Luxury Holidays In The Land Of The Rising Sun
Castles, theme parks, breath-taking scenery… Japan has it all!
Japan is a fascinating country with a rich history and culture, a unique mix of old and new. It is a country definitely worth visiting in style. Here is what you need to know about spending a luxury holiday in this beautiful place.
Where to stay
There are plenty of quality, luxury hotels all around Japan. Customer service is always excellent so you will not be disappointed. Accommodation comes in two types: western-style and traditional Japanese. A ryokan is a Japanese style inn with a range of facilities, usually including meals in the price of the room. Guests sleep on futons, which are laid out on straw tatami mats at night and rolled up in the day. Many ryokan have large communal paths and beautiful gardens for guests to enjoy and traditional architecture and decor.
Japan has one of the best transport systems in the world, so if you decide to make your own way around, travelling will be a luxurious experience in itself. Trains are efficient and fast and cover the whole of the country, with the famous Shinkansen (bullet train) being the transport mode of choice. Express services usually offer first-class Green Car seats, which tends to give passengers more leg room. To get to different islands, you can opt for flying, which can be the most practical away of getting to far-flung destinations. If you decide to choose a luxury tour to visit Japan such as TravelBound, you are likely to travel by bus, which is a great way to see the country and offers a clean, safe experience.
What to see
To get a real feel for Japan’s incredible culture, visit some of the famous castles and temples. Himeji Castle (aka White Heron Castle) is the country’s largest and one of the best preserved castles and has been in place since 1331. Osaka Castle stands firm within a city of relentless modernity and was important in the unification of Japan in the sixteenth century. Kyoto has several important sights, including Kiyomizu-dera, an independent Buddhist temple, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto and Kyoto National Museum, which exhibits Japanese and East Asian art. Tours can be a great way to visit these attractions.
If it is beautiful scenery you are after, try climbing Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest mountain at 3,776 m. The Nakasendo route covers over 500 km; visitors can walk along part or all of it to discover its ancient history, through tranquil forests and modern cities. The Hiroshima Peace Park is dedicated to the victims of the world’s first nuclear attack and is a quiet place to escape to from the bustling city it lies near.
Japan also has plenty of attractions for children or the young at heart. It has several theme parks: Tokyo Disneyland was opened in 1983 and Universal Studios is in Osaka. Visitors can also visit Ghibli Museum, which houses the work of the famous Ghibli Studios.
If it’s luxury you are after, Japan really has it all. Plan your trip today.
Special thanks to JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization)
Adriana Frederick was a school teacher for many years, before switching careers to the travel industry. She now specialises in youth travel and advises schools on the benefits of educational trips. She writes on behalf of TravelBound