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Tours of Japan

Cathy's verdict:

From ultramodern Tokyo to the temples and geisha of Kyoto, Japan is eternally fascinating. And with no single supplement on selected trips, these guided tours cover the country’s main sights and lesser-known spots, some featuring overnight stays in temple lodgings. There’s also an option to create a tailor-made solo itinerary.

Recommended tour operator: InsideJapan Tours

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InsideJapan Tours says

As a self-confessed team of Japan fanatics – everyone at InsideJapan Tours has either lived or travelled extensively in Japan – we are incredibly passionate about our award-winning tours.

  • expert-guided groups
  • no single supplement on selected trips
  • popular with solos

With so much travel experience between us, we put our heads together to secure some great deals for solo travellers in Japan, one of the safest countries in the world.

The tours below are each available without a single supplement.

Japan Unmasked is a 13-night small group tour jam-packed with Japan highlights. Explore vibrant cities, tranquil mountain towns, gardens, temples, castles and hot springs, and take trip on the famed shinkansen (bullet train).

Our great value 9-night Tokaido Trail small group tour starts beneath the skyscrapers of Tokyo before heading to the hot spring town of Hakone. You can see Mount Fuji on a clear day here, or even climb to the summit in July and August! Whizz across the country on the shinkansen (bullet train) to the ancient city of Kyoto to wander through the streets of the Gion district – home to Japan’s famous geisha.

The Historic Mountain Trails small group tour is ideal for adventurous outdoorsy types. Go hiking in the beautiful Kamikochi National Park and the ancient Nakasendo Highway, marvel at Tokyo’s skyscrapers from the Sumida River, get an early start to see the sun rise from the summit of Mount Fuji and trek up the spectacular Mount Hotaka. Good fitness and hillwalking experience are a must, preferably at altitudes of more than 2,500m.

You’ll stay in Western-style hotels in a single room on each of these tours – only sharing (with someone of the same gender) in traditional Japanese inns and guesthouses.

There will be plenty of free time for you to enjoy, while a cooking class, printing workshop, samurai sword lesson and photography masterclass offer the opportunity to mingle with fellow travellers.

Find out more about our small group tours in Japan and travelling solo with InsideJapan Tours.

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