Japan is a perfect destination for both family trips and couples throughout the year. With its diverse landscapes, rich culture, and various attractions, there is something for everyone to enjoy in every season. Asia Highlights offers a wide range of private Japan vacation packages at the most competitive rates, ensuring a time-efficient and worry-free vacation for you and your loved ones.
What's New about Visiting Japan?
Japan has restored the visa-waiver system from October 11th, 2022. If your country is in the list of Exemption of Japan Visa like Australia, Canada, USA, UK and almost all European nations, you can visit Japan without applying for a visa in advance.
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Popular vacation packages for traveling Japan
The following itineraries have been designed to cover most highlights of Japan's unique culture. The best duration for a first tour of Japan is 9-11 days, allowing sufficient time to appreciate the country's most illustrious cities, Tokyo and Kyoto and Osaka.
* Every spring, Japan is veiled in a cloak of light pink as the cherry trees burst into bloom. From the last week of March through the middle of April, many travelers rush to Kyoto and Tokyo to see Japan during its most vibrant season. If you would like to take a cherry blossom tour to see the gorgeous flowers and spectacular sights of Japan, we recommend making your booking before the end of December. Based on our experience, it is very difficult to book a cherry blossom tour in January or later because most of the guides and vans are often fully booked 3- 4 months in advance due to the high demand.
9-Day Japan Highlights Tour
- A time-smart choice
- Japan's Golden Triangle with Hakone Pass & Deers in Nara
11-Day Traditional Japan Tour
- Discovery-seeker choice
- Japan's traditional highlights from the West to the East
5-Day Tokyo Highlights Tour
- First-timers' choice
- Modern & old Tokyo with Tea Ceremony and Edo Crafts Experience
5-Day Tokyo High-Life Experience — Authentic Luxury
- Premium travelers' choice
- Japan Discovery with private helicopter ride to Mt. Fuji from Tokyo
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I had an amazing two trips on the Great Wall and the Forbidden City with the guide Ivy during my stay in China. She was very helpful and answered all of our questions with an enthusiastic approach. I have nothing to say but to highly recommend the trips they offer on the Great Wall hiking/camping and also the in-depth Forbidden City tour! Thank you Ivy and China Highlights.More
Serhat Altay, May 2023
Amazing First Time to Beijing with China Highlights
Tom, my private tour guide was there when I landed and accompanied me all the way through to sending me off at the airport after check-in at the end of my trip. Zhao the driver, who also did all the driving during my trip, was calm, confident and knowledgeable in taking us around. Both Tom and Zhao were punctual too. The Great Wall of China Hike I wanted to do started in a very remote, unrestored part of the wall. This would not had been possible without Tom problem solving many issues we had on the way up and I could not have done this on my own a a foreigner. It was well worth the effort and probably the highlight of my trip.The remainder of the tour around Tiananmen Square, Forbidden Kingdom and The Temple of Heaven was paired with a detailed commentary by Tom of which I learnt a lot.More
Munsie, May 2023
China Highlights for all your China trips
Since August 2022 Sharon Huang is my Travel Advisor at China Highlights #chinahighlights. I have booked several trips and was always extremely happy with our customized itinerary based on my interest. Sharon is always immediately responding and is happy to assist with creating an unforgettable trip. I can only highly recommend Sharon and China Highlights for your travel within China. You should not look further and trust their experience and expertise. For my part, I’m already looking forward to discover more of this amazing and diverse country.More
Adriana, May 2023
Beijing - city of surprises
A fantastic guide was waiting for us - Jack, who told all the stories with passion and commitment. He also fulfilled those wishes that were not in the plan. I highly recommend visiting Beijing with this guide.More
Joanna i Piotr Kuzebscy, May 2023
Liu Yuan was a superb guide and a lot…
Liu Yuan was a superb guide and a lot of fun to spend time with during my first visit to Beijing. It was a wonderful intensive three days.More
Pam S., May 2023
Great weather and a good trip out with Lily!
