After its 'lost decade' of economic stagnation, Japan is cheaper than ever to visit. Mount Fuji can be climbed in July and August, though prepare for crowds. Tokyo remains the world's biggest urban area, and contains all of the excitement that implies. The Shikansen high-speed trains are superb and span the length of the entire country.

Beautiful Buddhist and Shinto temples are dotted throughout the quiet, mountainous countryside. Fukushima won't become a tourism destination anytime soon, but then it never was one. March and April offer pleasant, cool temperatures and the chance to see the famous cherry blossoms bloom. Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the south and the island of Okinawa are musts for World War II enthusiasts.


Japan flag

Why you should go:

Japan is unique and impenetrable.

Why you shouldn't:

You want a fake welcome when you go on holiday.

Map of Japan