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Japan trip ideas

Japan trip ideas

All of the itinerary ideas below can be tailored just for you

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.

Japan's cities: Tokyo & Kyoto


  • Take in Tokyo's famous fish market.

  • See the giant bronze Buddha at Kamakura.

  • Visit Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, and other temples.

  • Travel by super-fast bullet train.

  • Go to Hiroshima to see the Peace Park Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome.

Central Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto & the Japanese Alps


  • See geisha in Kyoto.

  • Walk the Nakasendo Highway.

  • Stay in a traditional inn or 'ryokan'.

  • Learn the art of the green tea ceremony.

  • Travel by super-fast bullet train.

Classic Japan tour by train


  • Watch the famous tuna auction at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.

  • Take a geisha walk in Gion, Kyoto.

  • Bathe in a hot spring in Hakone National Park.

  • Walk the Nakasendo Highway in Tsumago.

  • Visit the ‘floating’ tori gate on Miyajima Island.

Grand tour of Japan


  • Walk the Nakasendo Highway between Tsumago and Magome.

  • Visit Kanazawa's beautiful Kenroku-en garden.

  • Stay in a traditional Buddhist temple lodging.

  • Spot geisha in Kyoto with an expert guide.

  • Spend several days in cosmopolitan Tokyo.

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 £4,655pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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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.

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 £4,880pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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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.

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 £5,395pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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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.

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.

17 Days from £5,665pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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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.

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 £5,670pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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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.

Japan family adventure

  • Dress up like a Ninja and enjoy an introduction to Ninja training techniques.

  • Day excursions to Tokyo Disneyland 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 Edo Wonderland, and learn more about the Edo Period of Japanese history.

16 Days from £5,865pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Japan family adventure


  • Dress up like a Ninja and enjoy an introduction to Ninja training techniques.

  • Day excursions to Tokyo Disneyland 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 Edo Wonderland, and learn more about the Edo Period of Japanese history.

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 £6,245pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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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.

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.

15 Days from £9,920pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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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.

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