Welcome to the land of the rising sun, where the air is bathed in warmth and breathtaking scenery covers every inch of land as far as the eye can see. No matter the season, it’s always a good time to visit Japan, one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations—and for good reason. For many, it is a dream destination; for you, it could be so much more.
With Super Travels’ range of affordable tour packages, spanning both ends of this beautiful island nation, you can look forward to both attractive tourist spots and venturing off the beaten track, witnessing all that Japan has to offer in a single trip. Alongside having fun (and even making a few new friends), you’ll find yourself immersed in local cultures, awed by dazzling vistas and much, much more!
Together, Japan’s islands stretch across almost 400,000 square kilometres of ocean, scattering the very best sights and sounds all across the archipelago. But with our 8D6N tour of Chubu, Okayama and Shikoku, you won’t have to worry about missing a single stop. Travel across Japan to visit everything from its biggest cities to its smallest villages, and much more in between. Highlights include:
Takayama Old Merchant Street
Walking the streets of Takayama’s old town, known as “Sanmachi-dori” in Japanese, you can almost feel the weight of its 400 years of history sinking into your skin. As you admire the many remnants of its previous life, imagine yourself taking a trip back in time to see Takayama in its heyday as the bustling Edo-period home of several wealthy merchants. Today, you can shop to your heart’s content while taking in the gorgeous surroundings. Enjoy the sharp, sweet taste of sake from one of its 50-plus breweries as you look upon the town’s oldest structures, including many houses and shops that date back centuries.
Picture this: you’re gazing out at a magnificent body of water that stretches as far as the eye can see, dipping into the horizon where the sky meets the sea. All along the banks of the lake, migratory birds make their annual stopover as a cool breeze rushes in overhead. Such will be your experience at Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake and the perfect place to snap some scenic shots of your own. Marvel at the area’s historic landmarks, like the Buddhist temple Enryaku-ji (built in the 8th century) and the Edo-period Hikone Castle (built in the 17th century).
As you gaze upon its exquisite architecture, particularly its sleek white walls, it becomes easy to see how this sprawling castle complex got its nickname of “White Heron Castle”. Even more fascinating is the fact that it was was completed in 1609 without ever sustaining damage from natural disasters or war, making it over 400 years old today and one of Japan’s original twelve castles. Sitting amongst spectacular greenery and clear skies, it was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
Further down, on the Shikoku coast in southwest Japan, you can enjoy an exciting cruise along the Naruto Strait. The area is most famous not for the manga character that shares its name, but for the whirlpools that form roughly every six hours as a result of water moving between the Pacific Ocean and the nearby Seto Inland Sea. See this incredible natural phenomenon as you enjoy the sensation of fresh sea breeze on your skin.
If you’re more inclined towards warmer climates, the charming island of Okinawa might just be the place for you. Located on Japan’s southern coast, its distinct culture, cuisine and languages make this a truly unique destination. Though it has steadily gained a reputation as a tourist favourite, it remains a land shrouded in mystery, waiting to be discovered. And with our 5D4N tour of Okinawa Island, you’ll be able to do just that. Highlights include:
Ocean Expo Park
You’ll certainly have a whale of a time exploring this park, which measures 3 kilometres end to end and features a vast collection of tropical and subtropical botanic specimens. Watch the time fly by as you observe dolphins and other fascinating marine creatures at Japan’s famous Churaumi Aquarium, and head out on an expedition of your own using the park’s shuttle buses and extensive network of footpaths. Here at one of Okinawa’s most iconic destinations, you might even find yourself not wanting to leave.
Feel the weight of history on your shoulders at Shuri Castle, which was the official residence of the Ryukyu kings until Okinawa was incorporated as Japan’s southernmost prefecture in 1879. As you tour key sites like the Seiden, the main hall of the castle that served as the venue for important ceremonies and other affairs of state, you’ll learn all about the history of Okinawa and the ancient Ryukyu Kingdom, which ruled Okinawa from the 15th to 19th centuries. If the thought of this once-in-a-lifetime cultural education doesn’t make you tingle with excitement, nothing else will.
Exciting and memorable, our 7D5N tour of Shirakawa will take you from the depths of Japan’s breathtaking countryside to the highest heights of its biggest cities, including Tokyo and Osaka. You’ll find yourself immersed in the rich heritage and culture of some of Japan’s most important regions, and have loads of fun along the way—only at Super Travels.
If you’re looking for peace and tranquillity, there’s no better place to find it than the region of Shirakawa-go, situated in the secluded mountain range that stretches from Gifu to Toyama Prefectures. Wonder at its several dozen traditional farmhouses (known as “gassho-zukuri” in Japanese), some of which are well over 250 years old, as you walk the well-worn paths of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. With mesmerising views of the idyllic Shogawa River Valley spread out beneath you, what more could you ask?
Japan’s tallest mountain needs no introduction, even for first-time visitors to the country, but ascending this active volcano to the fifth level will be a new experience for many. (Do note, however, that visibility depends on prevailing weather conditions and the time of the year.) Here, you can pause to take in the majesty of this national icon and the surrounding scenery—an experience that some would say transcends the ability to describe it.
Find your long-lost spiritual connection at the oldest Buddhist shrine in Tokyo, which was completed in the year 645 and whose serenity and calm presents a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city. As you join countless other travellers milling around in the compound, you might just find peace in the heart of Japan’s busy capital. The street of Nakamise Dori, connecting the 200 metres between the main gate (the Kaminarimon) and the second gate (the Hozomon), is also on the itinerary for you to engage in everyone’s favourite activity: shopping.
Here at Super Travels, you’ll find yourself in good hands with our professional and knowledgeable tour leaders, who will guide you as you embark on your journey to experience the best of what Japan has to offer. Visit magnificent landscapes, step out of your comfort zone and meet fellow travellers during your adventure—all under the assurance of our best price guarantee. What are you waiting for?