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The Land of the Rising Sun is a whirlwind of contradictions from high tech gadgets to ancient temples, from the towering skyscrapers of Tokyo to the sprawling homes and farms in the countryside, from the spirit religion of Shintoism to the beliefs and traditions of Buddhism. To the North, there is the blistering cold region of Hokkaido and plains of Tohoku, know for their powdery snow, ski resorts, seafood, and hot springs. Just below that, one finds the major cosmopolitan cities of Tokyo and Yokohama, full of neon signs, modern marvels like Sky Tree, and weird neighborhoods like Akihabara. To its West, lies Japan’s center of history culture in Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima. Once home to the ancient Japanese capital, it is also a burgeoning commercial region and Hiroshima constitutes a great deal of recent Japanese history. Southernmost lie Kyushu - the birthplace of Japanese civilization, Shikoku a destination for Buddhists and nature lovers alike, and Okinawa - the beach resort mecca with its own distinct Ryukyuan culture. Small, yet vast, Japan is anything but boring; it’s fascinating and has a lot to offer. As they say in Japan, Yokoso!


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