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.
Our very best cultural experiences and bespoke day tours across Japan, created by our "Insider" experts.
Food & drink
From Michelin-starred sushi restaurants to street-side noodle bars, Japan is the ultimate foodie's paradise.
Enjoy an exclusive window into the hidden world of geisha, one of the most iconic images of traditional Japan.
There's so much to learn from Japanese culture. Find out how the Japanese think and feel about art, love and life from wabi sabi to ikigai.
Traditional arts & textiles
Fancy throwing a pot or taking a lesson in calligraphy? Read more to find out how you can get involved in traditional Japanese arts and crafts.
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.
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.
Japan is home to an amazing array of wildlife, from sea turtles and manta rays in Okinawa to beautiful red-crowned cranes in Hokkaido.
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.
Experience the thrill of a sumo tournament or take a lesson in a martial art
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.
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.
Art & architecture
For those interested in architecture and the built environment Japan offers a plethora of fascinating sights and experiences.
Anime, manga & J-pop
Learn to draw Japanese-style manga or meet the Cosplay kids - a plethora of exciting sights and experiences.a plethora of
Experience the the therapeutic powers of naturally occurring hot springs across the Japanese archipelago.
Get out into Japan's countryside by bike, on foot - or kayak, raft, canoe!
Japanese garden design - from Zen rock gardens to city centre landscape gardens - is rightly famous the world over.
The world's best powder snow - perfect for any level of skier or snowboarder.