Flights to Japan

With a relatively cool climate throughout the year, Japan should prove comfortable and hospitable, as you delve into her treasure cove of culture, technology and exquisite cuisine. Japan is a tourist friendly place as well, boasting an extensive transport network and locals who are more than willing to offer directions even if you do not speak the language.

Tokyo, the capital of Japan is truly a mix of the old and new. If you visit in spring, be sure to catch the Cherry Blossom Festivals or simply take a walk amongst the pink cherry blossom trees. Head to the Meiji Shrine in Shibuya to get away from the city crowds and enjoy the greenery, or visit the Yoyogi Park on a Sunday to jam it out with local fans of 1950s rock music.

If you are in town to shop, visit Shibuya, the district that never sleeps. Bright lights and busy streets are an everyday affair. Those with deep pockets can head to the renowned Ginza, Japan’s reflection of New York’s Madison Avenue. Visit the Harajuku as well for some radical trends, and when your child gets bored, bring them to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySEA for fun and exhilarating rides.

Be sure to eat fresh sushi in Tokyo. In general, Japan’s sushi is made with the freshest ingredients and prepared in the most professional way, so indulge in the cuisine. Also not to be missed are local delicacies such as Ramen. Sports enthusiasts can head for a live sumo match as well--Japan’s traditional form of wrestling is really a sight not to miss.

The ancient capital of Kyoto is a hit with foreigners due to its traditional charm. Visit the Higashiyama, an old district preserved to look just as it was in the past. At night, take a walk down Gion, Kyoto’s most famous geisha district, where soft lighting and old-fashioned housing paint a traditional sight.  If you are lucky, you may catch a few geishas going about their work at night! The Kinkakuji Temple is also worth a visit--the ancient structure is completely covered in gold. For those who don’t mind the trek, the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine sits at the base of a mountain, and visitors who pass through all of the Torri gates are rewarded with a spectacular view of Kyoto.

Osaka is unique in its own way; it is unlike the bustling city life on offer in Tokyo nor does it provide Kyoto’s charm. There are numerous museums in Osaka that will provide you with glimpses into the past and present of the region, ranging from the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, the Osaka Open Air Museum, the Osaka Science Museum and the Museum of Oriental Ceramics.

Experience local living by going to Honjo, Osaka’s wholesale market, or visit the Asahi Beer Factory and the Instant Ramen museum to see how these global favourites are manufactured. Enjoy the nightlife of Osaka by savouring local delights such as Kushi Katsu (deep fried pork) and Takoyaki (octopus dumplings), or shop at the local street markets for souvenirs or trinkets you can take home.

Travelling around Japan is not difficult due to its efficient transport network. Most locals take the bus or the subway to get around. Taxis are not advised unless you have deep pockets as they can be quite costly. Certain attractions are better explored on foot as well, so ready your walking shoes for an adventure ahead.

Flights to Japan

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