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.
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On their hips hang katanas, the cold steel of the samurai sword. On their faces are etched looks of concentration.
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.