Gain an insight into the most unbelievable experiences you can have in Japan that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the world!
The Best Japan Tours Experiences You Need to Try
Japan is a very large and diverse country which offers a range of activities and experiences that you will struggle to find elsewhere. From learning Japanese traditions to feasting on a kaiseki meal, take a look at our list of 10 memorable experiences which are guaranteed to tempt you into booking Japan holiday tour packages.
Sleep in a Buddhist Temple on Mt, Koya
Mt. Koya is a famous Buddhist retreat which was founded almost 1,200 years ago. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site which features more than 100 temples across its mountaintop. The area is easily reached by cable car and surprisingly nearly half of the temples offer overnight stays in simple tatami rooms. This means you can arrange escorted tours of Japan which provide the experience of sleeping on top of one of Japan’s holiest mountains! During your stay, vegetarian meals are offered in the evening and you are also invited to join the monks during their early morning ceremonies.
Learn Japanese Traditions in Kyoto
Instead of just wandering round countless temples and museums, book luxury Japan tours in Kyoto and immerse yourself in Japanese culture by learning one of their traditions. WAK JAPAN in Kyoto provides the best escorted tours of Japan culture by offering classes on flower arranging, calligraphy, how to wear a kimono and Japanese cooking. They aim to offer an authentic experience of Japan and can arrange visits to temples and shrines which are not normally open to the public. At Marumasu-Nishimuraya there are classes which teach you techniques for kyo-yuzen (painting dyes directly onto cloth), furoshiki wrapping, and making your own chopsticks.
Try Okinawa’s Traditional Cuisine
Okinawa is well known for being home to the longest-living people in the world, and is often a highlight on Japan luxury tours. There are several possible explanations as to why people here live the longest and one of them is their diet. Okinawan cuisine varies from traditional mainland Japanese cuisine and is strongly influenced by China, South East Asia, Japan and the United States. Book Japan holiday tour packages that incorporate a visit to Okinawa so you can visit a local Izakaya and sample a variety of traditional dishes. Among the specialties are pig’s feet simmered in sake and soy sauce and goya champuru, a stir-fried mixture of tofu, bitter melon, egg and fried pork. To wash down your meal, try Awamori, a locally distilled alcoholic beverage unique to Okinawa.
Watch Sumo Wrestlers Train
Catch a glimpse of life as a Sumo Wrestler by visiting the stables where they live and train. The majority of these stables are in the Ryogoku area of Tokyo, so if you want to see these wrestlers in action, book a guided tour Tokyo. Sumo wrestlers train against each other almost everyday, so there are plenty of opportunities to see some of the legends practicing their moves. Not all of the stables are open to the public, but the ones that allow visitors will let you watch the training for free. There are some strict rules that you must follow to be given entry, including accompaniment by a Japanese speaker and calling ahead before visiting. So you will need to have a Japan local tour guide present who can also phone up the stable in advance.
Cycle from Hiroshima to Shikoku
If you seek an outdoor adventure, rent out a bike and take in the scenery by cycling the Shimanami Kaido. This dedicated biking trail is 43 miles long and links Hiroshima Prefecture to Shikoku Island. The trail is very flat and will take seven hours to complete at a leisurely place, so reserve a day for one of the best Japan tours you can experience outdoors. You can rent a bike from either end of the trail, but if you think 43 miles is too much for you to handle, there are drop-off sites along the way for your bikes. On the trail you will see many beaches, ice cream shops, restaurants and stunning sights such as Choseizan Kosanji Temple and Oyamazumi Shrine.
Take a Day Trip to Matsue
Take a detour during your Tokyo escorted tour and explore somewhere off the beaten path. Matsue is located near the northern coast of Western Honshu and features an original castle which was built in 1611 and has a willow-fringed moat. It is surrounded by museums, restaurants, shops and a quaint 1779 teahouse which serves traditional Japanese tea. Nearby is the Adachi Museum of Art which has one of the country’s most beautiful landscape gardens, and Izumo Taisha, one of Japan’s most important shrines. These are less than an hour away from Matsue, so book suitable train tickets when arranging escorted tours of Japan.
Hike the Nakasendo Highway
Relive the spirit of old Japan, by hiking the historic Nakasendo Highway. In the 17th century, travellers including feudal lords, samurai and pilgrims would use this highway to travel between Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo). Arrange with Japan tour companies to visit Kiso Valley, as there is a five mile section that connects Magome and Tsumago which is well preserved. You can hike this trail in a couple of hours with a Japan local tour guide. Along the way you will enjoy scenic views of gushing waterfalls, farmhouses and old monuments. Charming traditional inns and restaurants are found along the trail to welcome travelers just like it did several centuries ago.
Feast on a Kaiseki Meal on Luxury Japan Tours
Kaiseki is an exquisite multi course dinner which is beautifully prepared to express the aesthetics of Japanese culture. You will find this meal served in luxury hotels and restaurants throughout Japan as it is very expensive, and usually costs over a hundred dollars. If you book Japan luxury tours you will probably have access to such a meal, but be prepared to save a lot of room for it, as it is no small feast. Although kaiseki meals can vary, there are some standard courses that you normally expect to find. These include Sakizuke, an appetizer served with sake, Nimono, a simmered dish, Yakimono, a grilled course and Hanmono or shokuji, a rice dish.
Soak in a Hot Spring Bath
One of the most popular activities that you must experience in Japan is soaking in a hot spring bath. This activity is a treasured pastime that has been carried out for thousands of years and highly recommended by Japan tour companies. It is reputed to have many therapeutic qualities including increasing blood flow, absorption of essential minerals and surprisingly treat diabetes, constipation and liver complaints. Throughout Japan you will find a variety of different baths that you can take a dip in. From small traditional inns to spa resorts that have both an indoor and outdoor pool, you will be spoilt for choice as you experience one of the best escorted tours of Japan.
Geek Out in Akihabara
Tokyo’s Akihabara is famous for being Japan’s largest electronics shopping district making it great for tech shopping. However this area has also earned the reputation of being a ‘Gamer's Mecca’ due to its development of anime and manga subculture. Take a Tokyo escorted tour to Akihabara and visit the thousands of stores selling every technological gadget you can think of. You will also find many stores offering manga and items related to anime and cosplay. To add to the wackiness of your guided tour Tokyo, visit one of the maid cafes with women dressed in frilly maid costumes who serve you food and drink.