Japan is an exclusive getaway destination where ancient traditions and the modern world become one.
Japan is where neon lights along with temples and shrines come together to form a unique culture unlike any other.
It has both natural beauty and man-made sights worthy of any holiday. Sound fascinating? Then keep reading to learn how to do Japan without regrets.
Top things to do in Japan
Best events to attend in the year
- Japanese New Year: While Japan still recognises the Lunar New Year, its official new year celebration follows the Gregorian calendar. On 31 December the country’s Buddhist temples ring their bells 108 times, mochis are made and locals send New Year's postcards to one another. 31 December-1 January.
- Gion Matsuri: The most impressive feature of this festival is its 20-metre tall floats. During the day, these are parading through the Gion district. At night, they’re put to bed to give way to food stalls and street entertainment. Kyoto, 1-31 July.
- Sapporo Snow Festival: This sculpture festival features ice and snow sculptures throughout the city. Sapporo, annually over one week in February.
- Cherry blossom season: By far the most picturesque event on the calendar is cherry blossom season. Majestic rows of trees flank river banks and dress the land in a soft bed of fallen pink petals. Annually around April.
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