Browse our Small Group Tours

Covering the whole of Japan in a range of travel styles, we're confident that you'll find something that appeals to you from amongst our Small Group Tours.

We have four different tour styles with departure dates throughout the year: Deluxe, Superior, Classic and Essential. Our tour styles ensure there is always something to suit you, whatever your budget and tastes. Some tours visit the famous sights, whilst others cover special interest areas. For example, Winter Highlights is ideal for keen birdwatchers whilst Kyushu Elements focuses on one particular region.

Click here for our 2015 / 2016 Group Tour Calendar

Click here for our 2015 / 2016 Group Tour Calendar

If you're not sure which style is for you, click the question mark below or have a look through some of the tour itineraries below for inspiration.

Small Group TourIJT Essential

Tokaido Trail

  • Tokyo
  • Kamakura
  • Hakone
  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo

Tokaido Trail proves that you can cover the classic “golden route” sights of Japan without breaking the bank or missing out on unforgettable cultural experiences, and is the perfect building block with which to plan a longer trip.

9 Nights: from £1250

Trip Code: TT

Depts:

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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Small Group TourIJT Essential

HYPERJAPAN's J-Pop & Go!

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Kyoto
  • Hiroshima
  • Osaka
  • Tokyo

From maid cafés, video game arcades and kawaii street fashions to ancient temples, exquisite gardens and spectacular natural scenery; J-Pop & Go! is the perfect mixture of kitschy pop culture and traditional Japan.

10 Nights: from £1575

Trip Code: HYP0002JPOP

Depts:

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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Small Group TourIJT Essential

Japan Unmasked

  • Tokyo
  • Nagano
  • Matsumoto
  • Takayama
  • Kanazawa
  • Hiroshima
  • Kurashiki
  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo

Japan Unmasked is a tour with simple accommodation and minimal inclusions, giving you the freedom to choose where you spend your time and money. Whether you see yourself slurping on a quick bowl of noodles or splurging on sushi, this tour gives you the scope to create your perfect holiday.

13 Nights: from £1750

Trip Code: JU

Depts:

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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Small Group TourIJT Classic

Historic Mountain Trails

  • Tokyo
  • Tsumago
  • Kamikochi
  • Matsumoto
  • Kyoto
  • Hakone
  • Tokyo

What better way to discover Japan's beautiful landscapes than to pull on your hiking boots and get out into the wilds? With plenty of culture thrown in for good measure, this is a physically challenging tour with fantastic rewards.

13 Nights: from £2100

Trip Code: HMT

Depts:

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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Small Group TourIJT Classic

Kyushu Elements

  • Kyoto
  • Nagasaki
  • Unzen
  • Kumamoto
  • Mt Aso
  • Kagoshima
  • Yakushima
  • Kyoto

Kyushu is a little-visited oasis filled with steaming volcanoes, bubbling hot springs, lush rainforests and sandy beaches. Not only is its countryside some of Japan's finest, but Kyushu's cities have plenty of cosmopolitan charm – without the crowds that Tokyo is famous for!

13 Nights: from £2500

Trip Code: KE

Depts:

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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Small Group TourIJT Classic

Rural Japan Explorer

  • Kyoto
  • Mount Mitoku
  • Misasa Onsen
  • Oki Islands
  • Matsue
  • Hagi
  • Hiroshima
  • Kyoto

If you would like to get away from the crowds and explore a region of Japan rich in history and brimming with myths and legends, all set in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, then this is the tour for you.

13 Nights: from £2500

Trip Code: RJE

Depts:

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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Small Group TourIJT Classic

Classic Japan

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Osaka
  • Kyoto
  • Takayama
  • Kamikochi
  • Tokyo

Imagine basking in a hot spring bath at the foot of Mount Fuji, drinking sake with an apprentice geisha in Kyoto or seeing Tokyo from the water as you cruise down the Sumida River. This tour collects the best of Japan's classic cultural and natural locations.

13 Nights: from £2600

Trip Code: CJ

Depts:

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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Small Group TourIJT Classic

Hidden Japan

  • Kyoto
  • Mt Koya
  • Tokushima
  • Takamatsu
  • Kotohira
  • Matsuyama
  • Hiroshima
  • Kyoto

Are you looking for more depth of cultural insight, with experiences that take you away from the tourist trail? This tour gives you both, liberating you from the pressure of ticking off destinations or visiting “must-see” locations and steering you instead towards the road less travelled.

12 Nights: from £2600

Trip Code: HJ

Depts:

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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Small Group TourIJT Classic

Spring Elegance

  • Tokyo
  • Matsumoto
  • Takayama
  • Kanazawa
  • Kyoto
  • Hakone
  • Tokyo

Spring is when Japan casts off its winter blanket and really lets its hair down. Every park is packed with revellers gathered to view the cherry blossom, festivals are underway across the country and nearly everyone embraces the party-like atmosphere – this really is a wonderful time to travel.

13 Nights: from £2650

Trip Code: SE

Depts:

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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Small Group TourIJT Classic

Hands On Japan

  • Tokyo
  • Togarinozawa Onsen
  • Matsumoto
  • Kyoto
  • Takefu
  • Tokyo

From soba noodle-making classes to taiko drumming, from boat rides to pottery, and from traditional Japanese ryokan inns to a night in a capsule hotel – this tour is practically overflowing with unforgettable experiences.

13 Nights: from £2700

Trip Code: HO

Depts:

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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Small Group TourIJT Superior

Spirit of Honshu

  • Tokyo
  • Nikko
  • Izu Peninsula
  • Kyoto
  • Nara

Have a limited amount of time and want to get the most out of your visit to Japan? This is the tour for you. In between stays in Japan's two greatest cities you'll relax in hot springs, explore the beautiful Izu Peninsula, and make day trips to the fascinating historical sites of Nikko and Nara.

8 Nights: from £2900

Trip Code: SOH

Depts:

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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Small Group TourIJT Classic

Winter Highlights

  • Tokyo
  • Tsurui
  • Rausu
  • Abashiri
  • Sapporo
  • Kyoto
  • Yudanaka
  • Tokyo

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 winter season on Japan's two largest islands.

14 Nights: from £3000

Trip Code: WH

Depts:

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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Small Group TourIJT Classic

Diving Japan

  • Tokyo
  • Akajima
  • Ishigaki
  • Yonaguni
  • Tokyo

With its white beaches, subtropical climate and distinctive culture, Okinawa really is worlds apart from mainland Japan. This trip will introduce you to a remarkably rich but little-visited corner of the country whilst giving you the chance to dive in some of the best conditions in the world.

14 Nights: from £3130

Trip Code: DJ

Depts:

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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Small Group TourIJT Superior

Japan Enchantment

  • Tokyo
  • Nikko
  • Karuizawa
  • Nagano
  • Kanazawa
  • Kyoto
  • Hakone
  • Tokyo

With a range of high-end accommodations, superb included meals and your tour leader on hand to make sure everything runs like clockwork, this is the perfect introduction to a fascinating culture often considered impenetrable by the outside world.

14 Nights: from £3800

Trip Code: JE

Depts:

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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