Small group holidays in Japan
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Japan small group holiday, Japan unmasked

Japan small group holiday, Japan unmasked

Whistlestop Japan highlights with an expert tour leader
From £1,890 to £2,675 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 11 Sep, 9 Oct, 23 Oct, 30 Oct, 13 Nov
2018: 19 Feb, 5 Mar, 30 Apr, 14 May, 28 May, 11 Jun, 2 Jul, 20 Aug, 3 Sep, 21 Sep, 1 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct, 12 Nov, 26 Nov
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: 19 Aug, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 14 Oct
2018: 19 May, 2 Jun, 14 Jul, 25 Aug, 15 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct
Hidden Japan holiday

Hidden Japan holiday

Get beneath the surface into the heart of Japan
From £2,890 to £3,875 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 28 Sep, 12 Oct
2018: 15 Mar, 10 May, 24 May, 26 Jul, 27 Sep, 25 Oct, 1 Nov, 15 Nov
Walking tours to Japan

Walking tours to Japan

Explore the backroads of Japan
From £3,090 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 17 Sep, 1 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov
2018: 11 Mar, 25 Mar, 11 May, 4 Jun, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 4 Nov, 11 Nov
Japan family holiday

Japan family holiday

Be transported into a world of cultural mystery and intrigue
From £3,057 to £4,132 13 days inc UK flights
Small group travel: 2017: 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 16 Dec
Japan group holiday, a food adventure

Japan group holiday, a food adventure

Dive into Tokyo cityís incredible food scene
From £2,412 to £3,165 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 3 Sep, 17 Sep, 1 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct, 12 Nov
Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan

Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan

Village-to-village walking on the historic Nakasendo trail
From £3,205 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 4 Sep, 25 Sep, 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov
2018: 25 Mar, 2 Apr, 8 Apr, 12 Apr, 16 Apr, 6 May, 12 May, 17 May, 21 May, 16 Jul, 10 Sep, 24 Sep, 7 Oct, 12 Oct, 14 Oct, 4 Nov, 8 Nov, 11 Nov
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: 15 Oct, 4 Nov
2018: 24 Mar, 2 Apr, 9 Apr, 7 May, 15 Jul, 14 Oct, 3 Nov
Kyoto to Tokyo small group holiday in Japan

Kyoto to Tokyo small group holiday in Japan

Journey into the heart of Japan - Kyoto to Tokyo
From £3,102 to £3,930 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 23 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov
2018: 17 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 7 Apr, 14 Apr, 21 Apr, 12 May, 26 May, 9 Jun, 14 Jul, 4 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 17 Nov
Japan unmasked tour, 14 days

Japan unmasked tour, 14 days

All the top sights in an action-packed 2-week group tour.
From AU $4,702 to AU $5,082 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 19 Feb, 5 Mar, 30 Apr, 14 May, 28 May, 11 Jun, 2 Jul, 20 Aug, 3 Sep, 21 Sep, 1 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct, 12 Nov, 26 Nov
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, 9 Sep
Holiday in Japan

Holiday in Japan

Take the bullet train Tokyo to Kyoto
From £2,908 to £3,920 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: Departs most Saturdays throughout the year.
China and Japan holiday, Beijing to Tokyo

China and Japan holiday, Beijing to Tokyo

Incredible journey showcasing the best of two ancient cultures
From £3,199 to £3,459 18 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 16 Sep, 7 Oct
2018: 4 Mar, 18 Mar, 1 Apr, 4 Apr, 15 Apr, 18 Apr, 29 Apr, 6 May, 9 May, 13 May, 27 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 29 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 16 Sep, 3 Oct, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 17 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 9 Dec
Kumano Kodo walking holiday, Japan

Kumano Kodo walking holiday, Japan

Village to village walking in the sacred Kii Peninsula
From £2,455 to £2,525 9 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 9 Oct, 6 Nov, 11 Nov
2018: 5 Apr, 16 Apr, 14 May, 4 Jun, 8 Oct, 5 Nov, 10 Nov
South Korea and Japan tour

South Korea and Japan tour

Oppa Gangnam Style!
From US $3,500 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 17 Apr
Japan culinary heritage tour

Japan culinary heritage tour

Regional cuisine, the heart and soul of Japanese culture.
From £3,385 11 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 24 Nov
2018: 11 May, 28 Sep
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
Japan family tour, rural adventure

