When you think of Japan, your mind fills with all sorts of images of ancient traditions, beautiful landscapes and fascinating culture.

Although the Japanese past is rich in events and interesting history, today’s Japan is just as fascinating with cutting edge technology and wonderful architecture, whilst still maintaining the country’s traditions.

Whether you want to experience food like you’ve never tasted (or seen!) or you want to go shopping in some of the world’s best shopping areas, Japan is the place to visit!  Japan is famous for its temples and shrines - you could spend weeks in cities such as Kyoto or Nara feasting your eyes on architectural marvels and historic monuments.

If culture is more to your taste, you can’t get much better than Japan’s colourful and rich heritage including wonderful kabuki (Japanese performing arts) and traditional geisha. At Japan National Tourism Organisation, you will find all the information you need to plan your perfect holiday to Japan.

Latest Offers

  • Amazing Japan from £499 with Air France

    Air France logo Fly from London Heathrow via Paris Charles de Gaulle with Air France to Tokyo from £499 return or Osaka from £499 return. Fares include all taxes and charges. Must book by 3 September 2014. Valid for travel up to 15 March 2015. To book visit www.airfrance.co.uk.
  • Fly to Japan from £526 return with KLM

    KLM airline logoFly London Heathrow to Tokyo via Amsterdam Schiphol with KLM from £545 return, including all taxes and charges. Return flights from London to Fukuoka from £526 return, including all taxes and charges or London to Osaka from £568 return, including all taxes and charges. These fares are available until 3 September 2014 and valid for travel from 19 August 2014 - 18 March 2015. To book visit www.klm.com.
  • Visit Japan with JAL from £579 return

    Japan Airlines logoTake advantage of this Economy Class special promotional fare to 34 destinations in Japan within the JAL domestic network, including Tokyo, Osaka and Okinawa. Fly from London Heathrow to 34 destinations on the JAL network in Japan from £579 return, including all taxes and charges. Valid on flights via Frankfurt, Paris and Helsinki on JAL flights or JAL code-share flights operated by Air France or Finnair. Must book by 26 September 2014. Valid for departures between 1 October 2014 and 15 March 2015. To book, visit www.uk.jal.com.
  • Japan Okinawa Island Hopping from £1,560

    This is the chance to get away from it all; discover beautiful white sand beaches, translucent warm blue sea, rare wildlife, jungle adventure and a rich culture all of its own.Arriving Tokyo first then fly to Ishigaki, Taketomi, Iriomote, Naha, Zamami. Including 12 night's accommodation, breakfast everyday and meet and greet on arrival. *International flight not included. For further information, or to book, contact Inside Japan Tours on 0117 370 9751 or visit Inside Japan Tours website.
  • Summer Manga Tour from £1,555

    Japan Journeys This is the holiday of a lifetime for fans of manga, anime and all aspects of Japanese pop culture. As well as visits to the Ghibli Museum, Akihabara and Nakano Broadway, Japan Journeys will give you exclusive access to one of Japan’s top working anime studios. Experience Tokyo in all its neon glory with the original Manga Tour. Japan Journeys don’t just visit Japan - they live it! TOUR INCLUDES : Entry to Ghibli Museum, a private tour of an amazing working anime studio, visit Akihabara and Nakano Broadway – an otaku paradise of anime, manga and electronic goods stores, 6 nights hotel accommodation at a 3* hotel & Japanese breakfast daily, airport transfers from and to Narita Airport (Tokyo) and services of a knowledgeable, bilingual Japan Journeys guide throughout lots of fun, adventure & laughs!! For further information or to book contact on 020 7766 5267 or visit www.japanjourneys.co.uk.
  • JTB's Tokyo Sumo Package from £1166pp

    Return flights to Tokyo, 3 nights accommodation and an excursion to a sumo tournament in Tokyo is a great way of starting to discover Japan! The sumo tournament only takes place three times a year: time your departure to coincide with these periods. Sumo Tournament in Tokyo:14-28 September 2014. Includedsreturn flight from London Heathrow to Tokyo on Finnair via Helsinki, 3 nights accommodation, see sumo wrestling from a reserved seat at the Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall) in Tokyo, visit the Sumo Museum and enjoy a “chanko” dinner (traditional meal of sumo wrestlers) at a local restaurant. For further information, or to book, contact JTB UK on 020 8237 1605 or visit JTB UK's website.
  • Prices reduced, save up to £200pp

    Explore the roots of Japan’s history and culture where tranquil shrines and Buddhist temples stand with understated elegance alongside the ultra-modern lifestyles of today on this 9-night ‘Discover Japan’ tour with Voyages Jules Verne. Visit Hiroshima, Osaka, Miyajima Island, the old imperial capital Kyoto and cosmopolitan Tokyo, with travel by Bullet Train. Price is from £2495 and includes air travel and taxes, transfers, 8 nights' accommodation in 3-star superior hotels, breakfast daily, 1 lunch in 2015 and full itinerary with sightseeing. Call 0845 166 7372 or visit www.vjv.com.
  • So affordable Tokyo, Hakone & Kyoto FROM £1590pp

