Japan has long captivated the imaginations of travellers around the globe, seeming to both baffle and beguile all who venture there.

Between language barriers and Japan's rather deceiving size (roughly stretching the length of Miami to Montreal) it's all too easy to miss out on the country's best spots during the trip-planning process. From countryside almost mystic in its tranquility to the addictive buzz of urban life, there's a lot to pack into a single itinerary.

Let this video serve as a starting point – a one-minute guide on which to base your Japanese odyssey. Whether you decide on the seaside or the mountains, big city backstreets or rustic villages, one thing's for sure: you're bound to discover a culture like no other.

 
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