Good LIVES MAGAZINE JAPAN IS A place where even in the depths of a city full of skyscrapers, you’re never too far from nature. Technology is cutting edge, the cuisine – distinctive and presented immaculately, and the fashion – quirky and futuristic. An archipelago made up of over 6,800 islands, the four main islands generally visited by tourists are Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. Travel around the country in record time on a Shinkansen (bullet train). Admire the surrounding scenery as you soak with naked strangers in an outdoor onsen (hot spring) or participate in a traditional tea ceremony in Happoen Garden, central to Japan’s social life. Attempt to view the notoriously shy snow-capped cone of Mount Fuji or look
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Italian cooking class for two
out for the equally elusive and mysterious Geisha girls of Kyoto’s Gion district. Japan’s capital city, Tokyo, is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Priding itself on renewal and regeneration, Tokyo is ever-changing and forever striving towards a future it’s constantly recreating.
Osaka is Japan’s centre of food culture while Kyoto is considered as the centre of traditional Japanese culture and the country’s spiritual heart. If visiting in autumn, you’ll have the added delight of autumn’s burst of brilliant colour in the maple trees. Spring brings its own display of beauty with the delicate cherry blossoms a sight to behold.
To experience all the wonders and delights of Japan for yourself, contact your nearest Phil Hoffmann Travel branch.
Spend a Saturday lunch in the Phil Hoffmann Travel Kitchen enjoying a 4 course meal with wine, hands-on traditional Italian pasta making, recipes you can try at home and a little Italian language.
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