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Beautiful landscapes? Check. Cultural experiences? Check. Tastebud-tingling food? Check. Our Japan tours have it all.

There’s a certain allure to Japan – a place where eastern tradition and western modernity collide among otherworldly scenery that’ll take your breath away and refuse to give it back. Add mouthwatering cuisine, a fascinating history, and a multifaceted culture into the mix and it's easy to understand how Japan continues to captivate travelers. From enjoying a sake tasting at a local brewery and soaking in a steaming hot onsen to marveling at World Heritage-listed temples thousands of years old, our tours in Japan promise the ultimate adventure: one you’ll continue to think about long after you return home. 

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Japan at a glance

Capital city.

Tokyo (population approximately 37 million)

Approximately 123.1 million

(GMT+09:00) Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

CALLING CODE

Electricity.

Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin) Type B (American 3-pin)

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Culture and customs.

Japan is a multifaceted country made up of many different cultures, rituals, and traditions influenced by Confucianism (introduced in AD285), Buddhism (introduced in AD552), and Shintoism (Japan’s ritualistic native religion). The rise of technology and international trendsetting has also played a part in the culture of Japan today as the younger generation embraces fashion-forwardness, online personas, and high-tech gadgets.

This is in direct contrast to the Confucian-influenced, old-school Japanese culture that the older generations still live by, with a larger emphasis on modesty, respect, and discipline. This can sometimes cause conflict between the two demographics, however, there are still some traditions that are considered sacred regardless of age – tea ceremonies, bowing, kendo, geisha, and sumo.

Visit ancient temples and walk history-laden pilgrim routes on a 8 day Koya-san & Kumano Trek.

History and government

Japan has had an interesting past with its ancient history, pre-modern history, and 20th-century history, all influencing the country we all know and love today.

Ancient history

While there is evidence the archipelago has been occupied by humans for around 35,000 years, what we know now as ‘Japan’ began to take shape about 1700 years ago as disparate tribes started to unify.

Pre-modern history

Over the centuries, Japan has alternated between feudal, empirical, religious, and government rule, with each period birthing different styles of art, architecture, and spirituality. Buddhism and Confucianism, introduced in 552 BC and AD 285, respectively, both proved massively influential on the class structures and governance of pre-modern Japan. You can still visit and stay in many Buddhist temples in Japan today.

20th century

It’s difficult to discuss the emergence of modern Japan without talking about WWII. During the war, the Empire of Japan used aggressive military tactics in an attempt to expand its reach and control in Asia and elsewhere. In response, the US Army instigated a strategic bombing campaign that included the notorious use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The result of these attacks was mass human and structural devastation.

These bombings, along with depleted armed forces and the looming threat of invasion from the Soviet Union, led the Empire of Japan to surrender unconditionally to the Allies in September 1945.

The ‘Empire of Japan’ became ‘Japan’ as part of the extensive terms of surrender, and the nation faced the prospect of rebuilding and reinventing itself in the second half of the 20th century.    

Reflect on the historic and sobering sites of Hiroshima and Nagasaki while on an 24 day Ultimate Japan tour.

After WWII, Japan found its feet operating as a free-market economy based around the manufacture and export of automobiles and electronics, experiencing particularly rapid growth between 1960 and the late 1980s. The late 20th century saw the country emerge as an economic superpower, and with that came the flourishing of several cultural sectors, such as the arts and cuisine. 

Experience Japan's historic sites on a 13 day Land of the Rising Sun tour.

Top places to visit in Japan

One minute you’re walking through a former black-market quarter, the next, you’re paying your respects at a 1400-year-old temple. Eclectic Tokyo is an essential part of any visit to Japan. Wander through the streets of Tokyo on our 12 day Classic Japan tour.

If you’ve ever eaten at a sushi train restaurant, you’ve got the underrated city of Osaka to thank! The motto in this city is 'kuidaore', which roughly translates as ‘eat until you drop’ . You can consider that a (friendly) order. Experience Osaka on our 12 day Japan Family Holiday.

The home of temples, palaces, and the Gion district (where geisha live and work), Kyoto is also where you’ll find the famed Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. Spot Geisha in Kyoto on our 9 day Japan Express tour.

4. Kanazawa

A great place to see a slice of old Japan, with classic sculpted gardens, a restored Old Town, and well-preserved architecture from a variety of eras. Explore Kanazawa on our 11 day Cycle Japan tour or on our 10 day Essential Japan adventure.

5. Hiroshima

Most travelers visit Hiroshima to see the Peace Memorial Park, constructed around the hypocentre of the atomic bomb that destroyed the city in 1945. Follow this up with nearby Miyajima, a tranquil island where tame deer roam the streets. 

6. Yudanaka

This quaint resort town is best experienced in the winter, when snow coats the normally evergreen trees and Japanese macaques come down from the mountains to bathe and groom each other in the steaming natural hot springs of Jigokudani (Hell Valley).

Geography and environment

Japan is an archipelago of more than 6000 islands located in the Pacific Ocean in Asia . The main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. Lying on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan is prone to destructive earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic activity. The most famous volcano, Mount Fuji , is also Japan's highest peak and only 100km from Tokyo.

Japan has plenty of forested, mountainous terrain that is unsuitable for agriculture and development, so much of the population lives in the coastal cities. This has led Japan to become one of the most densely populated countries in the world and the majority of its inhabitants are used to living in very small spaces, with a heavy reliance on public transport.

Although life is fast-paced and crowded in cities like Tokyo and Osaka, rural areas typically feature low-density, traditional housing and a slower pace of life surrounded by greenery such as lush forests and plenty of moss-covered boulders. 

Traverse mountains, cycle coastlines, and meander through forests on a 12 day Japan: Hike, Bike and Kayak tour.

Shopping in Japan is fun but expensive, so be sure to have a budget for souvenirs planned in advance! In cities like Tokyo, there are loads of quirky stores and funky galleries showcasing the works of independent fashion designers and gadget creators. From the outlandish to the kitsch, you're guaranteed to find loads of colorful clothing and edgy art that you won't be able to find elsewhere. 

If you’re planning to bring back leaf tea or any other perishable or edible items, it's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand, in particular, have strict quarantine laws.

What to buy

  • Kimonos This quintessential Japanese souvenir looks great hung on the wall as an interesting decorative piece. If you plan on wearing one, make sure you do so respectfully and learn the correct way to fold the garment.
  • Paper lanterns, kites and fans Japanese paper goods make great, relatively inexpensive souvenirs. Choose from high-quality, traditionally-made kites or delicate rice paper lanterns.
  • Electronics Shops in Japan are bursting with the latest tech gadgets. Just be sure to check that they are compatible for use at home.
  • Fashion Have fun with the amazing diversity of popular street culture fashion available in Japan. Vibrant, brash and sometimes bizarre – find something that no one back at home will be wearing.
  • Anime and manga paraphernalia Another inexpensive gift option, even for people who can’t read Japanese. Pick up a book, magazine, t-shirt or print from one of Japan’s many anime and manga stores.

Festivals and events

If you want an adventure with a point of difference, consider planning your travels to coincide with these popular festive events in Japan. 

Sapporo Winter Festival

Held every February since 1950, this festival features hundreds of statues and ice sculptures, snow slides and mazes, regional food and artistic performances. Winter in Japan is truly amazing, and the Sapporo Winter Festival is a magical way to celebrate.

Hadaka Matsuri

Head to Okayama to watch thousands of men wearing nothing but loincloths vie to touch the chosen 'naked man'. It may look like a bizarre male-bonding exercise but it's actually a historic cleansing ritual dating back thousands of years. Dates change yearly.

Fuji Rock Festival

Held annually in the stunning surroundings of the Naeba Ski Resort, this outdoor music festival is huge and draws in big-name acts and local bands Thousands of music lovers flock to Naeba for three days of camping, music and partying in the summer months. 

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Further reading

For inspiring stories to prepare you for your Japan adventure, check out these books:

  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
  • Sembazuru – Yasunari Kawabata
  • Moshi Moshi – Banana Yoshimoto
  • Goodnight Punpun – Inio Asano
  • Okinawa Notes – Kenzaburo Oe
  •  A History of Japan – George Sansom
  • Embracing Defeat – John W Dower

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Japan travel FAQs

Do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before traveling?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

Do I need a visa to travel to Japan?

Under current restrictions, a visa is required to enter Japan as a tourist. We recommend you apply for your visa no later than one month before your departure date. Please contact your local consulate or embassy for more information.

This page is for general information only and may be subject to change. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant visa and travel information required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates. 

Last updated: 15 June, 2023 

Is tipping customary in Japan?

Tipping isn't customary in Japan and is not expected – in fact, it will sometimes be considered impolite. Some inns or ryokans may leave a small envelope in your room where a small gratuity can be left for housekeeping staff.

What is the internet access like in Japan?

Internet access is excellent in Japan, with one of the most developed high-speed internet networks in the world. Internet cafes and wi-fi hotspots are easily found in most cities and major towns.

Can I use my cell while in Japan?

Cell phone coverage is excellent in Japan but be aware that talking loudly on your phone in public places (like in train carriages) is frowned upon. You will be expected to hide your mouth behind your hand if you must take a call in public. If you want to use your cell phone, ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive (but be aware of the fees this may incur).

What are the toilets like in Japan?

In Japan, toilets range from high-tech bidets to standard western-style flushable toilets to squat toilets, which are still common outside the city. Sometimes you may need to pay for toilet paper, which can usually be purchased from a vending machine nearby.

What will it cost for a...?

Japan's unit of currency is the yen:

  • Bento box = YEN 550
  • Bowl of ramen = YEN 650-1,200
  • Can of beer = YEN 250
  • Coffee = YEN 100-600
  • Convenience store snack = YEN 200-500

Can I drink the water in Japan?

Drinking water from taps in Japan is considered safe. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water. Major cities often have water fountains in train stations.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Japan?

Major credit cards are accepted by some stores; however, Japan is still very much a cash culture and as such, some places may not accept credit cards. Ensure you carry enough cash to cover purchases.

What is ATM access like in Japan?

ATMs are common in Japan but unfortunately many of them don't accept foreign-issued cards. However, you can access cash from non-Japanese bank accounts via the Cirrus and Maestro systems at all post office ATMs around the country, as well as ATMs at 7-Eleven convenience stores.

What public holidays are celebrated in Japan?

  • 1 Jan: New Year's Day
  • *Coming of Age Day
  • 11 Feb: National Foundation Day
  • 23 Feb: Emperor's Birthday
  • *20 Mar: Vernal/Spring Equinox Day
  • 29 Apr: Showa Day
  • 3 May: Constitution Day
  • 4 May: Greenery Day
  • 5 May: Children's Day
  • *Jul: Marine Day, also known as Sea or Ocean Day
  • 11 Aug: Mountain Day
  • *Sep: Respect-for-the-Aged Day
  • *23 Sep: Autumnal Equinox Day
  • *Oct: Health and Sports Day
  • 3 Nov: Culture Day
  • 23 Nov: Labour Thanksgiving Day

* Please note, Japan public holidays may vary.

When is the best time to travel to Japan?

There’s never a bad time to travel to Japan but the months that see the most travelers are March, April, and May as the weather is mild and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The warm weather (with low humidity levels) of September, October, and November are also suitable months to visit Japan – you’ll even be treated to landscapes colored with oranges, reds, and browns for autumn. While winter can be cold, this is the best time for snow activities such as skiing, snowboarding, and snow festivals. On the other hand, the summer months see high humidity levels that can leave some travelers uncomfortable.

What is the weather like in Japan?

  • Spring (March to May): temperatures range from 50 to 68°F, with conditions getting sunnier and clearer towards the end of the season.
  • Summer (June to August): temperatures range from 70 to 90°F depending on where you are. It’s warmer in the south than in the north. You can expect some rain in June, and it can get quite humid towards the end of the season.
  • Fall (September to November): temperatures range from 45 to 68°F. The humidity starts to calm down in September, but days stay warm until October. Nights can be chilly.  
  • Winter (December to February): break out the coats, temperatures during winter range from 32 to 59°F. The mountains and the north experience snowfall .

How safe is Japan?

Japan is generally safe and is rated among the safest countries in the world. Reports of crime such as theft are very low and travelers are often stunned by the fact that locals leave belongings unaccompanied in cafes and bars (though we certainly don’t recommend it!). 

Is Japan safe for LGBTQIA+ travelers?

LGBTQIA+ travelers shouldn’t have any issues visiting Japan with violence, outright hostility or overt discrimination extremely rare. However, Japan’s older generation still holds conservative values when it comes to LGBTQIA+ sexuality and non-binary gender expression, especially those that live in regional areas.

Same-sex relationships are considered legal in some districts (such as Tokyo); however, same-sex marriage hasn’t been legalized yet. Public displays of affection are often frowned upon, regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation so keep that in mind when you’re out in public. 

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting  Equaldex  or  ILGA  before you travel.

