Alys Colayera

Japan Travel Expert

“From eclectic to minimal, otherworldly to classic, the hotels in Japan leave no stone un-turned. In the name of unique, architecture and design reign supreme in this country, big-wig establishments and our best-kept secrets alike. And whether you want the slopes on your doorstep or Mt. Fuji from your terrace, we’re confident there’s something here for your liking.”

Alys Colayera

Japan Travel Expert

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Japan Highlights

Conquer the summit of iconic Mount Fuji, gorge on the world’s best sushi and take a step off the beaten track to explore Okinawa and Hokkaido. With mesmerizing culture and fascinating history Japan truly is Asia’s gem.

A JOURNEY TO JAPAN

Loud and quiet. Traditional and modern. Japan is all these things at once. And you can feel at one with this charming country that has cherry-picked the best of Western culture and married it with its captivating ancient traditions.

Likewise, we’re here to handcraft your ideal visit. Whether you want a picture of yourself under the famous cherry blossom trees at perfect bloom, would prefer to weave through the bustle and bright lights of the multicolored Akihabara tech hub, or like the idea of lodging at Hakone National Park for days of basking in the natural hot springs in sight of the mesmerizing Mount Fuji.

SAMPLE THE TASTES OF TOKYO

Tokyo is a city that ignites all of your senses. There is a never-ending stream of bright lights, quirky fashion, and dazzling architecture. All of the commotion can make us develop an appetite, so it’s a good thing Tokyo houses some of the best markets and restaurants on the planet. Make an early morning visit to the famous Tsukiji Fish Market and book into anyone of the over 200 Michelin-Starred eateries.

WALK AMONG THE CHERRY BLOSSOM

Every year between March and April, the gardens of Japan turn pink with an abundance of blooming Cherry Blossoms. A powerful and intoxicating sight, witnessing this sea of pink florets is an incredibly special and memorable experience. To marvel at this natural spectacle, we recommend visiting Nakaragi no Michi Path in Kyoto or Shinjuku Gyoen in Tokyo – both of which we offer intimate tours of.

RELAX IN AN ONSEN

A Japanese pastime since the 18th century, an Onsen is a natural hot spring containing a number of beneficial minerals, and there are over 2,500 of them in the country. A luxury vacation in Japan wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of these magical baths, followed by a fantastic night’s rest at a traditional Ryokan. We know just the place…

Get under the skin of Tokyo's history

Tokyo

Immerse yourself in the always-on buzz of Tokyo life: enjoy a private sake tasting afternoon with a local brewer, learn the spirituality of the ninja at the feet of a master sensei, and succumb to the top names of the Ginza storeping district, including Valentino and Shiseido. If you fancy something a little more Zen, you can seek serenity at the ancient Sensō-ji. We’ll know the right people to get you in before the crowds arrive, letting you roam the ancient temple at your leisure.

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Kyoto

Boasting close to 2,000 temples and shrines across the region, Kyoto is awash with traditional Japanese culture. Enjoy expert guidance on an exclusive tour of the dramatic dragon paintings of Tenryu-ji, live life through the eyes of a geisha with a personal tea experience in the Gion district, and embark on a tantalizing ramen cooking class with a private chef guiding you through each step of the authentic version of this traditional noodle dish.

Osaka at night, Japan

Osaka

It’s all about eating in Osaka. The fun-loving city is renowned for its unique gastronomical wonders, such as deep-fried pork cutlets and world-class takoyaki octopus dumplings. Explore the local delights of the Shinsekai neighborhood on an exclusive foodie tour designed by us around your personal palate. If your now-stretched waistband will allow, you should enjoy the uninterrupted nighttime views over the vivid cityscape at the top of the iconic Umeda Sky Building. It’s well worth getting over vertigo for, we promise.

