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Take a tour of Japan with us and discover a country where blisteringly modern life meets ancient tradition. Where cities look like futuristic film sets while never actually losing sight of the traditions of the past.
At first glance Tokyo is a city of the future, a hypnotic mix of neon lights, city sounds, glass steel and a million bodies. But a walk around the bustling city will reveal pockets of history, tradition and custom – reflected in grand palaces, exquisite gardens and ornate temples and shrines. Take in the eye-popping sights of high-tech Tokyo and its hurried pace. Catch your breath as you take in the serene sights of sacred shrines and the soaring beauty of Mt Fuji.
Catch sight of geishas hurrying along in cultural Kyoto and walk through the blazing orange tori gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine. Experience a tranquillity and peacefulness far removed from the frantic pace of Tokyo and wander through the city’s zen gardens, or marvel at the architectural masterpieces of temples and Shinto shrines.
Kyoto is the cultural heart of Japan, immerse yourself in the practices of Japanese culture and a traditional tea ceremony or discover the art of sushi-making.
Ancient wonders and futuristic cities aren’t all that The Land of the Rising Sun has to offer. Take an escorted tour to Japan with Newmarket Holidays and be stunned at the country’s stunning works of nature, from the hot springs and the natural beauty of Hakone National Park to the horticultural treasures of Kanazawa.
Wherever your holiday to Japan takes you, you’ll experience an intoxicating mix of history, tradition and culture, spectacular works of nature and the contrasts of an ultra-modern world. With our friendly, experienced Tour Manager there to guide you along the way, let us take care of you.
You will find no shortage of things to do on your Japanese holiday. This is a country with pulsating non-stop cities and startling UNESCO-listed sites. Get an insight into another world as you explore this timeless country. If you’re planning your holiday to Japan, we think that experiencing at least one of the below is an absolute must.
With the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, Japan is justifiably the food capital of the world. Many restaurants specialise in a single type of dish, so you can be sure of one thing – the signature dish on your order will be prepared to perfection. But this doesn’t mean Japanese cuisine is small or limited, in fact, it offers a wealth of gastronomical pleasures with an endless variety of regional and seasonal dishes.
Refined and elegant, Japanese cuisine celebrates and highlights simplicity, fresh produce and pure flavours. Where possible, food is eaten in as natural a state as possible and as fresh as possible – making raw fish or sashimi a quintessentially Japanese delicacy. Rice is also a staple in Japanese gastronomy, often steamed and served with main or side dishes.
Although the Japanese have honed the preparation and presentation of their traditional foods for centuries, they too, have taken inspiration from other countries. Ramen and gyozas are staples, inspired from neighbouring country, China. Taste the variety of flavours and textures of sushi and sashimi, enjoy delicate tempura deep-fried in light batter or slurp down steaming bowls of ramen.
No holiday to Japan is complete without a cup of matcha to complete your meal. Somewhat less famously Japan also does an impressive turn in more casual foods such as okonomiyaki, a fried savoury pancake with pork and cabbage filling and yakitori, the nation’s kebab equivalent – generally enjoyed with a beer or two. These casual classics offer a glimpse of a more relaxed Japan and are both well worth a try. Whatever pleases your taste buds, you won’t be too far away from a great meal.