Japan

Remote Enigma

Despite its long history and prominent position on the global stage Japan remains a tantalizing mystery to most of the world. Boasting a truly unique cultural heritage and rich in scenic wonders Japan offers all the ingredients for a memorable and invigorating holiday in the Far East. With world-class hotels, intimate guesthouses, bustling cities and convenient transportation this exciting island nation offers hassle-free and comfortable travel.

Japan

Remote Enigma

Welcome to the Japan section of our website. Please explore the respective categories in the menu to the left. Should you require further information or assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

Stay

Curated Hotels

If you're looking for the highest level of service and luxury, look no further than the top branded hotels in major cities. Should you prefer a more intimate stay in a truly old world setting, a traditional Ryokan (a family run inn) is an experience in its own right. Hot springs, amazing food, attention to detail and a soothing ambiance typify Japan's hotel industry; you're in for a treat!

Stay

Please browse our list of featured and recommended hotels in Japan. This list is by no means exhaustive as we have a vast range of hotels in our portfolio. We hope it will serve as a helpful resource for the planning of your holiday and we are here to answer any questions you may have. Our portfolio comprises of a wide range of properties, carefully assessed and vetted by our team. Questions? Fill out this form!

Indulge

Health & Relaxation

Whether the objective is to shake off weariness and small aches, or simply to indulge in the ultimate relaxation, spending time at Japan's ubiquitous hot springs (called 'Onsen') is a way of life and an ancient tradition you simply can't afford to ignore.

Indulge

Health & Relaxation

A little rest goes a long way. You spend enough time dealing with the stresses of life. Come away with us and rebalance, relax and feel reborn. Below is a list of – by no means exhaustive – health and relaxation related recommendations. Download our itineraries from the SAMPLE page for more inspiration or drop us a message!

The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it. 
Dogo Onsen
Yudanaka Seifuso (near Snow Monkey Park)
Shibu Hotel (near Snow Monkey Park)
Takinoya
Villa Rakuen, Hotel New Awaji
Hakone Ginyu
Hoshi Hokuriku

Immerse

Cultural Experiences

Staunchly independent for ages, while having absorbed just the right amount of culture and traditions from neighboring lands, Japan is an unmistakable cultural treasure trove. From the refined performing arts of Geisha in Kyoto to the Punk and Manga scene of the modern cities; from Ikebana flower arrangements to Sumo; from traditional gardening to sushi preparation; Japan will keep your senses engaged.

Immerse

Cultural Experiences

What inspires aspiring travelers? What is their dream image of Japan? Our team and our local guides compiled a short list of some of the most memorable and original activities we could think of. To inspire. To dream. Need more suggestions? Please download our sample itineraries from the SAMPLE page or contact us.

Zen and the Art of Personal Maintenance
The Humpback Whales of Okinawa
Hokkaido's Dance of the Cranes
Following the steps of the Geisha & Samurai
Harajuku for a Day
Android Eatery
Beer and Batter up
The Spirit of 'Spirited Away'
Lords of the Underworld
Rising Sun Spirits
Cartoons and Cultural Understanding

Savor

Local Cuisine

With flavors and textures to please every palate, Japanese food ranges from the humble conveyor belt sushi and ramen noodle joints, through to mid-range Izakaya establishment and all the way up to the lofty heights of fine Kaiseki dining. For the more conservative visitor Japan also has a wide range of high quality Western dining options.

Savor

Local Cuisine

Yin & Yang. Horse & Carriage. Laurel & Hardy. Travel & Food. You shouldn’t accept the former without the latter. It is said that ‘love goes through the stomach’ and we certainly want you to love our trips. So here’s some useful information about Japanese cuisine, may it tempt you to download our sample itineraries or get in touch.

