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On a holiday to Japan, you'll discover a unique and dynamic culture that effortlessly combines ultra-modern with deep tradition.
On the streets of innovative, futuristic cities glass towers and tranquil temples stand side by side, whilst picturesque old towns, and gorgeous landscapes are an easy bullet train ride away. Mix these spectacular sights with a welcoming people, delicious cuisine and rich culture and you've got yourself a holiday to remember.
Japan’s historic isolation has produced a unique culture that flourishes to this day. Distinctive traditions are still honoured from the reflective beauty of intricate tea ceremonies and zen garden design to the raucous spectacle of sumo wrestling. Grand castles are spectacular reminders of the country’s feudal pasts and ancient temples also bear witness to Japan’s deep spiritual connections.
It’s not all about man-made delights though by a long chalk. A holiday in Japan will also deliver scenic beauty by the bucketload from the perfect symmetry of Mount Fuji’s iconic cone to the coastal beauty of Matsushima Bay that has inspired poets and writers for centuries.
Japan’s wildlife may not be the first reason you visit but it may well leave a lasting impression, Bears can be seen foraging in the forests of Hokkaido, Honshu and Kyushu and Shikoku, you can see cranes dance in the winter snows of Hokkaido and perhaps most adorable of all are the Japanese macaques, or ‘snow monkeys’, which can be seen bathing in the steaming hot springs of the Japanese Alps.
Dining will be one of the highlights of your Japan holiday from the freshest of fresh sushi to delicious teppanyaki and warming Ramen broths. Each regions boasts its own speciality and the culinary delights range from steaming street-side stalls to fine dining in some the most highly regarded restaurants in the world. Tokyo alone boasts over 200 Michelin starred restaurants!
Wendy Wu Tours is the UK's Number 1 Tour operator to Japan, with over twenty years experience offering escorted group and private holidays to Japan, tailor-made tours and short breaks.
Here's just a small selection of our most popular Japan holidays to whet your appetite. Explore our full collection of tours or call one of our Japan experts to start planning your next holiday of a lifetime
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No trip to Japan would be complete without seeing one of the wonders listed below.
The iconic image of Japan and captured in numerous works of art, admired and revered for centuries by the Japanese
A wonderfully formidable, castle with a moat and towering ramparts, all set in a lovely park.
A place of peace and tranquillity in a quiet corner of Kyoto – its main hall covered in layers of gold leaf.
One of the three premier castles in Japan with large castle grounds and a variety of buildings.
Awash with all manner of shades of pink Japan's cherry blossom season is the most awaited and anticipated time of year.
One of Japan's most famous attractions, considered one of the country's top scenic sites
Located in the heart of Hiroshima, the Peace Memorial Park is a peaceful, green expanse dedicated to the victims of the atom bomb.
The home of Japan's most famous garden, a display of perfect harmony and elegant simplicity.
Nestled in a high valley, surrounded by mountain peaks and home to over 100 temples.
An active volcano, the largest in Japan and one of the biggest in the world providing impressive panoramic views.
One of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts, home to more than 2,000 onsen.
One of Japan's most significant and beloved castles and Japan's first UNESCO Heritage listed site
Wondering where to go on your Japan holiday? Take a look at the regional highlights of this fascinating country.
The image of classical Japan, Kyoto has learned the art of balancing its incredibly old, rich culture with the contemporary world.
One of the world’s largest cities, Tokyo is a huge fascinating patchwork of fascinating districts and neighbourhoods.
Tokyo's rebellious younger sibling renowned for its quirky personality. Nicknamed 'Japan's Kitchen' after its love of food.
Gorgeous Kyushu island is renowned for its breath-taking natural beauty, rejuvenating hot springs, superb food and unique history.
A vibrant and happy-go-lucky metropolis, Hiroshima has emerged from the ashes of the atom bomb a peaceful place.
Best known for its proximity to fantastic ski slopes and its annual Snow and Ice Festival, Sapporo also boasts a big foodie scene.
Nestled on the Pacific east coast of Honshu, Miyagi is a special place of snow-capped mountains and breathtaking coastal scenery.
Perfectly compact and easy to explore, cool is the prevailing atmosphere in Kobe. The city is best known, however, for its iconic beef.
Bright and breezy Yokohama boasts a charming shoreline, cosmopolitan dining and one of the world's largest Chinatowns.
Aichi is full of national parks, castles, ancient shrines and Samurai history, as well as plenty of tech-related attractions.
Home to iconic Mt Fuji, Shizuoka's is also called the Japanese Riviera, thanks to its beautiful stretches of easily accessible sand.
Right on the doorstep of Tokyo, you'll find a wealth of Edo heritage in the area as well as a surprising amount of natural beauty.
Iwate prefecture is known for its spectacular Pacific coastline, forests, soaring peaks and rural culture.
Fukuoka City has a 2,000-year history of trade, making it an incredibly friendly and welcoming city.
