(Note: Like many other popular visitor centers around the world, Japan has been impacted severely in 2020 by the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel to and within Japan may be challenging and difficult with varied local restrictions. Lodging, restaurants, and attractions may be closed, restricted or otherwise unavailable. Check with online travel resources and others to get the latest updates and information on travel to Japan in general.)
The best way to see and experience Japan closeup, like most destinations, is to use your feet and walk through whatever area you are visiting and immerse yourself in the culture. Walking will provide closeup glimpses of the adventure and excitement, color and diversity, of the people and culture that are otherwise missed. This photo essay covers various areas of Japan providing a walking look at Japan’s countryside, cities, towns and people.
Photography by John Penisten