Futuristic. Traditional. Inspiring. Japan is a land of fabulous paradoxes.
Cherry blossoms, bullet trains and tea ceremonies – proud tradition and heritage collide with sophistication and stark modernity in Asia’s unique and enigmatic island nation. From the frenetic energy of Tokyo’s neon nightlife to the serene temples of Kyoto, Japan will constantly challenge your senses.
Meet sumo champions and discover the secrets of their sport, then watch them fight; explore the artistry of Japan’s exquisite cuisine at the finest restaurants; learn to become a samurai in a sword fighting lesson instructed by Kill Bill’s Tetsuro Shimaguchi; awaken your senses on an early morning visit to Tokyo’s infamous Tsukiji Fish Market, guided by a master-chef,followed by a private cookery lesson in his personal kitchen; ride the bullet train to Kyoto’s and visit the finest Nishijin textile maker were you will see the kimono-makers in action; dress in beautiful traditional kimonos for a Japanese-style photo shoot at a picturesque local shrine; discover the sublime gardens and famed Golden Pavilion of Kyoto with a knowledgeable guide; take an architectural tour of Tokyo’s sci-fi landscape; visit the famous cherry-blossoms of Maruyama-koen.
Where to Stay
Luxurious centuries-old ryokans in Kyoto; Urban spa sanctuaries and cutting-edge design hotels in Tokyo;.
When to Go
Visit in spring (March to May) for the cherry blossom or autumn (September to November) to see the maple leaf season in full effect.