The snow-clad peaks of iconic Mt Fuji and the mountains of Hokkaido, the Shinto shrines and geishas of Kyoto and the fast-moving neon-lit metropolis of Tokyo combine to make it a country of extraordinary beauty, while its historic and cultural attractions make it a unique and exciting travel destination. One of the great benefits of travelling there with A&K is breaking through the language barrier with your own knowledgeable English-speaking guide to translate and make your travel plans run smoothly. Let A&K tailor your personal itinerary to take in the modern highlights of Osaka and Tokyo, the traditional culture of the samurai or kabuki theatre or perhaps a traditional tea ceremony or the compelling early-morning bustle of the renowned Tsukiji fish market.
Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the mountains of Hokkaido. Admire Mt Fuji as it rises above scenic lakes, forests and hiking trails. In Kyoto, encounter the blend of ancient monuments, beautiful temples, samurai castles, Shinto shrines and authentic geisha culture alongside modern Japan’s fast paced lifestyle. In Tokyo, get lost in the dynamic surrounds of neon lights, retail complexes, restaurants and museums. Drop down a gear with a traditional tea ceremony or sample Japanese fine cuisine. Make time to experience the famous hot springs and inns in Hakone.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
April: This is cherry blossom time across the country when the Japanese flock to parks and temple gardens to see the trees in flower. This is such a busy time bookings should be made well in advance. October-November: View the spectacular autumn foliage through the gardens and forests. Weatherwise: November, April and May are the best times to visit when the weather is mild. In January and February the weather is normally sunny and dry but winter days can be short. Avoid the rainy season from early June to mid-July. But if you are coming to ski, then winter (peaking in February) is when the ski slopes in the central highlands and northern regions are covered with deep, dry snow – powder junkie heaven!
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