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 continues to be a popular holiday choice for British travellers with its rich cultural legacy, impressive World Heritage sites and incredible natural beauty. The ultra modern capital of Tokyo competes with the temple-filled city of Kyoto as Japan's top destination with iconic Mt. Fuji vying for your attention. Whether bedding down for the night in a traditional Japanese ryokan, sitting on a woven mat eating sushi or soaking in a natural hot spring, Japan offers travellers a unique cultural experience unlike any other.

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With a bounty of regional specialities and world-class restaurants, food lovers will discover culinary paradise in Japan’s extraordinary cuisine too. Discover Japan on one of our small group tours and unique festival tours that cover all the best places. If you prefer to set the pace, consider one of our private itineraries or tailor-made adventures.

Top Japan Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours

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Our Japan Tours

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Best of Japan

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

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Land of the Samurai

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12 days | FROM £3,595

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

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Tokyo to Takayama

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13 days | FROM £3,795

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

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Cherry Blossom Festival

Trip Type : Group Tours
13 days | FROM £4,345

Escorted Group Tour: See Japan in 2019! Springtime is possibly one of...

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Snow Monkey Explorer

Trip Type : Group Tours
13 Days | FROM £4,395

Watch Snow Monkeys bathing, explore Hemiji Castle and beautiful...

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Tokyo to Beijing

Trip Type : Group Tours
15 Days | FROM £3,095

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

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Just Japan

Trip Type : Private Tours
8 days | FROM £1,895

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

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Geisha & Gyoza

Trip Type : Private Tours
8 days | FROM £1,735

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Land of the Rising Sun

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14 days | FROM £2,995

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Konnichiwa Japan

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Our Japan Trip Types

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Japan Group Tours

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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.

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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.

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Japan Tailor-made Holidays

Plan 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.

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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.

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Japan Private Tours

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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.

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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.

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Japan Day Tours

Experience the best that Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima have to offer on our wide selection of day trips and excursions from watching Sumo practice, visiting Mt Fuji, walking tours of the best sites and lots more.

Japan tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.65 out of 5 based on 20 recent reviews — See All Japan Reviews

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. ”  

Julie Welfare • Submitted 22 May 2018

'Happy' (her name in Japanese means happy) our tour guide was incredible. She made this trip interactive, personal and enjoyable. Excellent execution of knowledge and skills. Thank you.”  

Fatima Naidoo • Submitted 17 Apr 2018

We did this tour for our honeymoon and it was fantastic! I'd recommend this trip to everyone. Our tour guide made Japan extra special. She went above and beyond to find information and recommendations for anything not included on the tour. She was polite, accomodating, very informative and was one of the main reasons our experience was so very special. We look forward to visiting Japan again and would love to have 'Happy' as our host again. ”  

Kara Richards • Submitted 17 Apr 2018

Frequently asked questions about our touring holidays in Japan

Will I visit Mt. Fuji?

Japan's most iconic peak features on all our itineraries with a night spent beside Lake Kawaguchi, a picturesque body of water that sits beneath Mt. Fuji. Here you'll get to soak up the views of the snow-capped mountain and ride the ropeway to the summit of Mt. 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?

You'll mostly be staying in good value and well-located hotels that offer Western amenities. For an authentic Japanese experience, 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 tours?

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.

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 else on the menu. Chicken and beef feature prominently, whether cooked on a hot plate in a delicious teriyaki sauce or deep fried and accompanying 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 of your dietary requirements at 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 travellers with a maximum group size of 16. Our popular Cherry Blossom Festival itinerary 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?

Most people would agree that the best time to visit Japan is either in the spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November). In spring you can witness delicate pink cherry blossoms decorate the landscapes while in autumn these colours give way to fiery reds, oranges and yellows. Our travel guide has further information on the best time to visit Japan.

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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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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.

Kyoto

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Ginkaku-Ji Temple | Kyoto | Japan

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.

Hakone

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Lake Ashi in Fuji Hakone National Park | Hakone | Japan

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.

Tokyo

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Akihabara | Tokyo | Japan

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.

Miyajima

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A beautiful sunset decorates the sky over Miyajima Island in Japan

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.

Hiroshima

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The Atomic Bomb Dome | Hiroshima | Japan

Confront the horrors of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima with a visit to the Peace Park and Museum, the iconic A-Bomb Dome and the Children's Peace Monument known for its paper cranes.

Kamakura

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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.

Booking your Japan tour from United Kingdom

To book your tour to Japan, please call us on 020-7371-1113, email us at info@onthegotours.com or book online. Alternatively, we work with a number of travel agents, so you can book through your travel agent if you prefer. Recent travel agents that booked a trip to Japan with us:

Bristol (Broadmead 2) - Flight Centre

75 Broadmead, Bristol, UK
0117 925 6212
Best of Japan - 8 days

Fenchurch Street - Flight Centre

50a Fenchurch Street, London, UK
020 7929 3344
Land of the Samurai - 12 days

St Albans - Flight Centre

Unit 6, 32 Chequer Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK
01727 893 993
Tokyo to Takayama - 13 days

Regent Street - Flight Centre

5 Regent Street, London, UK
020 7925 1114
Best of Japan - 8 days