Featured Destinations & Things to DO
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.【Apr. to Nov.】
The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is one of the most scenic mountain routes in Japan, weaving through 3,000m-high mountains. It has wonderful seasonal features, and is a perfect destination for nature-lovers. In the past, only a small number of skilled mountaineers could enjoy such features. However, the opening of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in 1971 made it possible for all of us to go deep into nature. Now, we are able to appreciate various natural features from different angles using several kinds of vehicles, including a trolley bus and ropeway.
Strawberry Special【Nov. to May.】
Japanese strawberries are not only tasty but also nutritious as containing a lot of vitamin C and thus are one of the most popular fruits among children and adults alike. They are highly admired overseas as well and are exported to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and many other countries. Japanese strawberries get ripe from December to May. They are mainly produced in Tochigi ,Fukuoka and Shizuoka but are also produced in various parts of Japan. During the season, a lot of strawberry tours are running. With one of these tours, you can relish fresh, sweet strawberries as much as you like!!
Sakura - The Beauty of Japanese Springtime【Mar. to Apr.】
The sakura, or Japanese cherry blossom, is the very symbol of spring in its native land. So beloved is it by the people of Japan that news and weather stations even feature blossom forecasts. Men and women both young and old come from all over to see the sight of blooming sakura and celebrate the coming of spring. Springtime is very beautiful in Japan, and the Yoshino Cherry (Somei Yoshino) is perhaps the most popular variety of sakura. Among the first varieties of sakura to bloom each spring is the vivid-pink Kawazuzakura. Others include the weeping Shidarezakura and the layered blossoms of the Yaezakura. The period during which sakura bloom, however, varies greatly depending on location, climate and even elevation. The ideal season for viewing can range all the way from February until June! We've chosen a few of the best places for viewing sakura, so read on and learn about these grand and gorgeous icons of spring in Japan. Seeing the majestic sakura in person will surely be an experience you?ll never forget.
A Picture of Fruit Picking
Fruit picking is a popular activity in Japan, both among the locals and tourists alike. Many farms across the country offer fruit picking opportunities to visitors. The typical procedure is for the visitor to get charged for a certain time period during which he/she can pick and enjoy the fruits on the spot.
The Beauty of Shibazakura【Apr. to May.】
You probably know about sakura, Japan’s national flower. But did you know there’s another famous “sakura”? It’s called shibazakura (lawn cherry blossom), because it spreads along the ground, forming a beautiful sea of flowers. It looks like an ordinary lawn when not in bloom, but come spring, colorful sakura-like flowers blossom. It’s from this sudden explosion of beauty that the plant gets its name. Shibazakura come in a wide array of vivid colors, including pink, red and white. The flowering season begins in May, after the sakura trees’ peak season. Come along on one of our tours, and experience firsthand the beauty of these beloved flowers.
The Fuji Five Lakes are located at the foot of the Yamanashi Prefecture side of Mount Fuji, and “Fuji Five Lakes” is the collective name for the five lakes of Motosu Lake (Motosuko), Shoji Lake (Shojiko), Saiko Lake (Saiko), Kawaguchi Lake (Kawaguchiko), and Yamanaka Lake (Yamanakako). All of these lakes are dammed lakes that were created by a Mount Fuji eruption, and are part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.
Shirakawa-go & Gokayama
Q: Why are Shirakawago "Gassho-zukuri ("prayer-hands" construction)" houses built in such a unique style? A: The "Gassho-zukuri" houses have a steeply sloped roof resembling two hands joined in prayer. The structure is so designed to make a big room inside and to prevent snow to pile up outside, so as to protect the wooden structure against the weight of the heavy snow.
A Picture of Hokkaido
Hokkaido abounds in fascinating nature. Hokkaido is Japan's northernmost island, and autumn there is a great time to visit. Mount Asahi of the Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group often makes the news as the earliest place in Japan where the leaves change, usually during the end of August. Riding a ropeway up Mount Asahi, visitors are treated to a beautiful view of the colourful leaves brightening the elegant shape of the mountain.
