Destination Overview

Japan

From towering sky-scraper cities and cutting-edge technologies to rustic, rural villages and timeless traditions, Japan is a diverse country rich in beautiful landscapes and an enchanting culture. Visit dynamic Tokyo, discover Mt Fuji and experience Hakone’s picturesque lakes, shrines and art scene. Be welcomed by the polite hospitality of the gracious locals and immerse yourself in this fascinating destination as you embark on a memorable journey.

Capital

Tokyo

Language

Japanese

Time

GMT +9

Religion

Buddhism

Currency

Yen

Population

125 Million

International Airports

Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka

Weather

Japan’s climate varies from north to south making it comfortable to visit all year round. During spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), skies are clear and temperatures are mild. From December to February, winter brings snowfall and fewer travellers making it a beautiful time of year to travel. Summer days from June to August are generally humid and wet. Cherry blossom season lasts a short time during spring, while autumn sees inland Japan ablaze with colour.

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Top Highlights

More than Sushi

Japan’s cuisine is so much more than sushi. Sample matcha (green tea) in a tranquil garden, enjoy a traditional kaiseki meal, learn how to create bento or try okonomiyaki in Osaka’s Dotombori Area.

Unique Experiences

Tradition and modernity combine to create a wonderful local culture. Gain a glimpse into the secret world of an apprentice Geisha known as a Maiko or travel like a local on the bullet train.

Local Encounters

From lunch with a sumo to strolling the streets of a bonsai village, Japan offers an endless array of unique experiences which sets the country apart from any other in the world.

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Splendours of Japan

Relax in Hamarikyu Garden as you sample matcha (green tea) and enjoy a Japanese sweet. Wander through the Omiya Bonsai Village, and see the art of bonsai at the multiple nurseries and private gardens. Visit Daitokuji Temple complex to experience…

$ 6,565
Secrets of Japan

Discover Kappabashi Dori with its endless supply of stores selling everything from pots and pans to cooking utensils and chairs to restaurant operators. Some stores even sell plastic and wax food samples for window displays! Lose yourself in the abundance…

$ 8,149

Portugal Journeys

Lisbon

Where the old meets the new, it has an incredibly rich heritage whilst being one of the trendiest capitals in Europe. Lisbon is a very walkable city and offer spectacular hilltop views in Alfama or at St. George's Castle. One shouldn't miss a ride in the famous Tram 28, that passes some of the cities must-sees, or a long walk along the waterfront neighbourhood of Belém.

Alentejo

While to the north the pace is set by the green of the flatlands as far as the eye can see, further south the landscape combines with the sun, the heat, and a slower pace of life. The Alentejo, the idyllic heartland of Portugal, impresses with variety: deserted surf beaches and charming fishing villages on the western coastline and picturesque walled towns and forts on the boarder to Spain. An ideal place for those that wish to escape the tourist crowds and dive into the authentic Portugal.

Sintra

Where the old meets the new, it has an incredibly rich heritage whilst being one of the trendiest capitals in Europe. Lisbon is a very walkable city and offer spectacular hilltop views in Alfama or at St. George's Castle. One shouldn't miss a ride in the famous Tram 28, that passes some of the cities must-sees, or a long walk along the waterfront neighbourhood of Belém.

Porto

Be it the millennium-old cathedral or the latest molecular gastropub, the city of Porto is really a living heritage, one that reinvents itself while maintaining its core character. A vibrant and fascinating city, world-famous for the production of Port wine, matured in vast cellars that stretch along the banks of Douro River. But Porto is more than that: rich culture, a buzzing nightlife, captivating tourist attractions and many more is waiting to be discovered.

Obidos

Discover this delightful town of white houses adorned with bougainvillea and honeysuckle, surrounded by its castle medieval walls. Considered as one of the most characterful places of central Portugal it is a symbol of a traditional Portuguese city. The surrounding region is equally fascinating, not far away from Lisbon and ideal for a day trip.

Douro Valley

A dream made of enchanted valleys, unscathed nature, and world heritage sites; in its steep vineyards is where Port Wine is produced. The Douro Valley in northern Portugal is the oldest wine-growing region in the world and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cultivation of wine here dates back to the Roman's. With all these centuries-old vineyards running along the Douro River, the area is a must-visit for gourmets and vine-lovers and shouldn't be missed during a stay in Portugal.

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