When you think of Japan, your mind fills with all sorts of images of ancient traditions, beautiful landscapes and fascinating culture.

Although the Japanese past is rich in events and interesting history, today’s Japan is just as fascinating with cutting edge technology and wonderful architecture, whilst still maintaining the country’s traditions.

Whether you want to experience food like you’ve never tasted (or seen!) or you want to go shopping in some of the world’s best shopping areas, Japan is the place to visit!  Japan is famous for its temples and shrines - you could spend weeks in cities such as Kyoto or Nara feasting your eyes on architectural marvels and historic monuments.

If culture is more to your taste, you can’t get much better than Japan’s colourful and rich heritage including wonderful kabuki (Japanese performing arts) and traditional geisha. At Japan National Tourism Organisation, you will find all the information you need to plan your perfect holiday to Japan.

Latest Offers

  • Tokyo flights from £554 return with Air France

    Air France logoFly from London Heathrow via Paris Charles de Gaulle with Air France to Tokyo from £554 return or Osaka from £576 return. Must book by 24 April 2014. Travel dates vary. To book visit www.airfrance.co.uk.
  • Fly to Japan from £545 return with KLM

    KLM logoFly to Tokyo, Osaka or Fukuoka via Amsterdam Schiphol with KLM from £545 return. These fares are available until 24 April 2014. To book visit www.klm.com.
  • Autumn Escorted Small Group Tour Discounts

    20th October 2014 Departures: 12 day Scenic Japan Tour & 13 day Spirit of Japan tour. Limited promotional discount of £100:00 per person based upon twin share. Small group, fully escorted tour with professional guide. Quality hotels and traditional Ryokans and all transfers and entrance fees included. ATOL protected when also purchasing flights. Further details please call 0161 440 7332, visit www.magicaljapan.co.uk or email enquiry@magicaljapan.co.uk Quote JNTO3114. Offer ends 31st Aug 2014.
  • Escorted Kuoni Tour in October 2014 - Save up to £360 per couple

    Journey Through Japan is a small escorted group tour by Kuoni, led by an expert guide. Explore breath-taking landscapes and UNESCO Heritage sights; Explore its vibrant cities; and journey off the beaten track to experience some of this enchanting country’s traditional villages, including the delightfully preserved 17th-Century village of Takayama. This tour departing 7 October is from £3795pp, with a saving per couple of up to £360. Spend 3 nights in Tokyo, I night in Hakone, 1 night in Takayama, 3 nights in Kyoto, Hiroshima 1 night, Mount Koya 1 night and Osaka 1 night. For further information or to book contact Kuoni on 01306 744515 or visit www.kuoni.co.uk
  • See Japan with Travelbag, 5% Early Bird Discount on Tours!

    Choose from Travelbag’s 7 Day Tale of Two Cities Tour from £1,689 per person or 9 day Discover Japan Tour from £2,179 per person. Enjoy the delights of Japan on this independent tour which takes in the buzzing city of Tokyo, the powerful beauty of Mount Fuji, the traditional city of Takayama and Kyoto with its many temples and historical structures. Price includes accommodation, transfers and return flights from London Gatwick with Vietnam Airlines. Valid for select travel dates. To book call 0871 964 2756 or visit www.travelbag.co.uk/seejapan
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    Deal alert! STA Travel got exclusive flights to Japan with Qatar Airways, 15% off tours and rail passes from £196, making your dream trip to Japan even more appealing! Experience the distinct Japanese culture. From over-stimulating, jam-packed cities to snow-capped Mt. Fuji, to shrines, beautiful palaces and more. Japan is truly unforgettable! For more information call 0333 321 0099 or visit www.statravel.co.uk
  • Magical Japan: Escorted Small Group Tours 2014

    Due to high demand we are operating additional tours and offering a limited promotional discount of £100 per person based upon twin share for peak Cherry Blossom period. This genuine offer is available on selected departure dates in March and April on a number of our most popular small group escorted tours. Professional guides, Quality hotels and Ryokans, with all transfers and entrance fees included. ATOL protected. For further details please call 0161 440 7332, visit www.magicaljapan.co.uk or email enquiry@magicaljapan.co.uk - Quote JNTO1213. Offer ends 28 Feb 2014.
  • Offers from JTB UK

    JTB UK is offering reduced prices on tour packages to Japan departing Mar - 14July 2014. For example: Takayama Festival Tour 10-day tour departing London 10th April: reduced from GBP 2,860 including flights to GBP 2,560 Spiritual Journey 11-day tour visiting Mt.Koya: all departures March - 14 July reduced from GBP 1,799 to GBP 1,620 Book before 31st March. See JTB UK's website www.japanspecialist.co.uk

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  • 11 days Gardens of Japan - Escorted small group tour - only £2535pp

    Experience some of the most beautiful Japanese gardens & understand the influence of Zen Buddhism on their design and style... Tour with a Professional English speaking Tour Leader who is experienced in the history and style of Japanese gardens. For further details please call Magical Japan - 0161 440 7332, visit www.magicaljapan.co.uk or email enquiry@magicaljapan.co.uk
  • e-tours Magical Tokyo from £899!

