Japan Small Group Tours 2022 & 2023

Our Small-Group Japan tours offer travellers unique itineraries and experiences that are difficult for large groups or individuals to access

Our Japan tours are broadly split into two options; Small Group Tours and Private tours of Japan

The luxury of a small group tour is one of the best ways to appreciate what is on offer in Japan. Here is what is universally different about these 30+ small group guided tours of Japan.

  • These Small Group Tours are specifically developed to enable our guests to access more of the interesting, smaller & secluded locations (and not just see the same things as large groups, but with smaller group sizes). This means they are more unique Japan tours
  • The small group sizes enable you to enjoy the one of most pristine countries in the world and never more so than in rural Japan.
  • Travellers join these Japan small group tours from Australia, the USA, UK, Canada, NZ and more, so if you speak English, you are welcome.
  • Small group holidays in Japan are expected to increase in its popularity post-COVID-19.  Journey to the East has many years of specialising and delivering some of the best small group travel in Japan.  
  • Please read "WHY CHOOSE JTTE (Journey to the East)" to learn more about the benefits of choosing Journey to the East for small group tours of Japan.

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Over 30 small group tours of Japan for 2022 & 2023 have been conveniently organized into 8 categories for you:-


Autumn tours; Cherry Blossom; Food; Walking; Japanese Gardens; Winter and ....

Autumn Tours

Departs: Mid October - Late November

We have a range of Japan small group tours in the fall, from the ones covering the classic highlights to others travelling through the more remote rural areas. Each of them contains magnificent fall foliage in a variety of setting.

In terms of travel style, we have tours that offer more "Comfort" in transport and accommodation, as well as more "Active" tours that include some walking.

Cherry Blossom Tours

Departs: Late February - Late April

Cherry blossom festival time in Japan is incredibly special but also very short. Journey to the East uses its knowledge and research to make sure our guests get maximum exposure to this magic experience.

The cherry blossom small group tours are regionally focused, and include unique experiences and sites on less-travelled-paths.

Travel styles range from "Comfort" to "Active".

Winter Tours

Departs: Late December - February

Japan's winter is simply stunning and spiritual. these Japan small group tours in winter offer a distinctive opportunity to see the white wonderland against Japan's unique cultural events such as New Year celebration and the Sapporo Snow Festival. Snow-covered temples and gardens add mystique to your winter small group holidays.

Food Tours

Departs: Various Dates

Japanese food enjoys an enthusiastic fan base around the world. The food culture here is deep and regionally varied. Therefore, our small group tours of Japan on food are staged in different parts of the Japanese islands, featuring splendid local specialities. With "JttE exclusive experiences", you can enjoy rare opportunities to interact up close with local producers and experts. Experience Japan's extraordinary variety along with the breadth and depth of the Japanese food culture.

Garden & Art Tours

Departs: Various Dates

Our hugely popular Garden and Art small group tours in Japan have been developed to introduce you to some of Japan’s most revered gardens. During the tour, guests will also explore the favoured aspects of Japanese arts, design along with the architecture that relates to the tradition of the Japanese garden. Designed for amateur garden and art lovers, these tours will show you the philosophy behind the Japanese gardens and different styles in Japans most awarded gardens.

Walking Tours

Departs: Various Dates

One of the best ways to enjoy Japan is on foot. These Japan small group tours travel at a pace for you to enjoy your surrounds be they the pristine nature or the back streets of the cities. Our Japan small group tours for those who like walking are made up of a number of short day walks so there is need to carry a heavy backpack. Our accommodation and transport are more comfortable compared to typical trekking tours. After all you are on holiday, why rough it?

Remote Japan Tours

Departs: Various Dates

Journey to the East is a unique tour company with in-depth knowledge of Japan. Our Japan small group tours take you to locations often not accessible by larger group tour operators in Japan. There are still many hidden gems, truly off-the-beaten-path. Join our small group holidays in Japan and experience the genuinely authentic culture and life of the Japanese people. We have range of themes for our Japan small group travel into these remote destinations, from cherry blossom to food and to spiritual walking.

Private Tours

Departs: To Suit You

If you can't find exactly what you want from our Japan small group tours, or prefer to travel in your own group, talk to us about our custom designed Private Tours of Japan.

This is a great option for friends or families travelling together, special interest groups, associations and clubs, or those wanting to travel at particular timing such as a pre- or post-cruise land tour.

Want to book a tour but want to know if your deposit is safe? Find our current cancellation policy under the COVID-19 period.