This is one of the most astonishing countries I’ve had the pleasure to visit. To travel to Japan is to be transported to another dimension with distinctive culture and traditions, colourful streets, and unique cuisine. A visit to this East Asian gem mustn’t be limited to a single city like Tokyo because each one has something special to offer.
Live like a local in a ryokan, a traditional house where you can stay in a tatami room with Japanese-style flooring. Wear a yukata (kimono), sleep on a futon, and use a communal bath, revelling in the art of Japanese minimalism. Whilst ryokans are more common in scenic rural areas, they’re also available in a few key cities at competitive rates.
Norah Al-Yousef is a Saudi traveller and entrepreneur driven by her passion for discovering the unknown.This led her to launch Ayna Ana (Where Am I), a platform that connects like-minded people, who wish to broaden their horizons through travel. She has worked in the financial sector for over 16 years, holding several important positions in Saudi and international banks across locations like Geneva, Switzerland. In 2020, she became a member of the Riyadh Chamber’s Tourism Committee. She’s also the official Media Ambassador of the Saudi Ministry of Health, Al Nahda, and Zahra Breast Cancer Association. Follow Norah’s journey on @Ayna.ana on Instagram.
This article was originally published in Villa 88’s Spring 2023 edition. Subscribe here.