Gap Years in Japan
Japan is known as Nihon or Nippon (日本) in Japanese. A gap year in Japan is a unique way to spend your year abroad. The nation is well known for its crazy styles, beautiful temples and gardens. It's pretty much guaranteed that no two days in this vibrant country will be the same.
The annual Sapporo Ice Festival is a huge draw – if you visit Japan in winter you should try and fit it in to your gap year schedule. Skiing is popular in Japan, as is hanging out in the gardens and whiling the night away in the crazy karaoke bars.
One of the best things about Japan is that you can pretty much see the technological future of the world in the the big cities like Tokyo, while the past is the present out in the country. Tumbledown wooden shacks can still be spotted next to glass fronted designer condominiums, you might discover a sliding wooden door which leads to a traditional chamber with tatami mats, and tea ceremony. All signs of Japan's rich and beautiful history.
Travel in Japan
Top sites to make sure you include in your Japan line up include Mount Fuji, Harajuku, Himejo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera. If you're in South East Asia for your gap year, make sure you pop over to Japan. You won't regret it.