Luxury Japan Travel
Luxury Japan Travel
Let's Plan Your Travel to Japan
Nowhere else provides such striking contrasts as Japan. Centuries-old customs meet advanced technology; serene monasteries sit alongside strikingly futuristic public spaces; sprawling neon-lit cities fold out to dense forests and soaring mountains; intricate multi-course kaiseki dinners pair with mouth-watering street food and vibrant nightlife.
Each new day in Japan brings fresh surprises. Get lost in Tokyo’s 1000 neighbourhoods, discover a treasure trove of heritage sites in Kyoto, drink and dine yourself to ruin in Osaka, observe Buddhist monks at their serene work in Mount Koya, walk in rich natural scenery in the Kiso Valley, or soak in the hot springs of Hakone National Park. In Japan’s busiest cities you’re never far from a tranquil park or majestic garden; in the sleepiest rural village there’s always that tiny antique store or noodle stand that becomes the highlight of your day.
As a destination, Japan really can offer it all. Urban escapades in Tokyo and Osaka really are unbeatable; heritage sightseeing in Kyoto, Nara, Nikko, or Hiroshima throw up insights into both ancient and modern history; Takayama and Kanazawa offer beautifully preserved samurai quarters, artisan craft stores, and stunning gardens; gorgeous hikes and thrilling outdoor adventure can be found in the Alps, Miyajima, and Kii or Noto peninsulas; the food is incredible, from the humblest stand-up ramen joint to the most lavish and precisely-executed sushi extravaganza; and the people, most of all, are extraordinary – enthusiastic, excitable, and open-hearted.
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Suggested Itineraries for Japan
Our specialists have travelled extensively throughout Japan. They have curated a selection of sample itineraries, designed to showcase the key destinations and experiences in Japan, and provide inspiration for your luxury tailor-made tour.
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto7 NightsFrom $3,122 PPA 7-night discovery of Japan’s futuristic capital Tokyo, ancient capital and cultural heartland Ky...
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hakone11 NightsFrom $3,833 PPDiscover Japan’s most enchanting sights on this classic tour covering Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, and ...
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Osaka, Takayama14 NightsFrom $6,063 PPExplore the best of Japan in two weeks: thrilling cities, alluring traditional towns, and stunning n...
Tokyo, Matsumoto, Kiso Valley, Kyoto, Mount Koya, Osaka11 NightsFrom $4,356 PPThis tour of Japan journeys deeper, contrasting its buzzing cities with tradition, spirituality, and...
Best Hotels in Japan
We hand-pick our accommodation in Japan based on first-hand experience, thorough research, and the very latest industry updates. Below you’ll find a snapshot of our preferred properties in key destinations.
Luke our Asia Specialist
When is the best time to travel to Japan?
Japan experiences surprisingly bitter winters and steamy summers, so generally the best time to visit is in the spring or autumn months when the weather is clear, dry, and warm. These periods also see Japan at its most photogenic: either with pink and white sprays of cherry blossom in March and April, or autumnal wash of oranges and reds in October and November.
Can I travel in Japan without speaking Japanese?
Absolutely. Signage in all major towns and cities is in both Japanese and English, ensuring Japan’s outstanding public transport is easily accessible for western visitors. Although spoken English may be patchy among the general public, Japanese people are enthusiastically helpful and polite to a fault – you’ll never struggle to find someone willing to offer advice or assistance, or to strike up a conversation at an attraction or in a bar.
What are the must-sees for a first-time trip to Japan?
Tokyo of course – you’ll almost certainly be flying in or out of the capital, and as one of the world’s greatest cities it demands thorough exploration. Kyoto is also a must – Japan’s former capital, littered with UNESCO heritage sites and offering a wealth of enticing cultural experiences. Hiroshima and attractive offshore neighbour Miyajima, buzzing second city Osaka, and stunning Hakone National Park, in the shadow of Mt Fuji, are also all worthy inclusions.
Is it easy to get off-the-beaten-track?
Again, absolutely yes. Japan’s world-renowned rail system can have you out of the major cities and into stunning rural scenery in just a couple of hours. The Japanese Alps – a series of mountain ranges between Tokyo and Kyoto – are especially ripe for exploration. Shikoku and the surrounding Seto Island Sea offer a dizzying array of charming port towns and sleepy islands, notably Naoshima, a mecca for contemporary art. Second-time visitors may choose to dedicate an entire itinerary to either Hokkaido in the north – offering skiing, wild nature, breweries – or Kyushu to the south – boasting sub-tropical forests, charm onsen villages, possibly Japan’s best ramen.
Should I worry about cultural etiquette in Japan?
The Japanese have a reputation for being overly formal and hard to read. In some settings – business for example – this certainly is true, but generally speaking as an overseas tourist travelling to Japan you’ll be given an extremely warm welcome, and most faux pass can be avoided by showing good manners and positive body language. Certain settings do have their quirks though: speak to our specialists for important things to remember when visiting a local home, an upmarket restaurant, or in an onsen bathhouse.
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