A dazzling metropolis that has a stoically traditional vein through under its ultra-modern facade, a trip to Tokyo is a juxtaposition in itself. Straight out of a sci-fi film, modern Tokyo pushes the boundaries of what’s believable, even in this day and age – and yet the Imperial past is always close by. ... Read More
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.
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..
“This tour is very comprehensive. We felt we had a true Japanese experience. It was great to stay in the true ryokan and have an onsen available for our use. We were very happy that we were able to meet with the maikos and learn about them. Riding the bullet train, attending a kimono show and being immersed in the Japanese culture was a truly rewarding experience.x”
A dazzling metropolis that has a stoically traditional vein through under its ultra-modern facade, a trip to Tokyo is a juxtaposition in itself. Straight out of a sci-fi film, modern Tokyo pushes the boundaries of what’s believable, even in this day and age – and yet the Imperial past is always close by. The vast metropolitan area of Tokyo is made up of the new, the old, and the outlying and it can take a lot of time to truly know the city. But each and every visit to Tokyo, no matter how brief, is always an eye-opening experience.
Visit to Tokyo’s most popular temple Sensō-ji, home to Kannon the Buddhist goddess of mercy, at night when the crowds have dispersed and the temple is illuminated.
The Shibuya Crossing is thought to be the busiest in the world and has been made famous by many a film.
Experience the pulsing heartbeat of Tokyo at this incessant intersection.
Anime fans should take a Tokyo tour to Ghibli Museum, dedicated to the work of Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli.
Tokyo National Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Japanese art, from samurai swords to silk kimonos.
Shimo-Kitazawa is a pedestrianized maze of lively bars and restaurants that attracts the artists, musicians and hipsters of Tokyo.
Takeshita-dōri is the Camden Market of Tokyo and is a must-visit for fashion lovers.
Make use of Tokyo’s world-class transportation. Get a rechargeable travel card and hop on the bus, underground and over ground systems.
Few places in Tokyo offer free Wi-Fi so make sure you have a way to connect. When driving or walking, keep to the left to avoid being a public nuisance!
Tipping is not a thing in Tokyo and will often be refused.
QR codes are big in Tokyo, and are also really useful, so have a QR code reader app handy.