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Book a Group-Guided Tour and explore Japan with us!

Do you want to discover Japan with the added knowledge and expertise of a passionate tour guide? For those wishing to enjoy the benefits of a fully organized trip, Japan Experience offers 100% organized tours, which include accommodation , transportation ,  activities , internet access , meals , a travel diary, and, of course, a tour guide who'll be eager to share their secret Japan spots with you !

All this through an expertly curated itinerary, based on our team's extensive Japan travel experience as well as feedback from thousands of travelers before you . In our Group-Guided Tours, you'll share the amazing experience of traveling to Japan with a small group (from 8 to 15 people). Are you looking for a unique and unforgettable experience in Japan? Look no further!

What is a Group-Guided Tour?

Why book a Group-Guided Tour? Find out more about the key advantages of this type of tour, that combines the best of tour leaders' expertise with our best travel advice and the most memorable sights to see in Japan.

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100% Organized

With a Group-Guided Tour, Japan Experience takes care of organizing everything on your trip, from accommodations to activities, as well as internet access, transportation needs, meals and more... All that's left to do is enjoy your trip!

Small groups

To better enjoy your tour guide's knowledge and form closer personal connections, as well as allow the most flexibility on your itinerary, we have opted for small groups (8 to 15 people) only in our group-guided tours.

Best Tour Leaders

Having lived in Japan since many years, writing books about Japan, having spent years living in a Buddhist temple, and many other fascinating stories... Our Tour Leaders are true Japan insiders, who'll share all their knowledge with you!

Optimized Itinerary

Just like our other types of others, we crafted your itinerary thanks to over 40 years of experience in Japan travel. On a group-guided tour, you get the added benefits of your tour guide's extensive knowledge and secret spots!

What exactly is included in a group guided tour?

  • In a group tour, you are accompanied by a tour guide all day . 
  • You will benefit from the knowledge of group tour leaders . They have lived in Japan for several years, have written books about Japan, and have been working in the Japan travel field for years.
  • You will experience hidden Japan spots and  secret places that only your tour guides know. 
  • You are eating, lodging, and traveling with your group , as well as your tour guide .
  • Your trip is organized from A to Z . 

Explore our favourite small group tours!

Don't wait any longer to plan your group-guided tour in Japan, accompanied by a passionate guide. Go to the page of the tour you want, choose the options that correspond to you the most and you will be ready to leave for a dream stay in Japan!

The view of Hakone jinja Torii in the lake at Hakone, a must-see close to Mount Fuji in Japan

Discover Japan Group Tours in Japan

  • Duration : 13 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima

Two women in purple and pink standing on street in Gion, traditional district of Kyoto

The Tokaido Road Group Tours in Japan

  • Duration : 14 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan, Osaka

Japanese countryside on the island of Kyushu in Japan, near Kumamoto

Urban and Rural Japan Group Tours in Japan

  • Duration : 21 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan, Osaka, Kobe, Takachiho, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Miyajima

Himeji Castle, UNESCO World Heritage, under the colors of autumn

Autumn Leaves Photography Group Tours in Japan

  • Duration : 12 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Mt Fuji (Kawaguchiko), Osaka, Himeji, Kyoto, Nara

Ikebana workshop

Ikebana Retreat Group Tours in Japan

  • Duration : 6 days
  • Locations : Tokyo

Want your own custom tour? Explore our Tailor-Made Tours options!

Didn't find the trip of your dreams in our selection of Group-Guided Tours? Get in touch with our expert team of Japan travel planners, and customize your tour according to your needs! Build upon one of our existing tours, or start from scratch with your pre-planned itinerary. Our team will be able to help you craft the trip of your dreams! 

Build your Tailor-Made Tour today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I book a tour?

It's very simple and easy, just book directly online through our website: (1) Choose the tour of your choice, your departure date and indicate the number of participants. Several options are available to you. (2) Pay a deposit of 35% of the total amount* online and confirm your reservation. (3) You will then receive an e-mail confirming the conditions of your registration. (4) Book your flight ticket, either with Japan Experience or by yourself (taking into account the necessary schedules for your tour) (5) One month before departure, settle the balance of your booking. For more information on the tours or to make a reservation, please contact our advisors on +33 (0)1 42 61 60 83 or at [email protected] , or come and visit us at our agency in Paris. * travel insurance and options included

Do I need a visa? Do I need vaccinations?

As of October 11, 2022, Japan will open its borders to all Europeans (including the European Union, the United Kingdom and Switzerland) and North Americans (Canada and the United States) without requiring a visa.

Only non-triply vaccinated travelers need a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to departure.

Do I still need a visa to travel to Japan as a tourist?

No, no visa is required for blue countries including all European countries (European Union, United Kingdom and Switzerland included) and North American countries (Canada and United States). List of blue countries: . If you have another nationality, please contact the Japanese embassy in your country of residence to obtain this visa.

Do I still need a PCR or antigen test to go to Japan?

No, if you are triple vaccinated with the vaccines approved by Japan (Pfizer, Moderna, ...exhaustive list here : ) there is no need for any test.

I do not have 3 doses of vaccine or I am not vaccinated against COVID, can I enter Japan?

Proof of Covid vaccines is no longer required for travelers from "blue" countries. Therefore, unvaccinated travelers can enter Japan if they live in blue countries. But a negative PCR test is required at embarkation for travelers who are not vaccinated 3 times.

Is there still a quarantine upon arrival in Japan?

Quarantine and testing on arrival have been eliminated for travelers from blue countries.

Is insurance mandatory?

No, but it is recommended. Japan Experience, as an option of its tours, provides appropriate travel insurance solutions.

