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Nippon, or the “Land of the Rising Sun”, is known to us as Japan. Its unique and complex culture make Japan a fascinating destination to visit. With its mix of ancient villages retaining strong traditions and ultra modern, high-tech cities, Japan is a country of contrasts.
In the highly ritualised tea ceremony the kimono dressed hostess performs well rehearsed and graceful movements. Koi carp disturb the glasslike surface of the ornamental pond with its small stone bridge. The sweet fragrance of cherry blossoms drift on the gentle breeze, with Mount Fuji as the backdrop of this timeless scene.
Trendy teenagers are parading futuristic fashions as you board your bullet train in Tokyo. Takayama offers beautiful mountain landscapes and Osaka is Japan’s foodie town. History is the attraction in Kyoto and Hiroshima, with fantastic skiing opportunities all over Japan in winter, from Nagano to Niseko.
Enjoy tempura, teppanyaki, yakitori, or sashimi paired with warm sake or a cold Asahi or Sapporo. Try green tea or wasabi flavoured ice cream if you’re game! Experience a traditional onsen or communal hot spring bath in the snow, or a role play at a former geisha house to gain an understanding of this ancient tradition. Japan promises endless fascination and great memories.
All GetAboutAsia itineraries are customisable to suit your interests, budget and timeframe. To get you started we've listed some of our favourites below. Our Asia Travel Experts are waiting to answer your questions.
Classic Japan visits buzzing Tokyo, spectacular Mount Fuji and the volcanic hot springs in Hakone, historic Takayama, the castle town of Kanazawa, and Japan's former imperial capital Kyoto.View Trip
Extend your trip to Japan and continue on from Kyoto to Hiroshima with its Peace Memorial and beautiful Miyajima Island. Travel by train to Osaka with its historic waterways and famous Osaka Castle.View Trip
Take in the views of Mt Fuji, stay in temple lodging and a traditional ryokan, gaze at the famous floating gate Miyajima Torii and explore Kyoto's Nijo Castle.View Trip
Explore the very best Japan has to offer from the majestic shrines and pioneering shopping malls of Tokyo to the stunning Mt Fuji and heritage rich Kyoto.View Trip
Experience the cultural and edifying traditions, spectacular architecture and sublime natural landscapes that create the unfailing allure of stunning Japan. Traverse the villages and valleys, temples and towns.View Trip
Japan is blessed with some of the world's best skiing, and famed for reliable powder snow. Hakuba on the island of Honshu stands out as one of Japan’s best ski areas and famous for visiting the snow monkeys.View Trip
Japan is blessed with some of the world's best skiing, and famed for reliable powder snow. Nozawa Onsen is a beautiful Japanese farming village located in the north of the Nagano prefecture in the Joshinetsu National Park.View Trip
Japan is blessed with some of the world's best skiing, and famed for reliable powder snow. Myoko Kogen is a powder lovers paradise consisting of 4 main ski areas it receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in Japan.View Trip
Japan is blessed with some of the world's best skiing, and famed for reliable powder snow. Shiga Kogen includes 19 separate ski areas with 75 lifts which make up the largest ski resort in all of Asia.View Trip
Japan is blessed with some of the world's best skiing, and famed for reliable powder snow. Rusutsu has ski in and ski out hotels, some of the world's best powder snow and previously awarded the world's best small ski resort.View Trip
Japan is blessed with some of the world's best skiing, and famed for reliable powder snow. Niseko has become popular with skiers and boarders from all over the world and is famous for super dry powder snow.View Trip
"My tour was splendid- excellent guide and everything was run like clockwork and great value for Summer tour in Japan. Love the culture. This was my fifth trip with Getaboutasia and Chimu Adventures and already planning next one in September Thanks for your work. " — Mr Bouman , Mullumbimby, June 2018
"Japan was fantastic – loved every minute. I will definitely go back again, I want to do a visit in each of the seasons and do some hiking.Snow festival was fantastic, Hokkaido is a huge foodie destination. I wish I had planned an extra day. Takayama – loved loved loved the ryokan. Shirakawa-go – we did a half day trip there on a blue sky day and it was stunning. Hakuba –Great for people who are really into skiing but not really looking for an authentic Japanese experience. The snow monkey tour was very well run, we were quite impressed. The local team looked after us very well. " — Mrs Mercer and Friends, Sunshine Coast, February 2018
"Japan for me was overall enjoyable, interesting, and beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed the bullet train (couldn't get my head out of the window!!), Osaka Castle was great and I also enjoyed the hot spa and the mountain train in Hakone. I will be back to climb Mt Fuji next year and already booked 3rd trip with Getaboutasia to Sri Lanka . " — Mr. Humphry, SA, September 2017
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"We had a great time! Every day was a new adventure and we saw and did far more than we thought possible. Thank you so much for all your help in arranging! All the best for a wonderful Christmas and we'll certainly recommend GetAboutAsia to anyone we know who is looking for a trip/holiday in that region." — Mr and Mrs Keeble, Sydney, NSW, November 2015