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 ...
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.
Steeped in centuries of culinary tradition, Japan is nothing less than a treasure trove of... ...
“Japan Discovered was an outstanding 13 days from Tokyo to Nagasaki. I was disappointed to find out there was a second tour Japan Adventure which included two days in Nagasaki and return to Tokyo with the group. I would have done that one if I had known.”
“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.”
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 tour Tokyo’s 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.