Japan’s history is often considered to have many parallels with the UK. The feudal days of Samurai Warriors aren’t a far cry from the knights of Medieval England, nor is being an Island nation now unified after centuries of struggle. Let’s face it, there’s plenty of fascinating history to delve into while visiting Japan. With Rickshaw, you’ll step back in time to a world of Japanese castles, sacred traditions, and ancient customs.
Arts & Culture
Talking about Japan, and not talking about the variety of visual arts and their importance to the Japanese cultural psyche would be just plain daft! At the heart of Japanese culture lies a hearty respect for aesthetics and form. You’ll be amazed at the attention to detail wherever you go; from eating a beautifully presented Bento Box, to the vivid artwork of anime and manga in popular culture; from the simplicity of traditional Shinto temples to the elaborate dance-drama of a kabuki play. Everywhere you go, you’ll be overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of Japan.
Food & Drink
Arguably, one of Japan’s biggest gifts to the world is its cuisine. When we think of “Japanese food” we generally think of Sushi, which is found worldwide (and for good reason!). However, you’ll see when you visit Japan that there’s so much more to discover. Wrap your lips around tasty donburi style dishes (rice and meat in a bowl), delicious yakiniku (grilled meats) or delicate seafood dishes; Japan has the lot! The perfect accompaniment? Wash it down with some perfectly brewed sake or green tea.
Japan is a hugely popular holiday destination, not only with international travellers but locals too. This means that it’s often tricky to find hotel availability in most big cities. We’ll always try and request a ryokan or a traditional Japanese room where possible, but where we can’t, we’ll book you into a city-style hotel. If this is the case, we’ll always opt for Japanese-owned hotels with local staff, as opposed to international chains.
Festivals in Japan
When you think of worldwide festivals, you probably imagine the likes of Brazil and India, right? Well, you’ll be amazed at what you might see in Japan. The Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Festivals up and down the country celebrate renewal and the shortness of life, teaching us to embrace it while we can. In contrast, the festival of Kanamara Matsuri celebrates the ancient Shinto fertility ritual in a slightly more unusual way…