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JAPAN Tucked Away Upriver From Kyoto The Hoshinoya Combines Tranquility Traditional Design And Cleverly Woven Modern Touches Such As Its Bamboo Bend Sofas

Tucked away upriver from Kyoto, the Hoshinoya combines tranquility, traditional design and cleverly woven modern touches such as its bamboo-bend sofas.

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Japan is full of rural idylls. Walk through mystical forests like this on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. 

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JAPAN O Hanami Cherry Blossom Festivities Carry On Late In The Evening In Maruyama Park Kyoto

'O-hanami' cherry blossom festivities carry on late in the evening in Maruyama Park, Kyoto.

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JAPAN The Iconic Snow Monkeys Of Yudanaka In The Japan Alps Hang Out At The Hot Spring Pool

The iconic snow monkeys of Yudanaka in the Japan Alps hang out at the hot spring pool.

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JAPAN At Sprwaling Tsukiji Fish Market The Main Tuna Auction Is Done By 5 Am And Adjacent Stalls Selling Are Selling The Freshest Possible Sushi Straight Afterwards

At Tokyo's sprawling Tsukiji Fish Market, the main tuna auction is done by 5 a.m. and adjacent stalls selling are selling the freshest possible sushi straight afterwards.

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Aman Tokyo boasts the largest rooms and suites in the city, not to mention the most phenomenal cityscape views.

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Each of the Aman Tokyo's 84 guestrooms and suites draw design inspiration from a paired back Japanese aesthetic. Pictured here, the Premier Room's living area is the epitome of Zen.

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Fresh green interiors and a calming atmosphere welcome you on arrival at The Palace Hotel, Tokyo.

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Ryokan Kurashiki has the charm of a fine English B&B with Japanese refinement and 'omotenashi' hospitality, making it an Ampersand Favourite.

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JAPAN With Its Leafy Sidewalks Coffee Shop Terraces And High Service Standards The Peninsula Tokyo Equals Experiences At The Sister Property In Paris

With its leafy sidewalks, coffee shop terraces and high service standards, The Peninsula Tokyo equals experiences at the sister property in Paris

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JAPAN Upgrade Rooms At The Peninsula Hotel In Tokyo Offer Some Of The Best Views Of The Imperial Palace Grounds

Upgrade rooms at the Peninsula Hotel in Tokyo offer some of the best views of the Imperial Palace grounds.

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Japan is renowned for borrowing and enhancing western ideas, which finds its finest evocation in the grandiosity of the St Regis Osaka.

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JAPAN Several Japanese Towns Vie For The Title Of Little Kyoto But Kanazawa Is Perhaps The Second Culturally Rich City In Japan With Many Opportunities To Experience Traditional Arts

Several Japanese towns vie for the title of 'Little Kyoto', but Kanazawa is perhaps the second culturally rich city in Japan with many opportunities to experience traditional arts.

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JAPAN The Hoshinoya In Arashiyama Outside Kyoto Is An Exclusive Tranquil Retreat Reached By Boat Up The Hozu River

The Hoshinoya in Arashiyama outside Kyoto is an exclusive tranquil retreat, reached by boat up the Hozu river.

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JAPAN From The Citys Finest Pastries To The Beautiful Traditional Washi Paper Lampshades The Ritz Carlton In Kyoto Is The Epitomy Of Style And Luxury In Japans Most Historic City

From the city's finest pastries to the beautiful traditional washi paper lampshades, the Ritz Carlton in Kyoto is the epitomy of style and luxury in Japan's most historic city.

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JAPAN Ancient Temples Are Tucked Between The Modern Architecture Of Tokyo The Most Visited Being Senso Ji In Asakusa

Ancient temples are tucked between the modern architecture of Tokyo, the most visited being Senso-ji in Asakusa.

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This iconic beachside sculpture on Naoshima Island is as eccentric as the artist, Yayoi Kusama. That hasn't stopped it being the inspiration for Louis Vuitton products.

