Tokyo & Surrounds tailor-made holidays
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. The quiet mountain town of Nikko, the seaside setting of tranquil Kamakura and the springtime blossoms of Mito's many plum trees are just some of the highlights on Tokyo's doorstep.
Given that Japan – between feudal disputes and warring shoguns – has seen its capital change hands some 40 times, Tokyo can be excused for its forward-facing attitude. You just have to set foot on Shibuya’s five-way crossing or pay a visit to the fish markets of Tsukiji to realise that this is a city in motion. However, in the breaks between sumo bouts, it’s not hard to find some peace. Even behind Shinjuku’s skyscrapers you’ll find a secret rabbit warren of five-seater sake bars and intimate sashimi counters while wanders in its immaculate parks reward with forested shrines. With hole in the wall ramen joints sandwiched between towering glass and steel, the Japanese capital is a sensual paradox. Look beyond its neon brashness to urbane restaurants, vast green spaces and a storied history.
Tokyo’s national park green lung – is just a short electric train hop away. Chair rides and funicular railways link pretty hamlets, themselves separated by forest-ringed caldera lakes. It’s the postcard-perfect backdrop to ryokans that have hosted erstwhile emperors and international presidents alike. Featuring Mt. Fuji as its backdrop, only sparkling lakes interrupt dense evergreen forests speckled with Shinto shrines, hot springs and luxury ryokans.
Takayama & Kanazawa
Sometimes known as Little Kyoto, Takayama flourished under shogun rule. Edo period streets lead to dark wood merchant stores and back alley sake breweries. In Kanazawa, Recall the romance of feudal Japan in Kanazawa’s geisha teahouses and historic samurai quarter. It’s also the lantern-lit home to one of Japan’s Three Great Gardens.
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Explore the coast of Japan during cherry blossom season, sailing in five-star luxury on board the Celebrity Cruises' fully refurbished ship – Celebrity Millennium.
Top itineraries in Tokyo & Surrounds
Get a taste of all that this spectacular multi-faceted country has to offer, with private tours of Tokyo, traditional ryokan stays, trips on Japan's 200mph bullet train and visits to 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 Tokyo & Surrounds
This ‘Lost in Translation’ centrepiece towers over Shinjuku’s contagious energy and makes for luxury stays in the city centre.
Stay in the Japanese capital’s second highest skyscraper, complete with boutique luxury rooms, rooftop bars and world-class spas.
Where to go in Tokyo & Surrounds
The capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, Mito is home to the lauded Japanese garden Kairaku-en, set near Senba Lake and considered to be one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. It's most famous for the thousands of plum trees that bloom in its grounds during spring, when crowds gather in their droves.
Today, tourists see Odawara mainly as the access point to Hakone National Park, but the city was formerly one of the most powerful in Japan, with its castle holding key strategic value in the 16th century.
At 120m tall Ushiku Dai-Butsu is the world's third tallest statue. Step inside to explore the room of Infinite Light and Infinite Life, or experience the World of Gratitude and Thankfulness that is the second floor.
When to go to Tokyo & Surrounds
The New York of Asia, Tokyo endures the same sticky summers as its American cousin but slightly warmer winters. Visit during the shoulder season for the best weather. Outside the capital's microclimate it's a similar, if slightly cooler, story. As you watch the altimeter wind clockwise in the Alps, temperatures drop and ski slopes open up.
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It's not just the ruthless efficiency that makes the Japanese rail network so appealing. On Shikoku, express trains pass hilltop shrines and ancient burial grounds, while main-island Honshu sees routes skirt dramatic coastlines, wind through the Japanese Alps and circumnavigate great lakes.
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