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Japan

The incredible country of Japan plays host to one of Asia’s most dynamic cultures. Home to serene mountain villages and vibrant mega cities alike, Japan is where the world of traditional and super-modern collide – its cultural common denominator an aura of order and balance. For visitors, Japan is both a destination of spectacular natural scenery and urban wonder, with enough history and heritage to fill a lifetime of travel.

Getting there

A direct flight from the UK to Japan usually takes around 11-12 hours. Japan Airlines and ANA All Nippon Airways offer direct flights from the UK, linking with several Japanese cities. British Airways also have a daily scheduled service directly to Tokyo. Indirect flight routes to Japan are great value for money and do not take much longer than direct flights. Airlines such as Finnair, Air France and KLM fly from the UK to Japan in around 14 hours, with a short stop-over in their regional hubs in Helsinki, Paris or Amsterdam.

A Guide to Japan

Discover the futuristic city of Tokyo and be prepared for the sights and sounds of a destination like you’ve never seen before. Enjoy the picturesque Nikko, a World Heritage site renowned for Japan’s loveliest shrines. The town of Hakone is surrounded by countryside of peaks and lakes. Take a cable car for a great view of Mount Fuji. Kyoto, formerly the capital of Japan for 1000 years, is what most visitors imagine when they think of traditional Japan. This is a beautiful city of temples, geishas and gardens. Take a wander through Gion, a district of Kyoto; a historic part of the city, also known as the Geisha district. Visit historic Nara, once home to Japan’s Emperors. Try to visit Japan in spring for a chance to see the famous cherry blossom. Experience the world-famous Bullet Train and Japan’s other services. The trains are fast, efficient and very clean. A Japan Rail Pass is offered in set durations from 7-21 days and can be purchased through us in advance. Please call for full details and prices.

When to go

The best time to visit Japan is from March through to May when the temperature is pleasant and the cherry blossom trees are usually in blossom in the latter part of March. Summer, from June through to August, can be hot. June and July are generally the wettest months with monsoon rainfall. Winter, from December to January can be very cold, with snowfall possible.

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