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JAPAN Despite Stiff Competition From Newer Hotels Over The Last Decade The Park Hyatts New York Bar Is Still The Place For Live Jazz In The City

Despite stiff competition from newer hotels over the last decade, the Park Hyatt Tokyo's New York Bar is still the place for live jazz in the city.

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Discover Luxury Japan Holidays

Japan truly is a country unlike any other: rich in extraordinary heritage sites, fascinating idiosyncrasies and exquisite beauty – you are bound to fall under its otherworldly spell. 

Enjoy a luxury Japan tour with us to witness how this culture-rich island simultaneously embraces new innovations and maintains its past, by upholding traditional Japanese values and immaculately preserving its outstanding heritage and beauty spots. A wide array of other special discoveries await; even its local transport system is unparalleled. Experience Japan in local fashion by enjoying a bentō lunchbox on a lightning-fast 300kph bullet train while marveling at how everything runs precisely to schedule, and catch glimpses of ethereal geisha in their delicate kimonos in Kyoto and Kanazawa.

Explore the natural wonders of its countryside during a Japan trip and experience renowned hot spring onsen, as well as the hidden paths around the many living temples and shrines. These rural escapes make for ideal day trips from the exhilarating First World capital of Tokyo, especially the historic Nikkō with its UNESCO sites and Hakone with its acclaimed art galleries. There are also many landscaped havens open to the public in the cities themselves, from Shinjuku Gyoen with its Japanese and European areas in Tokyo, to the austere but equally beautiful zen and moss gardens in Kyoto.

Japan has the reputation of being an expensive country, but our local guides can find you a hearty bowl of ramen or some side-street sushi at just a few hundred yen, plus you never need to tip anybody. That said, Japan has some of the most luxurious and exclusive restaurants and spa retreats in the world. From the dozens of Michelin-starred restaurants serving cosmopolitan cuisine to the uniquely Japanese multi-course kaiseki feasts included with a ryokan stay, to eat in Japan is a food lover’s dream. Staying in one of Japan’s luxury hotels or traditional ryokans is a highlight as you will experience a level of hospitality that we can often only wish for back home! Some of these traditional Japanese ryokans preserve the architecture and customs of pre-modern Japan, with sliding screen doors, bamboo-mat floors and ornamental gardens. Others offer a new take on the old traditions and Japanese culture, such as the new Amanemu spa retreat. As you travel Japan, you will step into a world which closely mirrors ours in the West, yet on closer inspection, you’ll find it to be distinctly Japanese in the details.

For a more unusual tour of Japan, head off the bullet train track and you'll find the great mountain backbone of the largest island, Honshu, which can be appreciated at one’s own pace on a relaxed or active holiday. In Hokkaido, the northernmost island, go skiing down Mount Fuji-shaped Annupuri mountain at the centre of Niseko resort on your holiday to Japan, hike through the unspoilt expanse of Daisetsuzan National Park, or go snow-shoeing and ice-walking on the remote eastern peninsula - perfect for family holidays in Japan. South of Honshu are the lesser-travelled islands of Kyushu with stunning volcanic landscapes and Nagasaki – Japan's San Francisco. And on Shikoku, the smallest of the four main islands, explore hidden valleys, historic temples and shrines, and hot spring towns. If you are looking for a beach break to combine with your Japan tour, the tropical islands at the southern end of the Okinawa chain have some of the very best sand and surf in all of Asia.

Holidays to Japan constantly defy expectations, as it is such a vastly varied country, but you can always expect the warmest welcome from the most humble local inns to the most exclusive city hotels and restaurants. While this otherworldly country may seem overwhelming, it is remarkably ordered and our expert travel guides are more than happy to lend a helping hand. A luxury holiday in Japan is sure to be unforgettable, particularly during nature's finest seasons: the renowned cherry blossom sakura season - which tends to bloom in southern Japan from the end of March, and the often-overlooked autumnal season - when vivid autumn leaves set the magnificent country ablaze with their colourful hues.


