Asia is the most dynamic region on earth today, encompassing a vast array of peoples and cultures that now more than ever is bursting onto the world stage. From sandy beaches to tropical jungles, mountain tops to metropolises, Asia has it all! Asia has a myriad of travel options on offer but today we will share a Japan based ten day Asian getaway.
Start in Tokyo for four days to sample the sights and sounds of the world’s biggest city. Check out Tokyo tower, sample some of the finest food Japan has to offer (Tokyo has the most Michelin star restaurants in the world) or jump on a train and go to Tokyo Disney! There are also many day trips from Tokyo available, you could go south to the portside town of Yokohama to check out its massive Chinatown or north to Nikko and check out the famous warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu’s Shrine. Or if you are up for it, going skyward, climbing japans tallest peak, Mount Fuji would be an unforgettable memory.
We then jump on to the Shinkansen towards Osaka, traditionally the food bowl of the country for most of its history, Osaka has so much delicious food to eat! Check out Doutonbori and eat some oknomiyaki (savory Japanese pancake), takoyaki (octopus balls), or kushi katsu (breaded deep fried meats and vegetables) till your belly is about to burst. For a dose of history why not check out Osaka castle sight of some of the most important battles of the warring states period and a fabulous structure to behold. Weather not great? Then how about you check out Asia’s best aquarium “Kaiyukan” and follow it up with a ride on the neighboring Ferris wheel to check out unimpeded views across the whole city. The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down as Osakans are well known to be a rambunctious bunch and once the beer starts flowing the nights can get wild!
You can use Osaka as a base for the rest of the trip or spread around some of the neighboring cities as they are packed with things to do. Nara is best as only a day trip as you can walk from the station to the areas of note quite easily and cover them in no time. Checking out the temples from the first capital of japan and walking among the high spirited deer that surround the temple grounds is a cool chilled out day.
If you want you could spend 2-3 days in Kyoto or you could just get the train from Osaka (it’s about an hour away) but you will definitely need that time if you want to see all the temples that the former capital (succeeding Nara and preceding Tokyo) has to offer. One of the highlights would be Fushimi Inari with the hundreds upon hundreds of red “Tori” gates that they are still building spread across a mountain that overlooks Kyoto city. Just watch out for the monkeys up the top! When night time comes you need to find a place specializing in Shojin Ryori the Buddhist cuisine famous in Kyoto consisting of some of the tastiest tofu will ever eat!
By now you should have a bag stuffed with souvenirs a camera full of pictures and a belly ready to burst! With a heavy heart you get back on the plane, homeward bound, but never fear there are plenty more Asian getaways to be had so stay tuned for new itineraries in other fabulous Asian countries.