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Need some inspiration? Have a look at some of our example itineraries to help you plan your very own Self-Guided Adventure.

No two people are the same, which is why every Self-Guided Adventure we organise is different. Any of the itineraries below can be ordered "off the shelf" to start on any day of the year, but we like to encourage you to use them as building blocks to build a trip that caters to your particular interests and suits you down to the ground.

We offer four styles of travel: Deluxe, Superior, Classic and Essential, ranging from low-budget to very high-end. No matter which style you choose, you can be sure that you'll receive the same high level of service and value for money. To get an idea of which travel style is for you, click the question mark below or simply start browsing.

For more inspiration, why not take a look at our Experiences section for hundreds of ideas on how to tailor your holiday?

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7 Night Price Cruncher

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo

Japan has long had a reputation for being one of the world's most expensive countries. Yet a trip to Japan needn't break the bank; superb value budget hotels & Japanese inns, cheap & efficient local transport and great food at fantastic prices mean a week in Japan is accessible to nearly everyone!

7 Nights: from US$1120

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Fuji Rock Festival 2015

  • Tokyo
  • Naeba
  • Tokyo

The Fuji Rock Festival is one of those magical events. Fantastic food at a great price, no queues to buy beer, all night hot spring baths, a stunning mountain setting, an incredibly friendly crowd and, of course, some of the best in British, American & Japanese indie, dance and world music.

7 Nights: from US$1248

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Skiing on a Snowshoe String

  • Tokyo
  • Hakuba
  • Tokyo

Spend four nights at a very friendly lodge in Hakuba, one of Japan's best ski resorts, sandwiched by nights in Tokyo with time for cultural sightseeing in the country's capital.

7 Nights: from US$1328

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Essential Honeymoon

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Tsumago
  • Kyoto
  • Mt Koya
  • Osaka

This itinerary proves that a Japanese honeymoon doesn't have to break the bank. We've kept the accommodation and route fairly simple so that you can spend more on the fun things: eating out, sightseeing and enjoying the best that urban and rural, modern and traditional Japan has to offer.

12 Nights: from US$1456

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Niseko Winter Sports

  • Tokyo
  • Niseko
  • Tokyo

Powder snow simply doesn't get better than this! Come and enjoy a week exploring the slopes of Niseko, Hokkaido's ultimate winter sports resort. Amazing powder, acres of backcountry and the best in Japanese and international cuisine and hospitality.

8 Nights: from US$1536

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InsideJapan's Manga & Anime

  • Tokyo
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Tokyo

Our manga & anime itinerary is an excitement-packed ten-night tour of the best of Japan from the perspective of an anime-lover. Combine visits to hyper-modern Tokyo and Osaka with historic Kyoto, visiting the country's best manga and anime museums along the way.

10 Nights: from US$1664

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Japan Arts Trail

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Nagoya
  • Kyoto
  • Matsue
  • Naoshima
  • Tokyo

World-class museums and galleries proliferate across Japan, not only in the metropolitan centres such as Tokyo and Nagoya but also in rural areas, where art adds a unique vibrancy and excitement to otherwise forgotten places and enhances traditional tourist destinations.

15 Nights: from US$1904

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Best of Japan

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

The perfect itinerary for first-time visitors to Japan: cities, countryside, hot springs, great food, history and culture. Locations you will visit include Japan's historic capital, Kyoto; the modern metropolis of Tokyo; the Fuji-Hakone National Park; Takayama in the Japanese Alps; and Hiroshima.

14 Nights: from US$1920

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Golden Route

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo

The Golden Route showcases the very best of Japan, combining the fascinating and disparate cities of Tokyo and Kyoto with the beautiful countryside of Hakone National Park near Mount Fuji. This flexible itinerary is ideal for the first time visitor.

