"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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7 Nights

A Week in Japan

Discover Japan's essential highlights on this great-value tour. Explore the historical cities of Kyoto and Nara, be awestruck by the beauty of Mt Fuji and experience the bright lights of Tokyo and Osaka.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £86pp
Starts:UK
Ends: UK
Group Size:8- 28
Difficulty:Comfortable
Operator:Wendy Wu

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12 Nights

Discover Japan

This tour is the perfect introduction to fascinating Japan, where skyscrapers give way to paddy fields and crowds disperse into the tranquillity of classical gardens.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £116pp
Starts:UK
Ends: UK
Group Size:8- 28
Difficulty:Comfortable
Operator:Wendy Wu

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16 Nights

Japan Uncovered

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

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £142pp
Starts:UK
Ends:UK
Group Size:8- 28
Operator:Wendy Wu

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13 Nights

Journey through Japan

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

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £128pp
Starts:UK
Ends:UK
Group Size:8- 28
Operator:Wendy Wu

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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 £80pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Fukuoka
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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20 Nights

Japan by Rail

An all-encompassing journey through Japan, travelling mainly by bullet train and taking in the highlights of all three main islands: Kyushu, Honshu and Hokkaido.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £190pp
Starts:UK
Ends:UK
Group Size:8- 28
Operator:Wendy Wu

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10 Nights

Experience Japan

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

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £116pp
Starts:UK
Ends:UK
Group Size:8- 28
Operator:Wendy Wu

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10 Nights

Jewels of Japan

Immerse yourself in the unique and fascinating culture of Japan taking in the futuristic cities, imperial heritage and magnificent nature that this country has to offer.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £108pp
Starts:UK
Ends: UK
Group Size:8- 28
Difficulty:Comfortable
Operator:Wendy Wu

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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 £49pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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11 Nights

Premium Japan

Experience Japan’s perfect harmony of ancient tradition and modern way of life on a 12-day Premium adventure through the cultural heart of the country

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £96pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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12 Nights

Off-Beat Japan

Prepare to immerse yourself in the wacky and wonderful in this fascinating land. Get off the beaten track on our most culturally immersive tour of Japan.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £115pp
Starts:UK
Ends:UK
Group Size:8- 18
Operator:Wendy Wu

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7 Nights

Highlights of Japan

Discover colourful cultures, tasty cuisines, and enchanting cities as you follow your local guide on the 8-day highlights of Japan tour.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £29pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:4- 18
Operator:Travel Talk Tours

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13 Nights

Ultimate Japan

Discover more than just chaotic cities and mountainous landscapes on this ultimate 15-day adventure through Japan.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £47pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Osaka
Group Size:4- 18
Operator:Travel Talk Tours

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9 Nights

Japan Explorer

Uncover Japan in-depth on this 10-day exploration from Tokyo to Kyoto!

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £40pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:4- 18
Operator:Travel Talk Tours

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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 £88pp
Starts:Kyoto
Ends:Tokyo
Group Size:6- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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12 Nights

Japan & the Scenic South

Uncover the beauty of the lesser-known island of Kyushu, renowned for its active volcanoes, hot springs and stunning beaches.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £118pp
Starts:UK
Ends:UK
Group Size:8- 28
Operator:Wendy Wu

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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 £85pp
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 £77pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Osaka
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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10 Nights

Epic Japan: Speed Trains & Street Food

Explore the beautiful temples and shrines in Kyoto, experience Tokyo's vibrant nightlife.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £37pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Osaka
Group Size:1- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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13 Nights

Cycling in Japan

Cycle the land of the Samurai; temples, geishas and incredible Tokyo and Kyoto.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £106pp
Starts:Tokyo
Ends:Kyoto
Group Size:6- 16
Difficulty:Moderate / Challenging
Operator:Exodus

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