Sunrise views of Mount Fuji over Lake Kawaguchiko
Spread across a vast archipelago of almost 6,800 islands, bespoke Japan holidays are like no other. Despite being massively ahead of the game in terms of technology, this country is equally rich in nature, culture and history. If you wish to escape the bustling streets of Japan's vibrant and unique cities, there is plenty of opportunity to travel off the beaten track, to explore dense bamboo forests and crystal-blue waterfalls and ponds. That's not forgetting the breathtaking volcanic mountains which dominate Japan's incredible skyline; trips to the iconic Mount Fuji will surround you with lush forests and towering volcanic peaks – views which no nature lover can afford to miss.
Meanwhile, in dynamic cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, you can dine in world-class, modern restaurants, visit the many varied galleries and museums, and indulge in a touch of shopping at a wide range of stores. Even just strolling down a street in Japan is an experience, giving you the chance to take in the quirky 3D artwork and models that can be found all over the city streets. Marvel at the exquisite architecture, both modern and ancient, as you visit ancient castles, temples and shrines, or just gaze up in awe at the towering skyscrapers.
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Japan trip ideas
Japan offers fast-paced, neon-lit cities, fiercely forward-looking but equally protective of their history and traditions. But surrounding 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. Our expert Travel Designers have curated the trip ideas shown below to inspire your next trip to this spectacular land. Whether you're looking for a family adventure sleeping in a traditional ryokan, or culinary classes in the art of sushi making, we will create and adapt your bespoke itinerary to Japan until it's perfect for you. Call us now to book: 020 3510 5777
Places to go in Japan
Japan’s main island is Honshu, hosting the mesmerising Tokyo – the starting gate of most adventures through Japan – as well as the iconic Mount Fuji, Japan’s biggest volcano. Visitors explore it from the small town of Hakone, where there’s the 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.
The northerly island of Hokkaido is where snow-capped volcanoes dominate the landscape, skiers flock to luxury resorts in winter, and is home to some of Japan's best wildlife. In summer, visitors come to hike and cycle in the wilderness.
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, and you'll also find an abundance of hot springs, volcanoes and lakes.
Things to do in Japan
It’s the unique experiences which make a VIVID trip special, and here are just some of the things you can do during your trip to Japan. Experience the real country beyond the obvious, whether it’s pedalling your way along the riverbanks of Kyoto’s Geisha districts, tasting your way through Osaka’s foodie havens, or visiting the mountaintop castle of Matsumoto to catch the dramatic reflections of cherry blossoms in the lake. To incorporate your favourite experiences into your dream trip, or learn more about the itineraries that we can create for you, just give our Travel Designers a call: 020 3510 5777
Explore Tsumago and trek the famous Nakasendo Highway waking trail.
Map of Japan
When to go to Japan
The most famous and popular time of year to visit Japan is during the cherry blossom season, when the entire country turns a shade of pink as the trees burst into bloom. You’ll generally catch this iconic image of Japan from the end of March to the beginning of May, and will need to plan a visit well in advance as it’s a very busy time. Keep away from the crowds but still catch beautiful weather conditions by visiting during May. The country is thriving with greenery throughout May, but it’s best to avoid the Japanese national holiday of ‘Golden Week’ during the first week of the month as it will be very busy.
To see the national parks bursting with alternative colours, visit during the Autumn months September, October and November. The height of summer is probably best to avoid, with hot weather and higher rainfall, although July to mid-September is the official period if you’re aiming to escape the humid cities and climb Mount Fuji. Alternatively, catch the snow monkeys and enjoy beautiful resorts for winter sports if you visit Japan during the chilly winter months.
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Tokyo & Kyoto