Japan is a country like no other, brimming with incredible experiences that are simply impossible to replicate anywhere else. From volcanic mountains towering over lakes to picturesque cherry blossom trees, temples seemingly as old as time itself to the soaring skyscrapers of modern cities, join us on a once-in-a-lifetime fully escorted tour of Japan.
Whether you’re looking to take in the ancient shrines of Tokyo, explore the spectacular Bamboo Forest of Kyoto or learn about the country’s history at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, we guarantee you’ll see the very best of what’s on offer. If there’s a destination you can’t help but fall in love with, it’s Japan.
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Discover Japan on this adventure through Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kyoto and Osaka, and uncover the true delights of the Land of the Rising Sun.
With unique culture, breathtaking scenery and a remarkable mix of ancient and modern, Japan is truly a country of contrasts.
Capital Tokyo combines palaces and gorgeous gardens with sky-high towers and world-class shopping, offering big-city delights and plenty of traditional experiences. Kyoto’s Kinkaku-ji Temple and Nijo Castle provide a fascinating look into the country’s history, as does the Kehaya Sumo Museum in Nara. You’re guaranteed to be left in awe by the Bamboo Forest and Mount Fuji, and the incredible Itsukushima Shrine with its iconic torii gate will leave you speechless. With other highlights including the city of Matsumoto, the stunning Kegon Waterfalls and the mouth-watering cuisine, choose Japan as your next holiday destination.
Mount Fuji – from Oishi Park admire the splendid views of Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan which reflects in the waters of Lake KawaguchiView Tour
The national drink of Japan, sake is an alcoholic drink made from fermented rice. There are many different types of sake, which are determined by the amount of polishing the rice undergoes. The four main kinds are Ginjo, Daiginjo, Junmai and Honjozo.
Thick, chewy and downright delicious, udon noodles are one of three main noodle varieties eaten in Japan. They can be enjoyed hot or cold, with toppings such as eggs, onion, rice cakes, tempura and fried tofu.
Japan’s contribution to the world of deep-fried foods, tempura is a dish of seafood or vegetables covered in a special batter and fried until golden. Amongst the most popular tempura dishes are prawns, sweetfish, eggplant, sweet potato and pumpkin.
One of Japan’s most famous dishes, sushi is raw fish served on rice which has been seasoned lightly with vinegar. Sushi comes in countless variations and forms, with popular varieties including makizushi, nigari, maki, temaki and gunkan. It is often enjoyed with soy sauce, wasabi and ginger.
With so much on offer, you might need some inspiration! We’ve hand-picked a selection of favourite destinations and provided an overview of the very best highlights...
Nestled in a soothing green forest right in the heart of Tokyo, Meiji Jingū is a shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. It is one of Tokyo’s most important religious sites, with highlights including the Inner Precinct, the Outer Precinct and the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery.
Located at the end of a long street market, the Sensō-ji Temple is the oldest and most famous shrine in Tokyo. Legend says that in 628 AD, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon – the goddess of mercy – out of a river, and despite trying to return the figure it always came back to them. Being recognised as Kannon, it was enshrined. Be sure to take in the Kaminari-mon Gate!
Surrounded by moats, walls and beautiful parkland, the Imperial Palace was once the largest fortress in the world. The palace is the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family, and it is here you can view one of the most well-known bridges in the country, Nijubashi Bridge.
Renowned for its Golden Pavilion, Kinkaku-ji is a Zen temple and one of Kyoto’s most picturesque sights. With walls covered in stunning gold leaf – which perfectly reflects in the surrounding pond – and the dazzling phoenix perched on the temple’s roof, it truly is a dazzling monument.
Built in 1603 as the home for the first Tokugawa shogun, Nijo Castle overlooks the nearby Imperial Palace – a representation of the power the shogun had over the weakening emperor. The Ninomaru Palace is the most important building of the site, with exquisite interiors housing significant works of art, and remarkable architecture throughout.
Located at the foot of the ‘Storm Mountains’, the Bamboo Forest is simply breathtaking. Reaching up to 25 metres, the thick green bamboo offer one of the most iconic views in Kyoto, and the sound made by the swaying bamboo has actually been classified as one of the 100 Japanese Soundscapes.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Commemorating the victims of the world’s first atomic bomb, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park stands on the area which used to be the political and commercial heart of the city – hence why it was the pilot’s target. Take in the variety of monuments and memorials, such as the Atom Bomb Dome.
Miyajima, also known as ‘Shrine Island’, is home to the spectacular Itsukushima Shrine. Giving the appearance of floating in water, the shrine is known worldwide for its iconic torii gate. Other highlights of the complex include a prayer hall, a main hall and a noh theatre stage.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Located in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the Peace Memorial Museum focuses on the events of August 6th 1945. There are many moving displays and exhibits across the two buildings, looking at the outcome, aftermath and more of the bombing.
Constructed in 752 as the head of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan, Todaiji is one of the country’s most famous and historically significant temples. It is home to a huge bronze statue of the Great Buddah, and it’s also worth exploring the beautiful gardens with their water features, ponds and bridges.
Kehaya Sumo Museum
Sumo wrestling originated in Nara, and this museum is dedicated to the founding father of the sport, Taima no Kehaya. Inside you’ll find a full-size sumo ring which visitors are encouraged to enter, along with books, ranking lists and tournament records.