Travelling To Japan – Here’s What You Can Do In The Country

Japan is rich not just in high technology but also in culture and tradition. For centuries, Japan has perfectly merged the two and is enjoying the benefits of a rich culture blended in rich technology advancement. If you are travelling to Japan anytime soon and don’t know what you can do in the country, here are our top choices to help you plan the perfect trip.

Join the Japanese Matsuri

The Japanese matsuri (festival) is where you will find Japan at its liveliest. If you want to see the country’s tradition, culture and exuberance then attend one of the festivals and see for yourself. The festivals themselves differ but often involved spirited processions of colourfully attired participants where dancing and chanting are common. During the festivals, you will also get to try the different food lined up on stalls where you will be able to eat different kinds of seasonal Japanese food.

Visit the Japanese Market

Have a local expert with you and visit the Japanese market. You can visit Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market, Kyoto’s Nishiki Market, or just go to a neighbourhood grocery store and have your local help explain to you where they get their amazing cuisine.

Together with learning the different ingredients they use for most of their specialty, your culinary guide will also help you find the best places on where to eat out.

Visit the Biggest Park in Tokyo

Ueno Park is considered the biggest park in Tokyo and where a number of attractive facilities are placed such as museums, a zoo, rich nature, and historical monuments. You can easily spend a whole day at the park with your children and visit Ameyoko street afterwards.

10 Travel Tips for Sri Lanka

If you’re planning a visit to Sri Lanka, you’ll be happy to know that while it can be a little chaotic and overcrowded, it is relatively easy to navigate as English is widely spoken.

There are, however, a few tips you should keep in mind during your visit so that you keep yourself safe and don’t overspend, which can unfortunately happen to those who are unsuspecting.

Tip #1

Don’t drink the water – take a reusable water bottle with a purifier. It’s very hot, so you’ll find yourself needing to drink a lot of water and you want to be safe to avoid getting sick.

Tip #2

Choose the local food options over Western food; it’s very cheap and very good, plus you’ll get to taste many incredible local dishes.

Tip #3

Sri Lanka does not really have a huge drinking or nightlife culture, so don’t expect this to be a party trip as nightlife options are very limited.

Tip #4

You can hire a tuk-tuk for around $20USD per day, and they’re one of the cheaper, and convenient, ways to get around.

Tip #5

The cheapest way to get to the airport is the airport bus, which only costs 30 rupees ($0.20USD).

Tip #6

Where possible, use the train as it is the cheapest mode of transport and a great way to see the countryside. It’s recommended that you book the train in advance as tickets can’t be booked in person at the station less than four days before departure.

Tip #7

When visiting Sigiriya, arrive for the opening time of 8am to avoid lines and crowds. Any later and you’ll likely not have a great experience due to the large numbers of people.

Tip #8

All of the temples require you to remove your socks and shoes even if they are outdoors, so be prepared to do so even if you may not see any signs.

Tip #9

If you are planning on staying in hostels, note that while cheap, they are very basic so don’t go in with high expectations.

Tip #10

Don’t overspend on accommodation as there are many cheap options. Breakfast with a private room and air conditioning will only cost you around $15USD.

Sri Lanka is a wonderful and vibrant place to visit, and with these tips in mind you’ll have a fantastic time without blowing your budget unnecessarily.