The Japanese themselves call their country “Nihon koku”, which literally means “source of the sun”, and this name is often translated as “Land of the Rising Sun”. Since Japan is the easternmost country on the mainland, its inhabitants are the first to meet the dawn.
Brief description.
The land of the rising Sun is entirely located on the islands (there are more than 3000 of them), which stretch like a necklace along the coasts of Korea and China. Stretching from north to south for 3000 km, Japan crosses 6 climatic zones, which allows you to bask even in winter on the snow-white beaches and ski down the mountain slopes in summer.
Asakusa Kannon Temple.
The unofficial symbol of the country is the extinct volcano Fujiama, open for mass ascents from July to the end of August. In other months, you can only climb to the top with a guide. Fujiyama is especially beautiful in the spring, when the cherry blossoms bloom. In April, the Japanese celebrate the Hanami national holiday, dedicated to the flowering of Japanese cherries. People have picnics under the flowering trees, have fun and drink sake.
Due to the high volcanic activity on the islands, hot springs saturated with mineral salts almost everywhere burst out of the ground. In addition to swimming in the thermal pools, you can sit under the waterfall, splashing hot sulfur water on the surface. The oldest spa resort in Japan — Atami-is located near Tokyo. Atami water containing calcium sulfate was supplied to the imperial court in the Middle Ages .
Japan is a country of samurai spirit and technical innovation.
In Russia, a kind of “caste” of Japanese fans has formed: they eat sushi with chopsticks, learn the mystery of the tea ceremony, learn the basics of Aikido and judo. Once in the Land of the Rising Sun, the tourist, of course, will not meet on the streets of samurai and geisha. But even after gaining the status of a great economic power, Japan carefully preserves its traditions. Kabuki plays dedicated to the dramatic events of Japanese history are still being staged at the Kabukiza Theater in Tokyo. Japanese gardens have been created in gardens, parks, and temples, consisting of rocks, water, and trees that represent the harmony of the elements. Skyscrapers and futuristic towers of Tokyo peacefully coexist with wooden temples. In Kyoto, the former Imperial palace is open to the public. And the modern residence in Tokyo, where the current emperor of Japan lives, remains the “forbidden city”. The Tokyo Palace is open to visitors twice a year: on January 2, the New Year’s holiday, and on December 23, the emperor’s birthday. You can immerse yourself in the culture of medieval Japan in the ancient castles, where the clothes, weapons and armor of the warrior heroes are presented.
Buddhist temples are filled with calmness and grandeur, while Shinto shrines such as Itsukushima still deify the forces of nature. The bright red ritual gate of Itsukushima, standing on stilts above the water, is one of the most recognizable symbols of the country. In addition, Japan is admired among fans of technical innovations. Leading the way in the production of lasers, video equipment and digital electronics, the Asian islands can offer products of exceptionally high quality.