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Japon

COUNTRY OF JAPANESE CULTURE

Japan gently displays its many wooden temples, elegantly capped with their unmistakable golden roofs. Refined gardens sprout with the same muted abundance throughout the entire country. Shinto sanctuaries and Buddhist temples hide in rural havens or invest cities without ever competing. In Japan religions and sacred sites cohabit with no rivalry, impressing a stamp of unequalled elegance.

The essential

ENJOY A CHANGE OF SCENERY WITH A TRIP TO Japan

Japan elegantly exhibits a singular cultural palette - influenced both by ancient traditions and contemporary lifestyles - that took millennia to be perfected. The country is synonymous of refinement, distinctive culinary artistry, Asian exoticism and natural wonders. From the snowcapped Japan Alps to the quaint cobblestone alleys of Kyoto, the land of the rising sun sways between tradition and innovation. Tokyo is a wonderful illustration of Japanese modernity and it’s propensity towards futuristic concepts. You will be dazzled by Japan’s unique charm, an exotic alchemy made of Kabuki (classical theater), Hanami (blossoming cherry trees), Ryokan (traditional inns) and Onsen (hot springs). Discover this extraordinary country by booking a flight to Tokyo or a flight to Osaka.

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Inescapables

Inescapables

Japan, a land of contrasts
From the extent of its varied landscapes…
Explore the Land of the Rising Sun and you will find it a country of striking contrasts, both natural and historical. Freshly landed from your direct flight to Japan, you’ll hop on board the Shinkansen, the famous bullet train which snakes from north to south. Whether you’re a snow sports fan or prefer to relax in the sun, by train you can reach both the beaches of Miyakojima and the ski resorts of Niseko. Raise your eyes to the heavens and you’ll spot the venerable Mount Fuji: standing at 3,776m it’s Japan’s highest point. Its pale pink peak matches the delicate cherry blossom on the nearby riverbanks.
…to the height of its imposing cities
Beautiful but capricious, the natural wonders of Japan have been tamed, megacities springing up in which futuristic skyscrapers stand next to ancient buildings. Book your plane ticket to Japan and stroll along Hanami-kôji street in Kyoto: where costumed geisha wander among machiya, traditional wooden houses. In Osaka, weave among the skyscrapers to find the 6th century temple of Shi Tennô-Ji, said to be the oldest in the country. Or snap up your Japan airfare deal and pay a visit to Hiroshima. Alongside modern constructions, old buildings still bear the scars of history. The Memorial Park, rich in symbols, is a place for reflection.
An inner, spiritual journey
A spiritual land, Japan has many sanctuaries and sacred places which invite introspection. At Mount Koya, screens and speakers now guide pilgrims, while in Nara Park, the sacred deer welcome visitors for a spiritual retreat among the trees. An architectural masterpiece built on the side of a mountain, the temple of Kiyomizu-dera is one of the most important religious centres in Japan. Booking plane tickets to Japan is a chance to take yourself on a spiritual journey through zen gardens and tranquil temples.
Event

