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.
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.
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 £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.