Here’s five reasons why Japan is a country of contrasts

Whether it’s the noise and crowds or the sea of neon lights and tightly packed skyscrapers, Japanese cities promise an intense experience for your senses.

They’re densely populated hives of life and activity like nowhere else on earth – but these vast, sprawling urbanisations have far more to offer than meets the eye at first glance.

It might be hard to imagine, but the chances are you won’t have far to go for some peace and serenity. Take Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine: a short walk away from the kitsch and happening district of Harajuku, Meiji Shrine is situated across from the sprawling Yoyogi Park, and is home to as many as 100,000 trees.

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