List of Tours depart from Sendai / Shizuoka / Hiroshima
A Picture of Tohoku
Delicacies, Breathtaking Views, and Relaxation: Discover the Beauty of Tohoku!
Private Charter Tour
◆ A can't-miss opportunity for a private 1-day tour! Great for families, friends, or couples! Enjoy an exciting private tour (1 day/10 hours) with your own personal interpreting staff. Must choose from tour courses listed on the website. We'll plan your tour based on your desired place and time of departure and arrival. Interpreting staff to accompany you (*English or Chinese) Tours of up to 10 hours for popular destinations including Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Tokyo, and Nikko
Preferred Lodging Special
When you're traveling, you spend on average more than half the hours in a day at your hotel or inn. That's why we've painstakingly researched the best lodgings for our "Preferred Lodgings" special. Escape from the everyday with our selection of lodgings designated Rank A and above for excellent service, authentic Japanese inns that preserve tradition, or rooms with private open-air baths. You can also find lodging at celebrated establishments like Kagaya, Hoshino Resorts, and Tsuruga Group Hotels. Choose from our "Preferred Lodgings", and enjoy spectacular service that will satisfy the most seasoned of travelers.
Japan is a country with four distinct seasons, each with its own cornucopia of culinary delights. On top of this, the fact that Japan is surrounded by water and studded with tall peaks means that it's rich in bounties of the sea and mountains. Whatever you're after, Japan's got it: world-famous "wagyu" beef and sushi, fresh seafood, rice, and, fruit, and even local cuisine unlike anywhere else. In this special article, we'll showcase several gourmet food tours, including all-you-can-eat events. Come and get your fill of Japan's most delicious foods!
Onsen - Hot Springs in Japan
The custom of bathing in hot springs has been a part of Japanese culture for centuries. Not only are they sublimely relaxing, but these blessings that spring from the earth also said to provide numerous health and beauty-related benefits. As a result, ryokan (hot springs inns) featuring their own on-site onsen were built across the country. Among the myriad hot springs, the Three Great Hot Springs of Japan are Arima Onsen, Kusatsu Onsen and Gero Onsen. To this day, these three locations continue to attract large numbers of guests from all over Japan. Read on and immerse yourself in some true Japanese culture!
Cherry Picking Tours
Because Japan stretches a great distance in a north-south direction, it enjoys a variety of climates which are suitable for growing fruits. Among them is the luscious, ruby-red cherry, which are in season during early summer. These fruits are highly popular due to their appealing shape and taste. Unlike some types of North American cherries, most Japanese varieties can be picked and eaten right off the tree. It’s no wonder, then, that Japanese people are big fans of these sour-sweet fruits. But they aren’t only delicious – they’re packed full of vitamins and minerals, and are said to help reduce fatigue and nourish the skin. Starting to crave some? Then join us on one of our orchard tours where you can pick and eat your fill of lovely, red cherries!
Have a FUN Summer Time in JAPAN!
Enjoy Our RECOMMENDED TOUR during July & August! Let's Have a FUN Summer Time in JAPAN!
Japanese Festivals and Fireworks
Japan is a country that extends great distances in every cardinal direction. As such, it experiences a wide variety of climates and environments. Each area has its own traditions, and its own ancient rites and festivals. Not to mention its own fireworks displays! From these countless festivals and shows, we have picked a few that stand out from the rest and listed them for you below.
National Park Feature
Okinawa, the southernmost tip of Japan, is a very fascinating popular tourist place surrounded by blue sky, beautiful sea, and unspoiled nature. You can trace the history of Okinawa through the World Heritage Properties. Fully enjoy eating delicious food, interacting with kind people, and experiencing fantastic attractions!
A Picture of Kamikochi【Apr. to Nov.】
Kamikochi region is a famous Japanese mountain resort area with the majestic Hotaka mountain range that can be viewed from Kappa Bridge, standing over the pure Azusa River, and Taisho Pond and Myojin Pond which sparkle like mirrors. It is said that the name of this resort, Kamikochi, means "a land where God descends".
