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Tailor-made Holidays to Japan

Visit in cherry blossom season, seek snow monkeys, eat real sushi and ride the world-famous Shinkansen, the high-speed bullet train. Our Japan holiday guide will spur your travel plans and, when something inspires you, you can simply click save and it will be added to your Trip List.

Tokyo

One of Tokyo’s favourite gardens, with wide lawns, ponds, trees and even a teahouse, Shinjuku Gyoen is a welcome spot of peace and tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Watch the trees come into bloom during cherry blossom season in March.

Cherry Blossom season in Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo

Kyoto

Visit in Jul for the Gion Matsuri Festival

Embrace Japan’s ancient culture in Kyoto, home of tea houses, theatre, art, and around 2,000 temples and shrines. Take a walk among the traditional merchant houses of Gion, the geisha quarter.

Golden Pavilion Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Mount Fuji

Ride the train to the 5th Station, about halfway up Mount Fuji, for pretty mountain views, best appreciated in the summer months. Or, if you're feeling energetic, climb to the top of the 3,776m snow-capped peak.

Mount Fuji, Japan

About Japan

From futuristic cities to ancient wonders, Japan is a country of contrasts and offers an incredible array of exotic experiences.

Tailor-made Japan holidays with Round the World Experts

While it’s easy to dream about visiting Japan, planning an itinerary can be a little harder. And that’s where we can come in. More than just your typical flights and accommodation, at Round the World Experts we take the time to get to know you and what you want from your travel, in order to create tailor-made Japan holidays or match you with Japan tours that feature the best experiences, and all for fantastic value.

While we offer a bespoke service with incredible expert knowledge, Round the World Experts has access to some of the best flights, accommodation and tour deals available. So when you book a holiday with Round the World Experts, you can book with confidence knowing that you are getting the exact holiday you want, for a great value price.

While organising a holiday by yourself can be stressful, travelling can be just as hectic as well – particularly in a country with a different language. To ensure your holiday to Japan runs smoothly from start to finish, your Expert will be available from the moment you book to the moment you arrive home, and can help you prepare for your trip as well as answer any questions you may have.

For itinerary ideas or to start planning your dream holiday to Japan, talk to one of our Experts today

Few countries can boast the workable blend of technology and tradition like Japan can.

While you can get a taste for it from afar, the only way to truly understand Japan's rich culture, cosmopolitan character and great natural beauty is by visiting. Outwardly modern – most evident in Tokyo, with its limitless vending machines peddling everything from bananas to beer, hot coffee, and even a smart car in case you get stuck getting home – Japan also has a rich history that shines through. Even in the thick of the city you’ll find everything from Shinto and Buddhist shrines to Zen gardens and cherry blossom trees. Further afield, Japan’s countryside is incredibly peaceful, with mountains, forests and farms showcasing a different side of Japanese life.

While Tokyo may often be considered the epicentre, Japan is actually made up of 6,852 islands, of which only 430 are inhabited. The country is predominantly made up of four main islands though, offering something for all travellers, from cultural pursuits in Osaka to adventures in Mount Fuji. Which path of adventure will you choose? Tell us what you want to experience, and we can make it happen for you.

When to go

Because Japan is so mountainous and long, there are significant climatic differences between the north and south. Most of the country is in the northern temperate zone, while the southern islands have a subtropical climate. The most comfortable times of year to visit are in spring (between March and May), when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, and autumn (between September and November) when the foliage is coloured glorious golds and scarlets. For skiing, winter runs from December to February and is fairly cold almost everywhere. Summer, from June to August, is hot and humid throughout most of the country and usually begins with a four-week rainy season.

At Round the World Experts, we’re here to arrange the perfect trip for you. Whether you want to fly direct to Japan, or arrange stopovers on the way there and back, our team can put together an itinerary that makes the most of your trip.

Airlines that fly to Japan

  • Air France
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Qatar Airways 
  • KLM
  • Virgin Atlantic

Japan airports

Japan has two international airports: Narita and Haneda. Narita is about one hour and 10 minutes from Tokyo by train or bus. While Narita is the main international airport for Japan, many UK flights use Haneda as well, which is just a 30-minute train ride from Tokyo. A shuttle bus runs between the two airports and takes around two hours.

Best time to fly

If you can, try to avoid travelling around New Year’s Eve and during Japan’s main summer school holidays from mid-July until the end of August, as airfares and accommodation prices often rise during this time.

Flight facts

The average flight time from London to Narita and Haneda is around 11 hours and 30 minutes.

Whether this is your first trip or a return journey, Japan has an incredible range of experiences on offer. Below are some of our favourite recommendations. For personalised advice or to start creating your itinerary, start the conversation with one of our experts.

For first-time visitors:

  • Visit the Tokyo National Museum
  • Enjoy views all the way to Mount Fuji by visiting the 634-metre Tokyo Sky Tree
  • Catch a bullet train to Mount Fuji
  • Travel to Kamikōchi for snowy mountains, clear streams, wild monkeys and forests
  • Visit the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto

For spiritual and cultural sites:

  • Tour Ise-jingū, the most revered shrine in Japan
  • Contemplate history at Todai-ji, a Buddhist temple complex built in 752 AD
  • Marvel at Himeji Castle, one of just a few original castles
  • Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial
  • Tour Osaka Castle

For nature:

  • Hike up Mount Fuji
  • Visit Jigokudani Monkey Park to see Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) bathing in the wild
  • Wander through the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • Tour Nikko National Park

For culture:

  • Watch a sumo wrestling match at Kokugikan Stadium
  • Experience a karaoke bar
  • Spot geishas in the streets of Gion in Kyoto
  • Take in the Diamonji Gozan Fire Festival in Kyoto in mid-August

The ultimate journey

On the Go offer some fantastic tours of Japan including their popular Just Japan group tour. Taking place across seven days, the tour takes in an incredible amount of the country including Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto and Nara, with cooking classes and train journeys along the way. 

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