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Aland of beau­ti­ful con­tra­dic­tions, Ja­pan is all about un­mis­tak­ably charm­ing culture and tra­di­tions, and at the same time it also boasts ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy of the fu­ture. On top of the friendly and hos­pitable com­mu­ni­ties, Ja­pan has many nat­u­ral, cul­tural and pop­u­lar won­ders to be en­joyed all year round. Be­yond Ja­pan's most pop­u­lar cities of Tokyo, Ky­oto and Osaka, there are many more des­ti­na­tions to see, in­clud­ing Hokkaido, Nara and Kobe, among oth­ers. WHERE TO STAY To have an au­then­tic Ja­panese ex­pe­ri­ence, it's al­ways in­trigu­ing to opt for tra­di­tional ryokan (inn)-style ac­com­mo­da­tion. That said, Ja­pan has many lux­u­ri­ous world­class ho­tels to of­fer, in­clud­ing Park Hy­att Tokyo, Aman Tokyo, The Ritz-carlton, Ky­oto and The St. Regis Osaka.

For a per­fect com­bi­na­tion of op­u­lence and lo­cal el­e­ments, check out Suiran, a Lux­ury Col­lec­tion Ho­tel in Ky­oto. Sceni­cally set along the serene Hozu River, the Ja­panese-style ho­tel is a short dis­tance away from the pop­u­lar Arashiyama bam­boo grove.

WHAT TO DO

Sum­ming up ex­cel­lent ac­tiv­i­ties to do in Ja­pan is al­most im­pos­si­ble as there are end­less things to do and won­drous places to see. Tokyo is great for shop­ping and find­ing out the lat­est hap­pen­ings in the coun­try – from restau­rants and bars to ex­hi­bi­tions and shows. Ky­oto is an ideal choice to see the more rus­tic side of Ja­pan – the Arashiyama bam­boo grove, ex­quis­ite tem­ples, in­clud­ing the famed Fushimi Inari, and more.

Pop­u­lar sea­sonal at­trac­tions are the sakura blos­som in spring and ski­ing in win­ter. The bloom­ing cherry blos­soms can be seen prac­ti­cally any­where in Ja­pan be­tween mid-march and mid-april. For the ul­ti­mate ski des­ti­na­tion, Hokkaido is the place to go. While there, don't for­get to take a dip in one of the on­sen (nat­u­ral hot springs).

WHERE TO EAT

Be­lieve us when we say there's more to Ja­panese cui­sine than sushi and sashimi. That said, the leg­endary Tsuk­iji Mar­ket is a must-visit to get the best and fresh­est sashimi, now in a new lo­ca­tion in Toyosu, Tokyo. Fur­ther­more, each re­gion in Ja­pan has its own culi­nary de­lights, and they're all worth the trip.

Hiroshima is known for okonomiyaki (savoury pan­cakes), Osaka for takoy­aki (oc­to­pus dumpling) and Sap­poro for ra­men – and beer, of course. Car­ni­vores must know by now to head to Kobe, for the best world-famed Kobe beef. In be­tween, there are more unique del­i­ca­cies that you should not miss. ja­pan.travel

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