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Japan – Tours

Tours in Japan

Welcome to Japan – a place to lose yourself in a whirlwind of spirituality, immersive culture, neon-drenched cityscapes and ancient temples. An incredibly contrasting display of modern-day technological advances and timeless tradition.

Begin your tour of beautiful Japan wandering the bustling streets of Tokyo, before escaping to the blissful town of Hakone to watch the sun set over Mount Fuji. Take a moment to rest, soaking your muscles in your private onsen (hot spring), then continue down to the re-born city of Hiroshima on our Best of Japan tour for a walk around the solemn Peace Memorial Park.

Jump aboard the world-renowned Shinkansen (bullet train), speeding through the tranquil Japanese countryside to the splendour of the cultural capital, Kyoto, and its atmospheric temples and shrines on our Highlights of Japan tour. Stroll through gloriously green gardens as the waft of burning incense and the religious chants of robed monks reverberate around you, then enjoy an overnight stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan (inn).

Consider yourself a foodie? Japan is known the world over for its exquisite and refined cuisine, from the simplicity of sushi to the prestigious seasonal haute dishes of kaiseki, (a multi-course meal specially prepared to evoke the current season). Our Gourmet Japan tour ensures you’ll get to sample the very best food this country has to offer, including cooking lessons and guidance on how to prepare some of Japan’s most popular dishes for yourself.

9 days

Highlights of Japan Tour

Guide Price £2,429 pp  

Explore the unique culture of Japan on this nine day journey. Combine old and new, from bustling cities to authentic Ryokan stays and traditional tea ceremonies. With a combination of guided and self-guided days this is the perfect way to...

Escorted tours

Highlights of Japan Tour
8 days

Japan at a Glance Tour

Guide Price £2,469 pp  

Explore the vibrant capital Tokyo, before experiencing the rural landscapes of Hakone and famous Mount Fuji, and finally discovering the culture and history of Kyoto. The combination of guided and self-guided days will allow to you uncover Japan at your...

Escorted tours

Japan at a Glance Tour
12 days

Gourmet Japan Tour

Guide Price £4,839 pp  

Experience the cultural and culinary delights Japan has to offer. This tour will teach you the necessary skills to prepare some of Japan's most popular dishes, and allows you to taste them in traditional surroundings. Along the way, you will...

City holidays

Gourmet Japan Tour
13 days

Best of Japan Tour

Guide Price £4,219 pp  

Embark on this fascinating tour taking in the many different sights, experiences and history this vast country has to offer. The combination of guided and self-guided days will allow to you uncover Japan at your own pace, with options to...

Escorted tours

Best of Japan Tour
2 days

Snow Monkeys of Japan Tour

Guide Price £449 pp  

This overnight excursion is an outstanding addition to your Japan itinerary. Witness Snow Monkeys bathing in the hot springs of Jigokundani National Park. The area varies greatly depending on the time of year but offers a thrilling experience whatever the...

Solo holidays

Snow Monkeys of Japan Tour

Expert Tips

Nick

Senior Destination Manager

“For a long time Japan has been a largely cash-based society, so we recommend always having cash handy. While card payments are becoming more widely accepted, many places in Japan that you would expect to take them still don’t.”

Karen

Destination Executive

“Consider renting pocket WiFi – a small device that grants you 24/7 internet access for multiple devices. These are infinitely useful, whether you’re using the internet to locate a certain restaurant, attraction or road, to share your travel pictures, or to translate something easily to aid communication with the locals.”

Martyn

Destination Executive

“Many visitors purchase a Japan Rail pass, giving them unlimited access to the six main rail networks and enabling travel across the whole of Japan. It’s economical, practical, and will save you a lot of time and potential confusion when trying to navigate Japan.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Japan is known for its punctual high-speed bullet train network. It is extremely rare for these trains to be late, and it’s an exciting and efficient way to travel around the city. Alternatively, this efficient reliability is also employed across Japan’s public and highway buses; cycling is also extremely popular here.

As with the United Kingdom, Japan drives on the left-hand side.

Home to 21 UNESCO World Heritage sites, the enchanting cherry blossom of spring, Mount Fuji, and a wealth of traditional shrines and temples, Japan is also the birthplace of sushi.

Japan’s fascinating culture, jaw-dropping scenery and twinkling cities draw in millions of tourists every year. With the promise of buzzing and vibrant metropolises for urban explorers, and serene retreats, stunning vistas and historic temples for lovers of nature and ancient history. There truly is something for everybody here. Discover the Land of the Rising Sun and everything it has to offer.

Why you'll love Japan...

• Enjoying a picnic under falling cherry blossom in Tokyo
• Exploring Japan by rail aboard the high-speed Shinkansen
• Taking in the stunning mountainous landscape at Mount Fuji National Park
• Relaxing in a traditional Japanese ryokan
• Soaking your muscles in your private onsen
• Indulging in exquisite Japanese cuisine – from Michelin-starred restaurants to noodle bars and sushi spots
• Discovering traditional teahouses, ancient shrines and charming local markets in culture capital Kyoto
• Visiting the poignant Peace Memorial in Hiroshima
• Walking among geishas at Gion District
• Looking out across the bustling city from the heights of Tokyo Tower
• Marvelling at the colourful street art and eccentric fashion scene at Harajuku
• Escaping the hectic cities in blissful Hakone

Did you know?

• Japanese trains are so punctual, that a 2012 report concluded the average train delay in Tokaido was just 18 seconds. If there is a delay of more than five minutes, the rail company at fault will issue passengers with a ‘late certificate’ as official reasoning for late attendance at work or exams.
• Japanese farmers grow square watermelons for easier storage in the home.
• There are more pets in Japan than there are children.