Japan family tour, rural adventure

A family trip with amazing insights into Japanís traditions
From £2,080 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 24 Sep
2018: 22 Jul, 25 Sep
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
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
The trail towards enlightenment... You still have a chance to explore the Temples and Trails of Shikoku: we have spaces available on our 5th of November departure!
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
Japan tour, winter festivals

Japan tour, winter festivals

An adventure of natural, cultural and artistic delights.
From £2,570 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 5 Feb, 8 Feb, 10 Feb
Japan small group tour

Japan small group tour

Bold cities, beautiful lakes and spectacular Mount Fuji
From £2,718 to £3,357 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 9 Dec, 23 Dec
2018: 24 Mar, 7 Apr, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 17 Dec, 31 Dec
10% off all departures for this trip
Japan walking holiday, Mt Fuji and the Japanese Alps

Japan walking holiday, Mt Fuji and the Japanese Alps

Kyoto, Tokyo and the Japanese Matterhorn
From £3,799 to £4,069 15 days inc UK flights
Small group travel: 2017: 20 Aug
2018: 22 Jul, 5 Aug, 19 Aug
Late availability on the these dates: 20 Aug
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: 16 Oct
2018: 11 Jun, 22 Oct
Japan tour, village traditions

Japan tour, village traditions

Rural activities and traditional crafts in central Japan
From £2,325 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 28 Sep
2018: 17 May, 27 Sep
Spaces available on 28th Sep departure. See Japan's warm agricultural side and discover the enduring magic of the country's rural traditions.
Japan walking holiday, North from Tokyo

Japan walking holiday, North from Tokyo

A walking journey, rich in spirituality and tradition
From £3,350 13 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 1 Sep
2018: 20 Jul, 31 Aug, 16 Sep
Save £120 and explore the dramatic peaks and soothing hot springs of the north of Japan! Guaranteed departure: 8th of September - an opportunity not to be missed!
Southern Japan small group holiday

Southern Japan small group holiday

Off the beaten track in Kyoto, Nara & Kyushu
From £3,490 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 9 Oct, 14 Oct
2018: 5 May, 8 Oct, 27 Oct
Explore the volcanic wonders of Kyushu. We still have spaces available on October departure, and this is a guaranteed departure!
Adventure holiday in Japan

Adventure holiday in Japan

Japan's technology & temples
From £2,344 to £3,149 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 28 Aug, 4 Sep, 18 Sep, 25 Sep, 2 Oct, 9 Oct, 16 Oct, 23 Oct, 6 Nov, 20 Nov, 4 Dec, 18 Dec
2018: 2 Jan, 30 Jan, 27 Feb, 6 Mar, 13 Mar, 18 Mar, 20 Mar, 25 Mar, 27 Mar, 29 Mar, 1 Apr, 8 Apr, 9 Apr, 10 Apr, 15 Apr, 16 Apr, 1 May, 7 May, 29 May, 5 Jun, 12 Jun, 19 Jun, 26 Jun, 2 Jul, 9 Jul, 16 Jul, 24 Jul, 31 Jul, 7 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, 4 Sep, 11 Sep, 18 Sep, 25 Sep, 2 Oct, 9 Oct, 16 Oct, 23 Oct, 30 Oct, 5 Nov, 13 Nov ...
Japan cultural small group holiday

Japan cultural small group holiday

A journey along the ancient Tokaido highway
From £1,275 to £2,075 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 19 Aug, 23 Sep, 28 Oct, 4 Nov
2018: 10 Mar, 26 May, 16 Jun, 28 Jul, 25 Aug, 29 Sep, 27 Oct, 10 Nov
Japan small group holiday, Japan unmasked
From
£1,890
excluding flights
The loveliness of Nagano was a surprise (the zen temple ceremony really special) Takayama (the city as a whole and a wonderful restaurant we found Kyoya), Masamoto castle, and the okonomiyaki meal in Hiroshima. (more)Helen Weingarten
All of it was fantastic. An amazing experience, made possible by an awesome tour leader. (more)Colin Catt
The highlights for me personally were a visit to the D.T. Suzuki Museum in Kanazawa and the visit to the O Torii Gate on the island of Itsukushima, where deer roam freely. The whole two weeks were a whirlwind of amazing sights, sounds and experiences. (more)Linda Marlow
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 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 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
Kyoto to Tokyo small group holiday in Japan
From
£3,102
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 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
£2,908
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
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
Hidden Japan holiday
From
£2,890
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
Japan family holiday
From
£3,057
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
£2,344
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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