Japan is an extraordinary and enchanting destination offering outstanding scenery and a culture as far removed from our own as is possible to imagine. Japan’s society is built around centuries-old traditions, yet it has established itself as a world-leader in the fields of industry and technology. Our wide choice of tours allows you to take a glimpse into the most fascinating and beautiful attractions Japan has to offer.
Great experiences in Japan
Japan offers visitors a never-ending choice of experiences. Here’s some of our favourites for a first time visit. If time allows, step off the “Golden Route” to explore a completely different side of Japan.
For a truly Japanese experience and to immerse fully into the culture, a stay in a traditional inn, or Ryokan, is a must. There are a lot of Ryokans throughout Japan with a variety of styles, but traditional examples offer a truly memorable cultural experience added to outstanding levels of service. Your simple and functional room will usually consist of one large space which, during the day, is used as a living room but then transforms into a comfortable bedroom with a futon on top of the tatami mat flooring. Relax in an onsen (a hot spring bath) before changing into your traditional Yukata (robe) to enjoy the Afternoon Tea and traditional meals, usually served in your room. Ryokans outside the major cities of Japan often have peaceful, traditional gardens.
Visit Tokyo and experience the beauty of the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. With skyscrapers and sushi, sumo and glorious Mount Fuji, Japan’s capital is unlike anywhere else on Earth. The combination of centuries-old culture and 21st- Century technology fuse to create a city that is utterly enthralling with something for everyone.
Some of our favourite experiences in Tokyo include:
As the second-largest city in Japan, Osaka is an economic powerhouse that has a long and proud history. Today, Osaka is best known among Japanese for its jovial people, delicious street food and successful ports and waterways. In spite of its size and financial success, the city has not lost its sense of identity and proud Osakans will always be ready to welcome you to their home with a warm smile and an open heart.
Stepping off the ‘Golden Route’ will show you a completely different side of Japan. In the smaller towns of Takayama, Kanazawa and Hiroshima, people live a far simpler life and the quieter pace allows you a glimpse into everyday Japanese life as well as crafts and cultures that exist nowhere else in the country.