WHY TRAVEL JAPAN WITH US?
An engaging combination of futuristic cities and ancient culture.
This country will have you hopping from flashing neon lights to majestic mountain ranges within hours and will introduce you to an abundance of culture and flavour. Whether you are partial to fine dining, luxury shopping, cultural experiences or scenic landscapes, you’ll find the best of it in Japan. Discover awkwardly inflating pufferfish and the famous tuna auction at Tsukiji Fish market. Sip hot cocoa while indulging in dreamy views of Mt Fuji, delve into the delicate art of sushi at a traditional sushi bar. Meet the fun robots, rainbow – haired patrons in Harajuku, relax and unwind in the serenity of a natural onsen or ski on the most powdery slopes you can imagine.
KEY THINGS TO KNOW
BEST TIME TO GO
MAR – MAY /
SEPT – NOV
These are simply suggestions for the kind of holiday you might have. Yours will be tailored, altered, and refined until it matches you completely.
OUR TOP 3
If we were asked to choose our top three places in Japan, we’d go for these.
The cultural yin to Tokyo’s yang,
In the central part of Japan, Kyoto is the country’s cultural heart and remains awash with remnants of its past glory. Formerly the Imperial capital for over 1000 years, its stunning collection of UNESCO World Heritage sites alone are enough to make it stand out. Kyoto also boasts a still-working geisha district, some of Japan’s most exquisite cuisine and a whole lot of Zen. Not that it is all temples and tradition: the city also hosts its share of hip cafés and modern art. Think of it as the cultural yin to Tokyo’s yang, but with a little dash of modernity too.
Tradition and nature meets.
You cannot visit Japan without having a traditional onsen experience and there is no better place than Hakone, renowned for its therapeutic natural onsens. Easily accessible from Tokyo, it is the gateway to the Fuji-Hakone-zu National Park, remaining firmly at the top of most visitors ‘must-see’ list. A melting pot of UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the beauty of the solitary, often snow-capped, stratovolcano Mount Fiji. Historically the mountainous area was a resting place for travel between Kyoto and Tokyo and is now home to a cluster of traditional hot springs resorts.
The most exciting metropolises in Asia.
From vertigo-inducing skyscrapers, busy crossings, and high-speed trains, to Shinto shrines, quiet lanes and cherry-tree parks, Tokyo is one of the world’s most densely populated cities, but the sprawling metropolis is anything but predictable. The city’s history can be appreciated in districts like Asakusa (the centre of Tokyo’s ‘low city’) and its many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Add to the mix a constellation of top restaurants, a veritable shopper’s paradise and a nightlife scene that puts New York and London to shame and Tokyo’s status as a city of surprises and contrasts is confirmed.
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