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Japan boasts unique culture, unparalleled anywhere on the planet: elegant girls in kimonos walking gracefully down the streets of Kyoto, skyrocketing skyscrapers stretching up from the streets of Tokyo, the clean air of the Japanese Alps and authentic rural lifestyles of bygone eras... it is an extraordinary mix of modern wonders and ancient tradition, both hyper avant-garde and super-conservative. Its real charm, however, lies in its unbeatable customer service, comfort and cleanliness.
Treat Japan itineraries below as possible inspiration and discuss any ideas you may have with our specialists. They are especially expert at handling small details, to help you experience a truly memorable journey to Japan. Start planning now!
New to Japan? Use our guide maps to plan your trip! The following maps point out the transportation means and time for entry to Japan.
Japan is a year-round destination, with beauty to be expected in every season: cherry blossoms in spring, marvelous mountains in summer, red leaves in autumn and snow in winter. Late November could be the perfect time to visit, when autumn colors are spectacular in most parts of the country, with nice weather and smaller crowds, except at the major autumn-leaf spots.
Spring (Mid-March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the high seasons, when Japan is at its most vibrant. In spring the temperatures hover between 5°c and 15°c and in autumn between 8°c and 10°c. Expect crowds in April for the cherry-blossom peak season.
Winter is appealing for its snow in Hokkaido, fun festivals, fewer tourists and lower travel costs, enabling you to enjoy real highlights. In summer the Japanese Alps and Hokkaido demonstrate their special charms, while other parts of Japan are hot and humid.
For first-timers, 8 days is enough to take in Japan, with its modern wonders and ancient traditions. Take Kyoto and Tokyo as your main bases and travel to the areas around, where many of the country’s highlights are located, such as Nara, Uji and Mount Fuji. If you are lucky enough to have two full weeks to spare, expand to Hiroshima, Himeji, Nagoya, Takayama, and Kanazawa, to see Japan in depth.
Packing everything into a short period may not yield the desired results. Japan deserves leisurely savoring. Decide what you are most interested in – culture, nature, food, lifestyle, beaches or adventure – before you start to plan or book your trip. Consulting a specialist will usually save time and trouble.
The answer is definitely yes, if you are looking for a unique experience and hassle-free journey, from the planning stage to the time you fly back home. It would be possible for English-speaking travelers to do a self-guided trip to Japan, if they planned to check out all the must-see sights; especially since Japan boasts the best transport system in the world.
The expertise of specialists and local guides, however, can reveal to you the best of Japan and help you immerse yourself in its culture for maximum enjoyment, as well as help you to choose quality and reasonably-priced accommodation. And it’s not a bad idea to have someone to support you 24/7 while traveling in a foreign country, where most people don’t speak English.
A 90-day visitor visa is available to citizens of the following countries upon arrival: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK and the USA.
Citizens from the following countries could extend their visas for another 90 days at any immigration office in Japan: Austria, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Switzerland and the UK.
All foreign visitors are photographed and fingerprinted upon entry (when presenting their passports).