9 Nights: from US$2048

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InsideJapan's Manga & Anime

  • Tokyo
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Tokyo

Experience the very best of Japan with a manga and anime twist on this unusual ten-night itinerary. With sightseeing time amongst the bright lights of Tokyo, historic Kyoto and vibrant Osaka mixed with visits to the top manga and anime museums, this trip is sure to be packed with fun.

10 Nights: from US$2080

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Secrets of Shikoku

  • Kyoto
  • Takamatsu
  • Naoshima
  • Kotohira
  • Matsuyama
  • Ekawasaki
  • Kochi
  • Iya Valley
  • Tokushima
  • Osaka

Our Secrets of Shikoku itinerary circumnavigates the valleys and mountains of beautiful rural Shikoku, including time on the art island of Naoshima as well as stays in historic Kyoto and super-modern Osaka.

14 Nights: from US$2096

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Japan Island-Hopping

  • Tokyo
  • Ishigaki
  • Taketomi
  • Iriomote
  • Naha
  • Zamami
  • Tokyo

Fly over 1,500 miles from Tokyo to the Okinawa Islands, Japan's southernmost prefecture with its own distinctive culture. This is your chance to get away from it all – discover beautiful white beaches, swim in warm translucent waters, spot rare wildlife and trek through undisturbed jungle.

12 Nights: from US$2144

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Traditional Japan

  • Tokyo
  • Kanazawa
  • Shirakawago
  • Takayama
  • Matsumoto
  • Tsumago
  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo

Leave bright lights and fast living behind and immerse yourself in the more traditional and laid-back side of Japan. This trip will show you a very different Japan, steering you away from the usual tourist haunts whilst also including the must-see cities of Tokyo and Kyoto.

14 Nights: from US$2176

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Winter Bird Watching

  • Tokyo
  • Tsurui
  • Rausu
  • Nemuro
  • Kushiro
  • Tokyo

Steller's Sea Eagles, Red-Crowned Cranes and Blakiston's Fish Owls are just some of the many rare species to be spotted in Hokkaido during Japan's winter season. Our flexible independent travel itinerary includes two full days with birding guides and the very best lodging locations.

10 Nights: from US$2576

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Traditional Japan

  • Tokyo
  • Kanazawa
  • Shirakawago
  • Takayama
  • Matsumoto
  • Tsumago
  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo

Enjoy mountain scenery, tranquil gardens, ancient history and authentic family-run minshuku inns as you tour the traditional districts and ancient historical sites of Japan.

14 Nights: from US$2736

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Japan Arts Trail

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Nagoya
  • Kyoto
  • Matsue
  • Naoshima
  • Tokyo

Japan may not have a high profile when it comes to art, but there are numerous museums and galleries large and small to be discovered throughout the country. This itinerary will help you discover the Japanese passion for art, from great collections including classic works by masters such as Monet and Picasso, to expositions of contemporary Japanese artists such as Yoshitomo Nara and Kenji Yanobe.

15 Nights: from US$2928

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Northern Highlights

  • Tokyo
  • Nikko
  • Sendai
  • Nyuto Onsen
  • Kakunodate
  • Mt Haguro
  • Sado Island
  • Tokyo

When the famous Haiku poet Matsuo Basho set off on his pilgrimage to the North he was to discover rural Japan, a land of lush landscapes and rich in legend. As you journey through the pilgrimage towns of Tohoku and on to remote Sado Island you'll experience some of the same Japan as the great poet.

14 Nights: from US$2928

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Winter Sports & Culture

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Kyoto
  • Hakuba
  • Nagano
  • Tokyo

Japan boasts great powder snow, modern resorts and a unique culture. Our Winter Sports & Culture package combines time in the fantastic resort of Hakuba, a chance to see Yudanaka's famous snow monkeys, time in the exciting capital city of Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan's cultural and historic heart.

