Japan

Elegant. Resilient. Exceptional.

ANCIENT ARTS THRIVE AMONG INNOVATION

Japan is singularly defined by its ability to preserve ancient traditions while thriving amidst the most modern of societies. The nation’s rich history and technological prowess provides many points-of-interests to explore – from modern Tokyo’s bustling streets, Kroto’s cultural treasures, picture-perfect valleys in Takayama to the bubbling and therapeutic mineral spas of scenic Hakone. It’s the land where the national sport, Sumo wrestling (dating back to 200 AD as a Shinto rite to produce an abundant harvest), vies for TV time with the post WWII-era baseball craze. Highly ritualized yet simple, elegant yet bold, traditional yet evolving, static yet dynamic -- Japan's contradictions are utterly fascinating.

Activities

Japan is a land of incredible beauty, rich customs and warm, welcoming people. With so much to see and do in this island nation, activities in Japan are plentiful for the enthusiastic traveler.

Studying Japanese Arts

If you are interested in studying traditional Japanese arts, such as martial arts, music, tea ceremony, ceramics or dance, or you would like an introduction to Buddhist religious studies, talk to your Japan Travel Specialist. Sessions lasting from a half day to weeks may be arranged. The principal centers for study in Japan’s most traditional arts are Kyoto and Nagano.

Trekking

If you're looking for an active way to see the sights, multi-day treks in the Japanese Alps - one of the many distinctive things to do on group trips to Japan - can be arranged. Often these routes follow ancient footpaths of samurai warriors or philosophers, and stop at traditional inns that are centuries old. Contact an ATJ Asia travel expert for more details.

Festivals

One of the best times of the year for luxury trips to Japan is during July. The Gion Matsuri is celebrated in Kyoto in the month of July and is a site not to be missed. Large floats carry musicians and revelers through the streets, and everything looks a couple of centuries out of place.

YOUR JOURNEY, YOUR WAY

Like an architect creating your one-of-a-kind home, our Asia Travel Experts craft your personalized journey from the ground up. Your preference of destinations, pace, budget, dates, activities and lodging are skillfully arranged, down to the finest detail. Begin planning your custom luxury travel to Asia or the Pacific today!

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS

  • Delight in glorious springtime cherry blossoms or colorful fall foliage
  • Overnight in a “ryokan” with traditional hot-spring baths
  • Meet geishas in the historic Gion district of Kyoto
  • Soak in traditional onsen (hot springs) near Mt. Fuji
  • Explore the rugged national parks of Hokkaido Island
  • Make friends with the endangered Japanese macaque (“snow monkey”)

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