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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.

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  • Japanese red crown crane courtship dance, Japan

    Wildlife & hot springs of Hokkaido

    Japan
    • 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 £5,495pp

  • Shrine, Nikko

    Tohoku discovered

    Japan
    • 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 £6,360pp

  • Takachiho Gorge, Kyushu

    Best of Kyushu Japan self-drive tour

    Japan
    • 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 £7,330pp

  • Geisha of Japan

    Grand tour of Japan

    Japan
    • Walk the Nakasendo Highway between Tsumago and Magome.

    • Visit Kanazawa's beautiful Kenrokuen Garden.

    • Stay in a traditional Buddhist temple lodging.

    • Spot geisha in Kyoto with an expert guide.

    • Spend several days in cosmopolitan Tokyo.

    22 days from £9,910pp

  • Temple roofs & autumn leaves, Nikko

    Luxury Japan tour

    Japan
    • Watch a live sumo training match.

    • Hot spring bathing in Hakone.

    • Walking the Nakasendo Highway, Tsumago.

    • Helicopter ride over Tokyo.

    • Enjoy a geisha walk in Gion and a cookery course in Kyoto.

    16 days from £14,435pp

  • Romon Gate, Fushimi Inari, Kyoto

    Deluxe grand tour of Japan

    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 £20,850pp

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Nebuta Festival float, Aomori

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Snow monkeys of Yudanaka

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