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About Japan Holidays - Visiting Japan has never been easier thanks to Thomas Cook’s Japan holidays. Thomas Cook provides you with a range of Japan holiday packages customised to suit your every need. Choose from Thomas Cook’s range of Japan tour packages ranging from a time efficient 7 nights and 8 days to a more elaborate, immersive 15 nights and 16 days. Each of these vacations to Japan is available on the Thomas Cook website starting from a budget of INR 52,999 to a splurge worthy INR 2,07,035. Booking your Japan trip couldn’t be easier and Thomas Cook wants it that way. Why worry about the nitty gritty of booking, planning and searching for deals, let Thomas Cook handle the hard parts of your Japan tour, all you need to do is pack and show up on time.
Every Japan tour from Thomas Cook is meticulously planned and curated by our team of travel experts whose mission is to ensure your Japan holiday is as memorable as possible. With comfortable accommodations, expert guides and scrumptious meals Thomas Cook strives to make vacations great again.
With Japan holiday packages available from all major cities such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Jaipur, Kochi and Trivandrum getting to Japan with Thomas Cook is convenient and comfortable.
|Delights of Japan||7 Nights / 8 Days||Rs. 2,02,205|
|Delights Of Japan - Cherry Blossom Special||7 Nights / 8 Days||Rs. 2,07,350|
|Japan Alpine Route||10 Nights / 11 Days||Rs. 2,62,318|
|Delights of Japan with South Korea - Cherry Blossom Special||10 Nights / 11 Days||Rs. 2,66,750|
|South Korea with Japan||10 Nights / 11 Days||Rs. 2,79,263|
|Delights Of Japan with China - Cherry Blossom Special||12 Nights / 13 Days||Rs. 2,88,625|
Cherry blossoms, tea ceremonies, calligraphy and poetry mingle to create an unrivalled experience on your Japan tour. Despite its comparatively tiny size, there’s so much to discover in East Asia’s cultural gem. Japan is a study in dichotomy and cultural coexistence between traditional belief systems and value and an ultramodern way of life. Days are marked by quiet disciplined dedication to work that is the hallmark of life in Japan and evenings bring out the raw, energetic playful side of Japan awash in a sea of neon and sake. Like the Taoist principle of ‘Yin’ and ‘Yang’, prevalent in China, Japanese culture has ‘In’ and ‘Yo’, a belief in opposing cosmic forces coexisting in perfect harmony. If you want an example of a country that works extra hard, and plays even harder, look no further than Japan. This is primarily why Japan is seen as a benchmark for modern culture that many others aspire to.
Organised chaos is the name of the game in Japan. To the casual observer on a Japanese holiday, Japan may appear hectic, crowded and unorganised even, but this is far from the truth. Japan is like a giant jigsaw puzzle where thousands of pieces fit perfectly without any dissonance. Japan tourism is one of these pieces and it manages to fit right in among the many other facets, making a visit to Japan feel alien and homely at the same time. The birthplace of Sushi, the playground of technology, the land from which sleek skyscrapers rise and Anime characters come to life, wouldn’t you like to experience this all? Mountains, volcanoes, forests and sand dunes, let Japan’s natural marvels pull you further and further in on your Japanese holiday with a variety of Japan tour packages from Thomas Cook!
Best time to visit Japan
Come sun, rain or snow, Japan shines bright. An all year-round wonder, travellers can enjoy a multitude of unique experiences across its wonderfully diverse cities. Whether you make a trip in summer, spring or winter, you will be in for a major surprise.So, the best time to visit will depend on what you’d like to see.
While spring is known for its iconic cherry blossoms and pleasant days spent ambling around the cities or cycling around rural Japan. Summer is all about the Alpine flowers and autumn infuses the landscapes with red-gold foliage. Winter, on the other hand, is a snowy wonderland where you can soak in one of Japan’s many geothermal hot springs or spend time in a traditional bathhouse with its wooden hot tubs.
Japan has many festivals to mark the changing seasons, depending upon the festivals you wish to partake in and the sights you wish to drink in, your choice of travel will vary. Note - Thomas Cook has special packages and itineraries for those wishing to partake in the splendour of the cherry blossoms.
How to reach Japan
The fastest and most efficient way of reaching Japan is via flight. Narita Airport, Osaka International Airport, Kansai Airport and Haneda Airport make up the prime international airports in Japan, offering connectivity to all major Indian cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. Individuals may select from the following carriers to make the trip - Jet Airways, Air India, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Jet Star, Cathay Pacific and China Airlines. With Thomas Cook’s Japan tour packages, getting to Japan is the easy part, leaving Japan after a mind-blowing Japanese trip is the hard part.
There’s also the scenic route for all those traveling from Korea, China, Taiwan and Russia, who can reach Japan via ferry.
