Holidays to Japan

Japan is an utterly beguiling place, not just for its distinctive culture but for its incredible geology and intriguing history. It’s spread across a vast archipelago of almost 6800 islands, giving it a geographical diversity quite unlike any other place on our planetSurrounding Japan’s vast metropolises is an expansive and tranquil countryside. In the north, volcanic mountains entice skiers with their challenges, and the south has long beachy stretches. 

Japan’s main island is Honshu, hosting the mesmerising Tokyo, the starting gate of most adventures through Japan. This fast-paced, neon-lit city is fiercely forward-looking but equally protective of its history and traditions. Tokyo has a thriving urban energy, world-class cuisine and an inimitable culture. A visit to this whirlwind city is guaranteed to stay with you forever. Honshu is also home to the iconic Mount Fuji, Japan’s biggest volcano. Visitors explore it from the small town of Hakone, where there’s opportunity to stay in a traditional Japanese inn known as ryokan. Elsewhere on Honshu is Kyoto, Japan’s cultural hub. It’s a low-rise city in sharp contrast to lofty Tokyo, and home of grand palaces, ancient streets, oriental gardens and geishas dressed in kimonos. In the spring, the delicate cherry blossom emerges, and photographers surface en masse to capture this alluring spectacle.  

The northerly island of Hokkaido is where snow-capped volcanoes dominate the landscape and skiers flock to luxury resorts in winter. In summer, visitors come to hike and cycle in the wilderness around Daisesuzan and Shikotsu, Toya National Park and Kushior. Some of Japan’s best wildlife can be spotted on the rugged island of Hokkaido. 

The southern island of Kyushu is connected to the rest of the country by Japan’s impressive bullet train network. Here, up-and-coming Fukuoka is a metropolis worthy of exploration, as is pretty Nagasaki. Kagoshima is on Kyushu too, but it’s not all urban discoveries here, there’s also an abundance of hot springs, volcanoes and lakes.  

So, whether your ideal holiday involves plenty of adventure, downtime or a mixture of both, Japan has it all. And with the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and Tokyo Olympics in 2020 taking place here, Japan is certainly the place to be! 


  • Lay eyes on the incredible Mount Fuji, which stretches into the sky

  • Visit fascinating Tokyo, a paradise for foodies, shoppers and architecture buffs alike

  • Stay in a traditional Japanese inn known as ryokan, often found in hot springs resorts

  • Time difference: GMT + 9 hours

Key info

  • Capital City: Tokyo

  • Language: Japanese

  • Currency: Japanese yen

  • Flight time: 12 hours to Tokyo, 15 hours to Kyoto

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