Japan is truly timeless, a place where ancient traditions are fused with modern life as if it were the most natural thing in the world. On the surface, Japan appears exceedingly modern, but travelling around it offers numerous opportunities to connect with the country’s traditional culture. Wherever you are in Japan, it seems, you’re never more than 500m from a great meal. Japan is a long and slender, highly volcanic archipelago. It’s over two-thirds mountains, with bubbling hot springs at every turn. The neon-lit streetscapes of Japan’s cities look like sci-fi film sets, even though many of them are decades old. Travel is always smooth and efficient, whether you’re using the subway to get around or the shinkansen(bullet trains) to go from one city to the next.