This is the biggest fish and seafood market in the world, Tsukiji opened its doors in 1935 and has known international success since the economic growth of Japan in the 1980s. This market played a role in catapulting Japanese cuisine and making it increasingly popular. You can take a trip here during your catamaran charter in Japan and taste the sushi or the fresh tuna.
Dedicated to the emperor at the end of the 19th century, the most famous Shintoiste temple is marvellously peaceful. This is less of a tourist trap which is situated in a forest in the heart of the town. You can even get married here. Leaving the temple, head over to the Harajuku quarter which has an electric atmosphere. You can window shop along Omotesando Avenue with its luxurious shops.
A symbol of Japan, Mont Fuji looks majestically over the rest of the country. Fuji is a mountain in the centre of Japan which is found along the south coast of the island of Honshu. 3, 776 metres tall, this is the culminating summit of Japan and is an extremely popular tourist destination. If you are feeling brave, you can accompany other hikers who are also attempting to reach the summit and watch the sun rise. In 2013, the mountain was recorded as a UNESCO heritage site, and is recognised as a source of artistic and spiritual inspiration.
Kyoto was the ancient imperial capital of the country for more than 1000 years and is still considered as the focal point of traditional Japanese culture and history. This makes this city an obligatory stop-off during your catamaran charter in Japan. Although the city can be popular with tourists, especially during periods of high season, it has retained a charm and certain magic. You could easily pass the entire week in Kyoto as there are so many things to do and see, including plenty of temples, palaces and gardens to visit.
Begin your day by paying a visit to Kyoto Gosho Imperial Palace where the Emperor and his family continue to live today. As the primary residence of the Emperor, the interior gardens and the palace buildings are not open to the public. However, while you are in the area, you can visit the Eastern Gardens, Kaninnomiya House or some of the other superb gardens in the surrounding areas. After some lunch in one of the delicious local cafes, head over to the famous Arashiyama bamboo forest. This is a mysterious and fascinating space of nature with a unique atmosphere. Make sure to spend some time exploring and getting lost in this magnificent forest.
You can also explore Zen Ryoanji Monastery. Ryoanji is a Buddhist monastery which is also a recognised UNESCO heritage site. There is a stone garden which you can explore, and later you can discover and visit the Rengeji temple which has 5 floors. Another temple to visit is the Kyoto Gold Pavilion or Kinkakuji which is one of the most beautiful temples in Japan. You have to pay to enter the temple, and you can access it by foot from the Ryoanji temple.
Ginkakuji temple is another temple in the area which you can visit and is also known as the Silver Pavilion. This temple is architecturally or aesthetically simpler than some of the others you may see during your catamaran charter in Japan, and contrasts with some of the other styles. In some ways, this temple is therefore closer to the traditional Japanese culture and style. This temple is surrounded by sand and greenery which provides a peaceful backdrop to the temple.
The Philosopher’s Path is a well-known area in Kyoto and is a beautiful area to walk around, especially when it’s sunny. This stony path runs along a pretty river for around 2km. Beautiful trees line and shade the river, the noise of the water as it rushes down the stream and the chirping of the birds, which makes this place a relaxing and spiritual place of serenity.
You can finish off the afternoon in Nishiki market and pick up a snack. There is plenty of authentic cuisine and street food which you can sample. Afterwards, you can head round to Gion which a traditional region. The best time to explore during your catamaran charter in Japan is the evening where there are glowing lanterns and locals wandering around in traditional dress.
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