On The Mediterranean

An extension of the Beydağları range, Akyarlar is a giant rock wall that rises directly behind a small beach near Kemer.

Its level of difficulty ranges between 3+ and 8+ on the international scale from 0 to 9. Another advantage of this region, which has around 20 climbing routes, is that it affords the pleasure of a dip in the sea following the climb.

A historic Japanese fortress, Hiroshima was rebuilt over the ashes of the Second World War. The target of an atomic bomb in August 1945, it rapidly underwent major development and acquired a modern appearance. Artifacts and photographs left from the devastation are exhibited at a museum in the city’s Peace Monument Park. The peace torch burns continuously year round so that mankind may never again experience the darkness of war.

Southwest of Honshu, one of the four main islands that make up Japan, Kyushu is an island known for its mild climate, vibrant plant cover and mysterious volcanic formations. Influenced by Chinese and Korean culture throughout its history, it boasts a unique and original architecture. The Fine Arts Museum at Fukuoka, one of the island’s cities, represents the modern face of Asia.

Japan’s capital for more than a thousand years, Kyoto recalls the Japan of dreams with its Zen gardens and aesthetic marvel temples.A major part of the city, which was inspired by the Chinese city of Tang, was destroyed by civil war in
the 15th century. Home to a major portion of Japan’s cultural treasures today, the former capital is the center of Japanese art and thought with its universities, museums and imperial palace.

The largest island in the north of Japan, which is made up of close to 6,800 islands, Hokkaido is a true paradise on earth with its mountains, plains, lakes, rivers, sea and world-renowned swans. Undergoing rapid urbanization since the 18th century, Hokkaido now boasts some of Japan’s major cities such as Sapporo, Hakodate, Asahikawa and Kushiro. The main air link to the island is via Sapporo.

The city of Nikko is only a couple hours from Tokyo thanks to Japan’s highly advanced rail network.Famous for its natural beauty,it is remembered for the Toshogu Temple, a Japanese architectural masterpiece. The temple, which exhibits all the decorative richness of Japanese architecture, was built over the mausoleum of the founder of the Tokugawa Dynasty.

Capital of Japan’s Empire of the Sun, Tokyo is a giant metropolis in which the traditional is closely interwoven with modern life. Business and shopping hub of this city famous for its flower gardens, the Ginza literally becomes a rainbow of color by night. One of the city’s iconic buildings is the Marunouchi, ‘Maru Biru’ in the local parlance. The Imperial Palace and Rainbow Town are popular stops with tourists. To the south of the city is Kamakura, famous for its historic temples, tasteful gardens and beaches. Meanwhile Tokyo’s famed fish market, the Tsukiji, is abustle from the early hours.

An hour and a half from Tokyo by train, Hakone is a city famous for its thermal springs and the mountains and nature parks that encircle it. The open-air museum with its hundreds of sculptures is the area’s touristic drawing point. A boat tour on Lake Ashi is your best bet for viewing Mt. Fuji, Japan’s highest peak. The Five Lakes Region in the foothills of this 3,776- meter-high mountain offers opportunities for hiking, picnicking, fishing and boating.