Japan Tours and Holidays

Travel beyond the sites and sample authentic Japanese hospitality on our range of trips and tailor-made holidays to the Land of the Rising Sun. See the real Japan 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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In Japan we offer small group tours and unique festival tours, as well as private itineraries that cover all the best places and tailor-made holidays designed especially for you.

Top Japan Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours

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Tokyo to Takayama - 13 days Tokyo, Japan 15 Apr 2017 USD $6,957 was $8,185 15% off Tokyo to Takayama - 13 days Map
Best of Japan - 8 days Tokyo, Japan 06 May 2017 USD $4,093 was $4,815 15% off Best of Japan - 8 days Map
Land of the Samurai - 12 days Tokyo, Japan 27 May 2017 USD $6,345 was $7,465 15% off Land of the Samurai - 12 days Map
Cherry Blossom Festival - 13 days Tokyo, Japan 01 Apr 2017 USD $6,467 was $7,185 10% off Cherry Blossom Festival - 13 days Map
Takayama Festival - 11 Days Tokyo, Japan 06 Oct 2017 USD $5,625 Takayama Festival - 11 Days Map
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Japan Group Tours

Local guides, a maximum group size of 16, bullet trains and the best highlights from Mt Fuji to Miyajima and Tokyo to Kyoto.

Best of Japan

8 days | FROM USD $4,495

Discover the best of Japan in just 8 days. Travelling from the modern...

Land of the Samurai

12 days | FROM USD $6,925

On this wonderful 12 day group tour of Japan you’ll not only take in...

Tokyo to Takayama

13 days | FROM USD $7,465

This 13 day adventure takes in the must-see sites of Tokyo and Kyoto a...

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Japan Festival Tours

If we were to pick the best two times of year to visit Japan, the cherry blossom season in spring and the Takayama Festival in autumn would be it.

Takayama Autumn Festival | Takayama | Japan | Photo courtesy: Robert PaTakayama Festival - 11 Days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Takayama Festival

11 Days | FROM USD $5,625

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

Cherry Blossom Festival

13 days | FROM USD $7,185

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

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Japan Private Tours

Have yourself an independent adventure in Japan with our carefully design suite of private touring itineraries to Tokyo and beyond.

Akihabara | Tokyo | JapanJust Japan - 8 days MapTailored To Suit You

Just Japan

8 days | FROM USD $3,175

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

Kiyomizu Temple | Kyoto | JapanGeisha & Gyoza - 8 days MapTailored To Suit You

Geisha & Gyoza

8 days | FROM USD $2,965

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

See Mount Fuji & Peace pagoda on our range of Japan toursLand of the Rising Sun - 14 days MapTailored To Suit You

Land of the Rising Sun

14 days | FROM USD $5,115

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

Osaka Castle | Osaka | JapanKonnichiwa Japan! - 14 days MapTailored To Suit You

Konnichiwa Japan!

14 days | FROM USD $4,925

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

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Tailor-made Holidays

Japan's distinct character sets it apart from the rest of Asia, with a long list of highlights that include Tokyo, historic Kyoto, chic Osaka, Hiroshima, picturesque Miyajima Island and of course, iconic Mount Fuji. A high speed rail journey out of the city reveals another side of Japan, one that is often missed by those passing briefly through. Beyond the city lights spectacular scenery abound, be it the stunning Japanese Alps, coral reefs of Okinawa or the forested mountains of Kyoto. A year-round destination, the changing seasons and Japan's colour festivals bring their own unique reasons to visit, whatever the weather. For that special trip - simply let us know what you want to see and the sort of experiences that interested you and we'll do the rest. Make 2017 your year for that special tailor-made holiday to Japan!

Japan tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.64 out of 5 based on 14 recent reviews — See All Japan Reviews

Mark Fujishige was fantastic and we had some great conversations with him about Japan and he was able to tell us so much. We enjoyed his company for the whole tour. Tour was well paced & loved the hotels. ”  

Johanne & Warren Naseby • Submitted 1 Dec 2016

The tour was, in a word - Fantastic. Great hotels and in great locations. Also the nights stayed in each hotel was well thought out.

Tour content was excellent. Pace was fast but that is how we like it. Cant complain about anything. ”  

Judith & Robert Davey • Submitted 1 Dec 2016

"This tour was fantastic. The organisation and the guides were exceptional. From when we stepped off the plane in Tokyo we were met and guided through to our accommodation. The guides were always prepared and We really liked Yukiko's daily guide notes! The accommodation in Tokyo was central and convenient. In Hakone we enjoyed the more traditional ryokan. The day we had travelling through Fuji Hakone National Park was one of the best days touring we have ever experienced. Closely followed by our visit to Miyajima Island.The Daiwa Roynet in Kyoto and Hiroshima were great.

These tours are named On the Go for a good reason. A good level of health and fitness is required to experience all the benefits. "”  

Jennifer & Peter Geutjes • Submitted 1 Dec 2016

Recent Travel Articles on Japan


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Autumn colours
Japan at its most beautiful

Visit Japan when autumn brings with it a gorgeous palette of russet hues that decorates the landscape with colourful festivals taking place across the country when you might be lucky enough to catch yatai floats parading through the streets in honour of local shrines and in preparation for the winter. Our Japan tours depart throughout the year so you can enjoy the Land of the Rising Sun in all seasons.

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Recommended places to visit in Japan

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.

Hiroshima - Historical City

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The Atomic Bomb Dome | Hiroshima | Japan

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.

Kyoto - Former Capital

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Ginkaku-Ji Temple | Kyoto | Japan

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.

Takayama - Mountain Paradise

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Street view | Takayama | Japan

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.

Tokyo - Bright City Lights

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Akihabara | Tokyo | Japan

Japan's capital city Tokyo is a metropolis that needs little introduction. Famous for its huge skyscrapers, fantastic shopping and super efficient subway system, it’s a city that will leave you amazed. 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.

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.

City skyline | Tokyo | Japan

Best Places to Visit

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

Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Japan

Top Travel Tips

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

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Japan and info on getting your visa

Bullet train & Mount Fuji | Japan

Transport in Japan

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

Travel Advice & Updates

The latest warnings on natural disasters in Japan

Picture of three geisha girls in Japan

Top 10 Experiences

Our picks for Japan and where best to sample these delights

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.

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.

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