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    The only way to experience japan as an insider

    For travellers with a genuine interest in other cultures, only our small group tours give you the most authentic experience of japan. With a maximum of just 16 like-minded travellers, mostly over 40, our groups don't have to give up on flexibility and spontaneity. Our local English-speaking guides and tour leaders act as experience curators, giving travellers experiences that money can't buy, leaving our travellers with a lifetime of stories to tell.

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    Choose one of our Private Itineraries, showcasing the best of each destination. For your accommodation, we've handpicked a selection of hotels to add to your touring. These hotels are not only chosen for their history, style, charm and location but also for their insider value. If you want complete creative control, we can also tailor a trip to suit your needs, with a range of accommodation, tours and transport to create the perfect trip just for you. There are too to mention, so contact one of our Asia specialists to create your perfect trip.

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    Japan - Mt Fuji - Mount Fuji
    Highlights of Japan
    • From £2940 pp
    • Small group tour
    • 10 days
    • 2016
    • 2017

    Experience the many faces of Japan, from dazzling streets in Tokyo to antique teahouses in Kyoto. Speed through the countryside on the bullet train and stay in a traditional inn near Mount Fuji. Delight in an exclusive Maiko performance and dinner and walk the absorbing streets of Takayama. Discover the thriving geisha culture and take a touching trip to Hiroshima. Leave with a heartfelt understanding of this mysterious land.

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    Japan - Kyoto - Geisha's, Koyto
    Highlights of Japan from Kyoto
    • From £3410 pp
    • Small group tour
    • 10 days
    • 2016
    • 2017

    Experience the many faces of Japan, from antique teahouses in Kyoto to dazzling streets in Tokyo. Discover the thriving geisha culture and take a touching trip to Hiroshima. Delight in an exclusive Maiko performance and dinner and walk the absorbing streets of Takayama. Speed through the countryside on the bullet train and stay in a traditional inn near Mount Fuji. Leave with a heartfelt understanding of this mysterious land.

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    Japan - Takamatsu - Ritsurin Garden Takamatsu JNTO
    Japan Discovery
    • From £4205 pp
    • Small group tour
    • 14 days
    • 2016
    • 2017

    Discover the unique natural attractions, fascinating history and contradictions of Japan, where your experiences span from futuristic bullet train rides to explorations of mountains, castles and art trails. Visit the mischievous snow monkeys soaking in the natural hot spring pools of Yudanaka and Matsumoto's magnificent original samurai castle. Delve deeper in the mountains traverse the Japanese Alps via a series of trains, cable cars, trolley buses, ropeways, tunnels and hiking routes. You'll also visit the world-renowned Benesse House on the island of Naoshima, where you'll find works by some of the world's finest modern artists at the exhibitions and galleries dotted throughout the island.

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    Japan - Kushiro - JNTO
    Japan Winter Discovery
    • From £5025 pp
    • Small group tour
    • 14 days
    • 2016
    • 2017

    From incredible snow sculptures and rare birds in Hokkaido to snow monkeys and cultural treasures on Honshu; this tour demonstrates the myriad attractions of the enchanting winter season on Japan's two largest islands. Take an icebreaker cruise amongst the creaking floes of the Okhotsk Sea and in Yudanaka you'll witness the Japanese macaques as they stave off the cold in the mountain hot springs. Experience Japan's winter delights, whilst discovering her unique culture, fascinating history and contradictions.

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    Japan - Sapporo - Sapporo Snow Festival JNTO
    Japan Winter Discovery with Snow Festival
    • From £5430 pp
    • Small group tour
    • 14 days
    • 2016
    • 2017

    From incredible snow sculptures and rare birds in Hokkaido to snow monkeys and cultural treasures on Honshu; this tour demonstrates the myriad attractions of the enchanting winter season on Japan's two largest islands. Take an icebreaker cruise amongst the creaking floes of the Okhotsk Sea and in Yudanaka you'll witness the Japanese macaques as they stave off the cold in the mountain hot springs. Experience Japan's winter delights, whilst discovering her unique culture, fascinating history and contradictions.

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    Japan - Kanazawa - Japanese old castle ruin Kanazawa with cherry blossoms
    Secrets of Japan
    • From £4415 pp
    • Small group tour
    • 15 days
    • 2016
    • 2017

    Discover Japan's contrasts, from its sleek, modern cities to ancient towns and traditional customs. Wander Tokyo's energetic streets and hurtle along on the bullet train. View cutting edge technology at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Nagoya then journey back in time to discover the Old Town of Takayama. Stay at a traditional inn near Mount Fuji at Hakone and see the thriving geisha culture in Kyoto. Japan is a place where ancient traditions remain, while technology races into the future.