Many thanks to my guide Lily for customising the trip to make it as efficient and enjoyable as possible. She arranged to start an hour earlier to beat the crowd and I got to enjoy the Great Wall before the crowd streamed in and while the weather was cool. I requested to switch the next attraction to visit from Temple of Heaven to Ming Tomb and she not only accommodated the prompt request, but made all the necessary arrangements even before the trip coordinator managed to reply! Kudos! Our driver was jovial and friendly, always on top of traffic conditions and took detours to beat slow moving traffic. Hassle free day and I wouldn’t have been able to cover the two attractions so easily and comfortably without them!More
Meibao, May 2023
This was our first time traveling to Beijing
This was our first time traveling to China, so we really wanted to experience some of the major historical sights of Beijing together with a tour guide. Our itinerary was very carefully planned out according to our interests and tailored to our needs. First, we went camping on the Great Wall and hiked from Jiankou to Mutianyu, and the next day we got an in-depth tour of the Forbidden City as well as a tour of the Temple of Heaven and a taiji experience in the gardens. Our tour guide, Ivy, was truly wonderful in preparing and organizing our personalized itinerary. She is very friendly and knowledgeable, and she was always able and willing to answer all of our questions. Ivy provided us with a truly amazing first visit to China and I would warmly recommend China Highlights for everyone who wishes to travel to China and I would especially recommend Ivy as a tour guide for your trips!More
Annalina Wheeler, May 2023
Tom is the BEST tour guide EVER!
Just had the most AMAZING tour with Tom. He was beyond knowledgeable, so generous with his time and made me feel so at ease which was super important as I am travelling by myself. Thank you Tom for the best day-you have totally made my China trip a fabulous experience, one I will never forget!More
SHARRYN HINCHLIFFFE, May 2023
Datong, Shanxi Province
Lele was our tour guide was really good explaining everything. She knows well her home town. Because of this experience, we used them again for the next trip. And will absolutely reach them for our next trip within China.More
Nita, May 2023
Mervyn was an awesome tour guide
Mervyn was an awesome tour guide! Very well educated on the history of Xi’an and all the places we went with her. She brought us to local restaurants to enjoy the wonderful varieties of Chinese food of the region. She was sure we were all taken care of, and was kind and even made sure we got on our connecting plane flight out of town. mount, Hua was great and she helped us to go up to the highest peak on the north first by cable car and walk down and exit by the other Cablecar on the south end. She took Many pictures of our group, and she was a true professional, as well as a caring person!!More
Roger R, May 2023
Superb service and wonderful time in Beijing
Superb service from Jack who were with us for 4 wonderful days in Beijing. Jack was clearly knowledgeable about the history and able to deliver insight information to us about places. He was also kind and accommodating to my mother who has bad knees. Both China Highlights and Jack were flexible about the itinerary to ensure that we enjoy the best of Beijing. We'll definitely use China Highlights' services again for our next trip to China.More
Chani, May 2023
Booked a three day trip in Xi'an with China Highlights and met the the wonderful Jenny who is a local. On the first day we went to visit the Terracotta Warriors and she expertly helped to navigate me to the best spots to take photos all while explaining the fascinating history and story behind this 8th wonder of the world. Jenny is a wealth of knowledge and also has an ability to sort of 'bring history to life' with her innate ability to explain things in a very engaging way while intersplicing cultural tidbits throughout which helped me to really understand and appreciate several aspects of Chinese history, culture, and thought on a much deeper and more profound level. We also went to a local factory that actually makes many of the replica Terracotta Warriors where I was able to meet the owner, a very kind man. He showed me the facility and then we sat down and showed the molding process involved in creating these replica warrior pieces from clay and then proceeded to demonstrate in making one. Was then handed a piece of unformed clay and was somehow able to make a small one myself (with a little help from him at the end) and keep this as a souvenir. So cool :) The remaining two days were spent visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum, the Hanyang Tomb, the Forest of Stele Museum, and the Muslim Quarter, all which were super interesting, especially the Shaanxi History Museum where Jenny explained the story and other fascinating facts behind many of the major artifacts/pieces/exhibits there. On the last day I asked if we could, instead of visiting a couple additional sites that were left remaining on the official itinerary, go to a good restaurant that served local/traditional Xi'an dishes that were popular with locals. We ended up going to a restaurant where we ate an absolutely delicious bowl Paomo (crumbled flatbread in mutton stew with lamb or beef) which turned out to be the most delicious meal of my entire trip there. What made it even more special was us sitting down together (Jenny, the driver, and me) and using our hands in the local traditional way to break apart the flatbread into small pieces before putting it into our respective soup bowls) before it was brought to the back to be cooked/seasoned in the meat stew/soup. It was the perfect ending to the three day tour :) Before departing, Jenny ended up recommending other places that I could check out on my own such as the Datang Everbright City at night (which turned out to be one of the most spectacular places I've ever visited in China, people so full of excitement and joy, very nice energy there). She is also quite 'dialed in' to the local culture, trends, and thoughts of the people in Xi'an and also China as a whole which made the entire trip very educational and illuminating.More