What anti-covid measures are still in place in Japan?

The mask must be worn indoors (except in exceptional cases) and in transportation.

What applications should I download before entering Japan?

For tracking the evolution of the coronavirus epidemic, the Japanese government recommends downloading several applications:

MySOS, the health and location tracking app (it will be used to confirm your location, health status and accommodation).

COCOA, the COVID-19 contact confirmation app (this will be used to notify you of possible contact with a COVID-19 positive person).

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Guided or self-guided tour... what type of tour should you go for?

Whether you want to discover new things or discover yourself, stay in a fully organised tour or take a leisurely one: at Japan Experience, you will find a tour to suit your needs! Discover our 3 tour formulas now: guided, self-guided or personalised tour: Guided tours: Travelling with a specialist Would you like to travel with a small group of 8 to 12 people, accompanied by a private English-speaking guide? Classic destinations or off the beaten path, Japan Experience offers many guided tours, for all kinds of budget. Offering several departure dates throughout the year, these tours start at €2,890 per person. Self-guided tours: Independent travel These tours, with pre-planned itineraries, include accommodation, flights, transport, 24-hour assistance and optional guided activities. From €540 per person, plan your days as you wish, following the recommendations in your travel diary. Tailor-made tours: Travel according to your desires Design the trip you've always dreamed of! Our specialist advisors are available by email, telephone or directly in one of our agencies to answer all your questions and help you design your own customised tour.

Are all tours with Japan Experience available as a small-group tour? 

The tours offered by Japan Experience come in the form of self-guided tours, small-group tours, and tailor-made tours.

While some tours overlap in regards to destinations or activities, the exact same tour isn't available in both self-guided or small-group options. 

When is the best time to see the cherry blossoms? And the autumn leaves?

Recommended dates for seeing the spring flowers: - plum blossoms: mid-February to mid-March - cherry blossoms (sakura): between 20 March and 15 April (dates vary from year to year) - wisteria, iris, azaleas: mid-April to end of May - hydrangeas: June - lotus flowers: August Recommended dates outside of spring : - Autumn leaves: mid-November - Observation of Zen gardens under the snow: mid-December to mid-February

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Stunning Tours

Stunning Tours

  • Excellent - 313 reviews for Japan tours
Good tour & experience. Itinerary was good, given opportunity to see various aspects of Japan from general city, towns, mountains to major city. Guide was nice & pleasant yet at times not open to sharing recommendations & spoke at times as if one did not have common sense. Understand managing a large group can be tough but still as guide it's part of the job to answers questions on your culture or country.
Our guide, J, was very informative and fun. I liked the hotels. The bus, and driver, were also good.

G Adventures

G Adventures

  • Excellent - 19,132 reviews for Japan tours
The sites were amazing on this tour. However, our tour guide spoke very poor English and did not have the knowledge to explain to us the backround/history of most of the sites we saw in each city. My friend and I were extremely let down especially since we were looking forward to this trip and expecting a solid tour guide. It got so bad that one of the people on our tour had to google the history on each site and explained it to us all. We even spoke to the tour guide of a different tour company on our tour to get better info. There are better tour companies out there. Do your research before booking.
The Osaka to Tokyo tour was fantastic thanks to our very organised and capable guide and CEO Mayumi, and a very jolly and fun group from different parts of the world. Mayumi went over and above to support us with the tour, making it such a good and stress free experience.

Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel

  • Excellent - 11,721 reviews for Japan tours
This tour is very expensive for what you actually get, as nearly all of the travel is on public transport which is very time consuming. So much time was taken up on public transport that there was not enough time to explore the places we visited.
The accommodations were good the food was excellent and the tour was exactly what I wanted it was an active tour that we spent most of our time out doors and in smaller cities and towns Our tour guide Toshi was excellent

One Life Adventures

One Life Adventures

  • Excellent - 8,123 reviews for Japan tours
The tour is an ideal combination of free time and scheduled time. Most activities are all included and the transportation is payed for, which is great
This was my first guided tour of this kind, I was impressed with how much we were able to cover, the information and facts given to us by the guide were informative and interesting, and the personalised and individualised feel that Holly our guide was able to create for members of the group was absolutely excellent. The tour links together really well - for example the Buddhist that trained in a temple we later visited, the food we ate being founded in places we later visited, all felt like a well planned trip. The travel arrangements are organised perfectly and made getting around Japan super easy - a big plus. There was more purchasing of my own food than I expected, and the provision of free time sometimes seemed strange, however i appreciate some of this is personal preference. I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone thinking of doing it - especially if Holly is your guide.

