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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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Japan has many dynamic cities such as Tokyo and Kyoto which boast neon-lit streetscapes and wondrous architecture. Each city centre buzzes with excitement from tourists and locals going about their day; often shopping, eating, drinking and just generally having a good time. Japan’s cities radiate positivity and are great to experience whilst touring Japan. The shopping malls and high streets are phenomenal albeit relatively pricey and the fashion is always on trend. Even when surrounded by neon-lit skyscrapers and trendy stores, you are never too far from traditional Japan. Whichever direction you find yourself wandering in, you are sure to come across a stunning temple, scenic park, a Zen rock garden or an ancient shrine.

The Japanese cuisine is among the best in the world and is a big part of the country’s culture. Wherever you are in Japan, you are never too far from a delicious meal. The cuisine varies dramatically from region to region so it is helpful to keep an open mind when trying new dishes. Tokyo is home to a number of Michelin star restaurants and a number of award-winning restaurants can be found throughout Japan. Some restaurants specialise in one particular dish which will have been perfected and passed down through generations. Whether bought from a street-food stand or a Michelin star restaurant, Japanese food is a gastronomical delight made with fresh, local ingredients.

Japan is a highly-volcanic archipelago with a number of magnificent mountain regions including the famous Mount Fuji as well as wonderful hot springs. During the winter months, these mountain regions turn into world-class ski slopes and in the summer, there are excellent hiking paths offering spectacular views from the soaring peaks. The country also boasts pristine beaches, particularly on the island of Okinawa. These gorgeous subtropical beaches have clear blue waters, soft white sand and amazing coral reefs making them perfect for snorkelling and diving.


Featured Japan Tours

Splendours of Japan

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.

2019 - Apr, Oct
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From £3127pp
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Spiritual Japan

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.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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From £3307pp
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Japan

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.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Nov
From £3369pp
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Classic Japan

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.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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From £3595pp
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Japan and Russia Explorer

Delve into the fascinating culture of Japan and get an introduction to a diverse Russian city. In dazzling Tokyo, we tour the incredible Imperial Palace and try our hand at sushi-making.

2019 - Apr
From £3899pp
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Essence of Japan

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.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
From £3999pp
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Wonders of Japan

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.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
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From £4585pp
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Journey through Japan

With the bright lights of Tokyo, an ancient trading route, magnificent shrines and tea with a Geisha it could only be the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. On this spectacular tour, centuries old traditions meld together with the ultra modern to make a country and culture that is truly unique.

2019 - May
From £4799pp
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Japan's Cultural Treasures

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.

2019 - Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct, Nov
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From £4995pp
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Discover Japan

After spending two nights in Japan’s incredible capital, circumnavigate the whole country on a two-week voyage, which also includes a day in Busan, South Korea’s ambitious city. Every port offers opportunities to experience the modern, the old and the wild sides of these countries, with wonderful temples and castles, volcanic hot springs and beautiful parks, traditional tea houses and delicious seafood, and vast mountains and giant skyscrapers.

2019 - Aug
From £5199pp
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Journey through Japan

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

2020 - Mar, Apr, May 2019 - Sep, Oct, Nov
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From £6740pp
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Essence of Japan

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.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
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From £8428pp
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Cruising Japan - Northbound

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.

2019 - Apr, May
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From £9242pp
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Cruising Japan - Southbound

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.

2019 - Apr
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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!
From £9242pp
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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.

Japan Tour Offers

  • Classic Japan

    9 days Tokyo to Hiroshima
    From £3595pp

    Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.

  • Spiritual Japan

    8 days Osaka and Back
    From £3307pp

    Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.

  • Splendours of Japan

    8 days Tokyo to Osaka
    From £3127pp

    Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.

  • Cruising Japan - Southbound

    13 days Osaka, Japan to Tokyo, Japan
    From £9242pp

    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!

  • Essence of Japan

    12 days Tokyo, Japan and Back
    From £8428pp

    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!

  • Cruising Japan - Northbound

    13 days Osaka, Japan to Tokyo, Japan
    From £9242pp

    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!

  • Journey through Japan

    11 days Tokyo to Kyoto
    From £6740pp

    No single supplements for the first four solo places per departure date