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As exotic as its graceful geishas, as quixotic as its mangas, Japan is one of the world’s most mind altering destinations. Honshu has both the neon overdrives of Tokyo and the tranquil Shinto shrines of Kyoto. Mount Fuji dominates the Hakone region, while unbelievably picturesque bamboo gardens draw you to Arashiyama. Osaka is always on the list of Japanophiles. The Nippon nation is also blessed with snow covered peaks, volcanic lakes, hot springs & pristine beaches in every direction. Each island has its own charm & more than one trick up its kimono sleeve to charm visitors.
Clicking Geishas at Gion, Kyoto – Gion, with its traditional wooden machiya houses is the wellspring of Geisha culture. People flock here to see these exquisitely attired women go about their day. For more quality time with this cultural icon of Japan, book yourself into an Ochaya or teahouse.
Cherry Blossom Viewing, Osaka – Known as the Hanami, viewing the Cherry Blossom is a celebration itself. And Japan’s cultural capital Osaka prides itself on offering the best views & the most joyous parties. The top two spots are the Osaka Castle grounds - Osaka-Jo Koen Park and the private grounds of the Osaka Mint, which is open only for a week. But there are over 175 types of Cherry trees within its confines!
Tea/Sake Tasting Tours, Kyoto – Learn the delicate moves & meaning filled gestures of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Or opt for a Sake tasting tour to get intimate with Japan’s No.1 brew.
Cloud Terrace (Unkai Terasu), Hokkaido – Right at the centre of Hokkaido, you can lift yourself above the clouds (literally)! Given the right weather conditions, the unkai (clouds) will billow, flow and cover the entire landscape around you.
Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano Prefecture – The Japanese Macaque is so Japanese that it needs to soak in an onsen (hot spring) in winter. These ruminative monkeys go about their ritual, oblivious to wide eyed spectators. Don’t miss, if you are in the neighborhood.
Bamboo Gardens, Hokokuji Temple, Kamakura – Bamboo gardens are so quintessentially Japanese, that you will be spoilt for choice. But the 2,000 Moso-bamboo packed garden at Hokokuji Temple is our recommendation for its size, beauty, tranquility and accessibility. Zen gates, manicured gardens, scented flowers and the stately bamboos create an unforgettable atmosphere.
Flower festivals of Japan – If you missed the Hanami, no worries, Japan has lots more to offer. Chrysanthemums dominate autumn, while peach blossoms, violets & camellias fight for attention during spring. There are several viewing sites near Tokyo.
It’s not just sushi & ramen. Japan will amaze you with its choice of Michelin starred restaurants, themed cafes, roadside stalls and pure vegetarian monasteries. And remember, the Japanese invented aesthetics in food presentation.
Vegetarian in Kobe & Tokyo
– Try Umenohana for Japanese style veg options, Valentino for Italian, Mandarin Palace for Chinese & Nishimura for Japanese style sandwiches, coffee & tea – in Kobe.
Tokyo too can delight the traveling vegetarian with superbly crafted dishes at Vegetable Sushi Potager, Gonpachi, Ciao Bella & Deva Deva café!
Be it making something as simple as Tofu, preparing miso paste or learning to set the table, cooking classes in Kyoto will surely be an enlightening experience.