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Cheap family vacations in Japan

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Japan is a country deep-rooted in tradition but one that also lives on the cutting edge of the future and technology. If you are looking for cheap family vacations in Japan, you have come to the right place.

Japan is unique in many ways because here tradition and change go hand in hand.

If I say Japan is a world apart I couldn’t be wrong. Despite facing tremendous loss during the Second World War, Japan emerged from its ashes like a Phoenix and now it is one of the leading countries in every field. Whether it is technology, sports, culture, or tourism.

If you want to have some out-worldly experience, I would insist you plan a family holiday in Japan. The spirit of Japan is warm and incredibly welcoming and if you are looking for something different you will surely find it here.

Why visit Japan?

Japan is my personal favorite. Cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and the nearby Island called Miyajima make it for an exciting yet cheap family holiday.

Japan is more suited for families because it is a very child-friendly country, which gives preferences to travelers with kids.

However old (or young) your children may be, we can assure you that they will love what Japan has to offer.

More reasons on why you should take a cheap family vacation to Japan.

Food in Japan

Japanese cuisine is authentic and half of the tourists who visit Japan come here for the cuisine it offers.

Japanese pay a great deal of attention to ingredients and presentation. Have just one meal anywhere in Tokyo and then you will see why they all go gaga about Japanese food.

Japanese Culture

Japan has a fascinating culture. It has a culture dating back to thousands of years and on the other hand, it has a society that is always looking forward to more and more growth.

This country has evolved over the millennia, from the Jōmon period to its combined culture of Asia, Europe and North America.

Whether you choose a geisha dance or Zen rock gardens, you will be awestruck by its beauty.

Go ahead treat the children, adults and grandparents in your family by taking them on a Japanese holiday. Trust us, it can be a cheap yet effective holiday.

People of Japan

People of Japan
Wherever you go during your vacation in Japan, you will notice that the Japanese are friendly. In pic – Himeji Castle with beautiful cherry blossom in the spring season. Richie Chan / Shutterstock.com

People of Japan are slightly different from the people in rest of the World – in a good way, of course.

These folks are extremely humble, positive, down to earth and very hard working. They live for the society rather than living for themselves and that is the major reason behind the rapid growth of Japan.

On your family vacation, all of you will enjoy their company. In fact, the people of Japan will make sure you create memories you won’t forget.

Outdoors in Japan

Japan’s natural beauty does wonders for its tourists and locals alike.

Along with its natural beauty, Japan also offers numerous outdoor activities. Hiking in Japan Alps and Hokkaidō is outstanding.

The best thing about it is the extensive hut system so that tourists can go on multi-day hiking.

Go down south, and in Okinawa you will find the best of beaches in the World.

Best time to visit Japan

Though you can visit Japan any time of the year because there is something good in every season it is for you to decide what you want from Japan.

If you want to go for skiing and snowboarding, winter is the best time for you.

If you are looking for some festivals and want to spend time by the beaches, summer is the best time for you.

In fall, Japan offers you pleasant temperature and brilliant foliage.

In spring, Japan is famous for its blooming cherry blossoms.

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Things to do on a cheap family vacation

We have listed below the top ten things you can do in Japan. All these sites aren’t free, but they aren’t very costly either.

1. Spend a night on Mount Koya

Visit Mount Koya in Japan
This is the cable car which will take you to Mount Koyasan, the most sacred mountain in Japan. Have a nice day Photo / Shutterstock.com

Temples at Mount Koya are open for guests and one can spend a night here. You will get the opportunity to stay with the Monks for one night. You can join the Monks and pilgrims for early morning prayers if you wish.

Mount Koya one of the must do things in Japan also because of its multi-course vegetarian dinner which is served on lacquer-ware.

2. Visit the ancient sites of Kyoto

Long ago Kyoto was the capital of Japan. In fact, this city is so historical that it has 17 World heritage sites including Kinkakuji and Ryoanji.

There are many attractions to explore in Kyoto including its ancient sites. Watch a geisha in Gion district, witness the history in Imperial Palace of Kyoto, go for a walk in Arashiyama bamboo grove and dine in Nishiki Market.

3. Try the traditional accommodations

One must not leave Japan without spending a night in traditional accommodations of Japan.

A night in traditional Japanese inn could be slightly costly but the hot spring bath in outdoors, multi-course meal of local seasonal ingredients, soul-awaking silence make every penny spent worth it.

This is one night you should forget that you are on a cheap family vacation, and splurge.

4. Try some B-grade gourmet in Japan

B-grade gourmet may sound weird to most of us but that’s the new hip in Japan. So much so that every restaurant in Japan wants to be recognized by B-Grade gourmet.

Maybe because being different and creative matters here. Though these foods are not the mainstream food of Japan, it is cheap and tasty.

Go for B-grade gourmet food in Japan and give your taste buds hundreds of orgasms.

5. Go for a hike in Japan

In Japan, which is also known as the country of mountains, hiking is so much fun. Kamikochi, Norikura, Fuji-San, Aso-San, Mount Fuji are few of many hiking places in Japan.

Japanese are very keen hikers. They have the hut system for use, which allows for amazing multi-day hiking.

6. Indulge in skiing and snowboarding in Japan

Skiing in Japanese Ski resort
Many don’t know but the Japanese have a lot of winter sports, including skiing and snowboarding. Satao / Shutterstock.com

Your adventure doesn’t stop with hiking because Japan is a great spot for skiing and snowboarding as well.

Japan is a World-class ski and snowboard destination with more than 500 ski resorts across the country.

To get the best Japanese ski experiencing you should visit Hokkaido, a small ski resort town. Three of the best world-class ski resorts of Japan are in this one town.

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7. Visit Naoshima, the art destination of Japan

Naoshima is one of the most remarkable arts and architecture destinations in the world. Located in the Seto Inland Sea, it has a totally different appeal than rest of Japan.

Its impressive collection of contemporary art, architecture, and exhibits justifies its title of “Art Island.”

8. Explore the capital city Tokyo

Tokyo is everything a world-class capital city should be. Every year the city upgrades itself for the visiting tourists.

There are so many restaurants and pubs in Tokyo that you will need a lifetime to explore.

You may drop dead while shopping but you wouldn’t be able to explore the entire Tokyo markets.

The old side of east Tokyo is incredible and you and your family shouldn’t miss it on your Japanese vacation.

There is a costly and a cheap part to Tokyo, so be careful while you plan your accommodations in the city.

9. Check out Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park and Museum

Situated in the center of Hiroshima, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a memorial park dedicated to the legacy of city Hiroshima.

Just to jog your memory – the first nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Every year millions of visitors come to this memorial and museum.

10. Visit the animal cafes in Japan

A hedgehog being held by one of the Japanese citizens. There are lots of animal cafes in Japan. Alexander Vow / Shutterstock.com

Animal cafes are a craze in Japan. Your whole family including the infants, teens and adults will love visiting the animal cafes of Tokyo.

The best thing about these cafes is that in here you can eat, drink, relax, and play with your favorite animals.

There are cat cafes, dog cafes, goat cafes, owl cafes, turtle cafes and many more.

Fun facts about Japan you didn’t know about

• Till 2015, late night dancing was illegal in Japan. Since 2016 it is legal
• Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world. It has more than 50,000 people who are over 100 years old
• In Japan, there are more than 5.5 million vending machines and they sell almost everything from umbrellas to cigarettes to hot noodles and sushi
• Japan has over 6,800 islands
• Japanese love coffee and they import approximately 85% of Jamaica’s annual coffee production.

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