This East Asian country is full of treasures and beautiful discoveries. Take advantage of a stay in the Land of the Rising Sun to experience its culture and traditions. Did you know that you have to take off your shoes before entering restaurants? Japan is a leader in innovation and high-end technology. We can also thank Japan for karate, karaoke, delicious sushi, emojis, Nintendo and Pokémon. The Japanese people are constantly evolving and they will undoubtedly impress you!
Capital of Japan, Tokyo, is a perfect blend of modernity and tradition. This avant-garde metropolis will surprise you with its enormous size. Fashionistas should visit the Shibuya district to discover the latest trends, and more specifically, visit Shibuya Tower 109, where there are more than a hundred boutiques for women. If you are a fan of the movie Hatchi, a stop at the mythical statue of Hachiko is a must. Exactly like in the feature film, the bronze is located at the exit of the train station. Did you know that it is possible to visit the city aboard a go-kart dressed-up as Mario (Nintendo)? Oh yes it is possible!
Former imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is the center of ancient Japanese culture where many traditions originate. This city has a lot to offer. Take a walk in the geisha district, the Monkey Park and the Bamboo Forest. Visit the majestic Fushimi Inari Shrine with its 10,000 torii gates or experience a traditional tea ceremony. Rent a traditional kimono and wear it for a full day. You will experience a unique and memorable immersion. An unforgettable experience!
Nicknamed the "Island of Gods", Miyajima Island is one of the most visited sites and one of the three most beautiful places in Japan. This is a sacred island and tree cutting is prohibited. Visitors are greeted by a torii which seems to float on water. This torii is the door between the world of the profane and the world of the gods. Itsukushima Shrine, located on the same island, has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1996. The shrine witnessed more than 1,400 years of Japanese history. You will fall in love with this site!
You will certainly be impressed in front of Mount Fuji. This volcanic cone-shaped mountain is the highest mountain in Japan, at 3,776 m. Although it is still active, its last eruption dates back to 1707. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people climb Mount Fuji. Admiring the sunrise at its summit is simply magical. You will have a splendid view of the city of Tokyo, the Japanese Alps and the Pacific Ocean. Arakurayama Sengen Park is the ideal place to photograph Mount Fuji. Visiting in spring when all 650 cherry trees are in bloom is a sight of beauty!
A port city and Japan's third largest city, Osaka is known for its gastronomy, nightlife and modern architecture. A stroll along Dotonbori Street is an activity not to be missed. This is the perfect place to enjoy famous restaurants and street food. You can enjoy local dishes such as okonomiyaki (Japanese omelettes) and takoyaki (octopus fritters). A day at Universal Studios Japan, a visit to the popular Osaka Castle and a visit to the Kaiyukan Aquarium are tourist attractions that are sure to please you.
The country's official currency is the Japanese Yen.
You will need a power adapter and maybe a converter. Electrical outlets used in Japan are not the same as in Canada. Voltage is 100V and frequency is 50Hz. Make sure your devices mention the words "INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60Hz". Otherwise, you will need a converter.
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