Japan holidays deliver a true feast for the senses – from the neon lights and aromas billowing out of Tokyo's yakitori restaurants to the vibrant hues of cherry blossom season.
In this mesemerising country the past sits side-by-side with the ultramodern. Zip between cities on the shinkansen, then soak up the wealth of heritage that's on show.
Theme parks such as Tokyo Disneyland take you from one out-of-this-world experience to the next. Get a bird’s eye view of the sights from the Tokyo Tower, see your favourite movie characters at Universal Studios in Osaka and take in Nagoya’s historic castles and shrines.
Meanwhile, this mountain-rich nation offers plenty of space for reflection amid stunning natural wonders and dazzling wildlife.
Discover the best of this remarkable destination with a Japan holiday package from Etihad.
Whether you’re looking for an action-packed adventure or want to immerse yourself in some of the world’s most high-tech cities, there's a Japan holiday to suit.
Japan is home to some of the world’s most exciting theme parks.
Hit the rides at Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Osaka, or marvel at some of the world’s most impressive miniature creations at Legoland Nagoya.
Hello Kitty fans will love Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo, where daily parades and shows celebrate the popular character.
The capital also boasts Tokyo Dome City, complete with an amusement park and the world's largest roofed baseball stadium, as well as the TeNQ Space Museum.
Japan’s capital is electric in more ways than one. This hi-tech hub is a neon-lit playground for gamers and gadget fans.
Tokyo’s true gaming haven is in Akihabara, or Electric Town, where you can buy almost any game or console before launching into the city’s arcades for a night of gaming fun.
Head to the 8bit Cafe to play classic video games from the 80s and 90s, while in the Odaiba district you’ll find an amazing digital art museum.
Created by the world-leading teamLab art collective, here you can experience incredible art displays spread out over two floors.
Away from Tokyo’s neon lights, holidays to Japan can open up an altogether different experience.
The Japanese Alps – the Nihon Arupusu – offer the kind of opportunities for adventure that every hiker dreams of.
Wander through beautiful woodlands, cross rushing mountain streams, pass ancient temples and hike up craggy passes for incredible views.
In winter, the slopes are covered with snow and only passable on skis, but spring and summer bring lush green carpets of grass and flowers.
However experienced you are on your skis or snowboard, there’s a slope for you in Japan.
Pistes vary in difficulty, while at some resorts you’ll find half pipes and moguls for serious snowboarders.
Rokku Snow Park near to Osaka makes for a fantastic day out – it's packed with all manner of winter sporting fun for the whole family.
As amazing as Japan’s diverse scenery is, make sure you don’t miss out on what’s happening below the surface.
Beneath Osaka’s gleaming skyline there are more than 1,200 subtarranean shops and restaurants in sprawling malls and streets, just waiting to be explored.
Umeda district is especially famous for this trend, with an entire ‘underground city’ under your feet.
For a luxury stay in the heart of Tokyo, consider the five-star Peninsula Hotel.
Located opposite the Imperial Palace, it’s just minutes away from Tokyo’s top attractions.
Guests can take advantage of the hotel’s local knowledge with a ‘key to the city’ and receive hand-picked suggestions for nearby culture and art.
Deluxe suites at the Peninsula come with stunning views of Tokyo's skyline.
If you’re looking to enjoy a romantic holiday in Japan, the beautiful city of Nagoya is a fantastic option.
The reconstructed Nagoya Castle and its grounds provide a serene backdrop for exploration, while the local parks and gardens, scenic river and sky tower all add to the charm.
For spectacular autumn colours, head to nearby Korankei valley. Here you'll find Mount Iimori, on which stands Kojakuji Temple. The temple's head priest planted maple trees along the approach to the temple back in the 17th century.
Today these trees provide a riot of colour, peaking around mid to late November. The best views can be found around the paths that run alongside the Tomoe River at the western and southern sides of Mount Iimori.
Vibrant Osaka is a great place to spend some time, either as the main destination of your holiday or if you’re planning a wider trip that also takes in Tokyo.
Staying in Umeda district provides easy access to shopping, dining and entertainment venues, while the Osaka Castle area is well-placed for a number of popular sites and attractions.
If you're planning a visit to Universal Studios you'll find a good choice of convenient hotels nearby.
Japan’s local currency is the yen. There are plenty of ATMs in towns and cities, while most places will accept major debit and credit cards.
Japanese is, of course, the most widely spoken language across the nation. In major cities, however, many signs and menus will have English translations.
Japan’s travel network is comprehensive and extremely efficient, with plane, ferry, bullet train, subway and bus options. Locally, bikes are useful for exploring cities while hire cars make remote areas more accessible.
Japan is an extremely polite nation and bowing and saying ‘arigato’ – or thank you – is common. However, tipping in restaurants is not expected and is sometimes even frowned upon.
Holidays in Japan are an opportunity to sample the country's famous sushi.
One of Japan’s national dishes, the colours, shapes and intricate handiwork involved make these extraordinary inventions almost too good to eat.
Newcomers can try simple kappa maki – cucumber sushi rolls – for an introduction to this Japanese delicacy.
Curry is also hugely popular across Japan, served with delicious, spice-rich sauces and mounds of rice. Wagyu beef is a must for steak lovers, its marbled appearance delivering a tender, buttery taste.
There are thousands of temples across Japan. One of the most beautiful can be found in Kyoto – around an hour away from Osaka by train.
Built in the 14th century, Kinkaku-ji is covered in gold leaf and sits on a serene pond.
Tokyo’s oldest temple, Sensoji, dates back to 645 AD and has become one of the area’s major attractions.
Visit these spiritual sites and find yourself enchanted by the magnificent architecture and peaceful atmosphere.
Famed for its electronic billboards, neon signs and hyper-modern attractions, Tokyo nonetheless has a retro side.
In the city’s old East Side you’ll find the Hanayashiki Amusement Park, where you can ride on Japan’s very first rollercoaster.
For an evening of theatre or comedy, Rokku Broadway is home to Engei Hall, a historic theatre still selling out its seats with slapstick shows and traditional storytelling.
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