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  • Booking your Japan holiday: The benefits of using a tour operator

    So you've decided to visit Japan, but you can't make up your mind whether to do it yourself or use a tour operator like InsideJapan Tours. This is something we hear all the time, and with something as important and expensive as your holiday we know that it's crucial to know that you're getting the very best possible service. In this blog post, we'll take you through a few of the benefits of using a tour operator so you can make the right decision for yourself. (more…)

  • The secret world of geisha

    The world of the Japanese geisha is shrouded in myth, mystery, and misconception. Though nearly everybody will recognise their distinctive make-up, hairstyles, and elaborate kimono, surprisingly few people really understand the role of the geisha in Japanese society. (more…)

  • Why Nozawa Onsen is our favourite ski resort of all time

    If you’re an avid snowsports fan, the first Japanese resort that springs to mind will probably be Niseko, which is widely (and deservedly, we might add) considered to be Japan’s biggest and best. You might also have heard of Hakuba – slightly smaller and less well-known, but more convenient for those who want to combine snowsports with a longer cultural trips. You almost certainly haven’t heard of Nozawa Onsen, but it’s actually our favourite ski resort in Japan. (more…)

  • The Incredible, Overlooked Beauty of Ritsurin Garden

    Our tour leader Brett often takes travellers around Japan on various small group tours. On these tours, tourists are able to visit many varied locations; some well-known and others not. In this blog piece, Brett shines a light on one of the more over-looked locations, the beautiful Ritsurin Garden. (more…)

  • 7 reasons to visit magical Yakushima

    Yakushima is a firm favourite amongst the InsideJapan team. With lush rainforest, coral reefs, beautiful beaches and fascinating wildlife – this certainly isn’t the Japan you’re used to seeing in films and on TV! Here are a few reasons why you should buy plane ticket, pack your bags, and head straight to Yakushima without a moment’s delay: (more…)


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