In terms of traditions, they borrow from elsewhere, in terms of historical architecture that is nothing older than 250 years. Travelling to Japan is a chance to visit a country that is most steeped in tradition and culture of their own country, also tons of deeply proud and very generous people. It is a challenge and a massive reward holidaying here.
Here are the top 5 places to visit in Japan-
The abode of natural hot springs! Popular for its volcanoes, hot springs, and ski areas, this gorgeous Japanese island looks right out of a picture book. And it is because of its various attractions & experiences that it is an impeccable place to holiday with both your kids and significant other. Be it the beauty of the Blue Pond or the Zoo, you’d be left mesmerised. It is one of the most ideal places to visit in Japan during the summer. Top attractions are the Asahiyama zoo, farm Tomita and the blue Pond. Some of the fun things to do are just relax in the hot spring, treat yourself with some scrumptious seafood and don’t forget to visit the famous national parks.
The city of shrines, gardens & palaces! Of all the major Japan destinations, the sacred city of Kyoto is one of the best places to visit in Japan in spring irrespective of whether you are holidaying with your family or your partner. The iconic temples, shrines, palaces, gardens, and the bamboo forests are a treat to the eyes, and you cannot afford to miss it on your first trip. Top attractions are the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Philosopher’s Walk and Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine. Some of the Best things to do are to visit the Kiyomizu temple, explore the Nijo Castle and visit the famous Kinkaku-ji.
Tokyo is a city that reflects the colours of Japan. In Japan, places to visit are endless, and exploring everything in one trip would always be impossible. But, the popular city of Tokyo still deserves the top spot in your itinerary, thanks to its anime culture and world-class attractions. And if the historical sites don’t impress you much, the city has also got a great culinary scene! Top Attractions are Disneyland, Skytree and DisneySea. You could just spend an evening near the Tokyo tower or shop in Odaiba. Do not forget to witness the grandeur of the Meiji Shrine.
A haven for beer and ski lovers! With cities like Sapporo, ‘what to see in Japan’ would never be your top concern. The city not only helps you escape the heat and humidity but also help you discover your winter wonderland during its famous Sapporo Annual Snow Festival. If not the gardens, then the huge snow sculptures would definitely steal your heart! Top attractions are the Moerenuma park, the former Hokkaido government office and the Mount Moiwa Observation Deck. Best things to do include visiting the Sapporo beer museum, party in Susukino and indulge in local delicacies at the Curb Market.
5. Mt. Fuji
The paradise for adventure seekers! Renowned around the world for offering the most thrilling experience in Japan, Mt. Fuji is the ultimate place to visit. While the official climbing season begins from July and ends in September, you can witness the beauty from a distance throughout the year. It is one of the favourite places in Japan. Needless to say, this place ought to be on your list! The top attractions are Mount Tenjo, Chureito Pagoda and the Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine. Best things to do are to go for skiing and don’t forget to visit the Arakurayama Sengen Park.
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Flygskam: The Guilt That Comes With Air Travel
In Sweden, flygskam is the new buzzword. A new wave of environmental consciousness is taking over in this European country, and spreading to others as well. Literally, flygskam translates to “flying shame”. Through this, activists and the general public alike are aiming to reduce the number of flights in the sky. Greta Thunberg, the awe-inspiring student activist, has also spoken up about it.
Why are people feeling flygskam?
In USA, it is not the occasional flyers who are causing these massive carbon footprints in the sky. It is the elite few, those who fly over eight round trips in a year. Around the world, the annual flyers are increasing too. Household incomes in developing economies are increasing, leading to higher chances of them boarding a plane instead of a train. At this rate, things will get way worse faster. Because as flyers and routes increase, then this industry will most likely take over the carbon footprint left by cars, etc.
Air travel is disastrous for our climate
The effects of high flying rates have been far and wide. Our atmosphere is not built to accommodate such an amount of fuel emissions in the sky. Apart from that, a huge number of birds are also put at risk every time a plane takes off.
The solution to flygskam is tagskryt
Tagskryt is another term that evolved as the shame regarding air travel grew. It literally translates to “train brag”. As you can guess, it is about shifting to trains. Swedish celebrities and others alike are posting about it online too. With #tagskryt, you can see many online pages trying time combat climate change one less flight at a time.
How are airlines responding?
