Seeing Japan on a tour is a great way to experience the very best the country has to offer. Not only will a tour ensure that you see the sights and indulge in delicious, unfamiliar food, but you will be guided by a wealth of knowledge and history, and immersed in the fascinating culture of Japan.
Tours through Japan range from 4 – 18 days, depending on the holiday you’re looking for. The majority depart and end in Tokyo, showcasing an exciting loop of the country. Other tours start and end in Osaka, Kyoto and Sapporo, and some also present the option to tie in an additional trip to China.
Additionally, some tours through Japan will centralise around a particular event, such as the Cherry Blossom festival, Takayama festival, or skiing the slopes in winter.
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Below we’ve compiled a list of fascinating facts about the Land of the Rising Sun…
- Mt. Fuji – Japan’s tallest mountain – is an active volcano.
- Shinto and Buddhism are the two primary religions practiced in Japan.
- When eating, it is good manners to slurp noodles loudly; it lets the chef know their food is being enjoyed.
- Shibuya is the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world – around 3,000 people use the crossing at every green light.
- Japanese curry is the most popular dish in Japan, in front of sushi and ramen.
- Life expectancy in Japan is one of the highest in the world; over 50,000 Japanese people are older than 100.
- Tsujiki is the world’s oldest, most famous and largest fish market.
- It is perfectly normal to eat raw horse meat in Japan.
- Japan is home to more than 6,800 islands.
- Sumo is Japan’s national sport.
- Japan has the second lowest homicide rate in the world.
- Japanese trains are extremely punctual; the average delay is just 18 seconds.
- There are over 5.52 million vending machines in Japan, which sell beer, coffee, cigarettes and food such as hot chips.
- Sake is created from fermented rice.
- The first Geisha in Japan were men.
- Watermelons in Japan are square shaped, which makes them easier to stack and store.
- Japan has more than 200 volcanoes, and 70% of its terrain is mountainous.
- Japan produces the most automobiles in the world.