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Japan Holidays

A gracious and hospitable country, Japan is an astonishing blend of the modern and the traditional, of futuristic cities, snow-capped mountains, excellent food, vibrant festivals, bullet trains, manicured gardens and ancient temples. Tokyo is one of the most dazzling modern cities on earth and, day or night, hums with a vibrancy that is contagious whilst the backdrop of nearby Mount Fuji is almost surreal. Kyoto is another modern city but also defines ‘Old Japan’ making it a key destination for a cultural tour. The ancient capital for over a thousand years it harbours a wealth of Japanese history and tourist attractions with over 2,000 temples and shrines, palaces and museums. In the charming towns of Takayama and Matsumoto stay in a ryokan and explore the Japanese Alps, travel south to Kanazawa, Osaka and Hiroshima or head north to the hot springs and volcanic landscapes of Hokkaido. With over 30 years’ experience, let us help you to plan your perfect tailor-made holiday to Japan.

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Places to visit in Japan

There is more to Japan than futuristic cities, high-speed bullet trains, sumo wrestling and cutting-edge cuisine and travelling away from the main tourist centres opens a whole new side to the country. Most visitors initially arrive in Tokyo with its world-class museums, tourist attractions, shops, temples, gardens and palaces. Mt Fuji emerges in the distance and the surrounding Hakone National Park offers fine views and plenty of outdoor activities. Further south, Kyoto rightly lays claims to being Japan’s cultural centre. Here there are an astonishing collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and over 2,000 shrines. The coastal city of Kanazawa is home to a 400 year old castle then travel on to Hiroshima – a name forever synonymous with the events of 1945. The pretty towns of Takayama and Matsumoto are the gateway to the walks and wildlife of the Japanese Alps whilst northern Hokkaido Island is known for its volcanic landscapes and hot springs.


When to Visit japan

Japan's temperate climate and four seasons make it a year-round travel destination for a tailor-made holiday. Winters are cool and sunny in the south, cold and sunny around Tokyo – the city occasionally has snow – and very cold on the island of Hokkaido which is snow-covered for up to four months of the year. Depending on the region you are visiting the summer, which spans from June to September, can either be warm and humid or very hot. Spring and autumn are generally considered to be the best times to visit Japan on holiday as temperatures are, on the whole, mild and tourist attractions open. Travelling to Japan in the spring is highly recommended as this is when the cherry blossoms are at their best. Rain falls throughout the year but June and early July is the main rainy season although rainfall is intermittent with sunny spells. Typhoons are not unusual between July and September but rarely last more than a day.

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This is a general overview suggesting when to travel in the country. Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.

Essential Information

flag of Japan Capital: Tokyo

Main Language: Japanese

Time Zone: GMT + 9

Currency: Yen (JPY)

Japan Holiday Review

Thank you so much for arranging such a wonderful holiday – there were a real mix of things that we loved.

The guides in Tokyo and Kyoto were really good and informative and gave us great information and ideas. We visited Arashiyama – an area on the river outside Kyoto which has the Bamboo Grove and beautiful temple and garden Tenryu-ji. We had a day trip to Nara and to see the Kyoto itself is really interesting with the Nishiki Market and old buildings especially Ponto-cho. Hakone is really beautiful. The trains in Japan are great and easy to navigate. I would encourage anyone to travel by train and definitely use the luggage forwarding service. Food is wonderful – we had a lot of teppanyaki which was great fun. 

We are all hugely grateful to you and the team as always for arranging the holiday. 

HF - Japan - September 2019

Accommodation in Japan

In all main Japanese cities the range of accommodation is extensive and there will always be a wide-range of different options. All major internationally recognised hotel companies are present in Japan and many of their flagship properties can be found in Tokyo. Further afield, in provincial towns and cities, accommodation is usually in smaller, independent, Japanese owned hotels. In nearly all cases hotels will be very modern in both style and design. To fully experience the culture and hospitality no visit to Japan is complete without a stay in a ryokan – a Japanese-style inn. Found throughout the country, ryokans vary greatly in quality and style but all will have a special Japanese atmosphere with tatami floors, futon beds, traditional cuisine and hot spring ‘onsen’ baths.

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