Enjoy a varied experience during your tour of Japan
Few experiences combine modern charm with compelling history as much as a tour of Japan. A trip through the famous island nation brings you from the cutting edge technology of Tokyo to the rural enclaves of the Japanese interior. Whatever your itinerary includes, your time in the Land of the Rising Sun is sure to be a fulfilling experience. However, there are a few destinations in particular that have become staples of Japan tours, and you'd be remiss if you left without paying them a visit.
It can certainly be tempting to experience some of the more high-tech aspects of Tokyo, but you should make a point to head to the Sensoji Temple as well. The oldest temple in the country was built in 645 A.D., and the fact that it stands in relatively good condition today is a testament to those who built it. Although the building itself is certainly impressive, the area surrounding it is full of activity, including the Sanja Matsuri festival, which is held each year in May.
Joshin'etsu-kogen National Park
Japan is home to some truly stunning landscapes, and that is especially true at Joshin'etsu-kogen National Park. This natural reserve is so big it's located in part of several different cities including Nagano and Niigata. In addition to the breathtaking views, the park is famous for being home to Japanese Macaques. These friendly monkeys tend to congregate in the park's hot springs, and watching them interact with one another can be the most memorable aspect of your tour of Japan.
Kyoto Botanical Garden
The former capital of Imperial Japan, Kyoto is replete with historic buildings, and while the city is home to plenty of intriguing destinations, it's not a centuries-old structure that tops the list of must-see destinations in Kyoto. You should make a point to visit the Kyoto Botanical Garden, which offers a glimpse of some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. The garden was founded in 1924, and over the last 85-plus years it has grown by leaps and bounds. Today, it is home to an estimated 120,000 plants encompassing 12,000 different species, all arranged in a manner that will make it hard for you to leave.