Our suggested tours in Japan

Seeking Ancient Japan: Follow in the footsteps of Stanley Stewart

Izu Japan 3

12 days from £5,950

Seek ancient Japan on the Izu Peninsula – a land of hot-springs, towering peaks, empty coastal headlands and 400 year-old...

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Japan's Ultimate Island Hopping Tour

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4 days from £3,750

The 1,000 km Okinawa island chain extends from mainland Japan into the tropics, and the islands featured on this itinerary...

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Experience Japan

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13 days from £4,590

It's said that Japan is an expensive holiday destination, and it's certainly true that the top hotels match the best...

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Japan: A Perfect Introduction

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10 days from £4,990

Japan is a varied and culturally rich country which rewards repeat visits. First-timers can cover a lot of ground culturally...

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The Length of the Bullet Train Line in Japan

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20 days from £8,950

With two recent extensions to Aomori in the north and Kagoshima to the south, the bullet train line now runs...

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Autumn Leaves in Japan

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15 days from £6,450

Like their European namesake, the Japan Alps can be explored at any time of year. In the winter, Hakuba ski...

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Ultimate Luxury Tour of Japan

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13 days from £11,450

Japan has the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, and it has a number of super-luxe accommodation options to match....

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Following the Cherry Blossom through Japan

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14 days from £6,450

It’s not an exact science, but the famous cherry blossom trees tend to bloom around the end of March on...

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Gardens, Temples and Customs of Japan

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14 days from £6,950

From the Imperial Palace gardens to the zen-inspired grounds of ancient temples, Japan is an ideal destination for lovers of...

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An Art Lover's Tour of Japan

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14 days from £6,950

We have long been fascinated with Japanese art. The Impressionists’ love of Japonisme is returned in kind, with some of...

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Japan's Coasts and Countryside

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15 days from £6,450

The great bustling cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima are rich with the history and culture of Japan, from its...

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Family Adventure in Japan

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13 days from £5,450

Japan offers endless fun for big kids and little kids alike. This itinerary encapsulates all that is weird and wonderful...

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Sake, Snow, Shrines, Sand and Sushi

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17 days from £6,990

Japan has world class ski resorts as well as beaches to rival the best in Bali. So why not combine...

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Some of our favourite hotels in Japan

Iwaso ,
Hiroshima and Miyajima

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  Iwaso is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Luxury Ryokans. The shrine area on Miyajima can get pretty busy during the day,...

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The Conrad ,
Tokyo

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The stylish and luxurious Conrad is a thoroughly modern hotel set amongst the high-rise architecture of the Shiodome district. Near...

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Hoshinoya ,
Kyoto

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  Hoshinoya Kyoto is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Luxury Ryokans. Reached in style by riverboat in the scenic hillside area of...

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Shangri-La ,
Tokyo

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Located just around the corner from Tokyo station, the Shangri-La is a strong contender for Tokyo's best hotel. It has...

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Park Hyatt Tokyo ,
Tokyo

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Famous for its leading role in the film 'Lost in Translation', the Park Hyatt Tokyo is a firm favourite among...

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Four Seasons Kyoto ,
Kyoto

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Beautifully curated and seamlessly combining Japanese traditions with modern luxury, Four Seasons Kyoto is difficult to fault. It is located...

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Some of our favourite places of interest in Japan

Niseko

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Niseko on the northernmost island of Hokkaido is Japan's premier skiing destination. As well as having some of the most...

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Okinawa

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When one hears of Japan, the images that first spring to mind sit in complete contrast to the bright white...

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Hokkaido

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If you venture far enough North in Japan to reach Hokkaido, we promise you will be rewarded for taking the somewhat unusual...

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Naoshima

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For contemporary art lovers, Naoshima is one of the most talked about immersive experiences in the world. Home to unique...

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Aso

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This is the world's largest volcanic caldera, and despite the regular announcements of volcanic activity there are 10,000 people living...

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Kurashiki

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This small town's Bikan historical quarter is just half a dozen preserved streets around a picturesque willow-lined canal, but is...

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