Among the various quarters of Japan luxury tour enthusiasts, the land of the rising sun is usually associated with ultra high-tech cities and world-beating food to its grand temples and bamboo forests. It is mostly true as there is really is no other country like Japan.
With over 6,800 islands in its archipelago, a cruise is one of the best ways of seeing Japan with itineraries taking in multiple cities and ports. Setting the tone for the country’s great metropolises are the towering skyscrapers of Tokyo, criss-crossed by neon-lit backstreets, pedestrian crossings and wooden shanty bars. It’s also got the highest number of Michelin starred restaurants in the world, not least Sukiyabashi Jiro, a three-starred sushi restaurant located in an unpromising basement adjacent to Ginza Metro Station.
Then there are the bright lights of Osaka, the perfect foil for nearby Kyoto’s incredible density of shrines and temples, and the warm, traditional Japanese welcome of Fukuoka. Home to a 17th century Edo-period castle, the latter is famous for its rich and tasty, pork based Hakata ramen
Moving east, while Hiroshima’s history is painfully overshadowed by the events at the end of World War II, today its Peace Memorial Park and leafy boulevards are well worth a visit. Nagasaki, once similarly blighted, is also coming into its own as cobblestone streets reward travellers with evocative shrines, churches and temples, framed by a sweeping harbor and hilly landscape. Another rare show of art and artifact is the Koshibyo Shrine which distinguishes itself as the only Confucius shrine the Chinese built outside of their homeland.
However, head out of the cities and you’ll find perhaps Japan’s best-kept secret – its spectacular countryside. The main is bisected by the the Japanese Alps stretch from Tokyo until they fall dramatically into the Sea of Japan. Dotted with temples, tearooms and castles, they offer fantastic hikes, skiing and welcome respite in naturally occurring onsen hot springs. During the warmer climates, the coral reefs, cobalt-blue waters and sweeping beaches of cruise-favourite Okinawa Island give vives of the other Asian countries like Bali. The ships often pay a small visit at Shimizu where a shogun burial ground has fantastic views to the conical peak of Mount Fuji.
When is the best time to go cruising to Japan?
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) is the best time to visit Japan. Spring is when Japan’s famous cherry trees bloom. At the outset of March, the sakura zensen (cherry tree blossom line) advances northward, usually passing the main cities of Honshu and Hokkaido from early April. As the autumn foliage line reverses the advance of the cherry blossom, starting in the north in October and peaking across Honshu in early-to-mid November.
For a more profound and pronounced Luxury Travel in Japan, it is always advised to have the input and assistance of the luxury tour operators Gurgaon as they are the ones who can better plan your tourney without putting you in a spot of bother.
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