Japan

Travel to Japan with Qatar Airways Holidays and experience a country that has preserved its heritage yet still manages to embrace the future. High-tech Tokyo with its dizzying skyscrapers sit amongst tranquil gardens and temples, all within the shadow of Mount Fuji. In Kyoto, traditional geishas entertain in tea houses surrounded by temples and shrines.

Modern history has effected Japan too. Out of the devastating 1945 nuclear bombing, Hiroshima has grown into a vibrant, thriving city with tree lined streets, delicious oysters and boat trips to the “Island of Shrines”, Miyajima. It's also one of the key 'tech cities' in Japan, and a hub of entrepreneurial endeavour.

Qatar Airways Holidays are here to help you experience the luxury and traditions that Japan has to offer everyone.

Holiday Packages

Japan Packages

Luxury hotels are abundant in the major cities of Japan and Qatar Airways Holidays can help you find the right one for your needs. A package holiday to Japan is a great idea if you are planning on travelling around this fantastic country.

Speak to Qatar Airways Holidays about multi-destination options or alternatively, choose one one of our Japanese holiday packages suit your needs, and get an all round experience of this fascinating nation.

Good to know

  • Time Zone
    GMT+9 hours
  • Languages
    Japanese, with English spoken in main tourist areas
  • Dialing Code
    +81
  • Electricity
    100V 50-60Hz
  • Currency
    Japanese yen
  • Experiences

    Japan experiences

    • Bursting with a unique culture, Japan is probably like no other country you have visited before. With its tranquil gardens and serene temples, the place feels like an epicentre of calm, surrounded by a bustling metropolis. Visit when the cherry blossom is bloom and experience walking through the dreamy floral tunnels. If you really want to immerse yourself in the culture, then visit Kanikakuni in Kyoto. This former geisha house allows you to dress up in a kimono and learn about the history of this very traditional entertainment.
    • If you want to relax then head to the Japanese Alps and enjoy one of the several hot springs, known as “onsen”. Alternatively, if you are after something more active, Japan is renowned for its fantastic skiing.
    • If you are ready to shop, then Tokyo is a must. Electronic goods and gadgets fill the shops, alongside comic books and high-end fashion. There are plenty of smaller traditional shops, galleries and cafés to explore too.
    • In terms of gastronomy, Japan is paradise for any foodie. Sushi and okonomiyaki grace many menus, alongside the more daring dishes of locust, blowfish and unagi – grilled river eel.
    • Hiroshima will often mean one thing to most people. However, despite its dark past, it is vibrant, friendly and full of life. Tree lined streets and a thriving community make it a place to stay when visiting Japan.
    • Japan is one place in the world where you can reply on public transport! Clean, quick, efficient and on time, it is the perfect way to explore this country.
    FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions

      Best time to travel to Japan for a holiday?
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      Japan offers elegance, excitement, and, if you're looking for it, enlightenment at any time of year. Visit during January, and you'll see the staggered temple roofs layered with a blanket of sparkling snow. Fly to Japan with Qatar Airways during the spring, and you'll see delicate cherry blossoms bursting into bloom. During the summer, you can expect fairly close humidity, along with the occasional rainstorm. However, even this climate has its own particular charm.

      In our opinion, if you want to get out and see the sights, the best times to travel to Japan are between March and April or October and November. Typically, the temperatures are between 15°C and 24°C, but without the stickiness that comes with summer.

      Where is the best place to travel in Japan for a holiday?
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      Deciding which is the best place in Japan to fly to with Qatar Airways Holidays very much depends on what you're looking for. If you want to experience life as it exists in the present and may well do in the future, head for Tokyo. Resplendent in neon and with more Star-Wars-worthy attractions than you could shake a lightsabre at, it's the perfect destination for those who want to experience what a 21st Century city has to offer and what a 22nd Century city might look like.

      However, if you want to dip your toes into the country’s rich and unique past, Kyoto is probably the way to go. Once the capital of Japan, Kyoto is the perfect place to explore its mystical past. With more than 1,000 temples to visit and an abundance of traditional teahouses, it's ideal for those who want to appreciate what makes Japan the country it is today.

      Japan: amazing facts and reasons to visit
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      Slurping your noodles: While slurping might not be considered polite in some countries, if you find you're sucking in your noodles with a little more gusto, in Japan, it's considered polite. In addition to being considered polite, whether you’re slurping a stir-fry or a soup, that noise is thought to enhance the flavour of what you’re eating.

      Sapporo Snow Festival: If you've decided to visit Japan during the winter months, then be sure to check out this snowy celebration. Housed in Odori Park, you'll find an endless array of expertly sculpted snowmen and dioramas, adding that extra touch of magic to your trip.

      Aoi Matsuri: To see Japan’s history come to life before your eyes, ensure you’re in the country on the 15th of May. One of the Big Three festivals in Kyoto, you can expect to see elaborate carnival floats, enjoy sumptuous street food, and witness traditional music accompanied by outstanding dancers.
      Which are the best places to visit in Japan?
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      Mount Fuji: Possibly the most iconic part of Japan, Mount Fuji sits just 100km southwest of Tokyo. While its snow-capped peaks attract hikers and mountaineers, there are bus tours to the summit and driving paths for those who prefer to take control of their sightseeing.

      Temple of the Golden Pavilion: To see Japanese culture at its most ornate, head to Kyoto. There, you'll find this extraordinary temple situated in beautifully manicured gardens and set behind a tranquil pond. Although entering the temple isn't possible, the sheer serenity of the surroundings is enough to give you time to breathe. On top of that, you'll also come away with more than a few Insta-worthy photos.

      UNESCO Greenery: If the glitter and chatter of the cities leave you craving for some wide open spaces, check out the Chūbu-Sangaku National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it showcases Japan’s often-overlooked countryside to its stunning best. Expect soaring peaks, ice-cream-scooped valleys, and meandering rivers, all framed by lush greenery and hot springs. Wildlife enthusiasts might like to try and snap the antelopes that have made this picturesque backdrop their home

      What are the best tour packages in Japan?
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      Whatever you're looking for from your holidays to Japan with Qatar Airways Holidays, we're sure to be able to deliver. Whether your interest lies in the country's history, culture, architecture, or food, we can point you in the right direction.
      Why go on holiday to Japan with Qatar Airways Holidays?
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      When you fly to Japan with Qatar Airways, you can be sure that all the details are taken care of. From flights and transfers to food and excursions, you can leave all the heavy lifting to us. What you’re left with is the enviable job of getting on with enjoying one of the most extraordinary holiday destinations on the planet.