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Japan conjures images both exotic and familiar and even the stereotypes seem contradictory. A Japan holiday will bring all the things you imagined to life, but also so much more.

The bright lights of Tokyo, high-speed trains, sake, nightclubs and a pop culture straining towards the future sit side by side with tranquil Zen gardens, ancient shrines, delicate cherry blossoms, geisha, tea ceremonies and an adherence to tradition. But this is Japan where even such stark opposites exist in harmony.

Discover art, both old and new, theatre and the famous cuisine. Japan’s compact size makes getting around quite simple, especially by high-speed train. The Japanese are strong and proud, but also incredibly welcoming. Even without a common language you’ll find a friendly smile on every corner.

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japan highlights

  • Stay in a tatami mat room in a ryokan

    This historic style of Japanese Inn originated in the Edo Period and is an insight into local culture. Many ryokans have an onsen, or hot spring, on site and offer traditional multi-course dining called kaiseki.

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  • See Mount Fuji from Hakone

    Perhaps Japan’s most iconic sights, Mount Fuji can be seen from Tokyo on a clear day, but travelling a couple of hours to Hakone allows travellers to enjoy the mountain views surrounded by the beautiful natural scenery and hot springs, as well as a variety of options for viewing the mountain itself, such as a cruise on Lake Ashi-no.

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  • Meet a maiko in Kyoto

    An exclusive Maiko dinner and performance in Kyoto gives you a unique opportunity to learn about the life of an apprentice Geisha.

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  • Wander old-world towns in the Kiso Valley

    Travel back in time and soak up the old-world atmosphere of the Kiso Valley. Wander the villages of Magome and Tsumago or explore World Heritage-listed Shirakawago, dotted with traditional thatch-roof homes.

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  • Tsukiji fish markets in Tokyo

    The fish market in Tokyo is the largest in the world, and it is well worth rising early to explore the markets as they bustle with local trade, before a sushi breakfast as fresh as they come.

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  • Spot a geisha in Kyoto or Kanazawa

    Spot a beautiful Geisha steal through Kyoto's atmospheric Gion district in the quiet of dusk or visit the old Geisha Quarters of Hagashi Street and Nomura-ke House in the samurai district of Kanazawa.

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  • Visit the snow monkeys

    When the snow begins to fall, the macaques of Yudanaka jump into the natural hot springs to keep warm. Watch them frolic in the pools as the steaming water melts the sprinkling of snow from their winter coats.

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  • Race through the countryside on a bullet train

    Rail in Japan is reasonably priced, fast and extremely reliable, and a trip on one of the high-speed bullet trains is not only a convenient form of transport but an exciting experience.

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  • Discover Japanese cuisine

    The Japanese passion for food means meticulously-prepared dishes are an art form in themselves. Produce is both seasonal and regional, and culinary tourism is popular with both local and international guests. Get your hands on some of the huge variety of typically Japanese dishes and taste it for yourself.

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  • Take part in a tea ceremony in Kanazawa or Kyoto

    A renowned part of Japanese culture, take part in a traditional Tea Ceremony in Kyoto or Kanazawa.

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Japan reviews verified by Reevoo

Sights / Places to go
8.9
Cuisine
8.7
Overall rating
8.9
Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 20 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
5 out of 10

Peter

Melbourne Friends
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Reviewer left no comment
To quote from Lost Japan by Alex Kerr,'where can you go to escape the billboards, electric wires and concrete?
Confirmed traveller: 18 November 2015
Published on: 22 December 2015
8 out of 10

Ross

Sydney Couple
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Hakone, Takayama
Food a bit expensive
Confirmed traveller: 18 November 2015
Published on: 16 December 2015
10 out of 10

Marcus

Eltham, Victoria Single traveller
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Hiroshima is the place "must see"

I love all the places we went to and the group I travel with..

The best of all, the peoples I met on the trains, taxis, subway, streets, hotels, tours, etc are very polite and very helpful. Everywhere is very clean, no rubbish on the streets or parks.. Train system runs on time..

Food is not a problem. I love them - enjoyed a few fresh sandwiches purchased at the train station for lunch on the bullet trains.. in Tokyo you must try their "kobe" beef

I did not find Japan to be very expensive..
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Confirmed traveller: 10 October 2015
Published on: 15 December 2015