Explore the highlights of Japan

Japan masterfully blends cutting-edge technology with ancient traditions, offering a rich tapestry of cultural experiences and stunning landscapes, from stunning beaches on quaint islands to bustling cities. Read on to discover Japan's must-see destinations and let us help you build your perfect itinerary.

Explore the highlights of Japan

Discover Hokkaido's wild beauty

The second largest island in Japan, Hokkaido is famous for its wild beauty and rugged landscapes, contrasting the polished urbanity of Japan's cities. In February, the iconic Sapporo Snow Festival showcases elaborate snow and ice sculptures, while Daisetsuzan National Park (the largest in the country) and the rolling hills of Biei and Furano are much-loved for their stunning flower fields packed with vibrantly coloured lavender, poppies, lilies, and sunflowers.

Experience Tokyo's dynamic pulse

Tokyo, a labyrinth of neon skyscrapers and bustling streets, pulsates with modern energy yet preserves its spiritual heart with traditional temples and shrines. Dive into the sensory overload of Shibuya Crossing, explore the Meiji Shrine, and indulge in Tokyo's culinary scene, where you can try everything from Michelin-starred sushi to Tsukiji Market stalls. Experience Harajuku's fashion scene and find peace under Ueno Park's cherry blossoms during March and April.

Immerse yourself in Nara's ancient charm

Just a train ride from Tokyo, Nara offers a glimpse into Japan's spiritual traditions and history. Home to ancient temples and cultural sites, Nara exudes serenity and spirituality, making it a great destination for a day trip when you want to escape the fast pace of Tokyo. During your time here, make sure you visit the Great Buddha of Todai-ji and Nara Park where the roaming sika deer in its parks and gardens help you form a deeper connection with Japan's cultural heritage.

Head to the culinary capital of Osaka

Osaka, known as ‘the nation's kitchen’, is a foodie’s paradise with its famous street food and lively nightlife. Enjoy takoyaki (octopus balls) and okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes), which are among Osaka’s street food highlights. Dotonbori keeps Osakan entertainment alive with its bright signs and welcoming restaurateurs, offering good food and great company. Beyond its food scene, Osaka boasts attractions like the impressive Osaka Castle and the vibrant Shinsekai district, offering a deep dive into local culture and traditions.

Wander around elegant Kyoto

Kyoto represents the heart of Japanese culture, showcasing the country's rich history. With over a thousand Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, the city’s architectural wonders and natural beauty offer a peaceful retreat. Sites like Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Zen gardens of Ryoan-ji embody mystique and tranquillity. Kyoto’s dedication to traditional arts, including the tea ceremony and kaiseki cuisine, highlights the importance of cultural preservation. The scenic Arashiyama area, with its bamboo groves and Togetsukyo Bridge across the Katsura River, is a must-see if you want to get closer to nature.

Visit the tropical paradise of Okinawa

Okinawa lies in the warm Pacific, offering an unexpected tropical paradise with a distinctive heritage. Its complex history is balanced by serene beaches, clear waters, and a relaxed lifestyle. Historical landmarks like Shuri Castle and the Himeyuri Peace Museum reflect Okinawa’s spirit, while its coral reefs promise exciting marine adventures for keen divers. Celebrated for its longevity and joyous lifestyle, Okinawa’s healthy diet and vibrant celebrations showcase the islands’ cultural diversity, making it a standout destination for sun-seekers and culture enthusiasts alike.

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