Our fantastic collection of Japan tours combine spectacular sights, rich culture and delicious Japanese cuisine. Japan mixes modern and traditional highlights with the soaring towers in Tokyo and Kyoto's ancient Buddhist temples. Admire the spectacular backdrop around Mount Fuji and reflect on Hiroshima's past in the heart of the city, which focusses on peace and tranquillity.
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- 10 Days - Tokyo to Osaka
- Tour Only from £3,200
From the futuristic cityscape of Tokyo to the temples of Kyoto and the gastronomic wonderland of Osaka, this all-encompassing tour takes in Japan’s most historic and thought-provoking sights. Along the way we’ll see perfectly manicured gardens, ancient shrines and dramatic mountain gorges – and pause to taste some of each region’s finest delicacies.
- 8 Days - Osaka to Tokyo
- Tour Only from £3,362
From buzzing fish and seafood markets and ornate, centuries-old palaces to dense bamboo groves and meticulously kept gardens, Japan is home to an array of experiences that will capture your heart. Join us as we explore the country's most awe-inspiring gardens - taking in local culture and mouth-watering flavours as we go.
- 12 Days - Tokyo to Osaka
- Fly Tour from £3,395
Cherry blossoms, geisha, tea ceremonies, sake, Shinto and sacred temples; Japan has it all, and when you travel through cities and countryside alike by rail, it is all too easy to fall in love with this unique country. This tour is operated by our sister company Rail Discoveries.
- 13 Days - Tokyo and Back
- Fly Tour from £3,659
Japan - an ancient culture of emperors, fierce shoguns, samurais and brutal martial arts. Yet it’s also a place of gentle geishas, colourful kimonos, exquisite garden design and Zen Buddhism.
- 7 Days - Tokyo to Osaka
- Fly Tour from £3,695
This tour of Japan is an ideal introduction for first-time visitors, with guided tours of the country's key sites. Discover Tokyo's rich cultural heritage with visits to the city's temples, museums & shrines, tour the scenic Hakone National Park with a lake cruise and cable-car ridge for views of Mt Fuji, then explore Kyoto's famous geisha district and experience a traditional tea ceremony.
- 17 Days - Beijing to Tokyo
- Fly Tour from £4,699
Immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of these East Asian nations. In China, we’ll combine the sights and skyscrapers of Beijing and Shanghai with sleepy water towns and tai chi sessions.
- 16 Days - Sapporo to Tokyo
- Fly Tour from £4,999
A photographer’s dream, Japan’s northern most main island features large swathes of unspoilt wilderness: brilliant-blue volcanic lakes, majestically formed peaks, pristine coastlines, colourful fields and ancient forests teeming with wildlife such as bears, foxes and deer. Once connected to northern Asia during the glacial age, Hokkaido became home to the ancient Jomon culture of hunter-gatherers, who bequeathed their beliefs and traditions to the Ainu, now recently recognised as an indigenous group who occupied Hokkaido up until the 15th century.
Japan is renowned for its seasonal attractions; in spring delicate cherry blossom, one of the best-loved symbols of Japan, sweeps dramatically across the country whilst fairytale wisteria gardens create a floral extravaganza. Japan’s gardens are particularly beautiful in summer colourful lotus flowers, hydrangeas and irises set against a backdrop of lush greenery.
Some of the biggest and best festivals take place in summer, from spectacular fire festivals and colourful firework displays to traditional lantern festivals. In autumn red, orange and gold maple and gingko trees create an amazing display, with parks and gardens holding special light-up events to illuminate the stunning foliage. During winter in the north of Japan you can bathe in natural hot springs whilst being surrounded by snow, and the mountain regions turn into world-class ski slopes.
The highly-volcanic archipelago of Japan features magnificent mountain regions where hiking paths offer spectacular views from the soaring peaks, including sacred Mount Fuji. Emerald green terraced rice fields are common in this mountainous area, where beautifully curved ridges are carved into dramatic steep slopes.
The country also boasts pristine beaches, particularly on Okinawa Island where the clear blue waters, soft white sand and amazing coral reefs makes it perfect for snorkelling and diving. Japan tours visit dynamic cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, where neon-lit streetscapes contrast with tranquil temples, ancient shrines and Zen rock gardens.
Japan tours explore the country’s unique culture which dates back thousands of years and is steeped in tradition. From the distinctive white face, red lips and elaborate hairstyle of the Geisha to the fierce warrior ways of the samurai, ancient traditions still thrive in modern Japan. Sumo dates back over 1,500 years and was originally a form of Shinto ritual which has developed into a popular professional sport, whilst the martial arts of karate, kendo and judo have been practised for hundreds of years. The Japanese tea ceremony is a long-standing tradition; this meticulously-choreographed ritual is a spiritual process as well as a way of preparing and serving green tea.
