Since the devastating Japan earthquake last March UK visitors to the country have dropped by around 50 per cent.
However most of Japan is open for tourists including the popular holiday destinations of Hokkaido, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Mt. Fuji, Nagasaki and Okinawa, and ready for tourists to return.
The FCO has said it is safe to travel to Tokyo and beyond in Japan since 5 April, so here are a few reasons why travellers should return to Japan.
The big drop in visitors following the earthquake has led to many hotels dropping their rates. Rooms in Tokyo can be booked for as little as £47 per night.
Geisha beers gardens are open from July until early September and visitors to Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto can sit back and relax in the company of geisha.
Japan may be famous for its high-tech and bustling modern cities, it is also home to some of the world’s bests hiking and stunning areas of natural beauty.
While train travel in the UK is often a chore, in Japan it is a different matter and 2011 is an exciting year for train enthusiasts. The final section of track linking Japan’s bullet train network from the southern tip of Kagoshima to Aomori in the north opened in March.
For more information on Japan visit the Japan National Tourism Organisation.