JAPAN

Admit it. When you think of JAPAN, you think of supersonic trains, a gazillion gadgets, nauseating neon lights, and restaurants run by robots. You can already see the automatic everythings, the ubiquitous Japanese business man, the pretty geishas singing perfect songs, and the electronics epicentre of the universe.

Or something like that anyway.

And, if you’ve yet to touch Japanese soil, then know that this Japan is alive and well. But although it’s home to more than a third of the country’s colossal population, Japan is so much more than the capital. Tokyo, Osaka, and historic Kyoto make for a fascinating holiday – no doubt. But if you dare to leave the tourist trail, the best of Japan beckons.

There’s the world-class powder (japow, in your best Australian accent). The endless seas, glorious sunsets, and the thunderous waterfalls. There are soaring mountain peaks and surreal outdoor onsens set to soothe any sore bones. The haunting Sanriku Coast is battered and beautiful. The incredible islands, beaches, coral reefs, and wildlife. There’s a treasure in every landscape and seascape – and Japan has them all.

But somehow we’ve barely mentioned the mouth-watering food, the warmth of the people, or the glow of the sake. And how could we forget the hundreds of festivals and celebrations? The sacred sakura and the exquisite temples?

There’s no other culture like it, no end to its curiosity, no way to compare this endearing volcanic archipelago. Your first visit, like the sharp sake itself, is unlikely to be the last.

Admit it. When you think of JAPAN, you think of supersonic trains, a gazillion gadgets, nauseating neon lights, and restaurants run by robots. You can already see the automatic everythings, the ubiquitous Japanese business man, the pretty geishas singing perfect songs, and the electronics epicentre of the universe.

Or something like that anyway.

And, if you’ve yet to touch Japanese soil, then know that this Japan is alive and well. But although it’s home to more than a third of the country’s colossal population, Japan is so much more than the capital. Tokyo, Osaka, and historic Kyoto make for a fascinating holiday – no doubt. But if you dare to leave the tourist trail, the best of Japan beckons.

There’s the world-class powder (japow, in your best Australian accent). The endless seas, glorious sunsets, and the thunderous waterfalls. There are soaring mountain peaks and surreal outdoor onsens set to soothe any sore bones. The haunting Sanriku Coast is battered and beautiful. The incredible islands, beaches, coral reefs, and wildlife. There’s a treasure in every landscape and seascape – and Japan has them all.

But somehow we’ve barely mentioned the mouth-watering food, the warmth of the people, or the glow of the sake. And how could we forget the hundreds of festivals and celebrations? The sacred sakura and the exquisite temples?

There’s no other culture like it, no end to its curiosity, no way to compare this endearing volcanic archipelago. Your first visit, like the sharp sake itself, is unlikely to be the last.

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