Visit the Asakusa Area!
The Asakusa Area is one of the more traditionally Japanese areas in Tokyo and is home to a number of Buddhist and Shinto temples and shrines.
A popular entertainment district, and Tokyo’s oldest geisha district, the area was famous for its theatres and cinemas in the early 20th century. However, it was heavily bombed during the Second World War and, although rebuilt, Asakusa was surpassed by other areas such as Shinjuku in terms of entertainment.
But it remains a fantastic place in which to learn more about Japanese culture and traditions. There are many fantastic restaurants here serving traditional Japanese dishes and, if you’re lucky, your visit may coincide with one of the many matsuri (Shinto festivals) that are held here.
Did you know?
One of the highlights of Asakusa is the Senso-ji, an ancient Buddhist temple that was originally founded here in 645 AD.
See Mt. Fuji!
Still classed as an active volcano by geologists, despite not having erupted since 1707, Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan! Despite lying around 100km south-west of Tokyo, it can be seen from the Japanese capital on a clear day.
Mount Fuji is one of the country’s ‘Three Holy Mountains’, along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku, and is sacred to both Buddhists and Shintoists.
It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national symbol of Japan. Mount Fuji has inspired poets and artists for centuries, placing it right at the heart of traditional Japanese culture - no trip to Japan is complete without a visit here.
Did you know? Mt. Fuji is actually three volcanoes in one – making it a stratovolcano! The bottom layer is made up of the Komitake volcano, the middle layer is the Kofuji volcano and the top layer, which is the youngest, is Fuji.
Take the bullet train!
The bullet train, or Shinkansen, is a network of high-speed railway lines designed to connect the more distant regions of Japan to Tokyo, to help develop economic growth and development in the post-war period.
The bullet train’s debut in 1964, just a week and a half before the start of the Tokyo Olympic Games, was a huge victory for Japan, showing the world that the nation had recovered from the Second World War. This was the world’s first high-speed commercial train.
So, taking a trip on the bullet train will not only give you the opportunity to spend more time exploring Japan, it will also give your group some insight into the country’s economic history.
Did you know?
The bullet train can travel at speeds of up to 199 mph. This high-speed marvel means you can travel from Tokyo to Kyoto, a distance of 320 miles, in 2 hours and 18 minutes. And you can travel the 559 miles from Tokyo to Hiroshima in just a little over 4 hours!