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Japan Voted Top Country in Wanderlust Awards

February 04, 2012

Back in November and December Wanderlust magazine asked its readers to tell them which cities, countries and tour operators they like best. The results are now in and Wanderlust readers voted Japan their Top Country and Kyoto their second Top City!
Top Country: Gold Goes to Japan Wanderlust Travel Awards - Gold for Japan
One year on from the terrible earthquake and tsunami that devastated north-east Japan and the country is ready to welcome visitors back with open arms. In fact, Wanderlust readers are jumping at the chance to see this country-of-contrasts without the accompanying crowds. Sample blooming cherry blossoms, ski on alternative slopes, visit ancient temples or tuck into Japan's world-famous cuisine – whatever you're after from a long-haul trip Japan sure satisfies your need to travel. Wanderlust readers voted Japan their Top Country, with Bhutan coming second and New Zealand third.

Lyn Hughes Editor-in-Chief of Wanderlust magazine commented: “Japan has always been a firm favorite amongst our readers. The fact that they have still had an amazing experience in the last year, reflects well on both the country and its people.”
Click here to see Wanderlust’s Japan travel guide.

Kinkauji - the Golden Pavilion in KyotoTop City: Silver to Kyoto
Wanderlust readers were charmed by Kyoto’s geisha, temples, gardens and tea shops. For Wanderlust’s photo snapping, culture vultures Kyoto offers temple stays, home cooking courses, authentic food markets, hands-on craft making experiences, geisha evenings and much more. Check out Wanderlust magazine’s list of top things to do in Kyoto to start planning your own trip to Japan’s enchanting ancient capital. 

Top Tour Operator: Gold to Audley Travel
Wanderlust readers voted Audley Travel their Top Tour Operator with Bamboo Travel picking up Silver and Ramblers Worldwide Holidays Bronze. All three of these award-winning tour operators offer fantastic holidays in Japan.

Audley Travel - Highlights of Japan - 9 Days from £2,215pp
Explore the main highlights of Japan including Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. This itinerary offers exceptional value for money.

Bamboo Travel - Classic Japan -  13 days from £2,995pp
See all of Japan's main highlights and delve into its fascinating culture on
this carefully planned tour for individual travellers, which includes a mix of hotels and Japanese inns.

Ramblers Worldwide Holidays - Exciting Japan walking holidays are being planned for Ramberls’ new season, they will be appearing shortly, but please ring 01707 331133 to find our more.

For the full results please visit the Wanderlust website,

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