Japan – Kyoto and Tokyo

“Virtue is not knowing but doing.”
– Japanese Proverb

Fushimi inari-taisha Shrine, Kyoto, Japan
Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine, Kyoto

Japan is a beautiful island country, located off the East Coast of Asia in the northwest Pacific Ocean. It is home to elegant Shinto Shrines, classic Buddhist Temples, Japanese Tea Gardens, Imperial Palaces, colorfully dressed Geishas, authentic Tea Ceremonies – and Japanese culinary delicacies… bring on the sushi!

Fun Kyoto Attractions and Sightseeing Tours

Rich in culture and history – and its magnificent Springtime cherry blossoms – Kyoto is Japan’s most beautiful city. Top attractions include: Fushimi Inare-Taisha Shrine (pictured at top), Kinkakuji Zen Buddhist Temple, Sanjusangendo Temple (houses over 1000 carved wooden statues of Kannon – the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy), Nishiki Market (5-block-long covered market with 100+ food and specialty stalls), Ryoanji Temple (spectacular rock garden), Kyoto International Manga Museum, Monkey Park in Iwatayama (feed Japanese Macaque monkeys), Kiyomizu Temple (one of Kyoto’s most famous temples), and the magnificent Sagano Bamboo Forest.

Kyoto Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips and Fun Things To Do

Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, Japan
Bamboo Forest, Kyoto

Fun Tokyo Attractions and Sightseeing Tours

Tokyo attractions include: Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Imperial Palace (primary residence of the Emperor of Japan), Tokyo National Museum at Ueno Park (one of the city’s largest, oldest and best museums), Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo Tower, and Toyosu Market (originally Tsukiji Market) – fun for foodies! Be sure to visit Tokyo SkyTree (Japan’s tallest structure) and get a panoramic view of the Tokyo’s skyline and Mt. Fuji from two enclosed decks (Tembo Deck and Tembo Gallery) – the highest observation decks in Japan.

Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo skyline at dusk

If you have time, take a fun Day Trip to Mt. Fuji, an active volcano and the tallest mountain in Japan – it’s one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.

Tokyo Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips and Fun Things To Do

Mt. Fuji, Japan
Mt. Fuji, Japan

Japan Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips and Fun Things To Do

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The Best Time To Visit Japan

The best time to visit Japan is during Springtime (March-May) and Fall/early Winter (from September-November).

Cherry Blossom Season
One of the most beautiful times to visit Japan is during Cherry Blossom Season, typically early April.