    Possibly the three most famous areas in Japan, and for a reason. Tokyo, Kyoto and Mt. Fuji hold extremes of aesthetic and cultural beauty and refinement. Embrace these awe-inspiring areas independently and affordable with our package. We arrange comfortable, convenient accommodation and prepare tickets and passes for all your transport. The flexibility we offer allows you to control your own time. Rise any time from dawn to noon before taking your train to your next destination at a time that suits you. Visit ViaJapan Holiday website for more details. To book, or inquire, please call 020 7484 3328 or email english.uk@his-world.com


    To celebrate the seasons, On The Go Tours is offering travellers £200 off their Sapporo Snow Festival tour departing 04 February 2015 and £150 off their Cherry Blossom Festival tour departing 04 April 2015. To take advantage of these deals, quote ‘See Japan’ when you call to book before 14 October 2014 (prices do not include international flights or visas).
    Sapporo Snow Festival – 15 days Take in the highlights of Japan, explore the snowy wilds of Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island, and join in the revelry of the Sapporo Snow Festival. INCLUDES: 3 star accommodation, river cruise, ice breaker cruise, entry to the Sapporo Snow Festival, internal flights, daily breakfast and some other meals, English speaking guide, transfers and more. Departs 04 February 2015 from £3599pp, saving £200 pp. 
    Cherry Blossom Festival – 14 days Take in the highlights of Japan, visit some of the country’s most beautiful gardens and witness the famous Spring Geisha Dances in Kyoto on this special departure. INCLUDES: 3 - 4 star accommodation, river cruise, Hamarikyu gardens, ticket for Spring Geisha Dance performance, 7 day Japan Rail Pass, Hakone Free Pass, daily breakfast and some other meals, English speaking guide, transfers and more.Departs 04 April 2015 from £3099 pp, saving £150 pp.
    For further details please call On The Go Tours on 0207 371 1113, visit www.onthegotours.com or email us.
  • Japan & The Great Tokyo Quilt Festival - a fantastic textile holiday to Japan

    Visit the Land of the Rising Sun with the highlight being the Tokyo’s Great International Quilt Show. This tour also takes you on a mesmeric path around the very best that Japan has to offer in terms of textiles and sights. Expert Karin Hellaby will be travelling with our group and assisted by local expert guides. This holiday runs from the 12 - 27th January 2015 with prices from £4,395 per person. To secure your place with a £400 deposit call 01473 660 800 visit the Arena Travel Website.
  • Explore Japanese Ceramics from £2,290

    ChinaLinks During this authentic 11 day ceramic study tour, you will discover the beautiful Japanese countryside and the ceramic scene past and present under the guidance of Robert Yellin. Robert is one of the foremost experts on Japanese ceramics, he will introduce you to skilled potters and their studios in Kyoto, Shigaraki, Bizen, Tokonami and Tamba. Depart in September, October 2014 and April 2015. For more information call 0843 506 4028 or visit China Links Website.
  • Autumn Escorted Small Group Tour Discounts

    20th October 2014 Departures: 12 day Scenic Japan Tour & 13 day Spirit of Japan tour. Limited promotional discount of £100:00 per person based upon twin share.Small group, fully escorted tour with professional guide. Quality hotels and traditional Ryokans and all transfers and entrance fees included. ATOL protected when also purchasing flights.Further details please call 0161 440 7332, visit www.magicaljapan.co.uk or email  Quote JNTO3114. Offer ends 31st Aug 2014.
  • Old Japan FROM £1990pp

    See Japan as it was two centuries ago...samurai districts, geisha tea houses and beautiful castles surrounded by moats.. You'll visit Tokyo, Nikko, Kinugawa, Kiso, Nagoya, Kanazawa and Kyoto.Kinugawa is a well known hot spring resort. Stay in a Japanese style hotel, in a room with traditional tatami floor and futon bedding. Enjoy a great spa experience and multicourse dinner in the evening.Visit ViaJapan Holiday website for more details. To book or inquiry please call 020 7484 3328 or email english.uk@his-world.com 

  • Explore Kyushu 11days from £1750

    This self-guided tour starts in Fukuoka, and to Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima then travel into Yakushima, a subtropical island covered by the dense forest. It is famous for ‘Yakusugi’ (a cedar tree that is more than a 1000 year old!) . Other highlights of this tour include a visit to lovely small onsen town, Kurokawa for a relaxing treat after a challenging and yet awe-inspiring adventure at Yakushima and Mt Aso.For further information or to book contact Japan Travel Centre on 0207 611 0150 or visit www.japantravel.co.uk
  • 14 days Grandeur of Japan - Escorted small group tour - only £2895pp

    Modern skyscrapers to Zen gardens, Ancient Samurai Castles to cheeky Snow Monkeys. This tour has it all and visits the many wonderful faces of modern and ancient Japan. You'be visiting Tokyo - Yudanaka - Mastumoto - Takayama - Shirakawago - Kanazawa - Kyoto - Hakone - Tokyo. Stay in deluxe hotels and luxury Ryokans with Onsen.  Further details please call 0161 440 7332, visit www.magicaljapan.co.uk or email enquiry@magicaljapan.co.uk.
  • HYPERJAPAN's J-Pop & Go! from £1575

    This is a HYPERJAPAN pop-culture odyssey through the colourful world of modern Japan. From the outrageously fashionable Harajuku district of Tokyo, to the traditional Geisha district of Kyoto; From the magic of Studio Ghibli to Tate-do sword fighting in Osaka, no stone is left unturned. *International Flight not included. For further information or to book contact Inside Japan Tours on 0117 370 9751 or visit Inside Japan Tours website.

