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Japan

Enigmatic and enchanting, bewitching and bewildering, Japan offers an adventure travel experience like no other when you visit with Imaginative Traveller.

Japan is a place where you can depart from a futuristic city aboard a space-age train in the morning, and that afternoon experience a tea ceremony served by kimono-clad hosts in a traditional inn with paper walls, deep in the countryside.

This contradiction between ancient and modern is just one of the many things that makes Japan such a fascinating country to visit.

 

We have 13 trips in Japan   
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MADE

TAILOR MADE TOUR from £2750 for 11 days

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- Earn your own sushi making certificate in Tokyo
- Enjoy an authentic Kaiseki dinner in a traditional Japanese ryokan
- Sample fresh sake at a local brewery

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ICJFP

GROUP TOUR from £2495 for 12 days

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- Discover Tokyo, where dazzling neon lights are only the beginning. Feast on market-fresh sushi, try your hand at calligraphy, and cook your own okonomiyaki on a Tokyo Bay boat cruise
- Fast, fun and futuristic, a bullet train ride (Tokyo to Hakone) is an essential Japanese experience, sure to be a thrill for the whole family
- Bask in the soothing waters of an onsen in Hakone. These Japanese hot-spring baths are the perfect antidote to a couple of days of walking around the big city

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ICJKJ

GROUP TOUR from £3350 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- A seven-day rail pass is included in the price of this trip, so there's no need to worry about the logistics or costs of transport between cities. All you need to worry about is whether to choose ramen or yakitori for dinner
- Spend the night in a traditional Japanese ryokan, sleeping on an authentic tatami mat. These Edo period inns are a true travel experience
- Surrounded by monks and tranquil scenery, an overnight temple stay in Koya-san is as peaceful and unique as it sounds

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ICJRB

GROUP TOUR from £1395 for 9 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Experience a mix of Japan's most famous sites along with some great off the beaten track gems
- If you're the independent type, this is the trip for you. While we'll get you from A to B and show you around, you'll have plenty of free time to do exactly what you like
- Stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan, sleeping on the floor beside a cosy hearth after a nightly soak in shared baths

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ICJST

GROUP TOUR from £2985 for 13 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- What better way to see Japan than by the country's famous railway system? It's clean, efficient and we include a 14-day Japan Rail Pass in the trip price
- This trip affords you a good balance of included activities and free time, with plenty of optional activities to keep you busy and a helpful leader to steer you in the right direction
- Most of the accommodation is in the style of a traditional Japanese Ryokan. Sleep on the floor on a tatami mat, keep warm beside an irori hearth and bath in an onsen

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ICJZF

GROUP TOUR from £3400 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Food is taken seriously in Japan. From the station tonkatsu restaurant to the highest end sushi, Japanese people take pride in the cooking and presentation, and any bad meal is incredibly rare
- Tasting the succulent Hida beef in Takayama is the definition of a melt-in-your-mouth moment
- Dodging bargain hunters and fishmongers as you browse stalls of fantastical sea creatures in the organised madness of the Tsukiji Fish Market

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EAOP

GROUP TOUR from £3899 for 14 days

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- Spot mysterious geishas in Kyoto's Gion district
- Experience cherry blossom season or beautiful autumn colours
- Watch the famous snow monkeys bathing in hot springs
- Take the incredible high speed 'bullet train'
- Explore temples in Kyoto and discover futuristic Tokyo

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ICJXC

GROUP TOUR from £3059 for 11 days

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- Cycling allows you to get closer to the real Japan – from bicycles to Pokemon, serene temples to the organised chaos of the big cities, this classic adventure has it all
- End rewarding days in the saddle with amazing Japanese feasts of sushi, unagi, tempura or even fugu, all washed down with a traditional sake or Sapporo beer
- Ride both bikes and bullet trains for the ultimate change of pace

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ICJSO

GROUP TOUR from £3310 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Explore the unique island of Naoshima, transformed from a sleepy fisherman’s haunt to a world class art destination, with sleek and stylish museums and artworks that sit in harmony with the landscape
- Join the locals in the 1,368 stone steps up to Kompirasan, be awed by the impressive Matsuyama castle or try one of the oldest onsen in Japan, Dogo Onsen
- Feel like Indiana Jones as you cross the kazurabashi (vine bridges) of the hidden Iya Valley, a remote retreat of deep gorges and lush mountains on Shikoku island

TAILOR
MADE

TAILOR MADE TOUR from £3850 for 10 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Shop till you drop in the futuristic city of Tokyo
- Enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji
- Visit the imperial city of Kyoto, home to more than a thousand temples
- Reflect in the forward thinking city of Hiroshima

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EAOQ

GROUP TOUR from £3449 for 8 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Discover iconic cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka!
- 8 day trip covering Japan's cultural highlights
- Enjoy Nikko's natural beauty and UNESCO sites
- Experience cherry blossom season or beautiful autumn colours
- Take the high speed Shinkansen- 'bullet train'
- Taste a variety of Japanese cuisine

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ICJXK

GROUP TOUR from £2325 for 8 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Explore Kyoto on a couple of nearby hikes for a different perspective on the life and culture in this notable city, as well as visiting some sites of natural and religious significance.
- Experience two of the main religions in Japan – Buddhism and Shintoism – by following the footsteps of ancient pilgrims on their quest for faith along the Koya-san and Kumano Kodo trails.
- Discover two of the major cultural hubs of Japan on foot, walking the Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto and strolling through the Dotombori district in Osaka.

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ICJSL

GROUP TOUR from £2800 for 10 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- If your timing is right, you’ll marvel in the lights and wonder of the Snow Light Path festival in Otaru – one of the region’s oldest festivals to celebrate the winter wonderland that Hokkaido is.
- Escape the icy conditions by relaxing with a soak in a steaming onsen – a traditional Japanese hot spring.
- Discover the Ainu people at a village visit in Lake Akan. This indigenous community of Hokkaido have a rich culture and long-withstanding traditions which you will be able to learn about on your visit.
 
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