Japan Tours and Trips

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

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.

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.

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Japan Group Tours

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Best of Japan

8 days | FROM R50,900

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

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

Land of the Samurai

12 days | FROM R83,900

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 R90,900

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

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Cherry Blossom Festival

13 days | FROM R115,900

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 R74,900

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

Japan Budget Group Tours

Essentials Range
Japan Explorer - 13 Days Map

Japan Explorer

13 Days | FROM R38,900

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 R69,900

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

Japan Private Tours

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Akihabara | Tokyo | JapanJust Japan - 8 days Map

Just Japan

8 days | FROM R44,900

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 R41,640

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 R71,880

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 R69,000

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

Only you know what you want to see. We're here to make it happen. We can create a one-of-a-kind Japan trip tailored just for you. Your bucket list. Your budget. And your time frame.

It's your adventure, after all...

Just fill us in on the details. Our award-winning team of travel experts can't wait get started.

Japan Day Tours and Excursions

Rickshaw rides through bamboo forests. Sumo shows and samurai demonstrations. Remains of tragedy and lessons of peace. Uncover hidden gems on our day trips and excursions in Japan.

Japan tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.52 out of 5 based on 27 recent reviews — See All Japan Reviews

Thank you Yuki - she made this trip perfect. My highlight was seeing a geisha and Mt Fuji.”  

Catherine Maiden • Submitted 21 May 2019

I have had the most fabulous tour. My guide Yuki made the tour easy with her fantastic organisation skills, great sense of humour and caring nature. I appreciated the balance of guided aspects and free time. Yuki was so helpful and accommodated the needs of all group members. She was so knowledgeable and efficient which meant we could make the most if our time at each place. My first trip with On The Go has been a blast. A big Thanks to the company and THE BEST tour guide!”  

Greer Young • Submitted 21 May 2019

Yuki our Japanese guide was wonderful. She was organised, calm, punctual, flexible and understanding with a lovely sense of humour! Nothing was a problem for her. A very enjoyable trip to Japan - our first visit here!”  

Jane Anderson • Submitted 21 May 2019

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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Encounter a culture like no other
Get to the beating heart of Japan

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

Our expert 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.

The best of Japan

Headed for Japan? Make sure these highlights are on your bucket list.

Kyoto

Ginkaku-Ji Temple | Kyoto | Japan

Walk the lantern-lit streets of traditional ryokan and practising geisha. Kyoto is the capital of Japanese culture - and a true work of art. Find a tour.

Hakone

Lake Ashi in Fuji Hakone National Park | Hakone | Japan

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. Find a tour.

Tokyo

Akihabara | Tokyo | Japan

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. Find a tour.

Miyajima

A beautiful sunset decorates the sky over Miyajima Island in Japan

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. Find a tour.

Booking your Japan tour from South Africa

To book your tour to Japan, please call us on +44-20-7371-1113, 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:

Plattekloof - Flight Centre S.A.

Shop 25, Plattekloof Village Shopping Centre, Corner of Plattekloof Road and Barontecy Road, Cape Town, South Africa
021 524 2400 
Best of Japan - 8 days

Sea Point - Flight Centre S.A.

Shop 3 Adelphi Centre, 127 Main Road , Sea Point Cape Town 8005, Cape Town, South Africa
021 430 3000
Land of the Samurai - 12 days

Amanzimtoti - Flight Centre S.A.

Shop G78 The Galleria, Cnr Moss Kolnik and N2, Umbogintini, Amanzimtoti, Durban, South Africa
031 9221600
Best of Japan - 8 days

Blue Route Mall - Flight Centre SA

Shop G110, Blue Route Mall, Tokai Road, Tokai, Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
0027 21 715 6655
Japan Explorer - 13 Days