Select your travel style--whether it's our signature expeditions, our active outdoors adventures, or our lower-priced journeys. Our newest small-group trips, provided in partnership with G Adventures, blend fun, hands-on exploration with meaningful cultural encounters, as well as more free time and choices. Traveler magazine, as well as host of the National Geographic Live series of conversations with notable authors. Strangers, and Travelers’ Tales: Japan, and received dozens of writing awards, including the Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Gold Award for Best Travel Article and the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year Award. Standing at low tide, the torii on Miyajima is thrown into silhouette as the sun sinks behind a mountain. Outside Shibuya Station in Tokyo, a crowd of pedestrians crosses a busy intersection beneath the glare of lighted billboards and neon signs.
The clamorous labyrinth of stalls in Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market showcases all manner of seafood—from live sea eel to pickled octopus—and reflects the well-ordered confusion of Japanese society.
A father cradles his sleeping son during breakfast at the Daiwa Sushi restaurant in Tokyo’s immense Tsukiji Fish Market. Traditional lanterns illuminate a walk home in Chiba, one of the five main cities that surround Tokyo Bay.
Whale sharks thrill a crowd at the Churaumi Aquarium on Okinawa, part of the Ryukyu archipelago south of mainland Japan.
A wall goes digital in Roppongi Hills, a shopping and entertainment complex in Tokyo that boasts an arena, restaurants, and residences, as well as a 360-degree view of the city from the top of its centerpiece, the Mori Tower.
Rice cakes, or mochi, are a favorite in Japan, particularly during the New Year, when they are traditionally given as gifts, set out decoratively in the home, or offered at shrines and temples. A brilliantly decorated lantern float stands out against the summer night sky during the Neputa Festival in Hirosaki.


Designated a World Heritage site by the United Nations, Himeji-Jo is one of the finest surviving examples of classic Japanese architecture.
Participate in a traditional tea ceremony, then take advantage of free time to go on a hike, visit temples, and stroll through the picturesque town. Don lived and taught in Japan for two years, and his recent National Geographic Traveler article “Japan’s Past Perfect” inspired this expedition. The 12,388-foot (3,776-meter) volcano, which last erupted almost 300 years ago, is for the Japanese an enduring national symbol of serenity and strength. The famous vermilion gate was built in 1875 and is the largest in Japan, standing about 53 feet (16 meters) high.
Rice, which has been cultivated in Japan for at least 2,000 years, is an important staple of the Japanese diet. Fishing in Japan is increasingly the labor of an older population, as fewer of the industrialized country’s young people are attracted to the trade. Japan’s young people pride themselves on having a unique, up-to-the-minute style, projecting an edge in a country steeped in custom and convention.
Fish has long been the protein staple of seagirt Japan, which consumes more than a tenth of the world catch. Known for its vertiginous growth, bamboo has numerous uses in Japan, particularly in Kyoto, where it is made into baskets, flutes, pipes, benches, dolls, garden fences, and artifacts for tea ceremonies.
The aquarium features marine life found off the subtropical island, which is one of four “Blue Zones” where inhabitants enjoy extraordinarily long lives. Entertaining Japan’s male elite through music, dance, song, and conversation, geisha are valued as much for discretion as for beauty.
Japan is well known for its artistic, sometimes spiritual, approach to gardening, and visiting botanical gardens is a popular activity.


Living farther north than any other non-human primates, they rely on thick coats to help them survive the frigid temperatures in the highlands of central Japan and spend time soaking in the region’s many thermal springs.
Their surfaces dusted with flour, the sticky, glutinous cakes are often stuffed with sweet beans or served in soup and, when not made by hand in a complex process, are widely available in supermarkets. The Japanese language commonly uses 15,000 kanji characters, which are borrowed from Chinese.
Once supported by the patronage of emperors, Japan’s national sport has roots going back nearly 1,500 years.
Often depicting warriors and shaped like fans, the floats are accompanied by traditional drums. Dating from the early 17th century, the striking, white-walled castle is also classified as a national treasure in Japan. Covering only 454 square miles (1,176 square kilometers), Okinawa is noted for its fine beaches and for the long life expectancy of native islanders, who maintain ancient values and a vibrant culture distinct from that of mainland Japan. Explore the castle’s Ninomaru Palace, known for its beautiful wall paintings and its “nightingale” floors, designed to squeak when stepped upon to warn of intruders.
The country’s hilly and mountainous landscape is particularly suited for farming the grain. Short but intense, most matches last less than a minute, with the grandly attired gyoji serving as referee.
Folk festivals featuring traditional music, dance, and costume are an important cultural element in Japan.



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