Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun”, is full of contradictions. With a history going back 50,000 years while at the same time leading modern fashion, trends, and technology. Experience these contradictions from the world city of Tokyo, to Mt. Fuji and Mt. Koya, to Hiroshima and Kyoto. Experience the modern bullet trains and also relax in the quiet of a Buddhist Monastery.

Weather
Much like the US, Japan is proud of their four seasons. In the spring is one of the best times of year to travel, temperatures are warm but not too hot. In the summer starts with a dreary rainy season in June. Extreme Humidity starts in July-August. Autumn starting in September is an excellent time to be in Japan. Winter follows a good time to go skiing or hot spring hopping.

Geography
Japan, known as Nihon or Nippon in Japanese, a country of islands, extends along the Pacific coast of Asia. The main island is Honshu, and the country has three other large islands—Hokkaido to the north and Shikoku and Kyushu to the south. More than 4,000 smaller islands surround the four largest

Major Holidays & Events
In addition to the customary holidays, Japan traditionally celebrates:
December 30 to January 3 - New Year’s
March or April – Cherry Blossom Viewing
April 27 to May 6 – Golden Week

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