Iconic Japanese Castles
The beauty of Japanese castles owes not only to their historical significance, but also to their superb utilization and expression of the artistic, cultural and architectural knowledge of their respective eras. These structures were originally built to serve as tactical military strongholds, but their focus later shifted towards serving as monuments to their lords’ military might. The castle keeps and the grand citadels were specially constructed to symbolize the authority of the local ruler, and their designs are uniquely Japanese. This style of castle construction, centered around the keep, began in the mid-16th century, and early examples are still visible today. By the late 19th century, approximately 170 castles were in existence. A small portion of these have even remained fully intact to this very day. Come along on one of our tours and witness these monuments of Japanese art and architecture firsthand.
Single-participant Plans Available
Make the most of your trip! We have lots of overnight tours for single participants too!
A Picture of Osaka
Osaka is a great metropolis, and it has its own unique and vibrant culture. We would like to introduce to you the fun of Osaka and its myriad attractions.Osaka is the center of western Japan, and it is quite different from Japan's capital city of Tokyo. Osaka's people, language, food, and scenery are all possessed of a unique personality.
Japan's World Heritage Sites
A total of 19 World Heritage Sites exist within Japan today. Among these are incredible natural locations, preserved into the modern day through humanities tireless efforts, and awe inspiring cultural works created from man's genius and conviction. Visit the World Heritage Sites of Japan to get a glimpse of its beauty and culture.
Big Savings at Outlet Malls
Outlet malls offer high-quality products at low prices you won’t find in ordinary shopping centers. There are many outlet malls throughout Japan, each with their own unique style and selection. Outlet malls have a wide variety of stores to choose from, so you’re sure to find something you like, along with great gift ideas for your friends and family back home. Plus, these shopping centers are often found outside major cities, so you can even fit in some sightseeing during your trip! Joining a tour to one of Japan’s exciting outlet malls also makes for a great day out!
The Essence of Traditional Japanese Towns
Japan is a country where historic and beautiful towns dot the landscape. "Shukubamachi," or post-towns that supported travelers moving along the roads of feudal Japan. "Jokamachi," or castle towns, many with buildings still appearing as they did in the Edo period. Commercial towns filled with "Kura-tsukuri" buildings, buildings made with earthen walls, lining streets where merchants strode with great energy. Visiting these historic towns is a fantastic way to experience traditional Japanese culture.
Crab in Japan【Dec. to Mar.】
Crab is one of Japan's most popular seafood dishes, to the extent that some even equate crab with the taste of winter. There are currently over 5,000 different types of crab living on the Earth, with approximately 1,000 of them located in Japan's territorial waters. Of these, more than ten are particularly cherished for their flavor and sold regularly on the market. While in Japan, why not sample the taste of Japan's winter and eat some crab?
Snow【Dec. to Mar.】
In Japan there are snow-viewing outdoor hot springs where you can enjoy hot spring waters whilst viewing snowy scenery. This is a part of Japanese culture that can only be experienced in areas where snow fall is heavy. Enjoying snowy scenery whilst soaking in a warm hot spring is the best way to enjoy the Japanese winter.
Illuminations【Dec. to Mar.】
Throughout the autumn and winter, Japan celebrates the season with a number of spectacular night-time illuminations. On a cold winter's night, there is nothing quite as beautiful as the bright glow of illumination. Take a trip through the bright side of Japan, and prepare to be dazzled.
Grape Picking【Jul. to Nov.】
Grape picking season in Japan starts in the summer and continues through autumn. There are many types of grapes available to pick, and sampling the wide variety of ripe, succulent Japanese grapes is a wonderful way to spend a day.
Other New Tours
Sapporo Snow Festivals (Yukimatsuri)【Feb.】
Many snow festivals take place in wintertime in Japan.
The most famous of these snow festivals is the Sapporo Snow Festival.
The 68th Sapporo Snow Festival
Date: Feb. 6 (Mon.) - Feb. 12 (Sun.) 2017
Confirmed tour list!