Come winter, Japan becomes a sparkling wonderland of unforgettable sights and experiences. Set against the snow, Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion Temple and kimono-clad geisha look even more exquisite, whilst traditional colourful festivals are dedicated to the white stuff. Snow boarders go crazy for the powder, cities are illuminated with extravagant LED displays and the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace are opened to the public for just two days per annum.
Containing 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, over 1600 Buddhist temples, more than 400 Shinto shrines and postcard perfect landscapes, Kyoto, is undoubtedly one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions.
As Japan is known more for its contrasting futuristic high-tech cities and ancient culture and traditions, the country's ski resorts remain a well-kept secret.
Okura Hotels & Resorts, the Japanese luxury hotel group have undertaken an extensive renovation programme at four of its 16 hotels across Japan to refurbish the rooms and suites, as well as reopen a spa.
Japan's stunning cherry blossom season in spring is well known but, come autumn, when the maple trees blaze into vivid displays of scarlet, saffron and gold, the gardens of Japan also put on a spectacular show of autumnal colours.
InsideJapan Tours teams up with the UK’s biggest Japanese contemporary cultural event to produce the first official HyperJapan tours.
Japan Journeys, a leading specialist operator of tailor-made holidays and escorted tours to Japan, has launched a new 12-night dedicated Family Holiday package combining the best of Japan’s cultural and modern experiences for discerning families, starting from £5,895 (total for two adults and two children aged 11 or under).
Feast your eyes on Japan’s little-known visual arts scene and the natural aesthetic delights of her islands and mountains: the unique Setouchi Triennale Arts Festival and two new itineraries from specialist InsideJapan Tours - the self-guided Japan Arts Trail and the escorted Historic Mountains Trail – provide the perfect introduction.
With each winter, Japan becomes better known for its supreme snow conditions, which can last from November to as late as April across northern Honshu and Hokkaido.
With each winter, Japan becomes a little better known for its supreme snow conditions, which can last from November to as late as April across northern Honshu and Hokkaido.
Bright lights in big cities; courteous people and clean streets; bullet trains and cable cars; animation and wild animals; futons on tatami flooring and Japanese kimono; make-your-own pancakes and all-you-can-eat ice cream parlours; fireworks and festivals; Geisha and gizmos; awesome architecture and mammoth department stores; mountains, jungle and tropical beaches, and a whole load more.
We all know about Japan's stunning cherry blossom season in spring but, come autumn, when the maple trees blaze into vivid displays of scarlet, saffron and gold, the gardens of Japan also put on a spectacular show of autumnal colours.
Japan Journeys has created an exclusive 10-night Japan Ceramics Tour featuring privately guided visits to some of the country's most culturally significant ceramics sights.
Last year's rise in university tuition fees coupled with high youth unemployment levels has led to an increase in gap years, according to specialist operator Japan Journeys.
InsideJapan Tours and Virgin Atlantic are launching a competition for an imaginative and creative blogger, plus blogging companion, to win a 19-night trip to Japan.
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