With 172 locations throughout the island country of Japan, Europcar car hire offers you one of the easiest and most flexible ways to travel around this wonderful country. With branches everywhere from Osaka to Sapporo, via Tokyo, Nagasaki and everywhere in between, including even Yakushima and Ishigakijima airports, Europcar can help to get you wherever in Japan you need to be. Europcar's huge fleet of comfortable, modern and reliable vehicles, on hand to suit every requirement or budget, along with helpful services like easy online booking, express pick-up, optional sat-nav, child seats and additional driver cover, means you can travel across Japan safe in the knowledge that all your transport issues have been handled.
It's not news that the 6852 islands that comprise Japan offer a unique experience to all visitors, and definitely something for everyone. Japan has spent centuries absorbing and refining the better cultural aspects of Asia to produce something entirely its own. From the magnificence of a Kyoto geisha dance to the stark beauty of a traditional Zen rock garden, Japan can capture the imagination of even the most jaded traveller. However, the wonders of Japan’s natural world are a well-kept secret. Hiking in the Japanese Alps is astonishing, and with an extensive hut system you can hike for days with no more support than a backpack. Down south, the coral reefs of Okinawa rival anything from Thailand. While the freshness and preparation that goes into Japanese cuisine is something else as well, the country's many traditions are only half of the story, as an evolving contemporary art scene, a ferocious hunger for all things pop-culture, and a love of cutting-edge design all help shape the extraordinary, old-meets-new cultural landscape.
The City of Tokyo – Japan's capital city and its surrounding urbanisation, the Greater Tokyo Area, is the most populated metropolitan area in the world, and home to nearly 38 million people. The city's neon lit streets echo a 1980s sci-fi movie, yet it buzzes with the kind of energy you can only find in a truly modern metropolis. Under the shadow of mount Fuji, tradition meets pop culture as you wander ancient temples in the morning, before hitting a karaoke bar that same evening. Though, while the city appears to be constantly heading into the future, Tokyo's history and heritage can still be found under the cherry blossom trees, on the Kabuki stage or at the sumo tournament.
The Islands of Okinawa – The islands south west of Japan's mainland have long been popular with Japanese travellers seeking sun-filled vacations, but Okinawa and its neighbours are fast gaining international recognition. This is largely due to the white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and stunning coral reefs to be found there. Several destinations in the area provide excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities and, for now at least, few others have discovered them which means fewer crowds and more relaxation. Ferries run regularly between Okinawa-hontō, the main island, and the surrounding islands.