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.
With only 15 rooms, the small and stylish TRUNK(HOTEL) was arguably Tokyo's first 'lifestyle' hotel.
A week's walk along an ancient trail dotted with onsen, ryokan stays, hearty country fare and views of Mount Fuji.
The World Cup is around one corner and the Summer Olympics and Paralyampics around the next one for Tokyo.
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.