Japan

Discover ancient traditions, meticulous etiquette and a timeless culture woven into the fabric of everyday life.

Japan is as unique as it is beautiful.

The archipelago of islands, known as the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ is a place where ancient and modern collide. Where a tranquil Shinto shrine sits sandwiched between cloud-piercing urban skyscrapers. And where ladies draped in decorative silk kimonos wait to board bullet trains. The contradictions are illuminating, exciting and inviting.

Feel the vibrant urban pulse of Tokyo where neon-lit skyscrapers are juxtaposed against Edo-period palaces and shrines. Turn back time in Kyoto where the mysterious Geisha culture blends into a backdrop of Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and World Heritage Sites. In Osaka, sample lip-smacking street food and in Hiroshima, pay your respects at the Memorial Peace Park and Museum. Discover onsen resorts around Hakone and marvel at the snow-clad peak of iconic Mt Fuji. And revel in the art and architecture of Kanazawa and Naoshima Island. Right across the country, enjoy authentic local insight and exclusive access to people and places. There’s something to captivate even the most well-travelled on an A&K journey in Japan.

Decades of in-country expertise means our Journey Designers can curate exceptional activities and experiences for you that are beyond the reach of the average traveller. Piece these together as a framework for your own bespoke adventure or find them in our featured journeys.

Continent Asia
Language Japanese
Capital Tokyo
Population 126,476,461
Area 377,915 km²
Currency Japanese yen

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Decades of in-country expertise means our Journey Designers can curate exceptional activities and experiences for you that are beyond the reach of the average traveller. Piece these together as a framework for your own bespoke adventure or find them in our featured journeys.

When to Go

Japan flourishes throughout the year with three standout seasons to travel.

The peak travel season coincides with hanami – cherry blossom viewing – from late March to April. Streets, laneways, canals, parks and gardens burst with pink petals and the alluring scent of spring. Bookings for this time of year should be made well in advance.

Autumn foliage is another major drawcard from October to November. Golden ginkgo trees brighten boulevards. The indisputable king of autumn, the maple, glows in every toasty hue from city parks to mountain forests. Both spring and autumn bring mild temperatures with little rainfall and clear skies.

Japan is also beautiful in winter, where temples, gardens and towns glisten under freshly fallen snow. If you wish to hit the slopes as part of your Japanese journey, December through to March is the best time to travel.

More Information About A&K's Japan

Abercrombie & Kent’s love for the Orient began in the 1970s and has grown stronger since those pioneering journeys. A&K has more than a dozen offices across Asia, including one in Japan, with hundreds of travel experts on the ground who are ready to turn your travel dreams into unforgettable experiences. We pride ourselves on crafting journeys that take you into the heart and soul of destinations in extraordinary style and comfort and we cover all parts of Japan from the four main islands (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu) to the southerly Ryukyu Islands.

Our dedicated team of experts know and love their country, and are poised to bring you the best that Japan has to offer whether you’re looking to explore with your family, partner or going solo on luxury small group journeys, private tours, expedition cruises and exclusive private jet journeys.

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