A robot instructing tourists in Buddhist thought in a Zen temple may seem odd for those not accustomed to Japanese mores.
First-time visitors to Tokyo keen to see the hotspots will find the Yamanote rail line, which loops around the city, covers all bases.
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.
A 10-day hike through mountainous forest trails beloved of monks, allows visitor to experience the traditional lifestyle of rural Japan.
This museum in a city devastated by a 1945 atomic bomb doesn't shy away from the awful truth.
Joni Waka is an identity in the Tokyo art world: an impresario, a tour guide, a director of an art foundation.
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.