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Japan works in a unique way and planning a visit requires a certain degree of expertise in the quirks of the local system. The language barrier and cultural differences can be intimidating at first and having your holiday planned by someone with in-depth local knowledge can vastly simplify the process. Our specialists have travelled extensively around Japan and can provide valuable advice on the most convenient ways to get around, the best guides to use and the best places to stay. Their itinerary ideas work as a starting point when planning your route and can be tailored to your interests to create a bespoke tour of the country.

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Ideas for your trip to Japan

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Japan, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

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Honshu's culture and hot springs

  • Explore the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo.

  • Sample exquisite Japanese cuisine.

  • Experience a Japanese tea ceremony.

  • Bathe in the natural waters of Kinosaki.

  • Ride the famous bullet train.

10 Days from €3,565pp

including international flights from Ireland.

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Japan's hidden island: Temples & festivals in Shikoku

  • White water rafting in the spectacular Oboke Gorge.

  • The hot spring baths of Matsuyama.

  • Driving through rural scenery.

  • The art museums on Naoshima Island.

12 Days from €4,595pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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Wildlife & hot springs of Hokkaido

  • Hiking in the Daisetsuzan National Park.

  • Skiing in Furano or Niseko on world class powder.

  • Seeing the Snow Festival in Sapporo in February.

  • Watching the Red-Crested Crane mating rituals in Kushiro.

  • Keeping an eye out for bears in Shiretoko.

15 Days from €5,200pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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City & beach: Tokyo and Okinawa

  • Experience the bright lights of Tokyo.

  • Look for geisha in Kyoto.

  • Visit Hiroshima and the Peace Park.

  • Relax on Okinawa’s beaches.

  • Travel on the high-speed bullet train.

13 Days from €5,535pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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Tohoku Discovered

  • Hot spring bathing in rural inns.

  • Climbing the beautiful peaks of Dewa Sanzan.

  • Driving through spectacular mountainous scenery.

  • Watching a local summer festival.

  • Looking out over Matsushima Bay for sunrise.

16 Days from €5,955pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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Theme parks and family fun in Japan

  • Learn the 'ways of the sword' in kendo training techniques.

  • Day tickets to Tokyo Disneyland/Disneysea and Osaka's Universal Studios.

  • Explore the mysterious Gion Geisha District with the help of your private guide.

  • Enjoy a private Taiko drumming lesson in Kyoto.

  • Visit the snow monkeys of Yudanaka and enjoy hot springs at a traditional inn.

14 Days from €6,235pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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Japanese Alps explorer

  • Dramatic and beautiful mountainous scenery.

  • Hiking, light walking and serious mountaineering opportunities.

  • Winter sports on excellent powder snowfall until May.

  • Hot spring bathing, onsen and traditional accommodation.

  • Snow monkeys at Yudanaka Onsen.

16 Days from €7,515pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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A privately guided tour of Tokyo, Kyoto & Hakone

  • Learn samurai sword-fighting from a master.

  • Explore Kyoto's geisha district with a top guide.

  • Relax in a hot spring spa.

  • Take part in a Buddhist temple tea ceremony.

  • Travel by high-speed bullet train.

10 Days from €11,160pp

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Luxury Japan

  • Visit Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.

  • Geisha walk in Gion and cookery course, Kyoto.

  • Hot spring bathing in Hakone.

  • Walking the Nakasendo Highway, Tsumago.

  • Helicopter ride over Tokyo.

16 Days from €13,440pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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Best of Kyushu Japan self-drive

  • Explore the beautiful volcanic mountains and dramatic Mount Aso caldera of Aso-Kuju National Park.

  • Take a boat ride down the striking Takachiho Gorge, amid tumbling waterfalls and picturesque mountain cherry trees.

  • Visit the hot springs of Kurokawa to stay in a traditional inn.

  • Spend time in the Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park of Nagasaki.

  • Explore the picturesque gardens and samurai residences of Chiran.

18 Days from €14,085pp

Includes international flights from Ireland.

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Deluxe grand tour of Japan

  • Experience traditional Japanese hospitality with several ryokan stays.

  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant modernity of Tokyo.

  • Gain insight into Japanese culture with the Women's Association of Kyoto.

  • Take a walk through the Geisha district of Kyoto with our top guide.

  • Relax in a hot spring spa in the Japanese Alps.

23 Days from €18,535pp

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Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is, along with geisha, sushi and the bullet train, one of the most iconic images of the country. We can offer advice on where to view Japan's most famous landmark, as well as how to incorporate some of these other sights into a tailor-made trip to Japan.

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