The “Land of the Rising Sun” is a country where the past meets the future. Japanese culture stretches back millennia, yet has also adopted and created the latest modern fashions and trends. As Japan has undergone periods of openness and isolation throughout its history, Japanese culture is, if anything, unique. Japan has two dominant religious traditions: Shinto and Buddhism. Each have had an enormous influence on the country’s history and cultural life.
Climate The Japanese are proud of their four seasons, but the tourist with a flexible travel schedule should aim for spring or autumn.
- Spring is one of the best times of year to be in Japan. The temperatures are warm but not hot and there’s not too much rain.
- Summer starts with a rainy season.
- Autumn begins in September and is an excellent time to be in Japan.
- Winter is a good time to go skiing or hot-spring hopping.
Japan UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Japan has 17 UNESCO sites that are highlights of many of our Japanese programs. They are:
- Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area (1993)
- Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration (2013)
- Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu (2000)
- Himeji-jo (1993)
- Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (2011)
- Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) (1996)
- Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) (1994)
- Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara (1998)
- Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama (1995)
- Itsukushima Shinto Shrine (1996)
- Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape (2007)
- Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range (2004)
- Shrines and Temples of Nikko (1999)
- Ogasawara Islands (2011)
- Shirakami-Sanchi (1993)
- Shiretoko (2005)
- Yakushima (1993)
Below is a list of some of the major cities included in our Japanese tour programs.