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Tourist Guide of Japan

Where extremes meet
Tourist Guide of Japan

Japan: ancient castles associated with the traditions of the samurai, along with modern and futuristic cities that seem to come from a science fiction movie. The last empire in the world megalopolis of tens of millions of inhabitants, but also rugged mountain ranges covered with forests; futuristic technology equipment intended to set a trend, which are flanked by the centuries-old crafts of origami and bonsai, in a continuous, gripping discovery. Holiday in Japan - the mythical land of the Rising Sun - will discover a country of thousand facets, some predictable, others much less, in an evocative and engaging interplay between East and West, modernity and tradition, nature and technology.

Vast little more than Italy, but populated by almost centotrentra million people, Japan is comprised of over a thousand islands , including four major, almost aligned in a north - south, then with considerable differences in climate . Much of the territory is mountainous, with vast forests that cover seventy percent of the territory. The population is therefore concentrated in small coastal plains, where I grew immense cities including the capital Tokyo , populated by thirteen million inhabitants, rising to about thirty-considering the entire metropolitan area, to form the largest urban agglomeration in the world. A city that seems to come from the future, in some ways impressive, but still adhered to its millennial history, with the magnificent Imperial Palace and the historic and fashionable district of Ginza.

Among other cities to visit, we can remember Osaka , with Shitennoji Temple , considered the oldest place of Buddhist worship in Japan, especially Kyoto , the only important town spared by the bombings of World War II, and that is very rich in monuments. For centuries the capital of Japan, Kyoto offers a historical and artistic itinerary perhaps unique in the country: the temples of Higashi Honganji and Toji , with the highest pagoda in Japan (57 meters), the old Imperial Palace with its magnificent park, the spectacular Nijo Castle-io ; Nin'na-ji Temple , dating from the ninth century, and many other yet. Without forgetting to stop, with inevitable emotion, to Hiroshima or Nagasaki , destroyed by the atomic bomb.

Leaving behind his city, you can then go to Japan to discover the lesser known, characterized by a largely mountainous landscape - so-called Japanese Alps , furrowed by deep valleys - culminating in the famous volcano Fujiyama , conical shaped almost exactly 3776 meters high and well: a charming mountain like few, the very symbol of the country, which alone is worth the trip. Also do not miss the ' island of Hokkaido , in the far north, little populated and urbanized, with a typically alpine environment and a harsh climate, of a sub-Arctic. Island ideal for the lover of wilderness and untouched: the hot springs of Noboribetsu Onsen , with its boiling mud pools, the famous tourist resort of Sapporo , which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972, the small village of Sounkyo , the gates of Daisetsu-zan National Park ; Akan National Park with the same name, beautiful lake, and we could go on.

Moving in southern Japan, the climate is much milder, almost tropical, with beautiful beaches and romantic resorts, such as lagoons Hamana , which peninsulas of Hatsumi and Chita , l ' island of Kyushu with its cliffs and its lush vegetation, for a country that will not fail to amaze and enchant.

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