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Holidays to Japan with If Only

Many are attracted to Japan’s picture perfect imagery of geishas gliding through cobbled lanes, Mount Fuji mysteriously shrouded in cloud, cherry blossom romance. Those seeking these quintessentially Japanese experiences will not be disappointed, but will also uncover something more. This is a country as unique as it is diverse, endlessly surprising. Behind the buzz, neon and karaoke of the big city vibe, lies a quiet sense of serenity. Ancient Shinto shrines rub shoulders with anime imagery, family run ryokan share space with Michelin starred cuisine. While many first time visitors enjoy the classic route taking in the inspiring cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, it’s not unusual to find returners experiencing alternative itineraries incorporating Hokkaido’s white powder snow, the warm sandy beaches of Okinawa, or hiking and hot springs in Hakone.

Our Destinations In Japan

Each destination offers outstanding, diverse experiences which change along with the rotations of the seasons. High speed trains and domestic flights link the broad spectrum of options facilitating the perfect bespoke itinerary.

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We currently feature 16 luxury properties in Japan

 
The Gate Hotel Tokyo

The Gate Hotel Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

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13-storey hotel in the heart of Ginza.

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Amanemu

Amanemu

Mie & Wakayama, Japan

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A luxury sanctuary set within the lush national park of Ise-Shima overlooking Ago Bay

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ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort

ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort

Okinawa, Japan

A luxury beachfront resort at the southernmost tip of the lush subtropical island of Ishigaki

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Conrad Osaka

Conrad Osaka

Kyoto, Nara & Osaka, Japan

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A contemporary luxury hotel towering over the waterways, buildings and vibrant lights of Osaka

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Conrad Tokyo

Conrad Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

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A sophisticated 5 Star hotel located in the Shiodome skyscraper with views over Tokyo Bay.

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Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Kyoto, Nara & Osaka, Japan

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Luxury hotel in the historic Higashiyama temple district of one of Japan’s best-preserved Imperial cities

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Fuji Marriott Hotel Lake Yamanaka

Fuji Marriott Hotel Lake Yamanaka

Hakone & Mount Fuji, Japan

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A relaxing getaway in an elegant modern hotel by the eastern shore of Lake Yamanaka

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Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Hokkaido, Japan

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Embrace nature at a luxurious Alpine resort with world class skiing and a breathtaking mountain landscape

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Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

Tokyo, Japan

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Comfortable and quirky hotel well located in the heart of busy Shinjuku district

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Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

Kanazawa & Takayama, Japan

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Deluxe 30 floor hotel with stunning views across the historic city of Kanazawa

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Highlights

Whether visitors choose an extended cultural exploration or a chance to really let go and relax in a luxury spa resort, they will find a connection with nature, hospitable people and delectable cuisine.

Cities and culture

Japan’s busy commercial centres each make an unmissable city break in their own right, offering a distinctive take on a rich heritage evolving through the ages. Explore castles, galleries, and shrines showcasing the magic of Japan’s historic periods, and tread in the footsteps of samurai and geisha. Busy malls provide an opportunity to shop for top of the range electronics or that unmissable manga souvenir. Come nightfall when neon lights up the streets, it’s time to hit the sake bar and join the fun at karaoke.

Cities and culture
Relax & Unwind

Relax & Unwind

Thanks to Japan’s active geothermal underground reservoirs, the country has a bountiful selection of natural hot baths known as onsen. There’s long history of enjoying the therapeutic benefits of the mineral-rich waters, not only for their health giving properties but also for the joy of letting go of stress and simply relaxing. Thousands of onsens set in nature can be visited, while many hotels and ryokan feature large communal onsen, as well as private onsen facilities in guestrooms.

Cuisine

A top destination for foodies, Japan is known for the fine quality of the ingredients used, but also for the flair with which it is confidently prepared. Watch chefs slice the thinnest pieces of fresh local fish for sushi and sashimi and experience the drama of wagyu beef cooked over a fiery teppanyaki grill. Each region has developed distinctive styles and flavours, and eating is a serious business here, in fact Tokyo has been granted the most Michelin stars of any city worldwide.

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The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

As seasons shift so do the colours of Japan’s beautiful national parks, where well marked trails take in rivers, shimmering lakes, towering peaks and ocean vistas. Being at one with nature is very much a part of the Japanese psyche, whether it’s on a world-class ski slope or simply bringing the natural environment indoors with carefully chosen rock and bamboo aesthetics. In even the busiest of cities space is dedicated to parks and gardens, carefully tended plants and water features creating calming sanctuaries of peace amidst the buzz.

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Useful Information

When To Visit

Stretching a significant distance north to south means that Japan’s regions experience distinct weather patterns throughout the year. Spring bursts into life with iconic cherry blossoms filling gardens and parks. This can start from February in subtropical southern Okinawa and as late as May in the north of Hokkaido. The most popular period is the fleeting late March and early April weeks when the blossoms are at their best in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. Autumn sees glorious reds and golds and is a wonderful season for both city discovery and hiking trails in national parks. Summer is hot and humid in most of Japan, but sees fewer crowds. These months are good for exploring the cooler climes of the Japanese Alps or the island of Hokkaido. Winter visitors should be aware that while Okinawa beaches remain warm, much of the country is cold with many cities seeing snow. This is the time to take to the slopes of Japan’s world-class ski resorts with excellent facilities for skiers of all levels.

Location

Japan is an island country located off Asia’s eastern coast. The archipelago stretches approximately 2,400 km across the north-west Pacific Ocean, separated from North and South Korea by the Sea of Japan and from China and Taiwan by the South China Sea.

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Local Time

GMT +9

Telephone code

81

Visa

British passport holders can travel to Japan for a period of 90 days without a pre-arranged visa.

Currency

Japanese Yen (JPY)

Tipping

Tipping is not customary in Japan, although upmarket restaurants may add a service charge to the bill. If you do want to give something extra to your guide, ideally place notes in an envelope.

Vaccinations

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website.

Flying time

Approximately 14 hours from London

Electricity

Tourist office

JNTO Japan National Tourism Organization

Language

Japanese is the official language, although regional dialects are also used. English is widely spoken in hotels, less so in local restaurants and more remote sites.

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