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JapanJapan is a spectacular country with gracious people and incredible traditions, where cherry blossoms fall at your feet. It’s certainly more expensive than the rest of Asia, but it’s still possible to travel there on a tight budget.

The best time to visit Japan is spring, when cherry blossom fever holds the country in its grip. There are even special forecasts on TV, and enthusiasts move en masse from one side of the country to the other, following the predicted bloomings. Fall is great for the autumnal colors and local festivals. And winter offers excellent skiing and it's a great time to see the little snow monkeys in their hot baths.

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Population: 127,253,075 (July 2013 est.)

Capital City: Tokyo

Climate: Varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north

Time Difference: UTC+9 (14 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Source: CIA World Fact Book

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