Tradition remains of paramount importance in Japan, but this is also the most high tech society in the world. Bullet trains hurtle across a landscape of cherry blossom and snow-capped mountains, geishas mingle with sharply dressed businessmen, and tranquil lotus ponds offer a moment for reflection in the shadow of neon-lit skyscrapers. Whatever you thought you knew about Japan is guaranteed to be turned on its head when you spend some time in this inimitably idiosyncratic country, and an escorted tour holiday is the perfect introduction.
Japanese cuisine is well known around the world, but even the most seasoned sushi aficionado may baulk at some of the things you’ll see on the menu. The best advice is to ignore your fears and dive right in, and that goes for all aspects of life in Japan. Sleep in a traditional ryokan, take a bath in a hot spring and immerse yourself in the rituals of a traditional tea ceremony. Shop till you drop in Tokyo’s buzzing Ginza and Akihabara districts, wander the atmospheric streets of Kyoto and take a moment to reflect on the sobering reality of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan is not just a country, it’s a full-on multi-sensory experience, unlike anywhere else on earth.
Explore Tokyo's neon-lit streets, discover Kyoto's tranquil temples and visit the site of the world's first atomic attack in Hiroshima.
From the bright lights of Tokyo to the tranquil temples of Kyoto, this fast-paced tour explores Japan's highlights.
Ride along quiet roads on the Noto Peninsula into the highlands around Shirakawa-go historic village to see gardens in Kanazawa, stay in ryokan.
Encounter Japan's fascinating blend of ancient and modern influence on a walking holiday that uncovers the country's history and explores its beautiful landscapes.
From bubbling hot springs and white-sand beaches to ornate temples and metropolitan chaos, Japan is a land of almost mythic beauty and diversity.
Travel from super-modern Tokyo to villages, castles and temples that remain unchanged from the times of the Shogun and Samurai
Is this trip for you? MODERN. SHORT-BUT-SWEET. CAPTIVATING.
You could spend another week stuck in traffic, slugging it out at work or cringing through another episode of Too Hot To Handle...OR you could spend 7 jam-packed days stuffing yourself on culinary delights in Osaka, exploring the ultra-modern Tokyo, getting high (in cable car) at Hakone and belting out karaoke in Kyoto. It's up to you.
Is this trip for you? QUIRKY. DELICIOUS. BUZZING. Too expensive...I don't have the time off...I hate sushi... That's it, we're done with excuses. In under two weeks this trip gives you the highlights and the hidden gems. The culture and the crazy. The ultra-modern and the historic. The scenery and the cities. And all the ramen, okonimiyaki, udon, katsu, yakatori and sake your fat pants can handle (you packed those, right?). This is your wake-up call - Japan is waiting.
Carefully designed for travellers who love their independence, this trip is a real adventure through the centre of Japan.
From the Buddhist monks of Kōyasan to the high rollers of Tokyo, see the many faces of Japan on this condensed tour beginning in Osaka. Savour the region’s culinary delicacies and the beautiful views at Mt Fuji. You'll stay in a traditional ryokan and really soak up local culture in onsen hot springs. A great combination of the traditional and the contemporary, this adventure provides a taste of the rich culture of Japan.
Japan is a feast for the senses, from its electrifying neon-lit neighbourhoods to tranquil hilltop temples. Experience an intriguing mix of modernity and tradition as we explore dazzling Tokyo, imperial Kyoto, and the mountain city of Nagano. Wander Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, practice sumo wrestling and samurai swordplay, and sample wasabi-infused culinary concoctions. In this fascinating land of anime, snow monkeys, and high-speed trains, there is something to delight every member of the family.
Now's the time to explore Japan on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Always wanted to explore Japan but kinda felt it was pricey? We got you. This 11-day introduction to the Land of the Rising Sun is super-affordable and super fun. Travel by train to introduce yourself to Tokyo nightlife, the famous geisha district of Kyoto, and the iconic floating torii gate of Miyajima. Experience the country's traditions and cutting-edge modernity with lots of free time to do your own thing. When you see Japan with a group of like-minded adventurers, you'll never want to come home.