Japan offers visitors a wealth of entertainment opportunities, both modern and traditional. Contemporary diversions include clubs, discos, live music venues and bars, as well as international performance arts such as opera, ballet, drama and musicals. For culture lovers who want to sample some of the fascinating traditions of Japanese theatre, there is Kabuki, Bunraku and Noh.
In Japan there are many fascinating places that you can enjoy for free. These include such diverse attractions as beer museums, food galleries, hi-tech consumer electronics showrooms, cosmetics factories and television studios. With so many different places to visit there’s bound to be something of interest for everyone.
Japan is easily accessible from anywhere in the world with over one hundred direct flights every week to four of Japan’s 22 International Airports.
You will arrive at either Narita (Tokyo), Kansai (Osaka), Nagoya, or Sapporo. All other destinations within Japan can be reached quickly and conveniently using the country’s extensive network of rail, bus and domestic air services.
Tip: Read the Japan Airports information page.
Once known in the west either in the form of “sukiyaki” or the more exotic “sushi,” Japanese cuisine has in recent years become much more familiar and appreciated around the world. Many visitors to Japan will have already sampled the pleasures of raw fish or batter-fried shrimp. But few first-time visitors to Japan are prepared for the variety and sumptuousness of Japanese food, as it is traditionally prepared. Eating in Japan is an experience to be enjoyed and remembered fondly for the rest of your life.
The Tottori Sand Dunes are gigantic dunes located on the coast of the city of Tottori, Tottori Prefecture.
It is part of the Sanin Kaigan National Park and extends for a rectangle of 2.4 km from north to south and 16 km from east to west.
It is one of the largest dune areas in Japan, second only to the Sarugamori dunes in Aomori prefecture.
In 1955 they were named as a natural monument of Japan.
It is currently considered an important tourist site for the prefecture.
The formidable Tottori Sand Dunes were created over millennia by the Sendai River, tirelessly depositing sediments washed from the Chūgoku Mountains into the sea.
The marine currents and the wind regime contributed to create this mini-desert, whose dunes constantly change shape and can reach up to 90 meters in height with steep 40-degree slopes.