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Overview

Japan has lured untold numbers of adventurers since Marco Polo first introduced it to the world back in the 13th century as "Zipangu - the Land of Gold."

Japan offers great cultural variety, colourful and inspiring natural attractions beautifully interwoven by four distinct seasonal changes, not to mention the hospitality of its people. Here you'll find an impressive mix of cutting-edge technology and super efficient public transport systems alongside peaceful oriental gardens and ...

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TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

TAILOR-MADE

Classic Japan

From the big bustling cities to quaint rural villages, you can take in all the highlights with this perfectly balanced trip combining cultural experiences, ancient landmarks, natural beauties and historic towns
12 days from €4,199
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Japan Family Adventure

Japan's rich culture and iconic history make it a destination so perfectly suited to family members of all ages. Handpicked experiences include interactive, educational workshops and fun, active tours in iconic settings
12 days from €4,112
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Japan In Style

Perfect for that special occasion, this carefully curated trip combines some of Japan’s most elegant accommodation options, lavishly scenic landscapes and cultural centrepieces for an exquisite experience to remember
13 days from €4,988

HIGHLIGHTS OF JAPAN

BEST EXPERIENCES

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Kanazawa

Home to a famous castle, a Samurai quarter and a fascinating Geisha district, Kanazawa enjoys a historical pedigree that can trace its origins back centuries. The air raids of the Second ...

Kyoto

Japan's ancient capital and the country's seventh largest city, Kyoto lies at the cultural heart of this intriguing nation. Home to no fewer than 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which include ...

Tokyo

Japan's largest city and its capital since 1868, Tokyo is a city of remarkable energy and innovation. A captivating fusion of the old and the new, this constantly changing metropolis is filled with ...

Hiroshima & Miyajima

Surrounded by the saw-toothed peaks of the Choguki Mountains, Hiroshima is surely one of Japan’s most emotive settings. Sandwiched between the narrow plains and rugged ...

Kiso Valley

A quaint little town on the historic Edo Period Nakasendo highway surrounded by the Kiso Valley. Although bigger than many of the other post-stations, the atmosphere of the town remains quiet and tranquil,...

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

Hotel Granvia Kyoto, Kyoto

Located at Kyoto Station in what is one of the most of the amazing buildings you will see anywhere in the world, the Granvia is fast acquiring a reputation as the best hotel in the city, offering…

Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Kyoto

The Hyatt Regency Kyoto is a stylish luxury hotel ideally located in Japan’s enchanting cultural capital. A short walk from Kyoto’s geisha district and boasting superb facilities and great cuisine, the…

Iwaso, Miyajima

Transforming into a sea of colour in spring, the Iwaso ryokan is situated in a beautiful part of Momijidani Park. Founded in 1893, this classic Japanese inn was the first establishment to open its…

Komanoyu Ryokan, Kiso-Fukushima

The Komanoyu Ryokan is only a 15-minute drive from Kiso-Fukushima Train Station. Delve into the traditional Japanese lifestyle in this ryokan, a Japanese-style inn, which caters for Westerners. The…

Nikko Hotel, Kanazawa

The four-star Nikko Hotel is a 29-storey, high-rise building that was designed by a Japanese-French team who succeeded in giving it a boutique hotel ambience despite its size. Its lobby exudes a French…

Onyado Tsutaya, Kiso-Fukushima

During 320 years of business as an inn on the Nakasendo Road, this minshuku has remained largely unchanged with hot spring water from the holy Ontake Mountain. The inn has great respect for traditions…

Park Hyatt Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo

Occupying the top 14 floors of the Shinjuku Tower, the five-star Park Hyatt offers elegant interiors and spectacular views. Considered to be one of the finest hotels in the city, on a clear day you can…

Sainoniwa Hotel, Kanazawa

The Sainoniwa Hotel is surrounded by four gardens that change colours with the seasons. The interior design of the rooms is a fusion of modern Western and traditional Japanese styles. You will have the…

Sheraton Grand, Hiroshima

Situated in front of Hiroshima’s main railway station, the four-star Sheraton Grand is ideally located for accessing the city’s downtown area. Providing a choice of standard, deluxe and club category,…

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60 SECOND GUIDE TO JAPAN

A short WIld Frontiers style guide to Japan, the 'Land of the Rising Sun'. Japan offers great cultural variety, colourful and inspiring natural attractions beautifully interwoven by four distinct s…

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Japan though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is not present in Japan, but we recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.

Currency

In Japan the official unit of currency is the Yen.

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.

Cultural Sensitivity

While Japanese culture and customs can be confusing at first, as a foreigner you are generally not expected to understand them. In fact, many Japanese take a pride in the belief that their culture is extremely complex and impossible for the foreigner to comprehend. You will likely be forgiven for any minor cultural gaffs you make. However, it is important to show respect for the Japanese and their beliefs, as in any other country you visit.

Language: Try to learn a few phrases before you go. The language is not too hard to pick up and there are very few sounds difficult for an English-speaker to pronounce. The Japanese will never make fun of you if you make a mistake.

Language & Religion

Although Japanese is the official language in Japan, many people can speak English, and tourists will not struggle to find their way around big cities with no knowledge of Japanese phrases. It is recommended to have destinations like hotels, restaurants and attractions written in Japanese so that they may be shown to taxi drivers, people on the street, and others who might provide assistance. All Japanese learn English at school but can listen and read English better than they can speak it.

Shintoism, which is indigenous to Japan, and Buddhism, which was introduced to Japan in the sixth century, are the two main religions in Japan. Many Japanese practice religions, celebrating birth and marriage in accordance with Shinto rites while following Buddhist ceremonies for funerals and memorial services. Shintoism, which originated as a way of dealing with ancient people’s fears of demons and the supernatural, has no written doctrines. A Shinto place of worship is referred to as a shrine. The Buddhist place of worship is a temple. Freedom of religion is guaranteed to all by the constitution.

Time

Japan is 9 hours ahead of GMT. A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.

Food and drink

Travellers can enjoy world-famous cuisine whilst in Japan as it really is the food capital of the world: with 302 Michelin stars awarded to restaurants in its capital city and 26 three-Michelin-star restaurants in the country (tied with France for most in the world), there are just as many fine dining options as there are sushi and noodle joints!

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