Experience Japanese culture everywhere: from within the grounds of the country's ancient shrines and temples; in the trendy streets of Harajuku; at a friendly izakaya; or at a lively festival.
Most people build Kyoto and Nara into their Japan itineraries for a generous serving of traditional Japanese culture. While these are undoubtedly two of the most historic and culturally rich destinations, Japan boasts a healthy selection of less-explored alternatives equally worth considering.
If you like your culture hands-on, book a stay at a temple for a taste of temple life, walk one of the country's ancient trails, get creative with a traditional craft at a local studio. Equally memorable experiences include traditional Japanese theater, avant-garde art installations and local festivals ranging from the regal to the raucous.