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Japan Tours

Tours of Japan take you from one of the largest cities in the world, Tokyo, to quiet mountain streams, historic Geisha districts and peaceful bamboo forests. Choose to create your bespoke Japan tour itinerary with the help of our Destination Specialists, or browse our selection below for inspiration.

For a 10 day tour of Japan which allows you to enjoy an overview of the country’s main attractions, book our Highlights of Japan Tour. See the many suburbs of Tokyo, as well as its temples and famous fish market. Enjoy a relaxing visit to the hot springs of Mount Fuji before riding the bullet train to Takayama for beautiful architecture and a unique culture. In Kyoto you can see temples and shrines, visit a bamboo forest or head to Nara to see a fascinating collection of temples and friendly deer.

Our Japan at a Glance Tour allows you to glimpse Japan’s culture, cities and landscapes over eight days. Start in Tokyo where you can shop, enjoy exquisite cuisine and admire the many temples and sights of the city. Visit the hot springs in Hakone before enjoying the many attractions of Kyoto. Our more in depth two week Best of Japan Tour also includes Kanazawa, a picturesque town with traditional buildings and pretty parks. You’ll also have a chance to explore the main destinations in more depth.

Foodies will love our Gourmet Japan Tour, which includes the opportunity to try Japan’s most popular dishes, as well as weird and wonderful creations. Learn to make sushi and other dishes, as well as enjoying the landscapes and attractions of the country. Nature lovers should add on our two day Snow Monkeys of Japan Tour for the chance to see the monkeys bathing in the hot springs of Jigokundani National Park.

9 days Architecture Japan

Highlights of Japan Tour

Guide Price  £3,299  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 Kinkaku-ji

Japan at a Glance Tour

Guide Price  £3,399  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...

Multi centre holidays

Japan at a Glance Tour
12 days Okonomiyaki

Gourmet Japan Tour

Guide Price  £5,999  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...

Cultural holidays

Gourmet Japan Tour
13 days Japan

Best of Japan Tour

Guide Price  £5,599  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...

Multi centre holidays

Best of Japan Tour
2 days Snow monkeys Japan

Snow Monkeys of Japan Tour

Guide Price  £499  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...

Wildlife 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 Manager

“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.