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Fly non-stop from $549

The Land of the Rising Sun, of the secret world of the Geisha, of the mysterious Samurai, and then again of anime, technology and the bullet train. Japan is a fascinating land of contrasts, of day to day paradoxes that manage to baffle even the most well travelled among us. A place where the ancient and the futuristic seem to coexist in complete harmony - it will leave you in awe. 


Fly direct to Japan from $549 with Air New Zealand
Plus layby your flight for $99. 

Travelling to Japan

Travelling to Japan, although lengthy, is relatively easy, with direct flights available and numerous connecting routes. Tokyo is the most popular entry point and the city has two major international airports, Haneda and Narita. Both are served by many well known airlines, and student/youth flights are available with STA Travel. Osaka is another large airport with frequent international flights, and New Chitose Airport is likely to be your entry point if you are visiting Sapporo or other Hakkaido destinations.

When to Visit Japan

Japan has distinctly marked seasons with a more agreeable climate than other places in Oriental Asia. Although Hokkaido and the north can see freezing temperatures in the winter, the season also provides great ski conditions and hosts the amazing Sapporo Snow Festival. Spring is the most popular time to visit thanks to the beautiful cherry blossom that blooms across the country - accommodation books up way in advance for the blossom weeks (usually the beginning of April). The summer can be prone to rain storms and high humidity is typical - only Hokkaido escapes the brunt of it. Autumn is another popular time to visit, and the changing colours of the season make for great viewing of Japan's famous gardens.

JAPAN TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Tokyo & Mt. Fuji

Japan's capital is one of the largest cities in the world. From the crazy zebra crossing of Shibuya and its glittering neon lights, to shopping in trendy Harajuku and dining on incredible sushi at Tsukiji, Tokyo is a city like no other. Flit from temples to gardens, museums to cat cafes, and be sure to stop off at the city's tiny tucked away old bars. And just an easy day trip away is epic Mt. Fuji!
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Kyoto & Nara

Known as the home of Geisha culture, Kyoto is an exciting city where the ancient and the modern collide. From incredible Fushimi Inari Shrine and the winding streets of the Gion quarter to a great food scene, Kyoto is a must for all visitors to Japan. Just an hour away is the old city of Nara, home to an amazing collection of temples set amidst hills and parks - perfect for finding your inner zen!
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Osaka & Kobe

Osaka is a vibrant city but sees few tourists so is a chance to see the real Japan at play. Dotonbori area is great for nightlife and shopping and has some good places to eat too, as does Shinsekai which comes alive late afternoon. Osaka Castle and Shitennoji Temple are both impressive and well worth the visit. The nearby city of Kobe is known for its sensational beef steaks so stop en-route!
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Hiroshima & Himeji

Hiroshima is still associated with the Second World War and the city's Peace Memorial Museum is an important, if sobering experience. Today however the city is a quirky place, home to trendy shops, bars, eateries and is a really enjoyable place to spend time. En-route to the city be sure to stop at Himeji and visit its spectacular castle. Hiroshima is also a gateway to photogenic Miyajima Shrine.
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Getting Around Japan

Japan is famed for its amazing bullet trains, and the Japan Rail Pass is a brilliant way to get around the country. Alternatively there are some amazing tours of Japan, allowing you to have things taken care of for you. Want something extra special? Our Tailor Made team are here to help too. Check out our range of ways of getting around Japan below.

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Rail Pass

From $3707-21 Days

There is simply no better way to get around Japan than on the world-famous Shinkansen 'bullet' trains, which wizz you effortlessly as you please with speeds of up to 300km/h. The 7, 14 or 21-day Japan Rail Passes are designed for international travellers, can only be bought prior to arriving in Japan and are very affordable!

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Tours of Japan
Meet fellow travellers, see the highlights of Japan and get insider knowledge from expert group leaders as you discover the very best of the country. Check out our range of Japan tours and start getting excited!
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Japan Tailor Made
In the mood for something a little different? Have a specific itinerary in mind? Let our Tailor Made team know and they can take on the hard work of planning your trip to Japan. From transport and accommodation to guides and little extras, let them create your perfect bespoke itinerary.
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Japan Highlights
Start in Tokyo before heading to the slopes of Mt. Fuji via bullet train. Explore the spectacular cities of Nara and Kyoto, taking in impressive temples and sublime gardens. Continue with a sightseeing tour of Hiroshima, then move onto bustling Osaka before ending back to Toyko.
8 Days From $2199
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Hakuba Powder Package
See a different side to Japan's bright lights, neon colours and gizmos and gadgets...hit the fresh white-powdered slopes of Hakuba. When off-piste, sample local sushi, soak in fresh hot springs or just kick back with a Kirin. This tour includes lift passes, return transfers from Tokyo airport and accommodation.
8 Days From $1311
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Mt Fuji & Hakone National Park
You'll love this adventure from Tokyo to stunning Mt. Fuji. Take a relaxing cruise on beautiful Lake Ashi. Followed by an adventure on cable car to see the stunning views of Hakone National Park, before taking that thrilling bullet train back to Tokyo. Why not add on a night in a traditional onsen lodge too?
Full Day From $277
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