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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, our specialists have spent time living, and often working, in the country and can help you navigate the cultural idiosyncrasies. With their expert guidance and help in planning your tailor-made itinerary, experiencing 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 can advise on everything from the best local festivals to attend, to which local delicacies to try during your holiday to Japan.

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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.

My travels in Japan 2016

Specialist Eleanor discovers the modern and traditional aspects of the country on her recent trip to Japan. She has captured poignant moments of her journey on video.

Geisha of Japan
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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.

Cherry Blossom at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo
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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.

Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa
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Gardens of Japan

From Kenrokuen’s venerated views to gardens hidden deep in the countryside, specialist Amanda recommends her preferred gardens to visit in Japan. She also explains what makes Japan’s gardens so interesting and why gardening is an important national art form.

Shinkansen
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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.

Backyard Garden, Tsumago, Japan
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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.

Driving in Hokkaido
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Driving in Japan: Hokkaido Island

Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, is a volcanic, alpine-forested wilderness with bubbling hot springs and vivid-blue caldera lakes. Japan specialist Toby explains how you can make the most of your visit by self-driving across the island.

Snow monkeys of Yudanaka
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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
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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
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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.

Sushi rolls
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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.

Layla enjoying the cultural experience of Kyoto, Japan
Start planning your trip

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