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Few people in the modern world are not affected in some way by the ideas, culture and economy of Japan. Japan is a uniquely adaptable country where tradition and modernity is a perfect match. Kyoto, the old imperial capital, is typical, with many monuments and heritage sites preserved within a lively modern city. Japan’s current capital, Tokyo, is one of the world’s most exciting cities, with the liveliest neon-sign districts, along with places of carefully arranged beauty and tranquility.
The following itineraries have been designed to cover most highlights of Japan’s unique culture. 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, Kanazawa and Osaka, along with suggestions for day-trips to nearby historic towns such as Nara, or nature reserves such as Hakone National Park, or remote mountain regions such as Shirakawa-go village. Sign up for your favorite tours or simply treat these as inspiration, allowing each trip to be crafted specially for you.
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 has always been a popular destination for tourism. The main reason is that the country has a special quality created from a magical mixture of traditional heritages, lively cities, and breathtaking landscapes.
Japan offers a chance to immerse yourself in a new culture, because here you can not only visit incredible ancient castles, temples and shrines, but can also become involved personally by preparing sushi at a local home, sampling finger food at a local market lined with hundreds of shops and stalls, enjoying a cup of matcha tea and Japanese sweets at a teahouse, and learning how to make traditional handicrafts.