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Japan holidays

Japan holidays

Experience the contrasts of Japan, from modern Tokyo to traditional ryokans, on your tailor-made tour

Japan’s distinct culture, futuristic cities and striking natural landscapes make it one of our most rewarding destinations. While the lifestyle may seem intimidatingly different, this chance to dive in to a culture far removed from your own is part of the country’s charm.

In one sleek bullet train journey, you can travel from the dense, neon-lit streets of Tokyo to the fresh, clean air of the Japanese Alps. Buddhist temples dot the country, and in rural areas you can stay in traditional ryokan inns for a taste of Japanese life from a bygone era. Our specialists have toured extensively throughout Japan and can help you plan a trip suited to your interests, while advising on everything from the best local festivals to attend to the more unusual specialities to try.

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Suggested itineraries for Japan

These itineraries will give you a starting point for what your trip to Japan could entail. They cover routes that we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favourite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Our expert guides to travelling in Japan

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to Japan. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate Japan at its best.

Video: My travels in Japan, 2016

Cherry blossoms at Honmonji Temple
Japan

Japan's cherry blossom and other seasons

Visit Japan for its cherry blossom in the spring, experience its coast and mountains in the summer, see its golden autumnal colours and enjoy its snow festivals in winter.

Yoshikawa Ryokan, Kyoto
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Stay in a ryokan

A stay in a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn, is a highlight of any trip to Japan, with wonderful hospitality, food and bathing.

Shinkansen
Japan

Japan’s bullet trains: an all-you-need-to-know guide

Japan has long been celebrated for its high-speed train innovations. Japan specialist Phil explains why, for him, Japan’s bullet trains are an ideal way to see the country. He shares his experiences riding the trains through Japan and how to incorporate them into your trip.

Lantern and floating tori gate, Miyajima
Japan

Honeymoons in Japan

Honeymoon couples looking for a cultural adventure will be spoiled for choice in Japan. Country specialist, Layla, discusses some of the highlights for those wishing to honeymoon here.

Torii Gate, Miyajima Island
Japan

Visiting Japan with your children

A futuristic and vibrant country, Japan is a destination that appeals to family members of all ages. Safe, clean and with a good infrastructure, there are plenty of ways to explore. Japan specialist, Jake, talks us through how to get the most of your family holiday in Japan.

Hakone Ginyu Spa Resort
Japan

Luxury holidays to Japan

Japan is a country where historic traditions and modern living blend seamlessly, and there are a number of ways to combine luxury and culture. One of our Japan specialists, Katherine, details some of the most appealing ways to indulge in this unique destination.

Nebuta Festival float, Aomori
Japan

Japan: a year in festivals & celebrations

Japan specialist Rachael had time to take part in many festivals and celebrations while living in the country. She explains why attending such an event in Japan is an ideal way to explore Japanese culture, and discusses a few of her most memorable celebrations.

Geisha of Japan
Japan

What to do in Japan: our highlights guide

Having lived and travelled across the country, our Japan Specialist Caitlin has compiled her highlights, from observing centuries-old rituals to the learning about the most modern technology.

Sushi rolls
Japan

Japanese cuisine

With Michelin-star restaurants and fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Japan is a new star on the world food scene. Trying Japan's varied cuisine will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your visit.

Tokyo Bay, Japan
Japan

Value Japan: how to make your money go further

Travel in Japan is often perceived as expensive. But Japan specialist Rachael explains how, by taking advantage of a Japan rail pass, choosing your accommodation wisely and visiting some of her recommended places to eat, a good-value trip to Japan is more achievable than ever.

Marie at Black Crow Castle, Matsumoto, Japan

Start planning your trip

Provide us with a few starting details about your travel plans, and one of our Japan specialists will be in touch to give you suggestions and ideas.

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