Small in size, but giant in many ways. Japan is a little bigger than the state of São Paulo, but it is still a country of contrasts and many predicates. Set on the Eastern-end of the Asian continent and bathed by the Pacific Ocean, this ancient nation gathers around 6,852 islands, where past and future co-exist in perfect harmony with the customs and traditions of the East.
Tokyo, capital of Japan and one of the most populous cities on the globe, gathers approximately 37.8 million inhabitants. And this year, all eyes will be on the metropolis which, after 56 years, will host the Olympics, one of the most important sports events on the planet.
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There are so many leisure options that choosing what to do in the capital can become a difficult task! There are attractions in practically all neighborhoods and, depending on the length of stay, you need to organize the tours according to your interests. Be sure to visit its main neighborhoods, such as Ginza, Odaiba, Asakusa, Shibuya and many others. The latter, incidentally, is home to one of the most famous and busiest intersections in the world ... feel that experience.
In the outskirts of Tokyo the imam is the iconic Mount Fuji, a Japanese postcard. The sleeping volcano, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, can be visited in the best “roundabout” style leaving the capital. The tour is one of the most sought after by tourists. There are also options like Yokohama, very famous for hosting Japan's largest Chinese quarter, Kamakura, which is full of Buddhist temples, and Nikko, a small historic town whose greatest treasure is the Toshogu shrine. Add to that the unbeatable attractions of Tokyo Disneyland.
Legend has it that there is no trip to Japan without the inclusion of Kyoto in the script. The city, which has been the country's capital for more than a millennium, is a true open-air museum due to its centuries-old architecture. Raised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the destination is full of Buddhist and Shinto temples.
Kyoto is also famous for being able to bring together the true essence of Japanese culture in one place. Do not be surprised to see men and women wearing kimono in the streets. In the neighborhood of Gion, in fact, you can find the legitimate geishas, who are still dedicated to the arts of entertainment. To know and enjoy everything that the destination has to offer, it is necessary to book at least two days. The best way to get to the city is by bullet train, departing from Tokyo, on a journey that takes about two and a half hours.
Osaka, the country's third largest city, is one of the major financial centers in Japan and Asia. Founded at the end of the 19th century, the region, even though it was destroyed by bombings in the second world war, has become been modernized yet it preserves its traditional characteristics. Another very interesting fact about the city is its vocation for gastronomy, with varied options for tourists to get to know and enjoy.
The destination can be made in just one day, in a simple round trip from Kyoto, which is just less than 40 kilometers from Osaka.
In search of white sands and blue waters? It is in the Okinawa archipelago, between Kyushu, the southernmost of the four large Japanese islands, and Taiwan, that it is possible to find beautiful beaches. Resorts are also very common in the region, which has a tropical climate almost 12 months a year. Altogether, about 169 islands are part of the archipelago, but only 49 are inhabited. The destination is perfect for water sports, such as diving and surfing, for example. Relaxing and enjoying the colors and flavors of Okinawa is also a good option. The city is approximately a 3 hour flight from Tokyo. The main airport is Naha, which offers good connections with flights from both the capital and Kyoto, Osaka, Sapporo, Nagoya, Fukuoka and abroad.
In the far north of the country, on Hokkaido Island, which is the second largest in Japan, Sapporo sharpens the senses of brewers, who can visit the Sapporo Beer Garden and Museum and, who knows, check out the Beer Festival in close proximity. Sapporo in the summer. The attraction, in fact, gathers crowds. The destination is also famous for its snow, having even hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics. During the winter, in February, another festival, this time the Snow Festival, attracts large numbers of people eager for attractions such as concerts, contests and installations and sculptures made of ice. Sapporo's main airport is Shin-Chitose, which offers good connections with most Japanese cities.