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Honshu

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Introduction

Honshu is Japan's main island, home to most of the population, major sites and visitors.

Honshu is divided into several regions - Kanto, Chubu, Tohoku, Kansai, and Chugokai Shikoku - each with a unique flavour. The north is harsh and mountainous, the south flat and fertile. In between you'll find the central spine of the Japan Alps, famed for it's skiing and hot springs, the iconic Mt Fuji and Lake Ashi in the Hakone National Park and the religious sites of Mount Takao and Mount Koya.

Jump on a Shinkansen bullet train to hop between the buzz of Tokyo, culture of Kyoto and history of Nara and Kamakura. From the great cities of Osaka and Nagoya to the rural relaxation of the western plateau, Honshu is the heart of Japan.

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Essential Japan

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,615 pp

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offer

Flight offer – Save up to £125 pp
Book by: 14 October 2017

Get a taste of this multi-faceted country in private Tokyo tours, country inn stays, bullet train trips and world famous temples.

Cultural Highlights of Japan

17-day tailor-made rail-journey from £5,390 pp

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offer

Flight offer – Save up to £125 pp
Book by: 14 October 2017

This curated rail journey brings you on bullet-train sprints between Japan’s rich past, taking in ancient castle towns and tea ceremonies in Kyoto. You’ll also enjoy private, tailor-made tours everywhere from Tokyo to Hiroshima as you stay in luxury hotels and traditional ryokan inns.

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Top itineraries in Honshu

Essential Japan

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,615 pp

Special
offer

Flight offer – Save up to £125 pp
Book by: 14 October 2017

Get a taste of this multi-faceted country in private Tokyo tours, country inn stays, bullet train trips and world famous temples.

Best of Japan

16-day tailor-made journey from £4,995 pp incl. flights

Experience the best Japan has to offer on this 16-day tour, meandering through the modern hi-tech, natural beauty, and the ancient and traditional. Start your tour off in one of the most modern, efficient and largest cities in the world - Tokyo.

Tokyo, Hakone and the Japanese Alps

17-day tailor-made journey from £5,395 pp incl. flights

Step out of Japan's capital and explore an alpine world of shrines and samurai frozen in time. Board the mighty bullet train, sleep in timber ryokan inns, stay in hot onsen springs and more on this tailor-made journey.

Cultural Highlights of Japan

17-day tailor-made rail-journey from £5,390 pp

Special
offer

Flight offer – Save up to £125 pp
Book by: 14 October 2017

This curated rail journey brings you on bullet-train sprints between Japan’s rich past, taking in ancient castle towns and tea ceremonies in Kyoto. You’ll also enjoy private, tailor-made tours everywhere from Tokyo to Hiroshima as you stay in luxury hotels and traditional ryokan inns.

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Top places to stay in Honshu

Park Hyatt, Tokyo

Contemporary hotel

This ‘Lost in Translation’ centrepiece towers over Shinjuku’s contagious energy and makes for luxury stays in the city centre.

Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

Contemporary hotel

Despite being the first luxury international hotel in Kyoto, fine Japanese dining and clean lines complemented by bonsai trees and tatami mats give this deluxe hotel a real sense of place.

Palace Hotel, Tokyo

Contemporary hotel

This is modern luxury set on the moat-shores of an imperial dynasty in central Tokyo.

Hakone Ginyu, Hakone

Accommodation

Spacious rooms with private baths and sweeping mountain views set the scene for this traditional Hakone ryokan

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Where to go in Honshu

Tokyo & Surrounds

You needn't travel far from Tokyo's neon-hazed streets to escape the world's ultimate metropolis and uncover a softer side to Japan.

Hakone (Mt Fuji)

Hakone is well loved for two attractions in particular - the iconic view of sacred, symmetrical Mount Fuji seen across Lake Ashi, and its high concentration of bubbling onsen (hot springs).

Kyoto

As the capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, Kyoto is filled with a wealth of cultural treasures - among them 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines.

Japan Alps

Forested mountains and steaming onsen (hot springs) extend across much of central Honshu, a landscape that is particularly captivating in autumn when the koyo (colourful leaves) turn to shades of russet and gold.

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When to go to Honshu

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Honshu articles

Vintage travel posters that have stood the test of time

We take a look at the spectacularly bold travel advertisements of the 1930s and their promise of golden temples in India, lakeside retreats in Italy and deers grazing outside of Japanese temples. You'll be surprised at how much holds true to this day.

Japan through another lens

Our own Sales Manager, Hannah Busby recently travelled to Japan, and showed us a side of the country most people never get to see.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

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