Event

Discover the main events in Japan
Festivals & Carnivals
Feast
13/04/2019
to 26/05/2019
Shibazakura Festival
Motosu
Festivals & Carnivals
Feast
13/04/2019
to 26/05/2019
Shibazakura Festival
Motosu
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Before you the immaculate blue sky and the imposing figure of Mount Fuji are reflected in the nearby lakes. At your feet, there's an even more astonishing sight: huge beds of pink flowers (the famous shibazakura or moss phlox), which ranges from palest rose to the most vibrant pink.
Around 800,000 flowers of five varieties charm the many visitors. The landscapes are breathtaking.
To complete the offer, food stalls sell traditional Japanese snacks and souvenir stands offer shibazakura-themed objects. A unique experience.
http://www.shibazakura.jp
Adress
Lac
401-0337
Motosu
Festivals
Spirituality & Humanism
08/07/2019
to 08/07/2019
Enoshima Tenno Festival
Fujisawa
Festivals
Spirituality & Humanism
08/07/2019
to 08/07/2019
Enoshima Tenno Festival
Fujisawa
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The <B>Tenno Festival in Enoshima</B> is an annual matsuri where a mikoshi, a portable shrine relic, is carried from Enoshima Island and submerged in Sagami Bay. From the Enoshima Hetsunomiya Shrine to the Yasaka Shrine, Enoshima's mikoshi encounters Koyurugi's mikoshi on the way and they complete the procession together, winding through the bustling streets of the city. The return journey takes towards Enoshima. A traditional festival where local people take the time to get together with friends and family.<br/>
Adress
Île d'Enoshima
251-8601
Fujisawa
Festivals & Carnivals
Feast
13/07/2019
to 14/07/2019
Yokohama Sparkling Twilight
Yokohama
Festivals & Carnivals
Feast
13/07/2019
to 14/07/2019
Yokohama Sparkling Twilight
Yokohama
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<I>Yokohama Sparkling Twilight</I> is an annual festival in which the city of <B>Yokohama</B> honours its maritime tradition and ancestral seafaring know-how.<br/>By day, there will be parades of boats and of people through the streets, concerts of traditional music, processions with <I>mikoshi</I> and street performances taking place. By night, the city will be lit up with around <B>3,000 fireworks</B> set off during the festivities.<br/>
http://www.y-artist.co.jp/sparkling/
Adress
279 Yamashitacho
231-8401
Yokohama
Festivals & Carnivals
Feast
27/07/2019
to 27/07/2019
Toyohira River Fireworks 2019
Sapporo
Festivals & Carnivals
Feast
27/07/2019
to 27/07/2019
Toyohira River Fireworks 2019
Sapporo
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Dates to be confirmed.

When there are as many people on the ground looking up as there are sparks dancing in the sky, you know you're at a pretty spectacular event. Each year the Doshin UHB Fireworks (or Toyohira River Fireworks) lights up the summer night in Sapporo with a magnificent firework display. Around 4000 rockets are launched each year, a dazzling blaze of colours that lights up the entire city. Spectators return year after year on a quest to find the best spot from which to watch the fireworks. In a park or on the banks of the Toyohira, wherever you stand to watch, this impressive display will leave you with stars in your eyes.
Adress
Hokkaido
004-0001
Sapporo
Festivals
Pop/Rock
26/07/2019
to 28/07/2019
Fuji Rock Festival
Yuzawa
Festivals
Pop/Rock
26/07/2019
to 28/07/2019
Fuji Rock Festival
Yuzawa
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Imagine a festival that's so huge and so well-loved that it has its own fan site! Fuji Rock Festival has for more than a decade been one of Japan's top music events. Each year, tens of thousands of music lovers (both Japanese and foreign) converge on the festival site for a weekend of guitar riffs, drum solos, beer drinking and fun among friends. A total of 100,000 festival-goers gather to hear their favourite bands and discover some new music, among the seven different stages. A super-sized rock festival for maximum good vibes.
http://fujirock-eng.com
Adress
202 Mikuni
949-6101
Yuzawa
Festivals
Feast
03/08/2019
to 06/08/2019
Akita Kanto Matsuri
Akita
Festivals
Feast
03/08/2019
to 06/08/2019
Akita Kanto Matsuri
Akita
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There are many Japanese festivals that are as ancient as they are visually striking. Each year in early August the city of Akita is taken over with evening processions of huge kanto. These bamboo mats measuring almost 8 metres in height are lit up by dozens of paper lanterns. These are to drive away evil spirits with their light.
The star of the festival, the bamboo is also the object of ceremonies and demonstrations of juggling, balancing and brandishing bamboo poles. A thousand year old tradition that has survived to become a modern day Japanese festival.
Adress
Centre-ville
108 560
Akita
Festivals
World Music
05/08/2019
to 11/08/2019
World Music And Dance Festival
Hakodate
Festivals
World Music
05/08/2019
to 11/08/2019
World Music And Dance Festival
Hakodate
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Each year, Hakodate's Motomachi Park is the stage for a truly international festival. Join the crowds who come to enjoy a whirlwind round-the-world trip in music and dance. In late summer, the World Music and Dance Festival offers the stage to a host of artists, musicians, bands and dance troupes from all around the world. Four stages are set up in Motomachi Park and hundreds of performers follow one another over the week of the festival. Hundreds of thousands of spectators flock here to enjoy the shows.
The surrounding streets are filled with street food stalls and street arts performances, too.
http://wmdf.org
Adress
12 Motomachi,
408666
Hakodate
Sporting Events
Mechanical Sports
13/10/2019
to 13/10/2019
Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka
Sporting Events
Mechanical Sports
13/10/2019
to 13/10/2019
Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka
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More than 30 years after the first <B>Japanese Grand Prix</B> (1987) was held on the <B>Suzuka international track</B>, this is set once again to be a major international event. You will find the best and fastest cars out there gathered on the tarmac for this thrilling <B>Formula 1</B> race.<br/>This is the 17th stage of the Formula 1 World Championship, and the pressure will already be on for the leaders, just four races from the last stage in Abu Dhabi, on the Yas Marina circuit.<br/>Requiring the highest level of technical prowess, this circuit is one of the most challenging in the world. Last year, British racing driver <B>Lewis Hamilton</B> triumphed here. Who will win this year? Perhaps five-times world champion <B>Bottas</B>, or even Frenchman <B>Charles Leclerc</B>?<br/>
http://www.formula1.com
Adress
Suzuka Circuit
395-0084
Suzuka
website
http://www.suzukacircuit.com
Sporting Events
Team Ball Games
20/09/2019
to 02/11/2019
2019 Rugby World Cup
Tokyo
Sporting Events
Team Ball Games
20/09/2019
to 02/11/2019
2019 Rugby World Cup
Tokyo
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It's a great moment for rugby fans around the world. After a four year wait, the best rugby teams on the planet will gather for the Rugby World Cup.
This prestigious competition will no doubt deliver its fair share of fantastic sporting moments and closely fought matches. All spectators will be riveted!
For the first time in its history the tournament will be hosted on the Asian continent. Japan will be celebrating this world first with panache, hosting matches in a dozen Japanese cities. It's sure to be a sporting event to remember!
From Friday 20 September to Saturday 2 November 2019 :
- Every day, from 14:00 to 22:00
https://japon2019.groupecouleur.com/calendrier-japon-2019
Adress
10-2, Kasumigaokamachi
106-0032
Tokyo
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To do

