Japan manages to blend old and new so seamlessly that the result is a dynamic and varied destination waiting to be explored.
Flamboyant pink cherry blossoms, fire-engine red paper lanterns, sunset gold silk, and the vermilion-lacquered galleries of Kasuga Shrine – the brilliant colors of both man and nature reflect the richness of Japan.
Among the oldest nations on earth, Japan was inhabited by a Neolithic culture as early as the Jomon period (14,000 – 300 BC). The first permanent capital founded at Nara in 710, which became a center of Buddhist art, religion and culture. Japan has depth in its traditions and cultures, arts and theater. Its castles and ancient villages are on display for the curious traveler.
Volcanic mountains, rivers and seas divide the country into hundreds of small regions, and thousands of islands that make up the Japan Archipelago.
The Japanese have a keenly developed sense of style, from cuisine chosen for color, texture and visual appeal, to the intricately planned gardens such as the famed Kenroku-en garden, begun in 1676 and completed some 170 years later.
Japan is also very much a culture of today. Vibrant and energetic, it is a leader in the world of economics and technology. The synergy of old and new results in a fascinating Asian experience.