Over one million Americans travel to Japan each year to experience this land of exquisite beauty. In stunning full color, Fodor's Japan illustrates the country's eternal draws, from ancient temples and gardens and the deliberate pace of the tea ceremony, to the dizzying, frenetic pulse of its high-tech cities. NEW THIS EDITION: The 20th edition of Fodor's Japan is packed with even more Tokyo and Kyoto hotels and restaurants, reflecting the increasing popularity of these destinations. U.S. travel to Japan is increasing, and recent fluctuations in the yen have made it more of an affordable destination than ever. This new edition boasts expanded Japanese characters and transliterations across our listings for hotels, restaurants, sights and more, making the guide indispensible for solo exploring. ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: This edition features brand-new Top Reasons to Go, illustrated with enticing photos, as well as a snapshot feature on Japan today, featuring all the things that are making the Japanese tick in 2014. Top Attractions and Top Experiences help travelers pinpoint the best of Japan and inspire their plans. Magazine-style features cover topics such as the intricacies of Japanese cuisine, traditional Japanese crafts and Mount Fuji. ESSENTIAL TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Fodor's Japan features a beautifully illustrated 37-page Japanese Cultural Primer, with the lowdown on everything from etiquette to the tea ceremony to the Japanese obsession with baseball. Money-saving tips help travelers get the most from their yen. Eight pages of itineraries map out diverse and exciting ways for visitors to experience this hugely diverse country, while each individual chapter has its own planner section with all you need to know about regional transportation and accommodation. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Japan offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.