Is Japan accessible for travelers with disabilities?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

The needs of travelers with mobility issues, including wheelchair users, are considered in the infrastructure in major cities. Train stations have lifts (elevators), wide turnstiles and (for the most part) raised platforms so that wheelchair users can glide onto the train without being assisted.  Sidewalks in Japanese cities are sometimes sloped towards the road, which can make traveling a straight line difficult for wheelchair users or people with vision impairment.

It is common practice in Japan to remove shoes when entering a home. Wheelchair users should carry something to wipe down their wheels in respect of this custom. Apply the same logic for other mobility aids such as canes.

Ryokans and other traditional accommodation can be difficult to navigate for people with limited mobility, but accessible hotel options are plentiful in the major cities.

Travelers with vision impairment may find the tactile yellow strips that guide the way to various places in train stations helpful, though please note that there is no barrier between the train tracks and platforms.

If you have a battery-operated hearing aid, it’s a good idea to bring extra batteries or familiarise yourself with the Japanese equivalent of the batteries it takes.

If you do live with a visual, hearing or other impairment, let your booking agent or group leader know early on so they’re aware and suitable arrangements can be made. As a general rule, knowing some common words in the local language, carrying a written itinerary with you and taking to the streets in a group, rather than solo, can help make your travel experience the best it can be.

What should I wear in Japan?

Summer months can be incredibly hot and sticky, so loose, lightweight and breathable clothing is essential.

Spring and autumn can be crisp and cold, so you might want to pack thermal layers in addition to your coat and boots. 

Outside of Hokkaido and the mountains, the winter temperatures in Japan are manageable as long as you have regular cold-weather clothes like a good coat, pair of gloves, a winter hat and a scarf. 

The style of dress common for women in Japan may be a little more covered up than you are used to, particularly outside the major cities.

Packing comfortable trousers is essential as you may find yourself sitting cross-legged on the floor during your stay. 

What are some common phrases/words I should learn before my trip to Japan?

Having a basic understanding of the language and culture of the country you're visiting can go a long way when it comes to, not only communicating efficiently but your overall trip experience as well. Some common phrases you need to learn are: 

  • 'hello' - Konnichiwa
  • 'good morning' - Ohayō 
  • 'thank you' - Arigatou Gozaimasu
  • 'please' - Onegaishimasu

What religions do they practice in Japan?

There are two dominant religions in Japan - Shinto and Buddhism. The majority of Japanese people practice both simultaneously, however, there is a small number of the population that practise other religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam. 

What are the best places to visit in Japan?

From the neon-lit streets of Tokyo to the peaceful nature of the Japanese Alps, there are plenty of bucket-list destinations to include on your itinerary of Japan. We know it's hard to see everything but here are a few of our favourite places to visit in Japan: 

What are the best things to see in Japan?

Japan isn't short of spectacular attractions to wander through and fascinating historical landmarks to marvel at but it's pretty hard to do it all on your trip to Japan. So you don't miss the things you simply have to see, we've put together a short list of parks, temples, and monuments worth visiting. Happy exploring! 

  • Hiroshima Peace Park 
  • Cherry blossom trees
  • Osaka Castle
  • Himeji Castle

What should I eat in Japan?

Food lovers, including  vegetarians and vegans , will be more than satisfied with the variety and quality of Japanese cuisine. With a focus on fresh, seasonal produce that is prepared meticulously and presented beautifully, dining in Japan is a memorable experience.

What drinks should I try in Japan?

From craft beer to sake, Japan has plenty of tasty liquids to keep you hydrated throughout your travels.

How do I stay safe and healthy while traveling?

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What is it like traveling on a small group tour?

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or you’re about to embark on your first trip, traveling can be as intimidating as it is exciting. That's the beauty of a small group tour. From handling the logistics and organizing amazing cultural activities to local leaders who know each destination like the back of their hand (like which street has the best markets and where to get the most authentic food), traveling on a small group tour with Intrepid will give you unforgettable travel experiences without the hassle that comes with exploring a new place. Plus, you'll have ready-made friends to share the journey with. All you have to do is turn up with a healthy sense of adventure and we’ll take care of the rest.

Does my trip support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. Trips to this country directly support our global Intrepid Foundation partners, Eden Reforestation Projects and World Bicycle Relief. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Eden Reforestation Projects

Eden Reforestation Projects are helping to mitigate climate change by restoring forests worldwide; they also hire locally and create job opportunities within vulnerable communities. Donations from our trips support restoration across planting sites in 10 countries around the globe. Find out more or make a donation World Bicycle Relief

World Bicycle Relief provides people in low-income communities with bicycles to mobilize school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas – giving them access to vital education, healthcare, and income. Donations help provide Buffalo Bicycles – specifically designed to withstand the rugged terrain and harsh environment of rural regions – to those who need them most. Find out more or make a donation

Does my Intrepid trip include airfare?

While our Intrepid trips include many modes of transport, from tuk-tuks to overland vehicles, bullet trains and feluccas, airfare to and from your home country is not included in your tour package.

10 Best Japan Tour Operators 2024 [Unbiased & With Reviews]

10 best japan tour operators 2024.

Are you planning to visit Japan, but unsure which tour provider to select? Now, you no longer have to waste time searching the internet and filling out dozens of contact forms. Simply fill out ONE form, we’ll send it off to multiple tour providers and they’ll contact YOU! You’ll be able to compare rates and find the lowest cost tour for the most affordable trip abroad.

Are you thinking about taking a trip to Japan ? Are you wondering what are the best tours of Japan? Are you looking for the best and safest Japan tour companies to plan your trip?

Japan, a country in East Asia, is known for being highly developed and economically advanced in Asia. Despite experiencing nuclear bombings during World War II, Japan managed to recover and became a major economic player in the world. Tokyo, the lively and bustling capital, is a great starting point for exploration rather than the beaches. Japan has an efficient high-speed train network that connects the entire country, allowing quick travel to various landscapes like Mount Fuji, green rice fields, sake breweries, historic cities like Kyoto and Nara, and ski resorts like Niseko. The country is famous for its sushi, sake, soccer, and sumo wrestling, making it an enticing destination for exploration and adventure.

While travelling to the Japan is a marvelous experience, it can get quite complicated when you start Googling the best tour operators in Japan. Indeed, hundreds of results will pop up, all claiming to be “the best”. But some just aren’t honest – so how do you know which one to select? Choosing the incorrect tour company in Japan could have terrible effects on your Japan holiday.

To save you time, we did the hard work for you. We spent thousands of hours researching, and found the safest and best tour operators in Japan for you. In this article, we’ll present to you an unbiased selection of the 10 best Japan tour operators of the world.

Table update Jan 8, 2024

Japan Panoramic Tours

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Japan Panoramic Tours , a top-rated tour operator in Japan, has reputation of taking over 70,000 travelers from 135+ countries on unforgettable journeys across Japan. Their mission is to offer lifelong travel experience in Japan through immersive packages.

Boasting multiple TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence, they captivate guests with fluent English narration and multi-lingual audio guides (EN, FR, IT, ES, ZH, TH, ID, UK). After a two-year Covid hiatus, Japan Panoramic Tours are back in 2023, offering meticulously planned itineraries that maximize your time at must-see destinations.

Japan Panoramic Tours Best Japan Tour Packages

Japan Panoramic Tours offers several exciting packages for travelers. The AMAZING TOKYO 1Day Bus Tour is perfect for those who want to see the city’s must-see landmarks, like the Tokyo Skytree and Imperial Palace, in a single day. The tour also includes a matcha experience, lunch, and a Tokyo Bay cruise.

For something a little more adventurous, the Sea Kayak Experience Tour in Ota , Haneda area is a great option. This tour allows visitors to kayak up close to Haneda Airport and watch planes take off and land.

If you’re looking to escape the city and experience some of Japan’s natural beauty, the Fantastic Fuji And Hakone 1day Bus Tour is the perfect choice. This tour takes you to Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, and Hakone, which is famous for its hot springs and stunning scenery. The tour also includes a buffet lunch, a Lake Ashi cruise, and a visit to Hakone Shrine.

Japan Panoramic Tours Reviews

Japan Panoramic Tours has firmly established itself as a leading tour operator in Japan, earning widespread acclaim from travelers. With an impressive reputation on TripAdvisor, the company has garnered over 13,700 reviews, with 5 star rating.

This is an Excellent tour. Mai was a great guide. We very much much enjoyed the day. The boat ride was a perfect way to end the tour… Ben318

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Japan Guide Agency

Japan Guide Agency

Japan Guide Agency is a premier tour company in Japan that helps explorers experience Japan’s hidden gems and iconic landmarks. They help you skip the tourist traps and delve deeper with their licensed guides. These multilingual experts not only navigate you through must-see sights but also lead you off the beaten path, revealing Japan’s true charm. Japan Guide Agency’s curated short trips offer an immersive and affordable way to experience the magic of this captivating country. They are Japan’s largest touring agency with over 750 licensed guides and offering 1500 private tours per month.

Japan Guide Agency Best Japan Tour Packages

Japan Guide Agency offers several packages for those who want to explore the best of Japan.

The Sapporo Full-Day Private Tour is a great way to see the city’s modern and traditional sides. The tour includes a visit to the Susukino district, the Odori Park, and the Sapporo Beer Museum.

The Hiraizumi Full-Day Private Trip is a fantastic way to explore the ancient city of Hiraizumi. The tour includes a visit to the Chusonji Temple, the Motsuji Temple, and the Takkoku-no-Iwaya.

The Kanazawa Full-day Private Tour is a great way to see the beautiful town of Kanazawa. The tour includes a visit to the Kenrokuen Garden, the Higashi Chaya District, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

All of these tours can be customized to fit your interests and needs. So, if you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable way to experience Japan, look no further than Japan Guide Agency!

Japan Guide Agency Reviews

Japan Guide Agency is a highly acclaimed tour operator in Japan. They are go-to choose for Tours & Activities in Japan, boasting an impressive 3,527 reviews on TripAdvisor. Their commitment to excellence has been recognized with the Travelers’ Choice Award for 2023. They are placed #1 of 19 Tours & Activities in Shizuoka.

We booked a walking tour through Viator, two days before the tour. We had a very good experience right from booking to the actual tour… Explore05200100331

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Magical Trip

Magical Trip is one of the finest tour organizers of Japan that helps you experience an authentic Japan. Their local experts are knowledgeable on Japanese culture and help you experience thrilling adventure. The company is known for organizing Tokyo tours, Osaka tours, Nara tours, Kyoto tours, Hiroshima tours as well as niche tours targeted around different interests. Magical Trip is a certified tour agency in Japan that has garnered numerous awards over the years for their excellent service.

Magical Trip Best Tour Packages

Magical Trip has tours for every interest!

Foodies will love the Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Tour , which takes you to hidden bars and pubs in Shinjuku. You’ll enjoy local street food and drinks, and you’ll get photos taken during the tour.

If you’re interested in history and culture, the Kyoto Sake Brewery & Tasting Tour is a great option. You’ll learn about sake while walking around one of Kyoto’s three major sake brewery districts, and you’ll taste 18 kinds of sake!

And if you’re looking for an active adventure, the Osaka Highlights Bike Tour is perfect. You’ll cycle around the magnificent Osaka Castle area, and you’ll set foot in Osaka Castle and a shrine to learn its secrets and history.

Magical Trip Reviews

Magical Trip is a best-rated tour operator in Japan. The company has over 2800 reviews on TripAdvisor, most of them have 5-star ratings. Magical Trip is the best choice for Nightlife experience in Japan, ranking #1 of 289 Nightlife providers in Shinjuku.

Had a great time. Very knowledgeable guide who kept us well fed and informed. Nice mix of food and culture. Recommended…nzrichard2015

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Japan Wonder Travel

Japan Wonder Travel

Japan Wonder Travel is a top-notch tour providing agency based in Japan. The company offers a unique and authentic Japanese experience through carefully crafted packages. They curate attractive itineraries, selecting the best destinations and specialized adventures to immerse you in Japanese culture. The company’s commitment is to ensure you leave with a smile and wonderful memories.

Their team consists of professionally trained and licensed Japanese tour guides with amazing personalities. Japan Wonder Travel also offers prompt assistance, helping you book restaurants, access venues, and fulfill your travel desires.

Japan Wonder Travel Best Japan Tour Packages

Japan Wonder Travel offers several exciting packages for every kind of traveler. If you’re looking for a delicious and immersive food experience, the Tsukiji Fish Market Food and Drink Tour is a great option. You’ll get to explore the outer market, try all sorts of Japanese foods, and learn about the history and culture of Japanese cuisine.

For those who want to see all the highlights of Tokyo in one day, the Tokyo 1-Day Highlights Private Walking Tour is the perfect choice. You’ll visit iconic landmarks like Tsukiji Fish Market, Sensoji Temple, Shibuya Crossing and learn about Japanese history and culture along the way.

And if you’re interested in learning how to make sushi, the Tokyo Sushi Making Experience+ Tsukiji Fish Market Explore Tour is a unique and unforgettable experience. You’ll start with a guided exploration of Tsukiji Fish Market, and then head to a sushi making class where you’ll learn how to make your own sushi from a professional chef.

