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Futuristic skylines, enduring cultural traditions & epic natural landscapes

The best way to describe Japan is using its most well-known cuisine, sushi. Imagine yourself at a sushi counter, watching dish after dish float past; a plate piled high with neon-lit skyscrapers, followed by a traditional soup bowl of communal hot spring baths.

Each dish is quintessentially Japanese, whilst the flavours are rich, diverse and often unexpected. Japan has so much to offer, with a history and culture so far removed from the West, you won’t believe you’re still on the same planet.

Japan’s landscapes range from sparkling cityscapes to snow-capped mountain territories, to tranquil gardens of cherry blossoms and koi carp.

The country’s history features ancient feudal castles and centuries-old traditions of geisha and samurai; the modern devastation of World War II and a contemporary rebirth into the land of rising technological advances.

Equally as contrasting and paradoxical, the Japanese are suited businessmen playing arcade games in Tokyo’s Akihabara, monks meditating in the hills of Koya-san, young girls in the mad-genius fashions of Harajuku and the hospitable ryokan hosts of rural onsen towns.

Therefore, the task of putting together a Japan holiday itinerary that best showcases the multi-sided dice of Japanese experience is not easy.

Wayfairer's trip itineraries to Japan are designed to get you started (and of course, our Japan travel specialists are able to create bespoke tours of Japan upon request). Our luxury tours of Japan are all packed with unique encounters with nature and local communities.

Highlights include afternoon tea with a maiko (apprentice geisha) in Kyoto; a helicopter tour of Tokyo after dark; samurai sword dancing lessons; foodie experiences such as sake tasting sessions, bento making classes and a street food safari in Osaka; as well as an indulgent dip in the volcanic waters of a mountain onsen.

Our luxury holiday specialists listen to your specific requirements and requests, creating a tailor made private tour catered to you and your partner, family or friends.

Start curating your exclusive tour of Japan today by contacting our knowledgeable team of Japan travel experts and discover what Japan can offer you.

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Example Japan Trips

Wayfairer’s range of luxury Japan itineraries are specially designed to accommodate different holiday types and groups of travellers, to create the right Japan holiday for you. Our Highlights of Japan Tour is recommended for first-time visitors to Japan and includes Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone National Park and the Japanese Alps. The Cultural Tour of Japan focuses on the food and art scene in Tokyo and Kyoto, and features a stay in a monastery on Mount Koya and a trip to artsy Naoshima Island.

The Japan Honeymoon itinerary is an adventurous and luxurious tour for a couple of explorers, venturing around the three major Japanese cities, as well as Hiroshima, Hakone and Kinosaki Onsen. Alternatively, the Rural Japan Tour will take you well off the beaten path to destinations such as Iya Valley, mountain escapes and island getaways.

Best times to visit Japan

Japan has quite extreme seasons: hot and humid summers and bitterly cold, snowy winters (some of the northern regions and islands are popular skiing destinations during the winter months). Therefore, the best times to visit Japan are spring and autumn, though these are also the most popular. Another reason to visit Japan during these seasons are the gorgeous colours brought about by candyfloss-like cherry blossoms (sakura) and rich warm hues of the changing leaves – both of which create picturesque settings in Japan’s parks, castle grounds and rural areas. 

The Sakura festival in March involves the whole of Tokyo leaving their offices to admire the blooming of the pretty cherry blossom trees in Shinjuku Gyoen Park. The snow festival in Sapporo, Hokkaido is a wintertime wonderland, with hundreds of ice sculptures lit up and a magical experience for children and adults.

Where to go in Japan

Japan is home to some of the world's biggest and most exciting mega-cities. Superlative Tokyo, relaxed Osaka and sophisticated Kyoto each offer something slightly different, from modern skyscrapers to ancient temples to eccentric fashion boutiques. Japan's rural regions are often overlooked by first-timers, but once you've reclined in the mineral-rich thermal waters of a mountain onsen, you'll be looking to explore more of this country's countryside. Scenic highlights include the Fuji views of Hakone, the commanding cliffs of Shikoku's Iya Valley and the peaceful mountain-top monasteries of sacred Mount Koya.

There are also the destinations which defy categorisation: the creative art project that is Naoshima Island, the tragic history (and subsequent rebirth) of Hiroshima, as well as mechanical dolls atop Takayama Festival's biannual procession of floats. Japan is a truly diverse country, filled with all kinds of surprises.

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HAKONE
Ritsurin garden in Shikoku, Japan
SHIKOKU
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TAKAYAMA
Kanazawa in Japan
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Accommodation in Japan

Our Japan accommodations ranges from opulent luxury hotel stays with in-house spas and fine dining, to traditional and charming ryokan (guesthouses) run by local hosts, to a unique stay at a monastery with the monks of Mount Koya. A trip to the art haven of Naoshima will see you stay at Benesse House, one of the major art galleries on the island, designed by world-famous architect Tadao Ando. In contrast, the luxury Iwaso Ryokan on Miyajima Island has an impressive history dating back to 1893 and has previously hosted members of the Japanese royal family.

View our hand-picked accommodations in Japan that'll suit those in search of modern amenities, luxurious comforts and authentic local experiences.

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