Cultural vacations in Japan
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Japan small group vacation, Japan unmasked

Japan small group vacation, Japan unmasked

Whistlestop Japan highlights with an expert tour leader
From £2,475 to £2,675 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 19 Feb, 5 Mar, 30 Apr, 14 May, 28 May, 11 Jun, 2 Jul, 26 Jul, 20 Aug, 3 Sep, 21 Sep, 1 Oct, 10 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct, 12 Nov, 26 Nov
Japan golden route vacation

Japan golden route vacation

9 night classic Japan trip: Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto
From US $2,280 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring

Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring

Japan's classic sights on a shoestring!
From US $1,242 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Japan cultural small group holiday

Japan cultural small group holiday

A journey along the ancient Tokaido highway
From £1,975 to £2,075 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 10 Mar, 26 May, 16 Jun, 28 Jul, 17 Aug, 25 Aug, 2 Sep, 29 Sep, 27 Oct, 4 Nov, 10 Nov
China and Japan vacation, Beijing to Tokyo

China and Japan vacation, Beijing to Tokyo

Incredible journey showcasing the best of two ancient cultures
From US $4,999 to US $5,399 18 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 4 Mar, 11 Mar, 18 Mar, 1 Apr, 4 Apr, 15 Apr, 29 Apr, 6 May, 13 May, 27 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 22 Jul, 29 Jul, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 16 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 17 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 11 Nov, 18 Nov
2019: 11 Jan, 22 Feb, 1 Mar, 15 Mar, 22 Mar, 29 Mar, 5 Apr, 12 Apr, 19 Apr, 26 Apr, 3 May, 10 May, 17 May, 24 May, 7 Jun, 14 Jun, 21 Jun, 28 Jun, 5 Jul, 12 Jul, 17 Jul, 19 Jul, 26 Jul, 2 Aug, 9 Aug, 23 Aug ...
Japan vacations, tailor made

Japan vacations, tailor made

Experience the highlights of Japan by train
From £4,990 14 days inc UK flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor-made and departures can be arranged all year. The sample itinerary below can be modified to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.
Japan small group vacation by bullet train

Japan small group vacation by bullet train

Japan's must-see cities and beautiful, rural countryside
From £3,495 to £3,775 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 19 May, 2 Jun, 14 Jul, 25 Aug, 15 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct
Japan group vacation, a food adventure

Japan group vacation, a food adventure

Dive into Tokyo city’s incredible food scene
From US $4,097 to US $5,010 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 18 Mar, 25 Mar, 1 Apr, 8 Apr, 15 Apr, 22 Apr, 6 May, 13 May, 20 May, 27 May, 10 Jun, 24 Jun, 19 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov
2019: 10 Mar, 17 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 7 Apr, 14 Apr, 21 Apr, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 9 Jun, 23 Jun, 18 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov
Kyoto to Tokyo small group vacation in Japan

Kyoto to Tokyo small group vacation in Japan

Journey into the heart of Japan - Kyoto to Tokyo
From US $4,161 to US $5,285 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 17 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 7 Apr, 10 Apr, 16 Apr, 19 Apr, 21 Apr, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 9 Jun, 7 Jul, 14 Jul, 21 Jul, 4 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 16 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov
2019: 9 Mar, 16 Mar, 23 Mar, 30 Mar, 2 Apr, 6 Apr, 9 Apr, 13 Apr, 15 Apr, 18 Apr, 20 Apr, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 25 May, 8 Jun, 6 Jul, 13 Jul, 20 Jul, 3 Aug, 31 Aug, 7 Sep, 14 Sep, 21 Sep, 5 Oct ...
Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan

Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan

Shikoku 88 Pilgimage route self-guided walking
From US $1,095 to US $1,985 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan honeymoon tour on a shoestring

Japan honeymoon tour on a shoestring

Simple hotels, rustic ryokan, unforgettable honeymoon.
From US $1,849 13 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Hiking tours to Japan

