Japanese Culture

Japan is renowned worldwide as a nation steeped in a culture that combines both tradition and modernity. Thousands of years as an isolated island country allowed Japan to undergo various cultural evolutions in solitude, creating a truly unique traditional culture. As connections with other countries grew, Japanese tradition was influenced and altered to create the unique culture of modern Japan, evident in its combination of traditional concepts with the latest technology and art that astound the rest of the world.

Begin your journey of endless discovery into the culture of Japan with these gems below.


Japanese culture is intertwined with sport, whether it be kendo and kyudo, originally developed for hunting and combat, judo, a combat sport with the philosophical aim of perfecting one’s character or the must see cultural sport experience, sumo, the ancient Shinto ritual that has represented Japan as a national sport for centuries.

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In Japan, there is a deep rooted culture, which comes from sado (tea ceremony), called omotenashi, meaning to wholeheartedly look after guests. The term is a microcosm of the country itself, representing the Japanese mindset of hospitality centring around care rather than expectation. You’re bound to feel the omotenashi hospitality on your travels to Japan.

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World Heritage Sites

Looking to immerse yourself in Japan’s unique culture, amazing traditions and stunning natural environment? Whether it’s the serenity of Mt Fuji or the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto, the 15 cultural and 4 natural UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout Japan are a great starting point.

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Japan’s Top Three Festivals

All across Japan there are thousands of matsuri (festivals) held every year. However the top three festivals, known collectively as Nihon Sandai Matsuri, are unique, larger than life processions of shrines, displays of fireworks, and performances of traditional arts that need to be seen to be believed.

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