"Tradition remains of paramount importance in Japan, but this is also the most high tech society in the world."

Escorted Tours and Holidays in Japan

Tradition remains of paramount importance in Japan, but this is also the most high tech society in the world. Bullet trains hurtle across a landscape of cherry blossom and snow-capped mountains, geishas mingle with sharply dressed businessmen, and tranquil lotus ponds offer a moment for reflection in the shadow of neon-lit skyscrapers. Whatever you thought you knew about Japan is guaranteed to be turned on its head when you spend some time in this inimitably idiosyncratic country, and an escorted tour holiday is the perfect introduction.

Japanese cuisine is well known around the world, but even the most seasoned sushi aficionado may baulk at some of the things you’ll see on the menu. The best advice is to ignore your fears and dive right in, and that goes for all aspects of life in Japan. Sleep in a traditional ryokan, take a bath in a hot spring and immerse yourself in the rituals of a traditional tea ceremony. Shop till you drop in Tokyo’s buzzing Ginza and Akihabara districts, wander the atmospheric streets of Kyoto and take a moment to reflect on the sobering reality of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan is not just a country, it’s a full-on multi-sensory experience, unlike anywhere else on earth.

 

Touring Highlights of Japan

  • Japan is at its most picturesque in springtime, during the famous cherry blossom season when the landscape blooms pink.
  • The old ways of life still linger in Kyoto, home to hundreds of Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, tranquil gardens and some excellent traditional restaurants.
  • Tokyo is Japan’s hyper-futuristic capital, a mind boggling metropolis that simply can’t be missed. The sheer scale of the place is difficult to fathom, but an excellent public transport network makes exploring a doddle.
  • One of the highlights of a tour of Japan is the opportunity to stay in a ryokan, a traditional inn where guests sleep on futon beds laid out on tatami mats. This is an authentic Japanese experience, particularly popular in more traditional cities such as Kyoto.
  • Snow-capped Mount Fuji is one of the most recognisable symbols of Japan, though the climb to the top is not for the faint hearted. You may prefer to admire Fuji from a distance, but do be aware that the summit is often obscured by cloud.
  • Sumo wrestling is Japan’s national sport, an ancient form of combat that is wrapped up in ritual and tradition. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness sumo first hand, a truly fascinating spectacle.
  • A visit to the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is a sobering reminder of the colossal destructive power of the bombs dropped on Japan at the end of the Second World War, but it’s also an inspiring demonstration of the resilience of the human spirit.
  • Fans of Japanese food will relish the chance to sample the real deal when it comes to sushi, sashimi and a whole host of other, far more unusual delicacies.
  • Although less well known than Kyoto, the city of Kanazawa is one of Japan’s most important cultural centres, known for its beautiful castle garden and its samurai and geisha districts.
  • Hakone, an easy day trip from Tokyo, is the place to go for an authentic onsen experience, where you can enjoy bathing in hot springs against a mountain backdrop crowned by Mount Fuji.

Tour Types in Japan


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11 Nights

Southern Japan Experience

One of Japan’s greatest attractions is its ability to offer up both the modern and traditional versions of itself

Starts:Osaka, Japan
Ends:Osaka, Japan
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£3230pp excluding flights £294 per night
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7 Nights

Highlights of Japan

From the bright lights of Tokyo to the tranquil temples of Kyoto, this fast-paced tour explores Japan's highlights.

Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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£2620pp excluding flights £374 per night
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11 Nights

Japan Family Holiday

Gather up the brood and embark on an adventure through the Land of the Rising Sun on this 12-day family tour of Japan

Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:2- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£3690pp excluding flights £335 per night
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6 Nights

Delve Deep: Intro to Japan 2022-23

(Previously called: Japan Express)TRIP VIBE = iconic sights and in-depth adventures with a local Trip Leader.Remember when you spent that INCREDible week soaking up all the sushi, sake, soba and shrines Japan could throw at you? Huh, that wasn't you. Then what are you waiting for?! This intro to Japan is all about the weird-and-wonderful in Tokyo, the ancient wonders of Kyoto, and the foodie delights of Osaka. Swipe right for a week's worth of mind-blowing Japanese culture. You won't regret it.

Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Osaka
Group Size:10- 20
Operator:Topdeck

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£1609pp excluding flights £268 per night
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12 Nights

Seasonal Gardens of Japan

The origin of the Japanese garden lies in simple, gravel-covered forest clearings where the gods could manifest themselves.

Starts:Longford TW6, UK
Ends:Longford TW6, UK
Group Size:6- 25
Operator:Brightwater Holidays

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£4945pp including flights £412 per night
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17 Nights

Japan Uncovered

Our most extensive tour of Japan includes all the classic sights and key cultural activities.

Starts:UK
Ends:UK
Group Size:8- 28
Operator:Wendy Wu

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£7290
£6890pp including flights £405 per night
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8 Nights

Japan Express

Home to sumo wrestling, sake, geishas, karaoke and onsens, Japan’s got a lot going for it

Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£1360pp excluding flights £170 per night
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10 Nights

Back Roads of Japan

From bubbling hot springs and white-sand beaches to ornate temples and metropolitan chaos, Japan is a land of almost mythic beauty and diversity.

Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:12- 15
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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£2849
£2422pp excluding flights £242 per night
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10 Nights

Japan Family Journey: From Ancient to Modern Times

Explore dazzling Tokyo, imperial Kyoto, and the mountain city of Nagano.

Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:1- 20
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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£3899pp excluding flights £390 per night
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11 Nights

Iconic Japan

Explore Japan, tradition and modernity are celebrated side-by-side in ways that often appear contradictory.

Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:12- 15
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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£4299pp excluding flights £391 per night
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11 Nights

Walk Japan - Kumano Kodo Trail

Encounter Japan's fascinating blend of ancient and modern influence on a walking holiday that uncovers the country's history and explores its beautiful landscapes.

Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Osaka
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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£4010pp excluding flights £365 per night
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10 Nights

Cycle Japan

From world-class sushi to legendary geisha, enthralling Japan is the perfect destination to discover by bicycle

Starts:Kyoto, Japan
Ends:Tokyo, Japan
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£3580pp excluding flights £358 per night
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11 Nights

Shogun Trail

Explore Tokyo's neon-lit streets, discover Kyoto's tranquil temples and visit the site of the world's first atomic attack in Hiroshima.

Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Fukuoka
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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£4110pp excluding flights £374 per night
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11 Nights

Experience Japan

This tour not only visits the famous sights of Japan including Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Mt Fuji and Tokyo.

Starts:UK
Ends:UK
Group Size:8- 28
Operator:Wendy Wu

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£5790
£5440pp including flights £495 per night
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13 Nights

Land of the Rising Sun - 14 days

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this Land of the Rising Sun - 14 day tour.

Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Osaka
Group Size:2- 24
Operator:On The Go Tours

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£3585pp excluding flights £276 per night
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23 Nights

Ultimate Japan

Ever-welcoming and always fascinating, Japan is a land of ancient cultures, austere traditions and groundbreaking technology

Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Osaka
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£7525pp excluding flights £327 per night
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12 Nights

Tokyo to Takayama - 13 days

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this Tokyo to Takayama - 13 day tour.

Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Tokyo
Group Size:2- 16
Operator:On The Go Tours

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£4025pp excluding flights £335 per night
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7 Nights

Just Japan - 8 days

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this Just Japan - 8 day tour.

Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Goodbye Japan!
Group Size:2- 24
Operator:On The Go Tours

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£1925pp excluding flights £275 per night
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14 Nights

Journey through Japan

Along with the must-see sites on the island of Honshu and a day trip to Nikko.

Starts:UK
Ends:UK
Group Size:8- 28
Operator:Wendy Wu

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£6490
£6140pp including flights £439 per night
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12 Nights

Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

This 13-day tour of Japan will introduce you to the cultures – old and new – that define this small but influential archipelago

Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£3550pp excluding flights £296 per night
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