TWO things are always said about Japan and they’re not true.
You can’t get girls’ used knickers from public vending machines (though you can get just about anything else) and it’s not too expensive to visit.
The world’s most hi-tech land is easy to get to and affordable, so go now and prepare to be wowed.
The home of Sony is a gadget lover’s dream, the trains travel at more than 300kph, public toilets have heated seats and there are cafés with robot waitresses.
You’ll see technology gizmos we won’t get for years – in the hands of schoolkids.
And new arrivals in Tokyo get neck-ache from constantly looking up at neon and skyscrapers.
But it’s not all sci-fi stuff. Visit the ancient city of Kyoto and you’ll see geisha girls in kimonos, left, and some of the most beautiful temples in Asia.
And then there are the comics, the hot springs, weird crazes,fantastic sushi – and the only people on the planet believed to be more polite than the British.Go there:The InsideJapan 14-night tours cost from around £1,400 land-only or £1,990 with flights.For details call 0870 120 5600 or log on to www.insidejapantours.com