Mount Fuji & peace Pagoda | Japan

Japan Tours and Holidays

Travel to the Land of the Midnight sun with On The Go Tours

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.

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Upcoming Japan Trips

Cherry Blossom Festival - 14 days Map 02 Apr 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival - 14 days
Starts/Ends: Tokyo
USD $6,839 View trip >
Land of the Samurai - 12 days Map 09 Apr 2016 Land of the Samurai - 12 days
Tokyo to Osaka
USD $4,999 View trip >
Best of Japan - 8 days Map 09 Apr 2016 Best of Japan - 8 days
Tokyo to Kyoto
USD $2,999 View trip >
Tokyo to Takayama - 14 days Map 09 Apr 2016 Tokyo to Takayama - 14 days
Starts/Ends: Tokyo
USD $6,839 View trip >
Takayama Festival - 11 Days Map 06 Oct 2016 Takayama Festival - 11 Days
Starts/Ends: Tokyo
USD $5,379 View trip >
Cherry Blossoms
Japan at its most beautiful

Japan is simply stunning during the beautiful Cherry Blossom season and a perfect time to visit. On our special 14 day Cherry Blossom Festival tour we visit Kenroku-en Gardens in Kanazawa where the pink blooms line the streets and fill the park. We also visit Matsumoto Castle where some 300 cherry trees are planted around the moat and our accommodation in Tokyo is 10 minutes away from Shinjuku Gyoen where over a thousand cherry trees decorate the attractive grounds. It's one of the most popular times to visit Japanand services sell out quickly so don't miss out!

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

Lake Ashi in Fuji Hakone National Park | Hakone | JapanExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Best of Japan

8 days | FROM USD $2,899

From the neon-lit streets and glimmering skyscrapers of Tokyo to the 8...

The Kyoto Basin | Kyoto | JapanExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Land of the Samurai

12 days | FROM USD $4,899

Wing your way into Tokyo and out of Osaka on this 12 day Japanese in...

The Torii Gate on Miyajima Island | Hiroshima | JapanExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Tokyo to Takayama

14 days | FROM USD $6,599

Soak up the spectacular scenery of Hakone and the culture of Kyoto. in...

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

Takayama Autumn Festival | Takayama | Japan | Photo courtesy: Robert PaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Takayama Festival

11 Days | FROM USD $5,379

Escorted Group Tour: Autumn in Japan is simply spectacular, as the of...

Cherry Blossom Festival | JapanExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Cherry Blossom Festival

14 days | FROM USD $6,839

Escorted Group Tour: Springtime is possibly one of the best times to...

Sapporo Snow Festival | Sapporo | JapanExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Sapporo Snow Festival

13 Days | FROM USD $8,618

Escorted Group Tour: While Japan is famous for its pink hue of winter...

Japan Private Tours

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.

Akihabara | Tokyo | JapanTailored To Suit You

Just Japan

8 days | FROM USD $2,649

Private Tour: Take in the buzz of Japan’s capital city, learn how to...

Kiyomizu Temple | Kyoto | JapanTailored To Suit You

Geisha & Gyoza

8 days | FROM USD $2,579

Private Tour: Get lost in the organised chaos of Tokyo, catch a of in...

Mount Fuji & peace Pagoda | JapanTailored To Suit You

Land of the Rising Sun

14 days | FROM USD $4,669

Private Tour: Travel like the Tokyoites do in Japan’s capital city,...

Osaka Castle | Osaka | JapanTailored To Suit You

Konnichiwa Japan!

14 days | FROM USD $4,399

Private Tour: After fully exploring Tokyo head to Nagano and Matsumoto...

Japan tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.8 out of 5 based on 5 recent reviews — See All Japan Reviews

Richard was very engaging, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and flexible. We were lucky enough to be only 3 people on the tour, so he was able to give us lots of attention, answer all our questions and also take us to one or two places where he couldn't normally go with larger tours, so we felt extra privileged. He also laughed at our jokes, which was a bonus....It was great to be with someone who loved Japan so much and was fluent in the language.

(We also hope his head is better, after he banged it on a doorway!)”  

• Submitted 21 May 2015

Aki was a great guide and gave us a view of more than just the tourist sights of Japan. He took us to local restaurants and shared his deep knowledge of the history of the places we visited - he is clearly very passionate about Japan!”  

• Submitted 5 May 2015

1. Well organized & timed for Sakura watch.

2. Good choice of cities/towns & sites to visit.

3. Good choice of hotels.

4. Fortunate to be in a friendly group.

5. Very good friendly & helpful guide.

6. Good duration for discovery of Japan. ”  

• Submitted 25 Apr 2015

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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.

From thoroughly modern cities to charming historic towns, Japan has a long list of highlights as well as plenty of unique experiences. For a first-time visitor there are some standout destinations that should definitely feature in a tour itinerary and here's our selection of favourites.

City skyline | Tokyo | Japan
Bright lights, Big City

Tokyo

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.

Ginkaku-Ji Temple | Kyoto | Japan
Former Capital

Kyoto

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’?

The Atomic Bomb Dome | Hiroshima | Japan
Historical city

Hiroshima

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.

Takayama Autumn Festival | Takayama | Japan | Photo courtesy: Robert Pa
Mountain Paradise

Takayama

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 & Mount Fuji | Japan
All aboard

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!

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.

Picture of three geisha girls in Japan

Top 10 Experiences

Our picks for Japan and where best to sample these delights

Currency

Top Travel Tips

Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more

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Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Japan

City skyline | Tokyo | Japan

Best Places to Visit

Places on our must-see list of any visit to Japan

Bullet train & Mount Fuji | Japan

Transport in Japan

It's great! Modern, punctual and easy to use

Visas

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Japan and info on getting your visa

Fukuda Shishimai Festival | Hiroshima |  Japan

Japan Reviews

Reviews from our travellers to Japan

Get to know Japan

Recommended Reading

  • Shogun
    by James Clavell
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
    by Arthur Golden
  • Shutting Out the Sun
    by Michael Zielenziger
Did you know...?

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.

Online travel resources for Japan:

REFER TO: Rough Guides, Fodors, Frommers, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official Japan Tourist Organisation site and the latest Japan Weather Updates from the BBC.

JAPAN TRAVEL BLOGS: Get under the skin of Japan with these informative blogs - Gakuran, Shisaku and Japanese Rule of 7.

Japan Entries in our #feelgoodtravel photo competition

Our shortlist of winners is out! Vote for your favourites.

Feelgood Competition Entry 'Absorbed in the culture and colours of Japan'
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Absorbed in the culture and colours of Japan

“I have a real passion for travel and despite doing my best to see as much as I can I have not had the opportunity to travel nearly as much as I The is...”

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Posted on 09 Nov 2015

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Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights OTG Signature

Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our OTG Adventure range.

Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.

Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 28, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.

Tailored To Suit You OTG Independent

Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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