Japan

Where to start with Japan, it is one of the most technology advance countries in the world, but still has some of the strongest connections with it's past and ancestors than any other country I've ever been to.

Tokyo

Tokyo Imperial Palace

A beautiful park and garden in the middle of Tokyo's hustle and bustle, the inner area where the Emperor lives is off limits but the exterior gives and idea of what is inside.

Tsukiji Fish Market

One of the best places to get fresh fish in a country where the fish is always fresh, there is so much more on sale and to see than just fish though, all sorts of crustaceans and molluscs, anything that can be eaten from the sea is on sale here.

Shinjuku and Harajuku

A classy area of Tokyo with parks full of the famous sakura (cherry blossom) and high end shopping malls.

 

Kyoto

Kyoto all the Japanese cities has possibly the greatest history; having been the capital of japan for several hundred years, a large expanse of cultural capital is on show here from palaces, gardens, temples castles has been amassed.

Ginkakuji

the silver temple and the surrounding gardens 

Kinkaku-ji

The golden temple, covered in leaf gold is amazing to admire in both rain and sunshine.

Imperial Palace and Sento Palace garden

Hiroshima

Synonymous with the events of the WW2, Hiroshima's and it's surroundings have so much more, the city is linked closely with the sea and it's naval history.  Hiroshima has many islands, one of these is Miyajima which is home to the famous Floating Torri and Mount Misen.

Miyajima

 

Kanazawa

Famous for pottery, cherry blossom (Sakura) and its agricultural output, Kanazawa is a less visited area of Japan.  Its often used as a staging post on tourists trust to see Shrikowa Goa (a community of thatched cottages) and a trip to the Japanese alps.

Toyama and the Japanese Alps

 

Nagano

Nagano held the 1998 winter olympics, as well as home to the Snow Monkeys and close to Matsumoto Castle.