First-time visitors to Tokyo keen to see the hotspots will find the Yamanote rail line, which loops around the city, covers all bases.
This eatery couldn't be more Portuguese if it tried – but we're not in Portugal.
The Swissotel Nankai is right in the heart of the action in the bustling south side of Osaka.
Nudity is not negotiable, so you needn't try to smuggle your budgies.
Whether on a plastic stool in the street or a "flavour concentration" booth for one, eating ramen is a serious business in Fukuoka.
These are the experiences every visitor to Asia should try once. But probably only once.
A 10-day hike through mountainous forest trails beloved of monks, allows visitor to experience the traditional lifestyle of rural Japan.