Japan is an archipelago found in the Pacific Ocean and it comprises of 3,000 islands, the largest of which are Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. This country lies on the junction of three tectonic plates and so volcanic activity, earthquakes and tsunamis are not unusual in the area; however, the effects of tectonic movement have resulted in one of the most popular leisure activities and tourist attractions in the country which is bathing in hot springs (onsens).

Prepare yourself to be shocked on arrival in the Land of the Rising Sun, as this is a country of many contrasts. The old Japanese traditions of tea ceremonies, flower arranging and Japanese gardens which we still see today, can be contrasted with the country’s modern flamboyant cities which have sprung up all over Japan.

Visit Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto and take in the atmosphere in one of the Zen temples or gardens which are found in the shadows of the huge skyscrapers which dominate the skyline in these cities. Experience Japan during the famous cherry blossom (Sakura) week or admire Japan’s attempt at the famous Eiffel Tower.

If you want to experience the traditional Japan with geishas and samurais, you should escape the big cities and head in the direction of the Japanese countryside. In Honshu, you can admire spectacular views of Mount Fuji, which is the highest snow-capped volcano in Japan. Or why not discover the typical Japanese fauna and flora in a national park in Hokkaido.