No matter what your interests are, Japan Wonder Travel has a tour package that’s perfect for you.

Japan Wonder Travel Reviews

As a finest Travel and Tour operator of Japan, Japan Wonder Travel has numerous reviews under its name. It has a total of 2895 reviews on TripAdvisor, 97% of which are positive and praiseful. Similarly, it is a top choice for food adventure in Japan and has a ranking of #1 of 20 Food & Drink exploration in Tsukiji.

This was a great tour. Nobu was excellent. market was great. Good experience overall… matt

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Osaka Free Walking Tour

Osaka Free Walking Tour

Osaka Free Walking Tour is a top touring agency for walking tours in Japan. The company helps you in experiencing the heart of Japan’s culinary capital! You’ll get to immerse in the vibrant Japanese culture as they guide you through the city’s wonders. As the a licensed and highly experienced Japanese tour company, they guarantee you will have unforgettable holiday in Japan.

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Osaka Free Walking Tour offers thrilling adventures! Feel the splendors of Osaka with the Osaka Walking Tour .

You’ll wander through the neon-lit chaos of Dotonbori, involve in Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki delights and explore the bustling Kuromon market’s seafood. Manga and anime enthusiasts will find bliss in Nipponbashi DenDen Town, a treasure trove of figurines, comics, and quirky maid cafes.

For a deeper Kyoto experience, join The Original Kyoto Free Walking Tour . Discover the city’s rich history, delve into geisha culture and religious traditions, and savor local life. Uncover hidden gems and laugh at fascinating “guidebook-unworthy” stories.

Osaka Free Walking Tour Reviews

Osaka Free Walking Tour is a top-notch walking tour provider In Japan, ranked 2 out of 272 tours and activities in Osaka. It has glowing 1361 reviews on TripAdvisor, most of which comprise 5-star ratings.

The best walking tour to explore the city, learn about its culture. The tour guide is experienced and insightful. Highly recommend!…Jack L

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Arigato Japan Food Tours

Arigato Japan Food Tours is a highly acclaimed food tour operator in Japan. Arigato is a premier culinary tourism specialist in Japan, offering over 35 immersive Food Adventures across top destinations such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Mt. Fuji. With a profound belief that understanding a culture is best achieved through its cuisine, the company provides off-the-beaten-path experiences led by expert guides.

The diverse range of culinary adventures, including day, evening, and family-friendly options, ensures there’s something for every traveler. The company’s passionate team, fluent in English, is committed to delivering the best and most exciting experiences. From easy booking to seamless coordination, the company ensures that their each tour creates lasting memories.

Arigato Japan Food Tours Best Japan Tour Packages

Arigato Japan Food Tours offers several thrilling packages to explore the culinary delights of Japan. The 3-hour Tokyo Food Tour takes you through Ginza, showcasing hidden gems from the Showa period and allowing you to savor regional flavors from across Japan.

For a limited time during the 2024 Spring Season, the Daytime Hanami with a Local Tour in Osaka offers a unique experience in the Karahori district, away from the crowded parks. Immerse yourself in the charm of cherry blossoms while roaming in the local treats.

The Gion & Kaiseki Kyoto Tour is a luxurious journey through Kyoto’s historical Gion district. Stroll through the enchanting streets, learn about geisha culture, and culminate the experience with a memorable 10-course Kaiseki meal.

Arigato Japan Food Tours Reviews

Arigato Japan Food Tours is a premier tour agency in Japan. Arigato has over 1900 reviews on TripAdvisor, 97% of them having 5-star ratings. The company is adorned with numerous awards and recognition and ranks #2 out 59 food and drinks providers in Japan.

This tour was super fun. Our guide, Makiko was funny and friendly and so attentive. The sushi was absolutely the best we have ever eaten… Debbie R

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Tokyo Localized

Tokyo Localized is a local Japanese tour company. The company was founded with a mission to provide unique Japanese vacation to international tourists. Tokyo Localized was established by Dai, a passionate Tokyo resident, to offer an authentic perspective of Tokyo through the eyes of locals. The company’s aim is to uncover the hidden gems and true essence of the city, steering away from conventional tourist spots.

Tokyo Localized Best Japan Tour Packages

Tokyo Localized offers several exciting packages that cater to different interests.

For those who want to experience the old-fashioned charm of Tokyo, the Yanaka Walking Tour is a great option. This tour takes you through a quiet neighborhood that survived World War II, and you’ll see traditional wooden temples and houses, as well as a huge cemetery and some unique temples. You’ll also get to walk on backstreets in the residential area and a shopping street for locals, giving you a glimpse into everyday Japanese life.

If you’re interested in food and history, the Tsukiji Fish Market Walking Food Tour is a must-do. This tour takes you around the outer market of the Tsukiji Fish Market, which was once the world’s biggest fish market. You’ll learn about the history of sushi and get to sample some of the delicious food that the market has to offer.

And for those who want to see both the old and new sides of Tokyo, the Original Free Walking Tour of Tokyo is a great choice. This tour covers everything from the ancient temples of Asakusa to the modern skyscrapers of Shinjuku. You’ll also get to try some traditional Japanese food and learn about the history and culture of the city.

Tokyo Localized Reviews

Tokyo Localized is one of the best travel and tour service provider of Japan with multiple international awards and recognition. It has over 1800 positive reviews on TripAdvisor, most of them comprising 5-star ratings, reflecting their high client satisfaction rate.

Great food tour on Christmas morning. Learned a lot. Came hungry, left with a full stomach. Keiko shared so much information and made the experience memorable… Chris

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Satoyama Experience

Satoyama Experience

Satoyama Experience , founded in 2010, is the best-rated Japanese tour operator. The company is dedicated to connecting travelers with the authentic charm of Takayama’s countryside. Satoyama Experience strives to sustain local culture and biodiversity, promoting a positive impact on both visitors and residents while contributing to a more sustainable society.

Satoyama Experience Best Tour Packages

Satoyama Experience offers several exciting packages that let you experience the beauty of Japan.

The 3.5-Hour Guided Cycling Tour of Satoyama is a great way to get some exercise and see the sights. The tour takes you on a scenic 22 km route through the town, past natural havens and local gathering areas. You’ll also get to visit the local market, where you can try some of the local food.

If you’re interested in learning more about the local crafts, the Craft Walk Tour is a great option. This tour takes you to some of the best craft shops in Takayama, where you can learn about the history and production techniques of Hida craftsmanship.

And if you’re looking for a winter adventure, the Satoyama Snowshoeing Tour is the perfect choice. This tour takes you through a snow-covered village, where you can see wildlife and learn about the lives of the local people.

Satoyama Experience Reviews

Satoyama Experience is a top-rated tour operating agency in Japan. Satoyama’s outdoor activities and trips are highly rated with a ranking of 2 out of 36 outdoor activities in Takayama, Japan. It has 1,222 reviews on TripAdvisor, most of which are 5-star rating.

We experienced a Culture and Food tour of Takayama with Dong Ju that was fun, interesting and comprehensive… concordia39

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Osaka Food Tours

Osaka Food Tours

Osaka Food Tours , a top-notch tour operator of Japan, provides a one-of-a-kind exploration of the vibrant city of Osaka. The company is led by the charismatic and knowledgeable guide, Andy, who offers a unique blend of Japanese and Australian perspectives. Unlike conventional food tours, the experiences provided by Osaka Food Tours takes you through the fascinating ghetto, retro zones, yakuza territories, red-light districts, and neighborhood alleys. The company also focuses on providing historical tours and beaten path tours.

Osaka Food Tours Best Japan Tour Packages

Osaka Food Tours offers different packages to explore the culinary delights of the vibrant city. The Backstreets Osaka Tour is a 3-hour adventure through the hidden gems of Osaka, including the ghetto, retro zone, and red light district, with an option to indulge in authentic local specialties and a local Izakaya experience.

The Osaka Food Tours package provides a guided exploration of Shinsekai and Nishinari. The tour uncovers Osakan food culture and featuring visits to market stalls, standing bars, and izakayas, along with two local Japanese drinks.

For a market-focused experience, the Kuromon Market Food Tour promises a feast of 10-13 Osaka specialties, ranging from seafood to desserts, all while providing an environmentally-friendly souvenir.

Osaka Food Tours Reviews

Osaka Food Tours is a renowned tour agency in Japan that has garnered numerous praise and positive reviews. The company has 1,389 reviews on TripAdvisor of which 97% are positive and have 5-star ratings. It’s rating of #3 out of 625 tour providers in Japan represents the company’s dedication in providing high quality services.

This tour was way more than we expected. Dom was extremely knowledgeable and gave us insights into Osaka’s past… Arlene D

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Cycle Kyoto

Cycle Kyoto

Cycle Kyoto is one of the best Cycling tour providers in Japan. The company’s main mission is to provide ultimate cycling adventures to people of all ages. Founded in 2015 by passionate cyclists, Cycle Kyoto has flourished into one of Japan’s most beloved bike tour companies over the years. The company boasts highly experienced English speaking guides, a fleet of 18 and 21-speed cross bikes from renowned brands like ‘Giant’ and ‘Trek,’ Cycle Kyoto.

Cycle Kyoto Best Japan Tour Packages

Cycle Kyoto provides several exciting packages to explore the beauty of Kyoto on two wheels. The “ E-Bike Tour ” starts early, covering 25km in 6-7 hours. Highlights include Fushimi Inari Shrine, Tofukuji Temple, Ginkakuji Temple, and more.

The “ Full Day Tour ” spans 30km in 7-8 hours, combining both routes. It includes Nishi Honganji Temple, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, the Golden Pavilion, and Gion.

For a focused experience, the “ North Kyoto Tour ” covers 22km in 6-7 hours. Highlights include Nishi Honganji Temple, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, the Golden Pavilion, and Gion. Each package includes a bike, helmet, guide, lunch, and water.

Cycle Kyoto Reviews

As one of the finest Cycle tour operators in Japan, it’s no surprise that Cycle Kyoto has accumulated hundreds of positive reviews and praise from past clients. The company has over 1300 reviews on TripAdvisor, most of them having 5-star ratings and high appraisal from customers.

The tour was great. Juan was really helpful and considerate throughout the tour and also helped us take pictures. His knowledge and friendliness… vajjhas

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The best time to visit Japan depends on your preferences. You would rather see cherry blossoms in spring (March to May), experience colorful foliage in autumn (September to November), enjoy warm weather in summer (June to August), or explore a winter wonderland in December to February.

A good trip to Japan usually lasts around 10 to 14 days. This duration allows you to explore major cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, experience traditional culture, visit historical sites, and enjoy the scenic beauty.

Japan is not limited to guided tours; independent travel is common and accessible. The country has an efficient public transportation system, including trains and buses. English signage is prevalent in tourist areas, and many locals in urban areas understand basic English.

The cost of a Japan tour can vary widely based on factors like accommodation, transportation, activities, and dining preferences. On average, a mid-range budget for a 10-day trip might range from $3,000 to $5,000 per person.

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Exodus Travels

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  • Address Rm. 202, Building 4, 689 Xinhu Rd, Baoshan District, Shanghai, PR China , Shanghai, China
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  • Address 200 George street, Sydney, Australia
  • Response Rate 97%
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G Adventures

  • Address G Adventures Ltd, 60 Bastwick Street, London, England
  • Response Rate 90%
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Travel Talk

  • Address 18 Exhibition House Addison Bridge Place, London, England
  • Response Rate 96%

Intro Travel

Intro Travel

  • Address Level 2, 332 Kent Street, Sydney, Australia
  • Response Rate 89%

Costsaver

  • Address 33 Kern Road, Toronto, Canada
  • Response Rate 88%

World Expeditions

World Expeditions

  • Address 1B Osiers Road, Wandsworth, London, England
  • Response Rate 82%

Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel

  • Address 380 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Australia

Contiki

  • Address 38-51 Bedford Way, London, England

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On The Go Tours

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  • Address Picquet House, St Peter Port, Guernsey, London, England

Topdeck

  • Address 109 Power Road, Chiswick, London, England
  • Response Rate 81%

Explore

  • Address Nelson House, 55-59 Victoria Rd, Farnborough, England

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Whether you're planning for a special occasion, family reunion, company event, luxury trip or an entire Japan holiday package, All Japan Tours can help you plan the perfect Japan experience. No matter what your interests are, you are always in excellent hands when you travel with All Japan Tours. Our Japan vacation packages cover all budgets from luxury to adventure and are available with or without international flights for full flexibility. Join an escorted group tour on a pre-designed itinerary, or let us create one for you. We have the firsthand know-how to take you well beyond ordinary travel.

