The next generation of Shinkansen bullet trains has already begun testing. The state-of-the-art ‘Alfa-X’ travels up to 400 km/h (almost 250 mph!) and has a range of groundbreaking features. Journalists were first treated to a trial run of the experimental craft on 27th October 2020, between Sandai and Morioka stations on the JR East Tohoku Shinkansen line, which links Tokyo with Aomori Prefecture in the north of Honshu, Japan’s largest island.
Many first-time travelers choose to spend roughly two weeks in Japan to see and explore the best of the country. That’s why we present you with an optimal itinerary of 14 days and 13 nights, getting to know amazing places and experiences in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and even more!
The Japanese government has eased some COVID-19 restrictions in recent months. However, Japan’s borders currently remain closed to international tourists. Although it has not yet been confirmed when Japan will lift the travel ban, there are hopes that international tourism could restart soon.
Shiretoko National Park is on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, covering most of the Shiretoko peninsula. It is a remote area of Japan, parts of the peninsula can only be reached by boat or on foot. This isolated location makes Shiretoko one of the most unspoiled national parks in Japan.
Daisetsuzan National Park is a huge, rugged wilderness area on Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido. Established in 1934, it is a popular destination for hiking and camping, and one of the first places in the country to welcome both fall foliage and snowfall in the autumn. One of the most mountainous and biggest national parks in the entire country, Daisetsuzan is larger than some Japanese prefectures and is home to a variety of rare species of flora and fauna. Daisetsuzan means “great snowy mountains” in Japanese, and the indigenous Ainu people of Hokkaido also call the area Kamui Mintara, meaning “playground … Continue reading “Visiting Daisetsuzan National Park in Hokkaido”
The smallest of Japan’s four main islands, Shikoku is a unique region of the country rich in culture and natural beauty. Known for its beautiful coastlines on the Pacific Ocean and Seto Inland Sea, its delicious sanuki udon noodles, and the Shikoku Pilgrimage to 88 Buddhist temples around the island, Shikoku has something for every visitor.