Japan is a beguiling land of contrasts; a place where ancient aesthetics and traditions sit happily alongside hypermodern urban culture and technology. Such exciting contrasts, combined with the friendliness of the Japanese people, unrivalled customer service and transport facilities, make travelling in Japan a joy.

DISTANCE FROM AIRPORT TO CITY CENTRE: Tokyo: Narita International Airport and Haneda International Airport and 14 kilometres from Haneda International Airport, Osaka: 38 kilometres | TIME ZONE: GMT +9 hours | CURRENCY: Japanese Yen (JPY). Although major credit cards are accepted in cities, cash is king in Japan | LANGUAGES: Japanese is the official language but English is spoken in most hotels |