A must for any traveller, Japan is simply unique and very different to its Oriental neighbours!. The combination of it's ancient history, religious beliefs, age old customs and huge respect for traditional values have resulted in a nation and¬† today¬†of a pleasing, polite and quiet people ,who's culture and ways are¬†in turn ¬†irresistibly intriguing to the outsider.
A journey here rewards¬†the visitor with a fascinating mix of modern urban lifestyles and traditional culture.¬†You can add so much to¬† your visit by having us try to get you tickets for a¬†¬†Sumo wrestling match ( seasonal),or¬†perhaps learning the art of flower arranging by attending one of the many Japanese art classes. We can even teach you ¬†how to wear a Kimono,or the refined etiquette¬† demanded by a ¬†traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Learn about the life and discipiline required of the highly regarded¬†Samurai warriors,¬†and get into the very essence of the place by¬†going on one of our walking tours around the Geisha quarters in the narrow back streets of Old Kyoto. Catch stunning views of Mt. Fuji as you 'fly' past onboard¬†a¬†futuristic 'Shinkensen' or Bullet Train.. We offer two styles of touring in Japan ,¬†either ¬†a traditional escorted group tour which will appeal to those wanting to sit back and have an escort look after you with seemless arrangements¬†and¬†enjoy the¬†camaraderie of fellow passengers.Or,¬†you may prefer¬†our more economical¬†'modular' style touring,these feature group style touring and sightseeing modules where required and free time¬†to self explore. They are not single group trips from day 1 to the end, rather different group mixes will join you on your various sightseeing tours and you will make your own way to join each tour.¬†(Unlike other areas in Asia we do not offer private guided tours here).¬†Our accommodation choice ranges from¬†private ¬†Japanese family home stays and traditional Ryokan Inns, to modern western style hotels.¬† The contrast of old and new ,traditonal and modern¬† leave many striking memories to those who visit here.
IMPERIAL AND SPIRITUAL JAPAN
This short tour allows you to tick most of the iconic sights off any visit to Japan - no wonder it's our most popular choice.
It is an island filled with spectacular natural enviroments, and offers many enjoyable outdoor activities all year round. With beautiful lavendar fields in Furano to enjoy in summer, spectacular colored leaves near Sounkyo in autumn, drift ice floating along the shore near Abashiri in Winter, and lovely cherry blossoms in Hakodate in spring. Most nights on this Journey are in traditional Ryokan Inns in Japanese style rooms !
GRAND TOUR OF JAPAN
This tour combines the itinerary of both our Nostalgic Japan Tour and The Imperial and Spirtual Japan Tour, you will see and feel both the scenic and the cultural aspect of Japan.The highlights of this trip include the visit to Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, Tokyo and Kyoto, the past and present capitals of Japan, and also Mt.Koya, the "Mecca" of the Shingon Esoteric sect of Buddhism.
This itinerary takes you to the scenic Japan Alps to visit Takayama, an elegant city of craftsmen famed for its streets lined with old merchant shops and sake breweries. ou also visit Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Kanazawa, a charming old castle town, famous for its cultural heritage and the beautiful Kenrokuen garden.
THE ESSENCE OF JAPAN TOUR (deluxe)
Inspirational, innovative and intriguing, Japan has always been a favourite of ours , where gilded temples and glittering skyscrapers reign over streets steeped in history and tradition. In Kyoto, golden pavilions and a nightingale castle honor royal times, and cultural arts keep customs like Origami, tea and Maiko dancing alive. Old Japan is chronicled in tranquil Nara, gardens grace Samurai residences in Kanazawa, and ‚Äúpraying hands‚ÄĚ hold up homes and spirits in historic mountain villages. And while modern bullet trains speed through country landscapes, the pace slows down to reveal the Essence of Japan... in a ryokan, in art-filled open-air museums, at a sake brewery, a sushi lunch and music and dance performances.