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Where ancient and modern co-exist

Explore neon-lit cities, visit tranquil temples, and experience stunning natural landscapes on a Japan vacation.

There can be few countries where past and present co-exist quite so strikingly as they do in Japan. On the one hand, Japan is at the cutting edge of innovation; on the other, it’s a country with a deep reverence for the past, where ancient traditions live on unchanged.

Japan’s futuristic side is showcased unashamedly in the neon lights of Tokyo and Osaka, and in the iconic bullet train that speeds travelers through the Japanese countryside. Yet, as you’ll discover on a Japan vacation, it’s the country’s natural landscape and cultural heritage that its people seem most proud of.

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japan highlights

  • Stay in a tatami mat room in a ryokan

    This historic style of Japanese Inn originated in the Edo Period and is an insight into local culture. Many ryokans have an onsen, or hot spring, on site and offer traditional multi-course dining called kaiseki.

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  • See Mount Fuji from Hakone

    Perhaps Japan’s most iconic sights, Mount Fuji can be seen from Tokyo on a clear day, but travelling a couple of hours to Hakone allows travellers to enjoy the mountain views surrounded by the beautiful natural scenery and hot springs, as well as a variety of options for viewing the mountain itself, such as a cruise on Lake Ashi-no.

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  • Meet a maiko in Kyoto

    An exclusive Maiko dinner and performance in Kyoto gives you a unique opportunity to learn about the life of an apprentice Geisha.

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  • Wander old-world towns in the Kiso Valley

    Travel back in time and soak up the old-world atmosphere of the Kiso Valley. Wander the villages of Magome and Tsumago or explore World Heritage-listed Shirakawago, dotted with traditional thatch-roof homes.

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  • Tsukiji fish markets in Tokyo

    The fish market in Tokyo is the largest in the world, and it is well worth rising early to explore the markets as they bustle with local trade, before a sushi breakfast as fresh as they come.

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  • Spot a geisha in Kyoto or Kanazawa

    Spot a beautiful Geisha steal through Kyoto's atmospheric Gion district in the quiet of dusk or visit the old Geisha Quarters of Hagashi Street and Nomura-ke House in the samurai district of Kanazawa.

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  • Visit the snow monkeys

    When the snow begins to fall, the macaques of Yudanaka jump into the natural hot springs to keep warm. Watch them frolic in the pools as the steaming water melts the sprinkling of snow from their winter coats.

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  • Race through the countryside on a bullet train

    Rail in Japan is reasonably priced, fast and extremely reliable, and a trip on one of the high-speed bullet trains is not only a convenient form of transport but an exciting experience.

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  • Discover Japanese cuisine

    The Japanese passion for food means meticulously-prepared dishes are an art form in themselves. Produce is both seasonal and regional, and culinary tourism is popular with both local and international guests. Get your hands on some of the huge variety of typically Japanese dishes and taste it for yourself.

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  • Take part in a tea ceremony in Kanazawa or Kyoto

    A renowned part of Japanese culture, take part in a traditional Tea Ceremony in Kyoto or Kanazawa.

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