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Japan is pretty high up on many people’s bucket lists – and understandably so. It offers a lot of things that people want from a holiday destination, putting big fat ticks in the culture, scenery, food and activity boxes. And while its world-class transport system makes it easy to travel from place to place, the language barrier can add an element of difficulty. So why not take the stress out of things and book yourself a Japan tour? Not only will the planning and logistics all be taken care of, but your accommodation will also be pre-booked and the majority of your meals will be included.

The first stop on most Japan tours is the sprawling and bustling capital, Tokyo. A real city of contrasts, here modern, cloud-piercing skyscrapers and neon-lit shopping malls stand shoulder to shoulder with ancient shrines, interesting museums and tranquil landscaped gardens. You’ll have the chance to visit historic attractions in Asakusa – one of Tokyo’s oldest neighbourhoods – shop ‘til you drop in Shinjuku and then dine out in the city’s fabulous restaurants before hitting up an all-night karaoke bar. And of course, your tour will definitely include a trip to nearby Mount Fuji – the country’s most famous natural attraction, and a real scene-stealer.

Whether you’re going for just a few days or a couple of weeks, your tour of Japan is likely to also include the storied city of Kyoto. The Japanese capital for more than 1,000 years, it’s still considered the spiritual heart of the country. Peppered with age-old attractions and cultural sites, like Nijo Castle and the Golden Pavillion – not to mention literally thousands of temples – it’s a top choice if you want to learn all about Japan’s rich history and fascinating traditions.

Other popular destinations on a Japan tour include the mountain town of Takayama – also known as ‘Little Kyoto’; Nagano, in the Japanese Alps; the attractive city of Matsumoto, famed for its superb castle; and the harbour city of Fukuoka – one of the most foodie-focused places in the country. And because we have a huge range of tours available, our travel specialists are sure to be able to find the one that’s right for you – no matter want you want to see and do in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Cultural attractions

Stunning scenery

Gastronomic experiences

Best time to go

Cultural attractions

Most tours of Japan begin in the dazzling capital, Tokyo. Here, you’ll take in big-name attractions like the Imperial Palace and ancient Senso-ji temple, as well as soaking up the atmosphere in the old town and discovering cutting-edge innovations and gravity-defying architecture in the more modern neighbourhoods. If your Japan tour takes you to Kyoto, you’ll also have the chance to visit the glistening Golden Pavilion and Silver Pavilion, and the much-photographed Shinto shrine of Fushimi Inari Taisha. Plus, there are heaps of other temples, teahouses and tranquil gardens to discover.

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Hiroshima, meanwhile, became one of most notable cities in Japan on 6th August 1945, when it was devastated by the world’s first atomic-bomb attack. During your tour of Japan, you can pay your respects to the victims by taking a trip to the Peace Memorial Park. A beautiful green space in the heart of the city, it’s home to the iconic A-Bomb Dome, as well as a memorial and a haunting but fascinating museum.

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Stunning scenery

Many of this country’s top attractions are entirely natural. Of course the headline act is Mount Fuji, which you’ll tick off on pretty much every Japan tour going. If you’re slightly pressed for time, this might just be a day trip from Tokyo. But, if you’re on a longer tour, you’re likely to spend a night or two in nearby Hakone – a veritable wonderland, famed for its hot springs and outdoor pursuits.

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While it does tend to hog the limelight, Mount Fuji’s by no means the only jaw-dropping bit of scenery Japan has in its arsenal. There’s also the Sagano Bamboo Forest on the edge of Kyoto; the soft sand beaches and coral reefs in Okinawa; the dramatic cliffs and spectacular ocean views in Sanriku; and the thundering waterfalls at Miyazaki’s Takachiho Gorge. And all these different landscapes allow for a whole host of exciting activities – everything from hiking and swimming to snorkelling, paddle-boarding and canyoning.

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Gastronomic experiences

Japan is well-known for its flavourful cuisine. Think sushi, yakitori, okonomiyaki, and delicate miso soup. You’re bound to try a whole heap of famous dishes and local specialties wherever you go on your Japan tour – whether at fancy restaurants or tiny street-side stalls. You’ll probably have the chance to visit a range of food markets, too. Plus, you might wish to book onto a cooking class, where you can learn how to turn fresh ingredients into a delicious meal.

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If you wanted to, you could even plan your whole Japan tour around culinary experiences. Sip steaming cups of matcha during an authentic tea ceremony in Kyoto before journeying to Nagano, where you’ll discover the history and preparation of soba noodles at the Togakushi Soba Museum and also have the chance to make them yourself. From Tokyo, why not take a trip to nearby Sawai and enjoy a sake tasting at a traditional brewery? Or head to Azumino, in the foothills of the Japanese Alps, where you can tour a wasabi farm – and possibly even try wasabi ice-cream!

