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Japan Tours

Japan Remains for many a captivating enigma, an enthralling mix of tradition and innovation, where the modern and the medieval worlds come together in a rich fusion of Buddhist beliefs, Shinto shrines and 21st Century creativity.

Highlights of Japan

Things to See & Do

  • Tokyo

    Tokyo

    The most populous city in Japan (over 12 million people), Tokyo’s reputation as one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan destinations is well founded. Developing from a small fishing village it has become the economic heart of Asia’s rampant resurgence and today it is a vibrant fusion of fabulous glass and neon architecture, traditional Shinto shrines and elegant gardens; a spectacular vision of the future that still reveres the cultural trappings of the past.

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  • Mount Fuji

    Mount Fuji

    The Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is located less than 100 km from Tokyo, making it a spectacular destination to be visited as a day trip from the capital. Famed for its hot springs, the glorious 5 lakes of Yamanaka-ko and the iconic splendour of Mount Fuji, Japan’s sacred volcanic peak and surely one of its most enduring images, it makes for a great day out on the world famous Bullet train or a more leisurely overnight stay.

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  • Kyoto

    Kyoto

    Japan’s imperial capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto is a city that can boast no fewer than 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including temples, shrines and a 17th century castle. Considered by many to be Japan’s most captivating city, it exudes the very essence of the ancient character of this most unique of people and is the only major centre that managed to escape relatively unscathed from the destruction of World War 1.

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  • Hiroshima

    Hiroshima

    Set within a landscape of glittering islands and engaging mountains, the city of Hiroshima is best known for the tragic events of 6th August 1945, when it became the infamous target of the first atomic bomb. Completely decimated, the city emerged phoenix-like from the ashes to become a thriving and engaging centre for peace, with a memorial museum and park dedicated to the horrors of that fateful day.

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  • Geisha

    Geisha

    Dating back to the 17th century, Geisha culture is one of Japan’s most iconic and enduring cultural traditions. Prevalent on the streets of Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, distinctive Geisha entertainers and their apprentices (Maiko) can be seen performing music, storytelling and tea ceremonies during the spring and autumn.

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  • Nikko

    Nikko

    Reached by train or coach from Tokyo, the northern town of Nikko is the setting for the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Toshugo Shrine and Rinoji Temple. One of the country's premier attractions, it has been a major pilgrimage site for both Buddhist and Shinto religions for over a millennia.

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  • Miyajima Island

    Miyajima Island

    Sacred to both the Buddhist and Shinto religions, the holy island of Miyajima lies off the coast of Hiroshima, amidst the waters of the Seto Inland Sea. Blanketed in primeval forest this tiny island is a mecca for both pilgrims and tourists alike, its 6th century Itsukushima Shrine, being listed as a national treasure by both UNESCO and the Japanese government. Regarded by many as the most scenically beautiful setting in Japan, the island is a haven for deer and monkeys and from the summit of its sacred mountain the views across the islands are simply spectacular.

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  • Kinkakuji Temple

    Kinkakuji Temple

    A vibrant fusion of fabulous glass and neon architecture, take a walk through Tokyo’s mesmerising streets after dark.

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  • Iwaso Ryokan

    Iwaso Ryokan

    Set in Momijidani Park, this delightful ryokan is the most famous on the island, constructed in the old style of Japanese shrines and offering 38 traditional rooms located in 3 elegant buildings. Sacred to both the Buddhist and Shinto religions, the holy island of Miyajima lies off the coast of Hiroshima. Its 6th century Itsukushima Shrine is listed as a national treasure by UNESCO and the island is regarded by many as the most scenically beautiful setting in Japan, with spectacular views across its bays.

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  • Sumo wrestling

    Sumo wrestling

    Watch an authentic Sumo tournament in Tokyo, a combat sport that can trace its roots to the Shinto harvest rituals of 2,000 years ago.

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