When is the best time to visit Japan? This is a question without a simple answer. Japan is a year-round destination, with interesting activities, attractions, and festivities throughout the year. Your decision will depend on several factors. First, do you wish to avoid the crowded, busy times, more expensive times, or hot, cold, or rainy weather? Second, what activities or events to do wish to enjoy? Are they seasonal or available year-round?
Announced in 2015, Japan’s much-anticipated Super Nintendo World is currently under construction. It is estimated that the project will cost between $350 and $550 million USD. The park is set to open in the summer of 2020 as part of Universal Studios Japan (USJ) – the tenth “land” of that theme park. This video game inspired theme park is located in Osaka, and Nintendo fans are hungry for pre-grand opening details.
A sturdy stone wall surrounded by a vast moat. Whitewashed buildings with sloping roofs in a historic Japanese style. Elegant and simplistic gardens. Museums brimming with rare artifacts. This is the site of Kōkyo or Imperial Palace, the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family.
Kyoto is a city steeped in history. It is home to 17 of the 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites declared in Japan. Entering certain areas of this modern city is like stepping back in time. Toji Temple is one of those sites. It is home to a the tallest wooden pagoda in Japan. Its name means “East Temple” in Japanese, and it was founded in 796. At one time there was also a “West Temple,” called Saiji, but today only its sister, Toji, remains. In spring, the temple grounds are a favored spot for viewing cherry blossoms, including a huge, … Continue reading “Toji Temple in Kyoto: Access and attractions”
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Osaka Castle, called Osaka-jo in Japanese, is one of the most famous landmarks in Japan. Its stately white walls, patinaed roof, and gold leaf accents stand in historic contrast to the modern city around it.