Browse our Japan group tours

From Hokkaido to Kyushu via Tokyo, Kyoto and many places besides, our Japan tours will get you beneath the surface of Japan

There is an awful lot to see and do in Japan and so whereas some companies might have just one or two Japan tours to choose from, we have a full range. So whether you are a first time visitor wanting to tick off the must-sees, or you've lost count of how many times you've toured Japan, we have something for you.

Contact us and we'd be delighted to talk you through all the options.

Choosing your perfect tour

With so many tours to choose from, we appreciate it may be a little tricky to decide. Here are some helpful pointers:

1/ Pick from our five styles of tour: All-inclusive, Deluxe, Superior, Classic and Essential
Broadly speaking our styles reflect grade of accommodation and inclusions with Deluxe featuring some of the Japan's finest properties, specialist private guides in all locations and world-class dining; Essential on the other hand features clean, comfortable well located hotels and inns but is fairly basic and tour inclusions are more minimal.

2/ How long have you got?
We now not everyone can take three weeks off work or away from home so we have group tours from 7 nights to 14 nights in length. But you can always add a tailormade extension if you'd like to stay longer. Many clients choose this option. 

3/ Solo traveller?
If you are we have some 'solos only' departures of our Japan Unmasked and Tokaido Trail 'Essential' tours. And on all 'Essential' style tours there is NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, with a single room guaranteed in Western-style hotels at no extra cost.

Some tours visit the famous sights, whilst others cover special interest areas. For example, our Winter Highlights Japan tour is ideal for keen birdwatchers (and anyone who likes snow!) whilst Kyushu Elements visits the laid back, bubbling volcanic southern island.

Click here for our 2015 / 2016 Group Tour Calendar

Click to view a calendar listing all 2019/ 2020 Japan tour departures

We know there is lot to investigate so why not give us a call or contact us and one of the team will be delighted to help you choose.

Small Group Tours styles explained

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 US$5810

Trip Code: SOH

Departure Months:

  • MAR
  • MAY
  • OCT
  • NOV

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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 US$5033

Trip Code: CJ

Departure Months:

  • MAY
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT

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Small Group TourIJT Classic

A Northern Soul

  • Tokyo
  • Nikko
  • Hiraizumi
  • Naruko Onsen
  • Ishinomaki
  • Sendai
  • Niigata
  • Sado Island
  • Tokyo

The northern reaches of Japan's main island hold some of the country's most beguiling attractions: rugged national parks, mountaintop temple communities, and enchanting hot spring villages. A Northern Soul introduces some of these hidden delights, revealing a side of Japan rarely seen by outsiders.

14 Nights: from US$6013

Trip Code: ANS

Departure Months:

  • OCT

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Small Group TourIJT Classic

Hidden Japan

  • Kyoto
  • Mount 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 US$5145

Trip Code: HJ

Departure Months:

  • MAR
  • MAY
  • JUL
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV

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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 US$2513

Trip Code: TT

Departure Months:

  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV

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Small Group TourIJT Classic

Kyushu Elements

  • Kyoto
  • Nagasaki
  • Unzen
  • Kumamoto
  • Mount 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 US$5593

Trip Code: KE

Departure Months:

  • NOV

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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 modest 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. Selected departures are dedicated to solo travellers.

13 Nights: from US$3633

Trip Code: JU

Departure Months:

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

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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 US$8645

Trip Code: JE

Departure Months:

  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • SEPT
  • OCT
  • NOV

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Small Group TourIJT Classic

Seven Night Taster

  • Tokyo
  • Kanazawa
  • Kyoto
  • Hiroshima
  • Himeji
  • Miyajima

The perfect introduction to the fascinating culture of Japan. Travelling in springtime means you should have a chance to catch the beautiful Cherry blossom for which Japan is famous. This tour includes day trips to Hiroshima, Miyajima Island and Himeji Castle.

7 Nights: from US$2870

Trip Code: 17JPH

Departure Months:

  • AUG

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Small Group TourIJT Essential

Samurai Express

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Kyoto
  • Hiroshima
  • Miyajima

A compact tour visiting some of the best cultural and modern cities that Japan has to offer, during the popular Spring season presenting the possibility to see the famous Cherry Blossom bloom.

7 Nights: from US$2240

Trip Code: 18JS

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Small Group TourIJT All-Inclusive

All-In Japan

  • Tokyo
  • Hiroshima
  • Kyoto
  • Kaga Onsen
  • Kanazawa
  • Tokyo

With all meals, local transport, and luggage handling included there's nothing for you to do on All-In Japan but sit back and enjoy. Covering Japan's classic destinations with a few unusual twists, this trip is full of cultural experiences to give you a stress-free introduction to Japan.

12 Nights: from US$6965

Trip Code: AIJ

Departure Months:

  • MAR
  • APR
  • JUL
  • OCT
  • NOV

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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 ultra-modern Tokyo – this tour is practically overflowing with unforgettable experiences.

14 Nights: from US$5530

Trip Code: HO

Departure Months:

  • SEPT

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Small Group TourIJT Classic

HYPERJAPAN's J-Pop & Go!

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

From day-glo 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 US$3633

Trip Code: HYP0002JPOP

Departure Months:

  • FEB
  • MAR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEPT
  • OCT

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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 US$6013

Trip Code: WH

Departure Months:

  • JAN
  • FEB

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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 US$6125

Trip Code: SE

Departure Months:

  • MAR
  • APR

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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 US$5593

Trip Code: RJE

Departure Months:

  • OCT

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Small Group TourIJT Deluxe

Luxury Japan

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone
  • Kyoto
  • Kanazawa
  • Tokyo

Explore Japan's classic sights in luxurious style on this deluxe group tour, with five-star hotels, top-quality cuisine and an array of exclusive cultural experiences arranged especially for your group.

10 Nights: from US$15750

Trip Code: LJ

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