Kelvin Baggs Travel Blog

Why we should visit Japan

It’s New Years Day 2021 and I was dreaming about past travels and I came across the following article I contributed to in the Well Travelled magazine. Interestingly, I still agree, Japan is an amazing travel destination and still one of my favourite places. This is what I had to say.

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The one thing not to be missed is?

It is near impossible for me to think of one thing in Japan that should not be missed, so I’m going to give you a few.

Kyoto is an amazing blend of ancient and beautiful temples, amazing lush landscapes, traditions such as tea ceremonies, Geisha and the hubub of a modern and technologically advanced society.

Golden Temple Kyoto

Jigokudani Monkey Park is in the Nagano prefecture and a must see for those who enjoy the natural beauty of Japan. Take a walk around a snow covered mountain to an outdoor onsen (spa) where local monkeys take time out to soak, play and relax.

Jigokudani Monkey Park

If I had more time, I would have …

I would consider travelling further north to Sapporo in winter to see the snow and ice carvings. Go somewhere remote and stay in a traditional Ryokan to recharge my batteries.

Kyoto temple

My hot travel tip is …

Research before you go. Get a good understanding of the trains and subways – they are very efficient and complex. The ‘Japan Rail Plus’ is amazing and can save you considerably if you plan your itinerary around the pass to maximise your entitlements.

The Shinkansen