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Escorted Tours of Japan

Japan is an incredible country, where the past, present and future fuse perfectly. With century-old cultural traditions, mouth-watering food, breathtaking scenery and everything futuristic on the agenda, it’s a country for everyone and one you’ll never forget.

It can be daunting navigating your way through somewhere so different. We suggest choosing a guided tour from a well-respected and reliable escorted tour operator, so you don’t miss a single sight and so your holiday is as seamless and relaxing as it can be.

Things to do

Gaze at Mount Fuji
A breathtaking sight and fundamental leg of most Japanese itineraries.Take a bullet train or bus from Tokyo to Lake Kawaguchiko, where some of the best views can be savoured, particularly during cherry blossom season - a photographer's dream. It can also be a place for ultimate relaxation - just visit one of the nearby local spring bath and spa towns in Hakone national park.
mount fuji

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
This historical atomic bomb site is a sombre but unmissable experience. Learn about the history of Hiroshima and the impact of the bomb in the Peace Memorial Museum, and have a look at the A-Bomb Dome - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the few buildings that incredibly remained standing.
hiroshima peace memorial park

Take part in a Japanese tea ceremony
You’d do well to take part in a cultural activity as steeped in history as this. The ceremonial practice of preparing and drinking green tea goes back centuries and takes place in a traditional tea room with tatami floor, or a traditional garden. Set apart from everyday life, you can find this wonderfully soothing experience, and some of the best Japanese tea culture, in Kyoto or Uji.
japanese tea ceremony

See the Cherry Blossom
There’s not a sight quite like it when the first sakura flush pink at the beginning of spring. Don’t fret if you can’t make peak times in late April/early March, as the lesser-known but equally beautiful plum blossoms are on show. The best places to admire this are Maruyama Park, Mount Yishino, Himeji Castle and Fuji Five Lakes.
cherry blossom

Best Ways to Get Around

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Most areas on the main island Honshu, including Tokyo, have a humid subtropical climate with warm and wet summers and mild winters. August is the hottest month, January is the coldest, while September and October are the main rainy season.

    Strong typhoons and tropical cyclones sometimes hit Japan during August and September, in many cases affecting transport systems.

  • North Japan boasts mile after mile of unspoilt wilderness - from blue-volcanic lakes, to pristine coastlines and majestically formed peaks.

    Hokkaido, Akan National Park, Cape Soya and Otaru are must-sees.

  • Coupling beautiful mountainous scenery and one of the world’s most complex and efficient railway systems, Japan is paradise for train lovers.

    Taking a high speed bullet train to Mishima in the shadow of Mount Fuji, is a must. Hakone Tozan Railway is also a perfect out-of-city excursion, where you can admire the views of the hydrangea flowers.

  • Watching a sumo tournament is like nothing you’ve seen before. Traditionally a performance to entertain the Shinto deities, Japan’s national sport has huge religious and cultural importance.

    The Basho, or Sumo tournament, runs six time a year as follows:

    • New Year Basho (January), Tokyo
    • Spring Basho (March), Osaka
    • Summer Basho (May), Tokyo
    • Nagoya Basho (July), Nagoya
    • Autumn Basho (September), Tokyo
    • Kyushu Basho (November), Fukuoka
  • Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island and coldest region has fantastic snowfall from early December to April. There are plenty of ski resorts to choose from, with the deep, powdery, light snowfall making it a popular place to head to for an array of snowsports.
  • Ancient China civilisation had a big influence on early Japan’s development and because of its geographical location being eastward of China, it was dubbed Nippon (sun origin). The name stuck, and for the last 1400 years or so, the world has referred to Japan as Nippon, the land of the rising sun.
  • Joshinetsu Kogen National Park is a great place to see the Japanese macaques or snow monkeys in their natural habitat. These monkeys are world famous for taking relaxing soaks in their very own hot springs.