Where to go in Japan
Tokyo is one of the 47 prefectures in Japan and has served as its capital since 1869. It is a must visit on every Japanese tour as it encapsulates what Japan stands for, an ultramodern metropolis with traditional values. It is also a global capital when it comes to culture, fashion and gastronomy. Anime fans will jump at the opportunity to visit the Studio Ghibli museum in Mitaka. Devotees of the art of Japanese cuisine will jump at the chance to savour delicacies like ramen, sushi and tempura at one of Japan’s many Michelin-starred restaurants. Party animals can hit up karaoke bars at Shinjuku or nearby Kabuki Cho where the party never stops.
Though their names have the same letters, Tokyo and Kyoto are the opposites of each other. Here you will find Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, minimal Zen gardens, imperial palaces and traditional Japanese wooden houses. Kyoto is also the setting for the film Memoirs of a Geisha and taking a tour of the filming locations will invariably take you to some of Kyoto’s most famous landmarks such as the Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kiyomizu temple. Kyoto is also the home of Kaiseki cuisine, a style of traditional Japanese cuisine renowned for its simplicity, intricate presentation and subtle flavour.
The ancient city of Nara is famous for its ancient temples and is steeped in history. Visit the Todai-ji temple with its 15m tall bronze Buddha called Daibutsu. There’s also the Nara park attached to this temple where you can watch cute Japanese deer roam freely. Established in the year 710, Nara is home to Naramachi a former market district that is lined with old Japanese houses some of which are over a century old. For a taste of Japan’s medieval history visit Heijo Palace which was an imperial palace and the seat of the emperor back when Nara was the capital of Japan.
This is Japan’s second largest island after the mainland, Honshu. Hokkaido is sandwiched between snowy alps and the sea, making its diverse geography a must see on your Japan tour. This is a land of lakes and parks. Visit Daisetsuzan National Park with its geothermal hot springs and steaming, volcanic mount Asahi, from where the famous Japanese beer Asahi gets its name. There’s also Shikotsu-Toya National Park with its lakes formed from volcanic caldera and Mount Yotei, Mount Fuji’s twin peak. The ski towns of Rusutsu, Niseko and Furano are an Asian Alpine paradise where you can ski, snowboard or make snow angels.
You may remember Mt. Fuji from the Godzilla movies, or any other film set in Japan for that matter. Mt. Fuji features prominently in any mention of Japan and occupies a place of pride in the Japanese mind who lovingly call it ‘Fuji-san’ as they would a friend or acquaintance. It is one of the three most sacred mountains in Japan and has been a pilgrimage site since the 3rd century. Hiking to the summit of this active volcano is one of the most popular activities you can undertake, passing through forests, past Sinto and Buddhist shrines and an ethereal beauty with a subtle muted colour palette featuring nature and the elements that is the hallmark of Japan.
Hiroshima has entered the history books for all the wrong reasons. It was the site of one of the worst acts of war during World War 2. It has since bounced back and now stands as a proud reminder of the resilience of the Japanese people. Hiroshima is now a modern city and a centre of trade and commerce with its own unique microculture and nightlife. A must visit on your Japan tour while you’re in Hiroshima is the A-Bomb dome, the only structure left standing after the city was destroyed and the Peace Memorial Park where the Flame of Peace, a fire that burns and will continue to burn until global nuclear disarmament is achieved, can be found.
Ishigaki is the most popular island in the Yaeyama Islands in Japan’s Okinawa prefecture. It is a tropical paradise known for beaches and sites for snorkelling, diving and surfing as well as the commercial hub of the Yaeyama Islands. Within Ishigaki’s Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park lies the Shiraho Reef's rare blue coral. This is an example of the geographical diversity of Japan and is a must visit on your Japan tour.
Osaka is a large port city and commercial centre on the island of Honshu. It's known for its modern architecture, nightlife and lip-smacking street food such as yakitori and teriyaki. It is also the location of the 16th-century Osaka Castle, its main historical landmark which is surrounded by a moat and park with plum, peach and cherry-blossom trees making it a must visit during your vacation in Japan. Sumiyoshi-taisha is among Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines and one of Osaka’s most visited tourist landmarks where you can spend a peaceful day after a night out in Osaka.
Yakushima is an island in the Kagoshima Prefecture of Japan. It is famous for its cedar forests which contain some of Japan’s oldest trees. The beaches here are also famous for being seasonal nesting grounds for loggerhead turtles. Nature lovers and budding naturalists are known to throng to these beaches during hatching season to watch tiny turtle hatchlings take their first steps towards the sea.
Hakuba is a village in the Japanese Alps, just outside the city of Nagano, which was host of the 1998 Winter Olympics. A winter sports hub, Hakuba is dotted with mountain resorts and mountainous terrain perfect for skiing, snowboarding and hiking. The Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium, built for the 1998 games, at the base of the Happo-one resort is where you can watch daredevil skiers speed down the slopes before leaping off the ramp at the end. Hakuba village also offers grades of skiing for novices and experts alike and hot springs for you to beat the cold after a long day carving up the slopes.
