This signified the end of the Showa era and the beginning of the Heisei era.
In 1998, Japan hosted the Winter Olympics and fast became known as one of the hottest new places to enjoy snow sports.
Depending on which trip you're on while in Japan, you may find yourself travelling by: Travelling at speeds of up to 300 km/ph, Japan's Shinkansen (bullet trains) are known for their punctuality, safety and comfort - an awesomely efficient way to get around Japan.
Japan: Land of the Rising Sun Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different.
Since it's springtime, the weather is usually fine and beautiful cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
September, October and November are also great months to visit Japan on holidays, as the days are warm, but not too humid, and the autumn colours make the gardens and countryside look amazing.
These small inns are filled with character and ensure a memorable stay.