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Japan holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

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Japan small group holiday, Japan unmasked
Whistlestop Japan highlights with an expert tour leader, from £1750 (14 days) ex flights
Japan golden route holiday
9 night classic Japan trip: Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto, from £1210 (10 days) ex flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
Japan's classic sights on a shoestring, from £650 (8 days) ex flights
Japan self guided walking holiday, Nakasendo Trail
Self-guided walking along Japanís ancient Nakasendo trail, from £600 - £1660 (10 days) ex flights
Japan cultural small group holiday
A journey along the ancient Tokaido highway, from £1250 (10 days) ex flights
Japan small group holiday
Japan's must-see cities and beautiful, rural countryside, from £2600 (14 days) ex flights
Kumano Kodo walking holiday, Japan
Village to village walking in the sacred Kii Peninsula, from £2000 (9 days) ex flights
China and Japan holiday, Beijing to Tokyo
Incredible journey showcasing the best of two ancient cultures, from £2849 (18 days) ex flights
Japan cycling holiday
The contrasting faces of Japan by bike, from £3350 (16 days) ex flights
Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan
Village-to-village walking on the historic Nakasendo trail, from £2490 (12 days) ex flights
Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai
Ultra-modern Tokyo to Imperial Kyoto, from £2575 (14 days) ex flights
Japan holiday, secrets of Japan
See the very best of Japan on a small group tour, from £4195 - £5150 (15 days) ex flights
Southern Japan small group holiday
Off the beaten track in Kyoto, Nara & Kyushu, from £2630 (15 days) ex flights
Japan culture & samurai history tour
A special escorted journey through unknown Samurai Japan, from £2345 (14 days) ex flights
Holiday in Japan
Take the bullet train Tokyo to Kyoto, from £2420 - £2950 (14 days) ex flights
Japan holidays, tailor made
Experience the culture and traditions of Japan, from £3130 (14 days) inc UK flights
Shikoku Island holiday, Japan, in the Footsteps of Pilgrims
Explore the sleepy island of Shikoku, from £2475 (15 days) ex flights
Japan family holiday
Be transported into a world of cultural mystery and intrigue, from £3109 - £3429 (13 days ) inc UK flights
Tokyo group holiday, a food adventure
Dive into Tokyo cityís incredible food scene, from £2090 - £2570 (12 days) ex flights
Japan small group holiday, Kyoto to Tokyo
Journey into the heart of Japan - Kyoto to Tokyo, from £2525 - £3030 (12 days) ex flights
Japan cycling tour, Tokyo to Sapporo
The heart of Japan - amazing adventure cycling challenge, from US $2850 - US $3000 (9 days) ex flights
Japan tour, winter festivals
An adventure of natural, cultural and artistic delights, from £2030 (9 days) ex flights
Kumano Kodo trail self guided walking holiday, Japan
Self guided walking on the Kumano Kodo Trail, from £510 - £1275 (9 days) ex flights
Japan to Russia bike tour
Cycle from Japan's Sapporo to the Russian wilderness, from US $3050 - US $3200 (7 days) ex flights
Shikoku island tailor made holiday, Japan
Japanese culture & countryside on rural Shikoku Island, from £1790 (16 days) ex flights
Japan cycling holiday, The Noto Peninsula
Cycle through crowded urban Tokyo to Noto Peninsula, from US $3650 (9 days) ex flights
Small group tours to Japan
Explore the backroads of Japan, from £2390 (15 days) ex flights
Shikoku Island tailor made holiday in Japan
Visit Shikoku Island, the smallest of Japan's four main islands, from £3500 (16 days) inc UK flights
Adventure holiday in Japan
Japan's technology & temples, from £2252 - £2649 (14 days) ex flights
Hidden Japan holiday
Get beneath the surface into the heart of Japan, from £2600 (13 days) ex flights

