Explore an island moderate in size but large in history, culture and natural beauty. Most trips to Japan include a stay in Tokyo, a major modern city bustling with activity. The famous Ginza area is brimming with neon signs, department stores and restaurants. Not far from Tokyo is majestic Mount Fuji, a scenic option that provides a pleasant contrast to the big-city experience.
You can also visit Matsumoto Castle and the nearby Japan Folklore Museum. Or, drive through the Japanese Alps and stop in secluded towns hidden among the peaks. History enthusiasts will appreciate the World War II memorials of Hiroshima.
Throughout the country you'll see centuries-old shrines and quaint villages where local artisans are busy at work making baskets, carving wood or dying silk. For a cultural experience, you might watch a geisha performance or enjoy a glass of sake at a local bar or restaurant.