Japan Travel - Future Tour Dates
At Japan Custom Tours we run a mix of bespoke, tailored trips and some more
standardized tours, particularly in the popular travel times of spring and
organise tours year round, based on guest demand, long and short trips, and to a wide
variety of locations across Japan. If there is not a date that suits, you
can start planning your own trip - we regularly organise tours for families or
groups of friends.
Often we have guests requesting certain dates and we craft a tour for them
based around their preferences. However, many of these schedules are
appealing to other travellers and we are able to offer these tours to a wider
audience and at a lower cost than an exclusive or private tour.
If you are interested a holiday around Japan you are welcome to join one of our
scheduled tours. We periodically update this page with upcoming trips that
are available for people to sign up, and not only experience the richness of
Japan, but also enjoy discovering the unique charms of the places we visit with
other interesting people.
You can email us direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
or get in touch via our feedback form. and we
will get in touch (usually) within 24 hours.
Common destinations include Tokyo and Kyoto representing the contract of new
and old Japan. Other guest favourites include Nagano (for a visit to the
snow monkeys), Kanazawa (seafood, castle and famous gardens), Takayama (for a
small town feel), and Hiroshima/Miyajima. For wider variety we can take
head to Kagoshima for views of the local volcano and hot sand baths, Sendai and
Matsushima Bay (one of the three views of Japan), across the Tohoku region
(Aomori, Akita, Kakunodate) and into Hokkaido.
Best of Japan
This two week escorted tour of Japan provides a range of highlights
and experiences. The schedule allows flexibility to include different
locations, sights and activities depending on your interests or places that you
want to explore. We typically organise our "Best of Japan" trips to suit your dates.
For a more detailed itinerary, please click
Cherry blossom viewing - March and April 2020
Hanami (literally "flower see")
is the Japanese word for cherry blossom viewing. People enjoy looking at
and photographing the blooms during the daytime and also the evenings, and
blossom viewing outdoor picnics are held, regardless of the cold. (Hot One Cup
Sake in a can is a popular drink in the evening!) Peak viewing season is
typically the first week of April for places like Tokyo and Kyoto, but we take
pride in finding tranquil and uncrowded spots for our guests to enjoy the
blossom season across the full March and April season.
Japan cherry blossom tours are very popular some of our cherry blossom tours
sold-out several months in advance. For 2020 we are running at least four tours chasing the
cherry blossom across Japan.
For more information on the tours see our
2020 Sakura tours page for an indication of what you
can expect for 2020.
A copy of the
Spring 2020 brochure can be downloaded here.
Japan in May
For May the weather starts to warm up and it is a nice time of the year to
travel before the heat of the summer kicks in. We have hosted several interesting custom trips
during May and into June, and we often re-run tours
similar to the tours we have offered during May in the past.
Those schedules included the
many of the beautiful gardens of Japan as well as an excursion to the historic
areas or Kurashiki and Naoshima Island. Other locations include the
historic cultural capital Kyoto, Hiroshima, Takayama in the Japanese Alps and of course the huge
modern metropolis that is Tokyo. Check our May'20
Tour page for more details.
Autumn Leaf Viewing - November 2020
Autumn is the second most popular season to visit Japan. With the
weather more settled and warmer than early spring, the leaf viewing season (koyo)
lasts a little longer and presents more vibrant colours across the parks,
hillsides and mountains. We are in the process of designing our 2020 edition
based on our experiences of five weeks during the brilliant season that was
2018 and the later season from 2019. Check out our
current schedule for November 2020.
A Japan Grand Tour - longer trips
During 2017 we organised a "Grand Tour" covering
the 30 days of September and repeated a similar course in 2018 covering 35 days. We have designed our "Grand Tours" to include an interesting mix of
locations ranging from traditional experiences through to the modern, industrial
Japan of today. This allows guests to enjoy a range of famous, historic
and noteworthy sights that showcase the variety and beauty of the country.
These extensive tours allow you to experience a wide variety of what Japan has to
offer. Customisation remains an important element for these trips so
discuss with us what you would like to do. We run our Grand Tour on
request (schedule permitting) and can be a good option for a couple looking to
explore more of Japan.
Contact us for options.
We are offer these trips based on guest requirements. Check our
September '18 Tour page for some additional details and inspiration.
Remote Japan - Off the beaten track
The concept behind the Remote Japan tours is to head to the non-touristy
places, away from the crowds and to some of the less travelled parts of the
country. Our the feedback from our guests is that these experiences
provide a more intimate and genuine window into the country, culture and scenic
These tours tend to be customised based on what you want to do rather than a
set schedule. For a more information, please click
Introduction to Japan
We have developed this short Japan travel
package covering seven days and six nights to provide a quick introduction
covering selected major sights in Tokyo and Kyoto. The schedule allows
flexibility to add additional days either side of the tour to include extra
features or places that you want to explore. We can provide this tour to
suit your dates (minimum four people).
For a more detailed itinerary, please click
Christmas in Japan, New year in Tokyo - December
We have operated Christmas tours previously covering destinations such as Takayama, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Matsumoto
, Nagoya before heading back to Tokyo for New Year itself. The midnight
hatsumode (first shine visit of the year) at Meiji Shrine and some enthusiastic
karaoke in Shinjuku were just a couple of highlights from an earlier trip that also included some
excellent food and scenery.
As this is an extremely busy time in
Japan for travel and accommodation, we need to secure accommodation well in
advance of year end. The schedule from our 2015 tour can be found