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A country of glorious contrasts, Japanese culture, heritage and traditions are unlike anywhere else in the world. It’s a destination that appeals to young and old alike, so whether you’re planning a tailor-made holiday to Japan with your family, are keen to take in the world-famous cherry blossom or are simply hoping to explore on a budget, our Japan country guides are an invaluable reference. From a stay in a traditional ryokan to sampling some of Japan’s tasty cuisine, experiences are plentiful.

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Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our Japan specialists on 01993 838 210

Ideas for how to explore Japan

Our travel guides share our specialists’ passion and knowledge for Japan. We travel here regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions. At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.

Chureito Shrine in Kawaguchi-ko
Japan

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is, along with geisha, sushi and the bullet train, one of the most iconic images of the country. We can offer advice on where to view Japan's most famous landmark, as well as how to incorporate some of these other sights into a tailor-made trip to Japan.

Snow monkeys of Yudanaka
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.


Cherry Blossom at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo
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.

Backyard Garden, Tsumago, Japan
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.

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.


Nakasendo Way, Tsumago
Japan

Walking holidays in Japan

If you're planning a walking holiday to Japan, there are many national parks, lakes and mountains to explore. Our specialists can recommend the best places to visit and where to stay.

Yoshikawa Ryokan, Kyoto
Japan

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa
Japan

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.