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When you consider the cost, hassle, and uncertainty of traveling on your own, you'll discover how an All Japan Tours vacation is like no other. Everything has been arranged in advance, from itinerary to hotel accommodations, so all you have to do is take in the breathtaking scenery. There is no need to worry about getting lost or finding transportation; leave the details to us and start having the time of your life. Our team works together to give you the very best Japan vacation. This includes our long-time tour guides in Japan that offer both current and historical enlightenment of its cities and towns, as well as expertise on where to find the most beautiful Japanese gardens and temples, local restaurants, and interesting shops. We understand how important it is to make your visit to Japan memorable and worthwhile, so our team both in the office and on the tours strive their best to accommodate your specific needs every step of the way. Book a Japan tour with us and start your unforgettable vacation today!

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Japan Cherry Blossom Tours

Our Japan cherry blossom tours are our most popular tours because we highlight the top places to see sakura, the most renowned flower in the country. Experience Japanese cherry blossom festivals, a cherry blossom dance show performed by geisha, and sakura views from Mt. Fuji, to gardens in Kyoto.

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Japan Autumn Leaves Tours

Our Japan autumn leaves tours give you exclusive access to beautiful gardens, temples, shrines, and famous landmarks while enjoying the colorful autumn scenery along the way. We offer Japan tours to rural parts of Japan, historical towns, World Heritage sites, and diverse shopping districts.

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Japan Festival Tours

Our Japanese festival tours cover festivals from all seasons. Matsuri (festivals) can range from celebrations to honor a shrine's deity to joyful seasonal occurrences. Participate in one of the biggest festivals in Japan, the Kyoto Aoi Festival, or check out the Gion Summer Festival on one of our Japan tours.

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We offer tours for people specifically interested in anime, the pilgrimage route of Japan, visiting the most beautiful places in Japan, focusing on Japan's breathtaking flowers, seeing snow monkeys in winter, visiting the best nature spots of Hokkaido, and spending time at the art island of Naoshima.

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Baby Blue Eye Flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park

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Experience the takayama spring & autumn festivals during your trip to japan, one of japan's most beautiful festivals..

Witness the beautiful Takayama Festivals in Japan, not once, but twice a year. We offer a list of Japan tour packages that allow you to experience the lavishly decorated floats, known as yatai, which feature karakuri (mechanical puppets) that dance and move impressively. Whichever season you prefer, we have a Japan tour package reserved for either Takayama Festivals.

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Get lost in the lovely furano flower fields surrounded with lavender flowers, and enjoy views of the spacious fields in biei..

Our Hokkaido lavender tours showcase the best spots to indulge in lavender beauty during its flowering season. Take a Japan trip to Farm Tomita in Furano, known as one of the best places in Japan to see spectacular backdrops of lavender. Our lavender tours will also take you to a small town called Biei, overlapping with picturesque hills, vast fields, and the popular Panorama Road.

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The tateyama kurobe alpine route is an amazing route that goes through the northern japan alps..

Visit the famous and long demanded Alpine Route in Japanese Alps. Requiring varying modes of transportation, this route takes you through mountains and valleys for some of the most scenic views in all of Japan. From high mountain peaks reflected in the surface of calm, crystal lakes to the lower elevations at the Kurobe Dam and the famous site of the snow corridor, this route is sure to be unforgettably beautiful.

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Take delight in viewing elegant wisteria flowers at ashikaga flower park and kawachi fuji garden during your tour to japan..

Wisteria are dream-like flowers that hang like pink and purple chandeliers. On our Japan Wisteria Tours, you will visit places like the Kawachi Fuji Garden and Ashikaga Flower Park. The Kawachi Fuji Garden features picture-worthy flower tunnels you can walk underneath, while the Ashikaga Flower Park is significant for their "Great Wisteria", a famous tree that's over a 150 years old.

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Watch japanese snow monkeys bathe in hot springs at jigokudani snow monkey park on a japan winter tour..

Our snow monkey tours will take you to the Jigokudani Yaenkoen Park, where you can see Japanese Macaque, known as "snow monkeys". Thousands of people come to see the monkeys, whom are native to northern Japan and can be recognized by their red faces and light brown-grey fur. Watching the snow monkeys bathe up close is quite an experience, so don't forget your camera!

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Our japan tours will take you to the best winter festivals in the country, where you can admire giant ice sculptures and unique fairgrounds..

Believe it or not, some of the best festivals that attract millions of visitors each year are located in the coldest parts of Japan. We have arranged tours to travel to the Sapporo Snow Festival, Otaru Snow Light Path, Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, Asahikawa Winter Festival, and the Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival. Experience seeing illuminated ice sculptures on one our tour packages.

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Join a tour that visits japan's largest dance festival, awa odori, and enjoy traditional music accompanied with lots of food in a lively celebration..

Attracting over 1.3 million visitors per year, Awa Odori is the largest dance festival in Japan. We have a Japan tour package showing you the best of Japan, including this famous dance festival. It is also called the "Fool's Dance", which originates from 400 years ago. Many instruments including taiko, shamisen, and flutes are accompanied with the dancers that parade through the city.

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Spend your japan vacation indulging in traditional japanese culture and stunning floats at the gion summer festival..

The Gion Matsuri is Kyoto’s largest annual festival and one of Japan's most famous. We have arranged Japan tour packages that include this 1100 year old celebration, which originally began as a religious ceremony dating back to 869. The main event occurs on July 17th and July 24th, where locals and visitors gather to view two extravagant procession parade floats.

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Book a trip to japan that includes a taste of japanese history at the elegant and popular kyoto aoi festival..

Every May 15th, the Kyoto Aoi Festival features a large parade of over 500 people dressed in Heian Period (794-1185) styled clothing to illustrate a graceful procession. We provide several tours that highlight one of Kyoto's most celebrated festivals. The Kyoto Aoi Matsuri takes you back to the 10th century, where traditional makeup and impressive costumes can be appreciated.

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Admire thousands of ground cherry blossoms at the fuji shibazakura festival & takinoue koen park shibazakura festival during your japan tour..

Known as the ground cherry blossoms, our Shibazakura Festival tours will take you to attractions that are blanketed with vivid shibazakura. See the Fuji Shibazakura Festival, featuring over 800,000 spectacular moss phlox with the great Mt. Fuji in the background. Also visit Takinoue Koen Park, noteworthy for its hillside covered with 100,000 square meters of shibazakura.

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Take your japan tour to the majestic flower gardens at hitachi seaside park, widely known for its hillside of 4.5 million baby blue eye flowers..

Scientifically known as Nemophila, the largest collection of baby blue eye flowers can be seen at the Hitachi Seaside Park. There are over 4.5 million baby blue eyes blooming from mid-April to mid-May, referred as "Nemophila Harmony" during its annual bloom. The Hitachi Seaside Park features vast, gorgeous flower gardens of tulips, poppies, roses, kochia, and more.

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Join the fiery celebration at tohoku's 3 great summer festivals during your japan trip..

Be keen on Tohoku's Three Great Summer Festivals all in one Japan tour package. These summer festivals known as Aomori Nebuta, Akita Kanto, and Sendai Tanabata are lively experiences you don't want to miss. Enjoy magnificent views of lantern-lit floats, high-spirited dancing, music performances, kanto skills, firework displays, thousands of colorful streamers, and more.

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1. Hokkaido

Enjoy a tour to japan in hokkaido, renowned for its flower fields and attractions unique to every season..

Hokkaido, Japan has a distinctive change of seasons that only adds to its beauty. The island is renowned for its lavender fields in the summer and winter festivals that attract millions of visitors every year. Our Japan tours to Hokkaido will take you to the flower fields in Furano, the atmospheric Otaru Canal, Hokkaido's biggest entertainment district in Susukino, and to Shiraoi to learn about the Ainu people of Hokkaido. A Japan trip to Hokkaido means trying various fresh foods at the famous Nijo Market, strolling through the heart of Sapporo in Odori Park, and stopping by Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort in Noboribetsu. Hokkaido is proud to have its four distinct seasonal differences that include a number of events and acitivities each unique to the season. There is no other place like Hokkaido to enjoy your Japan vacation to the fullest.

Make your way to the Tohoku region to see the great Towada Lake, visit the prominent Zeuiganji Zen temple, and see one of Japan's three most scenic views during your Japan tour.

Tohoku is known for its great summer festivals, picturesque landscapes, and its long history of samurai. Predominantly mountainous, this region offers broad areas of natural surroundings. A Japan tour to Tohoku involves visiting must-see sites among its six prefectures. Tour to one of Japan's three most scenic views at Matsushina, Tohoku's famous Zuiganji Zen temple, and the lovely Towada Lake. Numerous castles and samurai homes reside in Tohoku, making it an appropriate place to visit and appreciate history. Tohoku is also a suitable backup option when cherry blossom viewing, since the blossoming period takes place a few weeks later than in Kyoto or Tokyo. We offer several tours to see the best of Tohoku in one Japan trip.

Dive into the fascinating world of Tokyo, where you will visit ancient landmarks and electrifying towns during your tour to Japan.

Populated by over 36 million people, Tokyo is the worlds largest city. It is a metropolis that offers a mixture of both futuristic and traditional qualities. We offer tours to Tokyo that take you to destinations such as the Meiji Shrine, the Tokyo Tower, and the Imperial Palace. Indulge in Japanese history at the interesting Edo-Tokyo Musuem. We have Japan tour packages that will also take you to a popular tourist attraction called Odaiba, a man made island that serves as a shopping and entertainment district. Admire Tokyo's oldest temple built in 645, the colorful Sensoji Temple, also known as the Asakusa Kannon Temple. Find yourself in the lively and colorful Shibuya, renowned for endless dining, shopping, and clubbing. Its trademark is a large intersection featured in a number of films and photos. A Japan trip is not complete without traveling to Japans most distinguished city.

Travel to an active volcano in Hakone and ride the scenic Hakone Ropeway on one of our Japan tour packages.

Located in the Kanagawa Prefecture, the town of Hakone is mostly a mountainous region part of the Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Hakone is a famed holiday resort renowned for its variety of popular hot springs. On our Japan tours, you can enjoy a stunning view of Mt. Fuji in Hakone and its natural beauty. Our tours will also take you to Owakudani, a volcano with active steam vents, hot river valleys, and scenic trails. Enjoy a ride on the Hakone Ropeway, where you can view the active volcano zone and excellent views of Mt. Fuji on clear days. Hakone is a popular destination in Japan for travelers looking to enjoy their tour outside of Tokyo. Since Hakone is in the Kanagawa Prefecture, our Japan tour packages will also include the must-see sites in this region.

5. Mt. Fuji

Check out astonishing views of mt. fuji and all of its natural surroundings when you book a tour to japan..

Take a tour to the highest mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji, an active volcano standing at 12,380 feet (3,776 meters). Mt. Fuji is not only famous for its majestic cone shape and impressive aura, but also being the subject for distinguished paintings, photos, and literature. It is recognized as an international famous symbol of Japan. Impressive views can be seen from Tokyo and Yokohama on clear days. On the other hand, cloudy days often block visibility of Mt. Fuji, so those who get to experience the clear view of the mountain are considered fortunate. Our Japan tour packages will take you to the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station, the halfway point on the climb to Mt. Fuji. It is accessible almost any time of the year and is well developed. This is a popular sightseeing spot for thoroughly admiring the grand and awe-inspiring view of Mt. Fuji and its surroundings.

6. Takayama

Add a traditional touch to your japan tour by visiting rural destinations in takayama and its authentic, historical buildings..

Celebrate at one of Japan's three most beautiful festivals here in Takayama, the Takayama Festivals, held in both spring and autumn. Since Takayama is located in the Japanese Alps, it is preferred among travelers wishing to add a rural destination to their visit to Japan. Takayama has been referred as "Little Kyoto", due to its preserved historical structures and traditional atmosphere. It is also popularly known as Hida-Takayama to refrain from confusion with other places called Takayama. We offer Japan tours to Old Town, where you can view entire streets and structures dating back to the Edo Period (1600-1868). Continue your Japan trip to the Matsumoto Castle, also called "Crow Castle" due to its black exterior. Here you can admire a prime example of original Japanese wooden architecture. Take delight in sightseeing in Takayama on your Japan vacation.

7. Kanazawa

Tour to kanazawa if you wish to see one of japan's three great gardens and a well-preserved samurai district during your trip to japan..

Capital of the Ishikawa Prefecture, the eminent city of Kanazawa is known for its preserved Edo districts and other historical attractions. Since the construction of the Kanazawa Castle during the rule of powerful feudal lord Maeda Toshiie, the city has prospered with many cultural achievements. Visit one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, the Kenrokuen Garden, during your tour to Japan. Its name translates to "Garden of the Six Sublimities", qualities that make up the perfect garden according to Chinese landscape theory. Here you can find Japan's oldest fountain and the two meter tall Kotojitoro Lantern, an icon of Kanazawa and Kenrokuen. Some of our tour packages even travel to Kanazawa's Samurai District. Upon arrival, you will catch sight of well-preserved buildings and the former living quarters of samurai. Tour to Japan to enjoy these attractions unique to Kanazawa.

Say hello to authentic Japanese culture by visiting Japan's most popular temples and shrines, beautiful parks and gardens, and the best summer festivals during a tour to Kyoto.