Hiking tours to Japan

Explore the backroads of Japan
From US $4,290 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 11 Mar, 25 Mar, 11 May, 4 Jun, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 4 Nov, 11 Nov
Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai

Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai

Ultra-modern Tokyo to Imperial Kyoto
From US $4,275 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 24 Mar, 2 Apr, 9 Apr, 7 May, 15 Jul, 14 Oct, 3 Nov
Japan family vacation

Japan family vacation

Throw yourself into the whirl of Japan
From US $3,412 to US $4,180 11 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 17 Dec
2018: 1 Apr, 8 Apr, 10 Jun, 1 Jul, 22 Jul, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 21 Oct
Up to US $850 off. Late availability on these dates: 17 Dec
Wheelchair accessible vacation to Japan

Wheelchair accessible vacation to Japan

Wheelchair-friendly version of Japan's highlights
From US $4,290 11 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
South Korea and Japan tour

South Korea and Japan tour

Oppa Gangnam Style!
From US $3,500 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 4 Sep
Japan culinary heritage tour

Japan culinary heritage tour

Regional cuisine, the heart and soul of Japanese culture.
From US $4,365 11 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 24 Nov
2018: 11 May, 28 Sep
Japan and South Korea tour

Japan and South Korea tour

Explore Japan and South Korea
From £4,699 16 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 4 Nov
Japan ancient capitals self guided walking tour

Japan ancient capitals self guided walking tour

Ancient Capitals, historic trails and cultural treasures.
From US $1,095 5 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Soul of Japan tour

Soul of Japan tour

Dive into the soul of Japan.
From £2,999 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan family tour, rural adventure

Japan family tour, rural adventure

A family trip with amazing insights into Japan’s traditions
From US $2,685 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 22 Jul, 25 Sep
Japan culture and cuisine tour

Japan culture and cuisine tour

Experience the Culinary delights of Japan
From £3,299 to £4,749 12 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan

Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan

The tranquil magic of winter on the Nakasendo trail
From US $2,685 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 27 Jan, 17 Feb
Japan self drive vacation, Best of Kyushu

Japan self drive vacation, Best of Kyushu

Explore Japans stunning great outdoors.
From £5,580 17 days inc UK flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan walking tour of Shikoku

Japan walking tour of Shikoku

Beautiful Shikoku Island and the 88 Pilgrimage trail
From US $4,275 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 13 May, 4 Nov
The Japanese Alps private tour

The Japanese Alps private tour

Folklore and samurai culture in the Japanese Alps
From £2,655 10 days ex flights
Tailor made
Japan luxury vacation

Japan luxury vacation

An introduction to mesmerising Japan.
From US $8,788 9 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Cherry Blossom luxury tour in Japan

Cherry Blossom luxury tour in Japan

Experience Japan's most vibrant season
From US $9,784 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan small group tour, in the shadow of mountains

Japan small group tour, in the shadow of mountains

Western Honshu's coasts - Japan Sea and Inland Sea
From US $4,320 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 23 May, 26 Sep
Japan tour, winter festivals

