As a westerner travelling to Japan, it can provide some of the most spectacularly exotic, alien environments and cultures to check out and explore, with a rich history, booming tech industry, amazing arts and culture, as well as a beautifully defined and delicious cuisine. It can really make for a stunning holiday, and exploring Japan can be an incredibly rewarding and exciting experience, especially on your own. When touring Japan on your own you’re really immersed in the culture, and it can be the ultimate way to get to know such a spectacularly interesting, proud and exciting nation and country.
Japan isn’t just for those who love exploring cities. With spectacular landscapes in the form of mountains, beaches and woodland, Japan can make an excellent hiking, skiing and snowboarding, scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing or cycling destination too. With the vast, spectacular and breath-taking hiking trails of Northern Japan (Hokkaido), there’s plenty of places to walk and cycle, as well as the magical and ethereal Oirase National Park. If you love being outdoors, you’re going to love Japan.
If you’re into your history, and have got a real interest in the local histories and traditions of a place, then Japan is basically ideal. With an ancient history of Buddhism, early Japan was separated out into clans, which were proud and warlike, and birthed the legendary samurai. This is a culture that helped found the whole concept of the warrior monk, the samurai, and the ninja, along with a lot of the rest of the Far East, and these concepts absolutely litter western films, video games and literature. Modern day Japan has plenty of museums and galleries for you to explore, with the galleries filled with relics and artwork from Japans long history of craftsmanship and artistry.
If you’re interested in technology, Japan should be a veritable heaven for you. With some of the most technologically advanced cities in the world, and a booming tech and video game industry, if you like your cities modern, Japan is not going to disappoint. With cityscapes that look like scenes from sci-fi movies like Blade Runner, and the famous vending machines selling literally everything, you’re going to feel like you’ve time travelled a couple hundred years into the future.
Japan’s world-renowned tech really is something to behold, and nothing more so than the famous bullet-trains. The Shinkansen train lines are among the most technologically advanced in the world, and allow you to travel at speeds of 150 to 200 miles per hour, which makes getting around the country and between the many islands very quick and simple, while letting you see the many sights that Japan has to offer.
Here’s the big one; cuisine. We all love eating, it’s a fact. But here in the west our diet is very, very different to the Japanese one. For one thing, we consume milk, which simply isn’t a thing over there. While that might seem a random point to raise, you’ve got to think about the differences that allow Japanese cuisine to be quite so different. With a huge focus on fish and vegetable based dishes and ranging from sushi to their exotic fast food options, Japanese cuisine is always going to be an experience a million miles from what we have here at home.