If you choose Japan as your next holiday destination, you're opting for a complete change, geographically as well as culturally, a rare, slightly unsettling feeling in such a developed country, even while homogenous America-centric culture seems to have firmly taken root among the Japanese population. This cultural shock can be a little scary, but don't worry: one of the aspects of Japan's 'exoticism' is the extreme politeness of the people there.
It can take months to properly discover the country. But if you only have a few days or weeks there, begin with one of the unmissable points of contact. VisitingTokyo, the capital, the largest city in the world (the urban area contains around 40 million citizens), is a trip in and of itself. Its ultra-modern feel and its general cleanliness will make you see Paris, London or New York in a new light. Following on, Kyōto is a must-see, with its breathtaking beauty and its numerous places to visit (Fushimi Inari-taisha, Kinkaku-ji, Ryōan-ji, just to mention a few). Ōsaka offers the charms of a slightly smaller city, one which is also younger and more Westernised.
But don't be fooled into thinking that all Japan has to offer is staggeringly big metropolises. Fans of nature should visit Nagano, with its forests, or head to Hokkaidō island and the beautiful Sapporo (its capital) for winter sports. Are you a fan of mountains? Then don't miss out an ascent up Mount Fuji from your holiday itinerary! And if you prefer relaxation to exercise, why not head to Okinawa for a spot of sunbathing on its idyllic beaches?
A stay in Japan is an unforgettable experience, no matter which places you visit and what's on your itinerary. You're sure to find activities that suit you perfectly amongst the huge range of available options here.