Because so oriental and so different while being incredibly developed, Japan is full of reasons to travel to discover it. Japan's appeal lies, for example, in the wilderness of Hokkaido, the beaches of Okinawa, the temples of Shikoku, the speed and design of Shinkansen, the size of the megalopolises of Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama and their bubbling, the tranquility of small villages. Some Westerners will be affected by the variety of landscapes, the aesthetic research in the ikebana floral arrangement, traditional architecture, the meetings of sum?, martial arts, cuisine, manga and Japanese cinema, cherry blossoms in April, Kabuki theatre or the record number of inventions filed each year at the Patent Office... All these elements contribute to the interest that Japan can generate.
A very safe destination :
The natural disasters of 11 March 2011 and 2016 in Kumamoto reminded the Japanese of the sad realities of a capricious nature, particularly on an archipelago built in the middle of a fire belt. It also frightened many travellers, who turned away from Japan and its dangers. But make no mistake, Japan is certainly one of the safest countries in the world to travel alone, as a couple, with friends or with children. Apart from private clubs, the traveller is welcome everywhere, especially as the major events approaching, such as the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, are fast approaching.
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