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Experiences You'll Love

Ancient traditions meet a world of modernity in a land of timeless beauty. Gain a glimpse into the Geisha culture of Kyoto, Stroll along the neon-lit streets of Tokyo and sample local delicacies in Osaka. Awaken your senses in Japan!


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When to go

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the two most comfortable seasons in which to visit Japan, when there is little rainfall, skies are clear and temperatures are mild. The best time to see cherry blossoms in most of the major cities is early April, however, they can bloom as early as January on the islands of Okinawa and as late as May on the norther island of Hokkaido. 

The rainy season is generally from the end of May to mid-July and the humidity is high through summer. Come autumn, leaves turn red and gold and Japan is ablaze with colour. The winter months (December to February) are very cold and excellent conditions for skiing and winder pursuits. 



Japan has a culture steeped in tradition. Manners are very important amongst the Japanese and you should be aware of basic rules. In Japan, people greet each other by bowing- shaking hands is uncommon. It is rude to talk loudly, eat or drink while walking, talk on your phone while on a train or place feet on seats. Always use an umbrella when it rains, place money on the tray when making a purchase in a shop and stand to the left on escalators. There are strict rules relating to footwear- shoes should be removed in traditional ryokan, some restaurants, temples, castles and other historic building. 

Getting around

Travelling in Japan is easy. For travel between regional cities and towns, purchase a Japan Rail (JR) Pass and use the Shinkansen (bullet train). The JR Pass can also be used for the metro in most major cities. Alternatively, an IC Card can be purchased and topped us as necessary for travel within Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. 

Discover the Art of Geisha

Get a glimpse into the magical and mysterious world of the Geisha at a dinner in Kyoto. These beautiful and highly skilled ladies have trained for years in traditional Japanese arts to become the perfect entertainment.

The Sacred Symbol of Japan

Journey to the mountains and take in the breath-taking views of iconic Mt Fuji. Known locally as Fuji-san, this volcano has been worshipped as a sacred mountain throughout the centuries. For the best views of Mt Fuji head to Hakone or to the Fuji Five Lake region. 

A Taste of Japan

Discover the diverse culinary experience Japan has to offer. Head to Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market for freshly sliced sashimi or enjoy a steaming bowl of ramen in Kyoto. Grab a bento box packed with rice, fish and meats or be adventurous and try uni, the soft orange centre of a sea urchin! 

Immerse yourself in Tradition

Experience traditional Japan and gain an unforgettable insight in to the culture and stay in a Ryokan. Enjoy warm hospitality, sip green tea, partake in a traditional meal, soak in an onsen and sleep on a futon. 

Fun for Everyone

Meet Hello Kitty and her friends at Sanrio Puroland or discover the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan ™. Entre a magical kingdom and experience the thrilling rides at Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea®.

Japan Rail Pass

A Japan Rail Pass covers all of Japan’s main islands and is valid on all Shinkansen (bullet trains) except Nozomi, as well as express, rapid and local trains, JR bus companies and the JR Miyajima ferry. Purchase a pass for 7, 14, or 21 consecutive days of unlimited travel. 

There are two classes of travel to choose from – an Ordinary Pass offers standard class travel and a Green Pass provides a superior level of comfort, comparable to 1st class services. A Japan Rail Pass is simply the most convenient way to explore Japan. 

Popular Cities

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Vibrant, colourful and buzzing with people, Japan’s capital. Tokyo, is a city of contrast. Nestled among the neon lit streets and soaring skyscrapers you will find peaceful temples and shrines. Discover the dazzling shopping emporiums in Ginza, experience the pop culture of Harajuku or explore the tranquil East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. Tokyo – where the past meets the futures at every corner. 


  • See the spectacular views from the top of Tokyo’s Sky free, a must-do while in Tokyo.
  • Stroll through the Rikugien Garden, Tokyo’s most celebrated garden with its weeping cherry sakura. 
  • Watch a sumo wrestling match during the months of January, May or September.
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Home to ancient temples, Zen shrines, tori gates and beautiful gardens, Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan. Discover traditional teahouses, the captivating Geisha culture and enjoy Japanese fine dining in the Gion District. Walk through Arashiyama’s famous bamboo grove and take in the sacred atmosphere as you pass through soaring stalks of bamboo. Kyoto comes alive in April when it is cloaked in cherry blossoms. 


  • Take in the impressive sight of Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its endless number of red tori gates. 
  • See over 600 cherry trees in Maruyama Park, Kyoto’s most popular park during cherry blossoms season. 
  • Head to Nishiki Market, Kyoto’s hidden kitchen and eat like a local. 
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Hakone & Mt Fuji

In the shadow of Mt Fuji lies the city of Hakone. This mountains town is best known for its natural beauty and hot springs. Take a cruise on a pirate ship, see the red tori gates of Hakone Shrine and, on a clear day take in the spectacular views of My Fuji. 


  • Stay at a traditional ryokan and immerse yourself in Japanese Culture. 
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you soak in a natural hot spring.
  • Visit the Hakone Open-air Art Museum which houses some of the world’s best modern sculpture. 
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Regional Japan

Venture beyond the main cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka and discover the extraordinary scenery and ancient sites of regional Japan. Hiroshima is located on Japan’s main island of Honshu and boasts a range of cultural delights including art galleries, museums and regional cuisine. With a laid back culture, Takayama is known as ‘mini-Kyoto’ with streets reminiscent of old time Japan. Okinawa is a subtropical paradise with crystal blue waters perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Sapporo in the north is a ski lover’s paradise. 


  • Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded in 1945.
  • Buy fresh produce from the morning riverside market in Takayama Old Town.
  • Wander the winding lanes of Nagamachi in Kanazawa, once the residential district for the city’s samurai. 

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