Japan is known for its fashion, cutting edge technology, and delicious food, but if you look a little closer you will see that its traditional side is also alive and well.
It may look as if this country has forgotten its roots, but temples and local traditions exist alongside the shopping malls and the nightclubs. Far from being one note, you can also go skiing in the mountains in winter and lie on one of Japan’s many beaches in summer.
Top picks in Japan
This is a good place to start and offers you a quick snapshot of both traditional and ultra modern Japan at the same time. Depending on your budget Tokyo also has some of the best shopping, restaurants, and nightlife in the world.
Kyoto and Osaka
Kyoto and Osaka offer a different viewpoint on Japan, and Kyoto in particular has an emphasis on traditional culture that can be fascinating for those who want to see more of the ‘real’ Japan of days gone by.
Sadly Okinawa and its islands are far less visited by tourists on a trip to Japan, but if you like beaches and island life then this can be a great place to explore by bike. The fantastic ferry system in Japan also allows you to island hop easily, so you can explore the area at your leisure.