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Things to do in Japan

Get under the skin of Japan on an escorted group tour

On our curated itineraries, you’ll go beneath the skin of the big-hitting cities while uncovering lesser-known areas too…

By Richard Pearson
Travel Expert for Alfred&

Japan is incredibly vast, and there’s so much to see that it can be hard to know where to start when planning a trip independently.

If you’re wanting to be shown the best bits by a local insider who’ll take the hassle out of the planning, an escorted tour might be for you.

On our curated itineraries, there is a maximum of 14 passengers who you’ll get to know at your first night welcome dinner. Together you’ll go beneath the skin of the big-hitting cities while uncovering lesser-known areas too. You’ll have opportunities to meet local people, learn all about Japanese culture and sample local delicacies, guided by an expert who’ll take you to the best spots.

You’ll stay in characterful hotels and ryokans chosen for their uniqueness, and embark on memorable excursions handpicked by our experts. There’ll be optional experiences to choose from too – from cycling tours in Kyoto to swinging a samurai sword in Tokyo – and with a group to share the experience with, it’s a good option if you’re travelling solo. At the end of all our tours we include a farewell dinner, giving you a chance to share your experiences together.

Our escorted tours also offer great value for money compared with a private equivalent, and with a mix of transport to get you around – including rides on the country’s famous Shinkansen trains – you’ll get an authentic glimpse into the local way of life, seeing a side to the country you might not uncover alone.


  • Community
  • Culture
  • Food & Drink
  • History
  • Places to go
  • Scenery

Available in these itineraries…

Alfred & Richard Pearson

The term ‘well-travelled’ is an understatement when describing Richard. They've been swept up in the cultural portals of Japan and China and fallen in love with Vietnam’s historical melting pot and romantic karsts of Halong Bay. Their mantra is ‘expect the unexpected,’ which is why they find India so attractive; its manic city streets, stunning yet seldom-visited temples and off-road safaris in the wildest tiger reserves.
Richard Pearson

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Richard, who's travelled extensively in Japan. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the tea devotee who'll introduce you to the ceremony surrounding Japan's national drink, the noodle guru who'll teach you how to make the perfect bowl of soba and the ryokan owner who'll tutor you in the relaxing art of the onsen.

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