Local name of the country : 日本 (Source of the Sun)
Languages : Japanese
For more information :
Walk Japan : is an independent organisation offering a different vision of how to create and manage tours in Japan. Action for Ethical Tourism
Quest Japan & Hike Japan Walking Adventures : is a small, independent travel company offering the best adventure walking holidays and tailor-made tours in Japan. Operating in a sustainable way.
Evergreen Outdoor Center – Hakuba: is based at the foot of the Japan Northern Alps in Hakuba. Through the Green Season (mid-April to early-November) they offer a diverse range of outdoor programs including canyoning, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, summer camps and during Winter, ski, snowboard and splitboard backcountry. River, Lake & Mountain Tours.
Places to stay :
Gankoyama Tree House Village : is a small, tree house village located on a mountainside in the heart of southern Boso, Chiba.They believe « the forest can provide 100% natural energy. » It proves this by being environmentally friendly and servicing all of its energy needs with its own power which comes from the solar panels and wind generator on site. Meals are also prepared with conserving energy in mind so everything is cooked on a campfire; no electricity whatsoever is used.
Ki Niseko : they are reducing printed material to minimum, opting for paperless communication and avoiding overuse of paper wherever possible. They also support Trees for Life and plant many trees worldwide every year and utilize the energy of their natural onsen hot springs. Waters from the onsen are used to heat the hotel in winter and also recycled for hotel eco-friendly energy and snow maintenance.
Wild Spring : has been designed to have a minimum impact on the environment and are Certified Wildlife Habitat.
Sake – rice alcohol
Sushi – raw fish with cold rice
Cultural characteristics :
Do not shake hands and do not look too long japaneses in the eyes.
Black suit with black tie means the mourning and with a white tie the wedding.
Kimonos give different information about your marital status or your age according to colors.
Avoid kissing your Partner in public, even it is changing in Tokyo.
Do not make up in public transportation.
Some words to learn :
Ohayo goazimasu / Konnichi wa – Good morning
Konbanwa – Good evening
Sumimasen – Sorry
Onegaishimasu – Please
Watashi wa … desu – My name is …
Haï – Yes
Iie – No
Arigato / Arigato gozaimasu – Thank you
Oyasumi nasai – Good night
Sayonara – Goodbye
Ichi – One
Ni – Two
San – Three
Moshi moshi – Allo (phone)
Mizu – Water