Airline operators and companies are actually responding well to this movement. Flybe is cutting the routes where train travel is more feasible and eco-friendly. Moreover, it has promised to look at new routes and go through them only if air travel is the best option for everyone involved.
We hope this trend catches up soon in India as well. Doing our bit to save the environment is very necessary!
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10 Songs From Early 2000s That Deserve To Be On Your Travel Playlist!
A road trip deserves some quirky, exciting, music that goes right through the bones and motivates you all along. Therefore, a travel playlist becomes an indispensable part of a road trip. Not to mention that major part of storytelling and bonding happens over trips like these, much more when there’s a stupendous song on roll in the backdrop. The backseat singalongs and nomadic anthems are very much a part of the same but then a fiery playlist makes your trip shorter and worthy and memorable enough.
Let’s just take an insight into the list right from the early 2000s that makes you go all psyched with inquisition.
Britney Spears, “Toxic”, “Oops, I Did It Again”
The fashion quotient that marks the era is all over in this video. Bare midriffs in baby tees, spray tans and baggy sweats; the fashion, the music, all impart the same vibe. The songs are most likely to sail you through the entire road trip with an ardent fervour and zest!
Gwen Stefani, “Hollaback Girl”
“Uh huh this my sh**. All the girls stomp your feet like this”, we all know the lyrics to this one. And there goes your road trip in full motion and an extent of enthusiasm that’s immeasurable.
Lil Wayne, “Lollipop”, “A Milli”
‘Lollipop’ is the song you can bump an entire decade later, and even after those yet to pass. It’s a golden.
In the 2007 hit, ‘A Milli’, Weezy likened himself to “Nigerian hair” and “a venereal disease” – the guy was hip hop’s trailblazing.
Snoop Dogg, “Drop It Like It’s Hot”
‘Drop It’ earned a place just inside the top 50 songs of the entire decade according to Billboard’s computations. It stands proud at the 48th position.
Amy Winehouse, “Back To Black”, “Rehab”
The song calm you, soothes your insides for the entire course of the journey. The song also gives you a perfect hopeful background, merges well with the serendipity of the scenic beauty thus.
The singer’s self-penned single, an autobiographical look at her own refusal, ‘Rehab‘ is also worth a million listens. The booming popularity of the song makes it worth a listen even today!
P!nk, “Get The Party Started”
The P!nk breakthrough doesn’t keep you much away from proper party feels.
Justin Timberlake, “Sexy Back”
The song is raunchy, groovy and involves all of you through the entire course of it!
Soulja Boy, “Crank That”
2pac, “California Love”
Convince enough for a stupendous travel playlist. Well, we only expect a “Yes”!!
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Travelling Alone Does Not Make You Sad or Lonely
Travelling is not something you are good at. It’s something you do. Like Breathing. Gayle Foreman
Travelling is often the most anticipated activity by humans. But why do we cling to outdated stereotypes when it comes to the solo female traveller? The female solo traveller has been characterized and stereotyped through film and literature for centuries now. If she is travelling alone, she must be a loner (a loser, even), or looking for love and/or self-hood, or the most propagated archetype of them all—heartbroken. Perhaps nothing in recent pop culture has promoted these stereotypes more than Elizabeth Gilbert’s monstrously successful Eat, Pray, Love.
But what if a woman is travelling solo for none of those reasons? What if she is simply indulging in her curiosity for other cultures and looking for enrichment? Gasp! In this day and age, she’s probably even married or in a relationship and just wants to get out and explore on her own. Solo travel is on the rise more than ever, according to the 2015 Visa Global Travel Intentions Study, and roughly 24 per cent of people travelled alone in their most recent overseas vacation (that’s 15 per cent more than in 2013).
Solo travelling is life-altering, educational and enriching, and wildly freeing. Oftentimes, it’s scary, and sometimes even dangerous, but you can think of a few things in life that can offer such a transformative and rewarding experience.
Let’s start with your fears. Travel, solo or in a group, is loaded with uncertainties from the minute you leave your house. Some are more grave concerns—disaster could strike or you could get sick or injured. And, there are more trivial issues: language barriers, getting lost in a place you don’t know, eating foreign foods, understanding social do’s and don’ts in a new place and even flying. All very valid concerns that feel amplified when travelling solo. But perhaps that’s why it’s so much more rewarding when you succeed at tackling all of this by yourself. You’re forced to test yourself and confront your fears.
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