Japan Travel Guide

Japan Travel Guide

By Nora OuUpdated Sep. 24, 2021

Why Visit Japan?

Japan has been a popular tourist destination for many decades. One reason it is able to draw so many people together from different backgrounds is that it has a rare quality created from a magical mixture of nature, history, and modernity.

Wherever one looks, one sees a stimulating fusion of East and West. The liveliest districts are lined with trendy boutiques, fashionable department stores, and a jumble of sloping streets with neon signs; while Shinto rituals and Buddhist traditions are widely practiced, with worshipers pulling on a bell rope and clapping, or burning incense, then standing in silent prayer.

Sushi Making Lesson
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Sushi Making Lesson

Learn to make sushi favorites, including maki sushi, gunkanmaki and nigiri sushi

Afternoon Tea with a Geisha
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Afternoon Tea with a Geisha

Enjoy a private walk through the geisha districts and learn secret of this fascinating world

Uji Tea Experience
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Uji Tea Experience

Learn about the kneading and drying of the tea leaves. 

Edo Crafts Experience
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Edo Crafts Experience

Learn and take part in making these traditional Japanese handicrafts

Sample Itineraries for Japan

The following itineraries have been designed to cover most highlights of Japan's unique culture, while keeping long-distance travel to a minimum. The best duration for a first tour of Japan is 9-11 days, allowing sufficient time to appreciate the country's most illustrious cities, Tokyo and Kyoto, along with suggestions for day-trips to nearby historic towns such as Kamakura and Nara, or nature reserves such as Mt. Takao and Hakone National Park. Sign up for your favorite tours or simply treat these as inspiration, allowing each trip to be crafted specially for you.

9-Day Japan Highlights Tour

9-Day Japan Highlights Tour

A Stimulating Fusion of East and West
11-Day Traditional Japan Tour

11-Day Traditional Japan Tour

Historical Monuments and Lively Modern Cities
11-Day Classic Japan Tour

11-Day Classic Japan Tour

Explore a Cluster of Scenic Cities and Quaint Towns in a Remote Mountain Region
19-Day Japan, China, Singapore and Bali

19-Day Japan, China, Singapore and Bali

A trip to the core of Asian cultures

All You Need for Traveling in Japan

Top Travel Destinations in Japan

Choosing the best destinations from a never-ending list can be a daunting task. In recognition of this, we've decided to help by suggesting some of our favorites: Tokyo offers unlimited options for entertainment, shopping and culture; Kyoto is home to countless historical heritages and monuments; Osaka is known for modern architecture and scrumptious food; Hakone is spectacular for its natural beauty and the Japanese onsen experience; Kanazawa, shielded from outside, focuses on culture and retaining its heritage; Takayama's Edo-period (1603-1868) streets have survived unspoiled.

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