Small group tours to Japan are a fascinating look at a country that has achieved serious success. In this town, technology and ancient traditions are intertwined. Every spring, tourists come here to see the sakura blossoms. Modern skyscrapers and technology coexist with a huge number of historical, architectural, and religious monuments.
Museums And Architectural Monuments
There's something unique about Japanese castles and palaces. They're made in a restrained style, but they're stunning. It's definitely worth checking out once you're in a hospitable country:
- Himeji Castle. Despite fires, enemy raids, and other disasters in Japan, the White Heron has survived. There are 83 buildings surrounded by sakura trees.
- Matsumoto Castle. The oldest landmark in the country. A wise bird flies across the sky with its broad wings flapping against the black walls. That's why the monument is called the Castle of the Raven.
- Osaka Castle. There are three levels below ground and five above. Located on a stone embankment, the object has gold leaf walls to withstand enemy attacks. A great view of the surrounding countryside can be had from the upper observation platform.
- Kinkaku-ji. Gold sheets cover this small architectural structure. In the middle of streams and ponds, a golden pavilion peeks out from the greenery. Originally, it was supposed to be a place of solitude.
There are lots of museums in Japan devoted to money, records, science, Western and modern art, and even cars. It's worth checking out the Ghibli museum complex with its pavilions, which tells the story of Japanese animation – anime.
Kabuki theater is a great place to see the artistic reflection of Japanese life. It's an ancient art form that dates back more than 7 centuries. There's dancing, sword fighting, and traditional music during the performance. There are 3,500 hot springs here that you can relax in. There's downhill skiing at the Hokkaido ski resort, which is called the "Japanese Alps". At the city's national parks, you can get away from the hustle and bustle and smell Japanese cherry blossoms.
The island nation has tons of temples and sanctuaries. Even if you come for a week, you won't get to see everything. Here are some popular places of worship:
- Kinkaku-ji is part of Rokuon-ji. Construction of the religious center was completed in 1937. Here was a favorite resting place for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.
- Ryōan-ji is a Buddhist temple complex. There's a dragon here, according to legend. Symbolizing the country's culture and history, this architectural monument is awesome.
- Ginkaku-ji, or the Silver Pavilion, is a Buddhist temple. Ashikaga Yoshimasa ordered it built in late 1483. His grandfather's Golden Pavilion inspired the former ruler to build the temple complex.
There's always something interesting to discover on a Japan sightseeing tour. It is the place where the sun rises, it is surrounded by natural attractions, and it is home to a unique philosophy of life. Unlike anywhere else in Europe, this is an amazing place. There's nothing like traveling through the island state in spring when cherry blossoms bloom.