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. 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.
Nagano Snow Monkey Tour
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“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.”
“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.”
“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
What's the best way of getting around Japan?
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.
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
There’s no question too small. Start planning your dream trip by talking to our Destination Specialists.
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