Tailor Made Luxury Holidays to Japan

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Japan- the Land of the Rising Sun is one of Asia’s most extraordinary and enigmatic destinations. For most, it is one of the “must see” travel destinations, as its distinct culture and lifestyle are so far removed from anywhere else on the planet.

Why Japan?

Japan is the land of contradictions where modernity and traditionalism coexist in perfect harmony. For a country that was cut off from the rest of the world for over 250 years, it is remarkable how swiftly it has arrived at the forefront of global economic and scientific advancement keeping its cultural heritage and identity intact.

Japanese icons are known and cherished world over: majestic Mt. Fuji, cherry blossom, serene temples and rock gardens of Kyoto, bonsai, kimono-clad geisha, samurai and ninjas, origami, sake and sushi, robot cafes, bullet trains and anime. It offers breath-taking scenery, profound spirituality, incredible food, stunning architecture and rich arts & crafts.

A highly developed, efficient and dependable infrastructure combined with incredibly high standards of service and civility make it one of the safest and most attractive destinations for travellers of all ages and types, especially families.

Our luxury holidays to Japan are highly personalised, unique and meaningful, offering genuinely authentic and engaging experiences. Our expert destination knowledge and association with handpicked guides and local experts will ensure that you are able to experience the best the country has to offer: whether you are interested in a private tea ceremony at a tea master’s home; exclusive backstage access to Kabuki and Noh theatres; visiting private ateliers, workshops and breweries or special interest sightseeing tours, we love creating unforgettable experiences! 

Where should I go?

Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands. Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku are the largest islands, as they make up about ninety-seven percent of Japan’s land area.

Tokyo and Kyoto are Japan’s yin and yang and together they define modern-day Japan. Glitzy neon-lit streets and avant-garde architecture of Tokyo and Osaka showcase the modern facet of the country whereas the ancient buildings and traditions of Kyoto and Kumano Kodo and beautiful ryokans and simple shukubo temple lodges highlight Japan’s glorious past and firmly rooted cultural heritage.

Japan - Tokyo

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Japan - Kyoto

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The Explorations Company, where no two journeys have ever been the same

Everything you’d have seen and heard about Japan can be found and experienced in and around Tokyo and Kyoto including the famous Shinto shrine at Nikko, Mount Fuji near Hakone and the Sacred Deer Park and Todaiji Temple at Nara.

A sleek ride on Japan’s iconic bullet and express trains will transport you to Takayama, into the heart of Japanese countryside where you can get a glimpse of a bygone era and see interesting local markets. If you are interested in gardens, Kenroku-en in Kanazawa is one of the three great gardens of Japan besides Koraku-en in Okayama and Kairaku-en in Mito.  

Hiroshima and Nagasaki are seen by many as a stark reminder of Japan’s horrific recent past, but they are also a humbling symbol of humanity at its best and a true celebration of life considering how the country on the whole dealt with the aftermath. Those in love with literature and theatre will have a different notion of Nagasaki and would most certainly want to visit

The Glover House from Madame Butterfly!  If you enjoy active holidays, you can trek in the Japanese Alps beyond Matsumoto, walk along the ancient pilgrims’ trails in Kumano Kodo or on coastal routes in Okinawa, or take in the thrill of powder skiing in Hokkaido.

For wildlife and bird lovers, the highlights include spotting snow monkeys in Yudanaka and venturing into unspoilt hinterland looking for famous birds such as Red-crowned Cranes, Steller’s Sea-Eagle, Okinawa Rail and Pryer’s Woodpecker.

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The Explorations Company

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore – Dream – Discover - Mark Twain - You can view clips of some of our own favourite discoveries here.


100% Tailor Made

- Utterly designed and tailored around you and your requirements

- Totally unique every time you travel with us

- We use only the very best hand picked guides which can make the difference between a  good holiday and an outstanding one

Priceless Knowledge

- Established over 27 years ago we have been around longer than most

- Our specialists come from, have lived in or travelled extensively in the regions we cover

- Unparalleled knowledge provides you with the best possible experience

Making a difference

- Philanthropy is our philosophy

- Our founding principle is to always ‘put something back’

- An amount from each holiday is donated to our selected conservation and humanitarian charities


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What Do Our Clients Say?

‘Greetings. this has turned out to be a paradise in so many ways....so a big thank you from us.

Wonderful support from your company over here....we were met at the airport (with flowers!!!!!) and introduced to our personal guide who is fabulous. Can't get over the attention to detail ....cool flannels, chilled water, fresh juice on arrival, bag full of thoughtful goodies for our trip, wonderful rooms with bathrooms bigger than our bedroom at home(!) and we were upgraded to a suite and as I write we are listening to tropical birdsong as we look out over the lagoon from our balcony. Wow!!!!!

I could go on but I'll spare you.

Thanks a million

Judy and Mike’

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