Japan is a tantalising mix of old and new wrapped up in a unique style. Its blend of ancient traditions with contemporary styles and futuristic technology makes it one of the most intriguing places to visit on earth. As a tourist destination it has much to offer. From hyper-modern metropolises to imperial cities, classic Buddhist temples and kimono-clad geishas, its sights are richly varied and compelling. The landscape also conjures up images of snow-capped mountains, lush green nature and steaming onsen (natural hot springs). International flights to Japan are very likely to land at either Tokyo's Narita Airport or Haneda Airport, Osaka's Kansai Airport and Nagoya's Central Japan Airport. Most major airlines fly there, including the country's two top airlines, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.
Tokyo is the neon-drenched capital, boasting a fascinating assortment of diverse attractions including temples, shrines, slick, high-tech buildings and gardens that provide respite from the urban skyscraper cityscape. It also has some of the best dining in the world and its nightlife has a whacky reputation. In contrast, the country's ancient capital, Kyoto, is an exquisite world of imperial palaces, traditional wooden houses and Shinto shrines. One of the most popular times to visit is during sakura (the cherry blossom season), when swathes of cherry blossom slowly edge their way across the country and locals take the opportunity to mark the dawning of spring with spectacular celebrations. Away from the cities, visitors can experience world-class hiking and natural wonders.