Asia

Japan

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  • Tokyo
  • 127 million
  • Japanese
  • Yen
about Japan

From snowboarding, sumo and sushi to soaking your stresses away in a traditional onsen (hot spring), Japan is as diverse as it is beautiful and unusual. From the weird, wonderful and wacky of ultra-modern urban living to a rich, ancient culture of geishas, precise tea rituals, Shinto worship and emperor warlords, this is a destination that won’t disappoint.

Where else would there be a constant procession of festivals celebrating everything from fertility, where a giant phallus is paraded around Kawasaki, to cherry blossoms, the rice harvest and star-crossed lovers?

Subcultures abound in the realm of cos play and manga, while staid salarymen get loose after dark in tiny bars, many of which boast a karaoke machine. Those who party hard will love the music scene, and the Fuji Rock Festival is unforgettable. For fashionistas and gadget geeks, shopping in some of Tokyo’s better known districts, like Ginza, Harajuku and Akihabara, will be a guilty pleasure. But it’s not just about neon and crazy pedestrian crossings. Visit the seaside city of Kamakura to see the Great Buddha, go to Hokkaido for hiking during summer and skiing in the winter, or experience Naoshima, Japan’s art island.

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SHINKAMIGOTO, GOTO ISLANDS

Did you know there is more than one type of udon noodle made in Japan? On the...

Did you know there is more than one type of udon noodle made in Japan? On the Goto...

NIIGATA PREFECTURE

It’s known as Japan’s island of gold, not only because it was the...

It’s known as Japan’s island of gold, not only because it was the country’s main...

YUBU ISLAND, JAPAN

For an island that’s only 1.5 metres above sea level and has a perimeter of...

For an island that’s only 1.5 metres above sea level and has a perimeter of two...

DOGO ISLAND, JAPAN

Tucked deep in the lush forest of Tsuma on the Shimane Island of Dogojima,...

Tucked deep in the lush forest of Tsuma on the Shimane Island of Dogojima, you’ll...

YAKUSHIMA ISLAND, JAPAN

Come face to face with Japan’s oldest living trees. The UNESCO World...

Come face to face with Japan’s oldest living trees. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed...

TOKYO, JAPAN

A referee who dresses like a Shinto priest officiates proceedings, as a...

A referee who dresses like a Shinto priest officiates proceedings, as a shrine hangs over...

HAKUBA, JAPAN

Salivating hordes of skiers and snowboarders descend on Japan each winter,...

Salivating hordes of skiers and snowboarders descend on Japan each winter, eager to knife...

UNAZUKI, JAPAN

Yuki, a middle-aged Japanese lady beautifully attired in a traditional...

Yuki, a middle-aged Japanese lady beautifully attired in a traditional kimono, shows me to...