    E-Tours Experience the home to Cosplay and Manga from £899! Tokyo is Japan's capital city, a kaleidoscope of colour and activity. Experience the real life of cosplay with a visit to Akihabara district or check out Harajuku, a favourite place to engage cosplay in public. For those who love anime and manga, Tokyo is the place to visit.
    Included: Return flights from London to Tokyo Narita, airport taxes, 5 nights in Tokyo in a twin room with daily breakfast, entrance to Ghibli Museum - Hayao Miyazaki’s Animation World. Click here for more information, or to book call e-tours Japan on 020 7725 6774.

  • Japan For Less

    World Expeditions logoWorld Expeditions has reduced the prices across all its trips to Japan, making travelling to ‘the Land of the Rising Sun’ easier and more affordable than ever before. Save up to £300 per person on a wide range of Japan holidays. For full details, click here.
  • Explore Kyushu 11days from £1750

    This self-guided tour starts in Fukuoka, and to Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima then travel into Yakushima, a subtropical island covered by the dense forest. It is famous for ‘Yakusugi’ (a cedar tree that is more than a 1000 year old!) . Other highlights of this tour include a visit to lovely small onsen town, Kurokawa for a relaxing treat after a challenging and yet awe-inspiring adventure at Yakushima and Mt Aso.
    For further information or to book contact Japan Travel Centre on 0207 611 0150 or visit www.japantravel.co.uk

    Short & sweet assisted tour: travel in style with superior hotels, English speaking guides and a small sized group to explore the best Japan has to offer. Visit Kyoto, Tokyo and Hakone, including a stay in one of the finest ryokan (traditional inns) around Mt Fuji.You can add your own flights to this tour or discuss your possibilities with us: we can organise regional departures and upgrades to Premium or Business class.The length of this tour is also ideal to add a stopover like Seoul or Hong Kong, or extra nights in Japan: for example why don't you try skiing in the Japanese Alps, home to an endless variety of runs set against magnificent backdrops? Quote JNTO and save £50 per person! To book please call 020 7484 3328 or email english.uk@his-world.com  and ask for the "Japan Discovery" tour. Subject to availability; for details visit www.viajapan.co.uk
  • Special offer from Travel Indochina

    Travel Indochina

    Travel Indochina offers up to £335pp towards your international flights and a free night in Tokyo. Book a place on our 15-day Secrets of Japan or 10-day Highlights of Japan small group tours and receive £335pp towards your international flight. Plus, book a place on either journey and enjoy a free pre or post-tour night in Tokyo. 

    For details of this offer visit www.travelindochina.co.uk or call our team in Oxford on 01865 268 940.

  • Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Mt. Koya & Osaka tour - 9 nights from £2590pp

    ViaJapan Holidays logo Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka are buzzing all year round, and some sights are even more atmospheric during the autumn and winter months - highlighted by bright red maple leaves or pure white snow.
    Book your holiday now to discover Japan. Visit the main cities, stay in Hakone, and have a unique chance to experience the austere life of Buddhist monks on UNESCO World Heritage site Mt. Koya, the home of Esoteric Buddhism.
    This tour also includes a stay at temple lodgings on Mt Koya, plus full day tours of Tokyo, Nikko, Mt. Fuji; Hakone, Kyoto and Nara. To book please call 020 7484 3328 or email sales@viajapan.co.uk and ask for "Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Mt. Koya & Osaka" tour. Subject to availability; for details visit www.viajapan.co.uk
  • Japan Journeys Essential Japan from £1,555

    Japan Journeys Japan Journeys' ‘Essential Japan’ itinerary is a classic 13 night itinerary which includes visits to Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Takayama and Matsumoto.   It’s quite straight forward to travel independently in Japan as so much of the signage is in English. Our independent itineraries are available for any departure date (with a few exclusions which coincide with Japanese National Holidays and some weekends). We’ll do all the work for you and provide you with an information pack to make your trip run as smoothly as possible. You can also add guided tours as indicated and if you do want your own personal guide we can arrange this too. TOUR INCLUDES : Travel on Japan’s famous Bullet Train, 14 day Japan Rail Pass, Breakfast daily, Dinner for two nights and Meet and Greet service upon arrival at the airport. For further information or to book contact on 020 7766 5267 or visit www.japanjourneys.co.uk

