For over 140 years, this has been the summer getaway of choice for the rich and the royal of Japan.
The 12-seat design of Out is spare, but the menu is positively skeletal.
I'm wearing nothing but black disposable underpants and a white hairnet.
Most visitors to Kyoto tour temples, but Japan's old capital has outstanding classical gardens too.
More than 50km long and 240 metres below sea level, the Hokkaido Shinkansen is Japan's latest engineering marvel.
Tsukiji Fish Market will soon be no more.
Japanese onsens are not only for relaxation – the waters are also said to have healing properties, many of them steeped in legend.
People leave little knitted hats and scarves on the statues in the town's splendidly eerie cemetery.
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.