They say that it’s impossible to please all of the people all of the time, however Japan comes pretty close. This amazing Asian nation literally has something for everyone! Extreme outdoor sports, shopping in huge malls, and sampling some of the world’s most exquisite cuisine are just some of the things available to travelers. How will Japan please you?

There are various festivals in Japan that give travelers interesting insight into different aspects of the culture. The Star Festival is celebrated every year and pays homage to legendary lovers Vega and Atlair. As the story goes, they were separated and allowed to meet each other in the Milky Way one time a year on July 7. During this celebration, people write wishes on strips of paper and tie them to bamboo leaves.  This is just one of the many special national festivals. Each province in Japan has its own unique traditions. Visiting during one of these celebrations is a sure way to have a much more culturally rich Japanese experience.

The cities of Japan offer a mix of contemporary life with touches of the past. For instance, in Tokyo there are modern amenities such as shopping centers and high speed trains. There are also traditional attractions like sumo wrestling and the Tsukiji Fish Market. It’s possible to get a whirlwind tour of the city in a day or two. You will be very tired, but you have the opportunity to see some amazing things.

When thinking of Japan, bustling cities usually come to mind. Its easy to forget the natural beauty that can be found. The Jozankei-onsen Hot Spring is nestled in a valley within the Shikotsu-Toya National Park and is a great place to visit. Paying a visit to the Toyohira-gawa River promenade during the cherry blossom bloom is a mesmerizing sight.

Japan is a wonderful country with an intoxicating blend of ancient and modern tones. You will be very happy with your decision to visit Japan and experience its man-made and natural beauty.

Enid Glasgow