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A country of ancient traditions, modern marvels, stunning landscapes, and unparalleled culinary experiences.

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Ancient & Modern Japan

Japan
14 Days from USD 8,242
USD 7,420

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Explore Zen gardens, temples and the most iconic sights of Japan

Culture

Cycling in Japan

Japan
14 Days from USD 9,000

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Cycle the land of the Samurai; temples, geishas and incredible Tokyo and Kyoto

Cycling

Japan's Kumano Kodo

Japan
14 Days from USD 9,150

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Walk Japan's ancient pilgrimage routes along the Kumano Kodo

Walking & Trekking

Highlights of Japan

Japan
8 Days from USD 5,023
USD 4,725

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Uncover the cultural highlights of Japan on this eight-day trip

Culture

Through the Heart of Japan: Tokyo to Fukuoka Cruise – Premium Adventure

Premium Adventures

Japan
15 Days from USD 11,580

A 14-night cruise adventure through the heart of Japan

Wildlife
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Walk the Kumano Kodo

Japan
11 Days from USD 5,555

Self-Guided Holidays (Incl. Taxes)

Enjoy spectacular scenery along the ancient Japanese pilgrimage route of the Kumano Kodo

Walking & Trekking
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Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail

Japan
11 Days from USD 5,675

Self-Guided Holidays (Incl. Taxes)

This spiritual journey along the Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage visits some of the trail's 88 Buddhist temples

Walking & Trekking
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Walk the Nakasendo Trail

Japan
11 Days from USD 5,615

Self-Guided Holidays (Incl. Taxes)

Follow the historic pilgrimage of the Nakasendo Trail, with Kyoto & Tokyo at either end of the trip

Walking & Trekking

Top Five Japan Tours

1. Ancient & Modern Japan
Embark on an extraordinary journey through Japan’s most iconic destinations, beginning with the ancient temples of Kyoto, including the majestic Nijo Castle and the serene beauty of Ryoan-ji temple’s famous rock garden. Traverse the historic streets of Nara, where UNESCO World Heritage sites like Todai-ji await. Wander through the charming old-town streets of Takayama and Tsumago, marvel at Matsumoto Castle’s imposing architecture, and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Tokyo, where districts like Harajuku and Ginza beckon with their unique blend of tradition and modernity.

2. Cycling in Japan
Experience an exhilarating cycling adventure through Japan, starting amidst the vibrant energy of Tokyo’s bustling streets, taking in urban skylines and ancient temples before venturing onwards to Kanazawa, where the majestic Kenrokuen Garden and Nagamachi Samurai District offer glimpses into Japan’s storied past. Pedal along the rugged coastline of the Noto Peninsula experiencing the true essence of rural Japan, before concluding your adventure in the historic city of Kyoto. With each pedal stroke, immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of Japan, creating memories to cherish for a lifetime.

3. Japan’s Kumano Kodo
Discover the essence of Japan’s cultural treasures and breathtaking landscapes on this unforgettable journey. Begin in Kyoto, where ancient temples and serene gardens await. Hike through mystical mountains to Kibune Shrine and Kurama Temple, escaping the city crowds. Follow the ancient Yamanobe-no-michi trail, uncovering centuries of history and rural hospitality. Traverse the legendary Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, passing through quaint villages and tranquil forests. Marvel at the majestic Nachi Falls and immerse yourself in the tradition of Ama Divers on Mikimoto Pearl Island. Conclude your adventure with a scenic train journey to Tokyo, capturing glimpses of Mount Fuji along the way.

4. Highlights of Japan
Join us for an exploration of Japan’s past, present, and future, starting in the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo. Explore the city’s iconic landmarks, from the tranquil Meiji Shrine to the bustling streets of Harajuku and Ginza before traveling by train to the historic town of Nikko, where ancient shrines and picturesque bridges await. Continue your adventure in Kyoto, immersing yourself in the rich culture of this former capital. Discover the serenity of Fushimi Inari Shrine and the beauty of Arashiyama’s bamboo forest. Pay tribute to Hiroshima’s poignant history before concluding your trip in dynamic Osaka.