13 Nights: from US$2944

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Gastronomic Adventure

  • Tokyo
  • Matsumoto
  • Takayama
  • Kanazawa
  • Kyoto
  • Mt Koya
  • Osaka
  • Tokyo

This 13-night trip will give you a whistle-stop tour of all the best food and culture hotspots across Japan. From the buzz and bustle of Tokyo and Osaka, to rural mountain towns, to historical Kyoto and the serenity of Mt Koya – this trip is a cultural and culinary journey.

13 Nights: from US$3136

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Best of Japan

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

With two weeks to see the best of Japan's classic sights you can't beat this fantastic itinerary. Packed with contrasts, you are sure to get an insight into many aspects of Japan and its culture – past, present and future.

14 Nights: from US$3168

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Diving Subtropical Japan

  • Tokyo
  • Akajima
  • Ishigaki
  • Yonaguni
  • Tokyo

The Diving Subtropical Japan itinerary features the best dives available in Japan's southern Okinawan Islands, ranging from the beautiful corals of the Kerama Islands to the truly mystifying Iseki stones at Yonaguni.

13 Nights: from US$3216

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Kyushu Adventure

  • Fukuoka
  • Nagasaki
  • Unzen
  • Kumamoto
  • Kurokawa Onsen
  • Kagoshima
  • Yakushima
  • Fukuoka

Stand in the shade of a thousand-year-old Japanese cedar, visit a Bond villain's lair on an abandoned island and investigate a volcanic caldera lake on this spectacular exploration of Japan's rural south-western region.

14 Nights: from US$3264

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Pilgrim's Paths

  • Tokyo
  • Kyoto
  • Mt Koya
  • Kawayu Onsen
  • Yunomine Onsen
  • Nachi
  • Ise
  • Tokyo

This very special journey through Japan will take you from modern Tokyo to ancient Kyoto via a network of ancient pilgrimage paths known as the Kumano Kodo. Along the way you'll stay at a temple lodging on Koya-san and at various traditional ryokan inns.

14 Nights: from US$3552

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Secrets of Shikoku

  • Kyoto
  • Takamatsu
  • Naoshima
  • Kotohira
  • Matsuyama
  • Ekawasaki
  • Kochi
  • Iya Valley
  • Tokushima
  • Osaka

A world apart from the crowded pavements and neon-spangled skyscrapers of the big cities; Shikoku boasts stunning natural beauty, from hidden valleys and untouched rivers to mountains and jagged coastlines. Over two weeks, this itinerary will allow you to discover some of the secrets of Shikoku.

14 Nights: from US$3600

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Hokkaido Fly-Drive

  • Tokyo
  • Hakodate
  • Toya Onsen
  • Sapporo
  • Biei
  • Lake Kussharo
  • Rausu
  • Tsurui
  • Tokyo

The huge and sparsely populated island of Hokkaido is the focus of this unique, rural road trip. In the national parks of this northern outpost you will find rolling fields of lavender, crystal clear lakes and natural hot springs surrounded by soaring mountain landscapes.

15 Nights: from US$3616

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World Heritage

  • Tokyo
  • Nikko
  • Kyoto
  • Mt Koya
  • Himeji
  • Hiroshima
  • Kanazawa
  • Shirakawago
  • Tokyo

This journey combines Japan's best World Heritage Sites, including ancient pilgrimage routes, mountaintop settlements and beautiful shrines and temples to provide a comprehensive overview of Japan's long history and beautiful natural countryside.

17 Nights: from US$3632

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Golden Route

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo

The Golden Route traces the path of the ancient Tokaido Highway, starting with the skyscrapers of ultra-modern Tokyo, stopping at the hot spring town of Hakone and traversing the country to Japan's cultural heart at Kyoto.

9 Nights: from US$4064

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Northern Highlights

  • Tokyo
  • Nikko
  • Sendai
  • Nyuto Onsen
  • Kakunodate
  • Mt Haguro
  • Sado Island
  • Tokyo

Japan's Tohoku region stretches 500 miles north of the capital and, in stark contrast to the modern skyscrapers of Tokyo, boasts outstanding natural beauty and well-preserved history – a reminder that traditional ways are still very much alive and well in Japan.

