Tourism is popular in countries around the world in fact, tourism is such an important part of these economies that governments are looking for ways to further bolster travel. In Japan, one way that the government has encouraged tourism is by not requiring Visa’s for American tourists spending less than 90 days here for business or pleasure.
A stunning country rich in history and home to diverse cultural appeal, millions make their way to Japan for a variety of reasons each year. Whether traveling for the culture or the food, the natural beauty or the people, Japan has something for everyone. In 2015, there are many reasons to make this your destination for travel. Island Trader Vacations invites you to come with us and take a closer look at a few reasons to visit and some helpful tips for travel.
Japan has a long history dating back thousands of years. Some of the best examples of this long history are in the architecture including a number of castles found throughout the country. Many of most historic of these castles and structures have been named UNESCO World Heritage sites including one newly renovated Himeji Castle. First named a UNESCO site in 1993, this stunning example of early culture and history will be restored to its former luster in spring of this year, just in time for the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Speaking of the Cherry Festivals in Japan, these annual events found in cities and towns throughout all of Japan are truly experiences you won’t want to miss. In March and April, cherry festivals abound in cities including Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, just to name a few. Ceremonies and events at cultural landmarks including museums, the Imperial Palace and castles will take place throughout the country.
Things to consider
Like other international destinations, there are many things which travelers need to consider when visiting Japan including differences in culture, food and monetary concerns. Of particular note for Americans, Japanese culture is much different from the “west” especially when it comes to how we act in public places. American’s tend to be a bit louder than most residents of Japan. Don’t be rude, speak softly and be aware of your surroundings. In addition, Japan does not typically require or accept tips.
Japan is unique, historic and beautiful and welcomes visitors from around the world. Find out for yourself what you have been missing in this wonderful destination for travel.