Welcome to Japan, the coolest place you will ever be to. The land of the rising sun, the land of anime and manga, the land of the most splendid sakura showers, the place that spearheads technology and innovation, and the nation that has preserved its history and its culture better than any museum can- no one who has visited this East Asian island has returned without falling in love with it.
Japan tour packages from India are fast gaining popularity and we, at Flying Squirrel Holidays, are here to customize your trip till it fits your interests like a pair of gloves!
Japan is glorious all year round and there is no one best time to visit Japan. The spring months between March and May blanket the country’s sidewalks and parks in pretty pink cherry blossoms. The blooming of the trees seeps its way into the lifestyle of the Japanese, and food and desserts inspired by the flower fill the streets.
Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing is a nationwide custom in which people eat, drink and make merry under the blossoming trees. The weather is cool and comfortable, making it the ideal time to explore the cities.
The months between June and September are humid in Japan and it is advisable to explore the places in the northern region instead of limiting oneself to the bustling, sweltering cities. Treks on Mount Fuji are popular during these hot days. Moreover, trips to Hokkaido, the northernmost prefecture of the country, are also well loved because of its pristine natural beauty and sprawling urban areas like Sapporo and Hakodate.
If you are in Japan during the summer, you cannot miss out on the Japanese culture of sipping chilled beer along with the season’s delicacies in the country’s many rooftop bars.
Summer blends into Autumn in Japan and the vibrant trees give way to orange leaves. The temperature drops down, making outdoor exploration comfortable once again. November and December are the months for a host of festivals that are celebrated with a lot of pomp. The Japan Grand Prix is an annual event that draws a lot of racing enthusiasts.
Fall is also when the Japanese people enjoy tsukimi, or moon viewing, and taking part in this custom is sure to be etched in your heart for a long time. Japan loves cosplay and attending a Halloween party in the country promises to be the best you will ever attend!
Japanese winters are cold, with temperatures going as low as 5 degrees Celsius in Tokyo. However, armed with thick jackets, gloves and a few heating pads, trips to Japan during these cold months will be straight out of a fairytale. The snowy scenery decorated with glittering lights to usher in the new year and year end festivities that fill the country are fun and striking.
Hot spring baths with uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape and winter sports on the mountains of the nation enjoy a good degree of popularity, and are the perfect way to unwind
Japan is a country filled with unique, mesmerizing natural occurrences. The wedded rocks of Ise in Mie, for instance, are perhaps the most unusual sights one will ever see. As the name suggests, two rocks, fondly named Izanagi and Izanami, the husband and the wife respectively, are “married” and bound by a traditional rope made of rice stalks that weighs almost a ton.
The sun rises precisely between the two rocks and with Mount Fuji in the background, the sight is ethereal. The place is popular among couples and photographers alike.
Tottori Sand Dunes in Western Japan are another place of stunning natural beauty that one must explore in Japan. The seemingly endless expanse of sand with well defined patterns made by the force of the wind early in the morning looks great in reality and in photographs.
Come autumn, the desert starts getting bordered by fields of purple scallion flowers, and the contrast between the vivid blooms and the sandy dunes is spectacular.
In winters, the sand gets coated with a layer of snow, adding a whole new level of beauty to Tottori. Umanose, a hill in the center of the sandy desert, offers views of the Sea of Japan from a little elevation and the sight is well worth seeing.
The streets, islands and hills of the country are filled with so much beauty that one only needs to open their eyes to see something stunning. From simple pretty trees in the busy cities to blue-green bays with sandy shores, to snow capped mountains and fields of flowers, no Japan holiday tour is complete without connecting with the nation’s pristine natural beauty.
Japan is also a country with an incredibly rich history, and the well preserved presence of all the periods the nation has seen is waiting to be explored. With more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than in any other country, some holiday packages are dedicated only to visiting these famous landmarks.
Japan has many imperial palaces, but three in particular stand out and are considered to be the Three Greats. Osaka Castle, with its surrounding luxurious park is the most iconic of them, and it stands as a symbol of the city today.
The palace has a vast museum with artefacts belonging to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, an important national figure and the founder of the castle. The premise also features a viewing platform that offers sweeping views of the entire city of Osaka.
One of Japanese history’s most tragic chapters is the bombing of Hiroshima in August, 1945. The Hiroshima Peace Park stands in tranquility today to remind people of the value of peace.
The premises hold the A-Bomb Dome, which is the remnant of the building that survived the force of the attack despite being in the hypocenter, a museum dedicated to the history and aftermath of the blast and a Cenotaph commemorating the victims who lost their lives due to the attack.
The area has been developed as a beautiful garden bordered by two rivers. While the story behind the park is sombre, visiting it is oddly uplifting.
Founded in the year 794, Kyoto is considered to be the cultural capital of Japan and the best place to witness the charms of the traditions of the nation. With a number of shrines, including the iconic Fushimi Inari, and a host of museums, including the Kyoto International Manga Museum, days are fascinating in Kyoto. The geisha district of Gion also draws tourists.