Tempura
What’s in it: Panko, fried shrimp or vegetables. Why we love it: Tempura is but one of an infinite series of examples of the Japanese taking something simple and elevating it to the level of an art form. While Tempura is simply deep-fried vegetables or protein after being coated with a mixture of egg, water and wheat flour, it is the freshness of the ingredients, the evenness of the coating and the attention to detail (like many things in Japan), which truly make it a special dining experience.
Kaiseki Ryori
What’s in it: A Kaiseki (set meal) feast that is entirely vegetarian. Why we love it: Japan is perhaps the best country in the world to bear witness to history and culture as demonstrated through food. With its deep Buddhist roots, vegetarianism has long been a common component of Japanese dining. Kaiseki Ryori takes the humble history of Buddhist vegetarian cooking and elevates it to an art form, with the shocking variety of colors, textures and tastes of produce, dazzling any diner and helping them to experience the culture of this country.
Tonkatsu
What’s in it: A deep-fried pork cutlet rolled in breadcrumbs, Tonkatsu sauce. Why we love it: This is not your average pork chop! Japanese pork is world-renowned for its marbled quality as well as its thick and luscious texture. Again simplicity and quality of ingredients are the hallmark of this dish as the crispiness of the breadcrumbs pairs beautifully with the juicy pork and sharp Tonkatsu sauce. Rather than sushi this is considered by many travelers to be their favorite meal in all of Vietnam.
Prime Beef
What’s in it: famous beef varietals from around Japan. Why we love it: While Kobe may be the most famous, there are several varietals of Japanese beef, which should be world-famous but simply are not as well known in the west. All come from the process of letting cattle lead gentle lives of grazing, massage and sometimes even imbibing beer! The end product is a richly marbled protein that literally will melt in your mouth. Despite the jaw-dropping prices, it is a must try experience for guests of Japan.
Ramen
What’s in it: Pork or chicken with a salty stock of broth and miso, egg, bamboo, fish cake, soy sauce, scallions, carrots, wheat noodles and nori. Why we love it: An incredible mix of salty and savory has elevated ramen from a humble soup to a worldwide phenomenon. Again we find ourselves experiencing the Japanese principle of taking simple and fresh ingredients, and harmonizing them to create a truly unique and addictive flavor.
Okonomiyaki
What’s in it: Pork, shrimp, octopus, egg, four, cabbage, bonito, and several sauces all pan grilled. Why we love it: In a dining culture that prizes order and simplicity, Okonomiyaki is a delicious mess. Essentially a batter pan grilled into a pancake then filled with your choice of protein, it is the chaotic mixture that customers choose to throw in which gives Okonomiyaki it’s delightfully confusing flavor profile. Also in terms of value for your money, only Ramen may best it, as one of these pancakes is able to feed two hungry adults!
Karaage
What’s in it: Fried Chicken, soy sauce, ginger. Why we love it: Fried chicken that is elevated to an art form, Karaage takes succulent pieces of Japanese chicken and marinates them in the deep and earthy flavor of soy sauce and the sharp and cutting flavor of ginger. These two ingredients form a beautiful trio with the potato flour batter the chicken is then fried in. A great mix of earthy and sweet that all fried-chicken aficionados should try.
Tako Yaki (Octopus Balls)
What’s in it: Octopus, fried dough. Why we love it: Almost more of cultural institution than a food, Tako Yaki is famous throughout Japan for being both comically cheap and a comedic process to eat. The balls of dough reveal inside a gooey molten hot interior that is centered with a springy piece of octopus. Though rightfully considered ‘fast food’ this is a must try for your time in Japan.

