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These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Japan, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well.

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  • Japanese red crown crane courtship dance, Japan

    Wildlife & hot springs of Hokkaido

    Japan
    • Hiking in the Daisetsuzan National Park.

    • Skiing in Furano or Niseko on world-class powder.

    • Seeing the Snow Festival in Sapporo in February.

    • Watching the Red-Crested Crane mating rituals in Kushiro.

    • Keeping an eye out for bears in Shiretoko.

    15 days from £5,495pp

  • Shrine, Nikko

    Tohoku discovered

    Japan
    • Hot spring bathing in rural inns.

    • Climbing the beautiful peaks of Dewa Sanzan.

    • Driving through spectacular mountainous scenery.

    • Watching a local summer festival.

    • Looking out over Matsushima Bay for sunrise.

    16 days from £6,360pp

  • Takachiho Gorge, Kyushu

    Best of Kyushu Japan self-drive tour

    Japan
    • Explore the beautiful volcanic mountains and dramatic Mount Aso caldera of Aso-Kuju National Park.

    • Take a boat ride down the striking Takachiho Gorge, amid tumbling waterfalls and picturesque mountain cherry trees.

    • Visit the hot springs of Kurokawa to stay in a traditional inn.

    • Spend time in the Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park of Nagasaki.

    • Explore the picturesque gardens and samurai residences of Chiran.

    18 days from £7,330pp

  • Traditional Geisha

    Grand tour of Japan

    Japan
    • Walk the Nakasendo Highway between Tsumago and Magome.

    • Visit Kanazawa's beautiful Kenroku-en garden.

    • Stay in a traditional Buddhist temple lodging.

    • Spot geisha in Kyoto with an expert guide.

    • Spend several days in cosmopolitan Tokyo.

    22 days from £8,620pp

  • Temple roofs & autumn leaves, Nikko

    Luxury Japan tour

    Japan
    • Watch a live sumo training match.

    • Hot spring bathing in Hakone.

    • Walking the Nakasendo Highway, Tsumago.

    • Helicopter ride over Tokyo.

    • Enjoy a geisha walk in Gion and a cookery course in Kyoto.

    16 days from £14,435pp

  • Romon Gate, Fushimi Inari, Kyoto

    Deluxe grand tour of Japan

    Japan
    • Experience traditional Japanese hospitality with several ryokan stays.

    • Immerse yourself in the vibrant modernity of Tokyo.

    • Gain insight into Japanese culture with the Women's Association of Kyoto.

    • Take a walk through the geisha district of Kyoto with our top guide.

    • Relax in a hot spring spa in the Japanese Alps.

    23 days from £20,280pp

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Driving in Hokkaido

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.

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Tokyo Bay, Japan

Value Japan: how to make your money go further

Japan specialist Rory explains how, by visiting his recommended places to eat and stay, and choosing the time you travel wisely, a good-value trip to Japan is more achievable than ever.

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Mixed sushi

What to eat in Japan: sushi and beyond

You might know your sushi, but it’s just the tip of a cuisine that’s garnered UNESCO heritage status. Our Japan specialists delve into some of the culinary experiences Japan has to offer, from kaiseki multi-course dinners to convenience-store specialties.

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Spa, Gora Kadan

Stay in a ryokan

A stay in a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn, is often the highlight of a trip to Japan. From the warm hospitality and exquisite food to bathing in the steaming waters of an onsen, Japan specialist Tesia talks you through the experience.

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Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa

Three days of Japanese arts and culture in Kanazawa

Ever since the Edo-era ruling clan invited artisans from across Japan to work in Kanazawa, the city has quietly become one of Japan’s pre-eminent cities of culture. Japan specialist Rebecca suggests a three-day itinerary to see the best of the city.

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Shinkansen

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.

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Geisha of 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.

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Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa

Gardens of Japan

From Kenroku-en’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.

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Narai Post Town

On foot in Japan: walking trails for all abilities

Exploring Japan on foot gives you access to hallowed pilgrimage trails, panoramic mountain passes and some of the oldest trees in the world. Our Japan specialists share their pick of the best, from gentle strolls to multi-day hikes.

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Snow monkeys of Yudanaka

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.

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