Start dreaming about your next holiday to Japan now!

Start dreaming about your next holiday to Japan now!

Japan COVID-19 Update

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


"Japan continues to implement strict border controls to prevent the spread of the virus, banning in principle the entry of foreign nationals from 146 countries and regions.

In tandem with the resumption of domestic socioeconomic activities, the Japanese government has started talks with 16 nations and regions, including Australia and some Southeast Asian countries, on easing travel restrictions for long-term residents and for short-term business trips provided sufficient precautionary measures are taken. " (Source:  Kyodo News 26 Aug 2020)


Three of Japan's hospitality industry peak bodies have united and issued a joint guideline for all their member hotels and ryokans how to respond to COVID-19 in May 2020.

Latest News

October 2020 Missing Japanese food? Why not cook for yourself? We have easy to make Japanese food recipes in our blog below.


September 2020 We have launched our 2021 Autumn Tours. Happy browsing and give us a call if you are interested in any of our Group Tours. We do understand that there is still some uncertainty about traveling next year. We are happy to just note your interests and keep communicating with you.


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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.

"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"

Japan made personal

Journey to the East is a specialist of tours in Japan. We have been delivering highly personalised authentic experiences in Small Group Tours and customised Private Tours for the past 8 years.

Five reasons why you will choose Journey to the East

for your post COVID-19 travel


Reason No. 1 - Extra small group tour size

Our group size has always been extra small, typically only 8 guests . Not only this has allows us to give you intimate and boutique experiences, in the post COVID-19, it will also mean more safety and care. Read more.

Reason No. 2 - Knowledgeable Japan tour specialist

Our biggest strength is breadth and depth of our knowledge of Japan. Our staff have personally walked (and usually stayed at) all our 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. Each tour is unique taking advantage of local and seasonal features. This means we can create off-the-beaten-path, yet safe and efficient tours offering greater value for your money. Read more.

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 and develops, arranges and delivers all our tours. We directly communicate with all our customers and suppliers. This means  swift and accurate communication as well as saving you time and money. Read more.

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. Read more.

Reason No. 5 - Secure and well supported tours

We are ATAS accredited and all our tours are attended by Japanese government qualified 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. Read more.

Choose your theme






Garden and Art






Remote Japan 









Choose your theme






Garden and Art







Remote Japan 














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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Japanese home cooking recipes vol.2 – Dashi

If you are a fan of Japanese cuisine, I am sure you have heard the word dashi. Dashi is Japanese soup stock fundamental to many traditional Japanese dishes. On this blog, I talk about the different types of dashi and show you a quick and easy Japanese home recipes for dashi based master sauce. Normally…

Japanese garden at entsu-in temple in Matsushima, Japan in autumn

Best 5 Japanese Gardens in Autumn

As you may already know Japan has four seasons and each season has different colours. Japanese gardens have been an important part of Japanese art where you can enjoy the beautiful landscape in each season.  Here we have picked our Best 5 Japanese gardens in autumn. Entsu-in (Matsushima, Miyagi) Entsu-in is a Buddhist temple located…

Autumn in Japan

Autumn in Japan – When To Go and Things to Do

  Autumn in Japan is when history, culture and nature colaborate best to show off the sheer beauty you will never forget. Autumn starts in northern Japan and rolls south as the year progresses. This presents so many more opportunities to experience this natural beauty and to select what pleases you best. Because each region…

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.