Japan Garden and Art Tours 2022

Our Japan Garden Tours are very popular tours.

They are built to the same format as our other small group tours of Japan

Best Small Group Garden & Art Tours of Japan

Japan art tours and garden tours have become increasingly popular in recent years. Our garden tours of Japan take you to a selection of the most awarded Japanese gardens along with some exceptional 'secret' gardens that are accessible because our small group sizes of just 8 guests.  The Japan garden and art tours introduce you to some stunning examples of Japanese art, both traditional and modern. The architecture of a number of the gallery buildings included in the tours are worth a visit in their own right too!

Each of these Japanese garden tours has been designed to give a lifetime memory with a delightful all-round experience of Japan. You will visit many of Japan’s iconic sights, explore some magnificent gardens and galleries, engage first-hand with Japanese artisans, taste exquisite food, and come away with a deep and lasting impression of the Japanese culture.

2022 Season Japan Garden Tours 

The Garden and Art Tours of Japan which depart October 2022 (Signature) have recently been released! Our Garden and Art Tours of Japan for May 2022 were released earlier and one is fully booked and there is only one double place left on the other May tour.

The Garden and Art Tours of Japan in Autumn (Comfort) have also recently been released. The first November Tour was sold out in just one week, and we have already received bookings on the second November tour, too. These two November tours target the autumn (fall) colours with a slightly different itinerary to our traditional Garden and Art Tours of Japan. They also feature a slightly higher level of accommodation and a little more private transport within some of the cities. A real extra treat is a visit to the small art island of Teshima in addition to Naoshima art island in the group often known as "The Japanese art islands".


Where are Japan’s best gardens?  Find out here ...

15 days

Experience the very best of Japanese gardens including Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Korakuen in Okayama. The tour also covers magnificent Japanese art both traditional and contemporary. Highlights include a visit to Naoshima Art Island, interaction with a pottery master in Bizen, and a tour of bonsai village and hands-on experiences.

Kinkakuji temple in Kyoto Japan in autumn

14 days

Highlighting natural and manmade beauties of Japan in blazing fall foliage, this ultimate Japan garden tour offers higher level of comfort and unique destinations including Naoshima and Teshima Art Islands of Japan. As well as the internationally acclaimed Japanese gardens and art museums, this Japan art and culture tour will take you to some hidden beauties.

Private Tours and Tour Extensions

Don't forget we can create your own Private Tour of Japan for your family or group if you prefer. We have many Private Tour Model Itineraries to give you some ideas. The page also includes model itineraries for Tour Extensions which you can add at the beginning or end of your Group Tour.


People in Barry Erridge Private Tour group travelled in April 2016 cherry blossom season in Japan 900 x 600
Fun in Japan
People of Kareela Probus Private Tour Group travelled Japan in April 2017, a group photo at Kanazawa Castle 900 x 600
People of Deb Lambert Private Tour group celebrating 50th wedding anniversary of the parents at Kawaguchiko ryokan in yukata

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

Where are the best Japanese gardens and art museums?

Japan has an extraordinary number of excellent gardens of different styles. Many gardens are in traditional styles created in the old feudal era, some are even in the middle of giant cities such as Tokyo. The top selection includes Kenrokuen Garden in the city of Kanazawa;  the Adachi Art Museum (taking out Japan’s number one garden for 17 consecutive years); Korakuen Garden in Okayama. Kyoto does not miss out either with gardens like Kokedera (the moss temple gardens) and of course Ryoanji, the most famous ‘stone’ garden. There are some contemporary flower gardens such as Ashikaga Flower Park and Hitachi Seaside Park.

Art is such a personal thing and Japan offers something for almost everyone. Our tours include variety of art museums to cater for different taste from the Ohara Museum of Fine Art (exhibiting a superb collection of Japanese and European fine art) to the Naoshima Island (offering a fascinating take on contemporary art), to Miho Museum (the building itself is worth seeing). In Kanazawa, you just can’t afford to miss 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and the new National Crafts Museum. Then of course, there is the Open- Air Museum in Hakone (offering some excellent sculptures and views to go with it).

Do have a look at our Garden Tours departure dates.

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.