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Best Japan tours and tour companies for 2020

Catch bright cherry blossoms in spring or the best powder in winter, these are the top tours to book for Japan.

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From the skyscrapers of Tokyo and the top of Mount Fuji to the narrow alleyways lined with izakayas and ramen shops, to the tranquil gardens overflowing with brilliant hues of pink in spring, Japan is full of wonders that will satisfy just about any traveller.

Whether you’re a green thumb in search of perfectly manicured gardens, a foodie in looking for the world’s best sushi, or an adrenaline junkie after powder-soft snow, we’re here to help you find the best Japan tour for your tastes.

Our favourite Japan tour companies

Kyoto, Japan

1. Wendy Wu Tours

Leaving no stone unturned, Wendy Wu Tours makes sure you get the absolute most of your experience in Japan, whether it’s hiking Mount Fuji, seeing the snow monkeys soaking in natural onsens or tasting sake at a brewery – all without ever skimping on creature comforts.

  • Best for: Immersive, bucket list experiences
  • Cost: High-end
  • Our favourite itinerary: Trails of Japan mixes iconic highlights with unique experiences while taking you across central Japan, from Tokyo to Nagano, Takayama to Kyoto and across to Koyasan and Osaka over an immense two weeks.

See Wendy Wu's Japan tours


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2. Nexus Holidays

Including flights in all its tours, Nexus Holidays’ budget-friendly holidays pack in as many city sights as possible without skimping on quality accommodation.

  • Best for: Sightseers on a budget
  • Cost: Mid-range
  • Our favourite itinerary: Highlights of Japan is perfect if you don’t have much time. It’s an 8-day itinerary that squeezes in the highlights of Japan including Osaka, Nara, Nagoya, Mount Fuji and Tokyo.

See Nexus Holidays' Japan tours


Ruins in Japan

3. G Adventures

Whether you’re a budget backpacker or an adventurous soul, G Adventures supplies fresh, unique and personalised small group tours that pack in as many activities as possible.

  • Best for: Small group tours, active tourists
  • Cost: Mid-range
  • Our favourite itinerary: Japan Winter Highlights explores some of the Japan’s best winter destinations, gives you the chance to stay in local inns in mountain villages and dip into steamy onsens.

See G Adventures' Japan tours


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Popular Japan tour routes

Tokyo – Kyoto – Osaka

Get a taste for the country’s most frequented cities, including the capital Tokyo and the traditional Kyoto. While you could spend weeks, even months, exploring Tokyo, a week is sufficient to blitz through it all while Kyoto and Osaka deserve at least two days.

Tokyo – Kyoto – Hiroshima

The idyllic mix of sightseeing, culture and history, this route takes you from the islands east to west indulging in iconic sights such as Tokyo Tower and the Shibuya Crossing, the traditional temples and geishas of Kyoto and the reconstructed Hiroshima.

How long do I need in Japan?

Based on our own experience as well as the tours mentioned in this guide, here’s a general idea of how long you’ll need to tick off those cities:

Number of daysTokyoMount FujiKyotoOsakaNaraHiroshimaTakayamaNagoyaKanazawaTsumago
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