5. Through the Heart of Japan: Tokyo to Fukuoka Cruise
Cruise Japan on a mesmerizing 15-day expedition aboard the Coral Geographer, traversing through Japan’s stunning landscapes and hidden gems. From the picturesque Shimizu with its majestic Mount Fuji views to the historic treasures of Shingu and the vibrant cities of Osaka and Kyoto, you’ll experience the best Japan has to offer on this premium adventure. Dive into Hiroshima’s poignant history, marvel at Matsuyama’s ancient castle, and uncover the secrets of Tsushima’s untouched forests. Complete your journey with a captivating visit to Jeju Island before bidding farewell in Fukuoka.

What is the best way to tour Japan?

Whether it’s your first visit to Japan or you’re returning to one of your favorite destinations, Japan group tours are the best way to see the very best this incredible country has to offer. Our expert local guides know all the best sites and bites, taking you to the must-see spots and hidden gems alike. From cycling and hiking tours to culture trips, our guided tours of Japan are the perfect way to explore the country with like-minded travelers.

What is the weather like in Japan?

The climate in Japan is generally temperate, meaning that it’s rarely extremely hot or extremely cold. Japan has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Generally, summers are warm and humid, with temperatures averaging around 86°F, especially in urban areas. Winters can be cold, particularly in the northern regions, with heavy snowfall in mountainous areas like Hokkaido. Spring and autumn are considered the best times to visit, with mild temperatures, cherry blossoms in spring, and vibrant foliage in autumn creating picturesque landscapes across the country.

FAQs on Tours to Japan

How many days do you need to tour Japan?

You can discover many of Japan’s highlights in eight days, but if you prefer something more comprehensive that lets you delve deeper into the country, we offer up to 15-day Japan trips with immersive itineraries. While one day you may be discovering the traditional way of life at a local village, on the next, you could be riding on a high-speed bullet train. These longer trips allow for a more in-depth exploration of Japan, including visits to off-the-beaten-path destinations and experiences that showcase the country’s rich culture and history.

What are the best places to visit in Japan?

Japan offers a diverse array of attractions, ranging from bustling cities to serene countryside and historical landmarks. Some of the best places to visit in Japan include:

Japanese Alps – A majestic mountain range stretching across the main island of Honshu, characterized by rugged peaks, deep valleys, and stunning alpine scenery, the Japanese Alps offer outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers a breathtaking retreat in the heart of Japan.

Kyoto – Japan’s cultural heart, and the former capital city, Kyoto is a city where ancient traditions seamlessly blend with modern life, boasting exquisite temples, traditional tea houses, and serene bamboo forests.

Tokyo – Japan’s vibrant capital blends traditional temples with ultramodern skyscrapers and offers a unique experience of history and culture. In spring, you can also witness the dazzling display of the Sakura cherry blossom throughout the city’s green spaces.

Nikko – Providing tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Nikko lies in the North Kanto region and is famous for its unspoilt natural beauty, with sprawling forests, waterfalls and glossy lake making up the picturesque backdrop.

These are just a few highlights, and Japan has much more to offer, including traditional onsen towns, picturesque coastal villages, and breathtaking natural landscapes.

Do people speak English in Japan?

The primary language spoken in Japan is Japanese, although around 20% of Japanese people speak some English and around 13% are fluent. In tourist areas, you are likely to be able to communicate in English, but off the beaten path you may encounter more language barriers. Our local guides are available to assist in communication, ensuring a smooth trip.

What should I expect on an Exodus tour of Japan?

Our small group Japan guided tours are designed to immerse you in the culture, history, and landscapes of your destination. On an Exodus tour, you’re traveling with like-minded travelers on an expertly crafted itinerary that is designed for adventure.

Whether you opt for one of our Japan cultural tours, Japan hiking tours, or Japan bike tours you’ll be guided by one of our experts throughout your visit, ensuring that every step or pedal is smooth along the way.

Our trips to Japan range from 8-15 days, letting you choose the duration that works best for your schedule, budget, and interests.

What to wear in Japan?

As a tourist in Japan, you’ll want to dress comfortably and respectfully. Japanese culture is relatively conservative, and many Japanese people dress modestly in a style that includes muted colors and neutral tones. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, especially if your tour includes opportunities to explore temples, parks, and urban areas extensively. In warmer months, lightweight and breathable clothing is recommended, while layering is advisable for cooler seasons to adapt to temperature changes throughout the day. Additionally, consider packing clothes that can easily be removed or adjusted when entering traditional establishments like temples or ryokans that may require removing shoes or covering arms and legs. For more specific packing advice, check the trip notes for your tour. 

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