From ancient tradition and culture, through beautiful and varied landscapes, to the dizzying skyscrapers and dazzling neon of its high-tech modern cities, Japan offers fascinating contrasts to tantalise and enchant. With four major islands surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands, the best way to experience Japan is, of course, by sea and on foot.
The vibrant urban bustle of cities like Tokyo overlays an older world of hidden temples, imperial palaces and ancient castles, wooden houses and cobbled streets. Local markets jostle up against some of the world’s best shopping centres. A refined culture of tea ceremonies, geisha, samurai, kabuki theatre and keiseki cuisine contrasts with high-tech cityscapes and relentless innovation. The famous Bullet Train ;whisks you through picturesque mountain and lakeland landscapes
, and Japan’s smaller islands offer individual charm and interest. Religion continues to have a huge influence – Kyoto alone has more than 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines.
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Our sister brand Chapters Experience Holidays is born of the success of our walking holidays and now encompass activities that even more closely complement the destinations we offer.