Luxury Japan Holidays 2015, 2016

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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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Wonders of Japan

Wonders of Japan

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Book the Wonders of Japan before the 31st August 2015 from £9,710 a saving of £1,670 per person. Valid for travel from the 13th - 26th May 2016. Excluding international flights. Terms and conditions apply.


Suggested itineraries in Japan

Quintessential Japan

Nights: 12 | from £3,645

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Discover the best of Japan with visits to pavilions, colourful gardens, a traditional Ryokan and the exciting cities of Tokyo, Hiroshima and Kyoto.

Highlights of Japan

Nights: 8 | from £2,695

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Spend 9 days exploring two of Japan's most important cities, Kyoto and Tokyo with expert guides that will introduce you to this fascinating culture.

Sushi and Sashimi

Nights: 11 | from £3,090

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This 11 night culinary adventure to Japan delves into the history, flavours and methods of Japan's cuisine making it a delight for foodies and connoisseurs.

Luxury Small Group Journeys - Classic Japan Escorted Journey

Nights: 10 | from £6,369

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Immerse yourself in Japanese culture on this 10 night journey where you'll experience religious rituals, sample Kyoto's cuisine and learn the art of Zen meditation.

Wonders of Japan

Nights: 13 | from £11,380

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Discover hidden Japan aboard the luxury vessel Le Soleal and enjoy rarely seen areas of natural beauty, fascinating lectures and enriching experiences.

Onsens & Snow Monkeys

Nights: 2 | from £690

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Visit Snow Monkey Park where red-faced Japanese macaques or snow monkeys can be seen bathing and relaxing in the volcanic hot springs.

Suggested accommodation in Japan

Hakone Ginyu Ryokan


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Conrad Tokyo


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Hyatt Regency Kyoto


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Iwaso Miyajima


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Mandarin Oriental


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Aman Tokyo


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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget.

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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


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

No vaccinations required

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