From time immemorial, the shores of Japan have been the first part of Asia to be awakened by the rising sun. Each day the four main islands of Japan - Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu - would emerge again from darkness into light, revealing a land of steep mountains, verdant forests, simmering hot springs and wave-swept coasts. Stretching for some 3,000 kilometers from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south, its terrain encompasses vacation pleasures that range from the world-class hiking and skiing of alpine peaks to the sunny pleasures of tropical beaches. Formed aeons ago by volcanic activity, some two-thirds of its area is composed of mountains, and it features many short, swift rivers, forested slopes and narrow coastal plains. With a population of about 123 million people, most of its citizens live on the four main islands, and particularly in an urban belt that runs from Osaka to Tokyo.
From ancient times, the land and people of Japan have met to create a rich and varied culture with a vibrant and fascinating history. Year-round, the Japanese landscape is subtly altered by the progression of four distinct seasons. The unique flavor of Japan’s traditional culture, from the language of Haiku poetry to the patterns that make up a kimono’s fabric, has been shaped and matured by its seasons. With a traditional culture nurtured in some 2,000 years of unbroken civilization, Japan’s temples, shrines and castle towns are among its most seductive draws. For cultural enrichment, its native arts of Kabuki and Noh theater, Sumi-e painting and Ukiyo-e woodblock printing, Shakuhachi flute and Koto playing offer bountiful rewards. And for lively nightlife and relaxing entertainment, Japan’s cities are hosts to opera and ballet, pop and jazz performers both domestic and from all around the world.
Suggested Japan Discoveries
- HOSTED TOURS - Hosted Tours in Japan.
- CUSTOMIZED PROGRAMS - As specialists on this destination, we can prepare “the” specific itinerary you desire with the exact services you need. If you would like to have “your own” itinerary, contact us and advise us of all your requirements