Experience the unique cultural heritage of beguiling Japan as you explore its ancient shrines, temples and modern metropolises. From neon-lit Tokyo to sacred Mount Fuji and the cherry-blossom tinged temples of Kyoto, there’s a rich tapestry to discover.
Sushi & Sumo
Touch down in Tokyo for a three-night stay. Here you’ll find sedate shrines sitting alongside glassy skyscrapers, in a perfect encapsulation of Japan’s seamless blend of the ancient and modern. Head to Asakusa to visit the Senso-ji Temple, then watch out for the latest fashion trends in Shibuya. We can even arrange for you to watch an asageiko morning training session at a sumo stable, a great way to learn about Japan’s national sport. And then there’s the food. Feast on the freshest of sushi at the famous Tsukiji Market fish market, slurp steaming bowls of ramen or indulge in fine-dining – Tokyo has the world’s highest volume of Michelin stars.
Inspiring Mount Fuji
Take the bullet train from Tokyo to Odawarathe, the gateway to Hakone National Park and iconic Mount Fuji. From here you’ll have one of the best chances of getting a view of the notoriously shy mountain, so be sure to have your camera at the ready. Stay in an authentic ryokan for two nights, where rooms will feature tatami mats and sliding fusuma doors. After a day spent hiking, head to the outdoor hot spring baths before retiring to your comfortable futon with a green tea.
Another rapid rail journey brings you to Japan’s ancient capital. Kyoto is the cultural centre of the nation, synonymous with ancient temples, tea ceremony masters and centuries-old craftsmanship. Take a walking tour through the mysterious alleys of Kyoto’s famous geisha district, Gion, with a local guide. Gain an insight into the history and traditions of Kyoto that will bring alive the secret life of a Geisha. We’ll make sure you uncover the must-see spots, as well as secret corners of the city that only the locals know.
Head west by bullet train to Hiroshima to discover a bustling and vibrant city which, despite it’s tragic past, has risen phoenix-like from the ashes. Spend a solemn afternoon visiting the poignant Peace Park and museum, take a day trip to the scenic island of Miyajima, and hike to the top of Mount Misen for spectacular views across the island and Inland Sea.
Osaka After Dark
Osaka is your final stop. There may not be any real tourist sights here, but it’s the life on the streets that makes Osaka so special. The locals work hard and play hard, and it really shows with the vast number of restaurants, bars and entertainment available. Head to the bright lights of the Nanba district for a guided street food safari of its hole-in-the-wall takoyaki stands and ramen bars, before returning home a committed Japanophile.