The Best Places to Visit in Japan
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Japan is like no other country on this planet. In Japan you can buy anything your heart desires from a vending machine, you can go to a café specifically to play with cats, and you can pay good money to sleep in a coffin-sized room in a capsule hotel. And that’s not even mentioning all the natural beauty and historical magnificence of the country. So if you were lucky enough to teach English in Japan, where would the best places be to go on your holidays? We’ve got you covered. Here are the best places to visit in Japan.
Tokyo is the city of all cities. Skyscrapers next to temples, restaurants wherever you look, outrageous fashionistas on every corner. A visit to Japan wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the capital city. But while you are there, be sure to visit Shibuya crossing. Also known as the Scramble Crossing, it is one of the most iconic sights of Japan. If you can imagine 2.8 million people walking over this crossing every day, then you have an idea of the chaos.
Another must-visit city is Kyoto. While Tokyo exudes everything modern about Japan, Kyoto is as traditional as Japan is going to get. Gold and silver shrines, Zen gardens, tea ceremonies and geishas walking the streets, this is the place for culture vultures to go. Downtown Kyoto is the same as many other cities in Japan, but head out to the suburb of Arashiyama to walk through the famous bamboo groves.
If you’re looking for cherry blossoms, look no further than Hitsujiyama Park. From late April to early May, Hitsujiyama Park is an explosion of pink, red, white and violet, all set against the backdrop of the equally impressive Mount Buko.
If you’re up for a bit of a climb, Mount Fuji is the place to go. The climbing season for Japan’s largest volcano runs from July until September. Mount Fuji might be the tallest mountain in Japan but many people don’t realise that it’s actually a volcano!
Did you know Japan has some of the most beautiful beaches? Not many people do, but if it’s the beach life you’re after, head to Ishigaki. Located just west of Okinawa, Ishigaki is Japan’s most popular beach area.
A bit of an odd choice, yes, but hear us out. Hiroshima is less than fifty years old but it has seen more action than cities hundreds of years older. On August 6 1945 Hiroshima became the first city to be hit by an atomic bomb. The obvious attraction here is the iconic Peace Park, where you can see buildings which survived the attack, chat to survivors who are now volunteer tour guides, and pay your respects.
While you’re in the area of Hiroshima, take a few days to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Miyajima Island. This is where you will find the historic Itsukushima Shrine. Never heard of it? Maybe not, but you’ve probably seen photos of its red tori gate which looks to be floating in the water of the Inland Sea.
Jigokudani Monkey Park
Jigokudani Monkey Park is home to the famous Snow Monkeys. If you take a walk through the park you’ll come to a man-made hot pool which is the favourite place for the Snow Monkeys to bathe. Though they are there year-round, it’s best to visit in January and February when the park (and the monkeys) are covered in snow.
If you’re in Japan in April be sure to visit Yoshino to be inspired by the beauty of the cherry blossoms. Quite rightly Japan’s most famous cherry blossom destination, Yoshino boasts thousands of cherry trees in blossom, forming a gorgeous floral carpet up the mountains.
To be honest, there are so many unbelievable places to visit in Japan, it’s difficult to limit them to the few that are on this list. These are our choices but if you do your research you’ll soon realise that there are many other beautiful sights worth seeing in Japan.
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- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.