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Combining ancient culture with exquisite natural landscapes and dazzling modernity, Japan has something to entice every traveller

One visit is all it takes to start an enduring relationship with Japan where antiquity and modernity exist in harmony. Japan has a modern outlook anchored in technological innovation. A rich culture, profound Buddhist and Shinto spiritual traditions and picture-perfect natural attractions make it appealing to travellers of all hues. We look at some iconic sights in four of Japan's famous cities - Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Shizuoko.

Tokyo: Modern meet classic

Tokyo, a compelling mix of the past and the present, is unlike any other city you have visited. The cityscape is a dense panorama of both old and modern design. From a tour of the capital’s sensational ancient temple to the magnificent Sky Tree, Tokyo is a treasure trove for the avid explorer.

Osaka: A perfect blend of entertainment and culture

Osaka is a multifaceted city full of delicious food, boisterous locals and a friendly atmosphere. It is also a major financial and industrial centre. With easy, central access to Kyoto, Kobe and Nara, it also serves as a convenient and popular tourist hub. Wander the alleys and you’re sure to find people talking and laughing, enjoying Osaka’s world-famous soul food.

Kyoto: What dreams are made of

With its tranquil temples and traditions, this Japanese city beautifully balances the preservation of its past with modern conveniences and access to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Twists and traditions in Shizuoka

What else would you expect of the region that’s home to the most iconic of Japanese sights, Mount Fuji? Scenic but often overlooked Shizuoka, boasts all the sightseeing and sensory mainstays of a Japanese sojourn.