Tours of Japan Immerse Yourself in the Culture Japans’ rich cultural traditions have trickled from one generation to the next, and while Japanese culture often conjures up images of kimono clad ladies pouring cups of tea in tranquil cherry blossom temples, there really is so much more on offer. In Japan you can learn how to wield a sword with a samurai master, or try your hand at calligraphy or pretend to be a geisha for a day. Really let go and sample some raw fish or partake in a Japanese tea ceremony. If you really want to ‘go native’ book yourself into a Ryokan hotel (a traditional Japanese inn)to really experience the traditional culture and customs. Guests wear kimonos, sleep on futons laid on the floor and take naked communal dinner time it is kneeling down to eat traditional food and sip green tea. The Japanese have one of the healthiest diets in the world and it is not uncommon for the hotels to arrange a cooking class. Guests are taken to one of the most popular sushi restaurants and under the instruction of a grand sushi chef get to try their hand at making the Japanese national dish, nigiri sushi (rice topped with raw fish) and maki sushi (sushi rolled in dried seaweed). Not as though you will need to work off any calories but if your dream has always been to fight like a ninja then you can tackle a training session which teaches performance and techniques. You will learn taijutsu (unarmed body contact skills) and ninjutsu and gain a better understanding of the ‘way of the ninja’. When you get home you will be able to impress your family and friends with your newly acquired stealth moves, ninja style.

By Laura