Bamba Travel

Bamba Travel

  • Good - 1,691 reviews for Japan tours
The tour organizer has very, very poor communication, planning and organizational skills. The final itinerary was sent 2weeks before the start of the actual trip, I have to remind them by email to send it to us asap as they promised it will be sent a month before the actual trip. We where told initially that they will arrange our airport transfer and have told them we will be arriving two days before the actual tour, but after days before we've been told that we have to do it ourselves. The two hotel from original itinerary was changed on the final one provided so it caused some confusion on our side. Their representative met with us on the first day of the tour to sort out our JR. Pass and it took 2hours of our precious time to do this, we almost missed the pre-booked museum that day. Their hotel choices where below average, first one is in Ikeburo with bfast included but only seaweed soup and toast where given, again we have to travel to Shinjuku station to get the train to Hakone (very inconvenient), they could just chosen a hotel in Shinjuku instead. In the morning next we arrived in Hakone, we supposed to drop off our luggage at the next hotel to free our hands to roam around the area and found that it was closed and nobody around to asked for information so we have to dragged our luggage back to the station to put them in the locker. I have contacted their representative but he even asked me the name of the hotel (unbelievable, how could he not know all this details). They replied around 2.30ish pm and was told it was unmanned and we where given a PIN number to access, again they should have known this important details and informed us even the day/night before the trip. The next day we travelled again to Kyoto, to avoid the hassle of dropping off our luggage palarva we've decided to use the coin lockers at the station. It was late in the afternoon when we arrived at the hotel the receptionist asked us to pay City Tax 1200yen for 3nights stay, this again we where unaware of. I messaged the representative and to the people on the WhatsApp group and question about this city tax, they said they will refund me with the money so no choice I have paid.Again breakfast was included but only varieties of bread available and some butter and jams and coffee or water. Unsatisfied again. On arrival at Hiroshima after 3days this is where the confusion happens as the name of the hotel was different on the final itinerary they've sent us (this was our mistake we owned this as we didn't checked the final itinerary). We've only stayed at the Flex hotel (supposed to be two nights) for a night as wanting to have more time in Osaka instead (paid privately for one night
I recently took a trip to Japan and visited Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Osaka, and I can confidently say it was one of the best travel experiences I've ever had! The tours were fantastic and provided great insights into each city's culture and history. The transportation was also very reliable, making it easy to get around from one city to another. The accommodations were top-notch, with comfortable rooms and excellent service. I highly recommend booking a trip to Japan with Bamba and experiencing all that it has to offer!

Discovi Travel

Discovi Travel

  • Excellent - 23 reviews for Japan tours
Much improved. I have been to Japan twice now both times with Discovi and this was by far the best trip I could have imagined. There are new guides all local Japanese every single one of them is amazing (Shinya was exceptional!) and a brand new Hotel not a hostal like before but even the hostal option is better this time. But the hotel has breakfast and it was AMAZING a mix of Japanese and American food. Great start to the day. And the PUB CRAWL!! Crazy night so much fun, thanks Discovi!
I expected this to be more touristy but I WAS SO SHOCKED This is a local tour! I felt like we had the nicest guides all Japanese and they knew so many little spots that you would never find yourself! Take this tour if you want to see the real Japan



  • Good - 3,039 reviews for Japan tours
On our first trip to Japan we hope we get on overview to the Japanese country and landscape . Unfortunately the tour running from one overcrowded tourist hot spot to the next. Every morning the to large group of 40 people was reassembled and got a new guide. is was The tour with more stressful than enjoyable. Some of the guides have a hard to understand dialect when speaking English The explanation to the place of interest comes in 3 minutes English and 15 minutes Spain. Never again
Wasting so much time for bilingual translations for the last 2 weeks. Tour guides and busses keep changes every 2-3 days with no reason even all buses goes the same direction. Not sure about Spanish side, but English was awful from all 4 guides we had throughout those 2 weeks. You better pick other companies who would provide a single bus with a single tour guide and ONLY with your language. You’re getting what you're paying for, 100%.

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Miller Reisen

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Agate Travel

Agate Travel

  • Excellent - 283 reviews for Japan tours
I was traveling with my spouse, tween, and 70+ year-old parents. We visited during the busy cherry blossom season. We were lucky as we arrived during the peak of this season and cherry blossoms were abundant. It was also quite crowded, so I appreciated my family having our own guide (versus being part of a bigger tour group). Also, it was nice to be picked up at the airport so that we didn't have to find our way around a foreign country upon arrival. I think the value was good considering it included the hotel, entrance fees to places visited, and public transportation fares. It was nice not to have to worry about the logistics of getting from one place to another in a foreign country. Our online tour consultant was very responsive and helpful. Also, the guides were knowledgeable, kind, and accommodating. The biggest challenge is that the days involved quite a bit of walking, which was difficult for my elderly parents. If I convince them to go on another trip, I would add in more leisurely days. Maybe that's my fault for not asking for some lighter days. I'm a bit torn because as a traveler, you do want to make the most of each day you are there to visit all the beautiful sites; but, it can also be exhausting. This also meant having to lug luggage around various trains to the various destinations. We stayed in four different hotels as we traveled across Japan. It was a packed itinerary; we were able to see a lot in a short amount of time. Over the course of five days, we visited Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima, & Miyajima Island. Overall, an excellent trip that provided a snapshot of Japan. I would rate it four and a half stars if I could (but only whole stars were allowed). I recommend it for most families (including those with little ones and elderly); I would just add more rest days/free time (or fewer site visits per day), especially if you have members in your party that are young or elderly. Also, if you have members that have mobility issues (such as those in a wheelchair), I would work with the tour consultant as there were places that would be difficult to access. My consultant was great; I just don't think I took advantage of having chosen a “private, tailor-made" tour as much as I should have. I relied and trusted the recommendations. To be clear, their recommendations were all top notch, I just should have taken my family's (which included elderly parents) abilities more into account and been more vocal with what would be best to accommodate my specific family's needs.
Excellent customer service. Very efficient and responsive. Guides were informative. Thank you. I’ll be using your travel again. Highly recommend.

