Japan, the country of the Rising Sun, is the place where the past meets the future. Contrasts are striking: Tokyo is lit by giant companies and high-tech game is loading, while the cherry trees blossom in Maruyama Park in Kyoto symbolizes peace and beauty for over 1,000 years. Under the modern face of Japan's ancient heart is a realm of art and skilful Geisha sumo wrestlers, who celebrates the same festivals for centuries, and preparation of food has the status of art. Japan is land of natural beauty, the winter festivals and lavender farms of the northern island of Hokkaido south to sunny beaches. Whether you climb Mount Fuji or relax in a volcanic spa, Japan is an unforgettable destination. With a rate of 0.44 homicides per 100 000 inhabitants, Japan attracts lots of tourists lately, partly because of its safety.