From hectic Tokyo and temple-laden Kyoto to the tropical beaches of Okinawa, Japan is a captivating mix. And whether you want to seek out the best sushi around Tsukiji, visit cutting-edge galleries in Kanazawa or explore the stunning alpine region of Central Honshū, use our map of Japan below to get to grips with one of the world’s most intriguing countries.

Take a dip at a hot-spring resort town, such as Dōgo or Sukayu Onsen or experience the best skiing and snowboarding in Niseko. The sense of history and tradition is tangible in Japan: trace the development of Buddhism in the former capital of Nara and gawp at the monumental bronze buddha of Tōdai-ji, one of the Seven Great Temples; head to Nikko where you’ll find the wonderfully extravagant Tosho-gu shrine; or wander around Himeji Castle, a remnant of Japan’s samurai past.

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Discovering Kanazawa: the rise of Japan’s “Little Kyoto”

Discovering Kanazawa: the rise of Japan’s “Little Kyoto”

Once one of Japan’s largest cities, in recent decades Kanazawa has languished in the shadow of its better-known rivals. But all that’s changing now, with th…

09 Oct 2018 • Olivia Rawes insert_drive_file Article
Japan House: a new cultural crossroad between Britain and Japan

Japan House: a new cultural crossroad between Britain and Japan

Travel to Japan has boomed over the past year, with over 300,000 UK visitors rushing to the country in 2017. But if you want to experience the country's exquisi…

22 Jun 2018 • Eleanna Zanga insert_drive_file Article
In search of the secret to long life in Nagano

In search of the secret to long life in Nagano

People in Nagano, Japan, live longer than virtually anywhere else on earth. But what’s the secret of this success? Our writer Shafik Meghji travelled across…

16 May 2018 • Shafik Meghji local_activity Special feature
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