INTRO Travel

INTRO Travel

  • Excellent - 14,845 reviews for Japan tours
Zoe was my tour guide for the past 12 days and I’ve had such an amazing time! The itinerary is great and it’s nice to have free time in between all of the activities. The travel is well organised and everything ran as smoothly as it could’ve possibly gone! Zoe was so chill and also attentive and made sure everyone in the group was okay and taken care of. She was always only a message away and was so approachable and easy to talk to. I never once felt pressured to stay out late or do anything I wasn’t up for. Everything was to our preference and my time in Japan has been simply amazing. There is definitely locations and places that the tour could add such as Nara park and maybe even Hiroshima etc to add to the itinerary but the base of the 12 days is just enough that you’re not completely knackered every day from doing too much!
I went on this tour with my partner, we have been on a group tour before so we kinda knew what to expect, but this was probably the best tour we have ever been on, Zoe our guide was like a big sister to us, her knowledge and reassurance really made the experience 10/10, I truly recommend this tour, doing japan this way really got us to explore way more of what the country has to offer...we really lucked out with the group and everyone got on and most of us have become really good friends. I will never forget this trip, a piece of my heart will forever remain here..again, thankyou Zoe, you are amazing 👏

On The Go Tours

On The Go Tours

  • Excellent - 2,959 reviews for Japan tours
First tour guide for the first 8 days was great, second tour guide tried hard and seemed lovely as a person, but she was disorganized, oblivious of who was or wasn’t following her, was unaware of where she was going at times, and just didn’t seem like she knew how to do the job. I’m not the only one who felt that way. Your pre trip support was excellent and accommodating, but having taken a number of tours with other organizations, Rick steve’s in Europe, you charge a lot when offering very little. I will not recommend your tour group to anyone, and will most likely discourage others from taking one.
Genuinely fast paced very active tour with moderate quality hotels and well priced

Supera Tours

Supera Tours

  • Excellent - 112 reviews for Japan tours
The whole experience was seamless. Supera seems to be a very good company with good prompt feedback at the planning stage. Eriko was an outstanding tour guide. She was knowledgeable, helpful, funny, kind and incredibly hardworking. I can't speak too highly of her. The food and accommodation surpassed my expectations as did the way the s company structured the tour. I highly recommend the Japan tour with Eriko.
This tour was fantastic. The tour owners are foodies so we were told and it showed. The tour itself was terrific and well organized but on top of that the restaurant and other food choices etc. were just stellar.

Indus Travels

Indus Travels

  • Excellent - 256 reviews for Japan tours
A really well organised trip with very good guides in Japan. From the outset the communication from Indus was excellent. We loved the "Indus app" that gave us al the info we needed for our trip. We were fortunate that we had a small group of 12 people only so we had a wonderful one on one experience with each of our guides in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka.

World Expeditions

World Expeditions

  • Excellent - 259 reviews for Japan tours
Our only gripe was the long bus trips involved at the beginning and end of each day. Kohei, our guide, was outstanding. He let us experience many aspects of Japanese culture, and he became as much a friend as a guide.
My husband and I went on the World Expiditions Back Roads of Japan Tour last year, and were extremely disappointed in the quality of guide provided. The guide had never done the tour, had never even been to half the places on the itinerary and was a complete loose cannon, on two occasions taking elicit drugs and drinking to the point of being unable to function. When the entire tour group sent complaints following the completion of the tour, World Expeditions were elusive and largely uncommunicative, and offered us all an insulting refund of about 12% of our tour cost. Needless to say, we will not be taking or recommending World Expeditions tours in the future.

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We had an amazing holiday. Japan was all we had hoped for. The group worked so well, we all got on and became good friends. Shingo, our guide was totally great. He was so pleasant and helpful. His English not brilliant but he did a great job. We felt maybe a little more information on places and sights might have been good. He was constantly helping us all and looking after us. He made great suggestions for meals and always checked up on us all, even when we split into smaller groups for the evening. He went way beyond what he could have done and made everyone feel safe and well looked after. He even helped booking all our onward travel and ensured we were all ok on the day. Wonderful man!! The hotels were nice, if a little small with almost no storage in most of them! Breakfasts were generally very good. We saw and did so much. In fact, we felt sometimes it was a little too much to fit into each day, and either missed some things out or were too rushed, missing stopping and looking at leisure at things and shops etc. Shingo was so patient, even when we caused him to run a little late! Due to distances covered we spent a lot of time travelling which was an interesting experience. Just meant time at destinations was a little short. As Most of us were older we all felt very tired at the end of each day and struggled especially when we had to carry back packs whilst waiting to be reunited with luggage. Dont know what the answer is, if extra days added, then expense goes up. If itinerary cut back, then Interesting sights missed out! Overall, a truly great trip. We enjoyed it all!
Excellent trip with a full itinerary, make sure that you are fit as there is a lot of walking involved and jumping on and off public transport which can be exciting. Exciting and delicious food, fascinating people, customs history and traditions.Totally enjoyed the trip!! Highly recommended.

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Our small group Japan tour escorted groups (maximum of 8 to 12 tour members depending on the itinerary) allow us to stay in smaller ryokans and hotels, use public transportation and eat in smaller, intimate restaurants.

For those of you who wish to travel independently, these packages offer the perfect way to explore Japan. A little structure with a lot of flexibility may be the perfect combination for you!

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Late March/early April in Japan means beautiful weather and cherry blossoms are on their way. We have many itineraries that take full advantage of this beautiful season.

Our specialty tours are small escorted group tours that include the same travel style as our popular escorted tour packages. But they have a unique focus and a one of a kind itinerary with one of a kind experiences.

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Our Group Travel Services can provide you and your group with whatever you will need while visiting Japan.

Our small group tours are  well-balanced, educational, culturally-broadening, and most importantly, fun tours that inspire and inform.  By breaking down as many barriers as possible to the lifestyle, customs and traditions of Japan and the Japanese, our tour members travel as “ Temporary Japanese” allowing the maximum possible cultural exposure and experience.

