Japan is a charming confluence of new and old. From glimmering skyscrapers and flashing neon lights, to Geishas and quaint traditional tea shops, Japan's distinct character sets it apart from the rest of Asia.
Whether bedding down for the night in a traditional inn, sitting on a woven mat eating sushi or soaking in a natural hot spring, Japan offers travellers a unique cultural experience unlike any other. With a bounty of regional specialities and world-class restaurants, food lovers will discover culinary paradise in Japan’s extraordinary cuisine too.
We offer Japan small group tours and unique festival tours, as well as private itineraries that you can take at your own pace and tailor made holidays perfectly put together just for you.
Japan is simply stunning during the beautiful Cherry Blossom season and a perfect time to visit. You'll also get to travel beyond the sites on our tours of Japan and immerse yourself in the local way of life - try your hand at cooking Tempura and Chicken Teriyaki at a local cooking class, sip a cup of Japanese tea with a Geisha in Kyoto, take a dip in a traditional Japanese onsen or spend a night in a traditional Japanese inn - a Ryokan.
Japan Group Tours
Our Japan group tours start in Tokyo, the cutting edge capital with gleaming skyscrapers and bustling streets. A high speed rail journey out of the city reveals another side of Japan where spectacular landscapes abound, from iconic Mt Fuji to the pristine island of Miyajima. Other highlights include ancient Kyoto, the heart and soul of traditional Japan, and Hiroshima with its poignant Peace Park. All of our group tours are led by an experienced local tour guide who will be on hand to provide assistance along the way, organising your daily activities, providing a fascinating insight into the places you visit and giving you useful tips on where to eat, shop and visit during free time.read more
Japan Festival Tours
Each season of the year provides a unique reason to visit Japan at its most beautiful and we have a selection of festival tours timed perfectly to coincide with cherry blossom season in spring when the country blooms pink, the Takayama Festival in autumn to celebrate the changing of the leaves, and the frozen fun of the Sapporo Snow Festival. read more
Join us in Japan on one of our four private tours for your independent adventure. Given Japan's excellent transport system, getting around is fairly hassle free and makes it easy to combine a wealth of cultural sights and experiences in one hit. Whether you’d like to shop in Tokyo, experience Osaka's vibrant nightlight, meet geishas in Kyoto or soak in a hot spring in Kinosaki Onsen - our private tours in Japan have you well-looked after.
Highlights of our Japan Tours
In Tokyo, discover a capital city hurtling headlong into the future as the crux of the latest trends, hippest fashions and must-have gadgets. And in Osaka, the country’s second city, uncover trendy restaurants, cool bars and unrivalled nightlife amongst the city's skyscrapers. In the culturally rich city of Kyoto, sacred shrines can be found tucked in among shopping arcades, time-honoured tea houses nestle among modern businesses and the traditional Geisha can be found in the historic Gion district.
“Kyoto is all about quiet temples, sublime gardens, colourful shrines, geisha scurrying to secret liaisons and some of the best restaurants I have had...”
by Marc Ehrenbold
Posted on 08 Oct 2015
Recommended places to visit in Japan
Tokyo is a metropolis that needs little introduction. Japan’s capital and the start of most trips to Japan. Famous for its huge skyscrapers, fantastic shopping and super efficient subway system – it’s a city that will leave you amazed! However there is also a more traditional Japanese side to the city in the north-east where you can get lost amongst the temples of Asakusa including Tokyo’s oldest temple - Senso-ji.
One of the longest serving capitals of Japan, Kyoto is home to an impressive one quarter of Japan’s national treasures. This includes countless temples and shrines as well as 17 recognised UNESCO sites! However what, or rather who is the most iconic sight in Kyoto are the famous Geisha. These timeless female entertainers are experts in traditional dance, art and music and did you know that the word Geisha actually translates to ‘Artist’?
Quite possibly one of the most well known cities in Japan, Hiroshima is most famous for the sad events of the 6th August 1945. However 70 years on and the city has bounced back in a truly charming Japanese way. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial is one of the only physical reminders of the tragedy as it was the only structure left standing close to the bomb’s hypocentre.
Set in the centre of Honshu, Takayama enjoys a beautiful mountainous location. Despite its relatively small size, Takayama packs a punch when it comes to its wealth of museums, galleries and temples. Also home to one of Japan’s best loved festivals – the Takayama Festival which occurs in October every year and sees crowds flock to see the city turn into a beautiful autumnal paradise!
Bullet Train Journey
One of Japan’s most famous forms of transport if the high speed bullet train. Reaching speeds of up to 320kmh – it is one of the most efficient ways to see the most of Japan, especially if travelling long distances. Popular routes include Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka. In true Japanese fashion these trains run on time to the second! So no delays here!
We have loved every minute of the tour. It was a surprising mixture of discovering Japan. The information provided by the tour operator was perfect. We know exactly what to do when and every ticket was already there. nice hotels and very knowledgable and flexible guides. We highly recommend this tour.”
Japan Travel Guide
Make the most of your time in Japan with our useful guide on the essentials you need to know before you go.
Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more
Information on climatic and weather conditions in Japan
Places on our must-see list of any visit to Japan
Visa requirements for Japan and info on getting your visa
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Reviews from our travellers to Japan
by James Clavell
- Memoirs of a Geisha
by Arthur Golden
- Shutting Out the Sun
by Michael Zielenziger
Facts about Japan
- Japanese trains are among the most punctual in the world: the average delay is just 18 seconds.
- Japan has more than 50,000 people who are over 100 years old, the majority of which are women.
- The biggest Japanese community outside of Japan is in Brazil with the first immigrants having arrived in 1908.
Japan Travel Advice:
We stay informed of the latest travel advice to Japan and follow the regulations laid out by the British Foreign Office. The safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country prior to travel.