Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital has over one thousand temples and shrines. It also boasts Zen Gardens and tranquil public parks. Monasteries offer overnight accommodation so that visitors can experience monastic life. Japan’s old cities offer an experience quite different to those of Europe. Samurai houses and Geisha teahouses are unique to Japan.
Over two thirds of the country is mountainous and the mountains are full of thermal springs. Hiking and skiing is a popular pastime. In the south sub tropical beaches are great for diving, swimming or sailing.