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It’s time for a Japanese adventure; party of one…

…until you meet the rest of the sushi-seeking, anime-loving, and shrine-appreciating travelers on your small group tour. From shopping ‘till you drop along Tokyo’s neon-lit streets and eating your heart out in Osaka with newly made friends to wandering through Hiroshima’s Memorial Peace Park while your local guide tells you the story of its past, our solo tours in Japan mean shared experiences and memories made between people just as ready to explore this captivating country as much as you are. 

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Japan can be an easy country to move around on your own but by doing it in a small group tour, you’re not only getting the convenience that comes with having everything already organized for you but you’re also being provided with on-the-ground knowledge about cuisine, culture, and customs from your own local leader. 

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While Japan is prone to a natural disaster or two (think earthquakes and tsunamis), the country itself is actually incredibly safe in terms of crime rate so you shouldn’t come across any problems but all of the universal travel cautions apply; keep an eye on your belongings, stick to well-lit areas and travel in groups after dark.  

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Ready-made friends

There’s  almost  no point in exploring a country as cool as Japan if you don’t have anyone to share amazing experiences and unforgettable memories with. On a group tour, you don’t have that problem. You’ll automatically have a bunch of new people to meet from all over the world, even if you’re traveling solo.  

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Logistics and convenience

Whether it’s knowing exactly what time you need to catch the  shinkansen (bullet train)  to checking you into your  traditional ryokan , our tour leaders handle all of the fiddly organizational stuff so that all you have to do is keep your eyes peeled for Mount Fuji and prepare your stomach for the amount of udon noodles you’re going to eat. 

Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to join a solo tour in Japan?

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others. 

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully. 

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Will I have my own room?

It’s completely up to you. On our trips rooming is organized on a twin-share basis and we pair up solo travelers with another traveler of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports. But if you'd like your own room, an individual room is available on the majority of our trips (it’s just a small extra charge). Just mention this to our  customer service team  when booking your trip and they'll arrange it for you.

As responsible tour operators, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In the case that your gender identity differs from what is indicated on your passport, please  contact us  so that we can discuss rooming options with you.

On a small selection of itineraries, some accommodations are booked on an open-gender, multi-share basis (for example on a felucca in Egypt or an overnight train in Vietnam). In those instances, it will clearly be stated in our Essential Trip Information prior to booking and traveling.

How does group time work?

Whether you’re traveling solo or with a partner, our trips have a set itinerary. But within that, there’s time set aside for your own exploration (if you want to – no pressure). The amount of free time depends on the travel style - you can ask your guide for a few tips then head out alone, or hang out with the group and see where the day takes you.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before traveling to Japan?

You sure do. All passengers traveling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their tour. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability, and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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Can I use my cell phone in Japan?

Cell phone coverage is excellent in Japan but be aware that talking loudly on your phone in public places (like in train carriages) is frowned upon. You will be expected to hide your mouth behind your hand if you must take a call in public. If you want to use your mobile phone, ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive (but be aware of the fees this may incur).

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Are Intrepid's Japan tours accessible for travelers with disabilities?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them toward the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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Our solo travel safety guide

Share your itinerary.

Good advice for us all, but particularly for people traveling solo. Make copies of your itinerary, contact details, passport, and travel insurance, then email them to yourself and to one or two friends/family at home. Check in on social media when you can so people can keep track of where you are. 

Remember the little things

If you’re arriving late in a city by yourself, book a hotel with a front desk or concierge service (many hotels also offer private transfers that don’t cost the earth from the airport or train station). If you're traveling with us, we can help you organize an  arrival transfer.  Read your maps  before  you head out for a walk (you can use a map app on your smartphone – or take screenshots of where you’re going if you don’t want to use up your precious data). If you need to check your map when you’re out and about, duck into a shop or café to do it. Leave the blingy jewelry, wedding rings, and designer clothes at home, and aim to dress as the locals do – hit up the local markets if you haven’t packed the right outfits. Aim to keep track of travel times, so you’re not caught out after dark.

Roam if you want to

Most mobile/cell providers now offer travel passes to help manage your international roaming costs (which, let’s face it, are expensive!). For a few dollars a day, you’ll have access to data, which means you can log into your apps (like Skype, email, and WhatsApp) when you’re out of WiFi zones and quickly get in touch with someone – a friend at home, someone in your group, or the police – if you need to. It might also be worth checking out the local cell/mobile providers as these can be quite cost-effective. 

Fare's fair

Solo travelers are way more likely to be ‘taken for a ride’ at the airport by unscrupulous taxi drivers, so do your research before you arrive. Make sure you get a cab from the airport/station taxi rank – if you’re not sure where to go, just head to the information desk for help. Touts tend to hang out in the arrivals area and promise cheaper rates, but can often be dodgy. When you get to the cab rank, ask the driver to use the meter or request a cost estimate  before  you hop in the car – if it’s way higher than it should be, pick another vehicle. A lot of airports have train stations attached as well, so consider public transport if you want to save a dollar or two.

Stick together

It’s one of the advantages of traveling solo on a group tour: safety in numbers. The big, 50-person bus groups stand out on the road, but a small  Intrepid group  of eight or nine people, with a local leader showing the way – including areas to avoid and getting around safely – won’t draw much attention. Plus, it’s a great way to see parts of the world you may feel uncomfortable exploring on your own. If you want to do things on your own, consider a  day tour  to familiarise yourself with a city and get to know the local way of life. 

Trust your instincts

Solo travel is all about confidence. If you’re relaxed and self-assured on the street, you’re more likely to blend in. When you meet new people, don’t assume they’re all out to get you, but be sensible too and trust your gut. If it feels wrong, it probably is. Remember: the popular tourist areas are often the most well-lit and secure, but they’re often a juicier target for pickpockets and scammers. Just use your common sense; half of travel safety is simply being aware of your surroundings.

