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Japan remains something of an enigma to people in the Western world. When you think of Japan, what comes to mind? Images of ancient temples or futuristic cities? Visions of mist-shrouded hills or lightning-fast bullet trains? Suit-clad businessmen or kimono-clad geisha?

Japan is a land where traditions meet modernity, a poetic blend of eastern culture and high technology. Because of this unique synthesis of East and West into a culture that is distinctly Japanese, Japan's history, food, people and their way of life are a joy to explore and experience. 

When to Travel
Weather-wise, Spring (March through May) and Fall (October through mid-December) are the best times to visit most of Japan. Summer from June to September can be quite hot and humid. December can have slightly cool weather, but clear skies. Japan is also a great ski destination in Winter. There are many festivals throughout the year, but travel during those times should be booked very far in advance to ensure access to quality hotels and ryokans--especially during cherry blossom festivals!

Visa Information
A visa is not required for American and Canadian citizens for short-term tourist and business trips of up to 90 days. However, you must have a valid passport and an onward/return ticket for tourist/business "visa free" stays of up to 90 days. Your passports must be valid for the entire time you are staying in Japan.
Note: All foreign nationals are required to provide fingerprint scans and to be photographed at the port of entry.

Suggested Itineraries

Below are some recommended itineraries for privately guided tours. Book them as-is or customize them to fit your schedule and traveling goals!

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