Kyoto is famous for its numerous Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, and ravishing gardens. The city served as Japan's capital and was the residence of the Imperial family during 794 to 1868. During your tour to Kyoto, you will get to participate in sake tasting at the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Musuem, visit the famous tunnel of scarlet torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, see the iconic Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion), and stroll through the city of geisha in Gion. Continue your trip to the former residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu at Nijo Castle, check out the noteworthy Kiyomizu Temple and its impressive wooden stage, and see what a traditional Zen garden looks like at the Tenryuji Temple. Experience three of Kyoto's world-famous festivals, including the Aoi-matsuri Festival, the Gion-matsuri Festival, and the Jidai-matsuri Festival. Tour to Kyoto for an unforgettable Japan experience.

Experience visiting the world's largest wooden building and Japan's biggest bronze statue of Buddha when you travel to Japan.

Located less than one hour away from Kyoto and Osaka, the city of Nara is one of Japan's most rewarding destinations. Nara is Japan's first permanent capital, and is second to Kyoto as a cultural legacy with eight Unesco World Heritage Sites. Under the rule of the Imperial family and aristocrats, many temples and shrines were built here, as well as the development of temple towns. Our tours include seeing one of Japan's most significant temples, the Todaiji Temple, home to the famous Daibutsu (Big Buddha). The temple's main hall (Daibutsuden) is the world's largest wooden building, which is where you can also find the giant bronze statue of Buddha. Your trip to Japan will also give you the opportunity to visit the popular Deer Park nearby the temple, filled with over 1,000 deer you can greet and feed. Choose one of our Japan tour packages to experience Nara's historic treasures.

10. Hiroshima

Travel to the peace memorial park for an awakening experience about war and world peace, as well as the famed "floating" torri gate on the beautiful miyajima island, only in hiroshima..

Hiroshima is located in the Chugoku Region, a major city that is home to over a million residents. After the first atomic bomb dropped, there were predictions that the city would be uninhabitable. However, great endeavors were taken to rebuild Hiroshima and the speculations were proved wrong. During your Japan tour, you can visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a must-see exhibition and eye opening experience. You can visit these landmarks of world history at Peace Memorial Park, located in the center of the city. Our Japan tour packages also take you to Itsukushima-jinja, a Shinto shrine located on Miyajima Island. It is famous for its "floating" torii gate and is inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site and one of Japan's three most scenic places. Don't miss out on a remarkable tour to Hiroshima.

11. Shikoku

Journey to shikoku during your japan vacation for a tour full of remarkable sites and impressive coastal views, such as the incredibly scenic drive along the great seto bridge and the shimanami kaido toll road..

Shikoku is home to the Shikoku pilgrimage route, which includes 88 temples and other sacred sites. Shikoku offers many historic locations, breathtaking spots in nature, and traditional festivals. Here on your tour to Japan, you can enjoy scenic views from the Great Seto Bridge and the Shimanami Kaido, passing six small islands to get to Shikoku. Shimanami Kaido is renowned for its beautiful drive along its picturesque toll road. Take a pleasant stroll through Shikoku Mura Village and experience an awe-inspiring masterpiece of Japanese landscape at Ritsurin Park, featuring ponds, pavilions, and a Mt. Shuin backdrop. Shikoku may be the smallest main island of Japan, but offers many spectacular attractions to experience.

Explore Kyushu during your tour to Japan, where you'll wander through an abandoned island known as Gunkanjima, and visit the site of legend where the Shinto Sun Goddess hid herself in a cave.

Kyushu is the third largest main island of Japan and offers significant landmarks, natural beauty, and vibrant cities. Our Japan tour packages will take you to the best things to see and do in Kyushu. Take a trip to Gunkanjima, translating to "battleship island", a small and abandoned coal mine with the highest recorded population density in the world. You will also visit Glover Garden, an open-air exhibit featuring mansions of former Western residents in Nagasaki. Tour to Takachiho, a town pervaded with Japanese mythology. There you can visit the supposed site of legend of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu, where she hid in a cave distraught from her brother's cruel pranks, causing other gods and goddesses to attempt to lure her out. Takachiho is a "power spot" profound with spiritual energy and religious importance. Nearby, you can see a cascading waterfall at the Takachiho Gorge.

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Tour Packages

Tour packages are travel plans, which include some or all of the following: transportation , accommodation , meals, guided tours and more. They can be of great value to both, independent and group travelers.

Tour packages range from individual travel plans, which include only a train ticket and hotel reservation and leave everything else to the traveler, to fully guided tours which cover everything from airfare to English speaking guides and meals. Furthermore, there is a range of special interest tours, such as anime , hot spring , hiking or theme park tours.

Many companies inside and outside of Japan offer tour packages. Because the companies purchase tickets and hotel rooms in large bulks, they are able to offer the packages at costs far below the ones available to individual travelers, making tour packages an option worth considering by travelers of all budgets .

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Historical Japan from Osaka to Tokyo

Historical Japan from Osaka to Tokyo

  • Overnight in Miyajima Island with a chance to see Itsukushima Shrine in the evening
  • Explore Kyoto's highlights including the Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Discover the charm of Hakone at your own pace with Hakone Free Pass
  • Experience artistic tea ceremony in Tokyo's teahouse

Highlights of Japan

Highlights of Japan

  • Discover the iconic cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka
  • Enjoy the natural beauty and Unesco sites of Nikko
  • Experience cherry blossom season or beautiful autumn colours
  • Take the high-speed Shinkansen bullet train
  • Taste a variety of Japanese cuisine

Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

  • Soar high above Lake Ashi and (on a clear day) get a glimpse of glorious Mt Fuji on a ride on the Hakone ropeway.
  • Be impressed by the efficiency and ultra modernity of Japan’s bullet trains as you zip from place to place.
  • Explore traditional Japanese culture in Edo-period Takayama and visit a folk village, tour a 600-year-old market and a enjoy a sake brewery tasting.
  • Visit the Peace Park for moving insight into the devastation of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, then cruise to peaceful Miyajima Island where wild deer roam the streets.
  • Finish your tour with three nights in Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital and home to literally thousands of temples, the Gion District where Geisha entertain the wealthy elite and renowned Kyoto sushi.

Spirit of Japan 14D/13N

Spirit of Japan 14D/13N

  • Discover the iconic culture of Japan Enjoy walking tours in the great Japanese cities Explore the shrines and temples of Kyoto

Essential Japan with Rural Shirakawa-go

Essential Japan with Rural Shirakawa-go

  • Visit Tokyo's major attractions like Meiji Shrine and Senso-ji Temple
  • Discover the charm of Hakone on a join-in bus tour
  • Admire the traditional village of Shirakawa-go filled with gassho-zukuri farmhouses

Cycling in Japan

Cycling in Japan

  • Cycle rural roads through peaceful Japanese countryside
  • Discover temples, Zen gardens and geisha districts in Kyoto
  • Ride along the picturesque shores of the Noto Peninsula
  • Stay in authentic guesthouses and bathe in hot springs
  • Visit the Unesco-listed historic village of Shirakawa-go

Japan Discovery

Japan Discovery

  • Visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Observatory, Sensoji Buddhist Temple and Nakamise shopping street at Asakusa and the Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine
  • View Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi from the Komagatake Ropeway
  • Drive up to the 5th Station for panoramic views
  • Visit Kinkaku-ji Temple, Heian-jingu shrine and a traditional handicraft centre
  • Visit the Bikan Historical Quarter

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Japan in 15 days - Land of the Rising Sun - Charm

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Small Group Japan Tours

Small Group Japan Tours

Ultimate Japan

  • Visit the Peace Parks in Nagasaki and Hiroshima for moving insights into the devastation of the atomic bombs dropped during the war. Learn the sobering history of these places – an important part of Japan’s past.
  • Stay in a countryside homestay, taking you off the beaten track to experience excellent Japanese hospitality. Feast on home-cooked meals over fascinating conversations with your welcoming hosts and learn about rural life in Japan. 
  • Watch the steam coming out of the ‘hells’ (hot spring pools in Jigoku) of Beppu and enjoy a soak in a Michelin star onsen, followed by a unique experience for dinner – you’ll cook and steam your food right in the hot spring steam, said to be rich with healthy minerals! 
  • Take in the stunning view of the five peaks of Mount Aso from the Daikanbo Observatory, then a light hike on the moon-like terrain to the largest crater of Nakadake before hopping in a rowboat to paddle through the deep gorge of Takachiho

A Taste of Japan - Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

A Taste of Japan - Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

  • Travel by bullet train across Japan and savour the freshest seafood, sushi and Hida beef
  • Discover thriving Tokyo, beautiful Kyoto and vibrant Osaka
  • Sample sake, make wagashi, enjoy our private tea ceremony

Discover Japan

Discover Japan

  • Experience the past in takayama's folk village and kyoto's historic centre
  • Explore nijo castle
  • Lose yourself in the picturesque kenroku-en garden
  • Marvel at iconic mt fuji and miyajima's floating torii gate

Japan Highlights 10 Day Tour

Japan Highlights 10 Day Tour

  • Famous Tokyo Districts (Shinjuku, Harajuku, Akihabara), Sushi Making Class, Mt Fuji Viewing, Sake Tasting, Gion Walking Tour, Kendo Class, Fushimi-Inari Red Torii Gates, Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Overnight Temple Stay, Osaka Food Tour

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Top Japan Attractions & Experiences

Top Japan Experiences

  • Visiting the museum and Japanese gardens in Tokyo's Imperial Palace that exhibit traditional Japanese art and history
  • Seeing the shrines in Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist temple
  • Visit to Kinkaki-ji also known as the Temple of Golden Pavilion
  • Enjoying a Japanese tea ceremony (or chado), appreciating the unique way that green matcha tea is prepared and served
  • Climbing Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain
  • Hiking in the Yakushima forest or the Sagano bamboo forest
  • Paying respects at Hiroshima Peace Park and museum, a tribute to the victims of Hiroshima bombing
  • Seeing to Himeji Castle, built during medieval period for defense purpose
  • Chanting with Buddhist monks in the early hours of the morning at a Monestary in Koyasan
  • Soaking in a traditional onsen, sans clothes, as per the Japanese custom
  • Walking among the many zen temples and gardens in Kyoto
  • Visiting one of the may popular themed cafes, from animal to anime
  • Admiring the cherry blossoms of spring, an annual ritual known as hanami
  • Indulging in sushi and kobe beef, soba noodles, ramen and sake to your heart’s content
  • Wandering through Kyoto’s Gion district to see geishas in traditional kimonos
  • Watching a sumo match, a sport that dates back at least 2,000 years to the Edo period

Japan Tours & Travel Guide

Japan Attractions & Landmarks Guide

A tour of Japan can swing wildly between the dazzling lights of Tokyo and the pastoral pleasures of a rural ryokan (traditional inn), the exquisite temples of Kyoto and a trip to towering Mt. Fuji. Whether it's the always intriguing Japanese culture that draws you in, or the chance to hike or sample hot springs in memorable countryside, Japan is sure to charm and surprise you at every turn. 

Who Will Enjoy Traveling in Japan?

From solo travelers to history buffs , Japan is a multi-faceted destination, making it an ideal place for a small-group tour. Look for tours according to your personal interests, whether that’s snow sports or hiking in the north, fitting in as many temples and shrines as you can in a week or opting for a shopping and dining tour of Tokyo. See if you recognize your travel personality in any of the descriptions below, then get searching for the perfect Japan tour for you. 

1.  Wildlife Lover  

Perhaps surprisingly, Japan is a fantastic tour destination for wildlife fans. Where else will you see snow monkeys bathing in steaming hot springs? Or, more than 1,200 deer roaming freely in their own park in Nara.

There are cats galore on Aoshima Island and rabbits for days on Okunoshima. If you prefer your animals a bit more domesticated, seek out one of the ubiquitous animal cafes in Japan, from cats and dogs to hedgehogs and pot-bellied pigs. 

2. Shutterbug  

If you pack your camera equipment in its own suitcase, Japan is an awesome destination for your photography habit. Visit in the winter to capture snow animals, like the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed eagles, whooper swans, Ezo deer and northern red fox in eastern Hokkaido.

Other photographer-friendly Japan destinations include the landscapes of Kawaguchiko, the floating Torii gate at Miyajima Island in Hiroshima, Dotonbori Street in Osaka and the streets of Kyoto. 

3. Solo Traveler

Japan is one of the world’s safest destinations for solo travelers. Get the best of both worlds by signing up for a singles group tour, so you’ll have the backup knowledge and framework provided by your tour operator, but also the freedom to explore at will.

Free time? Visit Ueno Park and Ueno Zoo for its vast creature collection and serene surroundings. Or, while away a few hours at one of the many museums in Ueno. Regardless of your exact Japan destination, you’ll find welcoming, friendly faces. 

4. Open-Minded

Want to try something new on your travels? Japan is the place. Look for a Japan trip that includes the chance to overnight in a pod hotel. The teeny tiny rooms are adorably cute, but many come with first-rate amenities, from luxury toiletries to spa treatments. 