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Japan rail announces major feature in upgrade of its ultra-fast trains — here's what's new

P assengers aboard Japan's Shinkansen bullet trains will enjoy commutes at speeds up to 177 mph from the comfort of their own private rooms. 

Starting in 2026, Japan's most popular rail line, Tokaido, will have private cars available. This experience is available for an additional charge, but a spokesperson from Japan Rail said the service is worth it. These private cars are ideal for "businesspeople who want to hold meetings online, customers who value privacy, and customers who want to relax without worrying about their surroundings."

The future of Shinkansen travel isn't just about luxury, it's a step toward sustainable transportation. High-speed rail is already a champion for eco-friendly travel, boasting significantly lower carbon pollution than airplanes.

These private cabins have the potential to make the Shinkansen an even more attractive alternative, particularly for shorter trips. Studies show that train travel is better for the environment overall. Traveling by rail can help the planet and get you to your destination in style.

By curbing greenhouse gas pollution, encouraging more people to use the Shinkansen through this new private cabin option can play a role in lessening the rate at which the planet's global temperatures are increasing.

Reduced carbon pollution translates to less severe weather events like heat waves, floods, and droughts, since hotter air retains more moisture. This translates to safer communities, less infrastructure damage from extreme weather , and a more stable environment for us all.

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Private rooms make Shinkansen travel even more convenient for everyday travelers. Imagine the ease of hopping on a bullet train for a weekend getaway and having more privacy to catch up on work or relax.

The introduction of private rooms on Shinkansen trains showcases Japan's commitment to continuous improvement and innovation, not just in terms of passenger comfort, but also in environmental responsibility. By promoting a more comfortable and productive alternative to air travel, the Shinkansen is setting higher standards for sustainable high-speed rail experiences.

Japan is famous for its excellent public transportation. The country's fast, environmentally friendly trains are the envy of other nations. Japan pioneered the concept of high-speed rail and can boast that its trains are among the safest in the world, responsible for zero accidents or fatalities within the last 50 years. 

Recently, the United States has been inspired by Japan's high-speed rail system , with a high-speed Dallas-to-Houston line "on the agenda for the talks" when Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited the States to meet with President Joe Biden. Wider efforts are underway to expand high-speed rail lines in the country, too, such as a line connecting Los Angeles with Las Vegas and another connecting L.A. with San Francisco. 

Soon, Americans may be able to enjoy the sort of luxurious speedy commutes passengers on the Tokaido line are set to enjoy, especially with the California High-Speed Rail Authority recently showcasing impressive interiors that include private compartments and nooks to help America stake a claim to being world-class in this department. 

Japan's expected private cabin rollout in 2026 means passengers won't have to wait too long to experience this upgrade, further proving sustainability and comfort aren't mutually exclusive.

Japan rail announces major feature in upgrade of its ultra-fast trains — here's what's new first appeared on The Cool Down .

These upgrades promise to redefine not only comfort and privacy, but also the environmental impact of high-speed travel in Japan.

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An 8-Day Cycling Adventure From Tokyo to Kyoto

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I pulled into the tiny hamlet of Hirase, in Japan ’s Gifu prefecture, at the peak of the day’s heat. I’d just climbed several thousand feet through Hakusan National Park, on a twisting, waterfall-lined road, before eventually descending into the shimmering fantasy landscape of Shirakawa-go, an almost Tolkien-esque small village—and UNESCO heritage site —comprised of centuries-old thatched, peaked-roof farmhouses in the gassho-zukuri style. Replenishing myself with a black-sesame ice cream cone, I made the last push towards my destination. My cycling computer eventually told me “destination reached,” but all I could see was a succession of closed businesses lining a small street. Seeking shade, I flopped against a security gate.

Gearing up to text the ride leader that I was lost, I suddenly saw, in the distance, two cyclists from my group. One, a Dane living in London and a veteran of the trip, escorted me precisely 100 feet to the entrance of a traditional house, half hidden from the street by trees. This was Tosuke-no-yu Fujiya , a traditional ryokan with hot springs; a lacquered-wood and shoji -screen retreat that resists the march of time (and the all-seeing eye of Google Maps.) We were too early for check-in, so we made our way, clad in cycling kit, towards the nearby Shō River. Scrambling barefoot across rocks, we plunged into the clear, bracing mountain water.

I have often found, on a trip, that it is not the perfectly scripted moment that endures in the memory, but that juncture where something has gone awry. Something that might require a touch of fortitude, of inventiveness—of halting conversation with locals—to resolve. Something that momentarily takes us out of our comfort zone. “Only through shadows can we see the beauty of a lighted room,” writes Junichiro Tanizaki in his classic In Praise of Shadows . Something of that spirit exists in RAID Cycling , the outfitter with which I have booked an eight-day expedition, by bike, from Tokyo to Kyoto . “I like it a little more rough around the edges,” as Brad Sauber, RAID’s founder and a longtime participant in the world of luxury bike trips, describes the ride. “I like to bring people to really remote areas—maybe there aren’t five-star hotels. Or maybe some might be, but I don’t want five nights of five-star hotels.”

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Biking across the Wagatani Suspension Bridge in the Ishikawa Prefecture

Two decades ago, Sauber was in Japan, on his honeymoon , when inspiration struck, through the window of the Shinkansen. “I remember seeing these amazing little roads, with hardly any traffic,” he says. “I thought, there’s gotta be a way to ride a bike here.” Working at the time for Rapha Travel, the adventure division of the noted clothing brand, he spent 15 days driving the country’s backroads, stitching together a pioneering long-distance cycling route, stumbling upon little-known hotels like the ryokan in Hirase. Even keen cyclists in Japan thought the idea of a multi-day trip from Tokyo to Kyoto “was crazy,” he says. Undaunted, he pushed forward, launching the trip in 2015. Just finding willing hotels was a challenge. “The concept of showing up with 15 foreigners on bikes, with four or five vehicles, just completely blew their minds,” he says.

