Background info on Japan.

Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean wit high rise filled cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Tokyo, the crowded capital, is known for its neon skyscrapers and pop culture. In contrast, Kyoto offers buddhist temples, shinto shrines, gardens and cherry blossoms. Sushi, the national dish, is served everywhere from casual pubs ti gourmet restaurants.

Food and Drinks in Japan.

Japanese cuisine offers an abundance of gastronomical delights with a boundless variety of regional and seasonal dishes as well as international cuisines. Restaurants range from mobile food stand to centuries old ryotei, atmospheric drinking places, seasonally terraces over rivers, cheap chain shops and unique theme restaurants about ninja and robots.

Food and drinks:








Japan is a shopping paradise with a wealth of stores selling everything from tradition; souvenirs and local food to the latest electronics and hottest fashion brands. Large cities, such as Tokyo and Osaka, sport several shopping district, each with their own unique character, usually grouped around major train stations. Shops are also found in shopping centers, large big box retailers , outlet malls and suborn shopping malls compete for shoppers with lots of variety.


Swimmers should be aware that strong currents and poisonous marine life, such as jellyfish, are hazards at some beaches, and inform themselves with up to date information before entering the water. Beach gores should also keep the beaches clean and take their trash away with them. Many beaches do not provide garbage cans. Certain beaches may have additional rules posted, such as noise restrictions after sunset or, in rare cases, prohibitions on alcohol. Nudity is generally not allowed in public, and nudist beaches virtually inexistent.


- Okinawa Main Island

- Kume Island

-Miyako Island

Cherry Blossoms.

The cherry blossoms is Japan's unofficial national flower. It has been celebrated for many centuries and holds a very promient position in Japanese culture. There are many dozens of different cherry tree varieties in Japan, most of which bloom for just a couple of days in spring. The seasonal spec tale is celebrated with hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties under the trees.

places to view cherry blossoms falling:

- Shinjuku Gyoen

-Ueon Park


Historic Sities.

Many Japanese cities, including Tokyo , Osaka and Nagoys, have developed as castle towns, where the local feudal lord resided in the centrally located castle, and his retainers, the samurai, lived in the district surrounding the castle.

Historic sites.

- Former castle towns

-Samuari Distic towns

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