Remote Japan Tours in 2021 & 2022

Japan is so much more than Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama and Hiroshima. There are so many hidden treasures and unexplored destinations. Journey to the East is best placed to take you on a journey through off the beaten path beyond popular tourist destinations.  You may not find cappucino at breakfast, a convenience store at every corner or western style hotels and restaurants in town, however, you might encounter giggling school children on a way to school, friendly farmers happy to share fresh harvest with you or devout pilgrims at a sacred mountain.

Our 8 member group tours will let you discover Japan's hidden rituals, unspoiled spectacular sceneries and warm hospitality of local people in remote areas of Japan such as Kyushu, Hokkaido, Shikoku and west coast and northern part of Honshu in a range of themes from cherry blossom to food.

2022 Season Japan Remote Tours

Many of our guests like to plan well in advance and although our 2022 Season tours are not released yet, if you contact us we will promise to let you know as soon as they are released


2021 Autumn Tour of Japan’s Wild West

14 Days

This tour features Japan’s dramatic natural landscapes from the highest mountains to the deepest gorge. Full of cultural experiences including a night stay at a century-old thatched roofed farmhouse. Along with the remoteness, you will also explore the sophisticated cultural cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa.

Departure Dates
29 Oct 2021 Available

2021 Walking Tour of Northern Japan

13 Days

This tour covers culturally intriguing and naturally magnificent day walks (8-10 km/day) including the pilgrimage walks of sacred Dewa Sanzan in the northern parts of the main island of Japan in early autumn. Seriously off-the-beaten track, this tour exposes you to the warm traditional hospitality and immersive experiences of northern Japan.

Departure Dates
11 Oct 2021 Available

2021 Walking Tour of Japan Alps in Autumn

12 Days

2021 Walking Tour of Japan Alps in Autumn takes you to Japan’s pristine national parks with the Japan Alps high above you. In addition to the short nature walks (8-10km) on the plateaus and valleys in vibrant autumn colours, you will visit iconic cities of Tokyo and Kyoto. Packed with cultural and personal experiences off the major tourist path.

Departure Dates
1 Oct 2021 Available
Autumn in Northern Japan

2021 Autumn Tour of Northern Japan

13 Days

This tour takes you beyond the main tourist trails to explore Japan’s rugged northern region of Tohoku with its distinctive rural traditions, intense autumn colours and stunning natural landscapes. Less visited by international tourists, this region offers an authentic culture and relaxed pace.

Departure Dates
25 Oct 2021 Available
Hrosaki Spring

2021 Cherry Blossom Tour of Northern Japan

13 Days

Japan’s best-kept-secret is Northern Japan (Tohoku) & Hokkaido in spring-time. Cherry blossoms bloom later in the year and they are amazing. See Nikko, Matsushima, Kakunodate, Hakodate, Sapporo and Otaru at their best.

Departure Dates
14 Apr 2021 Fully Booked
21 Apr 2021 Available

2021 Food & Cherry Blossom Tour of Kyushu, Japan

14 Days

An exceptional 14-day culinary tour of Japan at cherry blossom time. The tour combines street food to Michelin star as well as significant historical sites and beautiful natural landscapes.

Departure Dates
27 Mar 2021 Available
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2021 Food Tour of Hokkaido, Japan

13 Days

A gastronomic Japanese food adventure on the friendly Northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, exploring it’s regional specialities from ramen to premium wagyu beef, whisky to sake, traditional sweets to freshest seafood. Our newest addition to popular Food Tours.

Departure Dates
4 Sep 2021 Available
Nakasendo Trail

2021 Walking Central Japan in Autumn

12 Days

Walk through the well-preserved villages and cedar covered forests on Nakasendo Way where samurai walked hundreds of years ago. The well balanced tour between nature walks and cultural encounters, it is ideal for active people who are looking for variety of experiences.

Departure Dates
14 Nov 2021 Available

2021 Food & Autumn Colours Tour of Kyushu, Japan

14 Days

A gastronomic adventure amid amazing autumn scenery, exploring Japan’s fantastic food traditions and culture on the friendly island of Kyushu. Enjoy exclusive experiences at small artisanal food producers not on the tourist map.

Departure Dates
7 Nov 2021 Available
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2022 Snow Spectacular Tour of Japan

15 Days

This spectacular snow trip through Japan has it all – from snow monkeys and dancing red-crested cranes to the Sapporo Snow Festival and an icebreaker trip.

Departure Dates
22 Jan 2022 Please contact us

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