Japan's unique culture and traditions can be found in every corner of this island nation. It's character has been shaped over centuries by its natural beauty, varied climate and mannerly people. We know how exciting a visit to Japan can be and we're eager to both keep you inspired and help with planning. We've compiled a sample of inspirational information and helpful resources to keep the wanderlust alive! Click away and learn about Japan, but do check back again as we will update and refresh this page with new inspirational material. If you prefer to receive updates directly in your inbox, join our Japan wish list by emailing us here. If a journey to Japan is in your future, be sure to click below on our upcoming journey to learn about the experience, as well as stories from our blogging archives to get you started. Contact us here if you can't find what you're looking for, we're here to help!
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Japan, long the economic powerhouse of Asia, is for many outsiders a complete mystery. Seen as the dominant force in electronics, automobiles and heavy industry, we know relatively little of its history, culture, architecture and arts. Images of ancient temples and the Buddha are often overshadowed. Of course, Japan is much more, with its alpine villages tucked away in mountain regions that appear untouched by the modern world, its magnificent alpine and pastoral scenery and its relics of an imperial and feudal past, retained for all to see. Stay tuned for our 2022 journey details.
"There are few people out there, with even the vaguest knowledge of Japan, who would fail to recognise the poise and grace of a perfectly-coiffed, chalk-faced lady decked out in a fine silk kimono and precarious footwear. But rather than their iconic style, it’s the secrecy surrounding their profession that has fueled the curiosity of foreigners and locals alike..." READ MORE
In Japan, cherry blossoms are called Sakura, a special flower for the people and the country. The ritual of hanami in Japan refers to their traditions of “watching blossoms” together. This tradition can be traced back to the samurai of the Kamakura Period in the 12th century. But cherry blossoms aren't the only flowers to get excited about... READ MORE
“Japanese people show great pride in their heritage and they use their unique culinary delights as a form of expression in order to show their cultural heritage. It's probably the most recognizable Japanese food and has exploded in popularity in the world. As a result of the global expansion of this iconic dish, many misconceptions about sushi have developed...” READ MORE
From Our Archives
"Jelly desserts are quite popular in Japan. Among them the coffee jelly stands out as a great cold treat, and you can find it practically in every coffee shop in Japan. Try this simple recipe I learned where I grew up in Japan, where the Japanese have jellified their cups of Joe! ..." READ MORE
“I was looking forward to visiting Japan and seeing the lovely old Pagodas and shrines and also enjoying the Sakura Cherry Blossoms but...I was not prepared for everything else that Japan has to offer. I was blown away by the cleanliness of every town and street. I was so impressed with the friendliness of the people...” READ MORE
"The sweet scent of Cherry filled the air as we marched across the bridge and up to the giant gate of Osaka Castle. Hundreds of trees were dressed in an explosion of brilliant white and pink blossoms. The warm sun bathed the wandering gardens where several brides in traditional Uchikake kimonos were being photographed..." READ MORE
"Arriving in Japan, one can’t help but feel special and very much welcomed. From porters, coach drivers, waiters, hotel staff, tour guides and locals passing on the street, everyone bows to greet one another. On the ultra modern bullet train, a staff member delivered lovely lunch boxes to each of our seats. As she was leaving our car, she turned and quietly bowed..." READ MORE
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