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Planning for Japan Travel Adventures

Japan is a fascinating country, offering visitors an endless juxtaposition of ancient and modern sights in its neon cities and serene countryside. When you’re planning your next Japan travel tour, you’ll want to make sure that you give yourself time to experience all of the sights that Japan has to offer. From mountains to sea, there’s no shortage of exciting areas to visit, many accessible by Japan’s excellent public transportation infrastructure. Two of the main cities to visit are Kyoto and Tokyo.

Exploring Tokyo

One of the first stops on any tour of Japan is usually Tokyo. This modern capital city is densely populated and filled to the brim with world class museums, art galleries, and cutting edge shops to visit. As you explore Tokyo, you can get around its 2,000 square kilometres using its modern and convenient underground transportation system. A good place to start your visit is at the top of the Tokyo Tower, which offers you a good vantage point of the city’s impressive sprawl. Another great way to get around Tokyo is on the top of the Sky Bus Tokyo, which is a double decker tour bus passing through many of Tokyo’s most prominent neighbourhoods and sights. You won’t want to miss famous sights like the ancient Imperial Palace and Meiji Shrine as you take your tour of Tokyo.


Visiting Kyoto

While Tokyo is one of the most modern cities in the world, those wanting to see a quieter, more traditional side of Japan can travel to tranquil Kyoto. This was an ancient capital city of Japan, which has over a thousand years of history to learn about. Kyoto is home to numerous gardens and Buddhist temples. If you want to take a glimpse of the more spiritual lifestyle in Japan, you can visit Kyoto temples such as Ryoanji and Honganji. These quiet temples offer plenty of space for meditation, as well as impressive architecture and lush gardens to relax in. Visitors to Kyoto can also enjoy a traditional tea ceremony or flower arranging course to learn about the various art forms of Japan.

Outdoor Travel Adventures

Visiting cities like Tokyo and Kyoto will give you a glimpse of both modern and ancient Japan. Yet those staying for longer visits may also want to get out into the countryside. Whether you prefer hiking, horseback riding, or relaxing in hot springs, you’ll find no shortage of Japan travel tours that will take you out into the wilder side of this beautiful country. There are plenty of panoramic viewpoints to soak in, unique wildlife to admire, and tranquil beaches to relax on in this diverse island nation. Many day trips depart from Japan’s cities for your convenience.

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Adventure Travel in Japan

Adventure travel in Japan means more than the thrills involved in experiencing Tokyo’s speed and dazzle. Japan also has plenty to offer in the way of adventure tourism far from urban distractions. With its rugged landscapes, rural Japan is an entirely different world to the bright lights of its big cities. Unlike five-star hotels, for example, Japanese country inns, called ryokan, are small-scale and feature personal, closely attentive services.

Mountain Climbing
Fuji may be the most visited of Japanese peaks, but the country has hundreds of accessible mountains that offer a wide range of challenges. For example Japan’s second highest peak, 3,192-metre Kita-dake, is a relatively short distance south of Fuji. It’s one of a fantastic assortment of peaks in the surprisingly wild and undeveloped Minami Alps. It is a challengingly steep two-day climb from its 2,230-metre-high base camp, and the views from its higher elevations are beyond description. The extreme amount of moisture that’s almost always present makes footing a challenge on the way down. Another great place to climb is Hokkaido island’s Daisetsuzan National Park. Its multiple peaks, varied landscapes, fumaroles, and deep snow make it feel like another world.

Adventure Skiing

Try bypassing the big ski resorts and explore the undeveloped peaks, mysterious forests, volcanoes, and powder up to two metres deep in off-the-beaten-path Hokkaido near Tokachidake mountain. This involves much trekking through deep snow to get to the tops of the exquisite runs, but that’s part of what makes it such an adventure. Most of Japan’s ski resorts are highly safety conscious and either ban or strictly control off-piste skiing, but adventure-tourism companies now compete to provide off-piste backcountry ski treks at such recognised experts’ resorts as Asahidake.


Cycling
Rural Japan seems to have been made for cycling. The roads are well-paved and the terrain and scenery ever-changing. Many attractive bicycle tour routes can be found on the internet – consider in particular the quiet, bucolic Noto Peninsula on Honshu. One notable cycling adventure is crossing the straight between Honshu and Shikoku islands on the Shimanami Kaido expressway bridge system, which boasts a 67 km dedicated bike lane that soars above the ocean and touches down on nine islands.

Dive Adventure
The underwater rock formations in the warm, clear waters off the coast of the island of Yonaguni Jima seem like the ruins of a lost city. No consensus yet exists whether they’re the remnants of a 12,000-year-old lost civilisation or just the result of erosion caused by currents. Still, the pyramids, staircases, and apparent statue of a turtle are a dive to stir the imagination. The sense of adventure is even more pronounced in winter, when migrating hammerhead sharks and humpback whales cruise by.

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A walk on The Zuiderdijk

The Zuiderdijk

Today, nature is filling the spot in my agenda. It is time for a walk. One filled with history. My trip will bring me from the old harbour town of Hoorn, over a beautiful old dike, and into the old town of Enkhuizen. Officially the dike is named The Zuiderdijk van Drechterland and its a part of the Westfriese Omringdijk in Noord-Holland (a province of The Netherlands). Construction work on the dike (to make it stronger) has recently been finished.  I am curious to see the results. Dikes are important in The Netherlands because they have been keeping us safe from the water for many years. A dike is also a great place to escape the busy city. Let the wind blow away your everyday thoughts. Having it replaced with the serenity of nature.

Birth Country


I wake up especially early to be able to enjoy the warm orange and yellow colours of the rising sun, scratching the cold deep blue sheets of water and sky. The dike is birth country and they are particularly active during the early stages of the day. Probably looking for water or already returning from their drink. They fly around in large groups. Hundreds of bird wings scratching the morning sky but not once do they hit each other. A great spectacle. It is no wonder this area is popular with bird watchers.

Sunlight paints the surface of the sky which results in long orange stripes slowly fading into bigger clouds. Al the time the birds keep flying over my head. Looking at their early dance in the sky I am amazed how quickly the light changes and night flows into day. The suns early light is a reflective dance on the waves. They  are curling around the rough stones at the shoreline. Nature awakes from its sleep. Water, trees, animals, everything comes alive.

Landmarks

Beautiful old farms with carefully maintained gardens flank the dike all along its path.
Walking the +/- 15 KM path to Enkhuizen I recognize many landmarks and walk from one to the next. I pass many farms, small harbours, windmills and light towers. The road, sometimes still messy from the construction work, curls its way along the shoreline. One curve after another till it reaches the town of Enkhuizen. There it will pass over its protective role to a larger but much younger companion, the Houtribdijk, which connects Enkhuizen with Lelystad.

What is your favourite nature spot to escape from the busy city life? Have you ever visited the Zuiderdijk or are you planning to visit it in the future? Leave your interesting responses in the comment section below.