The Countries That Best Demonstrate What Asia Has to Offer Visitors

Rather than sticking to the destinations that you’re already familiar with, why not head further afield? There are so many countries in Asia that can offer you something different and interesting when it comes to tourism. So, which of these Asian countries best demonstrate what the continent has to offer you as a visitor? Keep reading to find out.

Indonesia

If you’re looking for a little rest and relaxation in Asia, Indonesia could be the best location for you. It’s a very attractive area with some great locations in which to relax. In particular, you should look at Seminyak. It has some of the best beaches on the continent. But it also has lots of luxury retail outlets nearby too for when you get tired of the beach. It’s a location that is made for people who want to relax and simply have a good time.

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India

India is such a huge and vast country. There are so many different parts of it that you could visit. You probably won’t have time to see everything of that it has to offer. But don’t let the size and scope of the country put you off. You can experience the serenity of the Ganges, or you can see the natural side of the country. For a glimpse into the spiritual aspect of the country, you should go to Char Dham in India. It offers an unforgettable sacred journey.

China

These days, China is a very modern country. And this is something that you can see if you visit any of its major cities. Beijing, China’s capital for more than 800 years, and Shanghai are the two best examples of this. But the history of the country is always combined well with these modern aspects. The Great Wall is always an important visit, but there is much more than that. Ancient temples and buildings are littered throughout the country, and some of them are very impressive indeed.

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Japan

Japan is another country that combines the future and the past very well. You won’t find any metropolis in Asia that’s more impressive than Tokyo. It’s a vast urban jungle that you can explore for weeks. It’s a city that is always at the centre of Asia’s pop culture scene, and this is something you can’t get away from. The food and strong array of restaurants in Tokyo are also very good. You’ll also discover the popularity of karaoke bars if you go out for the night in the city.

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Vietnam

Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, is like none of the other locations discussed here. It’s a charming and quiet location, but it is also in the process of growing and expanding. This makes now the ideal time to visit the area. You can also discover a lot by visiting the countryside and seeing how life plays out in this fascinating country. The lakes, with the mist hanging low over the water, are incredibly beautiful and definitely shouldn’t be missed. There are plenty of great parks too.

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Tokyo’s Most Iconic Sushi Restaurants

It may well rank as Japan’s most prolific and omnipresent export, over the likes of Toyota automobiles, Sony gadgets, Uniqlo casual wear, manga, anime and Godzilla. Give it up for sushi.

Like Japan’s post-war economic miracle, when the country, to the world’s surprise, suddenly became a global player in the automotive and electronics sectors, sushi’s culinary dissemination has come fast.

Think about it. Go back three decades. Outside of some very select metropolitan centres, just how prevalent was sushi? Truth is, as a viable dinner option, sushi was in a diminutive niche and practically non-existant in the likes of Adelaide and Albuquerque.

Some thirty years on, sushi and, indeed, Japanese cuisine’s hegemony is secure and almost taken for granted. The Melbournes and Montreals of the world have not one type of Japanese restaurant now, but several, with standard sushi and sashimi almost humdrum in the face of soba, izakaya, okonomiyaki, tonkatsu, shabu-shabu, udon, and yakitori joints.

Sushi, however, is still regent but, admittedly, more controversial than ever. As diners become more savvy and “Ocean Wise”, as it were, to reckless practices that damage marine ecosystems, some restaurants and chefs have had to give sushi menus a rethink.

And yet, Japan’s (and the world’s) appetite for bluefin toro and unagi rages on. And trips to Tokyo without a cursory nibble at one of the city’s bellwether sushi purveyors feel woefully inadequate.

The key is to make a rational decision about where to eat genuine, authentic sushi in Japan’s capital. Happily, we have done the research for you. No need to wander from of your Narita accommodation with question marks and an empty stomach. Just make a reservation in advance and, preferably, at one of these iconic (and costly) sushi restaurants in Tokyo.

Tsukiji Fish Market

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Tsukiji Fish Market

Tokyo’s venerable fish market, the largest in the world, is best at dawn, as mongers and buyers conduct an age-old auction ritual to see who gets to take home prize tunas. The market contains several small, very busy sushi counters, where the fish is duly fresh.

Sushi Takumi Okabe

The man with the knives at Sushi Takumi Okabe was the mentor of Masa Takayama, whose eponymous Manhattan sushi shop is a consistent Michelin three star and, arguably, the most expensive restaurant in North America.

Sushi Mizutani

Juno Ginza Seiwa bldg 9F, 8-7-7 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

There is an ascetic quality to the most celebrated sushi restaurants in Tokyo, with Mizutani a poster child. The Michelin three star chef was a protégé of Sukiyabashi Jiro. Expectations are thus impossibly high, and invariably met.

Sushi Mizutani Ginza

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Araki

5-14-14 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

Ginza’s best sushi restaurants know better than to make any concessions when it comes to ingredients or technique. Araki’s prices reflect that stringent mindset but this is why the restaurant is a bucket list constant.

Sushi Saito

Nihon Jitensha Kaikan 1F, 1-9-15 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo

Jean-Luc Naret, the tough-as-nails director of the Michelin Red Guide, once famously proclaimed that he wanted to make Sushi Saito his own. The restaurant is a favourite with diplomats at the nearby American Embassy.

Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten

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Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten

Tsukamoto Building B1F, 4-2-15 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

The most famous sushi chef in the world has a trove of honours, was the subject of a popular documentary and is in the Guinness World Records. Born in 1925, the star of Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the oldest Michelin star chef ever and, incredibly, is still at it from behind the counter of his modest restaurant below the streets of Ginza.

Jasmine’s recent Japan tour has taken her to many top sights and locations around the country. She has experienced so of the best Japanese food, amongst other things, and hopes to share it with readers.
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Visa Free Travel to Japan

Japan is a country of striking natural beauty that will make for a memorable sightseeing vacation for individuals, groups and families. But traveling to Japan is known to be incredibly expensive. Traveling to Japan is included on our list of destinations. We had planned on traveling to Japan last summer but after comparing the money we were going to spend on airfare and accommodations we ended traveling to Armenia and Georgia. Airfare to Japan might be cheaper but hotel and food to Armenia and Georgia is a lot cheaper  so we didn’t push through traveling to Japan last year. My husband also thought getting a Japanese VISA for me would be lot of work.

Today I have read the great news that Japan has lifted the visa requirements for Asian countries. I immediately informed my husband about the good news and we were a little disappointed because we already booked our airfare to Russia this summer. If we only had known about the VISA requirement changes a bit sooner, then we could have taken Japan travel to Kyoto.

Kyoto, Japan

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Kyoto is a true experience with a unique history and culture. The city remained the capital of Japan for more than a thousand years. It is a place where Zen rock gardens, imperial palaces and thousands of Buddhist temples can be found.  This magnificent city is also well-known for their traditional arts and crafts and culture. In order to see everything, you need plenty of time in Kyoto, but if you are only able to visit for a short period of time, you will want to know which places are at the top of your trip inclusion list.

The visa free travel to Japan will be effective after July 1st for travelers from Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam, the VISA exemption is valid for a short time for visits no longer than 15 days. If you want to stay  longer, then you will still need to get a  visa.

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