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Discover the wonders of Japan: a journey through tradition and modernity

Ultra-modern cities blend seamlessly with ancient temples and stunning scenery in the tiny island nation of Japan.

Japan offers a captivating blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge modernity, which compels you to embark on an unforgettable adventure. From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene temples of Kyoto, this island nation promises an enchanting experience like no other.

Japan's cities offer a kaleidoscope of experiences. Tokyo, the vibrant capital, boasts bustling neighbourhoods like Shibuya and Shinjuku, the electric city of Akihabara, and the elegant shopping district of Ginza. Kyoto, a city steeped in history, invites you to explore the enchanting Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and the majestic Fushimi Inari Shrine. Head to Osaka, known as the "Kitchen of the Nation," to tantalize your taste buds with its culinary delights and explore the fascinating history of Osaka Castle.

For those seeking outdoor adventure, Hokkaido is a haven for skiers and nature enthusiasts. Enjoy world-class skiing in resorts like Niseko, and the thriving capital of Hokkaido, Sapporo with its world-famous ice-sculpture festival. There are a multitude of hiking options across Japan’s mountainous geography too, with the pinnacle of course being iconic Mount Fuji, located just a few hours drive from Tokyo. For a more relaxed nature trip there are a plethora of beautiful landscapes across Japan including Furano and Biei in northern Japan, Hakone in central Japan, and Kyushu in the south.

For those interested in wildlife, Japan doesn’t disappoint. Head to Nara, a short trip from Kyoto, to interact with friendly deer that roam freely in Nara Park. For a unique experience in the wintertime, head to the north of the Nagano prefecture to witness Japanese macaques bathing in natural hot springs. The north of Japan is home to variety of incredible species too, including the Japanese red fox, brown bears and the adorable pika, a small mountain-dwelling mammal that resembles a rabbit crossed with a teddy bear.

After all your intense cultural and natural encounters, Japan even has a beautiful a tropical paradise to escape to if you head to Okinawa, where white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters await. Immerse yourself in the unique Ryukyuan culture and enjoy activities like snorkelling, diving, and exploring the historic Shuri Castle.

Japan's charm lies not just in its iconic landmarks but in its warm hospitality and rich traditions. Whether you seek the excitement of a bustling city or the tranquility of nature, Japan offers a diverse range of experiences that will leave you spellbound.

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When to go to Japan

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January

January is ideal for winter sports in Hokkaido and northern regions, with plenty of snow. Tokyo and Kyoto remain chilly but offer clear skies for sightseeing. Explore Sapporo's Snow Festival and soak in an onsen for the ultimate winter experience.

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February

February is the best time for skiing and snowboarding in Nagano and Hokkaido. The Sapporo Snow Festival is a major attraction, featuring stunning ice sculptures. Other areas are generally cold and dry and good for sightseeing.

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March

March marks the beginning of spring, with cherry blossoms starting to bloom in southern regions like Kyoto and Tokyo. Enjoy hanami picnics under the pink blossoms. It's a great time for hiking and outdoor adventures.

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April

April is the peak of cherry blossom season. Witness Tokyo's Ueno Park and Kyoto's Maruyama Park come alive with vibrant sakura. Golden Week, late April to early May, offers festive parades and events.

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May

May offers pleasant weather for outdoor activities and hiking. Explore Tokyo's International Food Festival and enjoy the comfortable climate for sightseeing in Kyoto.

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June

June is the start of the rainy season, known as tsuyu, lasting until mid-July. Although it's wet, explore Kyoto's temples and gardens amid light crowds. Festivals like the Sanno Matsuri in Tokyo showcase Japanese traditions.

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July

July continues the rainy season, but the Tanabata Star Festival brightens the skies. Hokkaido hosts the Lavender Festival with fields of purple blooms. Kyoto's Gion Matsuri features grand floats.

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August

August offers festivals and fireworks. The Obon Festival celebrates ancestors with lanterns and dances. Enjoy the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival in Tokyo. Hokkaido's summer flower festivals are perfect for nature enthusiasts.

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September

September brings comfortable weather and the iconic Kunchi Festival in Nagasaki. Explore the Sapporo Autumn Festival in Hokkaido. It's a great time for sightseeing with fewer tourists.

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October

October features stunning autumn foliage in Kyoto and Nikko. Visit Tokyo's Meiji Shrine during the Meiji Jingu Festival and enjoy Oktoberfest celebrations. Ideal for hiking and outdoor adventures.

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November

November showcases autumn foliage, with Kyoto's temples and parks ablaze in red and orange. Yoyogi Park in Tokyo hosts the International Food Festival, and Kyushu's hot spring resorts offer relaxation.

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December

December marks the onset of winter, with holiday illuminations in cities and festive lights. Explore Hokkaido's Sapporo Snow Festival with breathtaking ice sculptures. Ski resorts open for winter sports enthusiasts.

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