14 Nights: from US$4592

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Japan Island-Hopping

  • Tokyo
  • Ishigaki
  • Taketomi
  • Iriomote
  • Naha
  • Tokashiki Island
  • Tokyo

With white sandy beaches, clear blue seas, dense jungle, rare wildlife and warm, laid-back inhabitants – this really is an island paradise. This itinerary gives you the chance to explore Okinawa's wealth of natural beauty and unique culture by hopping between the islands of “Japan's Hawaii”

12 Nights: from US$4640

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Kyushu Adventure

  • Fukuoka
  • Nagasaki
  • Unzen
  • Kumamoto
  • Kurokawa Onsen
  • Kagoshima
  • Yakushima
  • Fukuoka

Discover the vibrant cities and impressive natural landscapes of the Kyushu region, from Unzen's hot springs to the primeval forests of Yakushima, staying in superior accommodation and enjoying some of the finest in Japanese cuisine.

14 Nights: from US$5056

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Traditional Japan

  • Tokyo
  • Kanazawa
  • Shirakawago
  • Takayama
  • Matsumoto
  • Tsumago
  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo

Combining some of Japan's classic sights with rural towns and villages throughout the countryside, our Traditional Japan itinerary showcases some of the wonderful contrasts to be found in modern Japan.

14 Nights: from US$5136

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Gastronomic Adventure

  • Tokyo
  • Matsumoto
  • Takayama
  • Kanazawa
  • Kyoto
  • Mt Koya
  • Osaka
  • Tokyo

This trip will take you on a gastronomic journey across Japan, from Tokyo to the Japanese Alps. Combining the tenets of freshness, variety and appearance, Japanese cooking never fails to delight the senses - and this trip is jam-packed with opportunities to experience it at its best.

13 Nights: from US$5264

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Japan Arts Trail

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Nagoya
  • Kyoto
  • Matsue
  • Naoshima
  • Tokyo

Explore the buzzing cities of Tokyo and Nagoya, take a scenic walk around Naoshima's art house projects, relax in the gardens of Matsue's Adachi Museum and discover open-air sculptures in the Fuji-Hakone National Park on this superb arts trail across Japan.

15 Nights: from US$5440

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Hokkaido Fly-Drive

  • Tokyo
  • Hakodate
  • Toya Onsen
  • Sapporo
  • Biei
  • Lake Kussharo
  • Rausu
  • Tsurui
  • Tokyo

Our Hokkaido Fly-Drive itinerary is a fabulous motoring holiday, combining natural wonders, small towns and exciting cities to offer an alternative vision of Japan away from the crowds and influences of the mainland.

15 Nights: from US$5520

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Best of Japan

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Kyoto
  • Miyajima
  • Osaka
  • Takayama
  • Tokyo

This trip showcases the striking contrasts to be found throughout Japan, taking you from vibrant modern cities to charming market towns, up into mountainous rural countryside and through the varied coastal regions.

14 Nights: from US$5680

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World Heritage

  • Tokyo
  • Nikko
  • Kyoto
  • Mt Koya
  • Himeji
  • Hiroshima
  • Kanazawa
  • Shirakawago
  • Tokyo

Discover Japan's most important cultural and historical monuments as you visit the temples of Nikko, the Peace Park at Hiroshima, and Himeji Castle, staying in outstanding accommodation - including a thatched farmhouse in Shirakawago and a temple lodging on Mount Koya.

17 Nights: from US$5680

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Hot Springs & Countryside Honeymoon

  • Tokyo
  • Miyajima
  • Matsue
  • Kinosaki Onsen
  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo

Japan's hot spring bathing culture and scenic countryside make it a wonderfully romantic setting for a honeymoon. Although at most onsen baths men and women bathe separately, we've chosen some wonderful ryokan inns with private outdoor hot springs for you to enjoy together.

