Japan guided tours & holidays 2023
Hotels run by robots, talking toilets, the world’s fastest trains and spotlessly clean streets. In many ways, Japan is already living in the future. But what’s most fascinating about the Land of the Rising Sun is that while it is leading the way in the world of tech, it still has one foot firmly cemented in its age-old traditions. Our Japan tours from the UK will teach you it’s just as thrilling to softly wander hushed shrines and serene gardens as it is to explore neon-lit city streets.
Explore the organised chaos of Tokyo, where towering skyscrapers sit beside legendary landmarks, like the moated Imperial Palace and Meiji Shrine. In the ancient capital of Kyoto, attend a tea ceremony and learn about geisha and samurai culture. Pause for a moment of reflection in Hiroshima at the Atomic Bomb Museum. Cheer at a sumo wrestling match. Immerse yourself in the colours of the gorgeous floats at the Takayama festival. Sleep and feast in a ryokan (authentic Japanese inn). Bathe in a steaming onsen (hot spring). Gaze out at Mount Fuji. And glide from place to place in complete comfort on the impressive Shinkansen (bullet train).
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“The contrast between the old and the new, the future and the past is one of the main reasons I decided to add our selection of Japan tours to our collection. It’s such a diverse country – and not just in the culture and customs, but it’s somewhere you can visit time and time again and depending on the season, you’ll have a completely different experience.”
Cassie Stickland, Product Manager
For a destination with such variety, only a wide selection of dates and tours will suffice. Our Japan holidays depart throughout the year. In the spring, wander the cherry blossom-lined boulevards. In the autumn, photograph the blaze of orange and red leaves.
When the snow falls in winter, we’ll take you north to Hakodate and Sapporo, where the Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) warm up in the hot springs and you can visit the famed Sapporo Snow Festival. We also run dedicated solo Japan escorted tours, with departures specifically for solo travellers.
Plus, with our award-winning VIP door-to-door travel service, you can switch on holiday mode from the get-go. You’ll be whisked off to the airport from your very front door (and they’ll drop you home again) no matter where you live in the UK.
On each of our Japanese tours, our adventure starts in Tokyo. As well as towering skyscrapers and neon-lit streets, there's history in abundance. The Tokyo National Museum is packed full of Japanese art and cultural artefacts. Take to the neo-futuristic Skytree for stunning views of the city skyline from the country’s second tallest structure.
The ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto has a cultural pedigree to rival Tokyo. Spend half a day touring Nijo Castle, the former home of the Tokugawa shoguns. Or you could get spiritual and explore some of the many Buddhist temples in the city. Make sure to see the vibrant shrines and tranquil gardens, too. Learn a thing or two about traditional Japanese dress at Nishijin Textile Centre, where kimonos and other textiles are produced.
Visit the Peace Memorial Park and the symbolic Flame of Peace to see touching tributes to the ongoing hope for worldwide unity. The Atomic Bomb Museum offers details of the human cost, and cements a strong anti-nuclear message. A trip to Hiroshima Bay’s Miyajima Island is one of Japan’s most scenic spots, complete with the UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shinto Shrine. Look out for the iconic orange gate that appears to float at high tide.
Revered in Japan’s earliest literature from well over 1,000 years ago, Mount Fuji has to be seen in person for its full impact. Watch it as we whizz past on the bullet train and its iconic stature dominates the landscape, but introduce yourself up close on a tour and you’ll find a terrain that presents not only a challenging climb, but a rewarding view.
A port city on the northern island of Hokkaido, Hakodate was one of the first to open to international trade after the Kanagawa Treaty of 1854. Its charm is vividly apparent in the western-influenced architecture and churches of the Motomachi district. Visit the star-shaped Fort Goryokaku, too, if you like unusual designs. The 1855 fortification was purposely designed to give greater cannon coverage than an older Japanese fortress could.
How much do Titan’s Japan tours cost?
Prices for our holidays are available to view online – just click on the ‘View departures’ button on the tour page. Flights, hotels and our VIP door-to-door transfers from home are all included in the price. You can also view details of included meals and excursions on the individual tour pages. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Where can I fly from?
Our prices are based on flights from London Heathrow. For details of connecting flights from other airports around the UK, speak to one of our travel advisors.
Where do I fly to?
Currently, all our Japan escorted tours fly in and out of Tokyo.
What's the flight time from the UK to Japan?
Flight time from London to Tokyo is approximately 11 hours 50 minutes.
What are the hotel options like?
From city-centre stays to traditional ryokans, all the hotels featured on our holidays are hand-picked to ensure they’re just right for our customers. Simply scroll through the online itineraries to see where you’ll be staying each night.
What’s the local transport like?
On our tours we’ll travel either by coach or by bullet train – a classically Japanese experience.
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Why choose a Titan Travel tour or cruise?
Our award-winning collection of holidays covers all seven continents, with carefully planned itineraries ranging from rail journeys and river cruises, to small-group adventures and trips exclusively for solo travellers.
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Smooth transfers to and from home with unlimited mileage
From excursions to hotels, entry tickets and dining packages, we include more than any other tour.
Be guided by some of the most passionate and knowledgeable tour managers in the world, on hand to help every step of the way.
Feel free to amend or extend your travel plans, up until final payment, and enjoy free time on your tour with us too.