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Japan is a dizzying mix of tradition and modernity, from the technicoloured metropolis of Tokyo to the powdered slops of Niseko, from the beautiful gardens of the geisha districts in Kanazawa captivates, to Hokkaidō’s Unesco-listed Shiretoko National Park. Visit ancient shrines, catch Kyoto’s cherry blossoms in full bloom, sip on saké or hop on a high-speed bullet train. You won’t want to say sayōnara to Japan.
Destinations in Japan
Overlooking the tranquil waters of Ago Bay (known as the Bay of Pearls), Ise-Shima National Park on Japan’s south-west coast is famed for its natural beauty, ancient onsens (hot springs) and sacred sites.
One of Japan’s most beautiful gardens; famous geisha districts; historic houses and dazzling museums: Kanazawa captivates.
Kyoto’s mood depends on the season you arrive in: its first blush is in spring when sakura (cherry blossoms) carpet its hills; summer is vividly green; and in autumn scarlet and amber maple leaves set the landscape aflame.
Powder-seekers sweep into resort town Niseko like the waves of fresh flakes carpeting its slopes (around 49 feet of snow a year). But, Hokkaido’s coolest hangout, set by dormant volcano Mount Yotei, keeps Japanese custom and celebrates tradition.
A walk down any Tokyo street could lead you to a hushed shrine, a thumping nightclub or a store stocking the latest technological advances – it's almost like Tokyo is two separate cities.