Japan: Tradition. Innovation.

Both the Edo period and contemporary Japan experienced extended periods of peace inside the country, which made it increasingly possible for Japanese citizens to travel throughout the land.

In addition, political stability allowed people to focus on their quality of life. Travel became popular, and many objects were designed or adapted for convenience.

There were many reasons for the rise in travel during the Edo period.

The shoguns, or commanders-in-chief, unified Japan politically and geographically, allowing everyday citizens to travel in relative safety. As a way of maintaining control, however the shoguns restricted travel outside Japan. Japanese citizens of all classes explored their own country.

Travel is part of everyday life in contemporary Japan.

Most people live in large urban areas and face long daily commutes. They often vacation in other parts of the country. As a result, today's travellers are accustomed to highly efficient transportation systems and well-designed travel items.