Japan Travel Itinerary Table Of ContentsIntroduction – page 2Tourism & Economy – page 4Tourism & CultureTourism & EnvironmentDetailed Itinerary References – IntroductionTravelling to the other side of the world, Japan offer a copious amount of different places to tourists. A perfect seven day vacation in Japan would be along Honshu. More specifically, the trip will be starting from the capital of Japan, Tokyo (35.6895° N, 139.6917° E) for three days. This metro houses over 35 million residents. Once Tokyo is finished, the next destination will be Mt Fuji and the surrounding area (35.3606° N, 138.7278° E), spending two days. Mt Fuji is the symbol of Japan. Finally, we’ll travel even more south to Osaka (34.6937° N, 135.5022° E), the historical capital of Japan for the remaining two more days. Japan and major citieshttps://www.lonelyplanet.com/maps/asia/japan/This itinerary is targeted towards those who have a major interest in the culture and historical portion of Japan. However, those especially with certain disabilities may not find it suitable for themselves, as it will require an immense amount of movement. If you are departing from Toronto to Tokyo the flight will take about 13 hours and the return trip from Osaka to Toronto is around 16 hours as you will need to make connections. If you do choose to have a smaller stretch break, you may first travel from Toronto to Vancouver and then take one from Vancouver to Tokyo. Also don’t forget to change the time as Japan is 14 hours ahead of Toronto. Japan on the world maphttps://geology.com/world/world-map.shtmlBefore going on the trip make sure passports are within reach because you need it if you are visiting Japan. Highly recommended but not mandatory are your travel insurances and health insurances. Japan is relatively a safe place, but make sure to avoid the Fukushima Area claimed by the official Canadian government. At last make sure you don’t bring more than $11 000. Japanese Yen and labelledhttps://rlv.zcache.com/japanese_currency_yen_postcard-r9f518b6292404adaa0b4d66c9ac2c7da_vgbaq_8byvr_540.jpg Other information that should be known are the following. For every yen is around a cent and a tenth in Canadian dollars. Also the tax rate in Japan is 10%, but on the bright side tipping is not necessary. In fact, most of the time your tip will be refused because in Japanese culture they believe that good service is a standard. Finally, take the required shots. Don’t worry for those with trypanophobia because the required shots in Canada is identical to the ones in Japan. Tourism and Economy Tourism plays a vital part in the diverse Japanese economy. In the past when world war II broke out, Japan has lost a majority of their economy. To redeem on such event, they started to work hard Over the few couple of years Japan has received over 24 million international tourists receiving over 30 billion dollars in tourism receipts. By 2020 when the summer olympics will be held they are expected to get 30 million international tourists.Tourism and CultureAs a western tourists it is needed to participate in the Japanese culture to get the trip to be worth it. Many of the Japanese food that are common in the western world; such as sushi, ramen and teriyaki. More authentic Japanese cuisine include, sliced raw fish, Yakitori chicken, and its unique sweets. Home to Japan is the sport of sumo, but the most common sports that are played are baseball, tennis and soccer. Also to Japan, honor is very important, thus having a very competitive and tense environment. Main languages of Japan is modern Japanese with their second language being English. Holidays that are celebrated in Japan are the standard Western Holidays like Easter and Christmas. They also celebrate Holidays such as the Emperor’s Birthday (Dec 23) and Golden Week (May 3 – May 6). During these times locals normally like to wear their traditional clothing known as kimonos. Yakitori Chicken https://www.jessicagavin.com/chicken-yakitori-recipe/ Dating back all the way to 30000 are the first set of humans, the Jomon Culture and the Aisu Culture, who set foot on Japan where there was dry land connecting Korea and Japan. Then, during the year 300 BC, Yayoi culture that came from mainland asia to modernize the islands. Along with the Yayoi culture the first Japanese Emperor came to life until the 1200s. Around 1500s the Europeans were trying to conquer land, so they went to Japan, thus they have closed off Japan from foreigners for 200 years. After the world wars came along. Ironically, Japan was on the American side during the first world war, but during the bombing of pearl harbour, Japan turned onto the Americans. This has lead to a violent battles between the two countries and in the end Japan surrendered when United States dropped two nukes onto the city Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Religiously speaking Japan has two major religions; Buddhism and Shinto. Shinto is apart of Japanese culture and Buddhism was brought from the mainland. The Europeans also tried to send missionaries to spread Christianity to Eastern Asia, but rarely had a significant impact. By now there has been a large fraction of people who are Atheist but there are still a number of people who practice Buddhism and Shinto. Baseball plays a huge part in Japan https://www.japantimes.co.jp/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/w3-jball-a-20141113-e1415798932673.jpg Tourism and EnvironmentMt Fujihttp://www.planetware.com/photos-large/JPN/japan-mt-fuji-and-cherry-blossoms.jpg Japan is mainly composed of mountains ranges because it is sitting between the pacific plate and the eurasian tectonic plates. The main mountain ranges are Akaishi, Hido, and Kiso. Because of its latitude location, Japan has the same season as Canada and happens at the same time. However, compared to our weather Japan’s weather is much more wild than Toronto. This is due to the pacific ocean currents pushing towards the country. Japan also has a vast wildlife and a unique one as well. Many animals that are native to Japan include: Tanuki, Wild Boar, Squirrels, Bears and Wild Cats. Japan’s vegetation is mainly made up of deciduous plants. The most notable type of tree in Japan are Sakura or also known as cherry blossoms. Other common trees in the area include, Akamatsu, Hinoki and Sugi. Cherry Blossomshttps://cdn.theculturetrip.