Start dreaming about your next holiday to Japan now!

Start dreaming about your next holiday to Japan now!


Journey to the East is a Japan tour specialist. We have been delivering highly personalised authentic experiences in Small Group Tours and customised Private Tours for the past 8 years. For the experienced traveller, these Japanese holidays could your best choice for Japan travel in 2021 and 2022!

See the choices from our a wide range of tours

Choosing your Japan holiday can be a challenge because the options are seemingly endless. Questions like where to visit in Japan?, when to is the best time to visit Japan? How to I cope with the language? What is the quality of the accommodation? Is this the right trip to Japan for me? and dozens of other questions spring to mind. This web site will answer many of these questions, however it is often easier to talk to a Japan specialist, so why not contact us directly to talk about your holiday?

Japan COVID-19 Update

For the latest COVID-19 information in Japan please visit JNTO website Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory Information.


Journey to the East current cancellation policy under COVID-19


For a limited time only, we are offering an additional cancellation and rebooking option to our Small Group Tour customers. If our Small Group Tour is unable to proceed due to government travel restrictions (Japan or your home country), you will receive a discount of the equivalent value to your deposit on a future tour of your choice.

Find out more.

Latest News

February 2021We have released 2022 Garden and Art Tour of Japan. There are two departures in May. Find out more. 

January 2021


Happy New Year to our fellow travellers in waiting! We have just released our 2022 Cherry Blossom Tours and some of them are already sold out! Leave your details through Contact Us to be notified when we release more 2022 tours throughout the year.
October 2020Missing Japanese food? Why not cook for yourself? We have easy to make Japanese food recipes in our blog below.


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Garden and Art Tour of Japan Video

The video below shows you highlights of the 2022 Garden and Art Tour of Japan which is scheduled for May 2022. You can also view the complete 2022 Garden and Art Tour Itinerary

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Message from Journey to the East team

How are you all doing? It's been a tough few months for everyone.

We would like to convey our heartfelt thank-you to those of you who sent us warm and kind messages. Col, Yuki, Ritsuko, Angus, Sachi and our staff in Japan are all well, and still here ready to serve you as soon as travel to Japan restarts. We have been using this downtime to improve our internal system, creating more exciting tours and enhancing our website. Now more than ever, we are the tour operator of choice when it comes to creating the holiday of life time in Japan.

Journey to the East team - Japan Travel Specialist.

"I just wanted to let you know that, while you probably are not doing many bookings, the memories of your wonderful trips are living long after. If you are in contact with any of your fantastic guides and employees in Japan, please pass on our Australian best wishes. Fond regards, Ian and Robyn Mitchell" 

"Keep well and safe. We send our very best to you all and will certainly be in touch again very soon, once this situation is under more control. Take care, Michael and Laurie" 

"Was just wondering about Journey to the East and how your travel business is doing... and what might happen to our March 2021 tour if this goes on and on.  Hope you are doing well and are healthy and safe.. take care, Linda and Geoff"

Five reasons why you will choose Journey to the East

for your post COVID-19 travel

Reason No. 1 - Extra small group tour size

The group size of our guided Japan tours has always been extra small, typically only 8 guests . Not only does this give you more intimate Japan holidays with boutique tour experiences, post COVID-19, it also means more safety and care. The mature travellers recognise the flexibility is one of the key benefits of these small group tours. More about being an individual on your holiday.

Reason No. 2 - Knowledgeable Japan travel specialist

Our biggest strength is breadth and depth of our knowledge of Japan. Our staff have personally visited (and usually stayed at) all our recommended destinations, and have met our suppliers from Hokkaido to Okinawa. Using this knowledge, all our tours are carefully crafted to give you most authentic and memorable experiences. Our unique Japan tours take advantage of local and seasonal features. This means we can create safe yet, off-the-beaten-path, efficient tours offering greater value for your money. More about Japan holiday from a specialist.

Reason No. 3 - All tours directly managed

You can feel secure and comfortable that your tour is directly managed by Journey to the East. We do not use layers of subcontractors and DMCs. Journey to the East researches, develops, arranges and delivers all our guided group tours in Japan. We directly communicate with all our customers and suppliers. This means swift and accurate communication as well as saving you time and money. More about dealing directly with your tour operator.

Reason No. 4 - Tours with unique experiences 

Over the years, we have established relationships with many local experts and colorful characters who are willing to interact with our customers. Our customers have unique access to these friends and gain insights of real life in Japan. More about seeing behind the "tourist curtain".

Reason No. 5 - Secure and well supported tours

We are ATAS accredited and all our Japan tours are attended by Japanese government qualified Japanese tour guides. We also have our own staff in Japan tracking every detail of your tour. You will be provided with  comprehensive handbook and very detailed itineraries. In short, we remove every possible travel stress from your experience by ensuring you’re properly briefed and well supported during your Japan holiday. More about travelling and knowing someones 'got your back'.

A Wide range of Japan tours to choose from.

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


Top 5 important etiquettes in Japan

You are wondering what the important etiquettes in Japan are. Here are the top 5 etiquettes we chose which help you enjoy your Japan trip more! A lot of rules regarding indoor manners in Japan are related to footwear. A clear line is traditionally drawn between inside and outside, and outdoor shoes and indoor slippers…

Hanami (cherry blossom viewing party) in Japan

Hanami and Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Needless to say, Sakura (cherry blossoms) would be the biggest attraction during spring in Japan for many people. The cherry blossoms usually start fully blooming in the southern part of Japan around the end of March and gradually move up to the northern part of Japan. The blooming time is only for a week or…

Luggage transfer service in Japan

Q: How does luggage transfer service work? A: We use a wonderful luggage transfer service by a Japanese courier company where we can send large suitcases to our next destination so that we do not have to carry them with us during train travel. With this service the luggage will arrive our destination on the…

Our Travel Style

At Journey to the East we are committed to providing authentic, small group tours to Japan – whether standard tours or custom-built for private groups. Our travel style is to immerse you in the culture and landscape of the country and expose you to a rich variety of unique experiences.

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