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Journey to Japan

Japan, a cultural hub, where ancient traditions meets futuristic

Welcome to fast paced action, soaring skyscrapers covered in flashing neon lights, virtual reality gaming and Godzilla looming over you. You may feel like you are walking through the set of a Sci-fi movie.  You will also find peacefulness here, wandering around pristine Japanese gardens, climbing up wooden moated castles or relaxing in a wooden tea house. 

Japan is home to two main religions, Buddhism and Shinto.  Turn a corner in a busy city and come across a beautiful wooden Shinto temple with a brightly painted torri gate in front of it.  Shinto has many different symbols to observe, for instance paper in the shape of lightning bolts, is used to symbolize purification.  Head to Nara to witness the largest collection of Buddhist statues in Japan.

  • Shinto Shrines
  • Japanese Gardens
  • Iconic Mount Fuji
  • Wooden moated castles

The symbol of Japan, Mount Fuji, is a sight to behold.  This iconic mountain is the tallest in the country, and also an active volcano.  Travel to one of Tokyo’s five lakes for views towards the mountain.

Taste different foods, sit at a Sushi Bar in a Tokyo market or enjoy tempura at an exclusive Kyoto restaurant.  Japan is all about different food trends, bubble tea to waffles, you will witness queues of people trying to get into the current trending place to eat. They are also amazing at emulating food from other countries from pizza to tacos! You will always find something delicious to eat here.

Start your Japan holiday today.  Escorted tour, self guided adventure...we can select a Japan itinerary to suit you. 

Travel at High Speed

Travelling by high speed Shinkansen (bullet train) is a must do experience, you are connected to all the major cities and will be whizzing through the Japanese countryside, at speeds of up to 320 km/h.  The level of service in Japan is out of this world, with extremely punctual trains that depart on time, to the second.

Japan is made up of islands.  For a first time visit we recommend keeping to the main island of Honshu. (Tokyo, Kyoto etc).  For a return visit to Japan there are lots of other islands to explore! Shikohu: beautiful & rural, Kyushu: Ancient forests & active volcanoes, Okinawa: sub tropical beaches & scuba diving, Hokkaido: off the beaten track, great skiing.

Summer: June to Sept is humid.

  • Order a Japanese Rail (JR Pass) several weeks before you travel to Japan. We can help organise this for you.
  • Order a Mobile Data Sim to pick up from Tokyo airport.  This will enable to access google maps to help find your way around.
  • Use the hyperdia website to plan your train and public transport journeys.
  • You don't tip in Japan.
  • Tap water is fine to drink.
  • Hotels provide lots of toiletries, sometimes dressing gowns and slippers (for the Onsen).
  • A power bank to keep your phone charged.
  • Warmer clothes if visiting the Japanese Alps/ more mountainous towns-In November I was covered in snow.
14 Night Independent Best Of Japan Tour
14 nights, 15 days
FROM
from £2910pp. Flights extra.
Various 2022/23 departures.
Various UK airports

Experience the ancient & the modern on this self-guided tour to Japan...don't worry, you will be provided with all the essential information to make your holiday run smoothly!  Experience the thrill of travelling by bullet train!

You will be staying in a mixture of Western style hotels & traditional Japanese inns.  

Day 1 to 3: Tokyo (A guide included for one day).

Day 4-5 Kanazawa (incredible Japanese gardens).

Day 6: Shirakawa-go (stay in a traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouse!)

Day 7-8: Takayama (walking tour included).

Day 9: Matsumoto

Day 10: Tsumago (opportunity to go on a wonderful 8km walk)

Day 11-13: Kyoto (two tours included).

Day 14-15: Tokyo

Escorted Tour To Japan
13 nights, 14 days
FROM
from £4899pp
Various May to November 2022
London Heathrow

Be collected from your home and driven to the airport.

12 breakfasts included.

Tour manager & local guide.

Travel by coach-plus experience a bullet train!

Day 1: In flight

Day 2-3: Tokyo (guided tour on day 2).

Day 4: Morning: Mt Fuji visitor centre

            Afternoon: Matsumoto

Day 5: Morning: Matsumoto Castle Tour

            Afternoon: Takayama

Day 6: Takayama (walking tour)

Day 7: Morning: Shirawkawago

           Afternoon: Kanazawa (stunning Japanese gardens)

Day 8: Morning: Kanazawa.

            Catch a bullet train to Hiroshima.

Day 9: Hiroshima

Day 10: Bullet train to Osaka station.

              Nara

              Afternoon: Kyoto

Day 11-12: Kyoto

Day 13: Hakone (for views of Mt Fuji)

              Evening: Tokyo

Day 14: Tokyo-UK

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