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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 £2,795 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 11 Jun, 26 Jul, 20 Aug, 3 Sep, 21 Sep, 1 Oct, 10 Oct, 12 Nov, 26 Nov
2019: 18 Feb, 4 Mar, 29 Apr, 13 May, 27 May, 10 Jun
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 $4,505 to US $5,399 18 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 29 Jul, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 17 Oct, 21 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, 30 Aug, 4 Sep, 6 Sep, 13 Sep, 20 Sep, 27 Sep, 4 Oct, 11 Oct, 18 Oct, 25 Oct, 1 Nov, 8 Nov, 15 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
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Japan cultural small group holiday

Japan cultural small group holiday

A journey along the ancient Tokaido highway
From £1,975 to £1,995 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 26 May, 16 Jun, 28 Jul, 17 Aug, 25 Aug, 2 Sep, 29 Sep, 27 Oct, 4 Nov, 10 Nov
2019: 9 Mar, 25 May, 15 Jun
Japan group vacation, a food adventure

Japan group vacation, a food adventure

Dive into Tokyo city’s incredible food scene
From US $4,820US $4,760 to US $5,465 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 10 Jun, 19 Aug, 9 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov
2019: 10 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 7 Apr, 14 Apr, 21 Apr, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 23 Jun, 18 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 22 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov
Up to US $250 off. Late availability on these dates: 10 Jun, 19 Aug
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 $4,895 to US $5,550 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 9 Jun, 7 Jul, 14 Jul, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 16 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, 12 Oct, 15 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct, 2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov
Late availability on these dates: 09 Jun, 07 Jul, 14 Jul
Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan

Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan

Shikoku 88 Pilgimage route self-guided walking
From US $1,150 to US $2,095 10 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 $2,775 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 26 Jan, 16 Feb
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: 26 Sep
2019: 22 May, 25 Sep
Hiking tours to Japan

Hiking tours to Japan

Explore the backroads of Japan
From US $4,490 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 4 Jun, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 14 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov
2019: 10 Mar, 24 Mar, 7 Apr, 21 Apr, 19 May, 2 Jun, 15 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 20 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov
Late availability on these dates: 04 Jun
Japan small group tour

Japan small group tour

Bold cities, beautiful lakes and spectacular Mount Fuji
From US $3,019 to US $3,139 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 22 Sep, 6 Oct, 8 Dec, 22 Dec
2019: 5 Jan, 23 Mar, 6 Apr, 20 Apr, 14 Sep, 28 Sep, 12 Oct, 7 Dec, 21 Dec
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: 2 Jun, 14 Jul, 25 Aug
2019: 18 May, 1 Jun
Southern Japan small group tour

Southern Japan small group tour

Experience a different side to Japan on its southern islands
From £4,563 to £5,325 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 14 Jun, 19 Jul, 9 Aug, 6 Sep, 13 Sep, 4 Oct, 11 Oct, 1 Nov
2019: 28 Mar, 4 Apr, 11 Apr, 16 May, 23 May, 13 Jun, 18 Jul, 8 Aug, 5 Sep, 12 Sep, 3 Oct, 10 Oct, 31 Oct
Up to US $500 off. Late availability on these dates: 14 Jun, 19 Jul, 09 Aug
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Central Japan vacation, small group

Central Japan vacation, small group

Explore Japan- the land of the Samurai
From £6,495 to £6,795 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 14 Nov
2019: 10 Apr, 13 Nov
Nikko and Yumoto Onsen walking tour, Japan

Nikko and Yumoto Onsen walking tour, Japan

Explore Nikko and hike in the beautiful Oku Nikko plains.
From US $1,120 4 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Biking vacation in Japan

Biking vacation in Japan

Sociable cycling tour of Japan's culture and nature
From US $5,815 to US $6,585 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 23 Mar, 4 May, 1 Jun, 5 Oct, 2 Nov
Japan 15 day tour, ancient forts & futuristic cities

Japan 15 day tour, ancient forts & futuristic cities

Taking you around the heart of the country in just two weeks
From £2,598 15 days ex flights
Tailor made: Everything is tweak-able, giving you the freedom to build a unique and personal trip for your chosen date. Upgrade your accommodation for all - or just part - of your trip, slow down the pace with few extra nights here and there or add a few more active adventures along the way.
Japan 10 day itinerary

Japan 10 day itinerary

The perfect itinerary for a short yet magic trip to Japan.
From £1,458 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: Everything is tweak-able, giving you the freedom to build a unique and personal trip for your chosen date. Upgrade your accommodation for all - or just part - of your trip, slow down the pace with few extra nights here and there or add a few more active adventures along the way.
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
Japan culinary heritage tour

