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Culturally unique and scenically beautiful there is nothing quite like a holiday to Japan and it continues to grow in popularity. Alongside soaring skyscrapers, and neon lights, treasured ancient traditions like the graceful geisha, and the art of the tea ceremony still hold their place in daily Japanese life. Amongst the history and religious shrines, you’ll find modern cities, meet the politest people, you are ever likely to encounter, dine on delicious local delicacies and discover why Japan continues to be a ‘must visit’ destination.

Our 20-day Very Best of Japan tour gives you the chance to see some of this amazing country’s best highlights at a leisurely pace. During the tour, you’ll visit some of the country’s best-known attractions and cities, such as Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kyoto and Hiroshima. We will also show you some of Japan’s lesser-known spots and hidden gems, such as the beautiful preserved old towns of Takayama and Kurishiki and the delightful Higashi Chaya district in Kanazawa. We visit not one, but two of Japan’s most famous gardens, ride the famous bullet train, learn to make sushi and even have dinner with a Maiko, an apprentice Gisha. For those that wish there is also an opportunity to stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan.

Along the way, you’ll be guided by our expert Distant Journeys Tour Manager, who is there to ensure you get the very best from your holiday, whether there are arrangements you need or you’re simply seeking advice on the local area.

With quality accommodation, breakfast, transport and several meals also all taken care of for you, our Very Best of Japan tour offers exceptional value for money as well as an adventure that you will never forget.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book by 30th November 2021 to save £200 per person on all tours to Japan departing from September 2022.

Japan experience

Our Directors have a combined experience of over 75 years in the travel industry, meaning you can be confident that our Japan tour is of the highest standard. On top of this, they’re genuine escorted touring experts who know everything there is to know about creating the best Japan tour packages from the UK.

We are ten-time winners at the prestigious British Travel Awards and have been awarded Feefo’s highest Platinum Trusted rating.

All our escorted tours to Japan are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913), so you can be 100% certain that your money is secure when you book. Plus, if Distant Journeys is unable to operate your tour due to Covid-19, we will give you the option to change to another tour, defer your holiday to a later departure date or cancel your holiday with a full refund.

Travel with the Award Winners

Since 2016, Distant Journeys has won awards every year at the highly respected British Travel Awards. While we do pride ourselves on the quality of our tours, it means everything to us when our company is recognised in such a way.  Distant Journeys has won multiple awards for our tours to Australia and New Zealand, and more recently also for our tours to South Africa.

We are delighted to say that in 2019 and in 2020 Distant Journeys has been awarded silver in the ‘Best Small Escorted Tours Company’ category. These prestigious awards are voted for by the public, so they really are a great acknowledgement of the hard work that goes into creating our escorted tours. Why not book a Japan tour and see for yourself what makes Distant Journeys’ tours award worthy?

Japan holiday highlights

Escorted tours to Japan have many and varied highlights, and below are just some you will experience on the Distant Journeys Very Best of Japan tour:

  • Tokyo – a leisurely three night stay in this amazing city, with 2 days of fantastic sightseeing and the opportunity to make sushi included
  • Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park – enjoy stunning scenery, a cruise on Lake Ashi and a cable car ride into the volcanic Owakudani Valley
  • Mount Fiji – you’ll have ample opportunities to view Japan’s most iconic mountain, including a 2 night stay in the Fuji Five Lakes region
  • Takayama – set in the spectacular Japanese Alps explore the picturesque old town lined with traditional houses, shops and restaurants
  • Shirakawa-go – visit this unique UNECSO protected village, surrounded by the dramatic mountain landscape
  • Kanazawa – a traditional Japanese breakfast, the spectacular Kenroku-en garden and a visit to a Samurai house are just some of the included sightseeing
  • Kyoto – the cultural capital of Japan, enjoy some of the country’s most spectacular temples and shrines, during our three night stay
  • Dinner with a Maiko – a unique opportunity to dine with a Maiko, an apprentice Gisha, who will perform traditional song and dance
  • Bullet Train – take a ride on Japan’s famous train
  • Hiroshima – learn the history, the thought provoking museum and the Memorial Peace Park
  • Korakuen Garden – explore the second of Japan’s top three gardens and the pretty Bikan Chiku historical area of Kurishiki
  • Himeji Castle – explore the magnificent finest surviving feudal castle in Japan
  • Nara – meet the deer that roam freely through the city and who will bow for a treat
  • Osaka – visit the famous streets around Dotombori for excellent street food

Providing exceptional value while maintaining the highest standards is at the heart of everything we do.

Superior Hotels

Distant Journeys appreciate the hotels in which you stay are an integral part of your holiday enjoyment, which is why we take great care in hand-picking all the accommodation features in our tours to Japan. Location and quality are always paramount considerations, and we strive to provide the best of both.

So many unforgettable experiences included

Visit Japan with Distant Journeys, and you’ll enjoy so many amazing experiences, at no extra cost. From dinner with an apprentice Geisha, to a journey on the bullet train, they’re all included in the price of your Japan tour package.

Our Japan tour includes

  • Return economy class flights
  • A choice of UK departure airports at no additional cost
  • Superior hotels, with great locations
  • Daily breakfast included, worth up to £380 per person
  • Several lunches and dinners sampling regional specialities
  • Experienced tour managers and local guides
  • Incredible excursions
  • All pre-payable airport taxes
  • All hotel porterage
  • ATOL protection for your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

At Distant Journeys, we think we’ve found the perfect balance of freedom and flexibility that every escorted tour of Japan needs.

Where would you like to fly from?

The choice is yours. On our 20-day Very Best of Japan tour, our flights with Cathay Pacific depart from London Heathrow, London Gatwick or Manchester.  Alternatively, travel direct to Tokyo with ANA from London Heathrow (supplement from £295 per person). Just pick whichever one suits you best.

What would you like to do?

On an escorted tour, we think it’s important to still have the flexibility to enjoy experiences that really interest you. And our Very Best of Japan tour has a variety of included experiences plus some free time for you to do whatever you choose.

Would you like to stay a little longer?

Who wouldn’t? If you would like to extend your stay in Japan after your tour, you can! Arranging flights for you to accommodate this is all part of the service. Or why not choose to make the most of your homebound journey and extend your holiday in either Hong Kong or Dubai?


Special Offer

When booking onto our Very Best of Japan tour departing from September 2022, you will save £200 per person when booking your place before 30th November 2021. Please call our team for more details.

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Award-Winning Holidays


We have won 10 awards in the last five years, at the British Travel Awards;  ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’ ‘Best Small Holiday to Sub-Saharan Africa’ and ‘Best Small Escorted Tours Holiday Company’.

99% Customer Satisfaction

Distant Journeys have achieved an incredible 99% satisfaction rating, verified by independent reviews provider Feefo and we have been awarded their highest Platinum Trusted Rating.

100 % Financial Protection

All Distant Journeys holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in the confidence your money is 100% safe.

Guaranteed Price Promise

We want you to have the peace of mind you are paying the best price for your holiday, so Distant Journeys guarantees this through our Price Promise.

  • We will reward you for booking early. The earlier you book the better the offer you’ll receive.
  • We never offer last minute discounts, so you can be confident you’ll never see your holiday cheaper once you have booked.
  • We will never add surcharges onto the cost of your holiday, once you have booked.
  • We will price match any identical holiday you find and give you £200 off a future booking.


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