Travel to Japan on your own: author's guide to the Land of the Rising Sun

Travel to Japan on your own: author's guide to the Land of the Rising Sun

Spring has come into its own, the snow has already melted, the trees are in bloom, and Japan, with every right to that, can finally celebrate the end of the old woman winter, which froze all the bones. Of course, everyone loves spring. But isn't there too much talk about spring lately? Isn't it time to talk about summer as well? Isn't it time to talk about the reasons why it makes sense to go to Japan in the summer?

Perhaps the reasons are in the exhausting heat or in the humid stuffiness that turns the air into jelly, or the whole point is that you can hear only about spring and how beautiful it is, but everyone completely forgets that Summer is also a great time, and there are a number of reasons why summer can be the best time to travel to Japan.

So why is summer a great time to travel to Japan, and what are these reasons? Here they are!

Less queues and more discounts

In all honesty, one thing is certain about Japan - hell would rather freeze over than be able to stay in line at least once during your stay in Japan. In a country with a high level of domestic tourism, places like the Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto and the Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo will always be crowded with visitors. But the bottom line is that for the most part it is in the summer that there are much fewer people there than, for example, in spring or autumn. When the air temperature rises, the number of visitors in shopping malls decreases markedly. The only place this rule doesn't work with is the beaches!

It is also important that in summer it is much cheaper to travel, because the prices for hotel rooms are lower than in spring, winter or autumn.


When you think of Japan, the picture with golden beaches, lazily rolling waves and the sun gently baking on the sides does not appear in your imagination. But given almost thirty thousand kilometers of coastline, one cannot help but assume that Japan should have at least a few good beaches.

Some of Japan's finest beaches are located on the subtropical islands of Okinawa (accessible by a very short and convenient domestic flight), but even if you don't have time to get that far, there are many more. wonderful beaches along the coastline of the main part of Japan.

Hiking & Mount Fuji

Despite the fact that in the cities located at sea level, there is incredible heat in the summer, if you go up the mountains, the air temperature there remains cool and quite bearable - just ideal for hiking in mountain tourism. A feature of the geography of Japan is that in the highlands (such as the Japanese Alps, Kamikochi, and the mountains of the Ki Peninsula), you can find truly amazing places that amaze the imagination with their beauty and picturesqueness in the summer.

And if the spirit of adventurism is not alien to you and you are not afraid of challenges, then the season of climbing Mount Fuji begins in July and ends in early September, so there will be plenty of time to conquer this peak. An undoubted plus in this venture is also the fact that the ascent does not require any special technical training or equipment, and on the route you can even see families with children and respectable townspeople of age who overcome the path without apparent effort.

Scuba Diving

Japan attracts nearly thirty million visitors a year. Tokyo is a major attraction and often tops the list of the most popular places to visit, but the capital is not the only reason Japan is such a popular country. Japan is much more than just Tokyo.

Japan is rife with natural wonders. They are just as outstanding and can easily compete with anything human has ever created and displayed in one of Tokyo's technology museums or exhibitions. Japanese art is often inspired by local landscapes, and when you see it, you will begin to understand why.

What are the best natural attractions in Japan? Here are ten of the best you cannot miss when visiting the country.

Takachiho Gorge (Takachiho-cho)

Takahiho Gorge is truly a living version of Japanese art. The gorge has one hundred meters high walls of basalt rocks that rise above the blue-green waters of the Gokase River. The gray slate vertical cliffs are adorned with moss and overgrown trees, creating an atmosphere magical enough to inspire the birth of legends. Along a narrow channel, the Minainotaki Falls descends from top to bottom, giving the Takachiho Gorge an even more mesmerizing and mythical appearance.

Practical information: You can enjoy the views of this incredible nature in Japan on foot or by boat. To see the splendor on foot, follow the one-kilometer trail along the cliff tops, then exit to the wooden observation deck by the waterfall. It takes a little rowing to navigate the gorge by boat and it takes about half an hour. Small three-seater rowing boats can be rented for around 2,000 yen at the southern end of the gorge. This is a popular way to see the stunning scenery of the gorge, so come early or you miss the boat. If arriving at Takahiho Gorge by car, expect to pay 500 yen for all-day parking.

