Ancient wooden temples, raked-pebble Zen gardens and chanting Buddhist monks juxtapose with space-age towers, neon and bullet trains; Japan’s fascinating blend of old and new is legendary. As we explore the southern and western stretches of Honshu, Japan’s largest island, we discover the country’s unique culture amongst the serene shrines and gardens of Nara and Kyoto and the rarely visited mountainous heartland of castles and spas. Our last stop is the vast and futuristic capital city of Tokyo: sprawling, inimitably busy, welcoming and extraordinary.
3 breakfasts and 3 dinners
All transport and listed activities
Group arrival transfer
Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Single accommodation (available on request only at hotels in Tokyo and Kyoto)
Visas or vaccinations
Most nationalities do not require a visa to visit Japan.
Vaccines and Health
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.
Culture - Good to know
One of Japan’s unique charms is its dynamic blend of old and new. In a holiday to Japan you can experience ancient temples, gardens and cultural traditions at the same time as enjoying some of the world’s most futuristic and technologically advanced cities.
Weather and Seasonality
Japan has four very distinct seasons. Our aim has been to avoid the extremely cold winters and humid summers and settle for the more pleasant climes of spring and autumn. In Tokyo, September and October are warm, maximum temperatures are 26ºC and minimum 12ºC. September is likely to be the warmer of the two and there is a likelihood of rain. April is cooler with temperatures possibly going as low as 7ºC with a high of 17ºC. Kyoto is very similar climatically to Tokyo but the higher up into the mountains we venture, the colder it will become with nights being especially cold, particularly in March and November.
Eating and Drinking
In many of the places we visit there are restaurants available to cater for all tastes and pockets and it is generally very easy to enjoy every aspect of Japan’s excellent cuisine either as a group or on your own. Please note if you are a vegan or strict vegetarian (i.e. you do not eat fish or seafood) the choice of Japanese food in restaurants may be more limited, and vegetable dishes are quite likely to be prepared in the same oil or pans as seafood or meat. It may be a good idea to bring with you some
foodstuffs that you normally consume, or to supplement meals with snacks purchased in the local convenience stores.