OK, there are just a few realities that a traveler to Japan just has to deal with. Yes, it actually CAN cost a small fortune to get from an airport to a downtown hotel, there actually is a correct way and a wrong way to enter & exit the subway and yes, making a call on a public phone is challenging for even the tech-savviest of people. But, there are fewer places that are more chaotically gorgeous, visually stimulating and sensory-overloading than Japan- a kaleidoscope of hauntingly beautiful scenery, eloquent tradition, maddening nightlife, quirky fashion and shopping experiences that will astound you.
Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)
Country Code: +81
Do I need a Visa? Visas are not required for many countries, best to check JNTO for the current requirements for each individual country
How will I charge my devices? Japan’s electrical current is 100v
How do I get there? Well, if you’re heading to Tokyo (HND) and flying from…
New York: 13.5 hours
Los Angeles: 11 hours
Toronto: 12.5 hours
Sao Paulo: 25 hours
London: 13.5 hours
Geography: Japan is comprised of several thousands of islands, all together roughly the size of California. Over half of the country is mountainous (the highest and most famous being Mt. Fuji) and much of the land is covered in forests. The majority of the population lives on one of the four major islands- Hokkaido, Kyushu, Honshu and Shikoku
Time Zones: GMT +9
How's the weather? About as diverse as the land itself, varying greatly between the regions. The climate in most key cities is temperate, the traditional 4 seasons with a mild winter and generally hot summer. The climate year round gets cooler as you travel north, with heavy snowfall.
Partake in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, a synthetic art encompassing the making of tea, appreciation of tea room architecture, utensils and Zen Buddhism
Challenge your artistic side with a Japanese calligraphy lesson, feeling the power of the brush as you write your chosen “Kanji”
Be outfitted in a traditional Kimono, dressed perfectly by an expert
Create Japanese cuisine with a Michelin-starred chef, and learn the delicate art of selecting fresh ingredients from the market, and the art of preparation, blending ingredients with the beauty of the four seasons
See Tokyo from a new vantage point with a luxurious private helicopter flip above the city
Learn the art of Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, with a master instructor
Dine with a Geisha and spend the evening enjoying a sumptuous meal in a traditional Tea House, followed by a private tour of the temple by a Monk who will introduce you to Zen meditation
Meet Mr. Maida, a 3rd generation Kaga Yuzen artist and observe his amazing silk dyeing work- try it yourself as well!
Sake time! Visit a renowned brewery and sample to your heart’s content
Special Japanese pre-departure gift delivered to your door before you embark upon your journey.