In spite of this year's natural disaster, Japan was voted Favourite Long-haul Country in the Travel Awards 2011, and as the Guardian's Tokyo correspondent reports, there are many good reasons to go again soon.
This article titled “Returning Japanese” was written by Justin McCurry, for The Guardian on Friday 7th October 2011 21.45 UTC
It's a little over six months since an earthquake and tsunami destroyed much of Japan's north-east coast; rebuilding has yet to begin and the nuclear crisis is far from resolved. Yet, after taking a huge hit, tourism in Japan is starting to bounce back. This may strike some as premature, unseemly even, but readers of the Guardian and the Observer apparently think not: they named Japan their favourite long-haul country and Tokyo their favourite overseas city in our travel awards this year.