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Make the most of your trip to Japan

An ancient way of life fuses with modern society in this bustling and iconic travel destination. Travelers fall in love (or renew their vows) with Japanese food and astonishing scenery of this mountainous archipelago dotted with modern cities.

When is the best time to visit?
Late spring and early autumn have traditionally been considered the best times to visit Japan, but more and more travelers are seeking trips to this mountainous county in the winter to take advantage of its snowy season. Skiers and snowboarders are flocking to Japan in December through March in search of the powdery, light snow the region is increasingly known for.

Where to go in Japan?
The possibilities are endless. Night owls will love the 24-hour food and drinking scene of bustling city centers like Tokyo and Osaka, older cities that are embracing the new with plenty of flair and energy. Rural travelers will enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shiretoko National Park in the mountains of Hokkaidō and the balmy subtropical islands of Okinawa.

How many days do I need?
Since there is so much to do in Japan and travel within the country via the high-speed bullet trains is so easy, visitors can opt for trips of any duration. To do any justice to this amazing country, spend at least a week and ideally up to three.

Japan Travel Insights

Brilliant momiji maple at Nanzenji, Kyoto in late November

Best Time To Visit Japan

Japan is famous for its Spring cherry blossoms and its changing colors in Autumn, but there are beautiful places to see in every season. Japan stretches from subtropical southern extremes to the northern reaches just across from Siberia, so with a little planning, you can find the right place to explore any time of year.

Iriomote Island, Okinawa (© Yuri Awanohara)

Guide to Japan's Main Regions

Japan is roughly the size of California, with thousands of islands offering a huge variety of things to see and do. You can experience some of the world's best powder skiing in the north of the country or bask on tropical beaches in southern Okinawa. Top it off with its unique traditional culture and fabulous transportation system, and you're sure to have the trip of a lifetime.

Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for Japan
Travel operator Michelle Maurer
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Michelle Maurer

As a former resident of both Japan and Hawaii and currently residing in San Francisco, I look to offer not just highlights, but local experiences when putting together a travel itinerary. When I...

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Travel operator Andy Carroll
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Andy Carroll

Leading a young and dynamic team across Asia, gives me a huge sense of pride and privilege. Working amongst such dedicated professionals, passionate about their country, regions and specialities...

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Travel operator Adam Platt-Hepworth
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Adam Platt-Hepworth

I discovered cycling travel and Asia in my early twenties. The moment when I realised that the two would combine perfectly, changed my life.

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Travel operator Kishiko Shimizu
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Kishiko Shimizu

All of my life has been about discovering new territories. I was born in Kobe where I lived in a neighborhood which was home to many foreigners. This created a unique atmosphere that made me dream...

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