5. Zen-Seeker

When we think of Japan, we often think of peaceful rock gardens and quiet temples and shrines. You’ll find them in spades on your small-group tour, so relax and lose yourself in the moment. Look for a Japan tour that includes a visit to Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto, where you’re invited to sit and contemplate life amidst the stones, watching as a gardener carefully rakes lines into the garden.

6. Outdoors Enthusiast 

Don’t overlook Japan for active travel tours. There are beautiful landscapes, world-class slopes and verdant forests for hiking, biking, boating and more. Take a day trip from Tokyo to Nikko for its forests, rivers and waterfalls, making a stop at Toshogu Shrine to meet the three wise monkeys.

For incredible foliage while you hike, take your Japan tour during the fall. Go hiking and boating in Shiretoko in Hokkaido or stay along one of the five lakes surrounding Mt. Fuji. Come winter, there is snowboarding, skiing, sledding, ice skating and more. 

If you’re one to document your pretty plates of global cuisine on Instagram while you travel, Japan is a foodie dream-come-true. Not only are the tastes and textures out of this world, the presentation is lovely. Many regions you’ll visit during your small-group Japan tour feature their own special dishes, so you’ll have ample opportunity to taste truly local flavors.

The fine-dining scene is legit throughout Japan, with more than 200 Michelin-starred restaurants. Street food is on point, as well, particularly in Ueno, on Takeshita Street in Harajuku, or Dotonbori Street in Osaka.

If Osaka is part of your Japan tour, be sure to try kushikatsu (deep-fried meat or vegetables on skewers) and okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza). Plus, there’s all the fish, noodles, sushi, tempura … that you could possibly eat. 

8. History Buff

If you love a nation that tells a story, look for a history-based small-group tour of Japan. You’ll be immersed in the culture and traditions of Japanese society, from its very beginnings until present day.

There are more than 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan, from Kyoto’s shrines and temples to Himeji Castle to the tiny island of Okinoshima. Bone up on Japan history at the Tokyo National Museum, the Edo Tokyo Museum, the Hakone Open Air Museum and the Samurai Museum.

9. Art Lover

It seems that just about everything in Japan is artistic, intricate and meaningful, making an art-based small-group tour a particularly good choice for the art aficionado. Visit the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo or the Ghibli museum, showcasing modern Japanese art.

Look for traditional ukiyo-e paintings, wood block prints, sculpture, origami, kimono fabric-dying, manga drawing lessons, pottery, ceramics, Japanese calligraphy and bonsai tree shearing.

What to Expect from a Japan Cultural Tour

Traveling in Japan you are welcomed into the fold of their ancient culture; a calm, peaceful, and minimalistic approach permeates everyday life throughout Japan. Your Japan tour guide will provide historical context and local insights throughout your tour.

Japanese people are very welcoming, if reserved by western standards. They take hospitality seriously, and are among the more open and friendly people when it comes to offering a beverage or meal. Homestays are a very popular accommodation type on cultural tours of Japan - as they let visitors to the country learn about the Japanese culture of hospitality on a much deeper level.

Along with their reverence for hospitality, Japanese people also place heavy importance on politeness. The country is regularly listed as one of the most polite countries in the world. It’s important to remember this as you travel in Japan.

How to be a polite traveler in Japan

1. Use the correct side of the escalator!

(Really this politeness rule really should apply around the world). But in Japan it’s a particularly funny and potentially confusing expectation. Because different sides of the escalator are used depending on what city you’re traveling in. In Tokyo, stand on the left, with the right open for passing. In Osaka and Kyoto, stand on the right side.

2. Wash before entering an onsen

This counter-intuitive rule must be adhered to if you don’t want to appear extremely rude and dirty! Going to an Onsen is a highlight for many travelers wishing to partake in this traditional bathing ritual. But be very cognisant that you rinse yourself off with soap before entering the Onsen waters. This is an important step and you’ll feel a much more amiable atmosphere from others in the Onsen.

3. Remove shoes inside

It is expected that you remove your shoes before entering homes and sometimes other establishments as well. This is a cultural expectation throughout Japan, and you’ll get used to it very quickly. Also note that slippers are not to be worn for walking over traditional Tatami mats - these should be tread on with socks only.

Food in Japan

Many people have a unique reverence for certain Japanese foods, which have obtained near cult status around the world. Ramen and sushi both hail from Japan originally and are adored by foodies.

While there is certainly a never ending supply of ramen and sushi to enjoy while you travel in Japan, there are also many other foods to try.

Especially as you travel through the Japanese countryside and smaller towns, you’ll have the opportunity to sample traditional Japanese food beyond the comfort zone of ramen and sushi.

Japanese food is full of interesting flavors and textures. When traveling in Japan, you’ll sample a lot of vegetable based dishes, broth based dishes, noodles, and fish. Don’t expect a lot of heavy meat dishes.

It can be difficult to adapt to Japanese food if you’re not used to it. And particularly difficult given the cultures emphasis on politeness - if you don’t want to finish your meal, it can be an uncomfortable situation. The best thing to do is approach each meal with an open mind, and try and be welcoming to new flavors.

Top dishes to sample in Japan - beyond Ramen and Sushi

1. Okonomiyaki - these savory fried pancakes are best enjoyed after you’ve watched them prepared right in front of you! The exacting timing and knife skills, are a joy to watch and it’s a great activity for being out with your new friends in your tour group. Okonomiyaki usually come with cabbage and beyond that several varieties of topping are available.

2. Udon - Wheat flour noodles that can be served warm or cold. Udon noodles are very versatile and are delicious with with vegetables, in soups, or served with meat. They are also tasty on their own with just a little bit of seasoning!

3. Gyoza Dumplings - If you travel almost anywhere in Japan, you will see a variation of Gyoza. These bright white dumplings, usually decorated on the top with brown character markings are filled with either pork, beef, chicken, beans, or vegetables. They are a great grab n go snack, often found for sale in train stations.

4. Yakiniku - Japanese barbeque at its finest! A very popular dish in Japan, Yakiniku is small chunks of chicken served on skewers. Beware! Traditional Yakiniku is designed to use the entire chicken; comb, heart, liver, you name it.

5. Japanese sweets - Japanese people love sweet foods and you’ll never have any trouble finding something to satisfy a sweet tooth. A lot of Japanese sweets are made with bean paste which can be a surprising taste for westerners. Green tea is also a common flavor.

Can't Miss Attractions in Japan

There are some main attractions that are must sees when in Tokyo including the Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine, Shibuya shopping, the Royal Palace. At Shibuya Station there is a statue of a dog named Hachiko ,  a famous meeting spot in the city. Oriental Bazarre is the one stop shop for all souvenirs and gifts from chopsticks to furniture.

Japan also has some great department stores, and Tokyo Hands is one of the best. There are beautiful parks throughout the city, one near the Royal Palace another called Arisugawa Park, and the Ueno Zoo is also a fun activity for families. And don't miss a chance to walk across the largest crosswalk in the world!

2. Hakkaido & Sapporo

Mostly known for their Sapporo beer, Sapporo is the main city on the northern island of Hokkaido. The Sapporo Ice Festival is a large winter festival with massive ice and snow sculptures, sculpted in formations of cartoon characters, pagoda buildings, and fun ice slides. Hokkaido is a great place for winter activities including skiing and snowboarding and ice drifting.

Kyoto has the iconic Japanese pagodas, including the Golden Palace. It is a beautiful, large park area with dozens of temples and pagodas to visit. The sites here are gorgeous especially during fall and cherry blossom season.

4. Hiroshima

Hiroshima is infamous for being the site of bombings by America in WWII. In the center of the city is a memorial, peace bell, and one building still standing with damage. It is a place for remembrance, and for the history buffs.

Souvenirs from Japan

Return from your expert-led, guided tour of Japan with a few meaningful souvenirs, beyond the standard fridge magnet and coaster. Ask about the significance behind the piece you’re about to buy so you can tell the story later, at home. Here are our favorite items to seek out and stash in our suitcase after a Japanese vacation. 

1. Tsuko-Tegata : Look for these wooden passports at shrines, temples and hot springs you visit as part of your guided Japan tour. They are reminiscent of the passports that were required during the Edo period as people moved between areas of the country. The ones you can buy today as a souvenir from your Japan trip have a braid and bell attached and typically lovely calligraphy. 

2. Omamori lucky charms : With their attached bells, omamori are intended to ward off evil spirits. There are charms for just about anything you can think of, from health and happiness to safe driving. 

3. Chopsticks : Look for traditional chopsticks adorned with beautiful artwork. They’ll be sure to elevate your next Japanese takeout meal once you’re returned from your vacation. High-quality, lacquered chopsticks can be found at stores such as Tokyo Hands and Loft. 

4. Yukatas : These light summer kimonos are a favorite item to buy as a Japan souvenir. Look for them in specialty kimono shops or, in the summer, at large supermarkets. 

5. Okiagari Koboshi : These charming little Japanese dolls, made of papier-mache, are a tiny, easily packed souvenir. They stay standing upright even when pushed down, which is meant to symbolize resilience. 

6. Ukiyo-e woodblock art : Popular during the Edo period, ukiyo-e artwork often includes likenesses of Mt. Fuji, life in the Edo period and famous Kabuki actors. 

7. Bento boxes : Look for wappa bento boxes crafted in the odate magewappa method. This ancient method takes thin sheets of hinoki cypress and cedarwood and weaves them together into boxes and other containers. The craft originated in northern Japan during the Edo period. 

8. Inkan stamps : Also called hanko stamps, these are name stamps used in Japan instead of signatures. Pick up an inexpensive one at a 100-yen shop or make your own, higher-quality one at a specialty store.

Winter Travel in Japan

Is winter a good time to visit Japan? Yes, if you want to beat the crowds, see a snow monkey, enjoy some of the world’s best skiing and really earn that delicious warm onsen soak.

See a different side of Japan when you visit in the winter, avoiding the crowds of spring and fall.

Here are a few of our favorite reasons why you should consider a guided tour of Japan during the winter:

1. Japan’s Skiing is Amazing

Tackle the Japanese Alps by ski or snowboard by visiting the northern island of Hokkaido. The resorts of Hokkaido routinely boast fresh powder and are some of the best in the world. In Honshu, there are several ski resorts within an easy train ride of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. 

2. Winter is the Best Time for an Onsen Soak

Who doesn’t crave a warm onsen bath after a day on the slopes or ice skating. It’s even more delightful if it’s an outdoor onsen on a snowy day - definitely a magical moment during your trip to Japan. Among the most popular Japanese onsens are Ginzan Onsen in the Yamagata Prefecture, Kusatsu Onsen in the Gunma Prefecture and the Kurokawa Onsen in Kyushu, near Mt. Aso volcano. 

3. You’ll Have the Chance to Attend a Snow Festival

Visit the winter wonderland of Sapporo during your tour of Hokkaido and attend the Yuki Matsuri snow festival. Held each February, the festival is famous for its incredible snow sculptures, skating, illuminations and games. Visit the Yamagata Prefecture and see the snow-covered trees at Zao Onsen that become works of art as the inches of snow pile up on their branches.

The trees take on an almost human-like shape - known as “snow monsters,” they make for a unique place to visit as part of your winter Japan tour. Another fun festival to include in your Japan guided tour is the Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival held at Yunishigawa Onsen Town in the Tochigi Prefecture.

Hundreds of Kamakura dome-shaped snow sculptures are lit up each night, making for a stunning snowscape. Finally, if you like a good light show, Tokyo and Osaka will fit the bill during your winter vacation in Japan. These, as well as other good-sized cities, are known for their amazing outdoor illuminations. 

4. Winter is the Time to See Snow Monkeys (and Other Wildlife) in Japan

Visit the Snow Monkey Park, or Jigokudani Yaen-koen, and come face to face with the red-faced monkeys lounging in the park’s onsen. If you’re on Hokkaido, stop by the Tsuri-Ito Tancho Sanctuary to see the red-crowned cranes. 

5. See a Picture-Perfect Traditional Japanese Village in All Its Glory

The traditional village of Shirakawa-go in the Gifu Prefecture flaunts its pointed roofs in gasshō-zukuri style best during the winter months. Ask the guide of your Japan tour to show you the way to the observation point above town for the best vantage point. 

6. Ring in the New Year in a Temple or Shrine

Pray for good fortune in the coming year when you celebrate the first day of the year at a Japanese temple or shrine. Among the favorite shrines to visit on New Year’s Day are Kyoto’s huge Heian-jingu Shrine and Fushimi Inari Taisha, famous for its thousands of orange torii gates. If you’re visiting Tokyo on New Year’s during your tour, visit the Meiji-jingu Shrine, or in Osaka, visit the Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

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Tokyo, hakone, kyoto, hiroshima and more, try our self-guided tours.

Your time in Japan is worth more than just brief highlights, dive deep into Japanese history and culture!