Highlights of Japan
Japan’s compelling capital is a city of contrasts where the ultra-modern meets the traditional. Tokyo is a mega-metropolis with neon skyscrapers, cutting edge technology and show-stopping architecture, it also boasts the world’s highest volume of Michelin stars in a city. Yet this modern city is still deeply connected to its traditions and has ancient shrines, plant-covered wooden houses, small shanty bars and lantern-lit street-food stands. Devour fresh sushi, shop in the futuristic shopping malls for the latest gadgets, relax in the onsen (natural hot springs) and take in the dazzling panoramic views of the skyline from the top the world's tallest tower; Tokyo Sky Tree.
Kyoto is the spiritual heart of Japan; the city boasts more than 2000 atmospheric temples and shrines which showcase true masterpieces of religious architecture. Whilst the rest of Japan scrambles to be the world’s most modern country, Kyoto opts for the old way of Japanese life and many traditional arts and crafts are kept alive by artisans from generation to generation. See robed monks meditate peacefully on tatami-mat floors, smell the burning incense and hear the prayer chants echo through the zen gardens. Kyoto is the perfect place to embrace the Japanese culture and spirit. It was the city’s exceptional historic and cultural value that spared it from being a target for the atomic bomb during WWII.
The city of Hiroshima is known for being the first city in history to suffer a nuclear attack in 1945 which killed thousands and almost completely destroyed the city. The atomic bomb, detonated by the U.S., was the start of the end of WWII. To gain a better understanding of Hiroshima’s intense past, visit the Atomic Bomb Dome which was one of the few structures left standing. It has been preserved as an iconic ruin to pay tribute to the people that lost their lives and remind visitors of Hiroshima's dedication to eradicate nuclear weapons. Allow time to visit the Peace Memorial Park and explore individual’s stories at the Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Museum. Despite its dark history, Hiroshima is now a flourishing city with a thriving food scene and a vibrant nightlife.
Japan’s third largest city has an admired, laidback attitude and friendly locals that welcome tourists with open arms. Osaka is a world of colour and each building is enveloped in dazzling neon lights that reflect off the lovely river cutting through the city centre. The city is best known for its love of food and Osaka boasts an array of eateries serving up some of the best food in the world. Osaka’s unofficial slogan kuidaore translates to ‘eat until you drop’ and each evening the city is buzzing with people out for a great meal and an exciting night. Osaka is also inexpensive compared to other Japanese cities such as Tokyo so it is great for bargain shopping; particularly in the Kita and Minami districts.
The incredibly picturesque Mount Fuji is one of the most recognisable volcanoes in the world and is an icon of Japan. The dormant volcano was added to the World Heritage Site list in 2013 and each year during its two-month peak season, more than 300,000 people climb Mount Fuji. Although it is a massive accomplishment, the gruelling climb to the top is not known for its natural scenery, instead, the best place to view Fuji is from skyscrapers of Tokyo and from the Fuji Five Lakes area. Mount Fuji can be enjoyed all year round with vivid cherry blossom in spring, crisp maple foliage in autumn and snow activities in winter.
Nara was Japan’s first permanent capital and is now home to one of the country’s most iconic shrines. The Daibutsu (Great Buddha) is located in the majestic Tōdai-ji temple and rivals Mt Fuji and Kyoto's Golden Pavilion as Japan’s most awe-inspiring sight. The Giant Buddha is one of the city’s eight magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Spend some time exploring Nara-kōen, a huge park filled with beautiful shrines and temples, lush greenery and tame deer which roam freely and will happily approach tourists for food.
Japan Tour Offers
Gardens of Japan
8 nights Osaka to Tokyo
Save up to £177 on selected departures. T&Cs apply.
Allure of Japan with Snow Monkeys
21 nights Fukuoka to Tokyo
Save £1200 per couple
Japan's Cultural Treasures
11 nights Tokyo and Back
Save up to £300 on selected departures. T&Cs apply.
Japan and South Korea in Focus
24 nights Tokyo to Seoul
Fly Business Class From £0
Japan in Focus
15 nights Tokyo to Osaka
Fly Business Class From £0
Highlights of Japan
10 nights Tokyo to Osaka
Save up to £190 on selected departures. T&Cs apply.
Splendours of Japan
12 nights Tokyo to Osaka
Save up to 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.
A Journey to Japan
7 nights Tokyo to Osaka
Save up to £200 on selected departures. T&Cs apply.
9 nights Tokyo to Hiroshima
Save up to 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.