Sauber launched RAID after Rapha closed its travel division in 2018. His new Japan trips were just up and running when the pandemic struck, forcing a three-year suspension. I am on only the second outing after the country’s reopening, joined by some 16 other cyclists, as well as RAID’s four-person Japanese crew, and Sauber himself. After a night in Tokyo’s Shibuya neighborhood, we take a train to Sumiecho, a suburban area in Tokyo where, in one of the country’s pristine public restrooms—and before its bemused attendant—we change into our cycling kit.

From here, we head into the mountains of Higashi-Ōme. A few things become apparent immediately. One, Japanese roads are top notch. Cyclists typically warn those behind them of the presence of potholes, or random debris in the road; our group had little to do. The one piece of trash I saw in the road stood out for its shocking indelicacy. Second, Japanese drivers are polite—not as polite as Japanese shopkeepers, but generally solicitous of cyclists (still, I recommend using a taillight like Garmin’s Varia , which warns of cars approaching from behind—useful in the country’s many dim tunnels). Third, on 90-degree-plus days, Japanese vending machines—which one finds in the most unexpected places—are your friend.

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The days went by in a flurry of impressions, gleaned over the handlebars. There was the babble of snow monkeys in the trees near Kofu (a town that grows those extravagantly expensive fruits that are given as gifts). There were elegantly spired, tightly-packed Buddhist cemeteries in the midst of almost iridescent green rice paddies. There were mountain peaks densely packed with cypress and marked by absolute stillness, save for the piercing cries of Japanese Golden Eagles. There were restorative bowls of soba noodles at family-run roadside restaurants, elaborate kaiseki meals eaten wearing summer yukata robes, and Japanese snacks at the RAID rest stops. There were “shortcuts” down eerily abandoned country roads. There were memorable stays in new-to-me cities like Takayama (dubbed “mini-Kyoto,” without the crowds), where, in the sleek Hotel Wood , you find yourself immersed in the onsen with the same people you’ve been riding with, except you’re all now naked.

But there’s little room for shame on this trip: On another night, in the town of Kaga, we find ourselves in a small karaoke bar called Swing Club, singing Bon Jovi full-throat. Sauber discovered the place years ago and has been returning ever since. When we walk in, swelling the bar’s population, the septuagenarian proprietress—a former classical dancer in the Bon Odori tradition, wearing a leopard-print blouse—beams at him warmly. He doesn’t recall her name. “I have these experiences all over the world,” he tells me. “It’s not about names. It’s about interactions.”

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The 5th-century Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine in Takayama

So beguiling is this whole trip that several guests, joined by their partners, would be sticking around to do RAID’s other Japan itinerary, a less strenuous trip through the Southern Islands. Sauber says that in general, while some cycling experience is suggested, it’s also a chance for participants—typically already thrust out of their comfort zone by being in Japan—to expand their sense of self. Among the clients on that trip, he notes, is a 70-year-old woman, bringing her e-bike. “She’s super adventurous, she’s traveled all over,” he says. “RAID is about pushing people’s limits, stretching that elastic—creating an experience that actually challenges people.”

RAID Cycling leads trips in countries across the globe, including Japan. Rates for the 8-day Tokyo to Kyoto trip start at $6800, which includes lodging, transport and support during the trip, and all meals.


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Choose your own adventure: Where to go and how to save on summer vacations

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Revenge travel is so last year.

“It's not necessarily about just getting out of the house anymore,” said Sydney Stanback, Global Insights and Trends lead at Pinterest, which has seen more than 1 billion travel searches and more than 10 billion travel saves over the past year. 

Sure, many of the usual suspects are once again among the most popular destinations across multiple search engines this year, but she said this summer, “It's more so about traveling with intention.” 

According to NerdWallet’s Summer 2024 Travel Report , 45% of Americans plan to take a trip requiring a hotel stay or flight this summer with expenses averaging just under $3,600. A fifth of those travelers expect to go into debt to pay for vacations.

Here’s what to consider when booking a summer trip, including where to go, when to travel and how to save:

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What is the best place to travel in summer? 

The answer is subjective, especially this summer.

“Everyone's kind of choosing their own adventure based off of what their needs are for travel,” Stanback said. 

Pinterest’s Summer 2024 Travel Report found summer travelers are most interested in adventure, exploring mysterious or uncharted destinations, and rest. Searches for “quiet life” jumped 530%, but that doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone.

“My mother actually just took a yoga retreat to Panama,” Stanback said. “That's what she needed to do in order to get the rest that she needed and the well-being that she needed. But for me, when I think of rest and restoration, I simply think about going to a beach spa and just sitting and being by myself.”

Solo travel remains popular. Solo travel searches reached an all-time high in Google in January, but again, not for everyone.

“For Gen Z specifically, that need is to gather and reconnect with their community because they were in isolation for so long and during very meaningful moments in their lives,” Stanback said. She noted group travel and road trips are of keen interest to Gen Z.

“It's not necessarily about traveling and going out and going to restaurants and going to bars and clubs,” she added. “We actually see that a lot with younger generations. They’re kind of stepping away from that and really considering their well-being when they're taking time off.”

Where do most tourists go in summer?

Expedia’s Summer Outlook and Google Flights identified the same cities among their most searched summer 2024 destinations based on flights, though rankings varied by platform.

