JAPANESE HISTORY & NATURE
Trees topped with pillowy, pink flowers. A snowcapped mountain ready to be explored. Coral reefs teeming with wildlife. A steamy hot spring to relax in. Food bursting with dynamic flavors. We know what you’ve been dreaming of — and it’s time to wake up.
Your long-held dream of visiting Japan is a possibility. Borders have been reopened to international travelers, and flights are filling up. For dreamers everywhere, the time is now. Wake up from the dream. The first step is to click “book,” then ANA can help you wake up in Japan — just stow the tray table and doze off. Once you’re on the ground, what was once just a dream will finally be reality. Are you ready?
Planning a trip to a far-off destination requires incredible attention to detail and careful scheduling. Aside from timing flights around vacation days and nearest airports, few travelers plan for flights themselves as part of the experience. With All Nippon Airways, every flight is a foray into Japanese culture, making it a key part of any dream-worthy Japanese getaway.
Now that the dream has become reality and the flight has landed, it’s time to make the most of waking up in Japan. The first day of any trip can be disorienting due to unfamiliar sites and the nagging yawn of jet lag. However, the thrill of finally waking up in a dream destination can make these moments some of the most memorable. Consider your typical morning routine and how you may want to make yourself feel at home in Japan. From breakfast and caffeine to finding your bearings and taking your time, the experience of waking up in Japan for the first time is yours to design.
Japan's beaches, and more specifically those of Okinawa, are second to none. These world-class beaches with white sands and clear-blue waters entice travelers from around the world.
To the citizens of Japan, the graceful folds of this wrapped silk garment hold significantly more meaning than just any wardrobe item. Although the literal translation is “thing to wear,” the kimono remains a beloved part of Japanese heritage and an icon within clothing design.
There is something extraordinary about walking in the woods. Scents of raw earth and flora permeate the air. Sound is limited to that of the crunching path beneath your feet and the subtle movements of birds and branches and breeze. In this space we find serenity. The busyness and tasks of day-to-day life dissipate in the haze of filtered light dappling through the trees. Our world becomes a little smaller and a little more still when we seek the perspective and peace of nature.
Every spring millions of people travel to Japan to witness the famous cherry blossoms and celebrate with a hanami party. While this iconic celebration of the flowers is certainly worth seeing, here are three other spring festivals centered around unique facets of Japanese culture that are equally worth planning a visit around.
People come to Japan from all over the world to experience the springtime phenomenon of cherry or Sakura blossom season. Although cherry blossoms are found in other Asian countries and even in Northern Europe, Japan’s blossoms are particularly famed due to their impressive varieties and the many events that occur across the country to celebrate their arrival.
The mountains of Japan are calling to those who ski and snowboard. Deep powder beckons winter sports enthusiasts from around the world — offering the best of Japan’s beloved snow season. With over 500 resorts and an average of 500 inches of annual snowfall, Japan is a dream destination.
For more than 1,000 years, Kyōto served as Japan’s official capital — housing emperors and government buildings — making literal its meaning of “capital city.” Part of the “Kyōto fu” prefecture, Kyōto today is the nation’s cultural capital. With its preserved architecture, intact city planning from 794, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and vibrant history, Kyōto preserves Japanese culture for its citizens and global travelers alike.
Passing through the Japanese Northern Alps is a scenic trek through stunning landscapes and—what it is most famous for—literal walls of snow. Local and international travelers alike make their way to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route largely because of the immense amount of snow that is carved away to create a walkway amid the mountain pass. These snow walls soar up towards the sky, creating a truly unique experience.