Japan tour, winter festivals

An adventure of natural, cultural and artistic delights.
From US $2,775 to US $3,265 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 5 Feb, 10 Feb
2019: 5 Feb, 8 Feb, 10 Feb
Late availability on these dates: 05 Feb, 10 Feb
Japan cultural small group holiday
From
£1,975
excluding flights
The entire trip was so awesome. Lots of exciting things to taste, see and experience. Great way to meet people who enjoy traveling as much as I do. Fantastic trip. (more)Anuschka Veckranges
Really enjoyed the variety of visiting different regions of Japan e.g. busy Tokyo, tranquil Hakone, beautiful Kyoto and Nara and Kamakura. (more)Eva Jolly
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
From
US $1,242
excluding flights
Our whole trip was memorable and exciting! We loved the Disney Sea park and Cafe Eorzea. We also enjoyed Zauo (fishing restaurant), our guide in Kyoto, our Ryokan, Arashiyama monkey park, and so much more! (more)Sarah Shadday
Meeting a Maiko (trainee Geisha) in Kyoto was a fantastic experience! Exploring the old city of Kyoto with an amazing guide was also wonderful! Fantastic, the absolute best vacation we have been on! (more)Owen Cawley
Absolutely brilliant. We were a little anxious beforehand as we had not participated in a group tour before but we certainly do so again provided it was with your organisation! (more)Anne Davies
Japan small group vacation, Japan unmasked
From
£2,475
excluding flights
The loveliness of Nagano was a surprise (the zen temple ceremony really special) Takayama (the city as a whole and a wonderful restaurant we found Kyoya), Masamoto castle, and the okonomiyaki meal in Hiroshima. (more)Helen Weingarten
All of it was fantastic. An amazing experience, made possible by an awesome tour leader. (more)Colin Catt
The highlights for me personally were a visit to the D.T. Suzuki Museum in Kanazawa and the visit to the O Torii Gate on the island of Itsukushima, where deer roam freely. The whole two weeks were a whirlwind of amazing sights, sounds and experiences. (more)Linda Marlow
Japan golden route vacation
From
US $2,280
excluding flights
The japanese alps, Miyajima, Hiroshima, cooking class, visit to Maiko, cycling - actually. Everything! The trip was fantastic, really well organised - we just had to arrive and enjoy! (more)Amita Patel
The most memorable was the boat ride down the Hozugawa River starting at Kameoka and a JR train journey from Kyoto that is reasonably short. It was a real experience, and made worry free by the superb back-up of the tour operator. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend them. (more)Ian Halstead
It's hard to identify just one most memorable or exciting part - everything was amazing. The culture, the people, the food, the scenery, the transportation. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. (more)Garry Radford
Japan small group vacation by bullet train
From
£3,495
excluding flights
Autumn colours were wonderful and the temples were most interesting. Excellent, with attention to detail, which made the tour very easy for the group. Hotels very good. (more)Ann Caroe
Very good itinerary that included cities and countryside and a variety of types of accommodation. There was plenty of optional free time to explore one your own if you wanted. Brian, the tour leader was conscientious and helpful, we were particularly impressed that he met us at our hotel on arrival in Japan in spite of the very late hour. (more)Andy Goodenough
We particularly liked Takayama. We had the experience of staying in Ryokan and were fully exposed to Japanese breakfasts...Very good itinary, Good logistics. (more)Geoff Wright
Hiking tours to Japan
From
US $4,290
excluding flights
We particularly enjoyed Kyoto which gave a mix of city living with the cultural experiences. We visited Sanjusangendo temple which holds 1001 life sized statues... (more)Lisa Thompson
This was an excellent trip. ...Walking in the countryside - seeing parts of Japan that I would never have discovered on my own and being guided by a reliable expert. Asuka, Dorogawa and the Mitarai Gorge were particularly memorable. Also - wonderful exotic food, charming ryokans and soothing onsens. (more)Una Dinning
Kyoto to Tokyo small group vacation in Japan
From
US $4,161
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The cherry blossom in Japan. Tips? Take an umbrella, be ready to walk a lot and have fun. Local benefits? Yes, especially the local hotels amd ryokan. Overall rating? Excellent. Very good guide (Kimi) who went beyond the vacation description, taking us on tours, and explaining the local customs. We explored other tours before booking with this company and this was best value for money. (more)Mary-Anne Rose
Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai
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US $4,275
excluding flights
Experiencing such a different culture and all things Japanese was the best. Excellent. Fumiko was a very helpful, informative and patient guide. We saw amazing temples, landscape etc. (more)Janet Barwell
