Japan Tours & Guided Package Trips

Japan Group Trips & Tours

Our award-winning range of Signature Japan group tours take in the main highlights of the country, from Tokyo to Kyoto, Mount Fuji and Hiroshima. Our annual Cherry Blossom Festival tour package is timed to coincide with the springtime cherry blossom bloom, when the entire country is carpeted in pink petals. Our trips also make good use of Japan's incredible public transport network, including travel on the famous bullet trains. We offer a family tour in Japan too, designed for parents with children aged 5 and over!

Our Essentials tour in Japan is designed to keep costs down, staying in hostels and with a combination of included sightseeing, optional activities and free time to make the most of your trip.

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Tokyo Anime Adventure

7 days | FROM USD $1,095

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Join us for the ultimate Tokyo Anime Adventure! Explore iconic landmarks such as the...

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Best of Japan

8 days | FROM USD $2,485

Discover the best of Japan in 8 captivating days. Travelling from the modern metropolis of Tokyo to enchanting...

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Japan Family Adventure

12 days | FROM USD $3,575

SEMI INDEPENDENT FAMILY TOUR: Embark on a 12-day Japan Family Adventure, blending modernity and...

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Essential Japan Explorer

13 Days | FROM USD $2,975

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Uncover the best of Japan on this Essentials tour. Staying in a mixture of hostels...

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Land of the Samurai

12 days | FROM USD $3,495

On this wonderful 12 day group tour of Japan you’ll not only take in the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, but...

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South Korea & Japan Discovery

14 Days | FROM USD $5,205

Combine the best of South Korea and Japan. Starting in South Korea's vibrant capital of Seoul, visit the...

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Japan Uncovered

11 days | FROM USD $4,535

SEMI INDEPENDENT TOUR: Explore Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka on this 11-day Japan group...

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Tokyo to Takayama

13 days | FROM USD $4,025

This 13 day adventure takes in the must-see sites of Tokyo and Kyoto as well as exploring the mountainous town...

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Cherry Blossom Festival

13 days | FROM USD $6,045

ESCORTED GROUP TOUR: See Japan in 2024! Springtime is one of the best times to visit Japan, when cherry...

Discover the real Japan on our group tours and private trips. Taking you beyond the usual sites to sample authentic Japanese culture and hospitality. Book your Japan package today!

Japan: a stunning harmony of total contrasts. Where age-old tradition blends with futuristic living. Where bamboo forests meet towering skyscrapers. Where sumo and samurai shows follow robot restaurant experiences. Whether you're planning your first visit or your fifth, there's always something new to discover in Japan.

Our award-winning escorted Japan trips visit the best destinations the 'Land of the Rising Sun' has to offer. Starting in Tokyo, explore ancient Kyoto, historic Hiroshima and the beautiful Miyajima Island. Ride the bullet train, attend a Japanese tea ceremony and spend the night at a traditional ryokan. You can also time your visit with the famous spring Cherry Blossoms on our annual dedicated adventure. If you prefer to travel on a private tour, then our range of itineraries can be booked off the shelf or customized to create a bespoke cultural adventure just for you!

Journey to Japan for an unforgettable adventure. And lose yourself in the culture that's taking the world by storm. As an award-winning group tour operator, we'll help you uncover the best there is to see.

Japan Private Trips & Tours

If you'd prefer to take in Japan independently, then our private tours could be perfect for you. Our Snow Monkey Explorer tour takes in the main sights of Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima before heading off the traditional tourist path to Nagano, home to Japan's famous snow monkeys.

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Snow Monkey Explorer

13 Days | FROM USD $4,825

PRIVATE TOUR: Watch Snow Monkeys bathing, explore Himeji Castle and beautiful Miyajima Island, in...

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Japan Travel Guide


Best Places to Visit

Some places deserve your attention and here's our choice of Japan's top 10

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Best Time to Visit

Plan your visit to Japan with our guide to the seasons and what they have to offer


Top Travel Tips

Everything you'll need to know on the currency, cuisine, shopping, tipping & more


Tourist Visas

Not sure if you need a visa for Japan? Check out our guide on visa requirements


Transport in Japan

What to expect of Japan's trains and how to get around the extensive network

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Travel Advice & Updates

The latest travel alerts for Japan, plus info on earthquake measurement

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Cherry Blossom Festival FAQ

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Top 10 Experiences

Don't leave Japan without experiencing a traditional ryokan, onsen or tea ceremony

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Japan Reviews

See what fellow travellers think of our tours to Japan and what they love most

Frequently asked questions about our Japan trips

Will I visit Mount Fuji?

Whichever escorted tour you choose, you'll see Japan's most iconic peak. Mount Fuji features on all our itineraries, with a night spent beside Lake Kawaguchi, a picturesque body of water that sits beneath this iconic landmark.

Here you'll get to soak up the views of the snow-capped mountain and ride the ropeway to the summit of Mount Kachi Kachi for even more impressive panoramic vistas of Fuji and the surrounding area.

Will I get to ride a bullet train on your Japan trips?

Yes, you will. The journey from Hakone to Kyoto on our group tours includes a trip on the famous bullet train - known as the Shinkansen in Japanese. The train journey takes less than two hours and covers a distance of 364km.