12 Nights: from US$6000

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Pilgrim's Paths

  • Tokyo
  • Kyoto
  • Mt Koya
  • Kawayu Onsen
  • Yunomine Onsen
  • Kii Katsura
  • Ise
  • Tokyo

Our Pilgrim's Paths itinerary showcases a selection of the stunning natural environments navigated by the Kumano Kodo network of pilgrimage routes, juxtaposing unspoilt nature with two of Japan's most iconic cities.

14 Nights: from US$6064

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Niseko Deluxe

  • Tokyo
  • Niseko
  • Sapporo
  • Kyoto
  • Yudanaka
  • Tokyo

This deluxe itinerary includes five days in Hokkaido's largest and most popular ski resort, Niseko; top-notch accommodation in Hokkaido's capital Sapporo; stays in the must-see cities of Tokyo and Kyoto; plus the chance to pay a visit to Yudanaka Onsen's famous snow monkeys.

15 Nights: from US$8032

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Golden Route

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo

Following the path of the old Tokaido Road, the Golden Route will take you from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo to Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital and the true cultural heart of the country. With the hot springs of Hakone in between, this itinerary is a perfect introductory taste of Japan.

9 Nights: from US$9184

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Traditional Japan

  • Tokyo
  • Kanazawa
  • Shirakawago
  • Takayama
  • Matsumoto
  • Tsumago
  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo

Our Traditional Japan itinerary will captivate you with the hidden secrets of this diverse country, steering you away from the tourist hotspots to alpine scenery, tranquil gardens and ancient temples, wthe very best in Japanese hospitality from exclusive ryokan inns to world-class hotels.

14 Nights: from US$9408

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Japan Arts Trail

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Nagoya
  • Kyoto
  • Matsue
  • Naoshima
  • Tokyo

Discover world-class museums and galleries all across Japan, from city skyscrapers to rural towns where art has brought a new and unique vibrancy to otherwise forgotten places. This trip will allow you to visit Japan's classic sights as well as some real artistic treasures.

15 Nights: from US$10640

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Best of Japan

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Kyoto
  • Miyajima
  • Osaka
  • Takayama
  • Tokyo

The perfect itinerary for first-time visitors to Japan: cities, countryside, hot springs, great food, history and culture. Locations you will visit include Japan's historic capital, Kyoto; Tokyo with its bright lights and excitement; the Fuji-Hakone National Park; Takayama in the Japanese Alps; and Hiroshima.

14 Nights: from US$11008

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Beach & Culture Deluxe Honeymoon

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Kyoto
  • Taketomi
  • Tokyo

Japan is a fabulous destination for a luxury honeymoon. On this itinerary we've included five-star hotels in Tokyo and Kyoto, a beautiful hot spring ryokan in Hakone National Park and a luxurious beach resort on the tiny subtropical island of Taketomi.

14 Nights: from US$11488

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Mountains & Culture Family Activity Holiday

  • Tokyo
  • Matsumoto
  • Takayama
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Tokyo

Get stuck in to Japanese culture with this hands-on family activity holiday, taking in the must-see cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka as well as the beautiful scenery of the Japanese Alps.

12 Nights: price on request

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Family Summer Beach Holiday

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Kyoto
  • Kashikojima
  • Tokyo

A deluxe family holiday taking you to the must-see cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, via the beautiful Hakone National Park for a traditional ryokan stay, before finally finishing off with four nights in a luxurious beach hotel in Kashikojima on the coast of the Ise-Shima National Park.

13 Nights: price on request

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Theme Park Family Adventure

  • Tokyo
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Tokyo

Japan has a huge range of amazing theme parks and this itinerary ticks off the very best. You'll discover Japan's take on Western classics like Disney and Universal Studios, as well as some more home-grown theme parks - from the hot springs of SpaWorld to the rollercoasters of Fuji-Q Highland.

12 Nights: price on request

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