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To make it easier for you to easily distinguish between our different group tours, we have categorised each tour by one of four different styles. Below you can read about the essence of each one and what you can expect from your group tours.


On All Our Tours

Tour Styles

All of our tours are led by one of our own highly skilled tour leaders who accompany the group throughout. You’ll be getting a very personal insight into Japan’s culture, history and cuisine from a local who is just as passionate about Japan as we are! We endeavour to ‘get beneath the surface’, travelling mainly by public transport including rides on the Shinkansen ‘Bullet Train’ and staying at locally owned hotels and Japanese style ryokan. Whichever of our four tour styles you choose, you will find we’ve built plenty of flexibility in to each trip enabling you to spend as much or as little time with the group as you wish. And of course your tour leader is on hand at all times to look after any special interests.

 

IJT Essential
IJT Classic
IJT Superior
IJT eXplorer


IJT Essential
Essential Style Facts
Skilled IJT tour leader accompanying the group full time

Flexible, well-paced, value for money cultural tours allowing you to experience Japan in-depth but with maximum flexibility.  Great for first time visitors to Japan travelling on a budget.

All transport between destinations included
Great mix of western and Japanese style accommodation
Breakfast each day plus 1 or 2 evening meals included
Travel by public transport including Shinkansen ‘bullet’ train
Carry your own luggage
For solo travellers single room for free at all western style hotels



IJT Classic
Classic Style Facts
Skilled IJT tour leader accompanying the group full time

Mid-range cultural tours at a moderate pace. Soak up the sights, sounds and atmosphere of our very favourite destinations. Ideal for travellers wanting a bit of extra comfort and a range of carefully thought out included experiences and meals.

All transport between destinations included
Mix of comfortable western and Japanese style accommodation
Fully en-suite rooms at nearly all stops
Airport meet and greet and transfers included
Breakfast each day plus a number of evening meals
Selected entrance fees included
For solo travellers a single room throughout on payment of a fair supplement (except for in Kamikochi national park)



IJT Superior

 

Superior Style Facts
Skilled IJT tour leader accompanying the group full time

4 to 5 star cultural tours characterised by high quality Western and Japanese style accommodation with expert local guides at select destinations and many included entrance fees, experiences and meals. Ideal for people looking for more luxurious accommodation and a relaxed yet in-depth sightseeing and cultural experience.

Additional use of local guides in selected destinations
All transport between destinations included
4 to 5 star western style hotels and Japanese style ryokan
Fully en-suite rooms at all stops
Airport meet and greet and transfers included
Breakfast each day plus a number of evening meals
Most entrance fees included
Selected luggage forwarding included and porterage often available
For solo travellers a single room throughout on payment of a fair supplement



IJT eXplorer

 

eXplorer Style Facts
Skilled IJT tour leader accompanying the group full time

Experience led in-depth tours. Get off the beaten track and immerse yourself in Japan. ‘IJT eXplorer’ tours concentrate on an area of the country, an activity, or a particular cultural or historical theme. Packed with unusual experiences and rarely visited locations these tours are perfect for a second time visitor or the more adventurous traveller. We usually only offer one departure a year so be sure to book early!

Additional use of local guides in selected destinations
All transport between destinations included
Mix of comfortable western and Japanese style accommodation
Airport meet and greet and transfers included
Breakfast each day plus a number of evening meals
Selected entrance fees included
Selected luggage forwarding included
For solo travellers a single room at most night stops on payment of a fair supplement


 

 

 

Inside Japan Tours - Independent British Travel Awards 2011 - Best Tour Operator To East and Central Asia
The Guardian, The Observer - Travel Awards 2010 Winner - Best tour operator (small)
Inside Japan Tours - Silver at the British Travel Awards 2009