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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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13 Days - Tokyo and Back from £3369pp
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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.

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Adventures through Japan

13 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka from £3495pp
  • 13 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka
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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.

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Discovering Japan

12 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka from £3695pp
  • 12 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka
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Ancient ceremonies meet 21st century technology in this astonishing country of contrasts. This fascinating tour goes a long way to interpret the mystery of Japan as we cross the country on high-speed bullet trains. Join us for 13 days as we explore the 'Land of the Rising Sun' by rail.

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Spiritual Japan

8 Nights - Osaka and Back from £3725pp
  • 8 Nights - Osaka and Back
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Retrace the steps of the ancients - a spiritual interlude with some of Japan's most sacred places and the extraordinary rituals performed throughout millennia. Visit the birthplace of Shingon Buddism, the elegantly painted sliding doors of Kongobunji Temple and delight in vegetarian dishes served by local monks at their monastery lodgings.

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Classic Japan

9 Nights - Tokyo to Hiroshima from £3937pp
  • 9 Nights - Tokyo to Hiroshima
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A tale of three iconic cities and three former capitals - your epic journey through Japan blends old and new, with soul-stirring visits to ancient centres and modern cities.

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Discovering Japan

12 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka from £4095pp
  • 12 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka
  • Fly Tour from £4095pp

Ancient ceremonies meet 21st century technology in this astonishing country of contrasts. This fascinating tour goes a long way to interpret the mystery of Japan as we cross the country on high-speed bullet trains.

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Essence of Japan

13 Nights - Tokyo and Back from £4199pp
  • 13 Nights - Tokyo and Back
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Ancient and ultra-modern sit shoulder to shoulder in Japan. Over two weeks, we’ll experience both, exploring high-paced cities, hushed shrines and temples, and serene gardens.

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Splendours of Japan

12 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka from £4292pp
  • 12 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka
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Discover the essence of Japan on a journey of discovery from iconic Tokyo to Takayama and Kyoto.

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Japanese Winter Wonderland

11 Nights - Kyoto to Sapporo from £4299pp
  • 11 Nights - Kyoto to Sapporo
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Japanese Winter Wonderland shines a light on some of the country’s lesser-visited treasures. You’ll tour Tokyo National Museum and Nishiki Market in Kyoto, and stay in an authentic ryokan surrounded by footprint-free snowy landscapes - a real highlight.

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Wonders of Japan

12 Nights - Tokyo to Kyoto from £4585pp
  • 12 Nights - Tokyo to Kyoto
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This leisurely-paced tour takes you on a captivating journey across Japan. Discover iconic sights, scenery and the country’s unique fusion of age-old traditions and ultra-modern cities.

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China and Japan - Timeless Traditions

17 Nights - Beijing to Tokyo from £4699pp
  • 17 Nights - Beijing to Tokyo
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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.

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Japan's Cultural Treasures

11 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka from £4895pp
  • 11 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka
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Discover the cultural heritage of Japan on this exciting journey through the country’s main island of Honshu. Visit the tranquil Kenroku-en garden and the castle of Kanazawa before exploring the imperial city of Kyoto with its many temples and shrines.

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Grand Tour of the Orient

16 Nights - Beijing to Hong Kong from £4895pp
  • 16 Nights - Beijing to Hong Kong
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Uncover the incredible countries of China and Japan on this comprehensive tour that takes in some of the most incredible history, sights, and cities that these two exquisite countries have to offer.

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Grand Tour of Japan

15 Nights - Sapporo to Hakata from £5695pp
  • 15 Nights - Sapporo to Hakata
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Absorb ancient history and timeless tradition as we travel through the 'Land of the Rising Sun' by futuristic bullet train. Sample Japanese whiskey, soak up the spectacular sight of Mount Fuji, experience an authentic tea ceremony and explore the bustling cities of Tokyo and Hiroshima on an all-encompassing route through Japan's highlights.

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Majestic Japan

10 Nights - Osaka to Tokyo from £6250pp
  • 10 Nights - Osaka to Tokyo
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A master of modernity and steward of tradition, Japan delights and surprises with neon-lit highstreets, ancient temples and boundless natural beauty. Meet knowledgeable locals, see iconic sites, taste exotic flavours and wonder at Mother Nature, as you journey via bullet train from cutting-edge cities to unexplored wildernesses in luxurious comfort.

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Journey through Japan

11 Nights - Tokyo to Kyoto from £6995pp
  • 11 Nights - Tokyo to Kyoto
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No single supplements for the first four solo places per departure date

The ideal escape for those keen to embrace both modern and traditional Japan. Journey from futuristic Tokyo to ancient Kyoto, seeing everything from samurai houses to the world-famous bullet train

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Essence of Japan

12 Nights - Tokyo, Japan and Back from £8428pp
  • 12 Nights - Tokyo, Japan and Back
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Book between now and the 31st December 2019 for travel in 2018/2019/2020 and receive an additional hotel night free pre or post tour!

Traditional arts, tranquil gardens, colorful pagodas, and ancient shrines are just some of what you'll experience on Tauck's comprehensive Japan trip that takes in Tokyo, Hakone, Kanazawa and Kyoto, as well as off-the-beaten-track villages in the countryside.

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Japan Highlights

13 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka from £8595pp
  • 13 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka
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Cruising Japan - Northbound

13 Nights - Osaka, Japan to Tokyo, Japan from £9242pp
  • 13 Nights - Osaka, Japan to Tokyo, Japan
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Book between now and the 31st December 2019 for travel in 2018/2019/2020 and receive an additional hotel night free pre or post tour!

Spend fourteen days discovering the "land of the rising sun" on the best of Japan cruises - with 8 nights aboard our elegant yacht Le Soléal and 5 nights at premier hotels in the heart of Osaka and Tokyo. Explore Nara, Uno Ko, Uwajima, Kagoshima, Nagasaki and more.

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Cruising Japan - Southbound

13 Nights - Osaka, Japan to Tokyo, Japan from £9242pp
  • 13 Nights - Osaka, Japan to Tokyo, Japan
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Book between now and the 31st December 2019 for travel in 2018/2019/2020 and receive an additional hotel night free pre or post tour!

Spend fourteen days discovering the "land of the rising sun" on the best of Japan cruises - with eight nights aboard our elegant yacht Le Soléal and five nights at premier hotels in the heart of Osaka and Tokyo; explore Nara, Uno Ko, Uwajima, Kagoshima, Nagasaki and more.

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Best of Japan

14 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka from £9545pp
  • 14 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka
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Starting in Japan's vibrant capital city, you will discover the remarkable sights and uncover the wonderful culture this country has to offer, on a trip that comprises travel on the famous Bullet Train.

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Essential Japan

18 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka from £10695pp
  • 18 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka
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Treasures of Japan

18 Nights - Fukuoka to Tokyo from £12145pp
  • 18 Nights - Fukuoka to Tokyo
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Splendours of Japan

8 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka from £3475pp
  • 8 Nights - Tokyo to Osaka
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In Takayama celebrate the changing seasons as the jangle of bells and boom-boom-bang of drums accompany a captivating parade of festival floats on the streets. In Kyoto indulge in a delicious kaiseki lunch at a traditional ryokan and gain an insight into Japanese customs.

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Japan Unveiled

15 Nights - Fukuoka to Tokyo from £9295pp
  • 15 Nights - Fukuoka to Tokyo
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Discover Japan

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

  • Tokyo

    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

    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.

  • Hiroshima

    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.

  • Osaka

    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.

  • Mount Fuji

    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

    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.

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