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Journey to the East is a specialist in tours of Japan. The extra small groups and boutique travel style combine to deliver unique holidays, indeed, some of the very best guided tours of Japan.

On this site, you will find tours that show you the best of Japan. You have the choice of extra small group tours with up to 8 people or private tours that are personalized to match your desires.

Our Small Group Tours of Japan take you off the beaten track while highlighting Japan’s breathtaking seasons, gardens & art, history, cuisine, pristine landscapes along with the unique Japanese culture.

Our Private Tours of Japan are a way for you to have your own, custom-made, unique Japan tours. The bespoke nature of these tours rely on the in-depth knowledge of Journey to the East to make your holiday in Japan the trip of a lifetime!

When is the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan?

  I know you are looking for a quick easy answer to ”When is the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan?’ Well, it isn’t quite that easy, and that is probably why you are are asking it.   The answer revolves around four key factors that drive the cherry blossom:- The latitude –…

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Authentic Experiences

Explore Japan like a true local – discover an area on foot, eat at neighbourhood restaurants, stay in atmospheric local inns.

Extra Small Groups

Enjoy a more intimate and personalised journey through Japan with our extra small group tour format – capped at just eight people.

Special Encounters

Connect with local artisans and experts through specially arranged sessions and learn first-hand about Japan’s cultural traditions.

Culinary Focus

Food is well and truly a central focus: at each stop, we showcase an exquisite and diverse selection of Japanese culinary styles.

Friendly Local Guides

Your friendly, professionally trained guide is also a local resident, bringing inside knowledge of the places you're visiting.

Owner Operated & Local

Feel secure and comfortable knowing that your tour is directly managed by Journey to the East – we don't outsource to other operators.

Crafted Itineraries

Each season has its own magic, and our itineraries have been carefully designed to capture that magic and allow you time to enjoy it.

Well Supported

We remove every possible travel stress from your experience by ensuring you’re properly briefed and well supported.

Had a fabulous time with a great group of people. I loved the country, the culture, the people and everything about the tour – hope to do another tour with JTTE – maybe Hokkaido or Kyushu next time

Vivien Hewitt, Western Australia

 This was my first trip with JTTE and already I am looking at the program for next year thinking about another one. I liked the fact that it was a small group, the organisation was spot on and the food everywhere was outstanding.

Dee Mason – NSW Australia

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When is the best time to visit Japan?

The best answer:- The best time to visit Japan is ‘anytime’. There are 4 very distinct seasons and you can enjoy any of them, so read on!

Japanese Gardens

When you think of Japanese Gardens, order and tranquility seem to spring to mind. There again, there are the Japanese sand and stone (or dry landscape) gardens made from such harsh substances yet they convey idealism and potential for contemplation on a totally different plane. The variety of gardens in Japan is staggering. Some of…

Japanese Cuisine (1)

Until recently, UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage included only one traditional cuisine – French.  However, there are now two cuisines listed; French and Japanese. The traditional Japanese cuisine known as “washoku” was recently added to this exclusive list. We are all familiar how good chefs around the world have frequently turned to the foundation…