Cuisine in Japan
Inspired by exotic regional produce and fresh seasonal ingredients, Japan creates gastronomical delights that continue to take the world by the storm. Some of its best and most traditional dishes include sushi (raw fish in fermented rice rolls), sashimi (thinly sliced raw fish), tempura (battered seafood/vegetables), yakitori (chicken skewers), tsukemono (pickles), udon (noodles) and sukiyaki (beef). Historically influenced by the Chinese, today Japanese cuisine has opened itself up to the influences of western cuisines.
Things to do in Japan
Take a ramen tour of Japan
Ramen, known worldwide as an instant convenience food, is an artform in Japan. Witch types and styles of ramen that vary from prefecture to prefecture, taking a ramen tour of Japan makes perfect sense for the gastronomically inclined. Slurp ramen with miso, corn and plump scallops from Hokkaido, or try the shoyu ramen in Tokyo, with its light flavourful broth. Purists can try the tonkatsu ramen at Yokohama’s Chinatown, where this hearty dish was born on their Japan tour.
Train like a sumo wrestler
Tokyo’s Tomioka Hachiman Shrine is the birthplace of sumo wrestling. Your Japan tour must include a pitstop at this temple to check out the temple and the neighbouring Ryogoku district where you will find dohyo’s or dojo’s or schools where sumo wrestlers live and train. Watch these gentle giants in action as they push, pull and throw each other around. Some dojos will allow you to partake in the action with a one-day sumo training course after which you can sit down to a hearty meal of Chankonabe, a specialty soup eaten by sumo wrestlers.
Climb Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji, affectionately called Fujisan by the Japanese is an active volcano and Japan’s most iconic geographical landmark. It lies to the south west of Japan’s capital- Tokyo. One of the adventurous things to do in Japan is to climb the popular Mount Fuji in the months of July and August. Visitors can even enjoy the breath-taking views from either of these places- the Shin-Fuji station, from the top of the Chureito pagoda or any of the five lakes that surround the mountain.
Cheer Yourself Up with Cherry Blossoms
The Cherry Blossom festival is Japan tourism’s biggest draw. People flock to gardens all over Japan to enjoy an evening of food, drinks, and music under the newly blossomed cherry trees and celebrate the view of the delicate pink sakura and ume flowers. Being in the Honshu region of Japan during the months of March and April is one of the best things to do in Japan.
Party in Shinjuku
Shinjuku district in Tokyo is undoubtedly Tokyo’s party capital. Dotted with sake bars, karaoke clubs, video game arcade and the world-famous Robot Restaurant in Kabuki Cho which is a surreal look into a possible future for humanity. You needn’t worry while partying because Japanese culture dictates hospitality towards guests and visitors which means you can party without a care in the world. Worried about getting back home? You can ask a friendly Japanese policeman for a ride and they will ensure you are dropped off home safe and sound, a unique experience on your Japan tour for sure.
Visit the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Japan is the only country in the history of the world to have been attacked with an atomic weapon. The tragic day of August 9, 1945 is still remembered all over the world. To honour those who lost their lives in the incident and the efforts of the Japanese Government to spread awareness about the repercussions of the weapon used in the regions of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, led to the establishment of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Visiting this museum on your Japan trip is a sobering reminder of the horrors of war.
Spend a day at Disney Sea
Disney Sea in Tokyo is one of Disney’s most famous amusement parks worldwide. Thomas Cook’s Japan tours give you the option to visit this magical place where you can spend the day taking exciting rides and having fun with a host of cartoon characters from your childhood.
Visit the KitKat Museum
If like us you’re a fan of KitKat, the KitKat Chocolatery Museum in Tokyo is a must visit. Here you can find delicious flavours such as strawberry cheesecake, matcha (green tea) and almond cranberry. You can explore the processes behind the manufacture of these tasty treats and even customize your own with a wide assortment of ingredients. This is sure to add magic to your Japan tour.
Interesting Facts about Japan
What is Japan famous for?
Japan is known for its UNESCO World Heritage sites, traditional arts and cuisine.
Is it expensive in Japan?
The average tourist cost per day is approximately 15,000 yen.
Is Japan a safe country to live in?
Japan is the 26th safest country in the world.
What is the best time of year to visit Japan?
March to May and September to November are the best times to visit, if you’re not going for snow sports.
How much money should I bring to Japan?
The average weekly cost for a tourist is 105,000 yen.
What should I avoid in Japan?
Certain things to avoid include tipping service professionals, going into people's homes with your shoes on and don't try to hug people you have just met.
What do people wear in Japan?
The kimono is the traditional dress of Japan, although western wear is usually supported for work and recreational purposes.
How many days can tourists stay in Japan?
Tourists can stay in the country for up to 180 days per year and 90 days per visit.
Do I need a Japanese visa?
Yes, you require a tourist/business visa to enter the country.
How long does it take to get a Japanese visa?
Typically, a visa can be issued in 5 working days if all the requirements are met.
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