Japan tailor-made holidays
Travelling on a holiday to Japan is a classic show of contrasts—on the one hand, a land of neon-lit pachinko parlours in frenetic cities, cutting-edge fashion and technology, and high-speed bullet trains that carry passengers from one end of the country to the other with impeccable dependability. At the same time, this is also an old land with traditions to match, which the gracious Japanese are happy to share. Shinto temples, thoughtful tea ceremonies, geisha culture, hot springs, sumo wrestling and the annual cherry blossom season – all are as striking as the modern trappings. In fact, the mix of these quieter charms and the buzzing cities is what makes a holiday in Japan so intriguing.
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Where to go in Japan
Japan’s volcanic archipelago offers mountains, island getaways, and the fast pace of some of the world’s most technologically advanced cities. Explore from the northern island of Hokkaido to epic Mt. Fuji, the outdoor haven of Kyushu and subtropical Okinawa.
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.
Japan’s northern frontier and second largest island hosts just five percent of the country’s population, despite featuring 30,000 square miles of volcanic peaks, glassy lakes and icy coastline. It’s a world away from main island Honshu’s cram.
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).
What to do in Japan
Perhaps it’s the rich culture of Japan that entices you to visit, or the promise of soft blooms capping rows of cherry blossom trees in springtime, or the opportunity to zoom through the countryside on a shinkansen, or bullet train.
Visit temples and walk through vermilion tori gates, meet geisha for a tea ceremony or learn the intricacies of a tea ceremony on a cultural tour of Japan’s most beloved traditions.
A famous appreciation for nature makes Japan a top spot for outdoorsy holidays. Catch the cherry blossom season, witness the colours of an autumn foliage tour, explore volcanoes on a guided trek, or soak in a mineral bath at an onsen—wherever you go, Japan’s natural beauty is impossible to ignore.
When to go to Japan
The best times to visit Japan are the mild, climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). Spring is when Japan’s famous cherry trees bloom. Starting from Kyūshū in March, the sakura zensen (cherry tree blossom line) advances northward, usually passing the main cities of Honshū and Hokkaidō from early April. The autumn foliage line reverses the advance of the cherry blossom, starting in the north in October and peaking across Honshū in November. Midwinter (December to February) can be cold, particularly on the Sea of Japan coasts of Honshū and on Hokkaidō, while …
Top itineraries in Japan
Get a taste of this multi-faceted country in private Tokyo tours, country inn stays, bullet train trips and world famous temples.
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.
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.
Top places to stay in Japan
This ‘Lost in Translation’ centrepiece towers over Shinjuku’s contagious energy and makes for luxury stays in the city centre.
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.
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.
The new Post Office Travel Money survey lists Japan as one of the most affordable destination outside of Europe, which is great news for travellers who want to explore this legendary destination.
Japan’s sociotope is governed by a complex web of cultural codes. We unpick the complexity so you can understand the appropriate behaviour in a variety of situations.
Our own Sales Manager, Hannah Busby recently travelled to Japan, and showed us a side of the country most people never get to see.
What our clients say about our Japan holidays
A wonderful trip. The accommodations and itinerary we planned with Alex and the subsequent help and advice from Hannah and people at Inside Japan all made this an unforgettable experience. Like the trains, everything ran like clockwork. Our only regret is that we did not spend longer in Japan - we will have to return!
Great service from Debbie Mayger and your contacts in Japan. The guides we had in Japan were first class
R A R
Very timely and appropriate responses to any questions we had prior to booking.
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