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The Ultimate Japan experience

Why choose a Small Group Tour?

Small group tours are one of the best ways to appreciate Japan. Accommodation, transport, most meals and activities are pre-selected and professionally arranged to give travelers a sense of security and ease.

At the same time, it allows you to develop intimate relationships with guides, fellow travelers and local people as well as to enjoy some spontaneous encounters. 

In addition, our Small Group Tours give you unique access to exclusive Japanese experiences. Each Small Group Tour in Japan is individually crafted around a theme whether it is cherry blossom or Japanese food or a Festival.

By limiting the Small Group tours to 8 people, it is easier to move around, you can go to places where large busses can’t get to. Some of the best restaurants and artisan’s workshops in Japan are limited to just a couple of hand-fulls of people at a time – They are just right for small group tours!

Small Group tour in Japan

Looking for something custom fit to you?

Do you have a specific time for travel, a group you want to travel with, or special needs and wishes for your trip to Japan? We can create a unique Private Tour for you. 

Or you can take one of our Model Itineraries as is, or combine or modify it to suit your needs. There are some great Extension Itineraries available too, and they can also be added before or after joining our Small Group Tours.

Journey to the East provided a wonderful tour that exceeded my expectations. The accommodation was superior and better than advertised and organisation of the tour was flawless. Fumiko, our guide for the entire tour, was superb: knowledgeable, thoughtful, attentive to our needs, willing to go the extra mile, entertaining and funny. As for the food! We went to many different restaurants and small local places, all of which in their own way turned on superlative meals. Added to this, we visited artisanal shops and small makers of many typical Japanese products. I learned so much about Japanese food culture. This is a great experience not to be missed if you want to learn more about Japan.

5/5
Trip date: 2017

Doreen Rosenthal

Australia

WOW! What an experience. Waking up to see the sunrise over Mt Fuji, then taking an outdoor onsen bath as the sun crept higher. The accommodation was a unique experience from the moment we arrived to the time we departed. The traditional rooms with Tatami mats and bedding, the yukata, the traditional meals and number of courses – they had to be seen to be believed

5/5
Trip date: 2017

Katie & Alexander Walshe

Australia

We don’t have anything to suggest to change as we thoroughly enjoyed the experience as it was. It was good advice to have the extra day in Tokyo before and after the tour to allow time to settle in before the tour and travelling home at the end. With the additional [custom] walking trip, it would probably have been better to have an extra day in Osaka before starting the walking tour to allow time to prepare and rest.  

5/5
Trip date: 2017

Sue & Merv Cowie

Australia

What a wonderful Autumn Leaves tour we had. Great places, guides, hot tubs and food. Journey to the East thought of everything. It took the pressure off travelling to Japan.

5/5
Trip date: 2017

Sue & Peter Wood

Australia

We can’t thank our guides enough for showing us the range of sights in Japan.  They were friendly, professional and delightful and we saw things and went to places you could never see on a group tour.   In 2 weeks we visited major cities, UNESCO sites, small towns, travelled on every sort of transport available, saw sunshine, snow, cherry blossoms and ate a range of wonderful food.  Brought home lots of photos and memories.  Thank you for an unforgettable trip.

5/5
Trip date: 2018

Susan & Lindsay Short

Australia

My wife and I travelled to Japan with Journey to the East on their Cherry Blossom Spectacular tour.  Not only was the tour expertly planned and executed, it was far more enjoyable than we anticipated.  We were well chaperoned by knowledgeable guides, travelled in comfort on the bullet trains and stayed in quality hotels each night.

The special inclusions of dinner with a maiko, our own private tea ceremony, a 2 hour rickshaw ride, a private temple tour by a Buddhist monk, cherry blossoms galore and exquisite Japanese meals gave us memories to treasure.

5/5
Trip date: 2018

Jeff & Deb Cashman

Australia

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