Travel to Japan to experience its culinary delights, vibrant culture, architectural wonders, serene gardens, and unmatched hospitality.

Why travel to Japan

Most first-time visitors to Japan have an abstract idea of this destination, with thoughts of bright neon lights and quiet blossom-filled gardens.

You can read endlessly about Japan, watch countless films and documentaries, or immerse yourself in Japanese art and cuisine in preparation, but once you travel to Japan you will still be amazed by the ‘real thing’. This is a country that cannot just be studied, but must be experienced first-hand – one that more than lives up to the hype.

The two absolute ‘musts’ are the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto and we tend to suggest that if taking in both on a tailor-made holiday in Japan, you concentrate on modern-day Japan when in Tokyo and the historic Japan when in Kyoto.
We also suggest that we plan in a fair amount of time with our English-speaking guides but that we also plan in a few days without guides to absorb, in a less intense way the culture and the vibe of Japan both modern and traditional.
Once you have seen Tokyo and Kyoto we can plan a journey which works logistically with stays in these two cities but takes in some of rural Japan as well as its important cultural sights. Nara can be a day trip out of Kyoto just as Nikko or Hakone tie in easily with a stay in Tokyo.
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KEY FACTS
CURRENCY

Japanese Yen

LANGUAGE

Japanese

TIMEZONE

GMT +09:00

TIPPING

Not customary

PEAK TIME

April - May

USEFUL PHRASES

Please – O-negai shimasu
Thank you – Arigatō
You're welcome – Dōitashimashite
Excuse me – Sumimasen
I am sorry – Gomennasai

COLDEST MONTH

January
10°C on average

HOTTEST MONTH

August
27°C on average

ITINERARIES

Inspirational trip ideas

These are simply suggestions for the kind of luxury tailor-made holiday you might have. Your custom travel itinerary will be personalised, tweaked, and refined until it matches you completely.

Ideal Length: 15 days

Japan’s Hidden Gems

Embark on a 2-week odyssey through Japan's hidden gems, a journey (mostly) away from the bustling crowds, to find the country's serene essence.

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SUSTAINABLITY

We believe travel is precious

The world has transformed dramatically since cazenove+loyd was founded in 1993. On every trip we take, we wonder how that destination will look in another 30 years. We are passionate about our destinations and understand that it has become more important than ever to conserve their wildlife, habitats and communities for future generations.

Our highlights in Japan

Our Destination Expert’s Top Tip

Swap the Cherry Blossoms for the Autumn leaves.

It’s crucial in Japan to have a good guide and worth paying extra for.

Auriole Potter

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Asia, Middle East & Australasia
Cultural insight

Omairi – or visiting a Shinto shrine – is still part of everyday life. First you bow, offer some small change, bow deeply twice, ring the bell (tells the gods you’re there), then clap twice, pray, and thank the gods in your mind, bow deeply once more, and leave. Shrine etiquette is a fact of life in Japanese culture.

Did you know

Japan have canned food restaurants.

Where to stay

Best hotels in Japan

A handful of the best. Browse our handpicked, tried-and-tested luxury Japan hotels.

Palace Hotel, Tokyo

Palace Hotel Tokyo stands as an exquisite luxury hotel in the heart of Tokyo, with an enviable location next to the Imperial Palace Gardens and stunning views of the city skyline.

The spacious rooms and suites reflect a harmonious blend of traditional Japanese aesthetics and contemporary elegance, while Michelin-starred restaurants provide exceptional dining experiences and wellness facilities serve as a serene retreat.

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Hoshinoya Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi

Hoshinoya Fuji is an extraordinary luxury resort nestled in the foothills of Mount Fuji. The accommodations, featuring minimalist yet elegant designs, provide an intimate connection with the breathtaking landscapes and the chance to witness majestic Mount Fuji.

Guests can also enjoy a range of activities, from hiking trails to forest bathing, and indulge in gourmet cuisine made from local ingredients.

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Aman Niseko, Hokkaido

Aman Niseko is an exclusive alpine retreat nestled in the picturesque mountains of Niseko.

Promising a seamless fusion of impeccable service, refined aesthetics and access to the pristine wilderness, it has the perfect blend of tranquillity and adventure for outdoor enthusiasts and relaxation seekers alike. When not relaxing in the beautiful hotel, guests can experience a range of outdoor mountainous activities, including skiing, snowboarding and hiking.

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What our clients say

A well executed trip all round – everything went off without a hitch. We experienced and learned a lot about Japan and the Japanese and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.

What our clients say

Our trip to Japan was spectacular, thanks to the meticulous and discerning planning of cazenove+loyd . Everything worked like clockwork, and we felt very well taken care of throughout our two week journey. No detail was too small, and it made for a very pleasurable and rewarding travel experience.

Chat to an expert to start planning your trip

Get in touch and one of our luxury travel experts will answer any questions you may have and help create your dream tailor-made holiday.

Auriole Potter
Venetia Stanley
Flora Sweeting
Charlotte Winter

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