The beauty of Japan has always held a certain allure to the west. The country made of islands is an anachronistic blend of modern advancements and the ancient world and is often daunting to visitors. However, Japan cannot be missed and the best way for visitors who need more help approaching such an intimidating place is through a semi-guided tour.
From the neon streets of Tokyo to the traditional temples of Kyoto, for first-time visitors, the tours made available by places like Global Basecamps is the simplest way to appreciate the history and modernity the country offers. According to RealtimeCampaign.com, in Tokyo, you can get a feel of the city and walk the streets with a local guide. During the private tour, you can set your own pace and learn the ins and outs of the city, doing exactly what interests you.
After exploring the various districts of Tokyo, a train will take you to Matsumoto. Matsumoto is a wondrous city surrounded by the Japan Alps and you will instantly be taken back in time. It houses one of the only original castles in Japan, making it the perfect parallel to modern Tokyo. Even so, you can still enjoy modern luxuries within the ancient streets like museums, restaurants, and many sake breweries. After visiting Matsumoto, the tour will delve deeper into the Japan Alps and the past. Tsumago is another beautiful relic of the past that will sweep travelers back to the Edo Period.
Last on the tour is Kyoto. This is where modern and ancient Japan blend into one of the most unique and vibrant cities in Asia. Kyoto holds a mix of temples, shrines, gardens, and festivals that bring it to life. It is a city that deserves to be explored to the fullest to discover anything from hidden shrines to the Nishiki Shijo Market.
The Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum is a must-see while in the city. Netsuke are small sculpted figures in different materials like ivory, wood, and porcelain that were used as a toggle for different types of pouches for men, beginning in the Edo Period. This museum is a restored samurai residence that houses a great collection of Netsuke. Since Kyoto is home to the Kimono fashion show, the Seishu Nesuke Art Museum is relevant. The garments did not have pockets but women often sewed their sleeves up, men had to solve the problem another way. These cheeky statuettes were part of Edo-Era Japans answer to pockets.
Visiting such an interesting place will stay with you for years to come. To many Japan is still mysterious. However, with a guided tour like it can become your favorite travel destination. All you need is to fly somewhere new.