The island chain of Japan radiates intrigue in every sense of the word. Prosperous in cultural and historical uniqueness, the Land of the Rising Sun beckons the travelling enthusiast. From the far northern reaches of icy Hokkaido to the tranquil shores of Okinawa’s many breathtaking islands, Japan offers an unparalleled getaway for holiday makers of all desires.

Japan is an archipelago nation. The majority of the population lives on the four main islands of Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku. However, due to Japan’s alpine backbone, the 125 million people generally live in the larger, coastal cities, such as Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. These cities are fantastic tourist destinations boasting world-renowned shopping districts, delectable Japanese cuisine and modern innovations.

For those travellers desiring to experience Japanese culture, then townships away from the major coastal cities provide a plethora of historical and cultural activities dating back to preceding eras (or periods). Everything from paper making, to rice growing, to Japanese calligraphy can be found. If ancient Japan is what you’re after, then you cannot miss a trip to Kyoto, an ancient capital of this fascinating nation. Unforgettable temples, castles and shrines await the traveller with anticipation, such as the Golden Temple and Nijo Castle.

Fujiyoshida, Japan

Fujiyoshida, Japan

Intertwined with the cosmopolitan jungle that is Japan stands the ancient hearth of most major cities. A trip to these bustling metropolises of Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Hiroshima is incomplete without a visit to each city’s ancient castle. The castles are basically museums showcasing Japan of old, and are usually located in the centre of the city, making them very easily accessible.

Hotels in Japan

The capital city, Tokyo, along with most other major Japanese cities, has an abundance of hotels and inns. The price varies depending on where you choose to stay, and the style of accommodation. However, for a comfortable stay in a popular area, prices are in the upper price bracket. However, due to the convenience of Japan’s unrivalled transit system, tourists can stay in almost any area and still travel easily to desired attractions.

Airports in Japan

Visitors to Japan can fly into any of the international airports, such Narita (Tokyo), Centrair (Nagoya), and Kansai (Osaka/Kobe). The largest carrier is Japan Airlines; however, most major airlines from surrounding nations provide flights into Japan. For travellers deciding to embark on their Japanese escape, the Shinkansen or bullet train provides fast and efficient access between the country’s major destinations.