Tourism in Japan

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Japan is comprised of 9 regions, with the top destinations including Tokyo, Kyoto, Kamakura, Osaka, Hiroshima, Nikko, and Yokohama among others. Each region has its own kind of sightseeing as well as numerous temples, shrines, gardens, castles, and festivals.

Food is a highlight of taking a trip to Japan. Sushi-ya is simply a sushi restaurant, while Kaiten-zushi means the sushi comes out on a conveyor belt for the customers to decide on the dish. Soba-ya restaurants make soba and udon noodles, which are often accompanied with soup. Ramen-ya restaurants focus on; you guessed it, ramen noodles (Chinese style). Most restaurants specialize in one type of food and the list goes on for the names of restaurants.

Walking is an easy way to get around most cities, but Taxis and buses are often available. Trains are abundant and offer an easy way to get from one region to another without flying. There are no strict religious customs that would cause problems for the regular tourist. Many people in Japan speak English as most tourist spots have signs in both Japanese and English. Exchange services are easily found at the airport and banks. The Japanese currency is the Yen.

Besides the famous cities, traditional towns along the road, Tsumago, Magome Nakasendo that extends from Old Tokyo (Edo) through Kyoto and the Nagano prefecture show Japans history. The small towns are preserved to display the lifestyles of all social classes. Visiting Shirakawago and Takayama will allow you to see old-style homes in the mountain region of Gifu.

Three of the most famous sites are the Matsushima Bay, Miyagi Prefecture; Amanohoshidate, Kyoto prefecture; and Itsukushim, Hiroshima Prefecture. Each of these places has stunning views for those on vacation who wish to do some sightseeing.