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  • Japan guided tours in 2023 and 2024: which one is right for you?

    After so much pandemic-induced social isolation, group tours are going to be the way to travel in 2023. And it’s just as well, because we just so happen to design the best Japan group tours in the world. Hands-down.  For lots of people, Japan is a once-in-a-lifetime destination, and that means you want to get it absolutely right. But how do you know what “right” is for you? There are so many incredible places, from the very northern tip of Hokkaido to the scattered islands of the south. There’s endless fascinating culture, from traditional Buddhist temples to cutting-edge contemporary art. What’s more, each season shows the country in a completely new light. How do you choose?  Luckily for you, we’ve spent the past 22 years helping people do just that. This is our at-a-glance guide t ...

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  • How to Japan in the Year of the Rabbit

    The borders are open again and 2023 is the year of travel. But Japan is not just about jumping on a plane and ticking off tourist sights, it is more than that. It is an experience. There are certain places and things you should try to make the most out of this country and culture we love. If you have been before or if this is your first time, here are a few that we think you should try to make the most out of your Japan trip and the Year of the Rabbit. Traditional Zen Sometimes you need that quiet thinking time and that chance to reflect. A stay at a traditional shukubo temple lodging is a great place to do this and a fascinating Japan experience. There are shukubo all over Japan, but we love taking a trip to sacred Mt. Koya. The shukubo are quite simple but beautifully atmospheric ...

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  • Japan is Back: What’s new for 2023

    Akemashite omedeou gozaimasu...or happy new year from Japan! 2023 is the zodiac Year of the Rabbit: The year that Japan bounces back. After a long few years, Japan is well and truly back. Even with closed borders Japan has evolved - Here's a little taster of some of the exciting places and experiences up for grabs in 2023. A little place we know Although not exactly new, Ine is a little gem that we have new and exclusive access too. The fishing village sits just of the Japan Sea coast in northern Kyoto prefecture. A stay in one of the refurbished Funaya boat houses is unique experience and each one has arguably one of the best views in the country. Ine itself is a working village and is somewhat abnormally packed full of incredible crafts people who make this place even more special. ...

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  • The definitive guide to Japan’s tourist reopening in 2022

    **Last updated 7th November 2022** Don’t get us wrong, we love Japan (enough to dedicate 22 years of our lives to the place), and part of loving Japan is marveling at how delightfully confusing it can be at times.  But Japan’s border opening approach? It was challenging, convoluted and at times frustrating.   However, after more than two and a half years of waiting, the country fully reopened to tourism. From 11th October 2022, visa-free travel resumed and all arrival caps were removed as well.   We have all the answers you need about Japan’s full border opening on 11th October. As the Japan experts, we’ve sought all the requirement information directly from Japanese government sources and broken them down into easy-to-understand sections.    When can I travel to Japan ...

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  • You’re a tiger! What’s big in Japan for 2022

    So, here we are again: it's time to say goodbye to another twelve months of travel restrictions, closed borders, and a serious lack of life-giving Japan adventures. But, just as Christmas comes and goes, party season burns itself out, and a New Year begins – it can't last forever. Which is why we're keeping everything crossed that 2022 – the Year of the Tiger, no less – is the year we'll make our big return to our favourite country on Earth. What better time to spring free from our cages and let loose on Japan?  After all this wishing and waiting, the next trip is going to be so much more than a holiday. It's going to be about making the most of every opportunity; of leaping on new experiences, of saying 'yes!' to meeting new people, to learning new things, and to immersing ourselves in ...

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