Reasons to Visit
Modern and exciting cities make up much of the Japanese landscape, encapsulated by sleek bullet trains, flashing neon lights and dizzying skyscrapers. Scratch the surface to find hidden temples, preserved samurai quarters and local markets.
From delicate sashimi to prime grade steaks washed down with a local beer or a cup of hot sake, every mouthful you try in Japan will certainly be memorable and more often than not, delicious.
A stay in a Japanese ryokan inn is an unbeatable opportunity to experience true Japanese hospitality, including kaiseki cuisine, hot onsen baths and sleeping on a tatami mat.
Although the image of Japan is that of skyscrapers and flashing neon, most of the country is rural, rugged and mountainous, providing excellent walking and hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Kyoto alone has over 1600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines paying homage to a number of different deities and gods. Enter the through the large torii gate and contemplate.
From tea ceremonies and flower arrangements to lavish Geisha attended kaiseki banquets, Japanese culture is the most refined and elaborate in the world.
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A truly iconic image of Japan is Miyajima Island’s Torii gate.
A stay in a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn, is a highlight of any trip to Japan, with wonderful hospitality, food and bathing.
The cherry blossom season in Japan is one of the most popular and iconic times of the year to visit this spectacular country, and for good reason. But there are also many benefits to travelling outside of this period, from the changing leaves in autumn to the snow festivals in winter.
Travelling to Japan on a budget is often perceived to be difficult. But by taking advantage of a Japan rail pass, choosing your accommodation wisely and knowing the best value places to eat, a cheap holiday to Japan is more achievable than ever.
Food will undoubtedly be a highlight of any holiday to Japan. With Michelin star restaurants, unbeatably fresh and locally sourced ingredients and an emphasis on seasonality of food, the country is now widely considered the new food capital of the world.
Mount Fuji, or Fuji-san, as it is more commonly known in Japan, is, along with Geisha, sushi and the bullet train, one of the most iconic images of the country. As well as a selection of itinerary suggestions, this travel guide provides information on climbing and where to view one of Japan's most famous landmarks.
From the stunning landscapes of Hokkaido in the temperate north to the sub-tropical islands of Okinawa in the south, the calm of Japan’s Zen temples, the majesty of its ancient castles, the peaceful beauty of Mount Fuji and the neon-lit urban futurescapes of Tokyo make this one of our favourite and most rewarding destinations.
9 Days from £2,300pp
Explore the main highlights of Japan including Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. This itinerary offers exceptional value for money.
11 Days from £2,495pp
Visit Tokyo and Kyoto - the must sees of any trip to Japan, along with the quiet Kiso Valley. Travel by bullet train throughout, with independent sightseeing and some private excursions.
14 Days from £2,775pp
Take in the main sights of Japan including Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone, Tsumago and Hiroshima and travelling independently by Japan's efficient public transportation network.
Our escorted small group tours are different from our tailor-made holidays in that travel is always in small groups with the services of an experienced guide throughout the trip.
11 1/2 hours (Tokyo)
British Airways & Virgin Atlantic
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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
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