The whole thing was tremendous - felt we got a real insight into Japan today and in the past....One of the best vacations we have been on - very well planned to give a varied taste of the Japanese culture. (more)Anne Cooper
The most memorable part of the vacation was getting a bit of an insight into the people and culture of everyday Japan by traveling on local trains and buses and staying in local inns in rural areas rather than faceless hotels. (more)Nicola Lindsey
Japan vacations, tailor made
From
£4,990
including UK flights
The Noto Peninsula except for Wakura and the villages in the various parts of the countryside. Having a car made the difference. (more)Geraldine Hickey
Not the best vacation we have ever been on, too many problems, Some poor hotels, Guides who weren't that knowledgeable. Japanese not too helpful. Poor signposts not many in English, (more)JULIE HARRISON
The autumn colours were just amazing in Japan. Its a fascinating culture with so many memorable experiences, just a few spring to mind, walking the Nakesendo highway, staying at the Mitsui Garden hotel in Tokyo, the views are mind blowing from here, Geisha spotting in Kyoto... (more)Katherine Windibank
Japan cultural immersion vacation
From
£3,950
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Firstly - Sumo wrestling was an incredible spectacle. This won't be offered on all. Hands on Japan trips, but if you have the opportunity seize it with both hands. Secondly - Shrines and Temples are endlessly amazing. Tips? Take a book that you can collect stamp impressions in (not postage stamps, but rubber stamps). Make sure it is fairly large as many of the temples, gardens, train stations, etc.... offer some really exciting rubber stamps you can collect that... (more)Monte Gates
Japan honeymoon tour on a shoestring
From
US $1,849
excluding flights
Walking the old samurai trials was incredible, as well as exploring the many temples and shrines in Kyoto. Amazing, we loved every moment. (more)Mairi Towl
Excellent, stunning, huge variety of tastes, sights and experiences. We went budget but it was definitely first class! (more)John Hayes
Hidden Japan vacation
From
£3,695
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Everything! Traveling extensively using the local transport - every type, meant we saw such a large range of places, did lots of activities, experienced historical and modern displays, interacted with the local people and tasted a big variety of food. Tips? Travel light. Prepare for lots of traditional Japanese food. Bring comfy shoes. Local benefits? Yes. We travelled by public transport most of the time which is very efficient. We engaged with many locals... (more)Susan White
Southern Japan small group vacation
From
US $4,500
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Seeing Mt Sakurajima look very peaceful and then erupt and having an Onsen by the beach. Tips? Pack lightly and be prepared to spend a lot of time on public transport as you travel large distances. While it is called a walking tour you don't actually walk large distances most days. Local benefits? Yes, We stayed in family run accommodation about half the time and ate a lot of local food prepared by locals rather than big companies. Overall rating? Very... (more)Barbara and Peter Gray
vacation in Japan
From
US $3,791
excluding flights
Superb. Would recommend it wholeheartedly. Thanks very much. (more)Simon Toller
A lot of good experiences - elephant ride on Christmas day - meeting a monk for meditation - Thai massage (ouch ouch ouch) and some great pampering. Food was often an adventure too. (more)Joanna Hughes
Really enjoyed visiting the ethnic minority villages in Sapa - our tour leader Hue enabled us to visit the villagers and take part in their new year celebrations. (more)Bethany Wright
Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan
From
US $1,095
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Everything was memorable: The temples, the people we met, the landscape, the food, the places we stayed at. Tips? Perhaps not to spend to much time at each temple in order to catch the transport connections or reach the guest houses without hurrying up. Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? A success. (more)Annatina Monnier
Adventure vacation in Japan
From
US $4,299
excluding flights
Memorable parts? A painting exhibition in Hiroshima. Tips? It actually isn't that difficult getting around Japan but a few simple Japanese phrases help break the ice. Local benefits? We had very little interaction with local people and employed no local guides which was really a pity. We impacted on the environment just as much as any other tourists. Overall rating? Reasonable. (more)Margaret Good
Japan vacation, ancient and modern
From
US $5,735
excluding flights
Fabulous people - so welcoming and polite. Loved the Onsens - open air thermal baths where you bathe naked! (more)Rosie Morgan
Excellent... (more)Ruth Martin
Being in a totally different culture, the people were so friendly and helpful, it was the best! (more)Cindy Faithfull
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