Explore: Japan

Rooted in history and tradition, Japan’s combination of ancient cultures, futuristic cities, and breathtaking natural landscapes makes the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ truly unforgettable.
Himeji, Japan at Himeji Castle in spring season.

Holidays to Japan

From a snow-capped Mount Fuji and the wooden machiya houses of Kyoto, to the dazzling neon-lit streets of Tokyo and the streets lined with Buddhist temples and shrines on one side and musuems on the other, Japan has to be one of the most intriguing countries on the planet. Where else can you soak in hot spring onsens in the mountains, eat the world’s best sushi for pennies, and witness the cherry blossom season – surely Mother Nature’s finest work – up-close?

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Cherry blossom and skytree, tokyo, japan
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Where to go in Japan

Most international flights fly direct into Tokyo, the futuristic capital of Japan – home to the historic Imperial Palace and the Meiji Shinto Shrine. However, a mere hour on a bullet train from the capital is the hot spring resort of Hakone, where visitors come to soak in volcanic geothermal pools on a jungle-clad mountain.

Then it’s back on the bullet train to the ancient city of Kyoto, Japan’s former capital, to explore crumbling Buddhist shrines, ornate palaces and wooden buildings in the form of machiya houses, where you can take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and head to Nara Park to see hundreds of deer roaming the grounds. Or, fly to Osaka to see the beautifully tiered Osaka Castle, a 16th-century temple and famous emblem of Japan.

When to go to Japan

Japan is a year-round destination promising both hot and humid sun-drenched beaches, balmy national parks and snowy ski resorts – and everything in between. However, Japan is most spectacular in springtime when rainfall is minimal and the weather starts to warm up for the summer months of July and August – and, of course, it’s prime cherry blossom season.

 

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Himeji, Japan at Himeji Castle in spring season.
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