Japan has a reputation as an expensive country to visit. But how expensive is Japan really? And how to travel Japan cheap? We give you all the answers you need here!
The international Teddy Bear Museum is the cutest museum we have ever been to! Can you imagine stepping into a house packed with thousands of fluffy cute teddy bears from all over the world?!?! Nope, me neither, that`s why we had to check it out while we were in Takyama.
And the museum did not disappoint a teddy bear lover like me! 🙂
The Japanese hot springs bath or Onsen, is one of the great staples of Japanese culture. Naturally gifted with more than 4000 natural hot springs created by volcanic activity, Japan is the hot spring enthusiast dream destination.
While visiting an Onsen is an essential part of any visit to Japan, the Japanese have their own ways of doing things. Learn all the Onsen rules here to avoid the embarrassment!
Miyajima is a small island outside of Hiroshima. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and one of Japan’s most visited tourist attractions. It`s number one attraction is the red shrine gate of Itsukushima-jinja which is standing out in the sea. It is often photographed, and you will see pictures and posters of it all over Japan. The scene of the “floating shrine gate” is ranked as one of the three best views in Japan!
Matsumoto-jo is Japan`s oldest wooden castle, built in 1595, and one of four castles designated as National Treasures.
It is magnificent with it`s contrasting black and white colors. It`s colors has given the castle the nickname Karasu-jo, meaning Crow Castle.
We had even before we went to Japan decided that Hiroshima would be on our itinerary on our Japan journey. It is a city which name is famous all over the world because of it`s sad history.
When we found out that we would actually be in Japan on the anniversary of the atomic bombing, the Peace Memorial Ceremony, we decided to schedule it in so that we would be in Hiroshima on that exact date. And we did not regret it!
After our Japan Alps journey, we took the train to Kanazawa, a small city on the west coast of Japan. Well, it turned out that it was not as small as we had thought!
Kanazawa has a lot to offer when it comes to cultural attractions, with a castle and a castle garden ranked as one of top three gardens in Japan as well as beautifully preserved Samurai and Geisha districts, temples and museums. This makes Kanazawa the drawcard in the west Hokuriku region of Japan!
The Japan Alps is a fairly big area inland of mid-Japan. This area is packed with high mountain and awesome peaks and wilderness. It surely is a hiker`s delight!
We decided to dig into some of this area, and travel/ hike along the spectacular Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route. This is a popular 90 km route, which is open from April to November, and connects Shinano-Omachi with Tateyama. It was an incredible journey through sacred mountains, wilderness, forests, impressive tunnels, high peaks, hot springs and Japan`s highest dam. Plus a ton of fresh mountain air!
It is official, Japan is one of the best culinary countries in the world! In December 2013 Washoku, the traditional cuisine of Japan, was recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage asset by UNESCO. Tokyo is thereby the unofficial culinary capital of the world, beating all other cities in terms of number of Michelin star restaurants (currently 14 with top star rating).
When we started planning our trip to Japan, my first though when it came to food was sushi, but Japanese food is so much more than sushi! Japanese cuisine is one of the world`s most diverse, with fresh vegetables, all sorts of meats and sea food, both raw, cooked and grilled. Enjoying this country`s delicious cuisine is a big reason for visiting Japan!