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We take great care to craft each day to be as fantastic and flexible as possible! Sit back, relax and enjoy Japan without the stress of planning. Feeling adventurous? Explore away from the group and rejoin us whenever you like!

We do our best to provide the best price in the industry! Striving to make sure your journey to Japan as reasonably affordable as possible.

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Whether you are looking to travel Japan for the first time alone or looking for a trip for the whole family, The Japan Tour Company has the trip for you. Our goal is to provide the most authentic, non-touristy Japan vacation experience at the best price in the industry! Enjoy a close encounter with the country and culture by choosing one of our tours!

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English-speaking Travel Agencies in Japan

Exploring new cultures and nations can easily pique one's interest, but without a guide who understands what you're looking for, planning what to do can be a nightmare, which is why we strongly advise working with one of Japan's many English-friendly travel agencies.

While travel companies have mostly fallen out of favor in the West, many Japanese people still rely on them to plan their trips. Because so many people are vying for a piece of the pie, you, the traveler, have a better chance of saving money and having the kind of holiday that only a cultural insider can provide.

Japan Wonder Travel

Japan Wonder Travel provides English-language private and group tours throughout Japan. They not only provide package tours, but also one-day optional tours and local tours.

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Arigato Travel

The #1 culinary and cultural tourism company in Japan, Arigato Travel , is dedicated to assisting tourists in creating memorable culinary experiences. They provide more than 40 food tours and authentic local experiences in some of Japan's most popular locations, using the mouthwatering cuisine as a springboard to introduce visitors to all that is wonderful about Japan. They believe that food is the best way to begin to understand a culture. They also provide VIP and customized tours. To experience Japan with a local, be sure to schedule a tour with them.

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Hankyu Travel

Founded in 1948, this agency specializes in offering the highest quality travel services. They make use of a large number of facilities and a comprehensive network of information, as well as a skilled and efficient travel staff.

http://traveltojapan.hankyu-travel.com/en/

JAPANiCAN.com

JTB Global Marketing & Travel Inc. (JTBGMT) manages the website, which specializes in foreign travelers visiting Japan. Only web reservations and technical support are handled by this website.

* JTBGMT is part of the JTB Group

https://www.japanican.com/

JapanQuest Journeys

JapanQuest Journeys is the leading Japan Destination Management Company/Tour Operator specializing in bespoke ‘tailor-made' luxury journeys to Japan. JapanQuest Journeys, with offices in Washington, DC and Tokyo, provides personalized end-to-end platinum quality service, meeting the exacting needs of the discerning traveler. We prioritize our clients' interests by enlisting the best planners, client service representatives, and expert guides who exude the highest levels of knowledge, resourcefulness, and thoughtful professionalism.

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Japan Gray Line

The firm specializes in organizing incentive tours and events, as well as providing support to international visitors attending conventions and events in Japan.

https://www.jgltraveljapan.jp/

KNT – Kinki Nippon Tourist

Founded in 1955, the Travel Agency provides a wide range of travel services to foreign travelers visiting Japan.

https://www.dmcjapan-knt.com/

Magical Trip

Magical Trip is a tour company that provides some one-of-a-kind experiences with a friendly local guide, such as bar-hopping tours, cultural informative tours, cycling tours, sumo tours, and so on. You will learn a lot about Japanese culture, history, and local information that you would not have known otherwise if you did not speak with a local.

https://www.magical-trip.com/

Nippon Travel Agency

Nippon Travel Agency was founded in 1905 to provide thorough information and help to tourists to Japan.

http://www.ntainbound.com/

OMAKASE Tours

Contact them with your needs, from day excursions to customized vacations.

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An independent organization that has been doing walking tours in Japan since 1992, giving the best planned, finest led, and most satisfying and fun tours available in Japan.

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Popular Locations to Visit in Japan

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Before you hire an agent, however, it’s good to have a basic idea of where you would like to go. Below are some of the most popular destinations to help you narrow down your travel plans.

You could easily spend your entire trip exploring Tokyo and still find yourself wanting to see more. It offers something for everyone from sports and entertainment, to art, culture, history, cuisine, and shopping. If you plan to make Tokyo a part of your itinerary, be sure to look through our many activity guides to see what’s possible around the city.

Kyoto was once the medieval capital of Japan. Much of the old city is still preserved, making it a top destination for Japanophiles hoping for a peek into the country’s feudal past. You can still fully immerse yourself in traditional Japanese culture by visiting a variety of shrines, temples, and shop-lined alleys.

Distance from Tokyo:135 minutes by bullet train

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Nikko , located to the north of Tokyo, is home to the famous Toshogu shrine. This shrine was dedicated to the Tokugawa shogunate and is considered one of the most beautiful and ornate shrines in all of Japan. The surrounding forest includes an impressive set of waterfalls, as well as some wonderful onsen , or natural hot springs.

Distance from Tokyo: 140 minutes by limited express train

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Kamakura is a leisurely day trip from Tokyo and full of shrines and castles. This area was the capital of Japan during the Kamakura period. It offers a great combination of historical sites and hiking opportunities. Go just a little farther out to the nearby island of Enoshima for a fun day at the beach — a spot so relaxing you won’t believe Shinjuku is less than two hours away.

Distance from Tokyo: 60 minutes by local train

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Mt. Fuji, Japan’s iconic volcano, is unmistakable. The official climbing season is from May to October. It’s recommended that you only attempt the ascent during this period. There are many official groups with which you can make the ascent, so only seasoned climbers should try to go up solo.

Distance from Tokyo: 170 minutes by express and local trains

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Popular Seasonal Activities in Japan

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There’s something for nearly every outdoor interest when it comes to touring Japan, but there are certain areas and activities that are particularly worth exploring depending on the season.

The most important event of spring is hanami , a fleeting week where all of the cherry blossoms bloom simultaneously in a blaze of soft pink. While it’s possible to guess which week will be blessed with the event each year, there are often changes in weather that result in the window changing, so we recommend casting your net wide for a longer stay to ensure that you get the chance to experience a picnic beneath a radiant canopy of flowers.

Summer is the typical season for international tourists, but be warned: major metropolises like Tokyo and Osaka get uncomfortably hot and humid. That being said, Japan has keeping cool down to an art form, and the most popular outdoor activities include summer festivals boasting music, singing, and drums that you will hear deep into the night.  

There are also many opportunities to enjoy massive firework festivals throughout the season in Tokyo, Osaka, and other major cities. If your trip happens to line up with one of these events, be sure not to miss it.

The fall foliage is truly something to behold throughout Japan. The displays across the mountains rival any in the world. Especially against the backdrop of so many ancient temples and shrines, you can begin to understand why the Japanese hold nature sacred. With temperatures cooling, this is an ideal time to come to Japan.

Winter is perhaps the least popular of the seasons, unless you head north of Tokyo . Nagano and Niseko’s alpine slopes covered in powder snow are worth a visit at least once in your life if you’re an avid skier. After a full day’s activities, it’s common to find yourself sitting in front of a steaming communal hotpot or a bowl of intensely flavorful ramen. This is also a popular season to indulge in a hot spring vacation.

Arriving in Japan

The final question is where you will be flying into Japan: Haneda or Narita. Almost all international travel into Japan goes through these two major hubs, both located near Tokyo. While Narita is larger, it’s also further out of the way in Tokyo’s neighboring prefecture of Chiba. Haneda, on the other hand, is right in Tokyo.

Both airports have had significant facelifts in the last few years, and right now it’s not that difficult to travel into Tokyo from either one. If you would like more information, check out our full guides to traveling from Narita and Haneda into Tokyo

Other useful links

We've put together a list of useful websites below, including some English-speaking travel agents who can help you arrange your trip. We wish you many wonderful vacations to Japan, where you will be able to see everything the country has to offer.

East Japan Railway

East Japan Railway's website contains travel destination introductions. The most of the time in Japan's northern regions.

http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/index.html

Japan Travel

Japan's largest travel community and your official travel guide.

https://en.japantravel.com/

Japan National Tourism Organization

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism oversees the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).

https://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/essential/

Japan-Guide.com

This website provides comprehensive, up-to-date information about traveling and living in Japan, as well as first-hand accounts from Japanese residents.

http://www.japan-guide.com/

Japanese Guest Houses (Ryokan) Reservation Service

A comprehensive guide of traditional Japanese guest houses (Ryokan) in various locations across Japan.

https://www.japaneseguesthouses.com/

Japan Hotels & Ryokan Search JNTO

The Japan National Tourism Organization manages a website where you can search for hotels and ryokan (JNTO)

http://www.jnto.go.jp/ja-search/eng/index.php

Official Tourism Guide for Japan Travel

The Japan National Tourism Organization provides a comprehensive tourist guide for Japan (JNTO)

https://www.japan.travel/en/

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J apan combines the slickest of 21st-century attractions with fascinating ancient sites and centuries-old ceremonies. Ride a shiny bullet train from Tokyo, immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Kyoto and Osaka and visit Peace Park for a better understanding of Hiroshima’s emergence from the tragic events of the Second World War. There’s nature to enjoy in the Japanese Alps, hot springs to wallow in, and traditional arts to watch, from song and dance to sumo wrestling and demonstrations of samurai swordplay. Come in spring to admire the cherry blossoms or autumn for a striking colour palette wherever you look, and take part in a tea ceremony or a saké tasting at any time of year. An organised tour will tick off of the boxes — and we’ve picked the best of the bunch.

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1. Japan uncovered, Wendy Wu Tours

Explore some of Japan ’s historical, cultural and natural wonders, including Mount Fuji and the Japanese Alps, on this extensive 17-day tour. It’s a journey that starts in buzzing Osaka and ends amid the glass and chrome of Tokyo . Along the way, hop on a bullet train to Kyoto to experience a tea ceremony in a 17th-century temple, take part in a washi paper-making workshop, browse the stalls at the morning market in Takayama, watch snow monkeys at the hot springs in Nagano, and snap photos of the stirring landscapes around Mount Fuji. The price includes international flights, hotel accommodation and most meals. You’ll spend a fair amount of time walking the sights, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Group size 8-28 Price £££

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2. Japan family journey: from ancient to modern times, G Adventures

This 11-day adventure introduces families to what are arguably Japan’s most thrilling cultural activities: sumo wrestling, ramen-making and samurai swordplay. You’ll visit the Meiji Jingu shrine in Tokyo to experience the city’s traditional heritage, and later participate in a traditional taiko drumming class. There’s also an Okinawa cooking class, where you’ll learn how to make dishes from the Japanese island chain. In Nagano, you’ll watch the endearing snow monkeys, before visiting a wasabi farm where — if your taste buds can take it — you can try wasabi ice cream. The price includes accommodation, activities and some meals, but not flights.

Group size 1-20 Price £££

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3. Japan garden discovery, Riviera Travel

Botanists, behold: this 13-day itinerary features visits to no fewer than ten traditional Japanese gardens in Tokyo, Hakone, Hiroshima, Okayama and Kyoto. Among the highlights are the 60-acre Hama-rikyu Gardens in Tokyo and the 18th-century Koraku-en Garden in Okayama, which is designated among the Three Great Gardens of Japan. But it’s not all about being green-fingered; you’ll also be whisked to Mount Fuji, Hiroshima’s Peace Park and the hot springs at Hakone. Tours take place in March, May, October and November; price includes flights, four-star accommodation, some meals, activities and the services of a tour manager.

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4. Japan by rail, Wendy Wu Tours

Sit back and take in that view: this 21-day, fully inclusive rail journey zooms you to the country’s most unforgettable landscapes as it travels the length and breadth of Kyushu, Honshu and Hokkaido. Arranged by Asia specialists Wendy Wu Tours, this epic trip includes stays in Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Kyoto, the opportunity to watch the snow monkeys at Matsumoto, a tour of Himeji castle, a hike on Mount Fuji, lake cruises, and participation in a tea ceremony in the geisha district of Kyoto. The price includes flights, four-star hotel accommodation, all meals, internal transport and tours.

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5. In search of ancient Japan, Bamboo Travel

This 16-day private tour is aimed at first-time visitors to Japan who want to soak up as much culture and history as possible. You’ll head deep into rural Honshu and across the Japanese Alps to explore historical towns and villages, and swing by the 16th-century city of Kanazawa with its renowned Japanese gardens. Then, there’s an overnight stay in a thatched farmhouse in the traditional village of Shirakawago, a guided e-bike tour of the artisanal town of Takayama, and a fabulous walk in the Kiso Valley before the trip climaxes in the ancient capital of Kyoto . Price includes flights and internal transport, accommodation in hotels and ryokans (Japanese-style inns), some meals and guided tours. Aim to travel between March and May or September and November.

Group size private tour Price £££

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6. Art in Japan, Martin Randall Travel

Run by cultural travel specialists Martin Randall Travel, this high-end tour gets under the skin of Japan’s rich artistic heritage. Some of the earliest known ceramics were produced here, but Japan’s contemporary art is worth paying attention to as well and this trip will show you the ancient, the modern and everything in between. The itinerary features world heritage sites at Nikko, Kyoto, Nara and Horyu-ji, and visits to collections at museums as well as the art contained in shrines and temples, while introducing the country’s gastronomy and gardens along the way. The tour is led by an expert lecturer, and the price includes accommodation in four and five-star hotels, most meals (with wine), and travel by private coach and high-speed train. Flights are excluded.

