Travel places to soothe your soul, the Japan National Tourism Organization’s new insider guide to Japan

TOKYO – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –National Tourism Organization of Japan (JNTO) ‘s new Insider Guide to Japan features things to do and see that will soothe your soul. These contents are associated with the concept “Wellcation” which helps visitors to relieve stress and anxiety related to the difficulties of the past year.

Japan is often associated with large cities like Tokyo and Osaka, but 70% of Japan’s topography is made up of dense forests and mountainous terrain. Taking advantage of this landscape, Japan has long excelled at blending art and nature harmoniously, with countless outdoor art installations across the archipelago showcasing a cornucopia of sculptures and installations. Among them is Moerenuma Park, a municipal installation (part of Sapporo City’s circular greenbelt concept) with a landscape imagined by artist Noguchi Isamu.

To visit Upopoy in Shiraoi City, Hokkaido Prefecture is another way to experience the beautiful nature of Japan. This new national center celebrates and showcases the culture of the Ainu, the indigenous people of northern Japan and the early settlers of Hokkaido. Upopoy, which means “singing in a large group” in the Ainu language, is a flagship project for the Ainu population. Surrounded by dense forests and adjacent to Poroto Lake, Ainu National Park is an open-air museum where Ainu culture, including traditional dance performances and a range of hands-on activities and programs, is superimposed on nature.

For those who desire a spiritual experience, Mount Koya may be the perfect place to go. This sacred religious site is the 9th century cradle of the Japanese Shingon sect of Buddhism and is home to many Buddhist temples.

Mount Koya offers very unique overnight stays at temples, known as Shukubo, where guests can follow in the footsteps of the centuries-old tradition of monks and pilgrims by visiting around 50 different temples. Shukubo is among the most esoteric and stoic experiences in Japan, offering rare insight into the daily life of the Buddhist clergy, including their vegetarian meals and up-close views of the cultural treasures used in their religious practices.

Below are some of the stories featured in the JNTO New Insider Guide.

N ° 4: Japan, for the five senses

  • The whiskey trails

  • Everything about the Ainu in Upopoy

  • Gourmet Hiroshima Region

Full stories are available here.

N ° 5: Japan, where life is an art

  • Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial

  • Open-air museums across Japan

  • The charm of Japanese tea

Full stories are available here.

N ° 6: Japan, do not miss

  • The Shinkansen deeply linked to the Tokyo Olympics

  • Magic of Mount Koya

  • Tottori sand dunes

Full stories are available here.

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JNTO believes our time apart will make travel experiences even more exciting once cross-border travel resumes. We look forward to seeing you in Japan.

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