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Place of character Hot spot
Mont Fuji
Tokyo
Place of character Hot spot
Mont Fuji
Tokyo
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Japan's highest peak (reaching 3,776 metres above sea level), the iconic Mount Fuji has become a well-known symbol throughout the world. Its pure lines and perfect symmetry have inspired many a photographer and artist, including the famous painter Hokusai who made 36 engravings featuring the mountain.
Visible from Tokyo, the magnificent Mount Fuji rises from within a nature park characterised by immense landscapes. At the foot of the mountain lies Lake Kawaguchiko. Boats set off across the lake, taking keen walkers towards the banks which are strewn with pink cherry blossom in spring.
Splendour and purity: it's the essence of Japan.
All year long :
    Every day, 24/7
Adress
Kitayama, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka 418-0112
106-0032
Tokyo
Hot spot Tourist destination
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima
Hot spot Tourist destination
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima
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The name Hiroshima evokes the tragic historical events of August 1945. In memory of this terrible event, the city opened a park. The greenery seems to symbolise a renewal, the circle of life. Just as symbolic is the flame which has been burning here since 1964, its form echoed by the arched cenotaph which shelters the names of the victims. "Rest in peace", proclaims an inscription, "because we will never make the same mistake again".
A moving and necessary visit.
From Tuesday 1 January to Tuesday 31 December 2019 :
    Every day, 24/7

Admission prices :
    Free
Adress
1-2 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku
7300000
Hiroshima
Phone
0081 822 427 798
Place of character Classic Spiritual
Kiyomizu-Dera Temple
Kyoto
Place of character Classic Spiritual
Kiyomizu-Dera Temple
Kyoto
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Visiting Kiyomizu-Dera Temple is both a physical and a spiritual journey of discovery. At one time, this temple was an extremely popular site among pilgrims.
As well as being architecturally interesting as it is built on the side of a mountain, the temple is notable for the importance of its waters which the faithful flock to drink, hoping it will bring them health or success.
The temple's appearance changes with the seasons, whether it is scattered with pink cherry blossom in springtime, or set off by the flame red maple leaves in autumn.
http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp
Adress
1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku
601-8128
Kyoto
Phone
0081 75 551 1234
website
http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp
Major event Exotic
Nikko National Park
Nikko
Major event Exotic
Nikko National Park
Nikko
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All the beauty and splendour of natural Japanese landscapes is condensed into the 115,000 hectares of the Nikkô National Park. The park dates from 1934, and since then, walkers have been marvelling at the many natural wonders here, from the immense Kegon waterfall (97m high) to Mount Nantai which for the Japanese is sacred.
Overlooking gorgeous valleys which can be explored by walkers of all levels, the active volcano Mount Nasu emits a permanent plume of smoke, contradicting its tranquil appearance.
With water, lush greenery and mountains, Nikkô National Park has all the natural wonders you could wish for.
All year long :
    Every day, 24/7
Adress
Tochigi 321-1662
21-1272
Nikko
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To leave and eat

