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About Japan

japan_map_2The “Land of the Rising Sun” is a country where the past meets the future. Japanese culture stretches back millennia, yet has also adopted and created the latest modern fashions and trends. As Japan has undergone periods of openness and isolation throughout its history, Japanese culture is, if anything, unique. Japan has two dominant religious traditions: Shinto and Buddhism. Each have had an enormous influence on the country’s history and cultural life.


Climate  The Japanese are proud of their four seasons, but the tourist with a flexible travel schedule should aim for spring or autumn.

  • Spring is one of the best times of year to be in Japan. The temperatures are warm but not hot and there’s not too much rain.
  • Summer starts with a  rainy season.
  • Autumn begins in September and is an excellent time to be in Japan.
  • Winter is a good time to go skiing or hot-spring hopping.

Japan UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Japan has 17 UNESCO sites that are highlights of many of our Japanese programs. They are:

Cultural

  • Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area (1993)
  • Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration (2013)
  • Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu (2000)
  • Himeji-jo (1993)
  • Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (2011)
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) (1996)
  • Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) (1994)
  • Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara (1998)
  • Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama (1995)
  • Itsukushima Shinto Shrine (1996)
  • Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape (2007)
  • Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range (2004)
  • Shrines and Temples of Nikko (1999)

Natural

  • Ogasawara Islands (2011)
  • Shirakami-Sanchi (1993)
  • Shiretoko (2005)
  • Yakushima (1993)

Major Cities

Below is a list of some of the major cities included in our Japanese tour programs.

  • Tokyo
  • Nikko
  • Hakone
  • Kyoto
  • Nara
  • Osaka
  • Hiroshima

Japan Package

Grand Tour of Japan

13 Days - Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Nagoya, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima and Miyajima
  • Experience the Grand of Japan
  • Feel the dynamic of Tokyo
  • Escape to the natural beauty of Hakone, Takayama and Kanazawa
  • Discover the sacred island, Miyajima Island
  • Visit the historic Hiroshima and its peace park
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Japan Insiders

9 Days - Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Miyajima
  • Experience the diversity of Japan’s past and present
  • Enjoy a colorful mix of modern Tokyo and traditional Kyoto
  • Escape to the natural beauty of Hakone
  • Discover the sacred island, Miyajima Island
  • Visit the historic Hiroshima and its peace park
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Highlights of Japan

9 Days - Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Kyoto
  • 9-Days Best of Japan
  • Tokyo, the Capital City
  • Hakone, the national park
  • Kyoto, the ancient capital
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