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

Private3 days, from AU$4,415
Hiroshima

​Better known for its tragic past, a visit to Hiroshima is a reminder of the catastrophic moment in 1945 when the city was hit by the world's first atomic bomb.

Private3 days, from AU$4,415
Private10 days, from AU$17,335
Ancient & Modern

A country of contrasts, Japan is steeped in time-honoured tradition yet home to a thriving hi-tech industry in its urban metropolises.

Private10 days, from AU$17,335
Group of 19913 days, from US$16,995
Wonders of Japan (2017)

Experience scenic, compelling Japan, visiting unique ports and rarely seen wilderness areas in luxury on board exclusively chartered 'L'Austral'.

Group13 days, from US$16,995
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

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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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