Japan packs more contrasts into its 146,000 square miles than most travelers might think possible. Snowy mountain peaks and rushing rivers, spare temples and horizons scored by skyscrapers, tropical coral reefs and idyllic bamboo groves—the Land of the Rising Sun contains them all. Veteran vacationers to Asia, business travelers looking for a break, intrepid singles, and families simply wanting to get away will all find plenty of reasons to check into the best hotels in Japan for a multitude of adventures.
Most Tokyo vacation packages start out in Kanto Province, the eastern side of Japan's main island, and many travelers understandably stay there the entire time. As the most populous city in the world, Tokyo positively pulses with diversions: from gorgeous shrines and botanical gardens to the vaunted Imperial Palace and the high-tech "Electric Town" shopping district to the Ghibli Animation Museum and Tama, the home of Hello Kitty. But there's so much more to Japan than urban sprawl.
To the north, Hokkaido teems with gorgeous national parks, burbling hot springs, and high-end sake producers; while southerly Shikoku offers exciting white-water rafting and a bevy of picturesque spiritual shrines. (Those with strong constitutions and even braver hearts can even attempt The 88 Temple Pilgrimage, a six-week hike that traipses all the way around Shikoku's perimeter.) If you're looking to explore Temples and Castles, Kyoto is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Travelers looking for the best Japan resorts should make their way to Okinawa, an archipelago of over 150 islands with its own distinct culture. Perpetually warm, it's the place to go for great beaches, reef diving, and surfing. It also boasts a number of World War II historic sites and downright bustling nightlife.
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