Kanazawa and Yamashiro Onsen
Kanazawa and Yamashiro Onsen
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Visit 3 Iconic Cities on a 1 Week Itinerary in JapanJapan’s world-renowned Shinkansen, or ‘Bullet-Train’ as it is more commonly known, makes it easy to cover multiple destinations on a 1 week itinerary in Japan. Japanese efficiency has to be experienced to be believed, and their train services are no exception. Comprehensive, always on time, clean and with an incredible choice of dining options at every station in the form of Bento Boxes, Japan’s always beautifully packed version of a packed lunch, their Bullet Train travels smoothly at speeds of up to 186 mph making it easy to enjoy a 3-city tour in 1 week in Japan. Therefore, if time-limitations are a consideration for your visit to Japan worry no more, as it is possible to swiftly cover huge distances across the region, making a 1 week Japan itinerary Tokyo Kyoto Osaka one of the most popular and best Japan vacation choices. If you have more time, why not immerse yourself for longer in these fascinating destinations as Secret Retreats also offers city-based breaks with our 4 days Kyoto itinerary or contact the Secret Retreats Concierge to discuss and plan a uniquely tailor-made Japan itinerary to match your planned stay. Beginning in the capital with a 3 days Tokyo must see option is always a good way to start your Japan itinerary and having the experience pre-planned by experts really does take hard work out of navigating your way around this very unique of destinations.
Tokyo – City of the Past, Present and Future and Perfect for a Japan Family VacationTokyo is an enormous city, but also a very safe city with an excellent public transport network, incredible dining options, and an enormous variety of activities and sites of interest to excite young and old; put simply, it is a great place to start any Japan family vacation. Finding yourself in Downtown Tokyo can certainly present a most exhilarating culture-shift. Part sci-fi movie, part graphic novel, very futuristic and most characteristically ‘neon’, you could be forgiven for feeling as though you have been transported into the virtual world of a video game. Do not be fooled however – this is a city of many faces - not all of them electronic. Yes, the city is a gadget-lover’s paradise and yes, you can purchase almost anything from the city’s vending machines from hot meals to toys and mobile phones, there really is so much to discover in the country’s capital and with Secret Retreats selecting the best on offer, this is a trip that will make great memories for all the family. Whether you wish to meander through the forest taking the air and paying a visit to the Meiji Jingu Shrine, visit the historic, traditional streets surrounding the Asakusa Temple and have your fortune told, relax amongst the trees, flowers and water features of the stunning Shinjuku Gyoen - the most famous National Garden of the capital - or simply wander the streets, eating some of the best sushi or ramen you are likely to find anywhere in the world, this capital city really does have something for everybody. So do plan on spending some time here, at least 3 days, as part of your Japan family vacation or even on a quick 3 day Japan itinerary taken as part of a wider long haul adventure through Asia.
Touring, Tasting and Trekking on a Japan Luxury VacationTruly a land of contrasts both culturally and geographically, and a land of great beauty where the smallest details matter, a Japan luxury vacation sets the bar on the meaning luxurious. As a leader on the world food map, visitors could easily spend their 14-day tour of Japan moving from region to region, sampling local delights on a gastronomic voyage of discovery but beyond the culinary arts there are adventures galore to stimulate the senses.
From being buried up to your neck in a ‘Sand Bath’ in Beppu to the stunning Onsen bath experiences of Yamanochaya or Kinugawa Kanaya near Tokyo. The Onsen experience of Japan is not to be missed. In-room or often open-air volcanic springs, onsen take the art of luxury bathing to an entirely new level, and the towns built around them are as varied as the surrounding geography. A ritual bathing experience in the great outdoors is a feast for the senses. Japan is a country whose culture is steeped in tradition from the stunning Ryokan Inns to the fine art of taking Japanese green tea. Taking tea is ‘taking time’ in Japan and there is a highly respected ritual involved, it is a wonderful and quintessentially Japanese moment that reminds you of the luxury of taking time and living in the moment, that even the simplest things in life can be moments of luxury during a busy day and help you to relax and unwind. Hot spring baths are not the only way in which the Japanese like to immerse themselves – Forest Bathing is also popular here, where one seeks the beauty of nature.
Taking a Forest Bath or ‘shinrin-yoku’ is communing with nature, listening to the birds, watching the sunlight as it dapples the forest floor through the leaves of the trees, drinking in the fresh fragrant clean air, it is a sensory experience cherished by the Japanese to promote inner peace and good health. The climbing, trekking, mountain-biking, skiing and surfing opportunities are plentiful and all within the most beautiful of surroundings in Japan, but this fantastic land is not so much ‘fast-paced’, as ‘every-paced’, and offers each visitor the chance to pause, fast-forward or simply relax and detox from a hectic modern life. A Japan luxury vacation is not simply graded by 5-stars or more, it is measured in the luxury of experience, the luxury of enjoying the moment.
With a Secret Retreats tour of Japan, sustainable and responsible tourism is taken seriously, you really are treated to the finest luxury of experiences and safe in the knowledge that you are ‘leaving the place as you found it’, enabling those who call it home to keep it this way. Contact the Secret Retreats Concierge to plan and book the luxury Japan vacation to suit you and your family and prepare to be fascinated, refreshed and invigorated and to enjoy and be awakened to the luxury of the beautiful simple moments in life.
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