  • Tokyo & Mount Fuji 7 days from £1610

    ViaJapan Holidays logo Explore Tokyo at leisure then head towards Mount Fuji. Most travellers only whiz past this iconic sight on the Bullet Train, but it is worth exploring this region to discover beautiful landscapes, hot springs, open air museums and more: it is especially scenic when lavender blooms from the middle of June to the middle of July.Be a little adventurous and join the locals on lake cruises, cable car rides, buses and trains: it's convenient and easy with the 3-day Fuji Hakone Pass that covers this area and also gives you discounts on local attractions. The offer includes return direct flights from London so book now to secure the best prices over the summer months. For more information please see www.viajapan.co.uk To book please call 020 7484 3328 and ask for the " Mount Fuji special" or email.
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    This great deal from ViaJapan Holidays includes:ViaJapan Holidays logo
    - Return flights (into Tokyo, out of Osaka) + Tokyo airport assistance & airport-hotel transfer by limousine bus;
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    - Bullet train (shinkansen) transfer from Tokyo to Kyoto;
    - Kyoto afternoon walking tour;
    - 5 nights in 2-star and 3-star hotels, including breakfast;
    - Airport transfer by shared taxi.
    Extra nights from £68.
    For full terms and conditions, or to book, visit www.viajapan.co.uk.
  • Gap Year Travel in Japan with Japan Journeys

    Japan Journeys Japan Journeys is the only UK provider of gap year packages to Japan, which include an introduction to Japanese culture and etiquette as well as a guided tour of Tokyo and seven nights’ accommodation, plus assistance with finding long-term accommodation, a language school and a job. This exclusive Gap Year in Japan package not only helps young people to find their feet in Tokyo, but will also help put parents’ minds at ease. Just 1,000 Japan Working Holiday Visas are issued in the UK every year to people aged 18-30 and these are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Most gap-year participants choose to teach English as a foreign language. Other popular roles include interpreting, translating, hospitality, research and seasonal jobs such as ski and snowboarding instructing.The Gap Year in Japan package costs from £555 per person exclusive of international flights. Departures are scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month. For further information or to book contact Japan Journeys on 0207 766 5267 or visit www.japanjourneys.co.uk
  • Steps of the Samurai

    E-Tours Special Offer to Japan from London - Manchester - Newcastle - Glasgow
    11-Day Package from £1,650 per person in twin share
    The price includes:
    - Economy class return flights
    - 7-Day Japan Rail Pass
    - 1 night in Osaka - Granvia Hotel or similar
    - 2 nights in Takayama – Hida Plaza Hotel or similar
    - 1 night in Hiroshima – New Hiroden Hotel or similar
    - 2 nights in Nagasaki – Monterey Hotel or similar
    - 3 nights in Kyoto – New Miyako Hotel or similar
    - Kyoto Morning Tour – Transfer Kyoto Osaka Airport

    Other combinations are available on request. For more information or to book call etours Japan on tel 020 7725 6760 or visit their website www.etours-japan.co.uk.
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  • Japanese Food News in London

    Sake no Hana are having their very own hanami cherry blossom season in London; Japanese pub Kurobuta opens near Marble Arch; Shoryu opens a take-our ramen bar; ROKA opens in Mayfair; Get tickets to one of the final Kaiseki nights by Kitchen Theory; Matsuri St. James relaunch their sushi bar; and new Japanese Nikkei restaurant UNI opens in Belgravia.

    April 23, 2014

  • First Andaz Hotel to Debut in Japan

    Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills is now accepting reservations and plans to officially open its doors to guests and locals on 11 June 2014.

    April 10, 2014

  • Osaka Marriott Opens in Japan’s Brand New Tallest Building

    Marriott Hotels have opened their first hotel in Osaka, the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel, in Japan’s new tallest building, the Abeno Harukas.

    April 10, 2014

Tips & Articles

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  • 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games to be in Tokyo!

    Japan National Tourism Organization is thrilled that Tokyo has been chosen to host the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. We look forward to seeing you in Tokyo in 2020 for the Olympics!

  • 15 FREE things to do in Tokyo

    Tokyo has a reputation as an expensive city, but it offers a wide range of options for even the most budget-conscious traveller.

Facts about Japan
  • World's tallest free-standing tower at a height of 634 metres is Tokyo Skytree
  • Emperor & Empress - Japan has the longest reigning monarchy in the world
  • Kyoto has an astonishing 1,600 Buddhist temples, plus 400 Shinto shrines


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