In this country, you can go skiing and sandboarding in the desert, swim in the ocean and explore mysterious ancient cities under water, go rafting on logs and jump with a parachute. We tell you what options for fun and active recreation Japan offers.
Yonaguni, a small island in Okinawa Prefecture, is called the "Japanese Atlantis". In the spring of 1985, in the coastal waters of Yonaguni, local diving instructor Kihachiro Aratake stumbled upon a strange object.
Not far from the coast, he saw a huge stone monument. Its wide flat platforms, covered with ornaments of rectangles and rhombuses, turned into intricate terraces running down in large steps. The edge of the monument went vertically down to a depth of 27 meters.
In 2001, a special scientific conference was held in Japan, where the majority of Japanese scientists supported the version that the found monument is a trace of an ancient civilization. However, the controversy continues to this day ...
Tourists have the opportunity to form their own impression of the megalith: you can dive to the mysterious find and swim among its ruins.
Extreme underwater excursions will be given by formidable underwater inhabitants - sharks and barracudas, the likelihood of meeting them is very high. o, according to local divers, predatory fish are neutral towards tourists, not attacking them.
You can surf in the coastal waters of several prefectures in the south of the country: these are Miyazaki, Chiba, Shikoku, Yamanashi (Lake Motosu).
There are also quieter options, for example, SUP-surfing, which is easier and more affordable for beginners and inexperienced riders. It's worth coming to Okinawa for that.
A unique opportunity to combine SUP and yoga is on Ishigaki, a calm SUP walk is also guaranteed on Miyajima.
A trip to the Land of the Rising Sun is considered the cherished dream of many vacationers who want to discover all the delights and secrets of this mysterious state. Here you can admire the mountains that occupy most of the country, and snow on their tops lays for almost a whole year. It is important to take into account that Japan is abundantly provided with water resources, which, combined with the hard work of the Japanese, allows agriculture to develop fully.
Each nation is proud of its national culinary traditions, which differ from others in specific dishes. And Japan is no exception in this matter. And gastronomic tourism in Japan is becoming more and more popular, because everyone dreams of trying local delicacies with unique taste.
Japanese cuisine is unusual for an ordinary European, while it is still different from the cuisine of other Asian countries. The main rule is respect and reverent attitude towards food and its original appearance. The secret of the national cuisine of the Land of the Rising Sun also lies in the correct selection of products and the beauty of presenting the finished culinary masterpiece.
The Japanese prefer only healthy food, so this fact largely determines the high rates of human life expectancy.
One of the main ingredients in the traditional recipe is rice, which is included in the diet of every inhabitant. A huge number of dishes can be prepared from such products. It is only important to choose which components to combine and use it with.
After all, the traditional component of breakfast can be called gohan (crumbly rice) with bean soup or pickled cucumbers, rice with dried fish and boiled vegetables is most often served for lunch, but in the evening - the same product, but only with strong meat broth and raw fish.
A very popular dish of this area is raw fish - sashami. It is cut into small pieces, which must be dipped in soy sauce, in which wasabi (horseradish) is diluted, before use. Also, do not forget about sushi, during the preparation of which the fish is also not subjected to heat treatment. This helps to maintain its taste and natural aroma.
At the same time, the national Japanese cuisine is known all over the world for such culinary delights:
Travel agents are increasingly requesting ski tours to Japan. "Vestnik ATOR" has collected in one material practical information about the main ski resorts of this country and expert advice - where in Japan to send tourists with different preferences for winter holidays.
Few people know, but Japan is the most popular ski destination in the Asian region. There are as many as five hundred (!) Ski resorts in Japan. Just think - as many as 500! This is more than in France, Switzerland or Russia. Without exaggeration, people travel to Japan from all over the world to ride.
One of the main reasons is high quality snow and comfortable skiing conditions. The ski season on the Japanese slopes is long: frequent snowfalls without piercing winds allow you to enjoy the slopes from November to May. The Alps can only envy this duration.
And even in the Alps, where "pokatushki" are comparable to skiing pleasure in Japan, there is no such snow as on the Japanese slopes. Japanese snow is light and fluffy! "Powder" or, as it is also called, "powder" is a fresh, untouched soft cover that creates ideal conditions for skiing for both beginners and professionals.
Sliding on such snow, as experts say, is akin to moving in zero gravity. This snow is good for cornering, tacking and speed control.
