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Join us on a holiday to Japan

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.

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Things to see in Japan

Japan FAQs

First holiday to Japan? Here are a few questions you might have.

Time Zone
GMT +9
Avg. Flight Time
11.5 hours (Tokyo)
Visa Required
Visa required
Currency
Japanese yen
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  • Japan is known for its ultra-modern cities, high-speed bullet trains, and for its fascinating culture and history. The country is home to many traditional Buddhist and Shinto shrines and temples, many of which include unique Japanese gardens. Japanese food is popular throughout the world, and attracts many visitors. Japan is also famous for its outstanding natural beauty, including Mount Fuji and the Hakone National Park. 

  • In Japan they speak Japanese, which is spoken by an estimated 120 million people worldwide. The Japanese language is complex and encompasses several different non-cyrillic alphabets and dialogues. Below are a few useful phrases, with pronunciation in brackets.

     

    Hello – こんにちは (kon'nichiwa)     

    Goodbye – さようなら (sayōnara)

    Please – おねがいします。(o-negai shimasu) 

    Thank you –  ありがとう。(arigatō)

    Do you speak English? – えいごをはなせますか。(eigo o hanasemasu ka

  • Japan once had a reputation as being one of the world’s most expensive countries However, in recent years prices in Japan have stabilized. By planning carefully or booking onto an escorted tour, it is possible to visit Japan and not spend too much. Buying a rail pass in advance and eating at local food markets are also good ways to cut costs.

  • In Japan they use the Japanese Yen, which is abbreviated as JPY and has a symbol of ¥. For up-to-date exchange rates, see www.xe.com.

  • Given its position off the coast of mainland Asia, flying is by far the easiest way to reach Japan from the UK. It is possible to fly direct to Tokyo from Londo in around 12 hours. However, most flights have a stopover, with an average journey time of around 15 hours. 

  • Japan observes Japan Standard Time all year round, which is nine hours ahead of UTC and eight hours ahead of BST. 

  • British citizens can enter Japan as a visitor for up to 90 days without a visa. You may need to show proof of onward travel and you will need at least six months’ validity in your passport. If you wish to stay for longer, you should apply for a visa in advance. 

  • Generally speaking, Japan is a year-round destination, with four distinct seasons that offer something for everyone. The mountains in the north get snow during the winter, but pleasant temperatures of around 20°C attract hikers. In the south, beaches are busy during the summer, with temperatures around 30°C. Spring and autumn are mild, and boast sakura (cherry blossom season), and koyo (autumn leaf viewing), make them popular times to visit, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 21 °C

  • Autumn is widely considered to be the best time to visit Japan, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 21 °C. Autumn lasts from about mid-September to early December. Cherry blossom season is also a popular time to visit Japan, which differs depending on location, beginning in January in some places, to April, and lasting for around two weeks. 

  • Food in Japan varies significantly by region. Generally speaking, the Japanese eat a lot of fish, rice and noodles. Traditional dishes in Japan include sushi, ramen, sashimi and tempura. That being said, Japan is one of the world’s culinary hotbeds, and international food is also popular, especially in the big cities. Tokyo holds more Michelin stars than any other city in the world. 

  • Travellers visiting Japan should pack appropriate clothing for the season, along with an appropriate travel adaptor. Jet lag can affect visitors to Japan, especially those travelling from Europe, so jet lag pills are advisable. Earplugs can also be useful for lightsleepers.

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