Top 5 domestic destinations 

◾ Orlando, Florida

◾ Los Angeles

◾ Las Vegas

Top 5 international destinations

◾ Cancun, Mexico

◾ Paris, host of the Summer Olympics

Allianz Partners found slightly different results in their analysis of “more than six million flight itineraries for trips between five and eight days in length for travel booked between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.”

Instead of LA and Vegas, Allianz named Boston and Honolulu among this summer’s top five domestic destinations. Internationally, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; Oranjestad, Aruba; and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, made Allianz’s top five, instead of Rome, Paris and Tokyo.

“I am expecting crowds to rival last summer's in popular overseas cities,” Expedia’s travel expert Melanie Fish said, noting how places like Barcelona and Venice are trying to curb overtourism. “They're trying fees and if that's not enough, they're going to have to go even further.”

How can I save on a trip?

Summer trips are already costly for many travelers. “Americans with household income under $100,000 accounted for nearly half (46%) of intended leisure travel spend in summer 2023,” according to Deloitte’s Facing travel’s future report from April.

Expedia’s Fish shared five tips for booking summer 2024 vacations:

◾ Bundle your trip. Booking airfare and a hotel at the same time can earn you deep discounts.

◾ Travel midweek or later in the summer if it's an option. You'll save money and save yourself from fighting crowds. 

◾ Fly early in the day … The early bird who takes the first flight of the day will typically get a better price and a lower chance of delays and cancellations.

◾ Book once, earn twice. You can stack rewards from your travel credit card (and) your airline.

◾ Just go. Don't pressure yourself to create the trip of a lifetime … Do it in a bite-sized chunk if possible. 

'Expensive in every way': What travelers should expect this summer

How far ahead should I book travel?

“The sweet spot is now,” Fish said. “We're within that 21- to 60-day pre-travel window to save around 15% on airfare, so now is the time to plan. That means ready, set, but maybe wait until August to actually go.”

She said travelers can save an average of $250 on international flights if they wait until the peak summer travel season passes. 

“It's 15% cheaper on average to fly domestically in August versus June, 30% cheaper to fly to Europe in late summer, and 55% cheaper to fly to Mexico and the Caribbean in August,” she said. “Of course, August is peak hurricane season , so that has something to do with that price dip.”

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Putin to travel to China this week for state visit and talks with Xi

A screen shows Chinese leader Xi Jinping shaking hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin before a meeting with the leaders of Shanghai Cooperation Organization members at the SCO Summit in Qingdao, China, in June 2018.

Vladimir Putin will visit China for talks with leader Xi Jinping on Thursday and Friday, the Kremlin said Tuesday, in the Russian president’s first trip abroad since his re-election in mid-March.

The two leaders “will discuss in detail the entire range of issues of their comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation, identify key directions for the further development of Russian-Chinese practical cooperation, and also thoroughly exchange views on the most pressing international and regional issues,” the Kremlin said, adding that Putin and Xi would release a joint statement following their talks.

During his visit, the Russian leader will travel to Beijing and Harbin, taking part in an event marking the 75th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations. He will also meet with Premier Li Qiang, with talks expected to focus on “issues of bilateral cooperation in the trade, economic and humanitarian spheres,” according to the Kremlin.

Putin last held face-to-face talks with Xi in October, when the two held talks on the sidelines of a Belt and Road initiative summit in Beijing. The latest summit will come as Russian forces push deeper into Ukraine and just days after Putin named a new defense chief in a signal that he was settling in for a protracted war.

That visit highlighted Russia’s growing reliance on China for trade and political backing as it looks to build on its “no-limits” partnership with Beijing — cooperation that experts say is driven by their mutual desire to curb U.S. power and challenge U.S. global dominance despite ongoing challenges to their own relationship.

A screen shows Chinese leader Xi Jinping shaking hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin before a meeting with the leaders of Shanghai Cooperation Organization members at the SCO Summit in Qingdao, China, in June 2018. | AFP-JIJI

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Hotel Management Japan signs agreement with Sabre Hospitality to enhance global reach


Sabre Corporation , a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry today announced a new agreement with Hotel Management Japan, a prominent hotel operator that oversees some of Japan’s most renowned hotels. This agreement will involve Hotel Management Japan utilizing SynXis, Sabre Hospitality’s cloud-based commerce and distribution platform, to improve its connectivity to travel agents and travel management companies worldwide.

The company, which manages over 6,400 hotel rooms across Japan, will establish a robust connection to the main Global Distribution Systems, including Sabre’s GDS, through SynXis for their own brands, including ORIENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS. Additionally, it will utilize Sabre Hospitality’s Channel Connect to streamline and automate inventory distribution to global Online Travel Agency (OTA) channels from a single distribution point, ensuring it can reach guests where they prefer to book.

“Our new collaboration with Sabre represents a significant advancement in our dedication to delivering exceptional guest experiences while maximizing our revenue opportunities,” said  Junichi Araki, COO, Hotel Management Japan.  “By opting for Sabre’s advanced technology, we are confident in our ability to reach a broader audience, improve operational efficiencies and, ultimately, enhance our position in the competitive Japanese and global hospitality industry.”

“We are excited to assist Hotel Management Japan in their efforts to revolutionize and optimize their distribution strategy,” said  Frank Trampert, Senior Vice President, Global Managing Director of Community Sales for Sabre Hospitality.  “Sabre Hospitality’s cutting-edge solutions are highly regarded in the industry for empowering hoteliers to expand their reach, and we are eager to help Hotel Management Japan use our capabilities to attract a wider audience.”

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