Michael Turtle – TIME TRAVEL TURTLE
This is what makes it such a fascinating place. It pursued an isolationist policy for so long that, as the technology advanced, the old customs became more embedded in the culture than ever before. It’s why you now have a unique country with little outside influence, where a video game arcade can sit next to an inn with tatami mats and paper walls.
You could spend weeks in the big cities and not run out of time. But I would encourage you to see some of the natural sites and small traditional towns to really start to understand Japan. This is where you’ll find the strongest connection to the culture.
I still have a lot of the Japan to explore because I move slowly when I’m there, but I hope these stories will help with your travel planning.
BEST TEMPLES IN NARA >> HOW TO PLAN YOUR DAY
One of the most spectacular World Heritage cities in Japan is Nara. Close to Osaka, not too far from Tokyo, it’s a perfect way to see the glorious history of Imperial Japan. If you’re not sure where to start, this guide will show you the best spots to see.