Japan, or ‘land of the rising sun’ as it is known to many, is one of the most fascinating places to visit and home to the mysterious Geisha girl.
Red lips, white skin, quiet, demure, yet sensual and seductive - there really is something about these women that captures your heart. Although it is rare to see a true Geisha teetering along the streets on her traditional high wooden shoes, the allure of her lifestyle has never changed. To this day they are as enticingly puzzling as they were when this part of Japanese culture began.
A journey to Japan is a journey into a captivating world of contrasts. Windows to Japan is a Japan based land operator which offers the traveller both fresh and inspiring ways of touring Japan and really do provide a window into this beautiful country. There are so many enchanting cities to encounter, in particular Kyoto - the hub of traditional culture.
Visit the mesmerizing cultural heritage in the Golden Pavilion, soak up the atmosphere in a Zen garden or try to catch a glimpse of the Geisha. Continue with a unique voyage into a hidden world of disappearing crafts and people who are keeping alive traditional ways.
Experience staying in a Machiya which is a renovated Japanese town house located in local neighbourhoods, allowing the traveller to interact with the locals and live just as the Japanese do, understand the artisans, textiles and materials, and to connect to the deep traditions of Kyoto and Japan.
The city has a whopping 17 World Heritage Sites - being here allows you to encounter the history, cultural esthetics, religion and the daily tales that make up the Japanese puzzle.
If you dare, try the notorious – and poisonous - fugu (blowfish) and remember that it takes 7-10 years of intensive training to become a chef specialising in the delicacy. When in Japan immerse yourself completely - sit on the floor as you eat, have rice for breakfast and slurp loudly to show your appreciation.