Japan

Japan – a country brimming with adventure and innovation! Combining rich ancient history with futuristic technology, Japan is a country of striking contrasts.

Japan is a country that many dream of travelling to because it is famous for so much –  samurai swords, Manga, sumo wrestling, sushi, Geishas and cherry blossom – to name just a few. There is no surprise Japan remains consistently at the top of many traveller’s bucket list – there is always so much to see!

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“Land of the rising sun”

Japan, or Nihon as locals call it, is home to approximately 127 million people! This populous country is brimming with history. With a history spanning back approximately to 10,000 BC, Japan has evolved from a primarily agricultural country to a forerunner on the global stage.

The primary language, spoken by 122 million people worldwide, is Japanese, making it the ninth most spoken language in the world. Motor vehicles, computers and other technology are Japan’s top exports and this has led to them being a key player in technological advances worldwide. Famous for their state of the art bullet trains, high speed internet and their top spec toilets, everything runs like clockwork – making it a efficient and easy country to travel to.

Many travellers rush to Japan during the springtime, eager to snap a shot of the stunning blossom trees. However, Japan is amazing to visit all year round.

Winter: snow-capped peaks in the north make Japan a perfect place for snow sport fanatics.

Summer: June and July can be hot with rainy intervals. There is so much going on during the summer, including festivals and the opening of Mount Fuji to keen climbers.

Autumn: the crowds have dispersed making September and October a much calmer time to travel. Typhoons often last only 2 days and once over, the weather is clear with stunning bright blue skies. At this time, the leaves begin to change making this a beautiful time of year to visit.

Sumo wrestling is Japan’s national sport. With a history of over 1500 years, sumo wrestling is taken very seriously in Japan. Wrestlers dedicate their life to their sport, eating and sleeping at a sumobeya (a training stable or centre). Other well loved sports in Japan include baseball, judo and karate.

Head to the vibrant cities and witness cutting edge fashions, innovative cafes and busy streets lit up by neon signs. Then jump on a efficient bullet train and enter the calm, beautiful countryside. Visit zen gardens and Buddhist temples to meditate, float in the bubbling hot springs or head to mountains to spend time on the snowy peaks. Whether you love history, food or modern culture, Japan is the perfect destination. Why not find out why other travellers love it so much and plan your very own trip!