In a fast-paced city such as Singapore, everyone can get exhausted – yes, even the particularly industrious ones. Everybody needs a vacation every now and then.
And with summer rolling in, how about a trip to Japan? Here are three things to see in Japan this summer!
1. The Metropolitan Cities
Japan has gone a long way since its post-war recovery. Now there are bustling metropolises in the country. You can just imagine stepping into the iconic Shibuya Crossing and finding yourself lost in the buzz. The cities also offer you nightlife and shopping. You can go and check the new electronics and gadgets.
2. The Festivals and the Culture
Japan is rich with its culture that it holds many festivals during the season. For example, the Tanabata festival was held just recently, on the 7th of July. There are many up and coming celebrations this summer ranging from the Gion festival in Kyoto to the Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo.
And if the celebrations are not enough, you can visit the many shrines and castles of Japan. Travel to your heart’s content and soak up the history and culture of the land.
3. The Anime and Manga Culture
While the anime and manga culture is part of the Japanese culture at large, it is worth categorising it as a subculture itself. This part will appeal to those particularly interested in exploring the subculture.
Japan is famous for its anime (Japanese animation) and manga (Japanese comic books). For anime and manga fans, there is no better destination than the Akihabara district in the capital as it is the centre of anime, manga and gaming culture.
It is always a good idea to do your research before going. Do your homework on things such as local customs, and if you can brush up on the Japanese language. Summer starts from the middle of May to the beginning of September; it is best to book your lodging ahead of time.
For an extended stay, or want to return sometime in the near future, you may consider consulting agencies to help you buy property in Tokyo; some people already do this, so they do not have to check into a hotel or find expensive accommodation every time they visit Japan.
So, if you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Singapore, you may want spend the sunny season in the Land of the Rising Sun. Enjoy.