Kyoto’s Ancient Sites
Kyoto is bathed in history and home to no less than 17 World Heritage sites and thousands of temples, from Kiyomizu and Sanjusangendo Temples, through to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and the UNESCO listed Nijo Castle. A must see is the glittering Kinkakuji buddhist temple – a former retirement villa, it’s perched on the banks of a pretty pond and surrounded by lush green gardens.
Tour Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park
A collection of poignant monuments, dedicated to the victims of the atomic bombing of August 6, 1945. The ruined shell of the Park’s ABomb Dome is one of few buildings to survive the blast, while the moving Children’s Peace monument was built in memory of the many children who died as a result of the fallout – it’s always decorated with origami – sent from children all around Japan as symbols of hope.
Do a little urban-exploration
Tokyo is perhaps one of the most unique and vibrant cities in the world. There alone you’ll find some 50 neighbourhoods to explore such as Shinjuku – awash with skyscrapers and all kinds of people, and Ginza which is great for shopping, to the colourful Harajuku and Shibuya areas – great for spotting the weird and wonderful fashionistas that inhabit Tokyo and Roppongi, which is well known for its nightlife. Make sure you see the Tokyo Tower, the Meiji Shrine and the Sumida River.
Dine out at a Kaiseki Restaurant
Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner known for beautiful presentation and meticulous preparation techniques. Meals can have more than 14 courses and each Kaiseki meal is the creation of a master chef. Epect seasonal dishes, pickles, hot pots, sashimi, fruit and everything in-between.
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– Shian Lee, Destination Specialist, Japan