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Stefanie Studley
Japan Travel Specialist

Japan is a land of contrasts, where the ancient and intricate live side-by-side with the cutting edge of today’s technology. From ultra modern cities boasting bustling, neon-lit streets to serene temples set amidst tree-lined parkland, Japan quietly boasts an allure and a draw for every kind of traveller.

Most Japan holidays begin in the iconic capital city, Tokyo, before travelling deeper into the country. Here visitors can stroll city streets thronged with people, be enthralled by a Geisha performance in historic Kyoto, spend a night on a futon in a local ryokan before ending the day with a dip in a traditional onsen or bathhouse and board futuristic Shinkansen bullet trains to explore far flung corners of the country – all in just one holiday.

Introduced by Regent in 2018, we’re delighted to begin providing tailor-made holidays and group travel to Japan as our newest Far East destination. In true Regent style, though our group tours include many of the major tourist highlights, they also venture off the popular trails in a bid to show off some of Japan’s lesser-seen – and all the more interesting – rural and cultural sides. On our tours, join a group and try your hand at carving your own chopsticks or kayak through a serene gorge in the Kiso valley.



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Tokyo
Top Destination
Tokyo
It’s hard to know where to start with futuristic Tokyo as it can often feel like a collection of cities overlapping each other. Marunouchi district is home to the impressive Imperial Palace, whilst Ebisu and Meguro are two of the most fashionable areas and home to museums dedicated to arts and crafts and Ueno is home to the Tokyo National Museum. It would be easy to find yourself exploring the city for several days or weeks.
Kyoto
Top Destination
Kyoto
Away from the modernity and high-rise nature of Tokyo, the city of Kyoto epitomises ancient Japan with over 1,000 temples, 400 Shinto shrines and no fewer than 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites. If you can cope with the crowds visit in April to experience the world-renowned cherry blossoms where you can join a Hanami – a cherry-blossom viewing party.
Kinosaki Onsen
Top Destination
Kinosaki Onsen
An onsen is a hot-spring and central to Japanese bathing culture. They can be found across the country but one of the best is Kinosaki Onsen in the Hyogo Prefecture. As well as experiencing the soothing, mineral-rich waters be sure to try the fresh crab taken from the Sea of Japan in winter.
Hiroshima
Stefanie Studley's Recommendation
Hiroshima
Building from the ashes of the events of 6th August 1945, Hiroshima has become a cosmopolitan and leafy city where the Peace Memorial Park is a reminder of the devastation wreaked by the world’s first atomic-bomb, and the city’s determination to project a message of peace for future generations.
Nagano
Stefanie Studley's Recommendation
Nagano
Surrounded by mountains, Nagano is more peaceful than when it was hosting the Winter Olympics in 1998. The Zenko-ji temple is shrouded in legends where you can descend the Okaidan staircase in the darkness and feel along the walls to find the Key of Salvation or try and see the five white doves said to be hidden behind the San-mon gate.

Popular Destinations in Japan

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   Tokyo
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   Kyoto
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   Kinosaki Onsen



Specialist Recommendations

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   Hiroshima
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   Nagano


Japan Travel Specialist


Stefanie Studley
There's so much to Japan that although the cherry blossom season is a firm favourite with travellers, trips outside of the spring flowering time remain incredibly rewarding and a fantastic experience. Tokyo is incredible, but I suggest only spending a few days here as you arrive or at the end of your trip, and making a beeline over to the other bustling cities and out into the beautiful countryside to get a deeper understanding of authentic Japan.

Stefanie's Tips
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To explore far flung corners of the country, there's no better way to travel than aboard a futuristic Shinkansen bullet train.
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One of the best places to experience an enthralling Geisha performance is Kyoto.
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If you're not bothered about the cherry blossoms, travellers find visiting the country much cheaper outside of springtime.




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