Visit Japan

The Japanese archipelago has long been a favourite of more adventurous travellers, and with high-tech Tokyo and vibrant Osaka increasingly popular choices for long-haul stopovers, and Japanese culture more fashionable than ever, there has never been a better time to explore this multifaceted country.

While the bustling cities won't fail to impress those in search of the cliches of the Japanese success story - skyscrapers, bullet trains, trendy nightlife and rampant consumerism - beneath the brash modernity beats an ancient heart. This is the realm of emperors and shoguns, the exquisite art of the geisha and the skill of the sumo wrestler. A land of great natural beauty where ancient festivals are celebrated according to the seasons and food is elevated to an art form.

And from the snow festivals and lavender farms of the northern isle of Hokkaido, via Kyoto's shrines and temples, to the sun-drenched beaches of the sub-tropical south, superb public transport means everywhere is easily accessible. Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, and there's no need to worry about the language barrier - the Japanese are unfailingly friendly so help is always at hand. Whether you choose to climb Mount Fuji or relax at volcanic hot spring resorts, delight in traditional performing arts or lose yourself in high-tech wonderland, Japan is a truly unforgettable destination.

Japan Travel Bureau 

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