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8 companies to know about for the ultimate guided tour of Japan

Capture the best of The Land of The Rising Sun with these top tour companies.

When it comes to arresting landscapes brimming with colour, cityscapes teeming with life and a unique culture rich in history, there’s little that can compare to Japan. Its capital city, Tokyo, alone is a feast for the senses, featuring neon-lit suburbs, historical temples, shrines and non-stop nightlife.

Head further west to Kyoto to walk the lanes of the old capital and marvel at its Shinto shrines and wooden homesteads, or visit Hiroshima to immerse yourself in history. Make sure you spare some time to see Osaka and delight in its mouth-watering street foods before exploring its famous 16th century castle.

With so much to do, including seeing the cherry blossoms in-bloom in spring, there’s no better option to ensure that you see it all than a guided tour. We have personally selected some of the best tours available that are sure to tick all the boxes.

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1. G Adventures

Offering everything from Classic to Yolo to Active tours, G Adventures is a mecca for adventurous travel throughout Japan.

  • Various Japanese tours available for as short as 5 days long.
  • All Japan tours are small group experiences with 12 people or less.
  • Various tour styles and activity levels are available to suit your travel needs.

View all tours of Japan with G Adventures

Discover Japan
G Adventures
Hokkaido Winter Festivals
G Adventures
Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak
G Adventures

2. Geckos Adventures

Packed with local adventures for the 18-30-something crowd, Geckos offers a 10-day Japan tour that's sure to tick most sites off your bucket list.

  • Group sizes are limited to 16
  • Includes stays in traditional Ryokans
  • Caters to single travellers

View Geckos Adventure's Japan tours

10-Day Discover Japan from Geckos Adventures

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3. Intrepid Travel

Intrepid offers more than just your generic highlights tour (although it does offer that too if that’s your cup of tea). Its wealth of specialised tours caters to various whims and fancies, from family-friendly holidays to winter festivals. Searching for something specific? Try Intrepid.

  • Specialised tours including winter festival, family-friendly, Japanese food and Mt Fuji options.
  • Basix, Comfort and Original tour styles available to suit various budgets and travel needs.
  • Tours can be as short as 4 days.

View more tours of Japan with Intrepid Travel

Land of the Rising Sun
Intrepid Travel
Japan Winter Festivals
Intrepid Travel
Classic Japan
Intrepid Travel

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4. TourRadar

A specialist in tours worldwide, TourRadar offers one of the biggest selections of experiences online. With TourRadar you can choose from over 70 independent, nature, adventure and cultural tours throughout Japan.

  • Best prices are guaranteed or TourRadar will match competitor prices for the same tour on the same date.
  • 24/7 customer support and assistance available.
  • 75 Japan tours currently available, with 200 reviews to verify the experience.

View more tours of Japan with TourRadar

Back Roads of Japan
TourRadar
Japan Highlights 8D/7N
TourRadar
Discover Japan
TourRadar


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5. Flight Centre

A flight and tour operator that needs no introduction, Flight Centre offers high quality multi-day tours with all the trimmings, including hand-picked insider experiences, first class travel highlights and 4-5 star accommodation.

  • Offers Japan tours with Intrepid, Contiki, Geckos, Topdeck, Urban Adventures, On The Go Tours, Trafalgar and more.
  • 7-8 day tours available for those on a week-long time budget.
  • Flight Centre is a one-stop shop that allows you to book flights and tours at the same time.

View all tours of Japan with Flight Centre

Leisurely Japan 2017
Flight Centre
8-Day Best of Japan
Flight Centre
Japan Active Adventure, 9 Days
Flight Centre

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6. Viator

Viator is ideal for those seeking a taster of Japan. Whether you’re booked in for a short trip or you just want to get your bearings before you embark on further exploration, one of its 1-3 day tours is the perfect starting point for your trip.

  • Low price guarantee or Viator will match the price of the same tour for the same dates.
  • All tours are verified by customer reviews.
  • Cherry blossom/Sakura tours available.

View all tours of Japan with Viator

11-Day Sakura Cherry Blossom Tour from Tokyo
Viator
14-Day Classic Japan Tour: Nikko, Hakone, Takayam...
Viator
3-Day Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet...
Viator

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7. STA Travel

When travelling on a shoestring budget, STA Travel can help. It specialises in budget and youth travel and offers a wealth of cultural and outdoor experiences for those travelling to Japan.

  • Budget tours and tours specifically for 18-35 year olds are available.
  • Book tours up to two years in advance so you can start saving now.
  • STA offers regular discounts, so keep checking back to see if the tour you like drops in price.

View all tours of Japan with STA Travel

Japan on a Shoestring
STA Travel
Japan Winter Highlights
STA Travel
Ancient Empires — Beijing to Tokyo
STA Travel

8. Princess Cruises

If you're looking for something a little different, check out Princess Cruises' cruise tour offerings. Combine a five or seven-day land tour with a sailing around Japan.

  • See the best of Japan's coastline and interior
  • All meals included on the cruise portion and most food during the land portion
  • Become a Captain's Circle member for discounts on future cruises

View all cruise tours of Japan with Princess Cruises

13-Day Highlights of Japan
Princess Cruise Lines
22-Day Highlights of Japan
Princess Cruise Lines
15-Day Temples & Traditions of Japan
Princess Cruise Lines

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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