As one of the top fashion and entertainment destinations on the planet, Japan is full of modern delights - but it is equally rooted in deep history. The city of Tokyo offers everything from photography and art tours to beer and drinks tasting, while Kyoto has many cultural, religious and historic sites like temples. Head to Osaka if nightlife and shopping is high on your list.
Japan is full of the contrasts of ultra modern (robot restaurant anyone?) and ancient tradition (just step into any of Kyoto’s stunning temples).
With a leader to show you around, a new group of friends to explore with and plenty of free time to do exactly what interests you most about the country, you will definitely be able to make the most of each day on this trip..
The little town of Nikko is one of our favourite destinations, packed with World Heritage listed temples, picture perfect hiking trails, and one of the best places to experience an onsen – hot springs bath..
Japan is a year round destination with something in store for every season: cherry blossoms in spring, stunning leaves in autumn and snow and ice in winter..
This trip is a great balance of included activities in each destination and plenty of free time for other optional fun, all backed by a helpful leader to steer you in the right direction of the best experiences..
The town of Hakone is one of our favourite destinations.
“The most memorable part of our trip was walking in the countryside - seeing parts of Japan that I would never have discovered on my own and being guided by a reliable expert.Asuka, Dorogawa and the Mitarai Gorge were particularly memorable. Also - wonderful exotic food, charming ryokans and soothing onsens. (And the company of like-minded fellow travellers). We stayed at family-run ryokans and experienced genuine locally sourced food, which was fresh, delicious and exquisitely prepared. This was an excellent trip. The tour guide, Alena, was an expert on Japan and made our trip very enjoyable and stress-free.”
“The trip seems expensive, but is actually quite good value as so much is included - travel, entry to museums etc.
We loved the way the route was based on the James Clavell book, Shogun. One of the scrolls in the Hirado museum tracked it exactly. And it was perfect ending with a view of the tombstone of William Adams, the Navigator the story is based on.”
A Japan tour is all about becoming a part of its rich culture and interacting with the locals and a trip to Japan always presents an alluring mix of impressive historical delights, great cultural legacy and mind-blowing futuristic architecture.
Japan Tour Highlights
Shop in the Nakamise Street of Tokyo, get in touch with Japanese history at the Sensoji Temple and observe the cityscape from the Tokyo Sky Tree.
When you are in Kyoto, visit the Nanzenji Temple, one of the most significant Japanese Zen temples, relax in the Heian-jingu Shrine and garden and tour the impressive Nijo Castle.
Come to Osaka to enjoy the spectacular nightlife and delicious cuisine on Dotonbori Street. In addition, visit the Osaka Castle, one of the most recognizable landmarks in Japan, and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere in its park.
Visit Nara, the city where deer roam freely in the park. Also, go to the Todai-ji Temple, which houses a giant Buddha statue.
Explore the Itsukushima shrine, one of Japanese most sacred places, on the Miyajima Island near Hiroshima.
Discover Kobe, a pleasant city set in a beautiful environment between mountains and Osaka Bay.
Japan Travel Tips
Deers in Nara tend to become aggressive when it comes to food, so be cautious.
Try souvenir snacks in Kyoto such as Yatsuhashi, Konpeito and Carre de Canelle.
Bow your head when you thank and greet the Japanese.
Always have cash in hand because Japan is a cash-based society. You may be surprised how many famous stores don’t accept cards.
Always carry hand sanitizers with you. Soap is not available everywhere.
Japan is a safe country for travelers, but practice caution as much as you would back home.