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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The hotel breathing new life into one of Tokyo's oldest neighbourhoods

The hotel breathing new life into one of Tokyo's oldest neighbourhoods

Within seconds of leaving the Nippori metro station, the sound of birdsong replaces the rumble of metro trains. The noise of traffic – barring occasional push…

16 Apr 2019 • Tamara Hinson insert_drive_file Article
The best of Osaka food: 10 local dishes you have to try

The best of Osaka food: 10 local dishes you have to try

Osaka sits by the Pacific Ocean on a large, fertile plain. Its strong fishing and farming heritage, and a cuisine supported by its many wealthy merchants, has…

26 Mar 2019 • Kieran Meeke insert_drive_file Article
Kawaii Monsters and more: Tokyo's weird and wonderful themed cafés

Kawaii Monsters and more: Tokyo's weird and wonderful themed cafés

When it comes to weird and wonderful places to eat and drink, nothing beats Japan’s colourful capital. Here are some of the strangest cafes and restaurants i…

13 Mar 2019 • Tamara Hinson insert_drive_file Article
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