Japan: Then and now
By Lorna Heatley
27 June 2018
From woodblock art to colourful manga, elegant Geishas to eccentric Harajuku fashion, a lot of things in Japan have changed throughout history.Read more
Experience the delightful landscapes and historic treasures of Asia. From the Taj Mahal to the cherry blossoms of Japan.
Take a whirlwind adventure through China's ancient and modern wonders, explore India's iconic landmarks and enchanting wildlife, or visit some of the many UNESCO attractions in Vietnam and Cambodia. This and more is available on one of our Asia rail adventures.
A truly diverse continent, Asia is a land full of magnificent wonder; kaleidoscopic colours, incredible landscapes, ancient architecture and inspiring spirituality all come together to create a destination which is abundant in rich culture and breathtaking beauty. Asia is home to some of the most beautiful, vast and varied landscapes that can be found worldwide, where tiny rural villages contrast dramatically with towering glass skyscrapers in modern metropolises, and the natural beauty of the continent ranges from snow-capped mountain peaks and lush jungles and some of the most simply stunning coastlines in the world.
Cuisine in Asia is undoubtedly among the greatest available anywhere, with a diverse range of exciting cuisine on offer that is revered by the rest of the world. Much of the continent's cuisine has made its way around the rest of the globe, delighting food lovers everywhere; India's spicy spiced curries, Japan's delicate fresh sushi and China's famous imperial dish of Peking duck are just several iconic examples of the notoriety of Asian cuisine around the rest of the world. Casual dining is common in Asia, with street food in particular huge - eating freshly cooked meals and snacks from pavement stalls, markets or hawker centres is extremely popular throughout the continent, and often promises a phenomenal and unique culinary experience.
Asia is the largest and most populous continent on earth and boasts many diverse and rich cultures. Serving as the birthplace of many of the world's major religions - including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism, many are still practised throughout Asia, resulting in a diverse continent that is informed by many different spiritual, ethical and philosophical beliefs.
From China's Great Wall and ancient capital of Xi'an, home to the Terracotta Warriors, to India's beautiful Taj Mahal and Japan's sacred temples and shrines, Asia is home to some phenomenal architectural masterpieces and incredible sites of historical importance. When in Asia, it is all too easy to fall in love with the unique culture of your chosen destination, whether you are sipping sake in Japan, cruising along the stunning waters of Halong Bay or exploring the vibrant atmosphere of Shanghai.
Immerse yourself in the unforgettable culture, cuisine and history of Asia with Rail Discoveries, exploring your chosen destination with the help of a friendly, experienced tour guide and travelling on board some of the most charming and iconic trains in the continent. From the sleek bullet trains of Japan to India's delightful toy trains, this is undoubtedly one of the best ways to discover this exciting, diverse continent.
Helping you plan your holiday to Asia
Explore India's iconic landmarks and enchanting wildlife on this incredible tour. From bustling Delhi, discover ancient cities by modern rail, visit the incredible Taj Mahal, and take two game drives to spot the elusive tiger.… see more
11 days from £1,395 ppView tour details >
Explore the wonders of two fascinating nations on a tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. Delve into the history and culture of Vietnam, explore UNESCO-listed attractions and visit the incredible temple city of Angkor Wat.… see more
14 days from £1,995 ppView tour details >
Cherry blossoms, geisha, tea ceremonies, sake, Shinto and sacred temples; Japan has it all, and when you travel through cities and countryside alike by rail, it is all too easy to fall in love with this unique country… see more
14 days from £3,195 ppView tour details >
Explore the glorious country of India on this tour, taking you to some of it's most beautiful cities, discovering the most exquisite historical sights, and perhaps seeing a tiger at Ranthambore National Park.… see more
10 days from £1,295 ppView tour details >
Discover the exotic majesty of India's southern regions on a tour which ventures into jungles and along coastlines, uncovering colours, tastes and sights from some of India's least explored destinations.… see more
14 days from £1,795 ppView tour details >