Discover the real Japan on our group tours and tailor-made holidays. Taking you beyond the usual sites to sample authentic Japanese hospitality.

With its charming combination of the old and the new, from ancient temples and traditions to ultra modern cities and pop culture, it's no surprise Japan is a hit with American travellers. The thriving and technology-loving capital of Tokyo opens a world of discovery from the temple-filled city of Kyoto to the history-laden Hiroshima, representing a pivotal moment in both the USA and Japan's modern history.

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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. 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.

Upcoming Japan Tours 2019 and 2020

Japan Signature Group Tours

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Mount FUji with phlox moss and reflective lake in the foreground | JapanBest of Japan - 8 days Map

Best of Japan

8 days | FROM USD $3,345

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

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The Kyoto Basin | Kyoto | JapanLand of the Samurai - 12 days Map

Land of the Samurai

12 days | FROM USD $5,295

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

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The Torii Gate on Miyajima Island | Hiroshima | JapanTokyo to Takayama - 13 days Map

Tokyo to Takayama

13 days | FROM USD $5,695

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

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Cherry Blossom Festival | JapanCherry Blossom Festival - 13 days Map

Cherry Blossom Festival

13 days | FROM USD $6,695

Escorted Group Tour: See Japan in 2020! Springtime is possibly one of...

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Tokyo to Beijing - 15 Days Map

Tokyo to Beijing

15 Days | FROM USD $4,695

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

Japan Budget Group Tours

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Japan Explorer - 13 Days Map

Japan Explorer

13 Days | FROM USD $2,295

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Discover the iconic sites of Japan’s most famous...

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Osaka Castle | JapanEpic Japan Adventure - 19 Days Map

Epic Japan Adventure

19 Days | FROM USD $4,175

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Immerse yourself in the organised chaos of Tokyo,...

Japan Independent Private Tours

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Akihabara | Tokyo | JapanJust Japan - 8 days Map

Just Japan

8 days | FROM USD $3,195

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

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Kiyomizu Temple | Kyoto | JapanGeisha & Gyoza - 8 days Map

Geisha & Gyoza

8 days | FROM USD $2,965

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

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See Mount Fuji & Peace pagoda on our range of Japan toursLand of the Rising Sun - 14 days Map

Land of the Rising Sun

14 days | FROM USD $5,115

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

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Osaka Castle | Osaka | JapanKonnichiwa Japan - 14 days Map

Konnichiwa Japan

14 days | FROM USD $4,925

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

Discover the best of Japan with our range of 2017 tours

Tailor-made Holidays

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.

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 Day Tours and Excursions

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.

Best of Tokyo Bus Tour

8 to 10 hours
FROM USD $114.17

Tokyo's top attractions, a cruise on Tokyo Bay, the Imperial Palace, Senso-ji Temple, Tsukiji Fish...

Morning Sightseeing of Tokyo

3 hours 30 minutes
FROM USD $57.09

A great overview of Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Discover top draw cards including Tokyo Tower, Asakusa...

Nikko National Park

11 hours
FROM USD $140.12

Scenic shrines, spectacular countryside, the ornate complex of Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji & Kegon...

Tsukiji Fish Market Food and Culture Walking Tour

3 hours
FROM USD $104.50

Explore the famous Tsukiji Fish Market and taste different Japanese foods on this fascinating 3 hour...

Mt Fuji, Hakone & Owakudani from Tokyo by Bullet train

10 hours
FROM USD $155.49

Explore some of Japan highlights by bullet train from Tokyo, including Mt. Fuji 5th Station, a...

Kyoto Samurai Performance Show Admission Ticket

1 hour
FROM USD $31.14

Discover the art of Japan’s ‘sword dance’ with performances of both traditional and new-style...

Fushimi Inari and Sake Brewery Tour

3 hours 30 minutes
FROM USD $137.01

Take a tour of Kyoto’s Inari district on this guided morning tour with a walk through the iconic...

Gion Walking Tour by Night

1 hour 40 minutes
FROM USD $12.45

Explore Kyoto’s most traditional district and get to know the culture of Kagai, maiko and geiko on...

Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

10 hours
FROM USD $145.31

Cover the highlights of Kyoto on this full-day guided sightseeing tour with highlights including...

Samurai School: Samurai for a Day

60 to 90 minutes
FROM USD $72.67

Become a samurai for the day at Kyoto’s samurai school, trying your hand at Japanese...

Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs

8 hours
FROM USD $489.50

A full day private tour by luxury car of key sites of Osaka taking in temples, gardens, the famous...

Nightlife Osaka Food Tour

3 hours
FROM USD $163.90

Visit some of the less-visited parts of Osaka on this 3-hour Osaka food tour by night with a local...

Discover Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka

12 hours
FROM USD $86.05

Take a day trip around the best of what the Kansai region has to offer on this guided tour that...

Private Full Day Hiroshima Tour

6 hours
FROM USD $643.58

Cover the highlights of Hiroshima and learn all about the history of the city on this private guided...

Private Miyajima Rickshaw Tour

30 to 120 minutes
FROM USD $46.71

Discover one of the most scenic spots in Japan on this private guided tour of Miyajima Island that...

Hiroshima Peace Walking Tour at World Heritage Sites

4 hours 30 minutes
FROM USD $90.31

Get an insight into Hiroshima's past, present and future on this walking tour with local guides,...

Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide

3 hours
FROM USD $75.93

Join a knowledgeable local guide for this E-bike tour of the important and also less known spots to...

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.