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Best time to go

Most of Japan has a humid, subtropical climate, characterised by four distinct seasons. Winter, which lasts from December to March, is typically mild, with highs of around 10°C and lows hovering a degree or two above freezing. Things are different in the mountains and the far north of the country, though, where snow arrives and ushers in the ski season. And in the beachy Southwest Islands, things stay warm all year – so even at the height of winter average temperatures remain in the high teens.

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By contrast, summer in much of Japan is hot and muggy, with temperatures in many places surpassing 30°C. So, if you’re at all adverse to humidity, it’s not the best time to book a tour of Japan. Spring and autumn, however, both bring pleasant weather, with warm – usually dry – days and cool evenings. As such, they tend to be the most popular times for a Japan tour. The only downside to travelling during these months is that certain places may be crowded and good deals on accommodation are generally harder to come by.

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Cultural attractions

Cultural attractions

Most tours of Japan begin in the dazzling capital, Tokyo. Here, you’ll take in big-name attractions like the Imperial Palace and ancient Senso-ji temple, as well as soaking up the atmosphere in the old town and discovering cutting-edge innovations and gravity-defying architecture in the more modern neighbourhoods. If your Japan tour takes you to Kyoto, you’ll also have the chance to visit the glistening Golden Pavilion and Silver Pavilion, and the much-photographed Shinto shrine of Fushimi Inari Taisha. Plus, there are heaps of other temples, teahouses and tranquil gardens to discover.

Show More
Show Less

Hiroshima, meanwhile, became one of most notable cities in Japan on 6th August 1945, when it was devastated by the world’s first atomic-bomb attack. During your tour of Japan, you can pay your respects to the victims by taking a trip to the Peace Memorial Park. A beautiful green space in the heart of the city, it’s home to the iconic A-Bomb Dome, as well as a memorial and a haunting but fascinating museum.

Show More
Show Less

Stunning scenery

Stunning scenery

Many of this country’s top attractions are entirely natural. Of course the headline act is Mount Fuji, which you’ll tick off on pretty much every Japan tour going. If you’re slightly pressed for time, this might just be a day trip from Tokyo. But, if you’re on a longer tour, you’re likely to spend a night or two in nearby Hakone – a veritable wonderland, famed for its hot springs and outdoor pursuits.

Show More
Show Less

While it does tend to hog the limelight, Mount Fuji’s by no means the only jaw-dropping bit of scenery Japan has in its arsenal. There’s also the Sagano Bamboo Forest on the edge of Kyoto; the soft sand beaches and coral reefs in Okinawa; the dramatic cliffs and spectacular ocean views in Sanriku; and the thundering waterfalls at Miyazaki’s Takachiho Gorge. And all these different landscapes allow for a whole host of exciting activities – everything from hiking and swimming to snorkelling, paddle-boarding and canyoning.

Show More
Show Less

Gastronomic experiences

Gastronomic experiences

Japan is well-known for its flavourful cuisine. Think sushi, yakitori, okonomiyaki, and delicate miso soup. You’re bound to try a whole heap of famous dishes and local specialties wherever you go on your Japan tour – whether at fancy restaurants or tiny street-side stalls. You’ll probably have the chance to visit a range of food markets, too. Plus, you might wish to book onto a cooking class, where you can learn how to turn fresh ingredients into a delicious meal.

Show More
Show Less

If you wanted to, you could even plan your whole Japan tour around culinary experiences. Sip steaming cups of matcha during an authentic tea ceremony in Kyoto before journeying to Nagano, where you’ll discover the history and preparation of soba noodles at the Togakushi Soba Museum and also have the chance to make them yourself. From Tokyo, why not take a trip to nearby Sawai and enjoy a sake tasting at a traditional brewery? Or head to Azumino, in the foothills of the Japanese Alps, where you can tour a wasabi farm – and possibly even try wasabi ice-cream!

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to go

Most of Japan has a humid, subtropical climate, characterised by four distinct seasons. Winter, which lasts from December to March, is typically mild, with highs of around 10°C and lows hovering a degree or two above freezing. Things are different in the mountains and the far north of the country, though, where snow arrives and ushers in the ski season. And in the beachy Southwest Islands, things stay warm all year – so even at the height of winter average temperatures remain in the high teens.

Show More
Show Less

By contrast, summer in much of Japan is hot and muggy, with temperatures in many places surpassing 30°C. So, if you’re at all adverse to humidity, it’s not the best time to book a tour of Japan. Spring and autumn, however, both bring pleasant weather, with warm – usually dry – days and cool evenings. As such, they tend to be the most popular times for a Japan tour. The only downside to travelling during these months is that certain places may be crowded and good deals on accommodation are generally harder to come by.

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