Japan

Japan is home to ancient temples and shrines as well as futuristic cities, pristine landscapes, a vibrant contemporary culture and one of the world’s favourite cuisines.

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.

When to Go

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

Group of 1811 days, from AU$16,795
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Japan: Culture & Customs - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2019)

A country of astonishing contrasts, Japan is a wonderful and varied destination. On this journey we will introduce you to the country’s history and heritage from the modern era back through the feudal period of warlords and shogun

Group11 days, from AU$16,795
Group of 19914 days, from AU$25,325
Wonders of Japan Cruise

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
Private6 days, from AU$11,700
Art & Culture of Central Japan

Get off the beaten path with this short trip which showcases two of Japan’s most fascinating and little known towns. Kanazawa on the north coast of Honshu Island is fast emerging as the country’s new art and culture capital.

Private6 days, from AU$11,700
Group of 189 days, from AU$16,755
Classic Japan - A Luxury Small Group Journey

Delightful in both spring and autumn, Japan is as impressive in the season of cherry blossom as it is when the blazing autumnal foliage appears. Marvel at some of the country’s most impressive gardens and magnificent mountain landscapes.

Group9 days, from AU$16,755

Featured Accommodation

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel

​Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel is conveniently located in the city next to JR Hiroshima Station, with direct access to the bullet train and bus terminals.

St. Regis Osaka

Located along the famed street of Midosuji, heralded as the Champs Elysées of Osaka, the St. Regis Osaka is an eloquent expression of comfort, tranquillity and refined Japanese aesthetics.

Hidatei Hanaougi

​Hidatei Hanaougi is one of the top ryokans, or traditional inns, in the rural city of Takayama. Its architecture showcases famous native timbers including Japanese zelkova, thought to have a relaxing effect.

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