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Visit Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Tokyo, World Heritage Sites, see temples, geisha & Mt Fuji, take bullet train ride and more.

Situated off the east coast of the Asian mainland, Japan is a master of modernity and a steward of tradition. Its densely-populated cities ooze culture, creativity and neon-coloured lights, while sacred wildernesses and soaring mountains are flecked with ancient temples. Over the centuries, Japan has marched to its own beat, often isolating itself from western ways. Modern-day Japan, however, has come to reveal its unique character to the world as a global leader in technological, architectural and culinary innovation.

From laid-back Osaka with its eclectic food scene to traditional Kyoto with its lantern-lit cafes and captivating geisha district, this is a country that has something to thrill even the most seasoned traveller. When it comes to the finer things in life, Japan serves up slick design, bullet trains, Michelin-starred restaurants and five-star hotels. Considering its size, this archipelago nation lays claim to an impressive list of accolades. An exceptionally high standard of living means that the Japanese enjoy an advanced educational system and the planet’s highest life expectancy.

What is Japan known for?

Local food & culture

The Japanese have seamlessly adapted to globalisation, while maintaining a firm hold on their spirituality and traditions. Intricate tea ceremonies are celebrated throughout the land, some lasting up to four hours, while sushi-making is a celebrated art passed on over many generations. Religion in Japan is dominated by Shinto and Buddhism, both strongly grounded in ritual and tradition and practiced at temples, shrines and spiritual sanctuaries found throughout the country. The intriguing tradition of geisha dates back to the 7th century and is today a living heritage. Visitors delight at the sight of these high-society female entertainers dressed in silk garments and revealing perfectly painted faces. Japanese food too is closely linked to its traditions and offers reason enough to visit. From delicious ramen to green-tea ice cream, local cuisine is centred on seasonal and regional produce. Of course every trip to Japan should be accompanied by a glass or two of sake (rice wine).

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Japan Travel Tips

On Luxury Gold tours, your Travelling Concierge is fluent in the local language and culture. Before you go, here is more information about Japan.

Currency

Japanese Yen (JPY)

Time Difference

London GMT + 9hr


When to go: Late spring (March to May) and late autumn (September to November).


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