"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

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.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £79pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Fukuoka
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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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.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £48pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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13 Nights

Ancient & Modern Japan

Explore Zen gardens, temples and the most iconic sights of Japan

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £80pp
Starts:Kyoto
Ends:Tokyo
Group Size:6- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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12 Nights

Cycle Japan

Ride along quiet roads on the Noto Peninsula into the highlands around Shirakawa-go historic village to see gardens in Kanazawa, stay in ryokan.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £84pp
Starts:Kyoto
Ends:Tokyo
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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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.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £76pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Osaka
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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5 Nights

Japan: Ramen & Railways

Get a taste of both old and new Japan with this Japan: Ramen & Railways tour.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £18pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:14- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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12 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

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £66pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:2- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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5 Nights

Japan: Castles & Cuisine

Explore the History of Castles and Learn about Japanese culture through regional cuisine on this tour

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £18pp
Starts:Kyoto
Ends:Osaka
Group Size:16- 14
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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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.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £41pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:12- 15
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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13 Nights

Simply Japan

Travel from super-modern Tokyo to villages, castles and temples that remain unchanged from the times of the Shogun and Samurai

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £64pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Osaka
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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12 Nights

Japan Real Food Adventure

Ignite your tastebuds on a culinary journey through Japan’s most delicious hotspots

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £77pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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7 Nights

Highlights of Japan

Uncover the cultural highlights of Japan on this 8 day trip.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £54pp
Starts:Kyoto
Ends:Tokyo
Group Size:6- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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13 Nights

Discover Japan

Discover the sights and sounds of Japan on this in-depth tour of some of the region's most significant.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £52pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Tokyo
Group Size:12- 15
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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11 Nights

Iconic Japan

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

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £72pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:12- 15
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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6 Nights

Japan Express 2021-22

Is this trip for you? MODERN. SHORT-BUT-SWEET. CAPTIVATING.
You could spend another week stuck in traffic, slugging it out at work or cringing through another episode of Too Hot To Handle...OR you could spend 7 jam-packed days stuffing yourself on culinary delights in Osaka, exploring the ultra-modern Tokyo, getting high (in cable car) at Hakone and belting out karaoke in Kyoto. It's up to you.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £30pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Osaka
Group Size:10- 20
Operator:Topdeck

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11 Nights

Japan Highlights 2021-22

Is this trip for you? QUIRKY. DELICIOUS. BUZZING. Too expensive...I don't have the time off...I hate sushi... That's it, we're done with excuses. In under two weeks this trip gives you the highlights and the hidden gems. The culture and the crazy. The ultra-modern and the historic. The scenery and the cities. And all the ramen, okonimiyaki, udon, katsu, yakatori and sake your fat pants can handle (you packed those, right?). This is your wake-up call - Japan is waiting.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £64pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:10- 20
Operator:Topdeck

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13 Nights

Tokyo to Osaka by Rail - Private Tour

Carefully designed for travellers who love their independence, this trip is a real adventure through the centre of Japan.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £70pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Osaka
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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8 Nights

Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo

From the Buddhist monks of Kōyasan to the high rollers of Tokyo, see the many faces of Japan on this condensed tour beginning in Osaka. Savour the region’s culinary delicacies and the beautiful views at Mt Fuji. You'll stay in a traditional ryokan and really soak up local culture in onsen hot springs. A great combination of the traditional and the contemporary, this adventure provides a taste of the rich culture of Japan.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £36pp
Starts:Osaka
Ends:Tokyo
Group Size:1- 15
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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10 Nights

Japan Family Journey: From Ancient to Modern Times

Japan is a feast for the senses, from its electrifying neon-lit neighbourhoods to tranquil hilltop temples. Experience an intriguing mix of modernity and tradition as we explore dazzling Tokyo, imperial Kyoto, and the mountain city of Nagano. Wander Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, practice sumo wrestling and samurai swordplay, and sample wasabi-infused culinary concoctions. In this fascinating land of anime, snow monkeys, and high-speed trains, there is something to delight every member of the family.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £76pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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10 Nights

Epic Japan: Speed Trains & Street Food

Now's the time to explore Japan on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Always wanted to explore Japan but kinda felt it was pricey? We got you. This 11-day introduction to the Land of the Rising Sun is super-affordable and super fun. Travel by train to introduce yourself to Tokyo nightlife, the famous geisha district of Kyoto, and the iconic floating torii gate of Miyajima. Experience the country's traditions and cutting-edge modernity with lots of free time to do your own thing. When you see Japan with a group of like-minded adventurers, you'll never want to come home.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £33pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Osaka
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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