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Japan Touring Holidays

From bucket-list cities to quiet countryside areas, ski resorts to tropical islands, there truly is something for everyone in Japan.

The main perception of this fascinating country may begin and end with the city’s capital, Tokyo but there is so much more to discover. To aid in ensuring your trip to Japan is filled with excitement and adventure, take a look at our favourite spots, ready to mix and match into your perfect itinerary…

Is Japan on your bucket-list? Place an enquiry today and allow one of our Personal Travel Experts to begin planning your trip!

Tokyo

This neon city is often the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word “Japan”. However, (although spectacular) this city does not start and end with the bright lights of Shibuya Crossing. Dive into the nightlife of Shinjuku, shop till you drop in Harajuku, venture to the top of Tokyo Tower in Minato or even travel towards the coast to visit Tokyo Disneyland! This incredible city is both impressive in content and size, scaling at around 3 times the size of London. With this in mind, there are endless skylines to discover and appreciate, from the Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree and even glimpses of Mt Fuji on a clear day.

For those who travel to cities for historic buildings and religious sites, there are countless temples and shrines all over Tokyo but the main attraction is definitely the Imperial Palace; the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family. Art-lovers will be enchanted by a vast array of themed galleries, from paintings dated back to the Edo period to the futuristic Digital Art Museum in Koto City. As for the food, Japanese cuisine is outstanding in quality and provides endless options to discover; from the inventive sweets in Harajuku to small cafes specialising in the world-famous Katsu Curry however, don’t be discouraged with the options available (and even your ability to use chopsticks), Tokyo has a wide range of international cuisine readily available if you need some comfort food to help with the jet lag!

Osaka

This fabulous city effortlessly combines history with modern architecture. Providing everything you would expect from a city break at a much slower pace, Osaka is the perfect place for both rest and adventure. This historic merchant city has rightfully earned the title of the “Nation’s Kitchen” from its endless supply of street food and dining opportunities. A trip to Osaka would truly be wasted without a trip to the breath-taking Dotonbori at night as the warm neon lights, tempting smells, friendly atmosphere and music make for an unforgettable evening.

Another highlight of this city, is most certainly the picture-worthy Osaka Castle which has a fairytale appearance as the sun sets; surrounded by a manicured park, this site is the perfect place to take a break from city explorations. In terms of attractions, the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan holds the title of the world’s largest aquarium and provides mesmerising, close-up encounters with exotic marine life, including tanks from each of the Earth’s oceans! The other highlights of Osaka are endless, from Harukas 300 (a 300-metre tall observation deck) to the thrilling Universal Studios Japan so your days can be filled with as much or as little as you please.

Kyoto

Rightfully known as Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto is the place to be for discovering timeless and world-famous traditions. This historic city was once home to the Japanese Imperial Family and elements of the dedication to tradition are everywhere. Perhaps at the top of everyone’s bucket-list when visiting Japan is to see a Geisha (or an apprentice Geisha known as a Maiko in this city) in full dress. These highly-trained entertainers offer corporate hospitality visits and a night of cultural experiences to tourists. Should you wish to wear these stunning kimonos yourself, there are opportunities to do this all over the city, making for fantastic holiday photos. In terms of attractions, the famous bamboo forest Arashiyama, hundreds of red gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha, ancient streets of Sannenzaka and even the Golden Pavillion (or Kinkaku-ji) are more than enough to create a fabulous sight-seeing itinerary.

Kobe

The first thing that comes to mind for those who have an appreciation for fine foods is the term “Kobe beef”, an expensive delicacy which puts this city on the culinary map. However, Kobe has so much more to offer than a fabulous steak dinner! Kobe’s mesmerising skyline will excite architecture fans; from the impressive and modern Kobe Maritime Museum to the rather unexpected western-style mansions within the city’s Kitano-cho district. Active tourists looking for a breath of fresh air and perhaps even a dip in one of Japan’s famous “onsens” (or hot springs) can make the trip to Mount Rokko, where there are many attractions to see including a botanical garden, winter snow park and even an observatory. Back within the centre of Kobe, make your way to Kobe Harborland; an entertainments district filled with shops, places to eat, a movie theatre and even regular events for an afternoon of leisure.

Hiroshima

This city is known throughout history as the site of the atomic bomb which, alongside the destruction of Nagasaki, initiated the end of World War Two. With the remains of the Atomic Bomb Dome standing as a symbol of resilience and peace, Hiroshima’s recovery from these devastating events are something of marvel and beauty. This destination is perfect for those who love museums and gardens, offering a highly educational and scenic break to your journey around Japan. Should “retail therapy” be on your list of holiday priorities, there are plenty of shopping opportunities, from small streets to modern malls. When visiting Hiroshima, be sure to try the city’s most famous food, “okonomiyaki”, a noodle dish topped with a layer of batter, cabbage and a selection of optional extras.

Okinawa

Images of Okinawa can easily be mistaken for Fiji or the Caribbean as this stunning region is famed for its white sands and turquoise waters. Some shores have far reaching views of coral making this region a hotspot for diving and snorkelling. This tropical destination makes for the perfect break from exhausting city explorations, even allowing a moment to listen to gentle waves and to catch a tan. Step away from the beach and find enchanting caves, shrines, botanical gardens and even entertainment complexes. Should you wish to trade the views of blue waters for some greenery, the Yanbaru National Park, Hiji Falls and Pinaisara Falls nature areas also make for a wonderful way to spend a day of your trip.

Is Japan on your bucket-list? Place an enquiry today and allow one of our Personal Travel Experts to begin planning your trip!

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