Traditions effortlessly mingling with modernity is what characterises Japan - it is a land deeply entrenched in culture yet with one foot firmly in the future. The ancient cities of Kyoto and Nara with their numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites one side and the uber futuristic metropolises including the capital Tokyo on the other is the best example. The minimalist yet obsessively detailed aesthetic that the Japanese are so famous for is visible in virtually every part of their life. An offbeat traveler's paradise!

Popular Location: Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, Hakone