A deeply traditional society, Japan also teeters at the cutting edge of modernity. Becoming leaders in the fields of car and electronics fast-tracked the nation to recovery after the devastation of World War II, yet traditions and social hierarchies remain embedded. The myriad of dichotomies is fascinating.
These are reflected in the country’s scenery. On one of our Small Group tours: shoot through paddy fields aboard the bullet train, glimpsing the snow-capped Mount Fuji through your window; admire the cherry blossom in spring, prized by the Japanese for centuries, from the streets of a futuristic city.
There are opportunities to engage with the reserved yet faultlessly hospitable people themselves on a Insider Journeys holiday, enjoying the theatrics of a tea ceremony in Kyoto, and staying in a family-run 15th century tatami mat inn. You may even catch a smile from an elusive Geisha or Maiko!