Tottori Sand Dunes (Tottori Sakyu)

The last thing most people associate with Japan is the desert-style landscape. But Japan has one region of shifting sands, which is why it is such a popular tourist attraction with over two million visitors a year. The Tottori Sand Dunes is an 18 square miles coastal dune in Tottori Prefecture, Japan that constantly changes shape depending on which way the wind blows. This mini-Sahara, which stretches nearly six miles along the Tottori coastline, is over a mile wide in places and even has its place in the history of Japanese cinema.

Practical Information: There are several great ways to see the Tottori Dunes, and which one you choose depends on your energy level and your desire for adventure. If walking on the sand seems too stressful, try the funicular ride. It lasts five minutes and you get incredible views of the dunes from above for just 200 yen.

To explore the dunes on foot and keep your usual shoes, rent a pair of boots from any of the gift shops nearby. Lockers can be rented to store your personal belongings and keep them from being lost in the desert sands.

Don't miss visiting the sand museum or souvenir shops. There are interesting exhibitions related to sand, and you can buy chocolate souvenir chocolate bars at home.

Any real traveler should visit Japan at least once in his life. You will not find anything similar on our planet anywhere else - even the geographically close and developmental South Korea does not make the same stunning impression as Japan.

Japan is an amazing fusion of carefully guarded ancient traditions and ultra-modern technologies. A bonus is the unique Japanese mentality, organization and everyday habits - for example, I have not seen such ideal cleanliness on a national scale anywhere else in the world (even in Singapore, famous for its sterility).

There is an opinion that it is very difficult to travel in Japan on your own - they say, you need to know the language, the customs are strange, everything is expensive, although the Japanese smile, they keep a fig in their pockets .. With this guide, I will try as much as I can dispel these myths. Firstly, basic English vocabulary is quite enough for traveling in Japan - it is quite enough to solve almost all the questions that arise along the way. As for prices, their level is quite comparable with Western Europe. Transport in Japan runs with pharmaceutical precision and, importantly, it is cheaper for foreigners than for the Japanese - provided that you purchase the JR Pass or one of the regional passes of Japan Railways and other transport companies in advance.

In addition, several low-cost airlines have recently appeared in Japan, and now prices for domestic flights are often significantly cheaper than for comparable distances in Russia.

Arriving in the country on your own, you will inevitably find here something that will amaze you and will be remembered for a lifetime. For some, it will be the legions of Tokyo sararimans storming the famous pedestrian crossing in Shibuya at rush hour, for others - bright scarlet November maples against the background of Fuji or cherry blossoms against the background of a snow-white castle in Himeji, as if descended from the "Shadow of a warrior "Kurosawa, but for someone - amazing cleanliness and neatness of absolutely everything that falls on the eye. Fans of "Madame Butterfly" make sense to get to Nagasaki, and fans of Akunin's "Diamond Chariot" - to spend at least a day in Yokohama. The main thing is not to limit your acquaintance with Japan to Tokyo alone. Just as in Russia Moscow can give an idea of ​​the whole country, so Tokyo is far from the whole of Japan.

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Points of interest in the text correspond to their numbers on the map of Japan.

Central Honshu: 1. Tokyo - 2. Kyoto - 3. Yokohama - 4. Nikko - 5. Kamakura - 6. Hakone - 7. Five Fuji Lakes - 8. Odawara - 9. Nara - 10. Himeji - 11. Mount Koya - 12. Kobe - 13 Osaka - 14. Kanazawa - 15. Takayama - 16. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama - 17. Nagoya

Chugoku Region (Honshu Island west of Osaka): 18. Miyajima - 19. Hiroshima - 20. Okayama - 21. Takahashi - 22. Naoshima - 23. Kurashiki - 24. Tomonoura - 25. Onomichi - 26. Hagi

Tohoku Region (northeastern part of Honshu Island): 27. Matsushima - 28. Kakunodate - 29. Hiraizumi - 30. Hirosaki

Kyushu Island: 31. Kagoshima - 32. Nagasaki - 33. Beppu

Shikoku Island: 34. Matsuyama - 35. Kotohira - 36. Iya Valley

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