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Luxury Cosy Gourmet spot
Kitcho Arashiyama
Kyoto
Luxury Cosy Gourmet spot
Kitcho Arashiyama
Kyoto
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Gastronomically speaking, Japan now has the highest number of starred restaurants in the world. One of the most sparkling of this foodie constellation is Kitcho Arashiyama. This restaurant appears regularly on the world's best restaurant rankings.
Launched as a small family establishment, it has the appearance of a traditional teahouse with minimalist decor. The incredibly high standards of the food has led to glowing accolades from numerous guides. This also justifies the prices which are high by any standards. Such is the price of the sophistication and excellence of the chef's creations. Exquisitely beautiful and delicious, each dish is a marvel in itself.
Phone
0081 75 881 1101
Adress
58, Susukinobaba-cho, Saga Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku
601-8128
Kyoto
All year long :
    From Thursday to Tuesday from 11:30 to 15:00
    From Thursday to Tuesday from 17:00 to 21:00
website
http://kyoto-kitcho.com
Place of character Luxury Trendy
Lamp Bar
Nara
Place of character Luxury Trendy
Lamp Bar
Nara
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Nara is known for its sacred deer, its temples... and its bars! As well as being a place of reflection and peace, the town is beginning to build a reputation for great nights out. One of the main venues for this nocturnal renaissance is Michito Kaneko's Lamp Bar. Crowned "world's best barman in 2015", this cocktail maestro invites you to discover his bar. The atmosphere is jazzy, intimate and the focus of the room is on the imposing wooden bar. Here you come to watch the master mixologist at work, mixing tailor-made cocktails for his customers. His cocktail recipes are unique, and their composition is a secret... can you guess what's in your delicious drink?
Phone
0081 742 24 2200
Adress
1F Iseya building, 26 Tsunofuricho
630-8122
Nara
All year long :
    Every day, from 17:00 to 02:00
website
http://www.facebook.com/LAMP-BAR?????--149989381773580/
Classic Unusual
Shooting Bar M4
Kyoto
Classic Unusual
Shooting Bar M4
Kyoto
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Japan is a land of many eccentricities. Among the numerous quirky spots worth discovering is the unique Shooting Bar M4. Both a bar and a shooting range, you can enjoy a beer while challenging your friends to a shooting contest, aiming at various targets. You can try your hand at firing anything from a Colt to an AK 47... of course, the guns are replicas which shoot pellets rather than bullets, and security is rigorous. The Shooting Bar M4 is an interesting concept and it's a sure-fire hit if you're looking for a fun night out among friends.
Phone
0081 80 5350 0556
Adress
452 Matsugaecho, Nakagyo-ku
601-8128
Kyoto
All year long :
    From Monday to Friday from 17:00 to 23:30
    Saturday, Sunday from 16:00 to 00:00
website
http://m4-kyoto.jimdo.com
Gourmet spot
Tooth Tooth
Kobe
Gourmet spot
Tooth Tooth
Kobe
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Indulge in a little taste of sweet perfection à la française in Kobe. Pâtisserie Tooth Tooth is a French patisserie, cafe and shop with a mouth-watering display of beautiful traditional French desserts, cakes and sweet treats. You will find exquisite individual cakes and pretty fruit tarts, creations made with indulgent cream, custard or chocolate, and also some treats made using local flavours. Everything looks almost too good to eat.
The place is decorated in classic French style and there are cast iron chairs on the terrace so you can sit in the sunshine and enjoy your cakes with a cup of tea or coffee. A delicious French treat in Japan.
email
sns@patisserie-toothtooth.com
Phone
0081 78 332 1515
Adress
15 Naniwamachi, Chuo-ku, Chuo
6540000
Kobe
All year long :
    Every day, from 11:00 to 23:00
website
http://www.toothtooth.com