Fifty-seven years* after having organised the Olympic Games, the Japanese capital will be hosting a Summer edition for the second time. The Games in 1964 radically transformed the country. According to the organisers of the event in 2021, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad of the modern era will be “the most innovative ever organised, and will rest on three fundamental principles to transform the world: striving for your personal best (achieving your personal best); accepting one another (unity in diversity); and passing on a legacy for the future (connecting to tomorrow)”.
Japan has been an Olympic land since the Summer Games of 1964, which were the first to be staged in Asia. In 2021, the country will host its fourth Games, if we include the Winter Games of 1972 in Sapporo and of 1998 in Nagano.
*Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were postponed for the first time in their history. The Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will now be held on 23 July 2021.
Japan’s popularity is still growing among international tourists. Japan is a unique blend of traditional and modern. It has 21 World Heritage Sites, including Himeji Castle, Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto and Nara. Popular tourist attractions include Tokyo and Hiroshima, Mount Fuji, ski resorts such as Niseko in Hokkaido, Okinawa, riding the shinkansen and taking advantage of Japan’s hotel and hotspring network. Japan provides a rich cultural experience and a glimpse of the future through technological developments. Japan has one of the world’s lowest crime rates which makes it ideal for travelers.
Tokyo, a huge and diverse city, has been named as one of the world’s most satisfying tourist cities and its popularity is continuing to grow. Shopping, exploring old neighbourhoods, sumo, craft beers and karaoke tops our list of the best reasons to vacation there.
Your visit to Japan is not complete without visiting its cultural and historic centre. Kyoto is a fusion between modern & old, is in the Kansai region and was the Imperial Capital of Japan. Due to its historic value, Kyoto’s treasured shrines, temples, numerous gardens and palaces were spared from air raids and atomic bombings during World War II.
Nagoya is the fourth largest city in Japan and sits in the charming Aichi region of the country. It is best known perhaps for being the center of the automotive industry in Japan and you will find all the big name factories here such as Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi.
Mount Fuji is a symbol of Japan. The mountain contributes to Japan’s physical, cultural, and spiritual geography. Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan, standing at 3,776 meters (12,380 feet). Mount Fuji has been a sacred site for practicers of Shinto since at least the 7th century.
The Bamboo Forest is located in Arashiyama, which itself is a scenic beauty, a grove of carefully planted tall Bamboo plants. Entering into this forest is like coming to a whole new world which is calm, serene and a beauty in green.
The Kiyomizu-Dera temple is an important Buddhist complex in Kyoto, dedicated to the deity Kannon. According to tradition, it was founded in the late 8th century by a Hosso Buddhist monk named Enchin, and completed under the patronage of a noble warrior, Sakanoue no Tamuramaro.