Our guide to Japan

Kyoto & Around

Secreted among lush forests, Kyoto is the antidote to Tokyo – a serene ensemble of gardens, shrines and temples. Kyoto was the imperial capital until 1868 and is modern day Japan’s cultural center with its white-faced Geishas, traditional tea ceremonies and atmospheric dining. It’s the perfect place to while away a few days, wandering old lanes and getting to know the cultural heart of Japan.

Kyoto’s signature is its temples, palaces and shrines. One of our favorites is the Kinkakuji Temple because of the way its golden layers reflect in the pond below. We also recommend the Ryoanji Temple with its distinctive rock garden, and impressive Nijo Castle, a former shogun residence. To us, Kyoto is also about experiences: ambling around in Gion, the Geisha district, taking part in a traditional tea ceremony or treating your taste buds at Nishiki Market, which is a hive of centuries-old Japanese culinary activity.

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Authentic Japan

Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa & Kyoto

Journey through Japan on this 11-night adventure that mixes Japan's neon bright cutting-edge cities with graceful temples, Shinto shrines and heritage villages. Japan is a country like no other and nothing quite prepares you for its extraordinary world class cities, refined and discreet culture and truly unique way of life. This itinerary...

Best for: Culture, History, Spa & health

Highlights of Japan

Tokyo, Kyoto & Hakone National Park

This itinerary provides a brilliant highlight tour of Japan visiting the main cultural sites including Tokyo, Kyoto and Hakone. Japan is a completely unique destination with a fascinating blend of ancient culture and modern cityscapes, which you will be able to experience beautifully through this journey through the country.

Best for: Honeymoon, Rail, Adventure

Japan for Teenagers

Tokyo, Yudanaka, Kanazawa & Kyoto

This unforgettable journey is designed with teenagers in mind, combining the weird and wonderful with arts and crafts and the great outdoors. The journey takes in Snow Monkeys, Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa, brilliantly combining interests for adults and kids alike. Brimming with unique experiences, this is one of our favorite family itineraries.

Best for: Family, History, Teenagers, Adventure

Japan in Spring - Cherry Blossom Season

Tokyo, Miyajima, Kyoto & Hakone

This beautiful itinerary allows to you experience Japan in its most famed and spectacular season, Sakura, when the beautiful Cherry Blossoms blanket the country. Taking you throughout the island of Honshu, visit Japan in spring to see the beautiful cherry blossom in full bloom. This itinerary takes you to Hakone National Park and Miyajima Island,...

Best for: Culture, Adventure, Couples, Honeymoon

Japan in Ultimate Luxury

Tokyo, Yamashiro Onsen, Kyoto, Ise Peninsula

There's no place quite like Japan with its skyscrapers, samurai and sake to be savoured. Delve into Japanese culture on this breath-taking journey from Tokyo, to samurai city Kanazawa, onto Kyoto, ending with an Aman fix at both Amanemu and Aman Tokyo. With exceptional private guiding and stays at some of the most spectacular hotels and ryokans in...

Best for: Culture, History, Seriously Special, Spa & health

Active Japan

Tokyo, Kiso Valley, Kyoto, Miyajimaguchi & Lake Kawaguchi (Mount Fuji)

Japan is most often praised for its incredibly rich culture and history with its natural beauty often being overlooked. This itinerary shows you a different side to Japan, taking in the best of country's most inspiring cities and combining them with the Nakasendo Walking Trail, an ancient postal route through wild forests, and the beautiful...

Best for: Adventure, Culture, Seriously Special

Culinary Japan

Osaka, Kyoto, Kanazawa & Tokyo

This itinerary is perfect for foodies, who love venturing through a new country led by their taste buds. With such an array of regional cuisines, cooking styles and the capital boasting more Michelin stars than any other city in the world, Japan is a culinary delight and through this itinerary you’ll be able to experience some its many delicious...

Grand Tour of China and Japan

Hong Kong, Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai, Tokyo, Kyoto & Hakone

This itinerary takes you on a journey through two amazing countries, China and Japan. From the heights of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo to the Forbidden City in Beijing and geishas in Kyoto, this itinerary incorporates our top highlights of these two rich cultures.

Best for: Adventure, Culture, Off the beaten track

Honeymoon in Japan

Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa & Takayama

Japan is the perfect honeymoon destination, full of exotic mystery, with something new to discover around each corner. This beautiful itinerary allows you to experience the country at a relaxed pace from the bright lights of Tokyo, the intertwining lanes of the Gion district in Kyoto, fascinating Kanazawa and of course a stay in a traditional...

Japan in Depth

Tokyo, Nakasendo Walking Trail, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kanazawa & Takayama

This extensive itinerary allows you to experience all the main cultural highlights of Japan with stops in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima alongside the more off the beaten track destinations of Tsumago, Kiso-Fukushima, Takayama and Shirakawago. With a brilliant mix of fast-paced cityscapes, cultural strongholds and beautiful rural vistas this itinerary...

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