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.
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.Read More
In Japan we offer small group tours and 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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|Snow Monkey Explorer - 13 Days||Tokyo, Japan||03 Feb 2019||USD $6,746||was $7,495 10% off|||
|Cherry Blossom Festival - 13 days||Tokyo||24 Mar 2019||USD $6,656||was $7,395 10% off|||
|Japan Explorer - 13 Days||Tokyo, Japan||18 Feb 2019||USD $2,295|||
|Land of the Samurai - 12 days||Tokyo, Japan||16 Mar 2019||USD $6,495|||
|Best of Japan - 8 days||Tokyo, Japan||16 Mar 2019||USD $4,295|||
Our Japan Tours
Our Japan Trip Types
Japan Group ToursView 9 Group Tours
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
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.
Japan Tailor-made HolidaysPlan Your Dream Holiday
Journey to Japan on an exclusively designed tailor-made holiday based on your unique preferences. You can choose your standard of accommodation and we'll present you with options ranging from traditional ryokans to international standard hotels.Read More
Whether you want to explore Japan's ultra modern cities like Tokyo and Osaka or its quieter rural towns like Takayama and Tsumago, our expert team are on hand to recommend best places to visit and unique experiences to add for a holiday to remember.
Japan Private ToursView 4 Private Tours
Join us in Japan on one of our 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.Read More
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.
Japan tour reviews
Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.68 out of 5 based on 22 recent reviews — See All Japan Reviews
We really enjoyed the tour, the hotels were all good although the room in the Tokyo hotel was quite small and very tight to move around in. Our tour guide (Yukiko) was excellent, she was always smiling, knowledgeable, caring to our needs, well organised and a joy to be with - highly recommended. ”
The Tour was excellent, surpassing my expectations. Our guide Yumi was so knowledgeable, attentive and caring that we learnt so much about Japan, it’s people and culture, than we ever would have done as independent travellers.
Touring is tiring, You pack so much in but the tour had ample free time for further exploration or resting for those who needed it.
I would certainly recommend On The Go and would use again. ”
Yuki was a wonderful guide who seemed to think of everything. She was particularly good at telling us where we had to meet next which we found a bit confusing at first but we soon realised it was so that if anyone became separated from the group they knew where they had to be next. Yuki was brilliant at spotting anyone straying and sprinted after them at an impressive speed! We all appreciated her efforts at performing magic tricks to entertain us whilst staying at the ryokan and teaching us origami whilst on the Bullet train.
I was pleasantly surprised by how easy everything was from being met at the airport on day 1 by a local guide to having Yuki buy my ticket and direct me how to get back to the airport for my flight to Shanghai.
The room was tiny for 2 people at Yaesu Terminal hotel but the location and cleanliness compensated. Elsewhere I was impressed with the hotels.
The only thing I really disliked and felt was very poor value was the shabu shabu meal. It was not to my taste (it appeared to have no taste at all!), very expensive compared to meals we had locally and a complete let down. I have no interest in eating as much as I can and much preferred the Keiseki at the ryokan which was a lovely surprise! The ryokan experience and the onsen were a highlight of the trip.
I felt that the cultural experience in Gion should have been a prebookable option as it was almost offered as an afterthought so we were too late to get seats and ended up sitting on the floor. I think clients would welcome the chance to prebook seats and learn about the Chinese culture.
For the more affluent clients a chance to spend some time with a Geisha would be good. I understand some hotels now offer this and I would have been intrigued as would some of my fellow travellers.
It was amusing that most of the blossom had blown away and the moss had yet to arrive which just reinforced how you cannot be sure of anything where Mother Nature is the boss and how important it is to stress this to my clients. As I will say to my clients it really didn't matter because we were having such a good time regardless.
James our main Guide in China was fairly quiet but always smiling. I got the impression he's been doing his job a while and was more laid back than Yuki. Alison our guide in Xian seemed young and inexperienced. She didn't explain everything there was to see at the Wild Goose Pagoda and I felt slightly disappointed.
I can imagine that sharing a compartment and facilities on the overnight train might not be for everyone but I was lucky in having 3 companions I got on well with, thanks to whoever put us together, and it was good fun. I was very grateful that we had time to shower at our hotels the next morning.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, the organisation was excellent, the standard of the hotels exceeded my expectations and I loved waking up to somethign new and exciting every day. I will be recommending On the Go Tours to my Travel Counsellor colleagues and my clients and I hope very much to do another tour in the future. ”
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Recent Travel Articles on Japan
You can now explore the gleaming metropolises of Tokyo and Shanghai, and the historic imperial cities of Kyoto and Beijing in one go with our 15 day Japan and China combined itinerary. Travelling in a group and escorted by local guides, start in Tokyo before visiting Mt. Fuji and end your Japanese adventure in Osaka to fly to Shanghai and head north for the Terracotta Warriors and Great Wall.
Highlights of our Japan tours
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 you'll find on our selection of Japan tours. Here are some of the best.
Enjoy a walking tour of the popular Gion geisha district and explore the exquisite Nijo Castle and gleaming Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) with free time to discover Kyoto at your own leisure.
Admire the views of iconic Mount Fuji from the shores of Lake Kawaguchi in Fuji Hakone Izu National Park where you'll travel along the Kachikachi-yama Ropeway and visit the observatory.
Start all of our Japan tours in the buzzing capital of Tokyo where a guided tour takes in the lively Sensoji Temple district, fashionable Harajuku, the impressive Meiji Shrine and the Shibuya crossing.
See the UNESCO-listed red torii Gate (Itsukushima shrine) that stands lonely in the sea, visit quiet Shinto shrines and take the cable to the top of Mt Misen with a day trip to Miyajima island.
Soak up the quaint village feel of Kamakura and visit the Big Buddha Statue, the peaceful Hokokuji Zen temple and the Bamboo Forest with the chance to take part in a Tea Ceremony.