About our Japan Trips

Multi-faceted and endlessly compelling, a holiday or group tour to Japan is like no other. From bullet trains scything past Mt Fuji to the neon-lit intersections of Tokyo, for travellers visiting Japan for the first time on holiday, images of its modern face are familiar the world over - as are visions of its more traditional past, whether the face of a rose-lipped geisha or glint of a samurai sword. Both reflect the great technological skill and cultural refinement that have always underpinned Japanese civilisation, and which continue to inform every aspect of life, from the subtleties of the country’s cuisine to the seductive savoir vivre of its temple architecture, Zen gardens and thermal spas.

It comes as no surprise to us that Japan these days consistently tops polls as ‘the world’s best destination’. The secret of its success: a unique blend of cutting-edge modernity and deep-rooted tradition that make it both a profoundly exotic place to visit, and one offering the highest standards of service, efficiency and luxury.

The key to a perfect holiday in Japan is planning, planning and, planning with preparedness for a high level of self-sufficiency. Unlike other destinations in Asia, most travel and transfers in Japan use its highly efficient and sophisticated network of public transport regardless of booking a small group tour or a bespoke tailor-made journey. 

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Japan Best Time To Go

Best time to go to Japan

Japan's distinct seasons means that the country is a fantastic year-round destination. March to May is the most popular time to visit Japan, with milder temperatures, relatively low rainfall and frequent clear days coinciding with the Sakura or Cherry Blossom Season. Late September to November boast similar weather but as the colours change on the trees, Japan's cherry blossom trees take on a whole new beauty. Across the whole country, the climate varies considerably, the north being cooler than the south.

Late November to mid March is generally colder than the UK and certain regions receive a lot of snowfall. July and August are hot and often humid (with the exception of Hokkaido) and there is a short rainy season beginning around June. From late May through to September occasional typhoons come in from the Pacific. 

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Enjoy Japan and South Korea Together

It is becoming more and more popular to combine Japan with a stopover in South Korea. On average, it is just an hour's flight between South Korea and Japan, although the most adventurous can take a ferry when travelling between the two. 

Despite being so close together geographically, the two countries have some striking cultural differences whether that is the music, food, religion and history. 

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Suggested tours & holidays to Japan

Japan Highlights

Japan Highlights

13 days from £4860 per person

This focussed, 13-day tour ticks off the great sights of central Honshu, beginning with three nights of acclimatisation and sightseeing in the capital. From Tokyo,…

Iconic Japan

Iconic Japan

14 days from £5200 per person

Emphasizing the twin facets of Japan, the pivotal points on this 2-week trip are stays in ‘modern’ Tokyo and ‘traditional’ Kyoto. As a stepping stone…

Japan Discovery

Japan Discovery

20 days from £6999 per person

Three weeks allows for a more in-depth and satisfying tour of Japan, giving scope to venture a little off track to regions such as the…

Romantic Japan

Romantic Japan

15 days from £6100 per person

Spend a fortnight luxuriating with a loved one amid picture-book Japanese landscapes, ranging from snow-capped Mt Fuji to the dazzling turquoise bays of the Okinawa…

Essential Japan

Essential Japan

7 days from £2985 per person

Even today Japan symbolises the exotic, the unknown and the unfathomable, and exudes a sense of complete ‘otherness’ that draws visitors to its fascinating, volcanic…

Japan: Southern Explorer

Japan: Southern Explorer

18 days from £6600 per person

Experience the dramatic landscapes and charismatic coastal cities of southern Japan on this varied 18-day tour. After landing in Kyushu’s largest city (famed for its…

A holiday in the Japanese Alps

A holiday in the Japanese Alps

15 days from £5900 per person

For those wanting to experience Japan's stunning natural beauty as well as spend some time away from the 'golden routes'. After a brief stop soaking…

Art Across The Ages: Japan

Art Across The Ages: Japan

15 days from £4495 per person

With an artistic history as long and illustrious as any European country, Japan is a mecca for aesthetes. The key temples on this tour are…

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Tokyo

Tokyo

As the epicentre of the world’s largest and most cutting-edge conurbation, Tokyo is where the nation’s heart beats fastest. If there’s a new gadget or fashion accessory out, you’ll see it at Hachiko crossing in Shibuya first. Being squashed…

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji

Rising from the Pacific coast of central Honshu, Mount Fuji is Japan’s iconic sacred mountain – an active volcano whose elegantly sloping flanks have inspired painters, printers, poets and Shinto mystics for many centuries. A well-known sa…

Hakone and Lake Ashi

Hakone and Lake Ashi

A popular retreat for over a thousand years, this thermal resort to the west of Tokyo serves as a springboard for the popular Hakone National Park, whose natural wonders include Mount Fuji and shimmering Lake Ashi. In clear weather, spectac…

Stay in a Ryokan

Stay in a Ryokan

One of the highlights of traveling in Japan is the chance to experience the traditional hospitality of a Ryokan. These quintessentially Japanese inns have no real equivalent in the West, their old-world atmosphere being little changed since…

Shirakawa-go

Shirakawa-go

Physically remote from the rest of Japan, the thatched villages of Shirakawa-go survived for many centuries from cultivating mulberry trees and spinning fine silk. Known as gassho-zukuri (‘Hands in Prayer’), their distinctive A-frame style…

Japanese Alps

Japanese Alps

All but one of the country’s 30 highest peaks fall within the Japanese Alps of Central Honshu. The name was coined by an English engineer and archaeologist named William Gowland in the 19th century. Gowland was the first foreigner to explor…

Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani

Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani

It was in the early 1960s that the Japanese macaques of upper Yokoyu Valley first discovered the joys of basking in thermal pools to alleviate the rigours of winter. Alas, their droppings did little for business, so the local hoteliers buil…

Kyoto

Kyoto

Kyoto is the Japan of the imagination – a city of cherry trees, pagoda-roofed temples, geishas and tea ceremonies, all set against a backdrop of lush green hills and fine traditional architecture. The country’s capital for more than a thous…

Kii Peninsula

Kii Peninsula

Emperors, pilgrims and pleasure seekers have since the 6th-century AD travelled to the Kii Peninsula for a restorative dip in the onshen hot springs at Shirahama, one of which sits behind the town’s spectacular white-sand beach. Thus forti…

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