#1: Stay in a Ryokan
WHAT IS IT?
To experience the Real Japan you must stay in a traditional ryokan - ideally with an onsen (natural hot spring). I cannot emphasise this enough. Nothing will get you closer to the cultural heart of Japan like staying in a ryokan. [Ryokan is a traditional inn]
WHEN TO GO?
Any time of the year – although you may want to give high summer a miss as it can be extremely high humidity and very hot. Spring is ideal – catch some sakura cherry blossom at the same time. Autumn gives you the fire red leaves of the season. Winter is perfect if the idea of spending time soaking outside in a natural hot spring whilst snow gently falls is part of your dream. It was mine