Allen C, May 2023
"The Mysterious and Gorgeous Peaks Make Yellow Mountain a MUST Visit"
My girlfriend and I went to Yellow Mountain during the Labor Day Holiday in China, and honestly were amazed by the actual beauty of it all. Our tour guide Sunny (thank you so much for your exquisite work) made our trip even better. The hotels that were chosen by the China Highlights agency were perfect, the Shanshui Boutique in the heart of the Huangshan city was so convenient to walk from, and the Xihai Hotel on the mountains was a perfect stop for the hiking we did for two days. The tour that we did was not enough to see everything of course so we shall be returning in the near future. We were so lucky about the weather and the crowds (holiday) that the perfect visit was even more marvelous as I proposed to my girlfriend on the Flying Rock peak during a breathtaking sunset. This will always be our rock and for that I am very grateful since Sunny the tour guide made it perfect for us.More
High F, May 2023
Tour to the great wall from the airport
My guide Tom was ver kind and knowlegable, he explained everything to me about the great wall and even went out of his way to help me the next day at Bejings downtown! amazing service!!! thank you so much Tom!More
Fer Villasefior, May 2023
I have never hear of this company…
I have never hear of this company before , and after reading all these reviews ,I decided to give it a try . The professionalism and communicative skill received by one of the agent , Sharon of Asia Highlights , convince me that She was the right travel agent for my trip in Asia . Very quickly she communicated with me and got all the detail of my desire vacation . Sharon made me a great itinerary with great experiences that I am dreaming to experience and I am looking forward to it . Thanks Sharon for been so great and crafting me a dream vacation with great suggestions.More
orge alvarez, May 2023
Great tour, fantastic guide!
This tour was fantastic! I loved hearing about the history of the Forbidden City and admiring the views at the Great Wall. William was a fantastic tour guide. We were a group of families with several young children, and he was very accommodating and flexible with timing and arrangements. I totally recommend this tour and William as a guide!More
Ryan Corless, May 2023
Wonderful 10 day trip in Japan!!!
Well planned trip by Alisa . Everything was well scheduled, guides and drivers were excellent!! The cars were extremely comfortable and the hotel she chose for us was beautiful!! Enjoyed planning with her she was very professional and always offered other choices.More
Lianne Stone, May 2023
Coco Yang worked tirelessly to…
From the moment I landed in Bangkok, Ms Noi Ying was there to welcome me and get me settled into my hotel. We enjoyed several days together touring Bangkok and Kanchanaburi. In Chiang Mai, Mr Ekachai took my son snd I on an amazing trip to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and to visit a community Lanna home, gardens and a hands-on cooking class preparing an authentic Thai meal. Lisa arranged a last-minute speedboat tour of 5 breathtaking islands in Phuket. From start to finish, the guides exceeded my expectations!! Thank you, Asia Highlight!! Debbie WoodsMore
Debbie Woods, May 2023
11 days trip to Japan
I am planning my trip to Japan in November with Sharon's help and she has provided amazing customer service.She is very responsive and put together very quickly an incredible plan for 11 days in Japan. She provided recommendations and made changes based on our interests and budget. She also provided information about visa restrictions and the best way to get tickets for transportation services. Thanks so much Sharon, looking forward to this trip!More
LE, May 2023
Four excellent sightseeing days in Beijing
We had wonderful four days in Beijing. The entire trip was tailored exactly to our wishes. From experiencing local food, to exploring the major sites of the city up to hiking the great wall of China. Additionally, we had two amazing guides Ina and Fan taking care of all the tickets and coordination required. Also, they could not only tell us everything about the sights we visited and give us an insight to local customs and traditions, but they did so in perfect German. The chauffeur service from Mr Chang was also excellent, getting us from A to B without any hazzle. The past couple of days were one of the most carefree trips we have had so far.More
Katha, May 2023
Family Experiences in Japan
The following itineraries have been designed to cover the highlights of Japan's unique culture, featuring child-friendly interactions. A duration of around 2 weeks allows for sufficient time to appreciate the country's most illustrious destinations at a relaxed pace.
