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Japan Tours

Our Very best of Japan tour includes a 20-day guided itinerary, visiting the country's highlights

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 Geisha. 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.

Save up to £200 per person on Japan tours departing from September 2024 when you book by 1st July 2024.

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Escorted touring experience

At Distant Journeys we are true escorted touring experts. From our knowledgeable Directors and Reservations consultants at Head Office to our Tour Managers on the ground, each person plays a unique role in ensuring you have the holiday of a lifetime.

We have extensive experience in the travel industry and in creating the best escorted tours of Japan from the UK. You can be confident that our escorted tours to Japan are of the highest standard.

Our success is evident having now become 13-time winners at the prestigious British Travel Awards, and we have been awarded Feefo’s highest Platinum Trusted rating.

Your money is 100% safe when you book with Distant Journeys. All our Japanese touring packages are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913).

Award-winning tours

We have won numerous awards at the British Travel Awards, most recently ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’, ‘Best Small Holiday to Sub-Saharan Africa’ and ‘Best Small Escorted Tours Holiday Company’.

Our customers are at the heart of what we do, and this is reflected across our company. We have received an incredible 4.8/5 customer experience rating with independent reviews provider Feefo, and were awarded its highest ‘Platinum Trusted’ rating, for consistently delivering an excellent level of customer service.

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 Fuji – 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
  • Many meals included, worth up to £536 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, via Hong Kong from London Heathrow, or Manchester. Alternatively, travel direct to Tokyo with Japan Airlines 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.

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.


Special Offer

SAVE up to £200 per person! Book any of our Japan tours departing from September 2024, and save up to £200 per person. Offer ends 1st July 2024. 

*Save £150 per person on holidays departing from September 2024 and save £200 per person on holidays departing from September 2025.


Award-Winning Holidays

Distant Journeys has won 18 awards over the last seven years, at the British Travel Awards, and we have been awarded Feefo’s highest Platinum Trusted Rating for customer satisfaction.

Guaranteed Price Promise

Know you are paying the best price for your holiday with our Price Promise. We never offer last minute discounts and we guarantee the earlier you book the better the offer you’ll receive.

100% Financial Protection

Book in the confidence your money is 100% safe. All Distant Journeys holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 10913) or ABTOT (number 5427).


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