To first-time visitors, everything in this amazing land is so different and foreign that there really is no other word for it: It's strange.
From shrines and sumo, to eccentric dress-codes and bustling neon neighbourhoods; here are 20 reasons to visit this Asian capital.
For first-time visitors to Japan, Kyoto is a perfect and inspiring introduction to a magical country. Here are the top 20 things to do there.
World-beating beef, a historic castle, great views and craft beer are among the many charms of this prefecture.
Lovers of vintage neon and the grittier side of Japan will love this night tour of Osaka's Shinsekai.
Kyoto's new hotel is so fresh you can still smell the pale paint.
It pays to show respect for the codified ritual that has grown around sushi since the eighth century.
Sublimely unique, Japan is beautiful, warm and inviting. This archipelago of islands, also known as the "Land of the Rising Sun", is meeting point between traditional and contemporary. With an abundance of cultural wonders from The Golden Pavilion to Nijo Castle; natural wonders from Mount Fuji to snow onsens; and modern pow-wows of high-rises, malls and restaurants.