Luxury Holidays in Japan
Tailor-Made & Luxury Holidays to Japan
Hardly any country captures the imagination as firmly as Japan. From its millennia of culture to the most ultra-modern technology, Japan has embraced all ages. With more than 6,800 islands and 18,000 miles of coastline there is plenty to explore in your Japan touring holidays, even if you stick to the five main islands of Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa.
The length of the islands allows for such diverse landscape and climate that you can go skiing in the north of Hokkaido or swim in the crystal clear waters off Okinawa. This really is a destination for all seasons.
And in the middle lies the majestic Mount Fuji or Fuji-san as the Japanese call it. Is there a more beautiful mountain in the world?
But your Japan touring holidays should encompass so much more than nature. Japan has a rich civilisation with ancient temples, shrines and castles abounding everywhere. Pretend to be a Samurai for a day, or perhaps a ninja. Bathe in an onsen, or meditate in a monastery – really this is a culture that rewards close examination.
Japanese cities are well worth exploring. Wander around Tokyo’s bustling streets before dipping into one of its amazing restaurants for some of the most wonderful cuisine you will ever discover.
Nothing encapsulates the rich culture of Japan as much as its food. You really need to experience this on your Japanese holidays preferably in a traditional inn or ryokan.
The former imperial capital of Kyoto is another gem just waiting for you explore. Or if you really wish to delve into the culture then why not visit a monastery and immerse yourself in a yoga and meditation course.
If you are yet to be convinced that Japan should be top of your travel bucket list then read on. I’m sure you will be fully convinced by the time you finish this page.
Our favourite Japanese Tours
Here is a selection of our most popular tours in Japan.
These are just a sample of the tours available, but if you already have something in mind, we would love to help tailor-make your dream Japanese experience.
A Week In Japan Escorted Tour
This vibrant and cultural escorted adventure will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.
Explore the historical cities of Kyoto and Nara, be awestruck by the beauty of Mount Fuji and experience the bright lights of Tokyo and Osaka.
Japan's Cultural Treasures
Discover the cultural heritage of Japan on this exciting journey through the country’ main island of Honshu.
Begin with an exploration of Tokyo and the nearby Hakone National Park, visit the tranquil Kenroku-en garden and the castle of Kanazawa before exploring the imperial city of Kyoto, with its many temples and shrines.
Explore The Back Roads of Japan
Wander off the beaten path away from Japan’s big cities and popular sites with this 11-day tour that takes you to destinations that are often overlooked.
Visit the treasured castle of Matsumoto, relax in a traditional hot spring-fed onsen, explore the quaint city of Hagi, and immerse yourself in the local culture with a community homestay.
Places to visit in Japan
Where else to start than Tokyo. There really is no other place like it on the planet. Sprawling, bustling and quite wonderful, the Japanese capital has the best fish market in the world – an absolute must for foodies.
Easily reached from Tokyo, Mount Fuji is without comparison. The world’s most majestic mountain is rightly revered by Japanese. Watch Fuji slowly emerge before you as you leave the capital. Then perhaps hire a bike and cycle around the nearby Lake Kawaguchi.
Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, so it comes as little surprise that there are a thousand temples in this most beautiful city. Explore the golden Kinkaku-ji pavilion or meditate beside the Zen rock garden at Ryōan-ji.
For some of the best street food in Japan visit the country’s third city Osaka, with its great tako-yaki, or grilled octopus dumplings.
Hiroshima is not perhaps a city that would feature high up on your top cities to visit, but it is well worth including on your Japan touring holidays, if only to visit the Peace Memorial Museum and reflect upon man’s folly.
Away from the major cities, Japan has an amazing array of landscapes. Japan’s most northerly island Hokkaido is an untamed volcanic jewel. In winter it is home to some of the best skiing in the world, while in the summer the same hills are ideal for cycling and hiking. While there make sure you try the food. Even within Japan Hokkaido has a reputation for its seafood.
If you really want to get away from it all in Japan, then why not visit the smallest, and least visited, of the five main islands, Shikoku. Here you can take on the 88-temple pilgrimage if time permits.
Finally, if you are craving a bit of sun and sea on your Japanese holiday, leave the city behind and visit Okinawa, where you will discover palm trees, white sand and turquoise seas.
Authentic Japanese Activities & Experiences
To fully experience Japan you really have to embrace the culture.
Traditional Ryokan Stay – Spend the night in a ryokan, a centuries-old style of guesthouse that offers the ultimate Japanese experience! With traditional sliding paper doors, low wooden tables and a futon with sitting cushions, there is no better way to experience Japanese life than residing in a Ryokan for a night. Dine on traditional food and have your meals served by staff in kimonos, bathe in the relaxing warm waters of an Onsen. There really is no better way to immerse yourself in Japanese culture.
Bathe in an Onsen – An unmissable Japan travel experience, sitting at the top of our list is the ultimate experience when in Japan. Japan’s Onsens are natural hot waters caused by the island’s volcanic activity, and are nature’s way of inviting you to relax, while offering numerous mental and wellbeing health benefits. There are onsen throughout the country, and once you have overcome the embarrassment of walking naked to the bath with only a loin cloth to preserve your dignity you will feel all that stress ooze from you. With a variety of options from mud baths, and clear baths to open-air sand baths and steam baths, the Hot Springs have something for everyone.
Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony – A perfect display of Japanese culture, witness the preparation and performance involved in the ‘Way of Tea’ as you take part in the ancient ritual with a tea master. Experiencing a Tea Ceremony provides the perfect insight to the aesthetics and principles of Japanese culture and is more than simply sipping the emblematic beverage. Brim-full with history, the ceremony’s rituals offer more about the way of life than any other experience in Japan.
Taiko Drumming – Have a go at traditional drumming with a Taiko drumming class, taking part in an energetic and age-old ensemble performance on big, floor tom drums. Taiko Drumming is known as ‘the heartbeat of Japan’ and an ancient art form that has evolved from a single sacred beat to the spectacular ensemble performances we see today.
Wherever you go in Japan you will be astonished by the quality of the food. Japan is an absolute foodies delight and the service and presentation is an essential part of the food culture in Japan.
Sushi Making – Discover the history and etiquette of making and appreciating sushi with a hands-on lesson from a trained sushi chef! Dine on your delicious creations and learn even more about Japanese culture from your sushi instructor.
Soba Noodle Making – The buckwheat soba noodle is one of Japan’s most famous culinary exports – try your hand at making the dough and crafting them from scratch, before feasting on the delicious results for lunch.
Sumo Wrestling – Witness a sport that preserves many of Japan’s most ancient traditions, sumo wrestling. An enthralling event where the rituals involved are as fascinating as the wrestling itself. Sumo is as much a part of the Japanese culture as onsen and the cuisine. Try to catch a tournament during your stay or watch an early morning training session in the stables where the giant wrestlers train.
Japanese Fan Painting – Visit a historic Kyoto-fan house to try your hand at the art of Japanese fan painting. Practised for over a thousand years, you’ll learn the techniques used to create these beautifully intricate pieces.
Gold Leaf Making – Join a dedicated craftsperson in a small workshop to learn all about the lovely and intricate art of gold leaf making. Discover what the gold leaf is used for and have a go at making it yourself!
Bullet Train – Finally, no visit to Japan would be complete without taking a ride on the bullet train. A wonderful way to travel quickly between your Japanese travel highlights, the bullet train is so smooth it will seem as if you have arrived at your destination before you even left.