These summer festivals held annually in Kyoto and Hiratsuka Tanabata are two of the biggest in the country. They offer the perfect opportunity to learn and experience Japanese culture and traditions. Join thousands of Japanese as they observe these age-old festivals adorned in their traditional attire.
Made up by a series of islands, Japan has amazing coastline beaches along the Pacific Ocean. The largest islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Indulge in thrilling water sports such as surfing, swimming, and snorkeling. Soak up the sun as you take in the picturesque landscape with hills, mountains, and forests. Treat yourself to Japanese cuisine at one of the beach huts offering food, drinks, and other amenities.
Nature enthusiasts can take up hiking at the gorgeous Kamikochi hiking trails. These scenic excursions provide ideal hiking experiences for both beginner and advanced hikers. Enjoy diverse landscapes with beautiful lush green trails, wildflowers, stunning views of the mountains, and clear waters of the Pacific.
The hot summers in Japan call for a means to cool off and relax. The Japanese do this by indulging in summer foods such as cold noodles, watermelon, and shaved ice. As a traditional summer dessert, shaved ice is offered at many cafes in Tokyo. This special dessert features crushed ice topped with syrup, making it a tasty way to cool off.
A visit to Japan is never complete without touring one of its renowned bamboo forests. Make your way to the charming Nikko National Park for a breath of fresh mountain air as you admire the awe-inspiring bamboo, oak, and cedar forests nearby. Nikko is a cultural center with a beautifully decorated temple. Hike or walk up the nature trails and get an opportunity to spot monkeys as you pass by natural hot springs.