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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.

    14 days from $7,375pp

  • 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.

    15 days from $8,765pp

  • 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.

    17 days from $10,330pp

  • Traditional Geisha

    Grand tour of Japan

    Japan
    • Walk the Nakasendo Highway between Tsumago and Magome.

    • Visit Kanazawa's beautiful Kenrokuen Garden.

    • Stay in a traditional Buddhist temple lodging.

    • Spot geisha in Kyoto with an expert guide.

    • Spend several days in cosmopolitan Tokyo.

    21 days from $13,180pp

  • 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.

    15 days from $22,455pp

  • 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.

    21 days from $31,375pp

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Geisha spotted during cycling tour of Kyoto

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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.

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Nebuta Festival float, Aomori

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.

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Drive through Shiretoko

Driving in Japan: the logistics

In this how-to guide, our Japan specialist Toby explains what it’s like driving around Japan. We’ve asked him some practical questions about traffic, navigation and the quirks of Japanese motoring.

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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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Geisha of Japan

What to do in Japan: our highlights guide

Having lived and traveled 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 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.

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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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Hakone Ginyu Spa Resort

Luxury vacations in 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.

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