A trip to Japan always presents an alluring mix of impressive historical delights, great cultural legacy and mind-blowing futuristic architecture. Considered to be one of the top fashion and entertainment destinations on the planet, Japan can heal the weariest of travelers and fascinate people from all walks of life ...
What better way to see Japan than by the country's famous railway system? It's clean, efficient and we include a 7-day Japan Rail Pass in the trip price so there's no need to worry about the logistics or costs of transport between cities.
Spend the night in a traditional Japanese ryokan, sleeping on an authentic tatami mat.
Surrounded by monks and tranquil scenery, an overnight temple stay in Koya-san is as peaceful and unique as it sounds.
“A packed and very varied two weeks from the majesty and beauty of old Kyoto, through to the traditional ryokans in the Japanese mountains and finally the hustle and bustle of downtown Tokyo. The travelling was a joy in clean, comfortable and punctual trains. The Japanese people were friendly and polite and always happy to help.
The shrines, temples and breathtaking scenery were memorable but so was enjoying traditional Japanese restaurants and being introduced to a vast selection of street food.”
“I booked this trip as I wanted to be in Japan for the Autumn colours and it didn't disappoint. Mix the colour with the shrines, temples and culture of this amazing country and it made a for a great trip.”
“Good trip to get a taste of Japan.We'll definitely be going back to explore more.Apart from a day of rain,we were very lucky with the weather which was warm and sunny. The trip involves a lot of journeys by trains and it's essential that all group members are punctual. Food was varied. Hotels etc of a good standard and comfortable. The trip covers busy cities and visits to small villages.”
“We were incredibly lucky to visit Japan at peak blossom time and it was absolutely stunning! This trip is a well-planned and well balanced introduction to Japan, ranging from ancient temples and shrines to the buzz of downtown Tokyo, and includes visits to small, rural towns as well as modern cities. Finishing in Tokyo means you are familiar with finding your way around on Japanese trains by the time you get there. The tour packs a lot in and, although it didn't feel rushed, there are some long days and be prepared for plenty of walking.”
“We'd never used a tour group before but decided to give it a go for this holiday as we wanted to make sure we fit plenty in. Straight away we knew that we had made a good decision. All of the hotels and Ryokans that we stayed in were excellent. We managed to go to a lot of places and learn a lot about the areas. Having all of the technical details taken care of meant that we could really enjoy our time in Japan.
There was a good mix of places to go and things to see and although there is a lot of walking the pace is quite slow so it's not to bad. The balance between group and free time is very well struck so you can definitely fit in the things that you want to do outside of the tour.”
A trip to Japan always presents an alluring mix of impressive historical delights, great cultural legacy and mind-blowing futuristic architecture. Considered to be one of the top fashion and entertainment destinations on the planet, Japan can heal the weariest of travelers and fascinate people from all walks of life through unique splendors like Zen rock gardens and geisha dances. Visiting Japan is all about becoming a part of its rich culture and interacting with the locals.
In Tokyo, shop on Nakamise Street, 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.
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 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.