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Japan Car Hire - Did You Know?
- Whilst it doesn’t look it on a map, Japan is made up of nearly seven thousand islands.
- The metropolitan area of Tokyo has the largest population in the world at over thirty million people.
- The Japanese name for Japan translates as ‘Nippon’.
- The country has the highest life expectancy in the world.
- Only Singapore has a lower murder rate than Japan.
Mini Guide to Japan
Why Should I Visit Japan?
Japan is becoming a popular destination for tourists seeking new places to visit. It’s not cheap to get to from Europe but once there, the experience is worth the effort. It’s an archipelago nation made up of thousands of islands and is one of the bywords for economic efficiency and excellence. It’s the land of huge, densely populated cities but also peaceful Shinto shrines and despite the throng of humanity near the coasts there are many parts of the country that are sparsely inhabited or even uninhabited.
How do I get to Japan?
Despite having three major airports serving Tokyo and Osaka, each taking flights from Europe, only Tokyo’s Narita International Airport services flights from the UK. BA and All Nippon Airlines operate the only direct flights from London Heathrow. Getting to other parts of the country isn’t difficult though with domestic flights plus a very efficient public transport system including high speed trains making the onward journey swift and trouble free.
What Should I See and Do in Japan?
There is plenty that must be done in the country. Taking tea in a traditional tea ceremony is a must. You’ll never ask for a ‘quick cuppa’ again once you see the tradition and painstaking care taken to produce a delicious cup.
Find some inner peace with an hour or so walking around a Shinto shrine. There are over 100,000 of them across the country with a sanctuary housing the deity surrounded by beautiful gardens made complete with the sounds of wind chimes and water features. Next see the bright lights and brashness of the big cities. The neon signs of Tokyo light the city up as if it’s daytime and you can spend hours looking at the wealth of shops there.
Get a complete contrast by heading away from the city centres along the coast and up the steep mountainsides to the tranquillity of Japan’s tiny and almost forgotten mountain villages. They’re a world away from what Tokyo and Osaka stand for.
What can I buy as Souvenirs?
It depends on the size and depth of your pockets for electronics and photographic equipment are cheap – just think about whether that fifty inch flat screen will go in your luggage though before you commit your yen. Try too the local Sake – a rice based spirit which is brewed a little like beer and is typically around 20% alcohol.
And What Will be on the Menu in Japan?
Probably sushi – raw fish and rice, delicious if you’re an aficionado, an acquired taste if not! Often served with soy sauce or wasabi, a hot condiment, you’ll be trying it in its spiritual home!