  • 11 Day Essential Japan & Ski tour for £1470 pp

    Tokyo tour (3 nights) - Hakone - Mt Fuji - Hakuba Ski Resort (5 nights) - Tokyo (1 night). Guided sightseeing in Tokyo, Hakone and Mt Fuji, combined with great skiing at Hakuba Ski resort. All accommodation & transfers included - £1470 pp based upon twin share. Further details please call 0161 440 7332, visit www.magicaljapan.co.uk or email enquiry@magicaljapan.co.uk.
  • e-tours 5 night Discover Tokyo from  £1087!

    E-Tours Tokyo is a kaleidoscope of colour and one of the world’s greatest cities. Japan’s capital offers an amazing array of variety from unlimited shopping, entertainment, culture and dining. Whether you visit Asakusa to savour the atmosphere of old Tokyo or take an early morning visit to Tsuji, Japan’s largest and busiest fish market or stop off for some serious shopping in the Ginza or take in Harajuku to see the latest fashions worn by the youth of Japan, Tokyo will take your breath away. Included : Return Flights, taxes and 5 nights at the Shiba Park Hotel.For further information or to book contact e-tours on 0844 472 3166 or visit e-tours website.
  • 14 Day Magical Japan & Ski tour for £1735

    Tokyo tour (3 nights) - Hakone - Mt Fuji - Hakuba Ski Resort (5 nights) - Nagoya (1 night) - Kyoto tour (3 nights). Guided sightseeing in Tokyo, Hakone, Mt Fuji and Kyoto. Enjoy exploring Nagoya castle all combined with great skiing at Hakuba in Nagano. All accommodation & transfers included - £1735pp based upon twin share. Further details please call 0161 440 7332, visit www.magicaljapan.co.uk or email enquiry@magicaljapan.co.uk.
  • Traditions and Festivals of Japan FROM £2390pp

    This tour is a great opportunity to see two major festivals in Takayama and Nikko. Traditional cormorant fishing in Gifu and demonstrations of peal gathering by women divers on Mikimoto Pearl Island. Experience a stay at a traditional Japanese inn and taste local delicacies. Visit ViaJapan Holiday website for more details. To book or inquiry please call 020 7484 3328 or email english.uk@his-world.com 

  • 11 days Gardens of Japan - Escorted small group tour - only £2,535pp

    Experience some of the most beautiful Japanese gardens & understand the influence of Zen Buddhism on their design and style... Tour with a Professional English-speaking Tour Leader who is experienced in the history and style of Japanese gardens. For further details please call Magical Japan - 0161 440 7332, visit www.magicaljapan.co.uk or email enquiry@magicaljapan.co.uk
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  • Japan’s Trains Keep Getting Better

    In spring 2015, the Hokuriku bullet train line extension will be completed, cutting journey times from Tokyo to Toyama and Kanazawa. In 2017, both JR East and JR West plan to launch luxury sleeper trains.

    August 08, 2014

  • Japan Cruise Holidays

    Cruises holidays do not have to be expensive. Costa, Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises all offer cruise holidays featuring Japan for under £1,500. For those who would prefer something more luxurious, Compagnie du Ponant, the small luxury French cruise line, is introducing brand new itineraries to Japan.

    August 07, 2014

  • Japanese Food News for London

    Ramen, ramen, ramen! We are very excited to report that London is soon to get three more ramen restaurants – British venture United Ramen will be graduating from a successful pop-up into a permanent restaurant and IPPUDO and Kanada-ya will be bringing us ramen from Fukuoka, Japan. Read the story for even more exciting Japanese food news.

    July 30, 2014

Tips & Articles

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    There are over 1,200 art museums in Japan. Read on to find out about new book, The art lover’s guide to Japanese museums, and art tours available in Japan.

  • New Hotel Openings in Japan

    Find out which new hotels are scheduled to open in the key tourist destinations of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Okinawa in Japan.

  • 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games to be in Tokyo!

    Japan National Tourism Organization is thrilled that Tokyo has been chosen to host the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. We look forward to seeing you in Tokyo in 2020 for the Olympics!

  • 15 FREE things to do in Tokyo

    Tokyo has a reputation as an expensive city, but it offers a wide range of options for even the most budget-conscious traveller.

Facts about Japan
  • World's tallest free-standing tower at a height of 634 metres is Tokyo Skytree
  • Emperor & Empress - Japan has the longest reigning monarchy in the world
  • Kyoto has an astonishing 1,600 Buddhist temples, plus 400 Shinto shrines


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