Japan tours and holidays
Hotels run by robots, talking toilets, the world’s fastest trains and spotlessly clean streets. In many ways, Japan is already living in the future.
But what’s most fascinating about the Land of the Rising Sun is that while it is leading the way in the world of tech, it still has one foot firmly cemented in its age-old traditions. Holidays in Japan will teach you it’s just as thrilling to softly wander hushed shrines and serene gardens as it is to explore neon-lit city streets.
Explore the organised chaos of Tokyo, where towering skyscrapers sit beside legendary landmarks, like the moated Imperial Palace and Meiji Shrine. In the ancient capital of Kyoto, attend a tea ceremony and learn about geisha and samurai culture. Pause for a moment of reflection in Hiroshima at the Atomic Bomb Museum. Cheer at a sumo wrestling match or immerse yourself in the colours of the floats at the Takayama Festival. Sleep and feast in a ryokan (authentic Japanese inn). Bathe in a steaming onsen (hot spring). Gaze out at Mount Fuji. And glide from place to place in complete comfort on the impressive Shinkansen (bullet train).
Tipping is customary for obtaining good service. For service in restaurants etc. 10% is usual .
Specialities include teriyaki (marinated meat seared on a hot plate), tempura (deep fried seafood and vegetables) and sushi.
Seafood is very popular. It is also worth trying the local beers and wines including Sake - rice wine with a distinctive flavour.
GMT + 9 hours
100V, 50Hz in the east and 60Hz in the west. 2 flat prongs in a parallel position.
No visa is needed for British citizens to enter Japan. A standard 10 year British passport is required for all holidays, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned date of return travel.
Flights from London to Japan take approximately 12 hours and 20 minutes.
For a destination with such variety, only a wide selection of dates and tours will suffice. Our Japan holidays depart throughout the year. In the spring, wander the cherry blossom-lined boulevards. In the autumn, photograph the blaze of orange and red leaves.
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TokyoOn each of our Japanese tours, our adventure starts in Tokyo. As well as towering skyscrapers and neon-lit streets, there’s history in abundance. The Tokyo National Museum is packed full of Japanese art and cultural artefacts. Take to the neo-futuristic Skytree for stunning views of the city skyline from the country’s second tallest structure.
KyotoThe ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto has a cultural pedigree to rival Tokyo. Spend half a day touring Nijo Castle, the former home of the Tokugawa shoguns. Or you could get spiritual and explore some of the many Buddhist temples in the city. Make sure to see the vibrant shrines and tranquil gardens, too. Learn a thing or two about traditional Japanese dress at Nishijin Textile Centre, where kimonos and other textiles are produced.
HiroshimaVisit the Peace Memorial Park and the symbolic Flame of Peace to see touching tributes to the ongoing hope for worldwide unity. The Atomic Bomb Museum offers details of the human cost, and cements a strong anti-nuclear message.
A trip to Hiroshima Bay’s Miyajima Island is one of Japan’s most scenic spots, complete with the UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shinto Shrine. Look out for the iconic orange gate that appears to float at high tide.
Mount FujiRevered in Japan’s earliest literature from well over 1,000 years ago, Mount Fuji has to be seen in person for its full impact. Watch it as we whizz past on the bullet train and its iconic stature dominates the landscape, but introduce yourself up close on a tour and you’ll find a terrain that presents not only a challenging climb, but a rewarding view.
HakodateA port city on the northern island of Hokkaido, Hakodate was one of the first to open to international trade after the Kanagawa Treaty of 1854. Its charm is vividly apparent in the western-influenced architecture and churches of the Motomachi district. Visit the star-shaped Fort Goryokaku, too, if you like unusual designs. The 1855 fortification was purposely designed to give greater cannon coverage than an older Japanese fortress could.
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