Luxury Japan Holidays 2015, 2016

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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 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


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 £3,645

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

Holiday type: Tailor-made


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Highlights of Japan

Nights: 8 | from £2,695

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. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Sushi and Sashimi

Nights: 11 | from £3,090

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. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Classic Japan Escorted Journey

Nights: 10 | from £6,369

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... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Wonders of Japan

Nights: 13 | from £11,380

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

Holiday type: Group departure

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Ginyu Ryokan 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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Conrad 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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Hyatt Regency 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


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


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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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.


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Guest Testimonial

While planning our trip to Japan I dealt with two Vickys (Smith and Hamlin). They were both delightful - being articulate, helpful and most efficient. Their knowledge about Japan was very much appreciated. The few changes we requested to the first suggested itinerary were carried out quickly and to our complete satisfaction. You have two highly talented ladies who obviously love their job and are a great credit to A&K. We are most grateful.

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