Asia + Middle East
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.
Getting it right evey time
Your Destination Expert will build a relationship with you and a nuanced understanding of what you want from your holiday.
Once we know you, we can match our years of specialist knowledge to you and begin designing your extraordinary trip.
We will continue refining your itinerary, adding in those special touches and leaving no stone unturned to make sure that every day is spectacular.
From the moment you leave home, we will be on hand to ensure a totally seamless experience.
Stories from Japan
Just checked in to the Palace Hotel Tokyo again and had a few gifts waiting for us from you guys. Thank you so much for those, but even more so, for an unbelievable trip. Both my mother and I enjoyed it immensely. Mission accomplished! Japan is truly magical and you helped reveal that in no small way.
"Just a quick note to thank you for all your help with our trip to Japan. We had a great time, the guides were all super, the suggestions were great and your team got us out of another traditional Japanese meal for which my wife will be eternally grateful! Thanks a mill!"
"A well executed trip all round – everything went off without a hitch. We experienced and learned a lot about Japan and the Japanese and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly."
"Our trip to Japan was spectacular, thanks to the meticulous and discerning planning of cazenove+loyd . Everything worked like clockwork, and we felt very well taken care of throughout our two week journey. No detail was too small, and it made for a very pleasurable and rewarding travel experience."
Thank you so much for a fabulous trip. It was something special and handled in a most professional way.
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Each of our dedicated experts has extensive knowledge of the destinations they specialise in. They are continuously re-visiting, trying and testing so that they can offer you up to date and little-known insights into the regions they are so passionate about.