What type of accommodation will I be staying in during my Japan package?

You'll mostly be staying in good value and well-located hotels that offer Western amenities.

For an authentic Japanese experience, on our Signature tours, we spend one night in a traditional ryokan - an ancient style of inn. Here you'll get to enjoy Japanese hospitality, sleep on a futon surrounded by tatami mats and dine on freshly prepared meals.

Will I get to see geisha on your Japan trips?

We can't guarantee that you'll catch sight of a geisha while visiting Japan but chances are good as Kyoto is one of the best places to see them and we include Kyoto on all of our Japan group tours.

We include a walking tour of Gion, the city's most famous geisha district and there will be free time to revisit in the early evening when geisha are often moving between appointments.

Is Japan a safe destination for travellers from the LGBTQ+ community?

According to the 2022 LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index, Japan scores a D+ rating for LGBTQ+ traveler safety, ranking 80th out of 203 countries.

Same sex marriage isn’t legal but there are some constitutional and worker protections in place for people of all sexual orientations. 26 – 50% of consulted citizens consider Japan a good place to live for gay and lesbian people. There are no legal punishments for same sex relations and most trips for LGBTQ+ travelers to Japan are trouble-free.

The LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index is designed to provide a good overall picture of attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community in each country and may not reflect the experience of foreign travelers to the country.

I don't eat fish. Will this be a problem in Japan?

Whilst fish is an important part of the Japanese diet, there's plenty of other great food to discover on the menu in Japan.

Chicken and beef feature prominently, whether cooked on a hot plate in a delicious teriyaki sauce or deep fried and accompanied by an egg.

Noodles and rice form the basis of many meals and vegetarians can opt for tempura (lightly battered and fried) vegetables and various forms of tofu. For more information on food in Japan, check out our Top Travel Tips page.

Let us know any dietary requirements at the time of booking so we can ensure suitable meals are provided at our ryokan.

How big are your Japan tour groups and what is the age of your travellers?

Our escorted tours in Japan have an average group size of around 8-10 travelers with a maximum group size of 16.

Our popular Cherry Blossom Festival Japan tour fills up quickly and travels with a group size of 18. Our Japan holidays generally attract those aged between 30 and 70 with an average of age of around 45-50.

I want to see Japan at its most beautiful. When do you recommend I visit?

Japan has four distinct seasons. Most people would agree that the best time for a Japan holiday is either in the spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November).

If you'd like to time your visit with the cherry blossom season then a trip to Japan in spring is recommended. Delicate pink cherry blossoms decorate the landscapes at this time, while in autumn these colors give way to fiery reds, oranges and yellows. Our travel guide has further information on the best time to visit Japan and we have a dedicated guide to the country's cherry blossom.

What is the latest travel advice for Japan and do I need a visa?

As a UK-based tour operator, we follow the travel advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO). You can see the most up to date advice for Japan travel here.

Whilst we don't arrange visas for our travelers, you can find relevant visa information in our online travel guide.


Life-changing opportunities. New-found friendships. Award-winning experiences. Life-long memories. Our tours of Japan offer what money can't buy.

Our expert tour guides will introduce you to the true Japan. They'll let you in on all the local secrets. And they'll leave no stone unturned.

Talk to us about your trip to Japan. We'll do the legwork and deal with the logistics. It means we can lift the stress from your shoulders. It means you can focus on what's key: making every moment count.

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The Best of our Japan Trips

Whilst Japan is full of unforgettable highlights, these are the places that you really can't miss on your trip. From the heaving metropolis of Tokyo to the peaceful, rural tranquillity of Miyajima Island and Kyoto - steeped in ancient history. Japan is a land of beautiful contrasts just waiting to be explored.



Japan's cultural capital is home to a plethora of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including some of the country's most famous temples and shrines. It's also the best place in the country to catch a glimpse of the famous geisha, especially the gion district.

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A stunning national park, home to Japan's most iconic view. Mount Fuji sits atop striking scenes of green woodland, crystal clear lakes, and inviting hot springs. Hike in this scenic region, and spend the night at a traditional ryokan.



Ever-evolving skylines, cosmopolitan corners, and neon-lit streets. Tokyo is a city headed for the future. But look closely for kabuki, sumo, tea, and sushi - tradition is everywhere. Tokyo is huge, so our Signature package tours spend four nights here, allowing you to take it all in.

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An idyllic contrast to the chaotic capital, Miyajima is an enchanting island of rural charm, just off the coast of Hiroshima. Home to the floating torii gate of the Itsukushima Shrine, and stunning views of Mount Misen and the Inland Sea.

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Travelling by bullet train to Himeji, our travelers will get to explore the elegant "White Egret" castle here. It's the best known and most complete example of Japan's traditional tiered castles and even survived heavy bombing during the Second World War.

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A city made famous by all the wrong reasons, a trip to Hiroshima is sobering and emotional, but it's an important and fascinating stop for travelers to Japan. Reflect at the Peace Park and see the A-Bomb Dome, one of just a handful of buildings to survive the atomic bomb.

Need more information? Check out our ONLINE JAPAN TRAVEL GUIDE!