Why Japan is rising as a top travel choice for 2021, and the rail tour you won’t want to miss

Japan is emerging as a top travel destination for 2021, reports specialist tour operator Wendy Wu after a four month surge in bookings. 

To meet rising demand, the operator has launched a new collection of specialist tours, covering departures throughout 2021 and 2022, including the UK’s first three week fully inclusive escorted rail tour of Japan, covering Kyushu, Honshu and Hokkaido. We’re packing our bags already…

A recent poll by Wendy Wu Tours of its customers and enquirers saw Japan top the list of the ‘must see’ places to experience.  And of course there’s the food. Always the food.

“For the last four months running, Japan has been the most in-demand destination for both 2021 and 2022,” reveals CEO Wendy Wu. “There’s a confidence in travel for Japan that is unlike any other destination. The country has seen massive investment in infrastructure, services and accommodation over the last few years, in the run up to the 2021 Olympic Games. With this now completed and available to visitors, the next two years are the perfect time to visit and to benefit from these new and impressive facilities.” 

“For the last four months running, Japan has been the most in-demand destination for both 2021 and 2022…”

Kyoto offers a refreshing look at Japanese culture

With restrictions in place across many destinations, Japan carries full ‘air bridge’ status by the UK government, allowing travel without quarantine measures, and has been approved by the World Health Organisation as one of the safest long-haul places to travel in the world.

Demand from solo travellers has risen exponentially, Wu says. “Our new Japan collection features no single supplements across all departures as well as a series of unique, dedicated solo group tours on our flagship holidays which all benefit from smaller group sizes, a VIP airport chauffeur service and lounge access as well as a VIP welcome drinks reception on arrival.”

Certainly the collection sounds as exciting as it is comprehensive… 

That 21-day ‘Japan by Rail‘ tour (from £8,990pp) covers the length and breadth of Kyushu, Honshu and Hokkaido, escorting guests from cosmopolitan Tokyo and the grandeur of Kyoto’s temples, to the snow-capped mountains of Sapporo and the snow monkeys in the North. Travel is by Shinkansen as well as traditional express train.

Also new for 2021/22 is the 11-day ‘Experience Japan‘ (from £5,590pp). Designed for first time visitors, it includes all the must see sights such as Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Mount Fuji and Tokyo, as well offering more personal experiences, like a lake cruise overlooking Mount Fuji, a spiritual walk through the Arashiyama bamboo forest and time with the snow monkeys of Nagano.

Also offered by Wendy Wu is the flagship 17-day ‘Japan Uncovered‘ (from £6,990pp), which starts in Osaka, Hiroshima and Kyoto, then heads North to Takayama via Kanazawa, eventually reaching Tokyo. Selected May and September departures include tickets to one of the seasonal sumo tournaments.

As an incentive to woo travellers, the company is offering a range of Japan special offers on its 2021 departures, including free single supplements for solo travellers plus a range of dedicated solo departures; complimentary Business Class upgrades with Emirates, British Airways, Finnair, Air China and many more; free British Airways World Traveller Plus upgrades; free Vietnam Airlines Premium Economy upgrades and significant savings on cherry blossom departures throughout March and April. 

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About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, and editor of The Luxe Review, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, Yahoo UK, Home Cinema Choice, Games Radar, Ideal Home, Louder Sounds, Channel News and Boat International. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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