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/16391687731_5520aea3ba_b-1024×576.jpg Even though Japan started with a natural environment, sooner or later many will be damaged later. Japan is very nuclear heavy, meaning that many citizens depend on nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is much better than what the world mainly runs on, but it is still hazardous. On March 11th, 2011, the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant has been hit by a tsunami. As a result, it disabled the cooling system temporarily, making the radioactive material to melt out of the cores. Because of the amount of high radioactive material within the area, the ecosystem has been damaged greatly, making it inhabitable to most organisms. However, Japan is moving towards to help sustain their environment. One of their plans is to make the largest metropolitan to become the most eco-friendly city in the world. Native monkeys native to Japan bathing in an Onsen in Hakonehttps://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2013-10/enhanced/webdr06/1/12/enhanced-buzz-orig-8761-1380646265-21.jpg?downsize=715:*-format=auto-quality=auto Travel Itinerary Part 1: Tokyo (3 Days)Accommodation: Park Hotel Tokyo $166/nightProbably the sole reason for picking this hotel is the amazing view from whatever room. It either shows Tokyo Tower or the Tokyo Bay.Day 1: West TokyoActivitesMotivatorsCostMeiji ShrineOne of the shrines in Tokyo$0Shibuya CrossingA very large and world famous crossing$0Eat Lunch in ShibuyaJust a regular lunch meal. A lot choices in Shibuya$60Mori TowerA neat observation deck on the 52nd floor to view Tokyo$126Roppongi Shopping DistrictIt gets very active during the evenings$0Ippudo RoppongiOne of Tokyo’s best restaurant and English Menu $140Transportation: Take the subway to Harajuku taking the Yamanote Line and once we finished visited the shrine. Take it one more time to Roppongi. On our way back we’ll take it again but in the opposite direction. Day 2: East Tokyo or Traditional TokyoActivitesMotivatorsCostSensoji TempleAnother shrine in Tokyo$0Tokyo National MuseumMost likely the only museum on the whole trip$0Tokyo StationTo eat lunch$60Imperial Palace East GardenBeautiful Garden that reflects Japanese nature$0Hibiya ParkOn the way from the garden to next destination$0Tokyo TowerThe symbol of Tokyo$0Roppongi Shopping DistrictIf in the mood may visit again$0Transportation: This time take Ginza line to get from place to place. Optional but walking from Hibiya Park to Tokyo Tower to get a better view of Tokyo rather than taking subway.Day 3: Tsukiji Tokyo and Mt FujiActivitesMotivatorsCostTsukiji Fish MarketThe largest fish market in the world and for breakfast $120Hama RikyuA garden that’s not far from the fish market$0Tokyo StationTo eat lunch and prepare to leave to Mt Fuji$654Lake KawaguchiThe most famous of the five lakes in Mt Fuji$0Fujiyoshida Sengen ShrineOne of the oldest shrines in Japan$0Houtou FudouA traditional noodle bar in Mt Fuji Area$100Hot Spring/OnsenFor relaxation in private rooms$0Transportation: The Hibiya Line to get the fish market. Afterward, it is now time to leave Tokyo. To get to Mt Fuji we need to take the bullet train on the Tokaido Line and then transfer to Odawara. Part 2: Mt Fuji and AreaAccommodation: Kozantei Ubuya $696/nightOne of the only places that offer private onsens (hot springs). It also faces towards the Lake KawaguchiDay 4: Climbing Mt FujiActivitesMotivatorsCostClimbing Mt FujiA must do and aiming for the summit$50Gotemba Shopping DistrictShopping in a nearby area and dinner$60Hot Spring/OnsenFor relaxation in private rooms$0Transportation: May require a shuttle bus to get from place to place. However, they are within walking distance.Day 5: Aokigahara and HakoneActivitesMotivatorsCostAokigahara Forest (Suicide Forest)A refreshing morning walk$0Shiraito FallsConsidered the best waterfall in Japan$0Gotemba Shopping DistrictTo each lunch$60Lake AshiFor sightseeing$0Owakudani To see Japanese Macaque bathe in hot spring$0Transportation: Shuttle bus to get to Aokigahara. Then, one must take a taxi from Kawaguchiko Area to Hakone as there is no efficient public transportation method to get from place to place. To get from Hakone to Osaka, it is needed to take three lines. First take Hakonetozan Line. Then transfer to Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen. Finally, take the Midosuji Line to the hotel. By then, it should be late at night.Part 3: OsakaAccommodation: Hotel Nikko Osaka $157/nightRelatively close to all of the key points that are going to be visited.Day 6: Osaka Bay Area and Kita DistrictActivitesMotivatorsCostOsaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan)Have some specific species of fish$111Tempozan MarketplaceTo have lunch$60Kita DistrictAimlessly wander around to get a good sense$0Osaka CastleA very well known historical building with an observation deck$0Minami DistrictDinner$140Transportation: Chuo Subway Line to get to the Bay Area and Kita District. To get to Minami take Midosuji Line.Day 7: Minami District and TennojiActivitesMotivatorsCostExplore MinamiExplore the area$0Dotonbori AreaTo have lunch$60Dotonbori CanalPassing by the area$0Hozanji TempleSomewhat different from the shrines that have been visited$0Den-Den TownA very interesting place. Like a technology park$0Transportation: Like yesterday, take the Midosuji Line to Minami and walk to each key point.