The bustling capital city of Tokyo has a skyline dotted with incredible skyscrapers. The parks of the city are well maintained and beautiful and Tokyo holds a host of iconic places within its boundaries. The Shibuya Scramble Crossing, the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world, is overwhelming to witness and should not be missed. Close to the crossing in the district of Shibuya itself stands the bronze statue of Hachiko, the dog who waited for his human till his last breath.
Recognised for its stunning night view, Sapporo in Hokkaido is an unmissable addition to Japan tour packages. Climb the Mount Moiwa ropeway after the sun sets and witness the city sparkle brightly underneath you. The Hokkaido Jingu park has over 1400 cherry trees and it is absolutely magnificent during spring. Sapporo’s miso ramen is a greatly loved dish and one must try it while in the city!
Stay in a traditional Ryokan guesthouse.
Trek through the cedar forests of the country.
Enjoy the seasonal specialties of the local cuisine.
Visit the spectacular gardens.
Marvel at the impressive skyscrapers of the cities.
The representative tower of Tokyo is modelled on the Eiffel, but is 13 meters taller than its inspiration. It is the world’s tallest self supported steel tower, and has an observation deck offering a bird’s eye view of the city. Patrons can visit the cafe in the tower and enjoy the view along with a cup of tea. At night, the tower lights up and is a sight to behold.
One of Japan’s most revered shrines, Todai-Ji temple is a landmark of Nara, and was the head temple of all Buddhist Temples in the country. The massive main hall of the temple holds one of the largest idols of Buddha in Japan. The temple lies close to the deer park of Nara, and often the deer venture into the temple premises.
The symmetrically shaped active volcano of Mount Fuji is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. Visitors can attempt to climb it in July and August, and there are many other viewpoints for the other months. When visibility is nice, Lake Ashi in Hakone is one of the best places to see Fuji. The Chureito Pagoda in the Five Lakes region is another popular place to marvel at the mountain from.
(Please note that the following is a SAMPLE itinerary.)
A Week in Japan: 8 Nights, 7 Days
Best of Japan: 7 Nights 8 Days
Unbelievable Japan: 11 Nights, 12 Days
Day 1Arrive in Tokyo and check in to your hotel. Spend Day 1 at your leisure.
Day 2Day 2 is to visit the modern side of Tokyo. After breakfast, visit the beautiful garden of the Meiji Jingu shrine. Head to Shibuya later on in the day and witness the Scramble crossing. Spend the afternoon visiting the stores in Shibuya and have lunch at the local restaurants. Head to the Tokyo City View Observation Deck and see the city as it comes to life at night. Head back to the hotel for dinner.
Day 3Today we visit the older part of Tokyo. Start your day with a visit to the Senso-ji Temple, and then head to the Tokyo National Museum. After lunch, head to the Imperial Palace east garden and enjoy a stroll in the park. You are free to spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 4After breakfast, take a bullet train or shinkansen down to Kyoto. Spend the day exploring the heart of Kyoto at your leisure.
Day 5After breakfast, head to Shoren-in Temple. The temple is built more like a charming villa with an expansive garden equipped with a carp pond. The tea room within the premises holds occasional tea ceremonies. Head downtown for lunch and some shopping. Later on, head to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Return downtown for dinner. Afterwards, take a walk in Gion and enjoy the scenic district. Return to the hotel for the night.
Day 6After breakfast, take the short train ride to Nara. Visit the Todai-Ji Temple, and marvel at the sheer grandness of the place. The HoryuJi Temple is the oldest standing wooden structure in the world, built in the year 607. Spend the rest of the day relaxing in Nara’s parks.
Day 7Head back to Tokyo after breakfast on a bullet train. Spend your last day in Japan exploring the city as you like. Head to the airport in the evening to catch your flight back home.
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The flight cost depends on the airlines, the hotel you want to stay in, number of days you want to spend there, and any extra activity that you would like to include in the itinerary. Flying Squirrel Holidays provides customized Japan tour package from India for family. Get in touch with us to plan your Japan holiday!
How can I go to Japan from India?
There are regular flights that fly between India and Japan. To save on cost, opt for a hopping flight. Common layovers are in Hong Kong, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur.
Is Japan expensive for Indian tourists?
Japan is one of the more costly countries to visit for Indians, and weekly expenses are rarely less than 70000 INR per person. Choosing a low budget Japan tour package with airfare can save you some money, so the decision has to be judiciously taken.
Do Indians need a visa for Japan?
Yes, Indians need visa to travel to Japan.
The land of the rising sun promises to be the most fascinating place you will ever travel to. The confluence of age old history and culture and modern technology and energy, all with the backdrop of some of the most unique and enchanting natural sceneries will win you over. The happy friendliness of the Japanese people is sure to stay unforgotten years after you leave the island nation.
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