When you think of a holiday to Japan, you probably envisage a sea of spring trees laden with cherry blossom, snow capped mountains, symmetrical temples residing in immaculately landscaped gardens and cuisine that brings together the flavours of the orient with ancient preparation skills.
Imagine no longer, for the reality of booking a holiday package to Japan can be closer than you think. Japan is the land of the rising sun, of neon cities, rich heritage and exquisite food. Capital city Tokyo has earned its reputation for being a fast paced modern capital, and it shows no signs of abating. Cutting edge technology and a 24-hour culture bring this metropolis alive, with sleek bright lights and futuristic robotics not only evident in consumables but reflected in the fashion forward nature of the local Tokyoites.
From Tokyo the bullet trains can take your itchy holiday feet to historical Kyoto within hours. This ancient capital of Japan is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Golden Pavillion of Kinkaku-Ji Temple, the Zen gardens at Ryoan-Ji and the scarlet gates of Shimogamo. On the Pacific coast lies majestic Mount Fuji, dormant for over 300 years, and set above the calm waters of Fuji’s Five Lakes. An iconic landmark with a snow capped peak, the mountain is accessible for climbers keen to view the perfect cone between June and August.
Ensure your trip takes in the hot springs of Yudanaka Onsen on the east coast, where you’ll see Japanese Macaques - snow monkeys - enjoying daily frolics in the waters with their young. Paths wind through the rising springs and forest tracks of the park, and nearby Shibu Onsen offers an authentic insight into the hidden Japan. Stroll through the atmospheric 700 year-old streets, passing locals in traditional kimonos, and enjoy lunch amongst cobbled streets and wooden inns.
A country so unique, yet so easily accessible, Japan will leave a lasting impression that will make you want to return, if only for the flutter of blossom, and just one more sushi roll.
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OUR SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS OF JAPAN:
Mount Fuji, Japan's iconic symbol, graces the horizon with its majestic silhouette. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this sacred peak invites adventurers to conquer its heights, offering breathtaking views of cherry blossoms or snowy landscapes. A symbol of resilience and beauty, Mount Fuji stands as a testament to Japan's natural and cultural heritage.
Indulge in Japanese hospitality at a Ryokan, a traditional inn. Immerse in tatami rooms, futon beds, and onsen baths, savoring exquisite kaiseki meals. A cultural haven, Ryokans offer an authentic retreat, blending comfort and tradition for a unique Japanese experience.
Cherry blossoms, or "sakura," transform Japan into a floral paradise each spring. These ephemeral blooms paint the landscape with hues of pink and white, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. Embraced in hanami tradition, people gather for picnics beneath blooming trees, celebrating nature's fleeting beauty and the spirit of renewal. The enchanting allure of cherry blossoms embodies the essence of Japanese culture and the profound appreciation for the transient yet exquisite moments in life.
Bamboo Forest Kyoto
In Kyoto's Arashiyama district, the bamboo forest is a mesmerizing sanctuary of towering bamboo groves. A serene path winds through the ethereal landscape, creating a magical atmosphere where the rustling bamboo leaves create a symphony. This enchanting destination invites contemplation, offering a tranquil escape and a glimpse into the timeless beauty of Japan's natural wonders.
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SOME IDEAS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY TO JAPAN:
A TOUR OF JAPAN
Tokyo / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Mount Koya / Hiroshima / Osaka
Embark on a captivating tour of Japan's cultural tapestry. From Tokyo's modern marvels to Yudanaka's hot springs, explore Matsumoto's castle, experience Takayama's historic charm, and wander through Kanazawa's artisan districts. Immerse in Kyoto's timeless beauty, witness Mount Koya's spiritual essence, pay homage in Hiroshima, and savor the vibrant energy of Osaka. This curated journey promises a seamless blend of tradition and modernity, ensuring an unforgettable exploration of Japan's diverse landscapes and rich heritage.
JAPAN- OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Hokkaido / Tokyo / Obuse / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Osaka
Get ready for a captivating tour of Japan, from Hokkaido's snow-capped beauty to Tokyo's modern allure. Explore Obuse's artistic charm, witness Kyoto's timeless heritage, and pay homage in Hiroshima. Conclude the journey in Osaka, savoring its vibrant culture. This curated experience promises an unforgettable blend of natural wonders, cultural richness, and modern sophistication.
HIGHLIGHTS OF JAPAN AND CHINA
Tokyo / Hiroshima / Kyoto / Osaka / Beijing / Xian / Guilin / Chengdu / Yangtze River Cruise / Shanghai
From Tokyo's energy to Hiroshima's poignant history, explore Kyoto's cultural richness, Osaka's vibrancy, and China's wonders—from the Great Wall in Beijing to the Terracotta Army in Xian, the stunning landscapes of Guilin, the cultural hub of Chengdu, a Yangtze River Cruise, and the modern allure of Shanghai. This curated journey promises an unparalleled fusion of Asian marvels, history, and contemporary splendors.
JAPAN BY TRAIN
Tokyo / Nikko / Hakone / Kyoto / Takayama / Kanazawa
Venture on a scenic train tour through Japan's cultural gems. From Tokyo's dynamic cityscape to Nikko's tranquil shrines, explore Hakone's hot springs, witness Kyoto's timeless beauty, experience Takayama's historic charm, and wander through Kanazawa's artisan districts. This seamless journey promises the perfect blend of modernity and tradition, with the convenience of Japan's efficient rail system.
Adventure, culture, cities, beach, honeymoon, family and wellness
GMT+ 9 hours
When to go:
March to May
Tokyo (HND), Osaka (ITM) , Fukuoka(FUK)
12 hours approx
Some are recommended or required by the Centres for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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