Japan culinary heritage tour

Regional cuisine, the heart and soul of Japanese culture.
From US $4,410 11 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 28 Sep
2019: 10 May, 27 Sep
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
2019: 21 Jul, 24 Sep
Last minute availability for guaranteed July departure to meet free-roaming Japanese deer and macaques, make pottery at one of the ancient kilns in the rural community, try a thrilling Taiko drumming lesson with a famous professional team
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
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 tour, winter festivals

Japan tour, winter festivals

An adventure of natural, cultural and artistic delights.
From US $3,430 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2019: 5 Feb, 8 Feb, 10 Feb
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 $4,495 to US $4,915 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 22 Jul, 5 Aug, 19 Aug
2019: 21 Jul, 4 Aug, 18 Aug
Late availability on these dates: 22 Jul, 05 Aug, 19 Aug
Northern Japan tour

Northern Japan tour

Off the beaten path in magical northern Japan
From £3,690 to £3,995 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 11 Jun
2019: 10 Jun
Hidden Japan vacation

Hidden Japan vacation

Get beneath the surface into the heart of Japan
From £3,695 to £3,795 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 26 Jul, 25 Oct, 1 Nov, 15 Nov
2019: 14 Mar, 9 May, 23 May
Japan cultural immersion vacation

Japan cultural immersion vacation

Cultural activites and traditional experiences galore
From £3,950 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 9 Sep
2019: 12 May
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
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US $1,242
excluding flights
The most memorable was Hakone. Beautiful views and hot spring bathing in the wonderful ryokan. (more)Kirsty Syder
We loved the varied nature of our trip, We took in history, beautiful, nature, exciting cities and great food. (more)Cyndia Pilkington
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
Japan cultural small group holiday
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£1,975
excluding flights
We saw various places all of which were very interesting. There is not one particular place or experience that stands out over and above everything else. It was great to cover so much ground and there was a lot to do every day. Our tour leader was helpful and very knowledgeable. (more)Catherine Cassidy
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 golden route vacation
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US $2,280
excluding flights
The most memorable part would have to be a takoyaki party in Osaka, where we all communally prepared the dish together. The Buddhist morning prayers in Koya-San were also quite memorable. (more)Justin Lopina
Eating the local foods and staying in local accommodation was the highlight. Excellent. It was a very busy vacation with a lot going on everyday. (more)Sarah Smith
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
Japan small group vacation, Japan unmasked
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£2,475
excluding flights
The beautiful Himeji Castle floating above you on the horizon when walking towards it from the station. Hiroshima was very moving. (more)Yasmin Dastur
There were many `most memorable´things such as the autumn colours, the gardens, the Japanese people, the food, the variety you offered on this tour, the numerous surprises Japan has in store by being so different, the group, the tour leader. (more)Inge Kerber
The highlight was meeting the Japanese people - they were so friendly and provided a fabulous service, all of them doing there best to help out the 'non Japanese' speaking tourists. Also, the country was virtually 'spotlessly' clean with no litter, graffiti or the usual grime one associates with Europe. (more)Roger Bayliss
Japan small group vacation by bullet train
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£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
Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan
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US $2,775
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The beautiful little post towns and the amazing food at the places we stayed at. Tips? Wear lots of layers as it can get cold but you also need to be able to cool down by stripping back when you're hiking and the sun comes out. Local benefits? I hope it helped the local communoities by enabling them to keep these beautiful old buildings functioning as they were meant to. Overall rating? It exceeded expectations. We were all very well looked after by... (more)Richard Gordon
Hiking tours to Japan
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US $4,490
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
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US $4,895
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 cultural immersion vacation
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£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
Nikko and Yumoto Onsen walking tour, Japan
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US $1,120
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Hard to choose the most memorable moment. Bathing naked in hot spring under the stars. Walking snow packed paths, through the mountains. Tips? Follow the advice and you will have a great time! Local benefits? Definitely supported local people and relied on walking and public transport(which was really easy to navigate). Overall rating? We had an amazing experience and the people at the inns couldn’t have been more kind and helpful. (more)Prue Thimbleby
Tokyo to Kyoto vacation in Japan
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US $1,536
excluding flights
Memorable parts? It was all fabulous! There was an ideal mix of pace and sightseeing between frenetic Tokyo, to gentle Nikko and beautiful Kyoto. Our guide Koi was so organised and helpful, her assistance in getting around really made traveling, navigating public transport or busy sightseeing spots enjoyable rather than stressful. Tips? Double check your itinerary, as it was not clear from the notes that we would have a guide on hand throughout the trip and that our travel between... (more)Lisa Watson
vacation in Japan
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US $3,812
excluding flights
Miyajima-beautiful garden and Shinkansen was fab. (more)Rachel Melton
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
Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan
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US $1,150
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
Hidden Japan vacation
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£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
Adventure vacation in Japan
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US $3,680
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
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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
Difficult to pick one experience above all others but probably the visit to the Snow Monkeys was the most enjoyable. (more)Allan Wild
Excellent... (more)Ruth Martin
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