⭐︎ Basic 読みやすい
⭐︎⭐︎ Intermediate 読み応えがある
We use airplanes for recreation, transportation of goods and people, military, and research. Let's see it in a bit more detail.
An airplane is an aircraft with a jet engine, propeller, or rocket engine. Planes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and wing configurations.
Most airplanes are designed to transport as many customers or items as possible. The procedure of design, planning, and test can take several years. Developing an aircraft tends to be a huge investment, so there are a few heavy-industry corporations in this market.
Worldwide, commercial airplanes transport more than four billion passengers every year. Also, they transport a large number of goods and items annually. While a pilot still operates most airplanes on board the aircraft, some aircraft are designed to be remotely or computer-controlled such as drones.
Regarding the history of the airplane, the Wright brothers invented and flew the first airplane in 1903. Before that, George Cayley created the concept of the modern airplane.
Following its limited use in World War I, aircraft technology continued to advance. Airplanes played a more significant role in all the major battles of World War II. The Boeing 707, the first widely successful commercial jet, was in commercial service for more than 50 years, from 1958 to 2013.
Rail Pass ⭐︎
The JAPAN Rail Pass, a collaboration with six companies comprising the Japan Railways Group, is an economical and convenient way of traveling throughout Japan by rail.
There are two types of Passes: Pass for Green Cars and Pass for Standard Cars. Each type can be purchased for seven days, 14 days, or 21 days.
The JAPAN Rail Pass is a special fare ticket available only to travelers visiting Japan from foreign countries for sightseeing. To be eligible to purchase a Japan Rail Pass, you must meet one of the following two conditions.
Condition 1. You are a foreign tourist visiting Japan from abroad for sightseeing, under the entry status of "temporary visitor."
Condition 2. Japanese people living abroad who meet the conditions
Eurail Pass: Unlimited travel across Europe.
Suppose your place of residence is outside of Europe, Russia, and Turkey. In that case, you can benefit from all the advantages the Eurail Pass has to offer.
Benefits are as follows:
Unlimited travel across 31 European countries, including Turkey with a single travel pass.
Travel on consecutive days or remain flexible and travel within one or two months.
Choose between the categories Youth, Adult, Senior.
Vouchers and discounts for many tourist attractions with our partners.
Okinawa Prefecture is the only prefecture in a subtropical region. Situated at the southwestern tip of Japan, the prefecture provides convenient access to mainland Japan and several regions throughout Asia. The Ryukyu Islands were connected to mainland China and the Japanese archipelago in ancient times.
The rainy season starts in May. However, once the rainy season ends in late June, it gets hot and sunny. The peak of summer lasts into August and September. Summer is also typhoon season. Beginning in October, the weather is quite pleasant as summer is over. As winter approaches around December, it gets cold, but it never snows. Okinawa’s winters sometimes have strong winds. The weather gets warmer in March, but there are still some chilly days.
The Golden Age of the Ryukyu Kingdom spanned approximately 450 years from the mid-15th century. The “Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu” were registered as a combined UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2000. Ryukyu exchanged knowledge and skills with Japan and China during the Great Trade Era the 14th through 16th centuries.
The highly transparent and warm seas are the treasure of Okinawa, being a perfect habitat for marine life such as corals and fish. The oceans near Okinawa are home to about 400 species of corals.
In Okinawa Prefecture, mangrove forests grow in the northern part of the main island of Okinawa. Kayak tours are available for visitors who want to experience the ecology in the wilderness areas.
Okinawa Prefecture is the only prefecture at the southwestern tip of Japan. Its location is convenient access to mainland Japan and Asian countries. Long time ago, Okinawa Islands were connected to mainland China and mainland Japan.
The rainy season starts in May. However, once the rainy season ends in late June, summer season is usually sunny days with typhoon sometimes. Beginning in October, the weather is mild. It never snows in Okinawa because it is sub-tropical climate. The weather gets warmer in March, but there are still some cold days.
The Golden Age of the Ryukyu Kingdom lasted about 450 years from the mid-15th century. The “Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu” were registered as a combined UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2000. Ryukyu exchanged knowledge and skills with Japan and China during the Great Trade Era the 14th through 16th centuries.
Okinawa has rich natural assets. The beautiful seas are the treasure of Okinawa, being a perfect place for corals and fish. The oceans near Okinawa are home to about 400 species of corals. Mangrove forests grow in the northern part of the main island of Okinawa. Kayak tours are available for visitors who want to experience the nature.
Yakushima is located in the southwestern end of the Japanese archipelago with mountains about 1,000 meters. This island has a diversity of Japanese flora distributed according to altitude.
Recognizing the status of these Yakushima cedars and the unique vertical plant distributions, the island was inscribed as Japan's first World Natural Heritage site in 1993. Yakushima is famous for being home to many giant Japanese cedars, many of which are more than a thousand years old. One of the oldest cedar trees is said to be around 7,200 years old. The oldest tree is approximately 25m tall and is 16m in circumference. Those who look at the tree will feel what it is like living in the harsh conditions of Yakushima's nature. Recently, an observation deck was constructed to protect the tree's roots.
Yakushima has a nickname, "island of water," from the amount of rainfall it receives. This water helps the biodiversity and scenery of the island. Visitors must follow the rules implemented and avoid stepping on moss growing on rocks and fallen tree trunks.
Yakushima boasts a large number of trekking trails. You can experience the unique natural environment of the island by trekking in the wildlife. A wide range of trails visitors may access, ranging from 30 - 150 minutes long, depending on interest and stamina. A popular one is the trekking route to the old cedar tree. The mountain-walking course is a relatively flat trail reaching 1,000m for beginner hikers.