Japan is a fascinating land of contrasts, a melting pot of both the ancient and hyper modern worlds,...
Although Japan has big, vibrant cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, there is an abundance of nature to explore. In fact, two thirds of Japan is covered by forested mountains, hills, waterfalls, volcanoes, bamboo forests and is world famous for it Cherry Blossoms. Mount Fuji is Japan’s iconic landmark and is listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. One of the best views of Mount Fuji is at the Hakone National Park, where you can cruise on Lake Ashi. Take a ride on the Hakone Ropeway Cable car to the top for spectacular scenic views of the surrounding area.
The ancient Japanese culture has been around for thousands of years. The history of Japan is undeniably one of the major appeals of the destination, with many spectacular castles, temples and shrines to explore. Our local expert guides tours will share with you the captivating history and give you an authentic insight into the culture and people of this land. From the Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines throughout the country to the fascinating Samurai Warriors, you will immersed in this fascinating culture.
Japan is the perfect mix of culture, history and modern comfort. There are skyscrapers, modern restaurants, bright neon lights and has its own unique, modern style. Although the cities are modern, there a range of temples, markets and palaces scattered throughout many of the cities. The Tokyo Tower or the Sky Tree are both perfect spots to escape the bustle of the city and enjoy the amazing scenery from above.
Kyoto, Japan’s past capital, is a much more traditional city. A range of temples, bamboo forests and mountainside shrines are sprinkled throughout Kyoto, and offer a great insight into the traditions of the local people. You may even catch a glimpse of the elusive and mysterious Geisha girls of the Gion district. If you want to see a traditional performance, Kyoto is the place to go.
Hiroshima is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Japan. Although the city is internationally recognized for its tragic history, reviving strongly, Hiroshima now prides itself of being an international city of peace and culture. You will not only learn the important history of the city, but you can enjoy the tranquility of the Peace Memorial Park. A visit to see Itsukushima Shrine (the floating Tori Gate) on Miyajima Island, a UNESCO world-heritage site, which looks as if it is floating on the sea when it is at high tide.
Japan has more amazing food than just ramen or sushi! The locals love the Okonomiyaki pancakes, made with cabbage and topped with a variety of options. Other foods to try in Japan are Soba noodles, Yakiniku barbecue, Tempura, Sukiyaki, Yakitori and much. Our guide will take you to sample some of the best foods on offer. Japanese people also love their tea, especially Matcha Tea. Matcha is green tea, made from the finest tea leaves. The leaves are steamed, dried and made into a powder. It’s super healthy and delicious! A traditional Japanese tea ceremony is must do while you are in Japan. Visit a Brewery to taste Sake. Sake is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting rice and is the national beverage!
March through to November is considered the best time to visit Japan, although the summer (June- August) can be hot. One of the most popular times to visit Japan is March and April. This is the Cherry Blossom season and mass amounts of beautiful pink cherry blossoms cover the streets.