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

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 1813 days, from AU$14,495
Japan: Festivals & Culture - An A&K Hosted Journey (2018)

2018 Departures: Apr & Sep

Group13 days, from AU$14,495
Private4 days, from AU$5,835
Naoshima Island

The tiny island of Naoshima in the Seto Inland Sea of southern Japan is world famous for its remarkable art installations and cutting edge architecture.

Private4 days, from AU$5,835
Group of 189 days, from US$9,795
Luxury Small Group Journey - Classic Japan (2017)

Experience the many facets of Japanese culture on this immersive journey. Participate in a Shinto ceremony, observe the ancient art of the tea ceremony and enjoy entertainment by a geiko (geisha) as well as a meiko (apprentice geisha).

Group9 days, from US$9,795
Group of 189 days, from US$9,995

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Conrad Tokyo

Breathtaking views over Tokyo Bay and historic Hamarikyu Gardens.

Aman Tokyo

Unique layouts and panoramic city views

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