Ski slopes in Japan are created with a special aesthetics: everything is done so that you do not just ski, but also certainly admire the mountainous and snowy landscapes around.
And you can do this even in the dark: in Japan, evening skiing is popular, when the slopes are illuminated with many cozy lights, and the descent from the mountain turns into an unforgettable enchanting action.
All types of skiing and snowing activities are available in Japan: alpine skiing and snowboarding, ski jumping, roller coasters, snow rafting, sleigh rides, snowmobiles and dog sledding. So you can go to the ski slopes of Japan with the whole family: everyone will find something to do according to their interests.
It is worth mentioning one more "trick" of ski holidays in Japan - this is the thermal "après-ski". There are more than 3 thousand hot springs in Japan, or onsen in Japanese. Onsen is a place of quiet relaxation, contemplation of nature.
Healing mineral water helps soothe tense muscles and relax after a day of active skiing. Onsen - open or closed - are available at every ski resort.
Do you know where one of the snowiest places in the world is? In Japan. Welcome to Hokkaido, the northern Japanese island, which is even called "Japanese Siberia" due to the abundance of snow.
Characteristics and Resources of the Sea of Japan
The water area of the Sea of Japan belongs to the Pacific Ocean, or rather, to its western part. Located near Sakhalin Island, between Asia and Japan. Washes South and North Korea, Japan and the Russian Federation.
Although the reservoir belongs to the ocean basin, it is well insulated from it. This affects both the salinity of the Sea of Japan and its fauna. The overall water balance is regulated by outflows and inflows through straits. It practically does not participate in water exchange (small contribution: 1%).
It is connected with other water bodies and the Pacific Ocean by 4 straits (Tsushima, Soyu, Mamaiya, Tsugaru). The surface area is about 1062 km 2. The average depth of the Sea of Japan is 1753 m, the greatest is 3742 m. It is difficult to freeze, only its northern part is covered with ice in winter.
Hydronym is generally accepted, but disputed by the Korean powers. They argue that the name is literally imposed on the world by the Japanese side. In South Korea, it is called the East Sea, and the North uses the name Korean East Sea.
The problems of the Sea of Japan are directly related to the environment. They could be called typical, if not for the fact that the reservoir is washed by several states at once. They have different policies for the protection of sea waters, so the influence of people also varies. Among the main problems are the following:
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The climate of the Sea of Japan is moderate and monsoon. The northern and western parts of the sea are much colder than the southern and eastern ones. In the coldest months (January-February) the average air temperature in the northern part of the sea is about -20 ° C, and in the south is about +5 ° C. The summer monsoon brings warm and humid air with it. The average air temperature of the warmest month (August) in the northern part is about +15 ° C, in the southern regions it is about +25 ° C. In autumn, the number of typhoons caused by hurricane winds increases. The largest waves have a height of 8-10 m, and during typhoons the maximum waves reach a height of 12 m.
Japan (日本, Nihon, Nippon), officially “Nihon koku”, “Nippon koku” (日本国) is a country in East Asia, located on the islands of the Japanese archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, east of Russia, China, North and South Korea. Japan is washed by the Sea of Okhotsk in the north, the Sea of Japan in the west and the East China Sea in the south. The country, covering an area of 377,973 km², is home to 126,440,000 people (2018 data).
The Japanese archipelago consists of 6852 islands, the largest of which are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku - their territory is 3/5 of the entire area of Japan. The highest point in the country is Mount Fuji, an active volcano.
The Japanese call their country "Nippon" or "Nihon" (日本), with the first option being official (banknotes, postage stamps, etc.), the second being household. The inhabitants of Japan call themselves “nihonjin” (日本人), and their language is “nihongo” (日本語).
The name "Land of the Rising Sun" appeared because "Nihon" literally means "source (homeland) of the Sun", as the Chinese called Japan in their correspondence with the Japanese emperor during the Nara period. Prior to this, the country was called Yamato (大 和), or Wa (倭) and Wagoku (倭国).
The most logical way to get to Japan is by plane. Japan, small in size, has 173 airports, the main international airports are:
Direct flights from Russia to Japan are available on the following airlines:
In addition, you can get to Japan with transfers in Europe and Asia - by aircraft of Lufthansa airlines - through Munich; Finnair via Helsinki; KLM - via Amsterdam; Korean Air - via Seoul and others. All options can be found using the form below.
Japan is surrounded on all sides by the sea, so the sea route to the country is also logical. Regular ferry services from Russia to Japan are carried out by two companies.