Sightseeing in Japan
Tourism and Culture
Different Forms of Tourism
- Castles, a reminder of the establishment of the central power until the 15th century. Destroyed en masse at the time of the Meiji and during the Second World War, about a dozen can still be visited.
- Many festivals take place throughout the year (festival of the tombs, cherry blossom festival). Open air museums offer visits of the different Japanese architectural styles.
- Many Japanese-style gardens, among which the most outstanding are Konrokuen at Kanazawa, Katsura Villa at Kyoto. Some Japanese sites are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, consult the website to see which they are.
- Many temples and tombs. Each city has them. Some of them are really magnificent. Among the temples: Ginkakuji, Kinkakuji, Kiyomizudera and Sanjusangendo at Kytoto, Todaiji and Horyuji at Nara. Among the tombs: the one at Ise, Nikko Toshogu at Nikko, Itsukushima at Miyajima.
- Hot springs flow all over the country. There are many spas.
- Click here to be informed on the Japanese most beautiful beaches as a selection of the Ministry of land, Infrastructure and Transport.
- Winter Sports
- The 500 national ski resorts have plentiful, good snow, superb countryside and hot water springs to relax in.
- Outdoor Activities
- Rambling, Diving, Bicycle touring, Golf
- Japan is known worldwide for its original mode with its Japanese creators, European brands (Louis Vuitton, Prada, etc.), department stores (Mitsukoshi, Takashimaya, etc.)
|Top Highlights of the Country|
|The castle of Azuchi|
|Bouddha Amitabha de Kamakura|
|The sanctuary Itsukushima-jinja|
|The temple Yakushi-ji|
|The park of the peace|
|The temple of Nagano|
|The park of Momijidani|
- Tourism Organizations
Japanese National Tourism Organization
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in charge of Tourism purposes – Japan Tourism policy website
- Cultural Organizations
Ministry of education, sport and culture
- For Further Information
Individual and Civic Freedoms
- Political Freedom
- Civil Liberty
- Freedom of the Press
- Japans press is private and independent, but the presence of press clubs, or kisha kurabu, is an obstacle to press freedom. Press clubs ensure homogeneity of news coverage by fostering close relationships between the major media, the administration and the politicians.
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 17/175
Evolution: 12 places up compared to 2008
- For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
- Free Access to the Internet
- Freedom of Assembly
- Rule of Law
Arbitrary arrest and imprisonment are not practiced.
- Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Minorities or Foreigners can suffer from entrenched social discrimination concerning the access to housing and employment opportunities.
- Women's Condition
- Women in Japan have legal equality, but discrimination in employment is particularly widespread.
- For Further Information
Human rights report, US Department of State
- Degree of Freedom
- Shintoism and Buddhism are the two most widespread religions (84% of the population). Japanese follow either one or the other, or both.
- Role of Religion in Society
- Japanese religions play an important role in contemporary social life and in the world vision of the Japanese. But they do not influence economic or political life. Religion is practiced through the ceremonies which punctuate life (birth, marriage, death, various festivals). The holy places are tombs and temples.
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