Japan is the epitome of old and new – it’s where ancient traditions exist in absolute harmony alongside a futuristic modern landscape. It’s what makes Japan such a sought-after destination – there is so much to explore and discover.
From the pink blanket of cherry blossoms, the colourful mosaic of autumn leaves or a season in between, you never have to travel far in Japan to enjoy majestic scenery.
Japan’s summer, which runs from June to August, may be hot and humid, but it’s the season for festivals and fireworks. Enjoy impromptu celebrations or escape to the mountains for a cooler climate or simply to breathe the fresh mountain air. Summer is also the only time of year that you can climb Mt Fuji.
On a holiday to Japan, you will discover a unique and dynamic culture that effortlessly combines ultra-modern with deep tradition. Soaring glass towers and tranquil temples stand side by side on the streets of innovative, futuristic cities, while picturesque old towns and gorgeous landscapes are an easy ride away on the bullet train. Mix these spectacular sights with friendly locals, delicious cuisine and rich culture and you’ll have yourself a holiday to remember.
A holiday in Japan will deliver picturesque scenery as far as the eye can see, from the perfect symmetry of Mt Fuji’s iconic cone to the coastal beauty of Matsushima Bay, which has inspired poets and writers for centuries.
Japan’s wildlife may not be the first reason you visit, but it certainly leaves a lasting impression. Bears can be seen foraging in the forests of Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku and cranes gracefully dancing in the snow of Hokkaido. But it’s the Japanese macaques or ‘snow monkeys’ that are perhaps the most adorable of all; watch them bathe and play in the hot springs of the Japanese Alps.
Dining will be one of the highlights of any visit to Japan; enjoy the freshest sushi, delicious teppanyaki and warming ramen broths. Each region has its own specialty and the culinary delights are on offer everywhere from street-side stalls serving delicious on-the-go snacks to fine dining in some of the most highly regarded restaurants in the world. Tokyo alone boasts more than 200 Michelin-starred restaurants.
Wendy Wu Tours has just released its 2021/22 Japan brochure, which is packed with value-for-money inspirational tours, new cultural experiences, two brand-new itineraries and exclusive solo departures on bestselling tours.
New – Experience Japan
Experience Japan is a fully inclusive 12-day tour starting in Osaka. You’ll not only visit the famous sights of Japan including Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Mt Fuji and Tokyo, but the itinerary is bursting with experiences allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture — from traditional tea ceremonies to origami. Highlights: See the famous snow monkeys bathe and play, visit Kotokuin Temple, which houses Japan’s second tallest bronze Buddha statue and enjoy a peaceful cruise on Lake Ashi while you soak up the views of Mt Fuji from the water.
New – Japan by Rail
Japan by Rail is a fully inclusive 22-day tour starting in Fukuoka, which will take you across three islands (Kyushu, Honshu and Hokkaido) travelling by efficient Shinkansen (bullet train) over three weeks. You’ll get a real sense of Japanese culture with new experiences including fan painting, whisky tasting, a cooking experience on Miyajima Island and Zen meditation at Narai-juku.
To mark the launch of this new Japan brochure, Wendy Wu Tours is offering a return upgrade to business class flying Singapore Airlines for only $999 per person (available on selected departures of the bestselling Japan Uncovered and Discover Japan tours for a limited time). The offer is backed by Wendy Wu Tours’ Book with Confidence program, including a low deposit of $99pp, extended payment terms (final payment is not required until 75 days prior to departure) and COVID-19 safety protocols. Valid till 30 September 2020 on selected 2021 departures.
From $11,690pp + $999pp return business class upgrade
On this 18-day tour you’ll arrive in Osaka, spend a day exploring Japan’s first capital of Nara including the 17th century Himeji Castle. Highlights: Reflecting in Hiroshima, travelling by bullet train, taking part in a traditional tea ceremony and learning how to make washi paper. You’ll also travel deeper into the Japanese Alps to see the snow monkeys enjoying the hot springs. The tour also includes Mt Fuji, Hakone and the buzzing capital of Tokyo.
From $10,380pp + $999pp return business class upgrade
Arriving in Tokyo, this 14-day tour will take you on an in-depth journey through Japan and provide an insight into Japanese culture, iconic sights and immersive experiences. Highlights: Exploring 16th century Matsumoto Castle, learning about the process of making miso, a visit to Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion, tea ceremony, strolling with the deer in Nara Park and exploring the holy mountain of Koyasan – home to more than 100 monasteries.