Japan is renowned for promoting its own Ichi-go ichi-e (Japanese slang for once-in-a-lifetime encounter)
Japan entrances with a culture that is by turns beautiful, unique and unfathomable. This is a land of delightful contrasts, where futuristic skyscrapers share space with ancient Shinto shrines, and dazzling fashions coexist alongside age-old customs.
Immerse in the bright lights of downtown Tokyo, a world of hyperactive commerce and endless entertainment, where every shop and billboard seems to vie for your attention. This is the face of modern Japan, with its neon lights, cutting-edge technology and ever-changing fashions. Two and half hours by high speed train west of Tokyo, the old Imperial capital of Kyoto presents a quite different face. Often called the cultural capital of Japan, here you can explore the relics of a bygone Imperial age in the form of thousands of beautifully-preserved temples, gardens and palaces, of which no fewer than 17 are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Nara is almost as richly endowed with cultural treasures as neighbouring Kyoto, while Osaka, often dubbed the “kitchen of the nation”, is the perfect place to explore Japan’s rich and unique food culture. The Japanese Alps, in central Honshu, are barely two hours by train from Tokyo and offer dramatic mountain scenery and charming hot spring resorts. A holiday in Japan will also deliver scenic beauty by the bucketload from the perfect symmetry of Mount Fuji’s iconic cone to the coastal beauty of Matsushima Bay that has inspired poets and writers for centuries.
Dining will be one of the highlights of your Japan holiday from the freshest of fresh sushi to delicious teppanyaki and warming Ramen broths. Each regions boasts its own speciality and the culinary delights range from steaming street-side stalls to fine dining in some the most highly regarded restaurants in the world. Tokyo alone boasts over 200 Michelin starred restaurants!