Japan is said to be the most modernized of all the Asian countries and is a fascinating blend of East-meets-West. In Tokyo or Osaka, you will find bright lights, skyscrapers and businessmen and women fighting their way to the top. Don't be surprised to discover such Western restaurants as Tony Roma's, McDonald's or Kentucky Fried Chicken as well as traditional-style Japanese restaurants or Sushi bars. Shrines and temples or gorgeous traditional gardens are interspersed amongst these modern additions.
If you would like to experience the tranquillity of the "gentle" Japanese with traditional lifestyles, travel into the less heavily populated regions of Japan, perhaps Matsumoto or Kamakura. Though many people in Japan's cities may appear modernized, the people in these rural areas keep their traditional values. There you will enjoy magical scenery, majestic temples with beautiful surroundings and wondrous castles that were once occupied by ancient Emperors.
From the spectacular sight of Mount Fuji to a sparkling view of the city lights from a high-rise building in Tokyo; Japan, with its beauty, culture and people will delight and intrigue you.