Small group 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 £1,790 to £2,675 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 3 Jul, 10 Jul, 31 Jul, 11 Sep, 9 Oct, 23 Oct, 30 Oct, 13 Nov
2018: 19 Feb, 5 Mar, 30 Apr, 14 May, 28 May, 11 Jun, 2 Jul, 20 Aug, 3 Sep, 21 Sep, 1 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct, 12 Nov, 26 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: 2017: 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 16 Sep, 7 Oct
2018: 4 Mar, 18 Mar, 1 Apr, 4 Apr, 15 Apr, 18 Apr, 29 Apr, 6 May, 9 May, 13 May, 27 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 29 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 16 Sep, 3 Oct, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 17 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 9 Dec
Japan cultural small group holiday

Japan cultural small group holiday

A journey along the ancient Tokaido highway
From £1,275 to £2,075 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 8 Jul, 5 Aug, 19 Aug, 23 Sep, 28 Oct, 4 Nov
2018: 10 Mar, 26 May, 16 Jun, 28 Jul, 25 Aug, 29 Sep, 27 Oct, 10 Nov
Japan group vacation, a food adventure

Japan group vacation, a food adventure

Dive into Tokyo cityís incredible food scene
From US $3,832 to US $4,975 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 6 Aug, 3 Sep, 17 Sep, 1 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct, 12 Nov
2018: 11 Mar, 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
Hiking tours to Japan

Hiking tours to Japan

Explore the backroads of Japan
From US $3,990 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 17 Sep, 1 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov
2018: 11 Mar, 25 Mar, 11 May, 4 Jun, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 4 Nov, 11 Nov
Japan small group vacation, Kyoto to Tokyo

Japan small group vacation, Kyoto to Tokyo

Journey into the heart of Japan - Kyoto to Tokyo
From US $4,390 to US $5,630 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 1 Jul, 15 Jul, 5 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 23 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov
2018: 17 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 7 Apr, 14 Apr, 21 Apr, 12 May, 26 May, 9 Jun, 14 Jul, 4 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 17 Nov
Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan

Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan

Village-to-village walking on the historic Nakasendo trail
From US $4,140 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 20 Jul, 4 Sep, 25 Sep, 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov
2018: 25 Mar, 2 Apr, 8 Apr, 12 Apr, 16 Apr, 6 May, 12 May, 17 May, 21 May, 16 Jul, 10 Sep, 24 Sep, 7 Oct, 12 Oct, 14 Oct, 4 Nov, 8 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: 2017: 16 Jul, 15 Oct, 4 Nov
2018: 24 Mar, 2 Apr, 9 Apr, 7 May, 15 Jul, 14 Oct, 3 Nov
Japan vacation, ancient and modern

Japan vacation, ancient and modern

Explore the attractions of this vibrant nation
From US $5,425 to US $5,735 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 18 Oct, 20 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov
2018: 16 Mar, 23 Mar, 30 Mar, 6 Apr, 13 Apr, 20 Apr, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 21 Sep, 28 Sep, 5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 9 Nov
Japan small group vacation by bullet train

Japan small group vacation by bullet train

Japan's must-see cities and beautiful, rural countryside
From £2,850 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 29 Jul, 19 Aug, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 14 Oct
2018: 19 May, 2 Jun, 14 Jul, 25 Aug, 15 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct
Kumano Kodo trekking vacation, Japan

Kumano Kodo trekking vacation, Japan

Village to village walking in the sacred Kii Peninsula
From US $3,165 to US $3,350 9 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 9 Oct, 6 Nov, 11 Nov
2018: 5 Apr, 16 Apr, 14 May, 4 Jun, 8 Oct, 5 Nov, 10 Nov
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 £4,559 to £4,699 16 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 5 Nov
2018: 4 Nov
Introductory offer of £100 per person discount for November group tour
family Japan (shell)

family Japan (shell)

A family trip with amazing insights into Japanís traditions
From US $2,685 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 23 Jul, 24 Sep
2018: 22 Jul, 25 Sep
Bring the kids along! Discover the unknown side of Japan on a family adventure... Meet the people, learn while enjoying local experiences, and connect with rural communities. We still have spaces on our 23rd of July departure!
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 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: 2017: 5 Nov
2018: 13 May, 4 Nov
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: 2017: 27 Sep
2018: 23 May, 26 Sep
Spaces available on 27th Sep departure. From sea to sea in southern Japan, explore enchanting castle towns, see Miyajima Island with its iconic red torii gate and free-roaming deer and much more.
Japan tour, winter festivals

Japan tour, winter festivals

An adventure of natural, cultural and artistic delights.
From US $3,380 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 5 Feb, 8 Feb, 10 Feb
Japan small group tour

Japan small group tour

Bold cities, beautiful lakes and spectacular Mount Fuji
From US $4,725 to US $5,202 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 17 Dec, 31 Dec
2018: 24 Mar, 7 Apr, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 17 Dec, 31 Dec
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Japan family vacation

Japan family vacation

Be transported into a world of cultural mystery and intrigue
From US $4,458 to US $4,811 11 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 1 Jul, 12 Aug, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 16 Dec
Japan walking vacation, Mt Fuji and the Japanese Alps

Japan walking vacation, Mt Fuji and the Japanese Alps

Kyoto, Tokyo and the Japanese Matterhorn
From US $4,445 to US $4,715 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 23 Jul, 6 Aug, 20 Aug
2018: 22 Jul, 5 Aug, 19 Aug
Japan cultural immersion vacation

