Travel to Japan: Where to Go and What to Do

The Land of the Rising Sun, otherwise known as Japan, is a great destination for those who love all things anime, history, food, and shopping. Japan has something for everyone to enjoy and love. Our agents can assist you with booking your trip.

Tokyo: The Capital

Japan is made up of four main islands – Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Tokyo is the capital city of Japan, located on the island of Honshu. Tokyo is a bustling city with many shopping centers and markets. If you love shopping, Shibuya is a major business hub similar to Times Square in New York City. The Tsukiji Outer Market is famous for seafood and produce. If you love culture, enjoy sumo wrestling in the Ryogoku district or visit the Imperial Palace and gardens. Tokyo Tower is another hot spot for tourists which provides a beautiful view of the city.

Hokkaido: Museums and Culture

In northern Japan, the island of Hokkaido has beautiful lavender fields and many lakes that are also hot springs, surrounded by mountains and great ski slopes. Another favorite is the Sapporo Beer Museum which was previously a brewery in the Meiji Period (1868-1912). To get your fix of culture, head to the Fukushima Prefecture on the island of Honshu to indulge in Samurai history. If you love hitting the slopes, visit the skiing opportunities in Urabandai.

Japanese Cuisine

Of course when you think of Japan, you think of the excellent food such as sushi and ramen. Other favorites are yakiniku, which is bar-b-que, and tonkatsu, which is a meat-based dish. Many dishes in Japan include rice, seasoning, and a meat or fish of some sort. Rice and noodles are staples in Japanese cuisine and are included in almost every single meal.

Temples Galore

History buffs will enjoy visiting the temples, palaces, and gardens that Japan is famous for. Kyoto has many temples, but the most famous one is the Kiyomizu-dera Temple honoring the goddess of mercy, Kannon. Another great temple is the “Golden Pavilion,” or the Kinkakuji Temple, which is covered in gold leaf. The Takedera Temple, also known as the Hokokuji Temple, in Kamakura is surrounded by bamboo, moss, and ponds of koi fish. Kamakura also has a statue of Great Buddha that is a popular site for locals and visitors alike.

Japan is full of rich history, culture, and innovations. With the many cities and islands to explore, you’ll find something for every member of your family to enjoy. To book your trip, call our travel agents at 402.891.6909 or visit our website at AurTravel.

Jessie Curry

Jessie is a recent 2018 graduate of University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Theatre department and regularly stage manages and acts in theatre productions in Omaha. She grew up as a Navy kid, living in Sicily and Japan, and traveling everywhere in between. Her favorite part of going to a new destination was the new food she could try. Some of her favorite memories include traveling and making flight attendants and pilots laugh.  Jessie serves as AurTravel’s administrative assistant and runs their social media accounts.

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