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    Japan - Takayama - Takayama Festival October
    Secrets of Japan with Autumn Takayama Festival
    • From £4820 pp
    • Small group tour
    • 15 days
    • 2016
    • 2017

    Discover Japan's contrasts, from its sleek, modern cities to ancient towns and traditional customs. Wander Tokyo's energetic streets and hurtle along on the bullet train. View cutting edge technology at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Nagoya then journey back in time to discover the Old Town of Takayama, where the Autumn Takayama Festival will be taking place. Stay at a traditional inn near Mount Fuji at Hakone and see the thriving geisha culture in Kyoto. Japan is a place where ancient traditions remain untouched, while technology races into the future.

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    Japan - Kyoto - Gion Festival, Kyoto
    Secrets of Japan with Kyoto Gion Festival
    • From £4710 pp
    • Small group tour
    • 15 days
    • 2016
    • 2017

    Discover Japan's contrasts, from its sleek, modern cities to ancient towns and traditional customs. Wander Tokyo's dazzling streets and hurtle along on the bullet train. View cutting edge technology at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Nagoya and then step back in time to discover the Old Town of Takayama. Stay at a traditional inn near Mount Fuji at Hakone and see the thriving Geisha culture in Kyoto. Enjoy the excitement of the 1,100-year-old Kyoto Gion Festival with elaborate floats paraded throughout the streets. Japan is a place where ancient traditions remain untouched, while technology races into the future.

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    Japan - Mt Fuji - Mount Fuji
    Secrets of Japan with Spring Takayama Festival
    • From £4920 pp
    • Small group tour
    • 15 days
    • 2016
    • 2017

    Discover Japan's contrasts, from its sleek, modern cities to ancient towns and traditional customs. Wander Tokyo's energetic streets and hurtle along on the bullet train. View cutting edge technology at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Nagoya then journey back in time to discover the Old Town of Takayama, where the Spring Takayama Festival will be taking place. Stay at a traditional inn near Mount Fuji at Hakone and see the thriving geisha culture in Kyoto. Japan is a place where ancient traditions remain untouched, while technology races into the future.

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    Japan - Kyoto - Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto
    Secrets of Japan from Kyoto
    • From £4670 pp
    • Small group tour
    • 15 days
    • 2016
    • 2017

    Discover Japan's contrasts, from its ancient towns and traditional customs to sleek, modern cities. See the thriving geisha culture in Kyoto, then journey back in time to discover the Old Town of Takayama. View cutting edge technology at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Nagoya and stay at a traditional inn near Mount Fuji at Hakone. Hurtle along on the bullet train to Tokyo and wander the cit's energetic streets. Japan is a place where ancient traditions remain, while technology races into the future.

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  • Small group tour

    Japan - Takayama - Autumn Festival
    Secrets of Japan with Autumn Takayama Festival from Kyoto
    • From £4820 pp
    • Small group tour
    • 15 days
    • 2016
    • 2017

    Discover Japan's contrasts, from its ancient towns and traditional customs to sleek, modern cities. See the thriving geisha culture in Kyoto, then journey back in time to discover the Old Town of Takayama. Enjoy the excitement of the Takayama Festival, with elaborate floats paraded throughout the streets. View cutting edge technology at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Nagoya and stay at a traditional inn near Mount Fuji at Hakone. Hurtle along on the bullet train to Tokyo and wander the city's energetic streets. Japan is a place where ancient traditions remain, while technology races into the future.

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  • Small group tour

    Japan - Takayama - Spring Festival
    Secrets of Japan with Spring Takayama Festival from Kyoto
    • From £4920 pp
    • Small group tour
    • 15 days
    • 2016
    • 2017

    Discover Japan's contrasts, from its ancient towns and traditional customs to sleek, modern cities. See the thriving geisha culture in Kyoto, then journey back in time to discover the Old Town of Takayama. Enjoy the excitement of the Takayama Festival, with elaborate floats paraded throughout the streets. View cutting edge technology at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Nagoya and stay at a traditional inn near Mount Fuji at Hakone. Hurtle along on the bullet train to Tokyo and wander the city's energetic streets. Japan is a place where ancient traditions remain, while technology races into the future.

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