Experience Japan

Japan is brimming with exciting, inspiring hands-on activities whether you're interested in arts and crafts, history, sport, gardens, festivals and much more besides.

Below and in the menu to the left, we have picked out some of our favourite experiences and destinations and collected them into themes with ideas to suit the open-minded traveller, whatever their age, interests or budget.

Any combination of these suggestions can be incorporated into a Self-Guided Adventure or Exclusive Private Journey, while some ideas already feature in our Small Group Tours. Just let us know what takes your fancy and we'll work with you to create your perfect holiday.

  • Modern sports

    Japan has the best sports fans in the world. To prove it, just experience the electric atmosphere of a football match or a baseball game.

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  • Food & drink

    From Michelin-starred sushi restaurants to street-side noodle bars, Japan is the ultimate foodie's paradise.

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  • Wildlife

    Japan is home to an amazing array of wildlife, from sea turtles and manta rays in Okinawa to beautiful red-crowned cranes in Hokkaido.

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  • Festivals

    With literally thousands of festivals per year, Japan really knows how to throw a party. Read more to find out how you can get involved in the festivities.

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  • Theme parks

    Japan's theme parks are world-class. Meet Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland, get your dose of Disney in Tokyo, or visit Osaka's own Universal Studios.

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  • Geisha

    Enjoy an exclusive window into the hidden world of geisha, one of the most iconic images of traditional Japan.

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  • Sightseeing

    Japan is home to some of Asia's most iconic sights, and we've visited them all. Read on to find out what Japan has to offer and how you can visit these sights for yourself.

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  • Traditional sports

    Experience the thrill of a sumo tournament or take a lesson in a martial art

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  • Music, theatre & dance

    Kabuki theatre, karakuri puppetry, taiko drumming, spring geisha dances... Japan has a rich tradition of performing arts that is alive and well today.

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  • Religion & spirituality

    Explore Japan's spiritual side as you follow ancient pilgrimage routes, stay at a Buddhist temple, take a lesson in zazen meditation or have a shiatsu massage.

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  • Art & architecture

    For those interested in architecture and the built environment Japan offers a plethora of fascinating sights and experiences.

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  • Anime, manga & J-pop

    Learn to draw Japanese-style manga or meet the Cosplay kids a plethora of fascinating sights and experiences.

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  • Onsen

    Soak away your aches and pains in any of Japan's wonderful natural hot spring baths.

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  • Outdoors

    Get out into Japan's countryside by bike, on foot - or kayak, raft, canoe!

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  • Gardens

    Japanese garden design - from Zen rock gardens to city centre landscape gardens - is rightly famous the world over.

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  • Winter activities

    The world's best powder snow - perfect for any level of skier or snowboarder.

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