For most countries, the line between pre-modern and modern history is difficult to draw. Not so for Japan; the country was virtually isolated from the outer world until the Black Ships Incident in 1853, which opened the country for commerce. With extensive social reforms, leading up to the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Japan became the first non-Western nation to industrialize.
- Nara. This city is over 1,300 years old and was capital of Japan before Kyoto.
- Kyoto. The old capital and imperial residence.
- Yokohama. Japan's gateway to the outer world.
- Kamakura. A former capital city, full of Buddhist temples.
- Nagasaki. One of few foreign ports from the 17th to the latter half of the 19th century.
- Hokkaido. The northernmost of the four Home Islands of Japan, home of the Ainu people.
- Himeji. Japan's most famous castle.
- Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots
- Japan's Top 3
- Japanese cuisine
- World Heritage Tour in Nara
- Chinese Empire
- Pre-modern Korea