Japanese distilleries are producing some of the best whiskies in the world, with Nikka Whisky’s Yoichi distillery laying the foundation for the industry.
Japan has nearly 150 cafes that house anywhere from 12 to 24 cats, but cuddling with the kitties does not come cheap.
The large Asian population, combined with a rapidly developing middle class in a period of economic growth, is spurring demand for more and cheaper flights.
The ski resort of Niseko, famous for the quality and consistency of its light, powdery snow, has one of the longest seasons in Japan with most runs staying open until early May.
While there are still scars from the 11 March earthquake and tsunami, visitor numbers are slowly returning to normal, particularly in the country's southern and far northern regions.
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