All of our holidays in Japan are accompanied by a dedicated National Escort throughout. We task them with the responsibility to keep you safe, happy, inspired and entertained and they respond with Gusto! Guiding you through the intricacies and eccentricities of the Japanese way of doing things with expert ease.
It is great being able to explore my own country with different people who can offer a different perspective. I ensure my groups experience our culture as much as possible, because travel isn’t just about the things that you see, it’s also about the things that you do.
Our National Escort Takako Kaneko made the holiday. She was excellent, informative, hardworking and had obviously researched information for us.Mr Mcintosh
It’s such a pleasure to introduce Japan to people from all over the world and explore its culture, history and traditions, as well as its unique cuisine. Along with this, I enjoy taking care of each and every member of the tour group, which is why I love being a tour guide
Michiyo was fantastic and went out of her way to make it a memorable experience. We would absolutely use this Wendy Wu Tours again.
I always treat my tour groups like a family, making sure that everyone is happy throughout the tour. I am very passionate about Japanese history. If anyone is interested in learning about Samurai or the Meiji Restoration, you’ll have to come to Japan and ask me!
A special thank you to Yoko our National Escort, whose friendly, professional and organised approach to the holiday made sure everything ran smoothly and made the trip to Japan so memorable.Mr Degville
I love sharing the culture of my country with visitors, that’s why I became a tour guide! From noodles and sake to classical gardens and temples, learning about our culture is surely the best way to understand more about Japan as a whole.
Our National Escort Michiyo ‘made’ this holiday with her charm, knowledge, lots of interesting details and her sense of humour.Mrs Brownridge
Awards are all well and good, but it's our customer feedback that means the most to us. We're proud that so many of our customers would be happy to recommend us to their friends and family - that's all the accolade we need.
Great organisation from start to finish, knowledgeable and approachable tour guide who was highly flexible. A wide variety of activities with some that are definitely 'off the beaten track'.Elizabeth
Right from beginning, some one to receive us at airport to end the service was excellent. Our guide Haruko Hayashi was excellent and understood her patience calmness and guidance. Learned a lot about Japan and came to appreciate the country and people even more.Bola
Our Japan holiday was much more than I could have hoped for. This was down to the excellent planning and efficiency of Wendy Wu, the local guide and all the people concerned at the places we stayed at and visited.Cecilia
Winner of Best Specialist Tour Operator 11 years running at the Globe Travel Awards, the 'Oscars of the Travel Industry'. Multiple award winners at the British Travel Awards, the most influential poll of consumer opinion in travel.
Japan is a very seasonal destination with each time of year bringing a range of highlights to different parts of the country. For example, during the months of January (in the south) and May (in the north), cherry blossom season occurs; the blossoms are in full bloom and sweep across the nation, blanketing each area in a soft pink colour. In the autumn months, October to December, another seasonal phenomenon occurs, the autumn leaves. Warm tones of red, orange and gold ginkgo and maple leaves sweep across the country, creating a warm and cosy atmosphere. Throughout other times of the year you’ll find varied climates; the north can experience very cold temperatures with snow in destinations like Sapporo, whereas the south will have you wandering in the warmth of the sun in places like Osaka. Read more about when to visit Japan
Japan is actually very comparable to the UK when it comes to costs. In main cities like Tokyo, you may find it is a little more expensive than in the quieter, more rural areas. Restaurants and bars may be slightly more costly but not extortionate. If you head outside of the cities, you’ll find that prices are lower for things like food, drink and shopping. However, Japan as a whole is definitely budget friendly.
It can be quite unnerving travelling to a new country even if you have visited Asia before, but Japan is a very welcoming place, making it easy to travel around. No matter what part of the country you are visiting, we will always ensure that you have every detail you’ll need to make your way from place to place. If you’ve never travelled to Japan before, the language barrier may be a little daunting, however, this is never a major problem. Often, signs are displayed in the Roman alphabet and the locals are always happy to help if needed.
Japan is the ultimate destination for exploration, be that independently or with a guide. If you like having an expert at your side for the duration of your trip, we would highly recommend having a guide for your tour. They’ll be able to take you to the iconic sights as well as the hidden gems with no troubles as well as share their passion, culture and love for their country. A guide will also be able to communicate with you throughout your trip, whether that be to talk about the history of a place or to suggest a great restaurant! Japan can of course be done independently but we would still recommend a guide or local to be on hand to point you in the right direction or help recommend where to go, but apart from this, you’re good to go on your own discovery!
Japan offers an abundance of incredible culture, sights, cuisine and history with every turn displaying something new. Whether you fancy a bustling city break or a relaxing rural experience, Japan has it all. If it is your first time travelling to Japan, we can recommend taking the ‘Golden Route’. Covering all of the iconic places from Mt Fuji in Tokyo to the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, the Golden Route is perfect for first time travellers. However, if you’d like to head off on a more in depth adventure, we can recommend journeying to more off the beaten track destinations, for example Takayama and Shirakawago.
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