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.
Experience a broad and busy sampler of what Japan has to offer: castle ruins and temples, local cuisine and craft, samurai history and culture.
The 1964 Olympics were momentous in that they heralded Japan's re-emergence into the world community after the shame and disgrace of its World War II defeat.
Holy mountains and samurai strongholds are among the secret attractions of Tohoku.
Shinjuku is the high-rise 24-hour beating heart of Tokyo and the newly-improved Keio Plaza Hotel still dominates the area.
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.