Over the past 10 years, the number of Australians heading to Japan has grown more than 300 per cent.
The Japanese Buddhist concept of mono no aware, or the ephemeral nature of beauty, is embodied in the bloom of the cherry blossoms.
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.
Dashdorj Tserendavaa started throat singing when he was six. Now in his 60s, he's considered the Pavarotti of Mongolia.
The perfect Hawaiian shirt might just be found in Kyoto.