But what about tropical islands, pristine reefs, secluded beaches and jungles?
Head a thousand miles south of Tokyo and you stumble upon a less talked-about Japanese destination: the Yaeyama Islands.
China's official Xinhua news agency said the agreement was "an encouraging icebreaker that has been painfully overdue".
"It has brought the relationship between the world's second and third largest economies back to temperatures above the freezing point.
This was the main reason we found out about the Yaeyama islands in the first place.
China's foreign ministry said it had reached an agreement with Japan to increase high-level contacts and that the two sides had agreed to "gradually resume political, diplomatic and security dialogues".
But while the promise of complimentary shelter is tempting, another small town in the Japanese countryside is trying to attract new residents by offering another popular survival requirement: food.
So if you’re craving some tasty Japanese beef, you might want to pack your bags and move to this tiny island community in Kyushu that’s welcoming newcomers by giving them their very own cow, and also paying for singles’ dates.
Your spirit animal is the bear because you share its insatiable hunger for salmon.
Hokkaido is the northernmost of the four main islands of Japan, and though it’s the least industrialized, it is rich in culture and its location on the Pacific Ocean makes Hokkaido an ideal place to catch, purchase, and eat fresh and delicious seafood.