Japan cultural immersion vacation

Cultural activites and traditional experiences galore
From £2,915 to £3,950 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 17 Sep
2018: 13 May, 9 Sep
Northern Japan tour

Northern Japan tour

Off the beaten path in magical northern Japan
From £3,405 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 16 Oct
2018: 11 Jun, 22 Oct
Hidden Japan vacation

Hidden Japan vacation

Get beneath the surface into the heart of Japan
From £2,790 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 20 Jul, 17 Aug, 28 Sep, 12 Oct
2018: 15 Mar, 10 May, 24 May, 26 Jul, 27 Sep, 25 Oct, 1 Nov, 15 Nov
Japan trekking vacation, North from Tokyo

Japan trekking vacation, North from Tokyo

A walking journey, rich in spirituality and tradition
From US $4,320 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 21 Jul, 1 Sep
2018: 20 Jul, 31 Aug, 16 Sep
A small-group guided walking tour to explore the dramatic peaks and soothing hot springs of the north of Japan. We guaranteed our 2017 departures and still have spaces available on these departure dates: 21st of July and 8th of September!
Japan tour, village traditions

Japan tour, village traditions

Rural activities and traditional crafts in central Japan
From US $3,000 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 28 Sep
2018: 17 May, 27 Sep
Spaces available on 28th Sep departure. See Japan's warm agricultural side and discover the enduring magic of the country's rural traditions.
vacation in Japan

vacation in Japan

Take the bullet train Tokyo to Kyoto
From US $4,038 to US $5,185 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: Departs most Saturdays throughout the year.
Adventure vacation in Japan

Adventure vacation in Japan

Japan's technology & temples
From US $3,740 to US $4,499 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 10 Jul, 17 Jul, 31 Jul, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, 4 Sep, 18 Sep, 25 Sep, 2 Oct, 9 Oct, 16 Oct, 23 Oct, 6 Nov, 20 Nov, 4 Dec, 18 Dec
2018: 2 Jan, 30 Jan, 27 Feb, 6 Mar, 13 Mar, 18 Mar, 20 Mar, 25 Mar, 27 Mar, 29 Mar, 1 Apr, 8 Apr, 9 Apr, 10 Apr, 15 Apr, 16 Apr, 1 May, 7 May, 8 May, 15 May, 22 May, 29 May, 5 Jun, 12 Jun, 19 Jun, 26 Jun, 2 Jul, 9 Jul, 16 Jul, 24 Jul, 31 Jul, 7 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, 4 Sep, 11 Sep, 18 Sep ...
Japan small group vacation, Tokyo to Kyoto

Japan small group vacation, Tokyo to Kyoto

See the best of Japan without busting your budget.
From US $1,843 to US $2,260 9 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 19 Aug, 2 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov, 18 Nov
2018: 3 Feb, 17 Feb, 3 Mar, 10 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 7 Apr, 14 Apr, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 9 Jun, 23 Jun, 7 Jul, 14 Jul, 21 Jul, 4 Aug, 18 Aug, 1 Sep, 15 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 17 Nov
Southern Japan small group vacation

Southern Japan small group vacation

Off the beaten track in Kyoto, Nara & Kyushu
From US $4,500 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 9 Oct, 14 Oct
2018: 5 May, 8 Oct, 27 Oct
    Japan cultural small group holiday
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    £1,275
    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 small group vacation, Japan unmasked
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    £1,790
    excluding flights
    The day with the snow monkeys sticks in my mind but the morning we spent at the Buddhist morning prayer was also incredible. Absolutely amazing! Hugh did an incredible job showing us around and had an excellent rappor with the locals. This has been my favourite vacation so far. (more)Nathaniel Castle
    The art and Japanese craft museums blew me away and despite the cold temperatures, the temples, shrines and gardens still looked wonderful. Not living in a cold climate, I found the snow up north quite exciting. Terrific fun with a group brought together through skilful leadership... We saw and did things we hadn't expected to do and tried so many delicious food styles. (more)Wendy Dooley
    The breadth of experience, from the neon lighted frantic pace of Tokyo, to the 5am chanting of monks at a Nagano temple, all connected by the thrill of the Shinkansen. (more)Keith Swindell
    Japan small group vacation by bullet train
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    £2,850
    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
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    US $3,990
    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
    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 small group vacation, Kyoto to Tokyo
    From
    US $4,390
    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 Intrepid and this was best value for money (more)Mary-Anne Rose
    vacation in Japan
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    US $4,038
    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
    Southern Japan small group vacation
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    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
    Hidden Japan vacation
    From
    £2,790
    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
    Japan family vacation
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    US $4,458
    excluding flights
    Memorable parts? a) Our guide, Silvia, recommended a garden (Happo-en) in Tokyo to visit on our free day - the trip there and the garden were great fun, we all enjoys the blossom and chatting to brides having their photos taken with the magnificent blossom as a background. b) having our picture "printed" onto top of our coffee/ baby chin no's at Ginza shopping was amazing highlight. c) Sushi breakfast was amazing - Silvia took us to a very special place for this authentic experience -the... (more)Kate Mathers
    Adventure vacation in Japan
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    US $3,740
    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 $5,425
    excluding flights
    Excellent... (more)Ruth Martin
    Being in a totally different culture, the people were so friendly and helpful, it was the best! (more)Cindy Faithfull
    My vacation was absolutely fantastic - I have never had such a great time, never loved somewhere so much, never actually had my breath taken away so often, absorbed so much atmosphere, relaxed so completely or felt so carefree and happy as I did on this trip to Japan (more)Julia Young
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