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Read the Japan editorial on pages 28-29 in the May issue of Absolutely West Essex and Absolutely Essex magazines:

The Ultimate Japan Tour for First-Timers

Incredible food, unique culture, rich history and futuristic thinking; no wonder a Japan holiday is high up the bucket list of many, but it can be difficult to know where to start. With Wendy Wu Tours, the UK’s Number 1 Japan Specialist, you can experience the very best of this sensational destination on one of their fully inclusive escorted group tours.

For those who have never visited Japan, look no further than Wendy Wu’s 17-day Japan Uncovered tour. Offering authentic cultural experiences, a glimpse at Japan’s natural beauty, a taste of its rich history and so much more, this is the ultimate tour for first-timers.

Ticking off all the top spots on the main island of Honshu, Japan Uncovered ensures you make the most of your time in this fascinating land. Starting in the vibrant city of Osaka, Japan’s foodie capital, and the best place to get a taste of the nation’s culinary delights. Journeying east, step back in time to the 17th century with a visit to the magnificent, UNESCO-listed Himeji Castle – Japan’s most visited castle, and soak up the tranquillity of the perfectly manicured zen gardens.

Get a sense of bygone Japan in the historic capital, Kyoto, with its quiet cobbled streets and traditional wooden houses. Explore the city’s soothing temples, like the famed Golden Pavilion, and wander through the Geisha district before taking part in the age-old rituals of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

Further north, find yourself immersed in the natural splendour of the Japanese Alps. The scenery here will take your breath away, and the cities of Kanazawa and Takayama will offer an authentic glimpse at rural Japan, as will Shirakawago village with its fairy tale, gassho-style farmhouses. Head further into the Alps to Nagano and you’ll find the adorable Japanese Macaques (snow monkeys) bathing and playing in the warm waters of the natural thermal springs.

Of course, no trip to Japan is complete without gazing upon the iconic Mount Fuji. Japan has had a long love affair with Fuji’s perfect symmetry, its essence captured in plentiful drawings, paintings and poems over the centuries, but none of these depictions compare to witnessing Fuji’s majesty in person.

What better way to end a tour than in Tokyo, Japan’s dazzling capital! A place where the old and new sit side by side in perfect harmony, in between glossy, high-tech towers you’ll stumble upon ancient temples, peaceful shrines and quaint teahouses – all adding to the charm of this spectacular destination.

Japan Uncovered, 17-day escorted group tour from £7,590pp

Includes return flights, all hotels, all meals, expert guide, all sightseeing & entrance fees, all transport in destination

See Wendy Wu Tours for free UK airport lounge pass!

See links: Japan for all seasons or Japan Uncovered to read more.

For more info or to book, contact Abbotts Travel at 134 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1BA, on 0208 989 9445 or email


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