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.

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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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Best of Japan - 8 days Tokyo, Japan 01 Jul 2017 USD $3,974 was $4,675 15% off Best of Japan - 8 days Map
Tokyo to Takayama - 13 days Tokyo, Japan 26 Aug 2017 USD $6,728 was $7,915 15% off Tokyo to Takayama - 13 days Map
Land of the Samurai - 12 days Tokyo, Japan 01 Jul 2017 USD $6,395 was $7,105 10% off Land of the Samurai - 12 days Map
Tokyo to Beijing - 15 Days Tokyo, Japan 16 Sep 2017 USD $6,115 Tokyo to Beijing - 15 Days Map
Cherry Blossom Festival - 13 days Tokyo, Japan 24 Mar 2018 USD $7,185 Cherry Blossom Festival - 13 days Map

Japan Group Tours

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 $6,295

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

Tokyo to Beijing - 15 Days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Tokyo to Beijing

15 Days | FROM USD $5,935

Take in the highlights of Japan and China on this 15 day tour from to...

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

With a maximum group size of 16, our tours of Japan include arrival airport transfers and guided sightseeing. While in big cities we stay in modern 3 star hotels, we also sample some authentic Japanese hospitality at a traditional ryokan in Hakone - an essential experience in Japan. To get from A to B we use Japan's fast and efficient rail network with bullet trains travelling at speeds up to 320km per hour. Other forms of local transportation we use include buses, cable cars with spectacular mountain views, and a pirate-ship cruise on Lake Ashi.

Japan Festival Tours

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

Takayama Festival

11 Days | FROM USD $6,835

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

Cherry Blossom Festival | JapanCherry Blossom Festival - 13 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Cherry Blossom Festival

13 days | FROM USD $7,185

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

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 and the Takayama Festival in autumn to celebrate the changing of the leaves.

Japan Private Tours

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...

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. 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 4.58 out of 5 based on 12 recent reviews — See All Japan Reviews

Our guide was fantastic and very helpful. A pleasure to have. Well informed. Good English ”  

Shevani Ramdin • Submitted 1 May 2017

Our guide Mari was excellent, nothing was too much trouble.”  

Garth McQuade • Submitted 25 Apr 2017

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

Recent Travel Articles on Japan


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April 19, 2017 • Hollie Youlden

Who doesn’t like a lake? They are invariably surrounded by picturesque landscapes of quaint or...

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New Japan and China Tour
Combine the best of the Far East

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.

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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

Our comprehensive guide to the cherry blossom festival in Japan

Cherry Blossom Festival FAQ

A comprehensive guide

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.

Useful Online Resources:

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

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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