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    Food, culture, architecture, gardens, and all with the utmost civility

    Most first-time visitors to Japan have an abstract idea of this destination, with thoughts of bright neon lights and quiet blossom-filled gardens. You can read endlessly about Japan, watch countless films and documentaries, or immerse yourself in Japanese art and cuisine in preparation, but once you arrive you will still be overwhelmed by the ‘real thing’. This is a country that cannot just be studied, but must be experienced first-hand – one that more than lives up to the hype.
    The two absolute ‘musts’ are the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto and we tend to suggest that if taking in both, that you concentrate on the modern day Japan when in Tokyo and the historic Japan when in Kyoto.
    We also suggest that we plan in a fair amount of time with our English-speaking guides but that we also plan in a few days without guides to absorb, in a less intense way the culture and the vibe of Japan both modern and traditional.
    Once you have seen Tokyo and Kyoto we can plan a journey which works logistically with stays in these two cities but takes in some of rural Japan as well as its important cultural sights. Nara can be a day trip out of Kyoto just as Nikko or Hakone tie in easily with a stay in Tokyo.

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    Even in a two or three week trip, you can only scratch the surface and we tend to advise that you do a few things well rather than trying to do too much. The good news is that the infrastructure is faultlessly efficient - particularly the airports and trains.


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