Japan. Endless Discovery


Japan Airports (JNTO)

Narita International Airport (NRT) is located 66 km (41 miles) east of central Tokyo. The airport is divided into Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Tokyo International Airport (HND) is known as Haneda Airport and has served regular international flights from fall of 2010. Located at the southern part of Tokyo, major downtown areas in Tokyo can be reached within 20 to 40 minutes by train or Airport Limousine Bus.

Kansai International Airport (KIX) Kansai international airport, Japan’s second-largest airport, is located in southeast Osaka Bay on a manmade island 5 km (about 3 miles) off the coast and about 60 km (37 miles) from Shin-Osaka Station with its Shinkansen bullets train connections.

Central Japan International Airport (NGO) nicknamed “Centrair,” opened on February 17, 2005. It is located on a manmade island in Ise Bay, about 35 km (22 miles) south of Nagoya, Aichi prefecture.

Japan Rail Pass

A client who wishes to travel to several cities in Japan can benefit greatly with the nationwide Japan Rail Pass. The Japan Rail Pass offers overseas visitors an economical, flexible, and simple-to-use advantage over regular tickets, allowing unlimited travel on a vast network of JR trains and some buses throughout Japan.

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Japanese Hotels

Western-Style All of Japan’s cities have many western-style hotels, with famous-name chains well presented in all larger cities. These hotels will generally have western restaurants and high-quality Japanese restaurants. Some hotels also have a few Japanese-style rooms’ as well beautifully landscaped gardens on their grounds.

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A Ryokan embodies the very essence of Japan and should be the accommodation of choice for clients who wish to personally experience the uniqueness of Japan – the architecture, lifestyle, nature, traditions and culture. Staying at a Japanese Ryokan offers the opportunity to enjoy the spirit of Japanese hospitality and graceful customs that have been passed down over many generations.

Most Ryokan have a beautifully-designed communal bath as well. In addition, many Ryokan also have an open-air bath, called rotenburo, and guest rooms with a private open-air bath attached. The room charge will include two meals, invariably and evening feast of delicious, locally found ingredients, and breakfast. Ryokan meals are generally served by the maid in the guest room. After the evening meal, the maid will return and clear your client’s table, and then lay out his/her futon. The typical lounging wear of Ryokan, a cotton robe called yukata, is also provided.

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Budget travelers have been many options when it comes to accommodations. For those who wish to experience affordable Japanese-style lodging, a Minshuku is a great way to go. Small, family-run guesthouses located primarily in tourist resorts and the countryside, they offer the chance to sleep Japanese-style on futon mattresses spread on the floor, and many provide breakfast and dinner as well, including local cuisine, usually served in a communal dining room. Note that most do not have rooms with private bathroom but rather public, shared bathrooms. Since Minshuku (the Japanese version of a bed-and-breakfast) cater largely to Japanese traveler, they’re often great places to meet the Japanese.

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Tourist Support

link icon  Most signage for public transportation is available in numerous languages.

link icon  Tourist Information Centers (TIC) are located throughout Japan, and offer travel information to foreign visitors.

link icon  Systematized goodwill Guide Groups (SGG), comprising entirely volunteers, donate their time to guide visitors around their cities free of charge. (The visitor pays their travel expense, admission fees and meals.) Reservations for a guide must ne made in advance, through SGG offices.

link icon  Professional Guides & Interpreters: Licensed guides in various languages can be hired through Japan Guide Association and Japan Federation of Certified Guides.

link icon  Japan’s buses and trains have special eats for the elderly and people with disabilities. In addition, most large train and subway stations are equipped with elevators or escalators. An increasing number of hotels offer wheelchairs-accessible rooms.

For more information, go to: Japan Accessible Tourism Center and Tokyo Travel Tips for Wheelchair Users.

Major Destinations

Kanto Region – Tokyo & Vicinity
Nikko, Yokohama/Kamakura, Hakone, Mt. Fuji

Kansai Region – Kyoto, Osaka & Vicinity
Kyoto, Nara & Osaka
Hokkaido – Northern Island

Tohoku Region – Northern Honshu

Chubu & Hokuriku Regions – Central Honshu
Nagoya, Takayama, Kanazawa
Shikoku

Chugoku Region – Western Honshu

Kyushu – Southern Island Most southernmost of 4 major islands
Okinawa

National Parks
Japan boasts a large number of natural parks, which can be grouped into three categories: national parks, quasi-national parks and prefectural parks. There are 32 national parks in Japan, designed by the Ministry of the Environment as areas of outstanding beauty.

World Heritage Sites
Japan has 20 locations registered as World Heritage Sites. These consists of 16 Cultural Heritage Sites and 4 Natural Heritage Sites.

Special Interests

Tea Ceremony – called Chanoyu, is an aesthetic cult much in a vogue in Japan.

Ways of Art and Etiquette
Flower Arrangement – called Ikebana or Kado
Sumo – traditional Japanese wrestling
Kabuki – Japan’s most popular traditional stage art.
Bunraku – a traditional puppet play that originated in the 17th century.

Traditional Arts/Entertainment


link icon  Noh – the oldest of Japan’s theatrical arts
link icon  Festivals – There’s a festival of some sort going on in Japan almost every day of the year.
link icon  Traditional Annual Events
link icon  Festivals & Events
link icon  Pop Culture – From Pokemon to Hello Kitty… Immersing Yourself in Japanese Anime & Comics
link icon  Museums - A Heart for Art


Sport


link icon  Skiing
link icon  Camping – over 3000 campsites
link icon  Other Outdoor Activities – scuba diving, white water
link icon  Shopping – from traditional crafts to high-tech wizardry, must visit 100 Yen stores, Tax exemption with a purchase of more than 5,000 yen worth of general.
link icon  Dining – Local Cuisine
link icon  Nightlife

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