17-Day Japan Summer Family Vacation
- Summer holiday choice
- Nature, animation sites plus educational museums and activities
2-Week Japan Private Family Vacation
- Families' choice
- Top Theme Parks of Japan, experience traditional Japanese ryokan
11-Day Classic Japan Tour
- Discovery-seeker choice
- Traditional Crafts experiences and discovery of Takayama
Japan tours by season
The following itineraries have been designed to cover most highlights of Japan's unique culture. The best duration for a first tour of Japan is 9-11 days, allowing sufficient time to appreciate the country's most illustrious cities, Tokyo and Kyoto, Kanazawa and Osaka.
10-Day Japan Cherry Blossom Mini-Group Tour 2024
- Best time in Spring
- Japan Highlights with Cherry Blossom
- Private service at group rate
8-Day Hokkaido Summer Vacation — Nature & Traditions
- Best view for Summer
- Hokkaido's wildlife & tranditional sites up close
- Fields of flowers which is a landmark of Hokkaido
8-Day West Japan Mountain & Sea Highlights Tour
- Best sites of West Japan
- Zen atmosphere at Koyasan
- Shirarahama Beach — the best beach of Kansai
9-Day Hokkaido Best Winter Tour
- Board an icebreaker ship and explore floating ice
- Observe the wildlife
- Hot-spring hotel near frozen lake
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1. What is the best time to visit Japan?
The best time to visit Japan depends on your preferences and what you want to experience. Here we have listed some factors to consider:
Japan has four distinct seasons, and each season offers different weather conditions and attractions.
- Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are generally mild and pleasant, with cherry blossoms in spring and colorful foliage in autumn.
- Summer (June to August) can be hot and humid, but it's a great time to enjoy beaches and summer festivals.
- Winter (December to February) can be cold and snowy, but it's a good time for winter sports and hot springs.
- Japan is a popular tourist destination, and some attractions can be crowded, especially during peak travel seasons. If you want to avoid crowds, consider traveling during the shoulder seasons (April to May and September to November).
Events and Festivals
- Japan has many cultural events and festivals throughout the year, such as the cherry blossom season in spring, the Gion Festival in Kyoto in July, and the Sapporo Snow Festival in winter. If you want to experience a specific event or festival, plan your trip accordingly.
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2. How much does it cost for Japan tour?
Japan is known for its high consumption level and can be expensive, especially during peak travel seasons. However, there are options for different budgets, and it's possible to find affordable accommodations, food, and transportation.
The cost of a Japan tour can vary widely depending on several factors, including the duration of the tour, the level of luxury, the time of year, and the specific activities and attractions included.
As a rough estimate, a 10-day Japan tour with mid-range accommodations, transportation, and guided tours could cost around USD 3,000 to 5,000 per person, excluding airfare. Luxury tours with high-end accommodations can cost significantly more.
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3. Are Japan guided tour worth it?
Japan guided tours can be worth it, especially for Westerners who may face language barriers and cultural differences. Here are some potential advantages to consider:
- Convenience: Guided tours often take care of transportation, accommodation, and admission tickets, which can save time and hassle.
- Local expertise: Local guides can provide valuable insights into Japanese culture, history, and customs that you may not learn on your own.
- Language support: Guides can assist with translation and communication, which can be especially helpful for travelers who don't speak Japanese.
- Educational value: Japan guided tours can be educational, especially for families with children, as guides can provide historical and cultural context to the attractions and activities.
- Safety: Having a guide can help ensure that you stay safe and avoid potential scams or dangers.
- Peace of mind: Traveling to a foreign country can be stressful, but having a guide can provide peace of mind and reduce anxiety.
Why Travel with Asia Highlights (98.8% positive customer reviews among 10,000+)
- Unique experiences tailored to your interests: Enjoy a premium trip that goes beyond the typical tourist attractions.
- Hassle-free travel and peace of mind: Every aspect of your trip will be carefully planned and organized by your 1:1 travel consultant.
- Experienced and knowledgeable guides: Your guides will be local and love to work for travelers' smiles.
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