Japan Tour Packages

Japan Tour Packages

Japan is a land of immense beauty, a place like nowhere you’ve ever visited. Hyper-modern and deeply traditional, its unique culture and technological innovations enthrall travellers from around the world. And beyond Japan’s neon-lit metropolises and quaint towns, the country is a lush patchwork of mountains, forests and rivers.

Our small group Japan tour packages will show you the real Japan, from visiting the iconic sights to enjoying off-the-beaten-path encounters. Soak up the energy of high-tech Tokyo, tiptoe among the creaking temples of Kyoto, glide through the countryside on the super-efficient Shinkansen "bullet train" and prepare to be welcomed by some of the friendliest people on the planet.
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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.

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Get more value with all-inclusive trips featuring top-rated restaurants and hotels.

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Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides
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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.
All-inclusive comfort
Get more value with all-inclusive trips featuring top-rated restaurants and hotels.
Expert local guides
Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides

 

 

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Our Japan Tour Leaders

Our Japan tours let you experience the country's fascinating culture, history, and natural beauty. Visit famous sites and enjoy off-the-beaten-path experiences, with maximum group sizes of 18 participants.

Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Alastair Smith
Madagascar—the wildlife; Greenland—white nights; Brazil—nothing taken too seriously when one is on Brazilian time; Easter Island—far-flung; and…
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Colette Stubbings
Living a transitory lifestyle whenever I’ve had the means to do so has become a source of personal inspiration, mindfulness, growth and exchange.…
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Pam Schewe
Pam spent many years working in radio broadcasting in Vancouver but decided that instead of working in order to travel, she would be much happier…
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Stephen Scrogings
I am fascinated by the art and culture of Asia, and in particular Japan. The far north of Japan is one of the region's most intriguing areas.
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Where To Go In Japan
Trek through ancient forest to find hidden temples in Mt. Haguro, feast on sushi and sake in Tokyo, learn about Japan’s heartbreaking past in Hiroshima, and drift through the cobbled streets and sleepy temples of Kyoto. Our Japan tours are the ultimate way to enjoy the wonders and mysteries of Japan, with the added bonus of seeing a few lesser-known escapes.

 

Tokyo
Brace yourself for sensory overload. Tokyo is a pulsating metropolis, a neon-soaked wonderland of futuristic skyscrapers, incense-filled temples, high-end shopping and seriously good sushi.
Hiroshima
Hiroshima is forever entwined with its tragic history. Pay your respects at the Peace Memorial Park, soak up the city’s revitalized modern side and enjoy its beautiful gardens and riverside strolls.
Kyoto
Creaking temples, ritualistic tea ceremonies, Zen gardens and the glimpse of a geisha attending an appointment at dusk. Japan’s most beautiful city is full of treasured sights and unique experiences.
Takayama
Surrounded by the Japan Alps, the riverside town of Takayama is brimming with old-world charm. It’s easy to explore on foot, with lots of great temples, galleries and fine Edo-period architecture.
Hakone
A scenic bullet train from Tokyo, pretty Hakone is backed by forested mountains and volcanic peaks — including the iconic Mount Fuji. Enjoy Hakone’s onsen, galleries and traditional inns (ryokan).
Mt. Haguro
Sacred Mt. Haguro has attracted pilgrims for centuries. Hike past temples surrounded by ancient cedar trees and visit Sanjin Gosai-den — a beautiful five-storey pagoda dating from the 14th century.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Do you need a visa to travel to Japan?

Citizens from the UK, Ireland, and certain other European countries can stay in Japan for up to 90 days without a visa, and this stay can be extended for an extra three months. Citizens from the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can also stay for up to 90 days without a visa, but this stay is not extendable and you must have a return air ticket.

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Is Japan safe?

Overall, Japan is a very safe country for travellers. Crime levels in Japan are low and it’s generally safe to walk around at night and take public transport, although you should take the same precautions you would in your home country.
Tokyo’s entertainment districts, including Roppongi and Kabuki-cho, are regarded as higher risk areas for crime (especially at night) and there have been reports of foreign nationals being targets of drink-spiking, credit card fraud, robbery, and assault. While incidences of sexual assault are rare, women are advised to be cautious and exercise the same caution about being alone with a man as they would anywhere.

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When is the best time to visit Japan?

The best time to visit Japan really depends on what you want to do during your trip. During summer (June-August), most of the country is generally humid and warm, making it a great time for trekking. Summer is also a great time to enjoy Japan’s colourful matsuri (festivals).
To experience the beautiful cherry blossom season, time your visit between March and early April. The equally glorious but lesser-known plum blossoms can be seen during February. Arrive in autumn (October-late November) to see the forests explode with dazzling colours. In winter (December-February), visiting Japan can be a magical experience with the potential for snow and the attraction of warming up with a steamy onsen.

 

Name:
ALASTAIR SMITH

EDUCATION:
Ongoing.

LANGUAGE:
English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, German, Arabic and Turkish.

TOURS LED:
Over 25 years of tour leading through over 100 countries!

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Madagascar—the wildlife; Greenland—white nights; Brazil—nothing taken too seriously when one is on Brazilian time; Easter Island—far-flung; and Greece—everything!

Name:
COLETTE STUBBINGS

EDUCATION:
BFA in Visual Arts / Tourism and Business Management Diploma

COUNTRIES VISITED:
Just under 40 countries on six continents

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
The beauty and remoteness of isolated, untouched nature make Mongolia and Iceland two of my favourite locations. To feel as small as humanly possible and swallowed by a dramatic landscape is one of the best feelings in the world. From the alien, multicoloured rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar in Iceland’s Highlands to painting-like orange/yellow pines that dot Terelj National Park in Mongolia during autumn - both are dear to my heart.

ABOUT:
Living a transitory lifestyle whenever I’ve had the means to do so has become a source of personal inspiration, mindfulness, growth and exchange. Convinced there is beauty in all things / people / places, I’m always anticipating the sights and sounds of any place I drift to next!

Name:
Pam Schewe

LANGUAGE:
Pam speaks English and can get by in both French and Spanish. Pam is also rather proud of the fact that she can say “thank you” in at least 40 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
The scratch-off map on her wall now has more than 70 countries revealed. Personal trips have ranged from active adventures in the Himalayas and Andes to cultural escapes in India and Asia. Of course there’s also the quest to find the best beach in the South Pacific and quietly enjoy a hammock there. Life goals include visiting more than 100 of the nations on our planet.

TOURS LED:
Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Central & Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Caucasus, Iceland, Caribbean Islands, the Guyana's, "The Five Stan's" & Southern Africa.

ABOUT:
Pam spent many years working in radio broadcasting in Vancouver but decided that instead of working in order to travel, she would be much happier traveling for work. The only real difference between the two careers is that now she can tell immediately when her jokes are not funny. “Is this mic on…??”

Name:
Stephen Scrogings

EDUCATION:
Visual Arts and Sociology.

LANGUAGE:
English and Japanese

TOURS LED:
Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
I am fascinated by the art and culture of Asia, and in particular Japan. The far north of Japan is one of the region's most intriguing areas.