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Japan is a charming confluence of new and old. From glimmering skyscrapers and flashing neon lights, to Geishas and quaint traditional tea shops, Japan's distinct character sets it apart from the rest of Asia. Whether bedding down for the night in a traditional inn, sitting on a woven mat eating sushi or soaking in a natural hot spring, Japan offers travellers a unique cultural experience unlike any other. With a bounty of regional specialities and world-class restaurants, food lovers will discover culinary paradise in Japan’s extraordinary cuisine too.Read More
Upcoming Japan Trips
|||02 Apr 2016||Cherry Blossom Festival - 14 days
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|||09 Apr 2016||Tokyo to Takayama - 14 days
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|||09 Apr 2016||Land of the Samurai - 12 days
Tokyo to Osaka
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|||09 Apr 2016||Best of Japan - 8 days
Tokyo to Kyoto
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|||06 Oct 2016||Takayama Festival - 11 Days
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Japan is simply stunning during the beautiful Cherry Blossom season and a perfect time to visit. On our special 14 day Cherry Blossom Festival tour we visit Kenroku-en Gardens in Kanazawa where the pink blooms line the streets and fill the park. We also visit Matsumoto Castle where some 300 cherry trees are planted around the moat and our accommodation in Tokyo is 10 minutes away from Shinjuku Gyoen where over a thousand cherry trees decorate the attractive grounds. It's one of the most popular times to visit Japanand services sell out quickly so don't miss out!
Japan Group Tours
Our Japan group tours start in Tokyo, the cutting edge capital with gleaming skyscrapers and bustling streets. A high speed rail journey out of the city reveals another side of Japan where spectacular landscapes abound, from iconic Mt Fuji to the pristine island of Miyajima. Other highlights include ancient Kyoto, the heart and soul of traditional Japan, and Hiroshima with its poignant Peace Park. All of our group tours are led by an experienced local tour guide who will be on hand to provide assistance along the way, organising your daily activities, providing a fascinating insight into the places you visit and giving you useful tips on where to eat, shop and visit during free time.read more
With a maximum group size of 16, our tours of Japan include arrival airport transfers and guided sightseeing. While in big cities we stay in modern 3 star hotels, we also sample some authentic Japanese hospitality at a traditional ryokan in Hakone - an essential experience in Japan. To get from A to B we use Japan's fast and efficient rail network with bullet trains travelling at speeds up to 320km per hour. Other forms of local transportation we use include buses, cable cars with spectacular mountain views, and a pirate-ship cruise on Lake Ashi.
Japan Festival Tours
Each season of the year provides a unique reason to visit Japan at its most beautiful and we have a selection of festival tours timed perfectly to coincide with cherry blossom season in spring when the country blooms pink, the Takayama Festival in autumn to celebrate the changing of the leaves, and the frozen fun of the Sapporo Snow Festival. read more
A Winter Wonderland in Sapporo: Located on Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island known for its volcanoes, hot springs and ski resorts, each year the city of Sapporo plays host to the crowd-pleasing Sapporo Snow Festival. Visitors come to see the impressive snow and ice sculptures that decorate Odori Park and enjoy the thrilling large-scale snow slides and snowrafting. Our 13 day tour covers all the entertainment of the festival as well as sightseeing in Japan's most popular cities from Tokyo to Kyoto.
Japan Private Tours
Join us in Japan on one of our four private tours for your independent adventure. Given Japan's excellent transport system, getting around is fairly hassle free and makes it easy to combine a wealth of cultural sights and experiences in one hit. Whether you’d like to shop in Tokyo, experience Osaka's vibrant nightlight, meet geishas in Kyoto or soak in a hot spring in Kinosaki Onsen - our private tours in Japan have you well-looked after.
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Highlights of our Japan Tours
In Tokyo, discover a capital city hurtling headlong into the future as the crux of the latest trends, hippest fashions and must-have gadgets. And in Osaka, the country’s second city, uncover trendy restaurants, cool bars and unrivalled nightlife amongst the city's skyscrapers. In the culturally rich city of Kyoto, sacred shrines can be found tucked in among shopping arcades, time-honoured tea houses nestle among modern businesses and the traditional Geisha can be found in the historic Gion district.
Recommended places to visit in Japan
From thoroughly modern cities to charming historic towns, Japan has a long list of highlights as well as plenty of unique experiences. For a first-time visitor there are some standout destinations that should definitely feature in a tour itinerary and here's our selection of favourites.
Quite possibly one of the most well known cities in Japan, Hiroshima is most famous for the sad events of the 6th August 1945. However 70 years on and the city has bounced back in a truly charming Japanese way. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial is one of the only physical reminders of the tragedy as it was the only structure left standing close to the bomb’s hypocentre.
One of the longest serving capitals of Japan, Kyoto is home to an impressive one quarter of Japan’s national treasures. This includes countless temples and shrines as well as 17 recognised UNESCO sites! However what, or rather who is the most iconic sight in Kyoto are the famous Geisha. These timeless female entertainers are experts in traditional dance, art and music.
Set in the centre of Honshu, Takayama enjoys a beautiful mountainous location. Despite its relatively small size, Takayama packs a punch when it comes to its wealth of museums, galleries and temples. Also home to one of Japan’s best loved festivals – the Takayama Festival which occurs in October every year and sees crowds flock to see the city turn into a beautiful autumnal paradise.
Japan's capital city Tokyo is a metropolis that needs little introduction. Famous for its huge skyscrapers, fantastic shopping and super efficient subway system, it’s a city that will leave you amazed. There is also a more traditional Japanese side to the city in the north-east where you can get lost amongst the temples of Asakusa including Tokyo’s oldest temple - Senso-ji.
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Facts about Japan
- Japanese trains are among the most punctual in the world: the average delay is just 18 seconds.
- Japan has more than 50,000 people who are over 100 years old, the majority of which are women.
- The biggest Japanese community outside of Japan is in Brazil with the first immigrants having arrived in 1908.
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