Presenting a blend of neon modernity and elegant ancient traditions, a visit to Japan will send your senses into overdrive. Famous for sushi, sake, shopping and skiing, the country is breathtakingly diverse, offering travellers opportunities to explore enthralling traditional culture, exhilarating outdoor pursuits and dynamic city life.
They may be decades old, but Japan’s infectious cities resemble sci-fi streetscapes with cutting-edge architecture, efficient subways and 24/7 dining and drinking. Tokyo tops the list for urban adventure. Head to Harajuku’s Takeshita Street for shopping, rise early to taste the fresh seafood at Tsukiji Fish Market, or soak up the peacefulness of the city’s many shrines, lush gardens and dainty ryokans.
Take a bullet train to beautiful Kyoto – the epitome of traditional Japan with its ornate temples, cherry blossomed courtyards and immaculate geishas dashing between teahouses.
Travel to Osaka and view a 17th-century castle, or explore Hiroshima, where you can board a ferry to tranquil Miyajima Island and stay overnight in one of the country’s finest ryokans – Japanese hospitality at its peak!
Japan is Asia’s premier skiing destination and Hokkaido is the place to find an untracked landscape and perfect conditions, with popular resorts including Niseko, Rusutsu, Furano and Kiroro. There’s nothing quite like floating on your skis or snowboard through waist deep powder, then sinking into a steaming onsen at the end of an energetic day.