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Aman, Tokyo

If the organized chaos of Tokyo has left you exhausted, you’ll welcome the comfort of Aman. A luxury urban retreat that features show-stopping views of the city and the Otemachi Forest, Aman Tokyo is one of just a handful of places in the city where you can experience true peace. Take a dip in its chic, contemporary spa or unwind with one of the bartenders’ ingenious cocktail creations.

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Hiiragiya Ryokan, Kyoto

Kyoto is brimming with Japanese tradition and the family-run Hiiragiya Ryokan is testament to that fact. With just 28 rooms in a subtle, stripped-back-yet-luxurious style, it has a homely vibe. Hard to believe you’re just minutes from the buzz of downtown Kyoto.

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St Regis, Osaka

The rush of the bustling subwaypolis of Osaka can soon leave you seeking a more peaceful setting, and the St Regis Hotel knows this all too well. Check-in for instant serenity, which includes impossibly comfortable rooms decked in decadent gold and cream. A 24-hour butler service is at your beck and call, should you feel like an after-hours snack or glass of Champagne. Or the throng of Nanba’s nightlife is just 15 minutes away.

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Blink luxury camping

Sleep among the foothills of the sacred Mount Fuji then wander our favorite route along the winding trails that lead to the glistening Lake Kawaguchiko just in time for sunrise. Sound impossible? We can arrange for you to lay your head anywhere with Blink luxury camping.

Access all areas with a sumo expert

Synonymous with sumo, Tokyo’s sumo stables are presented now as they were hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago. We can arrange for access to a sumo wrestling expert ready to give you a hands-on experience. Ask about the culture of a sport that has remained unchanged for hundreds of years, learning its age-old traditions, as well as getting geared up and having a grapple yourself.

Holidays in Japan

Private dining with a geisha

You’ll find few things more iconically Japanese than the kimono and chalk-white complexion of the geisha. We know all the right people around the graceful Gion geisha district so you can open doors average visitors can’t. Share a private tea and dining experience with a traditional host, uncovering the origins of this ancient tradition first-hand.

Forge your own samurai sword

Get to grips with the noble history of the samurai

Towering in stature and selfless in their actions, the samurai existed only to serve. Discover your sense of ‘Ko’ (‘no self’) as you spend one-on-one time with a local samurai professor who has studied the art his entire life. Draw strength from trying on the ancient karuta armor and get a handle on the impressive weaponry, unsheathing the iconic curved katana as those in feudal Japan did hundreds of years ago.

Japan Highlights

Conquer the summit of iconic Mount Fuji, gorge on the world’s best sushi and take a step off the beaten track to explore Okinawa and Hokkaido. With mesmerizing culture and fascinating history Japan truly is Asia’s gem.

WHERE TO STAY

Japan doesn’t follow the rules when it comes to resorts and hotels. A vacation here can be anywhere from extremely traditional to intriguingly unconventional and that’s what we love about it. The one thing these hotels do have in common? They are all tried and tested by our Black Tomato Experts, so you don’t have to deal with trial and error.

THE QUIRKY

Japan is as much about expression as it is about preservation. Exhibiting design and style that effortlessly blends old and new, it’s no surprise that the luxury hotels in this country range from classic to charismatic. For something really different, head to the island of Taketomi for diving, unique festivals, and tours on water-buffalo carts!

THE SKYSCRAPER

Let’s not beat around the bush: the most opulent and elegant hotels in Japan reside in Tokyo. While the towers are soaring and it can be a dizzying from ground level, The Aman offers unparalleled panoramas of the cityscape from its elevated positions at the top of a high-rise. Borderline futuristic, hotels like this are the textbook definition of Tokyo’s luxurious side.

  • Population Population 126,400,000
  • Capital Capital Tokyo
  • Currency Currency Yen
  • Language Language Japanese
  • Time Difference Time Difference GMT + 9 | ET + 14
  • Expert Tip Expert Tip

    "Explore Tokyo's Tsukji Fish Market and snack on the freshest sushi in the world"

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