Anyone who's ever eaten sushi, sipped sake or read manga may feel they know something about this elegant archipelago of some 6800 volcanic islands. And yet, from the moment of arrival in Japan, it's almost as if you've touched down on another planet. Prepare to be pleasantly disorientated as you negotiate this fascinating land where ancient gods, customs and craftsmanship are mixed up with cutting edge modern technology, futuristic fashions and up-to-the-second style.

Japan fascinates its visitors with unexpectedly beautiful landscapes, charmingly courteous people and its tangible sense of history and cherished traditions. Few will be able to resist the chance to get to grips with its mysterious yet tantalizing culture that blurs the traditional boundaries between East and West. Japan is unique, neither wholly one nor the other. Welcome to Japan, welcome to another dimension!