Exploring the varied attractions of this vibrant and traditional nation: Zen gardens, grand mountains and big cities
Ancient wooden temples, raked-pebble Zen gardens and chanting Buddhist monks juxtapose with space-age towers, neon and bullet trains; Japan's fascinating blend of old and new is legendary.
Exploring the southern and western stretches of Honshu, Japan's largest island, we will see little evidence of the devastating impact of 2011's earthquake and resulting tsunami.
We discover its unique culture amongst the serene shrines and gardens of Nara and Kyoto and the rarely visited mountainous heartland of castles and spas. Our last stop is Tokyo: sprawling, inimitably busy, welcoming and extraordinary.
What makes this trip responsible?
On this trip, we spend 4 nights in small, locally-owned ryokan, allowing us to contribute directly to the local economy, and by using trains rather than minibuses for the majority of the trip we reduce our environmental impact.
Snow Monkey, Jigokudani Hot Springs, Yudanaka