Kyoto is Japan, and a walk through the historic Gion district is what you are looking for. Traditional teahouses and townhouses lining the streets, lanterns swaying over wooden doors, and the place most likely to spot Geiko (Geisha), Gion is a great place for a walk. Go in the early morning and have it to yourself.
You’ve seen the images, and Japan is where they can be seen. Japanese macaques can often be found steaming in an outdoor bath in the Jiokudani Valley. Go in the winter for some great photos.
The Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto is among the most beautiful temples the world over. The grounds are maintained by what looks like a fine tooth comb, the sun light bounces off the golden hues of the temple in a myriad of ways, and the serene surroundings (although seen through the crowds) are a spectacular site to see.
Tokyo is a collection of neon lights, skyscrapers, colorful neighbourhoods, fashion, temples, tea houses, and almost everything in between. She’s a lively city, and only a few train stops feels like a world of difference. Stay for a few nights, see the sites, and then get lost trying to see more. Getting found is just as enjoyable.
Japan is one of the world's most exciting dining destinations. The country features a wide range of both local and regional Japanese cuisine in addition to all types of international fare. From fresh sashimi in Hakkaido, to okonomiyaki in Osaka, there is always a place to enjoy great food.
Springtime in Japan is nothing less than magical. From late March to April, the country's iconic cherry blossoms capture the attention of visitors and locals as their beautiful pink flowers blanket the country in soft, colourful splendor.
Japan’s icon, Mt. Fuji, seen either on guided tours or from your train window is on almost all travelers’ itineraries, and for good reason. Take a hike, or just visit the 5th station, Mt. Fuji is deserving of its praise.
JAPAN - THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN
10 DAY / 9 NIGHTS
Explore Japan from her modern bustle in the city streets of Tokyo to the traditional alleys and ancient traditions of Takayama and Kanazawa before heading to Kyoto, once the Imperial capital for over one thousand years.
9 DAY / 8 NIGHTS
Discover Japan's flourishing culture which has managed to maintain its tradition while becoming one of the most technologically-advanced countries in the world as you journey from Tokyo to Kyoto, Nara & Osaka.
Take in the Best of Japan as you discover Tokyo, Kamakura, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Kurashiki and Osaka on this 10 day journey.
6 DAY / 5 NIGHTS
Experience Japan's highlights on this journey from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji, Kyoto & Nara.
When Japan Blooms, the World Comes to Visit
Though sakura, or cherry blossoms, bloom just a brief two to three weeks every spring, these delicate pink flowers are one of Japan’s defining hallmarks, and for good reason. Every year, from the end of March to mid April, the country is transformed by bursts of pale pink petals shivering against blue spring skies, and the whole country gears up for another festive sakura season.
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Off the Beaten Track in Japan
Visiting Tottori feels like you’ve entered a magic forest. The purity of the air, the beauty of the mountains and the trees fantastically-coloured trees of reds, yellows and greens are complemented by small villages and quaint farmhouses with persimmons and daikon radishes hanging out to dry. We drive along country roads through the lush forest and arrive at Mitaki-En.
Stepping Back in Time at Hoshinoya Karuizawa
Excitement builds in Car 8 as the Shinkansen (bullet train) rumbles out of Tokyo Station. The usually reserved elderly Japanese are in a festive mood; lively chatter and laughter fills the car as the high-speed train whizzes past the lush rice fields that dominate the countryside just outside the capital. Anticipation hits a fever pitch when, about an hour later, the conductor announces we’re approaching Karuizawa.
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