People sit at a traditional Japanese "Izakaya" pub.
People sit at a traditional Japanese "Izakaya" pub.
Skyscrapers in Tokyo's Shinjuku district frame Mt. Fuji at dusk.
Skyscrapers in Tokyo's Shinjuku district frame Mt. Fuji at dusk.
Mount Fuji soars behind thatched houses in Oshinohakkai.
Mount Fuji soars behind thatched houses in Oshinohakkai.
Komomo, a geiko (geisha), performs during an annual spring dance performance at the Kaburenjo theatre in the Miyagawa district of Kyoto.
Komomo, a geiko (geisha), performs during an annual spring dance performance at the Kaburenjo theatre in the Miyagawa district of Kyoto.
Japan may be expensive to visit but it gives generously of enriching experience for free to all who visit its tiny island shores.
Japan may be expensive to visit but it gives generously of enriching experience for free to all who visit its tiny island shores.
Japan's Mount Fuji, covered with snow and surrounded by cloud, is seen from an airplane.
Japan's Mount Fuji, covered with snow and surrounded by cloud, is seen from an airplane.

Japan is looking to diversify an economy that is best known as an industrial powerhouse but for decades has been badly drained by an ageing population and declining birth rate.