From the perspective of most countries, Japan is far more than the other side of the world; it is another world completely. Offering layers of tradition and modernity that in most other cultures simply would not be allowed to co-exist, Japan is a delightful and paradoxical mystery that is best enjoyed firsthand. While this unique ability to blend seemingly opposing ideals is a lure and mystique that makes Japan such a fascinating place to visit, a trip to Japan need not be such a challenge. With the right frame of mind and a little bit of practical knowledge, Japan promises an unforgettable experience. Perhaps nowhere else will you discover such a balance of tradition and meticulous hospitality with breathtaking vistas and a technology-driven sub-culture that leaves one looking forward to the next trip back.