Japan Travel Guides
Get to know Japan like a local…
Ready for your Japan holiday but need some last-minute inspiration? Luckily, our travel experts are on hand to advise you as you plan an unforgettable trip.
From unearthing Japan’s cultural highlights to suggesting unique activity ideas, our experts know the best way to explore this beautiful country and can help guide you ahead of your holiday.
So, whether you’re planning an active holiday to explore Japan’s great outdoors or an adventurous family break, take a look at our Japan guides and travel blogs to discover the very best of the country.
Japan is hailed as a land where old and new coexist in perfect harmony and nothing encapsulates its striking contrasts more than its artistic and theatrical offering. In Tokyo, historic shrines sit side by side with world renowned museums, whilst in Kyoto, Japan’s burgeoning contemporary art scene continues to grow from strength to strength.
For a few short weeks every year, Japan is painted in a shade of pastel pink as its cherry trees begin to blossom with delicate flowers, known as sakura. As the blooms sweep their way from the south to the north of the archipelago, the landscape becomes awash with pinkish hues and cherry blossom fever follows the natural phenomenon in its wake as it moves through Japan’s islands.
Japan is a playground for children. It is a world of robotics, pioneering technology, neon lights and make believe, confirming it as the perfect fairy tale destination for youngsters. Tales of ninjas, samurais and geishas will come to life from the moment you step foot in Japan, as you explore its futuristic cities, discover its fascinating history and uncover its ancient old traditions.
Get to know your ramen from your udon on the ultimate culinary adventure in Japan. As you’d expect fish dominates the foodie scene, however other tasty treats such as tempura, gyoza and wagyu beef feature consistently on menus up and down the country. So no matter whether its miso or meat that whets your appetite, there is something for everyone to tuck into during a holiday to Japan.
With one foot in its traditional past and the other striding out towards the future, Japanese culture is in a continual state of flux. As the country continues to pave the way for technological development, the essence of the country is steeped in traditional values and defined by its rich history.
Think of Japan and images of its buzzing metropolises spring to mind, yet look beyond the cityscape of Tokyo and a world of rolling rice fields, remote islands and verdant valleys awaits. With its bubbling hot springs, towering volcanoes and snow-capped mountains, Japan's varied topography is the perfect setting for an adventure in the great outdoors.
With an array of regional cuisines, cooking styles, and centuries-old culinary traditions, and with Tokyo boasting more Michelin stars than any other city in the world, Japan is the ultimate foodie destination. This unbelievable small group trip has been designed to be as delicious as it is luxurious.
Ryokans, or traditional Japanese inns, are the pinnacle of Japanese hospitality.
A luxury holiday to Japan wouldn't be complete without a stay in a beautiful ryokan, Japan's version of a boutique spa hotel where you're encouraged to do nothing but relax and just be. Many feature private onsens, delicious Kaita-kaiseki dining and omotenashi hospitality leaving you to rejuvenate amidst the peaceful surrounds of nature.
Our collection of ryokans have a fabulous reputation for being some of the best across Japan, providing you with the opportunity to indulge in Japanese tradition and culture.