Japan Travel InfoPosted on April 27th, 2009 No comments
Japanese cherry blossoms-sakura-are named for the Princess Kono-han-sakuya-ime (tree-flower-blooming-princess), who, according to legend, dropped from heaven onto a cherry tree. As a national love affair with a long history, cherry blossom time is observed with almost religious zeal. Japan under the trees of whispy pink cherry blossom trees, the Japanese eat picnic lunches, drink sake, view the cherry blossom flowers, and have a merry time. Autumn is another beautiful time in Japan. Our regular programmes occur in fall, as well as our Festivals and Theatres tour that includes the Meiji Jingu at Tokyo’s main Shinto shrine, the Daimyo Goretsu Festival in Hakone, and the spectacular temples and shrines at Kyoto, Nikko, and Koya-san, where we stay at a Buddhist temple.
Traveller Testimonial: Just wanted to tell you that the trip to Japan was wonderful! I can’t praise [Tour Leader] Steven enough for his knowledge of the country and its history, as well as his organizational abilities. We saw so many great and wonderful things; some of my favorites were the temple of Hokokuji and the bamboo gardens, the outdoor sculpture gardens of Hakone, the incredible shrines and temples, and not to forget the Tsukijii fish market! -Lynn Walker
Japan Food: Japanese cuisine involves very subtle flavours – fresh crisp vegetables and an absence of richness. Specialties include teriyaki (marinated beef/chicken/fish served on a hot plate); sukiyaki (thin slices of beef, bean curd and vegetables cooked in soy sauce and then dipped in egg); tempura (deep fried seafood and vegetables); sushi (slices of raw seafood placed on lightly-vinegared rice ball); and sashimi (slices of raw seafood dipped in soy sauce). Breakfasts on our Japan tours will be simple, with a combination of Western and Japanese items – breads, fruit, pickles, rice, black and /or green tea and coffee.
Local beverages are plentiful in Japan, including beers and sake, a strong rice wine served warm. Restaurants chosen for our evening meals may have table service or raised floor seating where it is customary to remove footware. Dining out in Japan is part of the overall cultural experience as great emphasis is placed on presentation, ritual, and service. Though the meals provided will be predominantly Japanese, there will always be variety of dishes offered (ie don’t worry, Japanese food is much more than just raw fish). Western dishes may be available, but please note that these will likely be Japanese versions of Western food, and not necessarily what you are expecting.
Traveller Testimonial: The different temples, parks, mansions, museums etc visited could not have been improved on. The volcanoes and mountains all added to the wonderful diversity of places visited. Being in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and seeing the War Memorials was special. They epitomize man’s inhumanity to man. We have spoken to many friends regarding this trip/experience and the first points we mention are ‘how civilised the Japanese people are’ and ‘how safe it is to travel there’. We also mention ‘Adventures Abroad’. -Gordon and Doreen Hambrook
Traveller Testimonial: This Adventures Abroad tour offered the most comprehensive itinerary for Japan that I have ever come across. I have been waiting to go to Japan for years and was delighted to find this trip itinerary. The tour was fantastic, well organized, great opportunities for connection with local culture and transportation was great on the bullet trains. The food was incredible and diverse and for me the highlights would include visiting cultural sites (temples, castles, Geisha theatre dance in Kyoto) and experiencing spiritual aspects of Japanese culture in the Zen Gardens. -Catherine Coulthard
Weather: Both Spring and early Autumn tours can expect warm to hot temperatures with moderate humidity. April dates can expect daytime high temperatures of about 23-26 C (74-78 F), with chilly mornings and evenings. Humidity is higher for our early Fall (Sep/Oct) departures, with temperatures ranging from 25-30 C (78-86 F). Our later Fall Festival Tour (ZJF) will experience much cooler temperatures in some locations (ie 12-15 C / 50 – 60 F in Osaka; 5 – 10 C / 40 – 50 F in Hakone and Kyoto), and especially in mountain (ie Koya-san, which can have snow in November!) and seaside regions (Sado Island). Rain showers can occur at any time, though their likelihood decreases the later we get into the Fall.
The ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ comprises more than 3,000 islands sprinkled across the mighty Pacific Ocean and though it is inferior in size to many a country, it certainly packs a lot within its borders. Not only is it one of the most populous and densely populated countries in the world, but Japan also offers travellers a huge spectrum of variety of attraction and experience, so much so that it’s often difficult to fit it all in under a time constraint. It is a land of glistening skyscrapers and lush greenery on mountainsides, co-existing traditional and modern lifestyles, intermingling cultures and highly hospitable people. Our Japan tours are the ideal way to cover the many historic and cultural facets and sights and with us, you’ll soon discover for yourself why Japan remains among the top tour destinations for travellers.
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