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Highlights of Japan

Highlights of Japan


Situated in the Pacific Ocean, Japan is an archipelago of more than six thousand islands. Prominent islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku. Due to the location of Japan along the Pacific Ring Of Fire, this makes it more vulnerable to tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic activity. There is an abundance of forest and highland regions in Japan, but those areas are unsuitable for cultivation as a result people are cramped in small areas with dense populations. In urban areas like Tokyo and Osaka population is enormous and life is competitive and fast-paced. Whereas people in rural areas live an easy life, following traditional life. More peace can be found on the island of Naoshima with shrubs covering the cliffs. On the isolated island of Yakushima, more green forests can be found. Arguably some of the best gardens can be found in Kanazawa complementing nature.


In 285AD Confucianism was introduced in Japan, followed by Buddhism in AD552 both had a strong impact on the tradition and lifestyle of ancient Japan. Post world war two during rapid free-market development great development in technology took place in Japan. The youth of Japan matching the world are aware of the latest happenings and developments, high on fashion quotient, mostly online and high tech, they have adapted to new developments in the world arena. The younger generation in Japan is more flamboyant than the older generation. Older peoples are more grounded., sticking to ancient traditional values and customs. At times, the difference of opinion can be seen in Japanese people favoring ancient values. Though customs like bowing, kendo, tea ceremonies, geisha, and sumo is famous amongst all the generations, irrespective of age. Etiquette is synonymous with all the age groups in Japan, irrespective of age and culture.

There are some tips for first-time travelers in Japan.

  1. Traditionally people are expected to take the shoes off when entering anyone’s house.
  2. Bending your back and facing in front is the traditional way of greeting people.
  3. Like elsewhere in the world Japanese respect their elders a lot so letting your grandma enter the building or public transport is respectful.


Japanese cuisine is known for its variety and quality. Highly dependent on seasonal products, food is fresh with a lot of attention on presentation.

Things to try in Japan

Sushi and Sashimi

With access to a variety of seafood, one must try Japanese sushi and sashimi generally made of salmon, tuna or octopus served with ginger, soy, and wasabi.


Noodles and meat soup available in various flavors is a great food item to enjoy.


If you like deep-fried food then you will like tempura, shellfish like prawns, and vegetable items are deep-fried until they turn crispy and served hot.


Japanese savory pancake made of a variety of ingredients like eggs, shredded cabbage, and sauce.


If you are planning to shop in Japan, you need to budget in advance and save money as it can be costly. The main cities like Tokyo have some exclusive designer stores creating their own work, displaying vibrant clothes and funky accessories. Some of the Japanese creations you may not find elsewhere. Looking for souvenirs you need to check out the flea market in Toji temple as you can find something or other.

Things to purchase in Japan


This souvenir can be a great buy as you can decorate your wall as well as wear them but make sure you know how to wear them properly.

Paper Lanterns

Made of Japanese paper, they look great and cheaper option, it can be one of the items which you can use to decorate home.


Every nook and corner in Japan is filled with shops with the latest electronic items. You can pick some latest gizmos.

Anime and Manga

These can be gift option for family members back home, they are easily available and cheap.

Health and Safety

Lumle ensures every measure is taken to make sure our traveler’s holiday is safe and there is no compromise on the health of the travelers while on the tour. At the same time, the tours are fun and enjoyable so that our travelers can go back to their country with wonderful memories. We recommend that all travelers check with their government or national travel advisory organization for the latest information before departure. People leaving from the UK can refer to the below link for the latest information before they depart.

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