• Capital: Tokyo
  • Flight time from UK: 12 hrs
  • Currency: Yen
  • Japan combines well with Thailand, Vietnam & Malaysia

Japan islands


Honshu

Japan's biggest island and home to its best known cities, including Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima, all well connected by high-speed train. Read more...


Hokkaido

In winter a ski and snowboard paradise, but covered in flowers come springtime, wild Hokkaido is Japan's up and coming destination. Read more...


Shikoku

A lesser known island full of secret beauty spots and beautiful pilgrimage trails, Shikoku is perfect for hiking and relaxing. Read more...


Kyushu

Green and warm, Japan's southernmost island boasts a diverse culture thanks to its proximity to mainland Asia. Visit for hot springs and Pacific surf. Read more...


"Japan is more than just neon lights, the latest electronic gadgets, fast trains and raw fish; venture away from the cities and you’ll discover spectacular natural scenery and glimpse into an ancient civilisation. This IS the next go-to destination."

Annie - Japan tailor-made specialist

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Japan is tailor-made for ‘real’ travel - whether you’re in the cities that never seem to sleep, pottering around rural villages that rarely seem to wake, walking ancient trails or relaxing in hot spring resorts, you’ll find unrivalled levels of customer service, comfort and cleanliness, all of it connected by one of the world’s best railway systems, which can transport you across the four main islands of Japan in a matter of hours.

The largest island is Honshu, and on its eastern shore sits Tokyo, one of the most captivating cities in the world, and the country’s commercial and political capital. Now a vast, energising urban sprawl, Tokyo has seen revolutionary changes over the last few centuries - the shogun’s castle has transformed into the Emperor’s Palace, the samurai dwellings have exploded upwards into gleaming skyscrapers, and millions have poured in from all over the archipelago, animating the capital with their unique culture and character.

Here you’ll find the starting station for the world’s first bullet train - and, as you might expect, Tokyo is the primary hub for Japan’s excellent railway network. Mountain spring resort Hakone, a world away from the capital in terms of landscape and ambience, is just an hour away by train, and Kyoto - 280 miles distant - is two hours and twenty.

Elegant Kyoto was Japan's ancient capital, and here you can glimpse kimono-clad geisha flitting between riverside parties, relax in Zen gardens of astonishing beauty and simplicity, try frothy green tea in a tea ceremony, and explore dozens of ornate temples and palaces - treasure troves that have endured earthquakes and bloody civil wars. All this a short ride from the manic modern metropolis of Osaka, famous for its hedonistic 'kuidaore' dining culture, and playing a feisty counterweight to Tokyo’s dominance.

To the north, the Tohoku region, where rural communities still seem to live their lives to ancient rhythms, has picturesque historic districts, celebrated onsen resorts and sake breweries, and dramatic summer festivals. Near the western tip of Honshu sits Hiroshima, a modern city full of colour and character, and a symbol of Japan’s astonishing post-war development.

The northern island of Hokkaido was the last major region in Japan to be modernised. It’s still defined by wild mountains, distinctive flora and fauna, echoes of the aboriginal Ainu culture, scenic open roads, and mild summers, and its northern latitude ensure the whitest of winters - great for its Olympic-standard ski resorts, ice festivals, and dancing cranes.

Across the Inland Sea from Hiroshima lies the peaceful island of Shikoku, where you can travel through steep valleys that once concealed defeated warrior-clans, saunter around small fishing ports, and play on the waters of the beautiful Shimanto river, or hike a popular pilgrimage trail that takes in 88 temples.

In Japan’s far west, on fertile Kyushu, swim or surf at the beachside resorts, or head inland to explore the island's stunning volcanic vistas and hot spring hideaways, and the Buddhist and Christian relics that lie scattered throughout the landscape -  reminder of the island's historic links with China, Korea, and the colonising European powers.


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Travel Visas

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Due to the efficiency and value of train travel, and the cost of guiding, our Japan itineraries involve a higher degree of independent travel. This is not to say that we leave you to fend for yourselves: we offer self-guided suggestions and provide essential maps & information, ensuring you receive all the assistance you would expect on a Selective Asia holiday.


Rural beauty...

Japan is by no means all about the cities, however loudly they clamour for your attention, and is defined by great natural beauty as well as urban buzz. The energetic can head up sacred peaks and Buddhist retreats, hike ancient roads and pilgrim trails, watch the sun rise from Mount Fuji, or cycle between rice fields in the scenic valleys of rural Japan.

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