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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. Travel to Japan, a place where the ancient and the futuristic seem to coexist in complete harmony - it will leave you in awe. 


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Japan on a Shoestring
The latest fashion trends, the newest electronic gadgets, ancient temples, and the way of the samurai. With this tour, you will experience the two capitals of Japan: the modern day capital of Tokyo, and the imperial era capital of Kyoto. In Tokyo you will explore the upcoming fashion crazes and the newest technologies around, and then you will head west to the calm and historic city of Kyoto where you can hike the iconic Thousand Gate Temple. In your free time, explore what it was like to be a samurai warrior, and enjoy this amazingly cheap Japan tour!
6 days from $1799 | Save up to $200 
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Authentic Japan Advenutre
Bask in the breathtaking natural beauty, amazing history, and unique culture of Japan on this unforgettable small group experience. You will be meditating in Buddhist temples, chilliing with snow monkeys and snapping away at the Matsumoto Castle. 
10 days from $2529 | 40% off 
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Japan Highlights
With this tour package, you will have the full Japan experience, visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima. You will ride the bullet train, visit the most exotic temples, and take in the mix of futuristic and traditional culture of Japan. This 12 day epic journey across Japan's most famous cities is sure to be the best 12 days you've ever had!
12 days from $2999
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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 $3777-21 Days

There is simply no better way to get around Japan than on the world-famous Shinkansen 'bullet' trains, which wizz you effortlessly through Japan at speeds of up to 300km/h. Check out our Japan Rail Pass options, intended for international travelers!

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Work Japan
Keen to explore a new country while working at one of the world’s coolest winter destinations? Then this is the opportunity made just for you! We will be supporting you the whole way through, from your first steps in Japan, to the very moment you’re back home. If you're looking to work in Japan for the holidays with the best support available, contact us!
From $895 | Layby for $200
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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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City to Slopes
From walking through the bustling Ginza Fashion district of Tokyo, to shredding some ice down the slopes of Tsugaike Kogen in Hakuba, you will explore the most that Japan has to offer during the winter season. Over the next 12 days, you will live through the greatest moments of your life, riding on bullet trains all over Japan, taking in the amazing and exotic culture that Japan has to offer, and getting a taste of the most authentic sushi that cannot be found anywhere else. If you want to explore as much of Japan as you can, this is for you!
12 days from $5239 | 20% off
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