Uncover a unique blend of traditional culture and cutting-edge modernity in Japan. Explore peaceful temples like the glittering Golden Pavilion in former imperial capital Kyoto, or go for kitsch fashions in Tokyo. The varied climate means you can see snow-capped mountains and wilderness on the northern island of Hokkaido, and subtropical beaches lapped by turquoise waters in the southern outpost of Okinawa.
You’ll be constantly entertained by futuristic capital Tokyo on Japan's main island of Honshu. Head south-west from here to iconic volcano Mount Fuji – the Japanese consider climbing the mountain a rite of passage. Further south-west, you can sample tasty Hakata ramen noodle soup in cosmopolitan coastal city Fukuoka. For skiing, head to Nagano, north-west of Tokyo.
The sprawling metropolis of Tokyo has no limit of things to do. To see the nation at its liveliest, visit nearby Yokohama, where its Chinatown is bustling. Kyoto, with its delicate temples and geisha district of Gion, is the place to see old Japan. Hiroshima abounds with World War II history. And for some of the best food and a down-to-earth vibe, head to port city Osaka.
Experience the bubbling natural hot springs, like those in the dramatic coastal Izu Peninsula. From Hiroshima, take a ferry to the sacred island of Miyajima - you can see the enormous red Otorii gate towering out of the water as you approach. Get away from it all in the rolling hills, green meadows and lakes of northern Tohoku's Towada-Hachimantai National Park.