Japan

​Japan is a country of contrasts: steeped in time-honoured traditions, yet home to an economy at the forefront of hi-tech industry.

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:
Our Orient travel experts suggest 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!

Featured Japan Journeys

Private12 days, from AU$24,870
Timeless Japan (2019)

​Experience Japan at its finest and most refined on a journey through the ancient and the ultra-modern in this most sophisticated of destinations.

Private12 days, from AU$24,870
Private10 days, from AU$16,115
Japan Ancient & Modern (2018)

Japan is an entrancing mix of ancient tradition and the ultra-modern.

Private10 days, from AU$16,115
Private12 days, from AU$24,225
Timeless Japan with Basara-tei (2019)

​Experience Japan at its finest and most refined on a journey through the ancient and the ultra-modern in this most sophisticated of destinations.

Private12 days, from AU$24,225
Group of 19914 days, from AU$25,325
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Wonders of Japan Cruise (2019)

Experience scenic, compelling Japan, visiting unique ports and rarely seen wilderness areas in luxury on board exclusively chartered 'Le Soleal.' Listen to lectures from A&K's award-winning Expedition Team.

Group14 days, from AU$25,325

Accommodation

Conrad Tokyo

Breathtaking views over Tokyo Bay and historic Hamarikyu Gardens.

Shangri-La Tokyo

​It's all about luxury at Shangri-La's Tokyo hotel. Spanning the top 11 floors in a 37-storey skyscraper in the Marunouchi district adjacent to Tokyo Station, the Shangri-La Tokyo offers an elegant respite from the bustling crowds of central Tokyo.

Aman Tokyo

Unique layouts and panoramic city views

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