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7. Wild Japan in winter, Naturetrek

This thrilling 12-day tour showcases Japan’s leading wildlife spectacles during the country’s snow-filled winter. With luck, you’ll see magnificent flocks of Steller’s sea eagles, Japanese macaques taking a dip in thermal springs, the rare Blakiston’s fish owl and witness the gathering of 15,000 hooded cranes on the island of Kyushu. The winter wonderland will be the perfect backdrop to any wildlife snaps, and you’ll also experience traditional Japanese culture, with stays in ryokans and local cuisine. The price includes flights, accommodation, some meals and the expert guides that you expect from this leading wildlife-focused tour operator.

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8. Discover Japan, Jules Verne

Visit Japan for a small group tour that combines ancient Kyoto, Osaka and hi-tech Tokyo with Hiroshima (where restoration projects have focused on preserving its heritage after the destruction wrought by the atomic bomb in 1945). You’ll also enjoy the show-stealing cherry blossoms in spring, be whooshed through the country by bullet train and learn how to roll sushi with a taisho (head chef). The price includes flights, hotel accommodation, some meals, excursions and guides. There are departures in March, October and November.

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9. Back Roads of Japan, G Adventures

This 11-day tour focuses firmly on introducing travellers to Japan’s local side away from the crowded hotspots. You’ll get a flavour of city life in Tokyo with a tour of Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku, before zipping to Nagano in the Japanese Alps to watch snow monkeys bathing in the thermal waters at Jigokudani Monkey Park. Things get toasty in Otsu, where you’ll take a dip in the healing hot springs. A trip highlight is the former castle town of Hagi, where — as part of G Adventures’ commitment to community tourism — you’ll spend two nights at a homestay in Hagi’s rural farming region. The price includes accommodation, some meals but not flights.

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10. Majestic Japan tour, Luxury Gold

Beginning in Osaka and finishing in Tokyo, this luxury tour — aimed at couples wanting a high-end holiday focused on cultural experiences — journeys west by bullet train to Hiroshima and to Oirase Gorge in the far north, with stays in some of the country’s top hotels on the way. The itinerary includes a foodie walking tour in Osaka, performances of traditional Japanese guitar and drumming in Hirosaki, views of Mount Fuji from the panoramic Kachi Kachi Yama ropeway, and a private cruise along Matsushima Bay. The price of this 11-day tour includes five-star accommodation, internal travel, activities and most meals, but not flights. Tours usually run April to November.

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11. Classic Japan escorted tour, Abercrombie & Kent

Indulge yourself on an eight-night luxury escorted tour of Japan with plenty of days to explore Tokyo, Hakone, Osaka and Nara. Get a taste of some of the country’s classic cultural practices with a traditional tea ceremony and relax in a ryokan at the bubbling hot-spring spot of Hakone. Then there’s the chance to browse the show-stealers at the Museum of Art in Osaka, admire the country’s largest bronze Buddha at the Todai-Ji temple complex in Nara, and tuck into a shabu-shabu dinner where beef will likely be the star of the show. The price includes five-star accommodation, some meals, excursions and expert guides.

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12. Japan unmasked, InsideJapan Tours

This unique 14-day small-group tour zooms out of Tokyo by bullet train and will, happily, whisk you beyond the usual tourist sights. You’ll stay at a Zenko-ji temple alongside the monks, experiencing the Buddhist way of life and eating simple shojin ryori cuisine, before venturing to the castle town of Matsumoto. The trip continues through the Japanese Alps, featuring visits to hot spring baths, trying local kaiseki meals and tasting saké. Stroll the gardens and samurai districts of Kanazawa, bone up on Hiroshima’s ancient and more recent history, and see the sights of Kyoto and the canal town of Kurashiki. Your expert guides will let you into a few secrets and take you to their favourite ramen restaurants, sushi bars and traditional izakaya bars. Tours depart all year and the price includes accommodation, half-board dining and guides. Flights will need to be added on separately.

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13. Hokkaido hotspots, Gane & Marshall

This 12-day tour reveals the fascinating culture of Hokkaido in the far north of Japan, where vibrant cities shine alongside equally stirring sleepy rural corners. After tours of Toyko, you’ll travel to the old harbour city of Hakodate, and then on to Shikotsu-Toya National Park, home to some of the island’s very best scenery. Expect to call in at Sapporo, the bustling capital of Hokkaido, before the pace eases once more with time in the farming settlement of Furano, with its lavender and snow fields. Finish things off by diving into the wilderness of Daisetsuzan, Japan’s biggest national park. The price includes accommodation in hotels and ryokans, some meals, tour guides and entrance fees. Flights excluded.

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14. The Japanese Alps, Gane & Marshall

After exploring Tokyo, guests on this ten-day tour will wrap up for an adventure into the Japanese Alps. Stroll or cycle the colour-popping castle city of Matsumoto, fawn over the snow monkeys of Jigokudani and take the train through the Kiso Valley to Magome, where you can pick up the fabulous Nakasendo walking trail. Then, it’s on to Takayama’s old town, in the mountainous Hida region, and the Unesco-listed village of Ogimachi. After an atmospheric rail ride to Kyoto, try your hand at Japanese calligraphy or visit a private temple to take part in a tea ceremony and Zen meditation. The price includes accommodation (hotels, guesthouses and ryokans), some meals, tours with guides and internal transport, but not flights.

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15. Hidden wonders of north Japan, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

This 16-day tour, running in April, June, October and November, heads north from Tokyo to Sapporo to explore Japan’s main island, Honshu. You’ll visit old postal towns, castles and ancient temples that will easily rival any you’ll see in Kyoto. Then, tick off some lesser-known spots: Lake Towoda and Oirase Stream, Bandai-Asahi National Park, Genbikei Gorge and Matsushima Bay. Finally, it’ll be time to get crafty and try your hand at taiko drumming and painting wooden kokeshi dolls. The price for this luxury tour includes flights, five-star accommodation, excursions and all meals (including fine dining experiences).

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16. Definitive cultural tour of Japan, Mountain Kingdoms

This in-depth cultural tour of Japan heads west from modern Tokyo through the villages of the Japanese Alps and central heartlands to Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka. It’s the perfect 16-day introduction for any first-timer, steering you to all of the big-name sights, among them the Matsumoto and Himeji castles, the snow monkeys of Yudanaka, and the 5,000 red torii gates leading to the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience a tea ceremony, witness a sumo wrestling match and spend a night in a Buddhist temple. The price includes flights, accommodation, some meals, all transport and the services of a local guide, and departures are in August and November.

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We are a family of four from Alaska. We are married with kids age 13 and 15. Ken (he prefers to be called Rei) our tour guide was very knowledgable on the history and culture of Japan. He was entertaining and took special care to guide and talk with our kids and answer their questions. He even gave my son a t-shirt for his birthday, as we celebrated his birthday during the tour. Rei was fluent in both Spanish and English and was very well versed at giving tours in both languages. He was very fair and impartial to both Spanish and English speakers. We had Paulo for one day when Rei was off duty and we highly preferred Rei and were grateful he led most of the tour. Rei will give his opinions about the culture and country when asked which we found very helpful and enlightening, as we wanted to know more than the politically correct or canned tour jargon. We appreciated his candid remarks. We were nervous going into the tour, as we chose it based solely on the on-line reviews and descriptions. We are use to 4-5 star accommodations. I am happy to report that the hotels and food and bus accommodations exceeded our expectations. The only drawback of the tour is that they were not able to accomodate anything outside of the already-planned itinerary. We wanted to extend a night to go to the monastery and that was not possible, as they said it was too close to the end of the trip (6 days before the end). We also booked the hotel fora night before the tour and asked if we could reschedule the shuttle from the airport for earlier. But they said that if we booked our own hotel, even the same one, that the shuttle service was not provided. So while the tour itself was wonderful, changes or add-ons to the itinerary is very limiting. That and our communication with the company before hand was not with one consistent person so we had to ask many people the same questions, as tour receptionists were always different.

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The hotels were hit or miss - Tokyo - Hotel beautiful - room not great - very small - stains on the bedspread Kawaguchiko - Horrible - bathroom had mold on floor & shower - spiders in room (have pics) Kyoto - LOVED this hotel - location great - room great - food great Osaka - Fair - clean room - but very small Okayama - LOVED Crowne Plaza (nice to get points) Hiroshima - Sheraton Grand - Hotel & room very nice - the only thing is the bathroom - I was traveling with my 16 year old son - and there was absolutely no privacy for the bathroom (clear shower door - no walls) We took turns hanging in the lobby so the other could shower. Nice to get points here as well.

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Tour itself was quite good but Trafalgar's communication is extremely slow and definitely sub standard. Also lied about final destination; it was Kyoto NOT Osaka as advertised. They also are way too slow at providing a proper itinerary, we missed out on Imperial Palace in Tokyo because they didn't know the opening tines
  • €100 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Highlights of Japan Tour

Highlights of Japan

Great tour and family enjoyed a lot
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Splendours of Japan (Hiroshima, 13 Days) Tour

Splendours of Japan (Hiroshima, 13 Days)

A pretty comprehensive tour

Japan Discovery (10 Days) Tour

Japan Discovery (10 Days)

Classic Japan: Land of the Rising Sun Tour

Classic Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

South Japan Express Tour

South Japan Express

Pablo was a great guide and we got to see so much of Japan, no regrets booking this tour it was great !

Central Japan End Kyoto Tour

Central Japan End Kyoto

The choice of sites to visit and timings (crucial on a tour) was excellent, the travel arrangements worked very well and most hotels were very good. The variety of restaurants stopped at was very varied and interesting, and restroom breaks were well judged. At Kawaguchiko we were a bit too old for the traditional Japanese futon beds and booked in nextdoor instead, but the hotel chosen was charming, nice rooms and amazing views of Mount Fuji and the lake. The Japanese dinner there was good fun. What could be better: the admin before the tour, with slow responses and some points missed (e.g. how many rooms we had booked); the first evening walk about in downtown Shinjuku was rather seedy, and also hard work for a first night after flights; several of us did not like the food at the traditional dinner; we would have liked more interesting extension options, in the end we planned our own, which was hard work but went well; the complexity of the Welcome to Japan forms should have been indicated to all on the tour well in advance; the guide was interesting but for some hard to hear except in the front part of the coach as the only speaker was at the front, he could be too chatty at times, and some felt his views on equality issues could be enhanced; quite a lot of walking is involved, which some of our party found a bit too much. Maybe the info could be clear about the distances typically walked each day Overall though it was a great introduction to Japan and we very much recommend it to all. Fabulous memories!

Tokyo, Kyoto and Alps Tour

Tokyo, Kyoto and Alps

Enjoyed ourselves. Great tour guide. One thing I would note- needs alittle more free time. Too much jammed together so little time to explore sites or shop.

North Japan Tour

North Japan

Ray, our tour guide was fantastic. Everything was planned to perfection. He ensured all tour members were taken care of with multiple languages to deal with as well. A couple of notes. We were told to look for aTour-Radar/Europamundo sign on arrival in Tokyo for a car ride to the first hotel. After phone calls it was determined to have been a Green- Tomato sign were to look for. This caused another couple to wait nearly an hour. Also the hotel in Hokadate was a bit of a disappointment. All other accommodations were excellent. This was the first tour we have been on as we normally go out on our own. Because of Ray we would really consider doing this again. He deserves nothing but praise and a raise in his salary.

North Japan End Sapporo Tour

North Japan End Sapporo

Very busy days - 12 hours most days.

Traditional Japan and north of Japan- End Sapporo Tour

Traditional Japan and north of Japan- End Sapporo

Discover Japan Tour

Discover Japan

Very well organized tour with good quality services (hotels, buses, meals). The guides are knowledgeable, competent and helpful and provide all explanations in both English and Spanish.

Classic Japan (11 Days) Tour

  • Sightseeing

Classic Japan (11 Days)

Well executed small group tour by Trafalgar. Excellent tour leader who anticipated every need. The tour gives a "taste" of Japan in a short period, covering key big cities and some rural areas. Variey of fun hands on experiences, such as cooking lessons, tea ceremony. Accommodations were top rated and all well located (except Tokyo), affording easy access for independent exploring during off-tour time. Every day is a walking day, so it is not suited for those with mobility issues. We had a companionable group of travelers of international origin. This is a good tour to introduce the country, traditions and culture and provides a sound foundation for those who wish to come back to Japan for more in-depth explorations. Highly recommend.

Japan Coach / Bus Tour Reviews

Advertised as English/Spanish, but the guides were clearly more at home en Espanol.
Good tour - maybe too many temples
The itinerary provided a very wide and varied taste of Japanese culture. The tour guide was personable and excellent.

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