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Cherry Blossom Season, Mount Fuji

Japan

Ancient customs amid high technology

Japan tailor-made holidays

Introduction

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.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
12 hours

Time Zone
GMT +9

Currency
Yen (¥)

Language
Japanese

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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.

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.

Hokkaido

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 (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.

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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.

History and culture

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.

Nature Holidays

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.

Great railway journeys

Zoom along on the Shinkansen bullet train, or take in the countryside from a luxury cabin on Kyushu Seven Stars, where your train journey is punctuated by scenic and educational stops to make the most of your travel time.

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When to go to Japan

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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 …

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Top itineraries in Japan

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.

Essential Japan

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,635 pp incl. flights

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 £5,615 pp incl. flights

Between Tokyo and Osaka, discover the rich heritage of castle towns and ryokan stays

Summer in Hokkaido

17-day tailor-made journey from £5,745 pp incl. flights

After experiencing city favourites, watch as summer’s warmth uncovers lavender fields and volcanoes resplendent in green coats as you stay in hot spring getaways

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Top places to stay in Japan

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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Japan articles

  • A Guide to Japanese Etiquette for Travellers

    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.

  • 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.

  • Make the most of your holiday money with the strong pound

    With British holidaymakers continuing to demand great value along with exceptional experiences, the news that the pound continues to strengthen against other currencies on the back of Britain's economic recovery comes as welcome news.

  • How to avoid high season crowds

    Lots of destinations around the world have a best time to visit or a high season, when the majority of travellers arrive. Whilst these periods can often be driven by good reasons, there are also ways in which a savvy traveller can get away around these months, escape the crowds and save money. We r…

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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!

    Peter P

  • 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.

    Kamalnayan K

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