With a unique culture, bustling nightlife, world famous art scene and culinary masterpieces for sampling, Japan should be at the top of your list for your next holiday. Let us take you there!
As a sample of what we can offer in Japan, we have designed an 11-day trip that will take you through some of Japan’s best-kept secrets! We’ve included undiscovered destinations and unique experiences that will give you a deep and authentic immersion into the country’s history and culture.
The trip starts in the beautiful city of Kyoto, one of the most culturally rich cities in Asia. Here you can meet a Geisha, or join an expert potter for a tour of Kyoto’s ceramic legacy. From Kyoto, go to the countryside village of Miyama and visit a typical house, a kayabuki thatched-room farmhouse, not known to most tourists. Next, head to Okayama where you can take a sake brewery tour or visit a sword museum. Then on to Naoshima, Japan’s famous “Art Island”, where you will visit a unique public bathhouse which is also an art installation itself, and stay at an art gallery which is also a luxury hotel! From here, head to the beautiful, medieval city of Matsue, where you will visit Izumo Taisha, widely considered to be Japan’s oldest and one of its most important shrines. Finally, finish off the trip with a night in Osaka where you can sample some of Japan’s famous cuisine.
The best time to visit: When it comes to the weather, your trip to Japan will largely depend on what you want to do. For this 11-day trip, the best time to go is in the Spring or Fall. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a customized itinerary, skiers who want to hit the slopes should visit from December to April, while those hoping to snap a few photos during cherry blossom season should visit from late March to May. June, July and August are also great times to visit, though planning a visit later in the summer means lots of heat and humidity, so we typically recommend avoiding that season in order to get the most of your experience.
See more about the trip’s unique experiences below!
Meet a Geisha
Meet a Geisha over afternoon tea in a tatami room. The Geisha will entertain you with dances and games. An interpreter will join and allow you to gain a deep understanding of the geisha world.
Visit a Sword Museum
The Bizen Osafume Sword Museum is one of the most important Japanese sword museums in the region. Here visitors can learn about the history of the Japanese Katana, as well as see how skilled artisans produce these elegant swords. The museum is extremely popular among sword enthusiasts.
Tour Japan’s famous “Art Island”
Naoshima Island is literally covered in artworks; both outside and within its many museums. Marvel at the stunning architecture of Tadao Ando as well as the famous polka dot pumpkin sculptures of renowned pop artist Yayoi Kusama. Spend the night in Benesse House, an art gallery which is also a luxury hotel, and visit I LOVE YU, a unique public bathhouse which is also an art installation itself.
Sample Japan’s famous cuisine
In Osaka, spend the night by the brights lights of Namba district where you can experience the outstanding Osaka cuisine famous for “takoyaki” (octopus ball) and okonomiyaki (cabbage pancakes).