and fall foliage forecast, and suggested itineraries.