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Japan Holidays

Japan holidays

There has never been a better time to explore the wonders of Japan. Gearing up to one of the biggest events in its calendar, the 2020 Olympics will provide international-friendly enhancements to the country’s infrastructure, making it so much easier for you to experience the amazing sights you’ve always dreamt of visiting on your journey to the Land of the Rising Sun.

From the Cherry Blossom season in April to the flaming Autumn foliage of  Daisetsuzan National Park to the Gion Matsuri festival in July, prepare to be astounded by your holiday to Japan. It’s a country that never ceases to surprise even the well-seasoned traveller.

Train your lens on the snow-tipped peaks of Mount Fuji, shop on the neon-lit streets of Shinjuku, surround yourself with world-class Japanese architecture, and wander through photogenic forests of bamboo. It’s an adventure that tops most peoples’ travel wish-list.  To travel with ease through one of the most polite nations on Earth, call our Destination Specialists and start planning your adventure to the endlessly intoxicating culture and landscape of Japan.

A dizzying melting pot of culture, nature and history

There’s so much to do to satisfy even the most ardent of Japan enthusiasts. Foodies should pack their appetites and embark on an insightful Gourmet Japan Tour. Home to some of the finest gastronomic experiences in the world, learn from culinary experts, and explore exotic marketplaces, touring temples and shrines, while evenings are spent relaxing in traditional Japanese inns.

Witness the famous Yakushima macaques, those loveable snow monkeys bathing in the hot springs of Jigokudani National Park. Explore Kyoto, studying all the history and craftsmanship of Nijo Castle. Observe the fascinating art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and immerse yourself in unique Geisha culture. The Shinkansen (Bullet) Train will transport you at high speeds across an ever-changing landscape from the spectacular views of Kyoto’s Kiyomizu Temple to the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima.

We anticipate Japan will be on everyone’s wish list for 2020, so book early to see your dream Japan itinerary come to life.

Destination Highlights
  • Cruise Lake Ashi for views of Mount Fuji
  • Explore the dazzling districts of Tokyo
  • Relax in hot springs and enjoy traditional Japanese ryokan hospitality
  • Enjoy picnics under flowering cherry blossom trees
  • Travel on-board the technological wonder that is the Shinkansen Bullet Train
  • Immerse yourself in Geisha culture and witness the Tea Ceremony
  • Meet the famous snow monkeys of Jigokudani National Park
Essential Information
See Practical Information
  • Time Zone GMT+9
  • Currency Japanese yen (JPY)
  • Visa Information British citizens don’t need to obtain a visa if staying less than 90 days.
  • Language Japanese
  • Flight Time Direct flights are available with Japan Airlines, British Airways and All Nippon Airways who all offer a direct daily services from London Heathrow to Tokyo.
  • Health Information No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Japan.

Top Tips from our Experts

George

Destination Specialist

“Japan is best enjoyed late March to early April, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and the true beauty of the country is uncovered.  But book early, or else you will miss out on this spectacular sight.”

Gina

Destination Specialist

“Make sure to include a visit to Sagano Bamboo Forest in Kyoto and take the short walk to the Tenryuji Temple. To get the best pictures plan your visit in the morning before the large crowds arrive.”

Barbara

Destination Specialist

“There’s nothing better than sitting in your own private onsen while soaking up the amazing views that Japan has to offer. So why not choose to live like a local and stay in one of Japan’s many ryokans and enjoy the local hot springs.”

Our Japan destinations

Japan

Tokyo

Tokyo
Kiyomizu Temple Japan

Japan

Kyoto

Kyoto

Japan

Hiroshima

Hiroshima
Cherry blossom season in Japan

Japan

Takayama

Takayama

Japan

Osaka

Osaka

Types of Japan holidays

Japan Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Japan Tours

Tours

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Japan take 11 hours and 35 minutes. There are currently direct flights from London Heathrow to Tokyo with British Airways, Japan Airlines, and All Nippon Airways, along with various indirect flights from UK airports year-round.

Tipping is not part of the culture in Japan. In some circumstances, it may even be seen as insulting and it may be refused. So, it’s best to avoid tipping altogether and simply say thank you if you feel you have received particularly good service.

Japan has some of the safest and most efficient public transport in the world. But, plan ahead, it can get very busy during festivals and peak periods. Major cities may have some transport signs in English, but it is best to learn some phrases before you travel.

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