Activities in Japan
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Japan is a land of incredible beauty, rich customs and warm,
welcoming people. With so much to see and do in this island nation,
activities in Japan abound for the enthusiastic traveler. Here are
a few things to do in Japan that will make your Japan travels
Studying Japanese arts
If you are interested in studying traditional Japanese arts,
such as martial arts, music, tea ceremony, ceramics or dance, or
would like an introduction to Buddhist religious studies, talk to
your Japan Travel Specialist. Sessions lasting from a half day to
weeks may be arranged. The principal centers for study in most
traditional arts are Kyoto and Nagano.
If you're looking for an active way to see the sights, multi-day
treks in the Japanese Alps - one of the many distinctive things to
do in Japan - can be arranged. Often these routes follow ancient
footpaths of samurai warriors or philosophers, and stop at
traditional inns that are centuries old. Call for details.
Ryokan and onsen
We strongly recommend you stay at a ryokan in Japan,
particularly in Kyoto. These traditional style inns embody the
essence of everything you travel to Japan hoping to find, and are
an authentic cultural experience unto themselves. They often are
built at the site of a natural onsen (hot springs) and a soak in
one of these community baths is a quintessentially Japanese
Another good choice for insight into traditional ways is a stay
at a shukubo, (temple lodging), for a fraction of the cost
of a ryokan. The rooms tend to be Spartan affairs, but they are
often in beautiful, tranquil areas, and it is sometimes possible to
participate in religious rites. Koya-san is the probably the best
place in Japan to spend a night at a shukubo.