Cultural holidays in Japan
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Japan golden route holiday

Japan golden route holiday

9 night classic Japan trip: Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto
From £1,790 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring

Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring

Japan's classic sights on a shoestring!
From £980 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Japan small group holiday by bullet train

Japan small group holiday by bullet train

Japan's must-see cities and beautiful, rural countryside
From £2,850 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 27 May, 29 Jul, 19 Aug, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 14 Oct
2018: 19 May, 2 Jun
Japan holidays, tailor made

Japan holidays, tailor made

Experience the highlights of Japan by train
From £4,990 14 days inc UK flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor-made and departures can be arranged all year. The sample itinerary below can be modified to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.
Hidden Japan holiday

Hidden Japan holiday

Get beneath the surface into the heart of Japan
From £2,790 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 20 Jul, 17 Aug, 28 Sep, 12 Oct
2018: 15 Mar, 10 May, 24 May
Japan cultural immersion holiday

Japan cultural immersion holiday

Cultural activites and traditional experiences galore
From £2,915 to £3,950 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 17 Sep
2018: 13 May
Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan

Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan

Shikoku 88 Pilgimage route self-guided walking
From £850 to £1,540 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan small group holiday, Japan unmasked

Japan small group holiday, Japan unmasked

Whistlestop Japan highlights with an expert tour leader
From £1,790 to £2,675 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 5 Jun, 12 Jun, 3 Jul, 10 Jul, 31 Jul, 11 Sep, 9 Oct, 23 Oct, 30 Oct, 13 Nov
2018: 19 Feb, 5 Mar, 30 Apr, 14 May, 28 May, 11 Jun
Japan family holiday

Japan family holiday

Be transported into a world of cultural mystery and intrigue
From £3,203 to £3,907 13 days inc UK flights
Small group travel: 2017: 10 Jun, 1 Jul, 12 Aug, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 16 Dec
Japan group holiday, a food adventure

Japan group holiday, a food adventure

Dive into Tokyo city’s incredible food scene
From £2,532 to £3,415 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 28 May, 4 Jun, 18 Jun, 6 Aug, 3 Sep, 17 Sep, 1 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct, 12 Nov
2018: 11 Mar, 18 Mar, 25 Mar, 1 Apr, 8 Apr, 15 Apr, 22 Apr, 6 May, 13 May, 20 May, 27 May, 10 Jun, 24 Jun, 19 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov
20% off all departures of this trip in June 2017
Walking tours to Japan

Walking tours to Japan

Explore the backroads of Japan
From £3,090 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 5 Jun, 17 Sep, 1 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov
2018: 18 Mar, 21 Mar, 11 May, 4 Jun, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 4 Nov, 11 Nov
Japan small group holiday, Kyoto to Tokyo

Japan small group holiday, Kyoto to Tokyo

Journey into the heart of Japan - Kyoto to Tokyo
From £3,640 to £4,105 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 27 May, 1 Jul, 15 Jul, 5 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 23 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov
2018: 17 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 7 Apr, 14 Apr, 21 Apr, 28 Apr, 12 May, 26 May, 9 Jun, 30 Jun, 14 Jul, 4 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 17 Nov
20% off all departures of this trip in June 2017
The Japanese Alps private tour

The Japanese Alps private tour

Folklore and samurai culture in the Japanese Alps
From £2,215 to £3,800 10 days ex flights
Tailor made
Holiday in Japan

Holiday in Japan

Take the bullet train Tokyo to Kyoto
From £2,468 to £3,635 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: Departs most Saturdays throughout the year.
20% off all departures of this trip in June 2017
Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai

Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai

Ultra-modern Tokyo to Imperial Kyoto
From £3,310 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 16 Jul, 15 Oct, 4 Nov
2018: 24 Mar, 2 Apr, 9 Apr, 7 May, 15 Jul, 14 Oct, 3 Nov
Small-group guided walking tour: A scenic journey through Japan's cultural highlights. We still have spaces on our 16th of July departure!
China and Japan holiday, Beijing to Tokyo

China and Japan holiday, Beijing to Tokyo

Incredible journey showcasing the best of two ancient cultures
From £3,399 to £3,459 18 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 27 May, 24 Jun, 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 16 Sep, 7 Oct
Japan and South Korea tour

Japan and South Korea tour

Explore Japan and South Korea
From £4,559 to £4,699 16 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 5 Nov
2018: 4 Nov
Introductory offer of £100 per person discount for November group tour
Japan ancient capitals self guided walking tour