35 reviews for Japan holidays4 star overall rating

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Japan self guided walking holiday, Nakasendo Trail
It was all a very fine experience. Terrific organisation, didn't miss a beat anywhere; great choices of accommodation/food. The combination of physical, topographical and cultural stimulation provided by this sort of travel is very very hard to beat. There were several occasions where I was simply floaty with delight. A knockout. (more)David McRae
Excellent...in every way. The most memorable parts were... Seeing the old villages and towns along our walk - meeting so many friendly and helpful people in surroundings completely different from our own. And the food - different, flavorful, every meal exquisitely presented and excellent. (more)Gill Berry
From £600 - £1660 excluding flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
10/10...Hiroshima, sumo , Magome and Koyasan were the highlights (more)peter deen
Excellent. We had a nice mix of major cities, the Hakone National Park Region, and Miyajima Island. (more)Sally Vogl
We absolutely had a blast on the whole trip. It was a busy, we tried to see a much as we could but enjoyed the holiday...I would do this again in a heartbeat! (more)Rebekah Schultz
From £650 excluding flights
Japan small group holiday, Japan unmasked
The most memorable part is hard to sum up, so much of the trip was truly great, but would have to pick the Maiko session...Fantastic. Still raving about it. (more)Roslyn Fraser
Japan is fascinating, the ultra modern against a background of traditional. I loved their simplistic art, Zen gardens, efficiency and positive attitudes. (more)Ann Walsby
I enjoyed everything that I did. The food and accommodation were as expected and mostly better as it was not an expensive tour. The Japanese people were delightful - very polite, helpful and thoughtful and were a highlight in themselves. (more)Gillian Armstrong
From £1750 excluding flights
Japan small group holiday
Memorable parts? the whole holiday was memorable as we went from the busy metropolis of Tokyo to the quiet of the Japanese Alps. The travel was easier than expected due to the Japanese efficiency and all accommodation was satisfactory. Tips? Not as expensive as expected and Wi-Fi more available than anticipated. Local benefits? Local travel and local businesses were encouraged. Overall rating? Excellent thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it (more)Amanda Johnson
From £2600 excluding flights
Japan golden route holiday
Excellent and good value for money (more)Allison Krill
Excellent. We enjoyed it all. The travel arrangements all worked perfectly. Hotels were fine. Amy at the tour operator was terrific. (more)Howard Rosenthal
From £1210 excluding flights
Small group tours to Japan
Memorable parts? Walking in the countryside - seeing parts of Japan that I would never have discovered on my own and being guided by a reliable expert. Asuka, Dorogawa and the Mitarai Gorge were particularly memorable. Also - wonderful exotic food, charming ryokans and soothing onsens. (And the company of like-minded fellow travellers.) Tips? Ensure that you are fit enough to do the walking required, get a really good rucksack and carry as little as possible. There are drinks and... (more)Una Dinning
From £2390 excluding flights
Japan cycling holiday
We are just back from a holiday in Japan. A great way to see Japan in a very personal way- being part of the scene, as you are when on bike. (more)Barbara Hickson
The highlight was the absolutely spectacular scenery we cycled across, past, over. The countryside and mountains in Japan are amazing! (more)Blake Mizzi
There were many high points, but the best of all was seeing the Miyako Odori (Cherry Blossom Dance) in the Gion district of Kyoto. (more)John Casement
From £3350 excluding flights
Japan tours, The Land of the Rising Sun
Memorable parts? We chose the 'Narrow Road to the Deep North' tour, where , as part of an international party of 10 we followed in the footsteps of the poet and writer Matsuo Basho into the northern region of Tohoku with its soaring tree clad slopes, hidden monasteries and sand fringed tranquil lakes. The tour started and ended in Tokyo and included art galleries and museums, cafes and cobweb bars, parks and gardens, sushi and sake and convivial companions, we were loath to leave. As we moved... (more)Sue Jones
From £2275 excluding flights
Japan holiday, ancient and modern
Excellent... (more)Ruth Martin
Being in a totally different culture, the people were so friendly and helpful, it was the best! (more)Cindy Faithfull
My holiday was absolutely fantastic - I have never had such a great time, never loved somewhere so much, never actually had my breath taken away so often, absorbed so much atmosphere, relaxed so completely or felt so carefree and happy as I did on this trip to Japan (more)Julia Young
From £3599 - £3849 including UK flights
Japan holidays, tailor made
The autumn colours were just amazing in Japan. Its a fascinating culture with so many memorable experiences, just a few spring to mind, walking the Nakesendo highway, staying at the Mitsui Garden hotel in Tokyo, the views are mind blowing from here, Geisha spotting in Kyoto... (more)Katherine Windibank
In all honesty it is very hard to pin point one defining moment. It was all brilliant. (more)Alan Brownlow
It's hard to say just which part was the most memorable because it all was (more)Janet Turnbull
From £3130 including UK flights
Holiday in Japan
Superb. Would recommend it wholeheartedly. Thanks very much. (more)Simon Toller
A lot of good experiences - elephant ride on Christmas day - meeting a monk for meditation - Thai massage (ouch ouch ouch) and some great pampering. Food was often an adventure too. (more)Joanna Hughes
Really enjoyed visiting the ethnic minority villages in Sapa - our tour leader Hue enabled us to visit the villagers and take part in their new year celebrations. (more)Bethany Wright
From £2420 - £2950 excluding flights
Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai
The most memorable part of the holiday was getting a bit of an insight into the people and culture of everyday Japan by travelling on local trains and buses and staying in local inns in rural areas rather than faceless hotels. (more)Nicola Lindsey
It was a great trip, and Andy, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and helpful. (more)Burkhard Green
I truly enjoyed each day and the new experiences we had, every place we visited was interesting. I loved travelling on the trains and buses, seeing the surrounding countryside with the crops of rice, tea and vegetables growing. (more)Ruth Hamer
From £2575 excluding flights
Hokkaido winter holiday in Japan
Memorable parts? The cranes in Hokkaido. Tips? None - it's so different for everybody. Local benefits? First no, second yes. Overall rating? Phil Colley is a very good tour leader. For me, personally, there was too much "town-stay" and not enough cultural visits. (more)Berrut Anne-Laure
From £2795 excluding flights
Kumano Kodo trail self guided walking holiday, Japan
Memorable parts? All of it was good. The highlight might have been the first sight of the Golden Temple in Kyoto, or the first proper Japanese meal. Tips? As it is primarily a walking holiday through woods, I would recommend one takes good walking boots and a stick. Local benefits? Mainly staying staying in small, traditional hotels (ryokan) must be good. Overall rating? Excellent. All the arrangements worked perfectly. (more)John Brennan
From £510 - £1275 excluding flights
Adventure holiday in Japan
Memorable parts? A painting exhibition in Hiroshima. Tips? It actually isn't that difficult getting around Japan but a few simple Japanese phrases help break the ice. Local benefits? We had very little interaction with local people and employed no local guides which was really a pity. We impacted on the environment just as much as any other tourists. Overall rating? Reasonable. (more)Margaret Good
From £2252 - £2649 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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