Luxury Japan Holidays 2016, 2017, Japan, Asia, Abercrombie & Kent

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To say that Japan is a country of contrasts is an understatement. Ancient temples framed by the confetti-like blossom of cherry trees to ultra-modern skyscrapers and bullet trains are both equally reminiscent of a country which is at once delightfully archaic and mind-bogglingly cutting edge. Japan lays claim to at least 200,000 years of history, yet it has been instrumental –perhaps more so than any other country –in the technological revolution of the last three decades. Tokyo is the best place to experience Japan's famous technological modernity in action –its bright lights, towering skyscrapers and hectic streets need no introduction. Osaka, dubbed 'the kitchen of the nation', is perhaps the best place to sample the country's delicious and varied cuisine. Kyoto –known as the cultural capital –is a city of grand palaces, ornate shrines and wonderful gardens, where geisha shuffle along the streets in brightly coloured kimonos and brighter still makeup. The 6,800 islands which make up the country also offer beautiful countryside, with highlights including famous Mount Fuji and the island paradise of Okinawa. Hiroshima, despite being tarnished by tragedy, is now blooming, having risen phoenix-like from its ashes. You can easily build an itinerary around Japan's incredible restaurants and regional specialities, from the intricate parcels of sushi in Tokyo's high-end establishments to hida beef in mountainous Takayama and one-pot nabe dishes that you'll find all over, where you pile ingredients into a pot and cook at your table. Tasty? Yes. Beguiling? Absolutely.

Japan holidays with A&K
The letters from A&K travellers returning from Japan make it as clear as a Mount Fuji stream: Japan seduces and confuses - often at the same time. Along with serene landscapes and the intoxicating juxtaposition of ancient traditions and modern technology, it's the country's trump card. We've heard stories of following onsen etiquette - yes, you really do wear a towel on your head - accidentally dipping food in sake, thinking it was sauce, and eating in a fashionable Tokyo café, only to later discover it was someone's private house. If the best holidays start with stepping outside daily life, then Japan delivers. In every possible way.

Without slicing a slither of excitement off this unique adventure, our highly qualified team in Japan will help you decipher and understand an exotic, mesmerising, often alien culture. A&K has been taking travellers to Japan for three decades, and has highly knowledgeable guides fluent in English.

We can arrange exclusive experiences completely off the tourist radar, including attending a Noh Theatre performance with an acclaimed expert, and joining a Kaiseki banquet cooked by one of the country's many Michelin starred chefs.

Travel to Japan with A&K and you could take part in a traditional tea ceremony at Tokyo's Happo-en Garden or visit Harajuku's cutting-edge fashion boutiques, before bullet training it to Osaka for fine dining in 'the nation's kitchen' and Kyoto for geisha, palaces, shrines and the I.M. Pei's exquisite Miho Museum. Alternatively slow down with a pilgrimage walk on Mount Fuji, recent recipient of UNESCO status; a sobering visit to Hiroshima; or take a relaxing break in the Okinawa archipelago, home to the most beautiful of Japan's 6,800 islands.

A&K can show you the extraordinary ice carvings at the Sapporo snow festival in February or Spring's explosion of cherry blossom. It's all possible, and all amazing. Just ask returning traveller, Guy Canning. After attending a sumo bout, he literally bumped into one of the rikishi wrestlers in a restaurant, who happily agreed to have Guy's wife photographed on his giant knee. It was a perfect simile for our Japanese holidays: highly unusual, incredibly hospitable and absolutely unforgettable.


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Best time to be there

Spring (late March to April) for cherry blossom, early summer (May to early June) for warm sunshine, autumn (October to November) for sunny weather and spectacular colours.

Fly to

Osaka/ Tokyo Narita and Haneda (Japan Airlines, British Airways)

flying time

12 hours 30 minutes from London

time difference

GMT +9 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

No vaccinations required

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Japan

Nights: 12 | from £4,877pp

Journey through the heart of Japan, mixing its pulsating cit-ies with its ancient temples, age-old traditions, sacred is-lands, sake breweries, 20th-century... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Japan

Nights: 8 | from £4,825pp

Japan has a wealth of treasures, but if are short on time and want to cram as much as possible into your time in this intriguing country, this whittle-stop... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Japan, Hong Kong and the Ryukyu Islands Cruise

Nights: 15 | from £15,431pp

Explore the rarely visited Ryukyu Islands, as well as Taiwan and Hong Kong, accompanied by an award-winning expedition team on L’Austral. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Wonders of Japan 2017

Nights: 12 | from £13,123pp

Experience scenic, compelling Japan, visiting unique ports and rarely seen wilderness areas in luxury on board exclusively chartered L'Austral. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Sushi and Sashimi

Nights: 11 | from £5,365pp

Food, culture and history are intertwined in this unique destination: not for nothing has Washoku – traditional Japanese cuisine – been inscribed on UNESCO’s... Find out more

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Ginyu Ryokan Hakone

Hakone

Ginyu Ryokan Hakone is set amidst the mountain scenery, away from the bustle of Tokyo, yet not too far from the capital, Hakone. This luxurious property...Find out more