Japan ancient capitals self guided walking tour

Ancient Capitals, historic trails and cultural treasures.
From £850 5 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Soul of Japan tour

Soul of Japan tour

Dive into the soul of Japan.
From £2,999 10 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan family tour, rural adventure

Japan family tour, rural adventure

A family trip with amazing insights into Japan’s traditions
From £2,080 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 23 Jul, 24 Sep
Bring the kids along! Discover the unknown side of Japan on a family adventure... Meet the people, learn while enjoying local experiences, and connect with rural communities. We still have spaces on our 23rd of July departure!
Japan culture and cuisine tour

Japan culture and cuisine tour

Experience the Culinary delights of Japan
From £3,299 to £4,749 12 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan

Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan

The tranquil magic of winter on the Nakasendo trail
From £2,080 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 27 Jan, 17 Feb
Best of Kyushu Japan self-drive holiday

Best of Kyushu Japan self-drive holiday

Explore Japans stunning great outdoors.
From £5,580 17 days inc UK flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan walking tour of Shikoku

Japan walking tour of Shikoku

Beautiful Shikoku Island and the 88 Pilgrimage trail
From £3,310 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 5 Nov
2018: 13 May, 4 Nov
Japan luxury holiday

Japan luxury holiday

An introduction to mesmerising Japan.
From £7,484 9 days inc UK flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Cherry Blossom luxury tour in Japan

Cherry Blossom luxury tour in Japan

Experience Japan's most vibrant season
From £8,255 8 days inc UK flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Japan small group tour, in the shadow of mountains

Japan small group tour, in the shadow of mountains

Western Honshu's coasts - Japan Sea and Inland Sea
From £3,350 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 27 Sep
2018: 23 May, 26 Sep
Spaces available on 27th Sep departure. From sea to sea in southern Japan, explore enchanting castle towns, see Miyajima Island with its iconic red torii gate and free-roaming deer and much more.
Japan tour, winter festivals

Japan tour, winter festivals

An adventure of natural, cultural and artistic delights.
From £1,990 9 days ex flights
Small group travel
Japan small group tour

Japan small group tour

Bold cities, beautiful lakes and spectacular Mount Fuji
From £3,780 to £4,158 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 17 Dec, 31 Dec
2018: 24 Mar, 7 Apr, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 17 Dec, 31 Dec
10% off all bookings until 31st May
Northern Japan tour

