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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