For our ultimate week in Japan we have picked out an itinerary that is often referred to as the Golden Route. This is a must do journey for a first-time visitor to Japan giving a real insight into this incredible country. Covering several highlights including cultural sites, historic temples, natural beauty, plus a varying range of cuisines to dazzle your taste buds.
Just three hours north-west of Tokyo by shinkansen, the modest city of Iiyama sits in the heart of the Nagano ski area. Although a largely overlooked area, Iiyama has something to offer the more adventurous traveller at any time of the year.
Kanazawa is located three hours North-West of Tokyo, in Ishikawa Prefecture, making it an easy addition to most Japan touring itineraries. Accessed easily by shinkansen the city is beautiful, historic and relatively unspoilt.
The previous capital of Japan, Kyoto is a must on every Japan itinerary. Brimming with culture, shrines and temples, as well as a beautiful Geisha district, Kyoto is the quintessential Japan of films, books and anime, just as you imagine it to be.
As Tokyo is the main point into Japan it is often required to stay a night at the beginning or end of an itinerary. For the second-time visitor this is no issue as the city offers so much, you can never get bored, and there is always something new to discover. We have put together some awesome activities from our latest trip that are well worth another stay in the capital.
A truly unique place with incredible culture, mind-boggling cities, stunning landscapes, polite and friendly people, and a spattering of weird and wonderful mixed in too. There really is something for everyone. Planning a trip to Japan can sometimes be a daunting experience for the first-time visitor so in this blog we aim to answer some of the frequently asked questions, and give you some tricks and tips, to help you experience this incredible country.
As soon as we landed in Tokyo we were greeted with glorious Japanese efficiency, cleanliness and a very polite customs officer. After checking through my rucksack and welcoming us to Japan…
I’ve never been the best at goodbyes. It was of course inevitable with our plan coming together. After months of interviews and visa processing, we were finally all set for our new life on the other side of the world…