A small sample of our preferred dining venues in Japan… 
Apicius in Yurakucho (Tokyo)
While the European fare presented here is indeed stunning, it is the atmosphere of luxury and exclusivity that is the main draw for diners at the Apicius in Yurakucho. You are likely to be dining in the same room as ambassadors - of whom there are many in Tokyo - or certainly, presidents and chairmen of the wealthy and powerful. Reservations required, formal dress code.
Kinmata (Kyoto)
An incredible venue for both food and atmosphere. This beautiful Ryokan is located in an alleyway off the main drag of the Nishiki market, allowing guests to dine on incredibly fresh food sources literally footsteps away. For the best Kaiseki feast of your time in Japan (sourced footsteps away at the nearby market) make sure to head to Kinmata.
Guilo Guilo (Kyoto)
Here you will find an eclectic array of chefs and wait-staff from all over the world, working ostensibly on low priced Kappo Cuisine (similar in style and principle to Kaiseki).  The menu changes monthly, and is based only on the freshest local ingredients at the time. The Guilo Guilo restaurant beautifully overlooks a stream and the traditional neighbourhoods of Kyoto. It is also intimately sized allowing you to watch as the chefs whisk and dice your gourmet meal in front of you.
Robot Restaurant (Tokyo)
In the evening should you wish to experience the ‘maximum’ style of entertainment Tokyo is famous for, head to Robot Restaurant. You will be heading to the gaudy district of Shinjuku for a meal unlike any other at Robot Restaurant. While the meal is standard the service is anything but. You will witness an hour-long stage show of flashing lights, futuristic cheerleaders and yes, robot combat on a glittering LED stage. This is a truly an otherworldly experience that combines Japan’s love of tech and manga.
Sushi Mizutani (Tokyo)
When it comes to the delicate flavors of Sushi, it is a singular experience, and we highly recommend it be experienced in a minimalist restaurants so there are no distractions between you and this incredibly complex dish. With no decorations and only 10 chairs, Sushi Mizutani speaks to the focus only on Sushi. The Sushi Master Mizutani is equally minimalist, speaking no English and only brusque and brief Japanese, allowing you to focus only on the incredible dishes, which will come one after another from his kitchen.
New York Bar and Grill (Tokyo)
Pitched on the 42nd floor of the Park Hyatt, The New York Bar and Grill aims to offer the bygone sophistication of 90s New York City, here it is not the wolves of Wall Street, but of Ginza. The food is very good - the Kobe beef is to die for but mostly guests are here for the view, a stunning and uninterrupted expanse of Tokyo.
Fukuchi-in (Koyasan)

For any guest near Kyoto or Osaka, the 3 hour trek is well worth it for a one night stay and meal at the Fukuchi-in in Koyasan. Not only does it have the only onsen among the temple lodging (open 24 hours) but also it has by far the best shukubo (temple lodging with monks) of shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian kaiseki) cuisine prepared for both breakfast and dinner. Here guests will dine on incredible creative incarnations of Tokyo, mushroom, mountain vegetables and produce served to them by the temples monks. All in their simple Tatami room with an incredible Zen garden viewable behind their paper screens. This meal is a perfect blend of culture, setting and culinary delight all blended together.

Sample

Download Itineraries

We have compiled a carefully curated set of itineraries for you to download, free of charge! These exciting trip templates were designed to inspire and to give you a better sense of what a Mandarin Journeys trip can be.

Sample

Download Itineraries

Japan offers a bewildering range of activities, sights and experiences. We want you to enjoy a holiday that caters to YOUR interests and ambitions and as such we offer, for your consideration, this set of downloadable sample itineraries, each with a different theme or route. We hope it will assist in the planning of your journey and we welcome your feedback or questions. Please check back frequently as we add more itineraries on a regular basis.

The unseen side of Japan. Explore the tropical beaches and nature of Okinawa and the surrounding islands of southern Japan. See Itinerary 
Food Tour of Japan, 10 days of pure indulgence through the best restaurants, from Michelin starred restaurants to hole-in-the-wall street stalls. See Itinerary 
Explore Japan through 'The Big 3'.  An exploration of the country through the most important cities in the Japan. See Itinerary
A 6 day tour through the lesser known areas of Hokkaido, immerse in the nature and wildlife in this incredible itinerary of a tour in the best of Hokkaido.  See Itinerary
Enjoy Japan's winter, visit to the Olympic city of Nagano, indulge in the warm Onsens and ski in the best resorts of Japan  See Itinerary
An exploration of the lesser known areas of Honshu in Japan. Hike the mountains of Japan, visit the historic cities of  Japan's Edo era and enjoy the best food of Japan. See Itinerary

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