Japan is a country full of contradictions, especially the mix of ultra-new technology and modern lifestyles with ancient customs.
Japan’s sights are mainly magnificent temples, shrines, gardens and castles of one sort or another.
But many tourists find the pace of life, quirky concepts and extraordinary cleanliness of the country and the dedication to product and service perfection of the Japanese to be equally interesting.
Japanese cuisine is superb and not pricey, hotels are reasonably cheap and domestic transport is unbelievably efficient.
However, Japan is often crowded and overwhelming, there are dreary, endless suburbs of plasticoat walls and skies strung with a tangled spaghetti of overhead power cables, while concrete is winning the war over wood. Still, it’s one of Asia’s top must sees.