Northern Japan tour

Off the beaten path in magical northern Japan
From £3,405 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 29 May, 16 Oct
2018: 11 Jun
Japan holidays, tailor made
From
£4,990
including UK flights
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
Japan cultural small group holiday
From
£1,275
excluding flights
The entire trip was so awesome. Lots of exciting things to taste, see and experience. Great way to meet people who enjoy travelling as much as I do. Fantastic trip. (more)Anuschka Veckranges
Really enjoyed the variety of visiting different regions of Japan e.g. busy Tokyo, tranquil Hakone, beautiful Kyoto and Nara and Kamakura. (more)Eva Jolly
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
From
£980
excluding flights
Meeting a Maiko (trainee Geisha) in Kyoto was a fantastic experience! Exploring the old city of Kyoto with an amazing guide was also wonderful! Fantastic, the absolute best holiday we have been on! (more)Owen Cawley
Absolutely brilliant. We were a little anxious beforehand as we had not participated in a group tour before but we certainly do so again provided it was with your organisation! (more)Anne Davies
Excellent!...Taking a day out between the big cities to relax in a traditional style Ryokan was fantastic. Something we wouldn't have considered if we'd tried to book everything ourselves. (more)Rachel Nash
Japan small group holiday, Japan unmasked
From
£1,790
excluding flights
The day with the snow monkeys sticks in my mind but the morning we spent at the Buddhist morning prayer was also incredible. Absolutely amazing! Hugh did an incredible job showing us around and had an excellent rappor with the locals. This has been my favourite holiday so far. (more)Nathaniel Castle
The art and Japanese craft museums blew me away and despite the cold temperatures, the temples, shrines and gardens still looked wonderful. Not living in a cold climate, I found the snow up north quite exciting. Terrific fun with a group brought together through skilful leadership... We saw and did things we hadn't expected to do and tried so many delicious food styles. (more)Wendy Dooley
The breadth of experience, from the neon lighted frantic pace of Tokyo, to the 5am chanting of monks at a Nagano temple, all connected by the thrill of the Shinkansen. (more)Keith Swindell
Japan golden route holiday
From
£1,790
excluding flights
It's hard to identify just one most memorable or exciting part - everything was amazing. The culture, the people, the food, the scenery, the transportation. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. (more)Garry Radford
The most memorable was Himeji Castle with cherry blossom in full bloom! (more)Andy Angel
It blew away all my expectations in all honesty. I will definitely be booking my next trip through Responsible Travel again. The question is where to next?? (more)Mitesh Amin
Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan
From
£850
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Everything was memorable: The temples, the people we met, the landscape, the food, the places we stayed at. Tips? Perhaps not to spend to much time at each temple in order to catch the transport connections or reach the guest houses without hurrying up. Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? A success. (more)Annatina Monnier
Japan small group holiday by bullet train
From
£2,850
excluding flights
Autumn colours were wonderful and the temples were most interesting. Excellent, with attention to detail, which made the tour very easy for the group. Hotels very good. (more)Ann Caroe
Very good itinerary that included cities and countryside and a variety of types of accommodation. There was plenty of optional free time to explore one your own if you wanted. Brian, the tour leader was conscientious and helpful, we were particularly impressed that he met us at our hotel on arrival in Japan in spite of the very late hour. (more)Andy Goodenough
We particularly liked Takayama. We had the experience of staying in Ryokan and were fully exposed to Japanese breakfasts...Very good itinary, Good logistics. (more)Geoff Wright
Walking tours to Japan
From
£3,090
excluding flights
We particularly enjoyed Kyoto which gave a mix of city living with the cultural experiences. We visited Sanjusangendo temple which holds 1001 life sized statues... (more)Lisa Thompson
This was an excellent trip. ...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. (more)Una Dinning
Japan small group holiday, Kyoto to Tokyo
From
£3,640
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The cherry blossom in Japan Tips? Take an umbrella, be ready to walk a lot and have fun Local benefits? Yes, especially the local hotels amd ryokan Overall rating? Excellent. Very good guide (Kimi) who went beyond the holiday description, taking us on tours, and explaining the local customs. We explored other tours before booking with Intrepid and this was best value for money (more)Mary-Anne Rose
Japan honeymoon tour on a shoestring
From
£1,450
excluding flights
Walking the old samurai trials was incredible, as well as exploring the many temples and shrines in Kyoto. Amazing, we loved every moment. (more)Mairi Towl
Excellent, stunning, huge variety of tastes, sights and experiences. We went budget but it was definitely first class! (more)John Hayes
Japan holiday, ancient and modern
From
£4,199
including UK flights
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
Holiday in Japan
From
£2,468
excluding flights
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
Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai
From
£3,310
excluding flights
Experiencing such a different culture and all things Japanese was the best. Excellent. Fumiko was a very helpful, informative and patient guide. We saw amazing temples, landscape etc. (more)Janet Barwell
The whole thing was tremendous - felt we got a real insight into Japan today and in the past....One of the best holidays we have been on - very well planned to give a varied taste of the Japanese culture. (more)Anne Cooper
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
Hidden Japan holiday
From
£2,790
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Everything! Travelling extensively using the local transport - every type, meant we saw such a large range of places, did lots of activities, experienced historical and modern displays, interacted with the local people and tasted a big variety of food. Tips? Travel light. Prepare for lots of traditional Japanese food. Bring comfy shoes. Local benefits? Yes. We travelled by public transport most of the time which is very efficient. We engaged with many locals... (more)Susan White
Southern Japan small group holiday
From
£3,490
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Seeing Mt Sakurajima look very peaceful and then erupt and having an Onsen by the beach. Tips? Pack lightly and be prepared to spend a lot of time on public transport as you travel large distances. While it is called a walking tour you don't actually walk large distances most days. Local benefits? Yes, We stayed in family run accommodation about half the time and ate a lot of local food prepared by locals rather than big companies. Overall rating? Very... (more)Barbara and Peter Gray
Japan family holiday
From
£3,203
including UK flights
Memorable parts? a) Our guide, Silvia, recommended a garden (Happo-en) in Tokyo to visit on our free day - the trip there and the garden were great fun, we all enjoys the blossom and chatting to brides having their photos taken with the magnificent blossom as a background. b) having our picture "printed" onto top of our coffee/ baby chin no's at Ginza shopping was amazing highlight. c) Sushi breakfast was amazing - Silvia took us to a very special place for this authentic experience -the... (more)Kate Mathers
Adventure holiday in Japan
From
£2,439
excluding flights
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
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