Japan has lured untold numbers of adventurers since Marco Polo first introduced it to the world back in the 13th century as "Zipangu - the Land of gold."
Japan offers great cultural variety, colourful and inspiring natural attractions beautifully interwoven by four distinct seasonal changes, not to mention the hospitality of its people. Here you'll find an impressive mix of cutting-edge technology and super efficient public transport systems alongside peaceful oriental gardens and snow-capped mountains where cherry blossom blooms between January and March.
See snow monkeys relaxing in volcanic springs, rise early to visit Tokyo's fish market, sip a hot drink in a traditional tea house, visit grand tiered temples, reach speeds of over 200 mph on a bullet train and sleep in a ryokan complete with tatami mats, sliding doors and hot water tapped from a nearby onsen. Japan is where the past greets the future.
As such, it is gaining in popularity as a tourist destination easily accessible from the UK, a destination that can be enjoyed on a reasonable budget and with a sense of complete security.