Japan

Japan, land of great contrasts

Japan JOURNEYS

Traveling around the 'Land of the Rising Sun'

Japan is a land of great contrasts, centuries-old traditions live on alongside state-of-the-art technology. Be swept behind the facade of neon and cosmopolitan cities, sometimes at the fast pace of the Shinkansen high-speed train, then at walking pace as you stroll through quiet zen gardens.

You can be a spectator at a spectacle of Sumo wrestlers or Samurai fighters , but also take up the sword yourself during a workshop. Or do you opt for an origami , calligraphy or manga drawing workshop? Visit Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples , meander through ancient forests or attend a folkloric festival , and enjoy views of Mount Fuji from a cruise ship.

At the end of the day, everything settles down once you retire to a traditional hotel, the ryokan . Experience the special Japanese hospitality in an environment that radiates peace and harmony. Bathing in a thermal spring, the experiences of the day glide by once more, the pace slows down. Vibrant activities and tranquility, experience it in it 'Land of the Rising Sun' .

DISCOVER Japan

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INSPIRATION FOR Japan

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Fuji-San

Mount Fuji, icon of Japan, dominates the panorama even at a great distance. The actual scale will only become clear if you are staying in the region around the mountain. Absolutely grand is the view from the top.

Cherry blossom

When the cherry blossom blooms, a new circle of seasons begins. Calendars are adapted to take part in festivities dedicated entirely to this wonderful natural phenomenon.

Train travel Japan

Travelling by rail has never been so comfortable and efficient. The train will take you to your next destination in a short time. The trip itself is already a fascinating experience.

Nakasendo Trail

Put on your hiking boots for a journey back in time, along a historic route through authentic staging points and beautiful nature. You will follow in the footsteps of Edo-era travellers.

Thermal springs

In Japan there are many spas where life revolves around the thermal springs. Spectacular to see, and the resources are used for many purposes. Spa resorts offer a variety of treatments. A blessing for the body!

Onsen

There is no country where bathing is as emphatically part of the culture as Japan. The soothing ritual is accompanied by strict etiquette. The warm baths are fed with mineral-rich water bubbling up from the earth.

Ryokans

You will be greeted with a courteous bow, and swap your shoes for home slippers before entering. The spaces are determined by tatami mats and panels of rice paper, the atmosphere is serene. This is not just any hotel, this is a ryokan.

Shinto shrines and zen temples

The spiritual life of Japanese is defined by Shintoism and Buddhism. Throughout the country are many, many thousands of shrines and temples. There are hundreds in and near Kyoto alone. They are places of reflection and prayer.

Samurai warriors, Ninjas and sumo wrestlers

This title undoubtedly evokes visual associations. Something from a movie or comic book, a sports broadcast. But what was the role of Samurai warriors originally, and why is Sumo wrestling still so popular? In Japan, return to the source

Unspoilt nature galore

Japan is immense, and only a small part is cultivated or cultivated. From north to south are vast rugged areas where you are surrounded by nothing but nature. There is so much diversity, even though every season has its own face.

Shiretoko National Park

One of Japan's last remaining wildernesses where sea lions, orcas, seals and dolphins have free reign and the most extraordinary sea and migratory birds float around.

Culinary Japan

Travelling through Japan is a culinary surprise. The Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, but certainly also the street food of Osaka are among the most famous in the world.

Cities

Tokyo, Osaka and Hiroshima. Japan's main cities each have their own appeal.

Travelling with children

Japan is not only a safe country to travel around with children, it is also extremely fun! Children of all ages can discover Japan in a playful way.

Kyushu

Island of volcanoes and onsen, rich in breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cities and ancient pilgrimage routes through the world of hermits, monks and Shoguns

Top accommodations in Japan

Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Elegant design and outstanding service in the historic heart of Kyoto. Unparalleled class!

Hoshinoya Resort

Just outside Kyoto, a ten-minute boat ride away, is the beautiful Hoshinoya Resort. Here you are surrounded by the lush nature of the Arashiyama Valley.

Suiran Hotel

Authentic Japanese luxury and views of the Hozugawa River in historic Kyoto.

OUR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES

Jeroen & Desiree

We have been home for 2 days now from an incredibly beautiful trip through Japan. We saw a lot and also learned a lot about the country. It really has been an unforgettable journey. Thank you for that. Japan certainly surprised us a lot. We were able to enjoy the beautiful fall colors. The color combinations were really fantastic. Because the weather was also so mild for the time of year, the colors were also extra intense. We certainly do not regret that we chose autumn and not spring. The fr…

Mr. and Mrs. Schouten

Here is our response to the wonderful Japan trip we made from 6 to 23 November 2017. The trip was magnificent and actually exceeded our expectations! Highlights of our trip: Beautiful nature with fantastic autumn colours Particularly friendly and respectful population Very good and atmospheric ryokans and hotels Exceptionally good food Very safe country with excellent public transport We have been able to admire the macaques very well and extensively In short: one big photo paradi…

FROM OUR BLOG

Japan has overwhelmed me

Just got back from Japan. The country has overwhelmed me and touched me with all its facets; modern technique versus centuries-old traditions. It is only when I return the last few days in Tokyo after our road trip through Hokkaido that I realize that all the more so.

Japan, land of imperial myths

Japan, the land of great contrasts, centuries-old traditions and great metropolises and   one of our new destinations this year. Joseph made an exploratory journey through the 'Land of the Rising Sun' and wrote about it.

Japan: surprisingly different

Japan is a country of great contrasts, centuries-old traditions live on alongside high-quality technology. 'As soon as I arrived in the city of Tokyo in the city of Millions, I realised; Japan, the land of technology; the toilet at the airport is full of exciting buttons and possibilities!'

TOURING BY Japan

We are happy to offer you a travel proposal that fully meets your expectations. The proposed trips on our website are primarily intended as inspiration, and show only a small selection of the possibilities. Tell us your wishes and let us tailor your trip. We are happy to advise you!

We think it is important – especially now – that you are well informed and travelling with a good feeling. In our blog you can read the latest developments.

Curious about our inspiration tours?

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