From glimmering skyscrapers and flashing neon lights, to geisha scuttling down back alleyways and quaint traditional tea shops, Japan is a charming confluence of new and old, and possesses a distinct character that separates it from the rest of Asia. Whether bedding down for the night in a traditional inn, sitting on a woven mat eating raw fish or soaking nude in a hot spring surrounded by strangers, Japan offers travellers a unique cultural experience unlike any other.
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 teahouses nestle among modern businesses and Geisha can be found in the historic Gion district.
A high speed rail journey out of the city reveals another side of Japan, one that is often missed by those passing briefly through this fascinating country. Beyond the city lights spectacular scenery and otherworldly landscapes abound, be it the spectacular Japanese Alps, colourful coral reefs of Okinawa or the forested mountains of Kyoto.
With a bounty of regional specialities and world-class restaurants, food lovers will discover culinary paradise in Japan’s extraordinary cuisine. Whether you want to sample sushi – the country’s most famous dish, opt for a tasty bowl of udon soup paired with deep fried tempura or try raw horse – a local delicacy in Matsumoto, washed down with a healthy serving of sake, the choices are endless.
For something extra special, why not check out one of our small group Festival Tours, timed perfectly to coincide with the festivities of cherry blossom season in spring, the changing of the leaves and the Takayama Festival in autumn, and the snow-covered wilderness of Japan’s northern island come winter at the Sapporo Snow Festival.
Join us in Japan on one of our four private tours, or allow us to create a tailor-made itinerary just for you. Given its excellent transport system, getting around couldn’t be easier making it possible to combine a wealth of cultural sights and experiences. Whatever your interest – whether you’d like to shop until you drop in Tokyo, experience the nightlife in Osaka, meet geishas in Kyoto or soak in a hot spring in Kinosaki Onsen, the choice is yours!