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History of Japan

The history of Japan is as delightfully diverse as its landscape, dating back to the time of fierce hunter gatherers from the prehistoric era. 

The first nationalized government of Japan came to power as far back as 710 AD, with present-day Nara in Honshu becoming the first-ever capital city. During this Classical period, Japan also produced its first literary works – the Kojiki and the Nihon Shoki. History aficionados will particularly enjoy a day trip to Nara from Kyoto, where eight UNESCO World Heritage sites await you!

Everywhere in Japan, you will feel the influence of the fearless samurai warriors of yore! Famous for their unquestionable loyalty and moral code, they have served as role models for centuries. The samurai may be gone but their gardens and residences still exist – take a Samurai district tour in Kanazawa to learn more about these fascinating warriors.

In the Heian era, the capital city was moved to picturesque Kyoto. Medieval Japan was torn by regional battles and attempts to conquer the Imperial throne, including invasions from the famed conqueror Kublai Khan. At the same time, Zen Buddhism, which is the core of Bushido, or the samurai spirit, became an intrinsic part of Japanese culture. Your tour of Nijō Castle in Kyoto will offer interesting insights into the samurai way of life.

In the early modern period, Japan restricted travel and trade with other countries. Trade was reestablished only after several years of isolation, when the ‘Black Ships’ of the US Navy landed in Japan. In the Meiji period, Japan welcomed all foreign technology and knowledge, thus fueling its rise as a powerful industrial economy. A unique trip to Nikko National Park provides the perfect introduction to traditional Meiji architecture from this time.

Although World War II brought severe misery to the nation, in modern times, the Japanese economy has grown by near-miraculous leaps and bounds. Manufacturing and export has led to positive relations with the rest of the world and Japan today, occupies center stage in the global economy.

As you travel past towering skyscrapers flanked by ancient tree-lined avenues and picturesque cherry blossoms, your private Tokyo city tour offers a perfect introduction into this fascinating blend of the ancient and the modern that is quintessential Japan.

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