Explore the best of Japan on this timeless tour

See the essential sites of Japan on this epic tour that traverses Tokyo and Kyoto to Osaka and beyond.

Unlike Japan, few places blend ancient rituals with trailblazing modernity. Here, tranquil shrines sit neatly wedged between skyscrapers, and ladies draped in decorative silk kimonos wait patiently to board speeding bullet trains. 

Discover Japan, where tea ceremonies, tatami mats, samurai and time-honoured geisha traditions co-exist with modern sophistication, culinary innovation, and cloud-piercing skyscrapers. Japan is a heady mix of the old and new making it one of the most thrilling countries to visit anywhere in the world. 

Japan yellow temple by a lake
The tranquil shrines of Japan © Abercrombie & Kent

See the Essential Japan

On this Tailor-Made Journey, with Abercrombie & Kent, you’ll travel from glittering Tokyo and culinary Osaka to cultural Kyoto and poignant Hiroshima on an enthralling journey to the nation’s heart. 

Stop along the way in stunning Mount Fuji and Hakone, with their tranquil onsens, savour Japan’s rich culinary heritage with authentic kaiseki dining, street food staples and ocean-fresh sushi, and be awed by high-speed bullet trains. 

From Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples to space-age technology and cutting-edge art galleries, there is something to captivate every traveller.

Insider Access in Japan

Among Abercrombie & Kent’s extraordinary insider-access experiences is a behind-the-scenes visit to a sumo stable, an itamae (master sushi chef) masterclass, a taiko drumming workshop, private tea ceremonies in historic Zen gardens, geisha and maiko performances, and hands-on demonstrations in the arts of samurai and ninja.

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Insider-access experiences © Abercrombie & Kent

Essential Japan: Journey highlights

  • Go behind the ring of Japan’s national sport in a leading Tokyo sumo stable
  • Admire venerated Shinto shrines, Zen temples and perfectly manicured gardens
  • Take part in a traditional taiko drumming class
  • Appreciate Japan’s rich culinary heritage with authentic kaiseki dining, street food staples, ocean-fresh sushi and traditional sweet treats
  • Ride like a local on high-speed bullet trains and rickshaws
  • Pay your respects at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park

Japan is a destination that is simply enthralling, offering a fascinating mix of ancient tradition and the ultra-modern. There is no better way to experience timeless Japan than with the luxury and knowledge of an A&K tour. 12-days of Essential Japan starts from AU$18,960.

This article was produced in partnership with Abercrombie & Kent

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