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Honeymoons

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Conrad Tokyo

Tokyo

Tokyo's Conrad Hotel is one of Japan's best, with impeccable service, incredible views, and irresistibly luxurious rooms. Of Tokyo's luxury hotels, the...Find out more

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Honeymoons

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Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Kyoto  

The Hyatt Regency is located in Higashiyama Shichijo, the traditional and cultural heart of Kyoto city. The 189 rooms and suites of varying sizes have...Find out more

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Iwaso Miyajima

Hiroshima

Rooms are in the traditional Japanese style, emphasising clean lines and a sense of space. There tend to be few furnishings and soft Japanese futon mattresses...Find out more

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Mandarin Oriental

Tokyo

Speed up to the 38th floor where you will alight at the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental and are met by panoramic views of the city with ceiling to floor...Find out more

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Aman Tokyo

Tokyo

High above the bright lights and hectic streets of Japan’s vibrant Tokyo, Aman Tokyo – the first city property from the luxury resort company Aman – is...Find out more

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Amanemu

Shima Peninsula

Following the successful launch of Aman Tokyo, the luxury hotel group's second hotel in Japan is on the island of Honshu. Amanemu, which translates as...Find out more

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Benesse House

Naoshima Island

Benesse House is both a museum and a hotel, designed by Tadao Ando, one of Japans bets known architects. It is made up of four separate buildings. The...Find out more

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Special Interest

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Gora Kadan

 

The sublime Gora Kadan is situated in the striking Hakone National Park. The former retreat of the Kanin-no-miya imperial family, the Gora Kadan is elegantly...Find out more

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Hilton Tokyo

Tokyo

The Hilton Hotel in Tokyo is situated in the Shinjuku district; the perfect base to explore cultural attractions including the Akihabara, Roppongi and...Find out more

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Honjinhiranoya Kachoan Ryokan

 

Honjinhiranoya Kachoan Ryokan is placed in an ideal location to explore the attractions of this beautiful area. The accommodation has a traditional Japanese...Find out more

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Hoshinoya Kyoto

 

Kyoto can be said to embody the very spirit of Japanese culture. The Arashiyama area of Kyoto, with its famous Togetsuyo Bridge, is a place without any...Find out more

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Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Kyoto

Located in the upper levels of Kyoto's recently rebuilt railway station, the Granvia Hotel Kyoto is the most convenient as well as one of the most luxurious...Find out more

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Hotel Nikko

Kanazawa

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa is located on Honshu's west coast, fringed by the Sea of Japan and a backdrop of snow-capped Japanese Alps. Kanazawa, or Little Kyoto...Find out more

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Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa

Hakone

In many ways the Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa offers the best of both worlds - a fusion of ryokan and hotel which refuses to compromise on comfort,...Find out more

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Le Soleal

 

Launched in 2013, Le Soleal is a welcome addition to A&K's privately chartered expedition boat complement, and is the sister vessel to the renowned...Find out more

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Oyado Koto No Yume

Takayama

This unique art-style Ryokan lies in the heart of Takayama's old town, close to many of the town's main attractions including the soothing hot springs. As...Find out more

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Palace Hotel Tokyo

Palace Hotel Tokyo

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World the spectacular Palace Hotel in Tokyo with its excellent location is the perfect base to explore this vibrant...Find out more

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Park Hyatt Tokyo

Tokyo

The Park Hyatt Tokyo is an elegant oasis of space and calm that offers spectacular views of Tokyo and the Kanto Plain all the way to Mount Fuji, from...Find out more

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Ritz-Carlton

Kyoto

Ritz-Carlton's fourth Japanese hotel has just opened in the cultural city of Kyoto, overlooking the Kamogawa River with views that extend to the Higashiyama...Find out more

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Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel

Hiroshima

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel sits behind Hiroshima station with good access for onwards travel and also for the city tram lines. The hotel offers 238...Find out more

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Sumiya Ryokan

Kyoto

Sumiya is a very inviting authentic Japanese ryokan. As one walks into the main door there is a fusuma (Japanese sliding door) so you immediately feel...Find out more

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The Park Hotel

Tokyo

Situated in the Shiodome district, this luxurious hotel is specially designed to satisfy the needs of modern professionals from across the globe. Providing...Find out more

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The Peninsula Tokyo

Tokyo

The Peninsula Tokyo is a recent and impressive addition to Tokyo's super-luxury hotels. With a stunning ground-floor lobby connected to the Hibiya Metro...Find out more

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Honeymoons

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The Suiran

Kyoto

Located outside of the hub of Kyoto, Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel is surrounded by some of the areas must see sites; the 14th-century Tenryuji Temple...Find out more

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The Westin Miyako

Kyoto

Located in the Eastern Hills and surrounded by the many temples and shrines, the Westin Miyako offers perhaps the finest international style accommodation...Find out more

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Wanosato Ryokan

Takayama

This mountain inn is the perfect place to relax and experience exceptional Japanese hospitality at its best. This tranquil setting surrounded by the mountains...Find out more

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Westin Osaka

 

Situated at the heart of the Shin Umeda City, the Westin Osaka is ideally placed to explore. The hotel is decorated in classic European style with unusually...Find out more

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