Japan Tours from Australia

Japan is a land of beautiful contrasts. Fast-paced cities and tranquil temples. Slow and studied tea ceremonies and super-fast bullet trains. Cutting edge fashion and kimono-clad geishas. Japan blends the ancient with the ultra-modern, creating a rich cultural fusion with a futuristic attitude. A tour of Japan will get you right amongst both sides of this slightly crazy dichotomy.

 

Japan's delicate and delicious cuisine makes any Japan tour a food tour – you will be awed by the restrained and delicate flavours and perfect presentation of every morsel. As well as culture, there is an abundance of natural wonders to be discovered – a Japan adventure tour will take you to mountain tops, coral reefs and beautiful wilderness.

 

At My Adventure Travel, we have put together a range of tours of Japan from Australia that showcase the best of this country – from the cherry blossoms and temples to the neon-lit streets. Explore our range of Japan tours below and get in touch with one of our experienced consultants to start planning your perfect Japan adventure tour.

Things to do in Japan

  • 1Focus on the here-and-now in a traditional tea ceremony
  • 2 Check out the latest crazy teenage fashion trends at Harajuku
  • 3Stay in a ryokan and soak in a hot-spring-fed onsen
  • 4Eat sushi fresh off the boat at Tsukiji Fish Market
  • 5Hit the world-class, powdery ski slopes of Hakuba

Popular Cities & Places to Visit in Japan

Japan Must See

  • Wander the Old Town of Takayama and sample local sake at a boutique brewery.
  • Visit what may be Japan's most beautiful sight – a Shinto shrine on an island near Hiroshima.
  • Explore Tokyo at night – hit the neon-lit streets, shop from vending machines and sing up a karaoke storm.
  • Stroll along the peaceful 'Path of Philosophy' in the cultural city of Kyoto.
  • Admire the perfect beauty of Mt Fuji from a speeding bullet train.

Experiences in Japan

However you want to explore this amazing country, we have a Japan tour that will suit you. If you are keen to discover the traditional culture and history of Japan, take a cultural tour and visit the shrines of Tokyo, soak in an onsen in Kyoto and explore a traditional samurai village.

If you want to get active, a Japan adventure tour might take you hiking along the Kumado Kodo, kayaking in Ago Bay or skiing at Habuka.  A cycling tour of Japan will see you riding to visit monuments and taking to the backroads to appreciate daily Japanese life in rural areas. 

You can travel the highlights of Japan with the kids on a family tour, or take a food tour of Japan to learn some of the traditional techniques behind this unique cuisine. However you want to discover this amazing country, we have a range of the best Japan tours to suit you.

Food Tours

With a culinary history that stretches back centuries and a respected tradition of careful and considered food preparation, a food tour of Japan is packed with world-class deliciousness.

Cultural Tours

Join a tea ceremony in Kyoto, visit shrines in Nikko, discover the ancient art of the Samurai – there are so many aspects to Japanese culture to explore on a tour of Japan.

Family Tours

Explore beautiful gardens and shrines, take a bullet train, visit Mt Fuji, shop at vending machines and learn to cook noodles – the kids will love a family tour of Japan.

Cherry Blossom Tours

Take a Japan tour during the beautiful cherry blossom season and embrace the local traditions – including joining a traditional Hanami (flower viewing) lunch.

Active Tours

With incredible skiing, hiking and kayaking, we have a range of Japan adventure tours to fulfil the most active adventurer.

City Hop Tours

If you just want to city hop from Tokyo to Osaka to Kyoto, choose a Japan tour that visit the cultural highlights of the cities and links them together by bullet train.

In-Depth Tours

If you want a comprehensive Japan tour choose a trip that tours Japan from top to bottom, island hopping through this beautiful country.

Cycling Tours

Jump on a bike and pedal your way through the backroads and beautiful villages of this country as your cycling adventure tours Japan.

 

Feel on top of the world and climb the impressive Mt Fuji.

Before you travel to Japan

Before embarking on an overseas adventure to Japan, brushing up on your general knowledge will make your Japan tour a whole lot easier. From knowing what currency is used and what timezone you’re in, to the local customs and weather to expect, we’ve got you sorted below:

Japan facts for travellers

Currency

Japanese Yen

Money Exchange

Cash is favoured across the country, particularly in small businesses, smaller towns and rural areas. ATMs for cash withdrawal are available in the cities – the ATMs at post offices, 7-Eleven stores and airports are the best bet for accepting foreign cards. Credit cards are accepted in larger establishments like hotels, department stores and supermarkets.

Language

Japanese. There are also several regional and minority languages spoken by a relatively small number of people. Japanese tour leaders and many people involved in the tourism industry speak English.

Time Zone

GMT/UTC +9

Electricity

Sockets are mostly 100 volts AC, 50 Hz or 60 Hz. Most sockets accept plugs with two flat pins.

Travel Immunisations

Check that your immunisations are up to date before travel. Check with your doctor or travellers' medical centre for specific advice for your Japan tour.

Weather in Japan

Japan has a distinct seasonal climate. Summer, from June to August, tends to be hot and wet. Autumn, from September to November, is mild and pleasant (although it is monsoon season in southern Japan). Winter, from December to February, can be quite cold with snowfall in the north. Spring, from March to May, is warm and fine.

The best time to visit Japan

The best time to visit Japan is between October and May. Of course, it is a large country and the best time does depend on where you want to travel in Japan, but between October and May temperatures are generally mild and rainfall is low. With the cherry blossoms blooming in Spring (March to May) and the rich colours of the leaves in Autumn (September to November), these two seasons are the most beautiful times of year to visit Japan. Winter (December to February) is the best time to take skiing Japan tours.

Weather in Tokyo – Average Temperature and Rainfall

Winter – December to February – cool and dry

  • Daily high temperature: between 8 and 11 degrees.
  • Days with rain per month: between 9 and 11 days.

Spring – March to May – becoming warmer

  • Daily high temperature: between 12 and 21 degrees.
  • Days with rain per month: between 16 and 17 days.

Summer – June to August – hot and wet

  • Daily high temperature: between 24 and 29 degrees.
  • Days with rain per month: between 17 and 20 days.

Autumn – September to November – becoming cooler

  • Daily high temperature: between 15 and 26 degrees.
  • Days with rain per month: between 12 and 20 days.

Japanese Food and Drinks

Japanese food has travelled around the world, so many dishes will be familiar on a tour of Japan. The staples are rice and noodles which are combined with flavours that are delicate and pure, with an emphasis on tasting the individual ingredients.

If food is your thing, consider taking a food tour of Japan, where you'll visit markets, find out about local ingredients and learn to cook traditional dishes. Classic Japanese dishes that you will no doubt sample on any tour of Japan include:

  • Ramen – an inexpensive noodle soup that is one of the most popular dishes in Japan.
  • Yakitori – grilled, marinated chicken skewers.
  • Sashimi – carefully prepared thin slices of raw meat, most often fish.
  • Okonomiyaki – a pancake made with cabbage served with a variety of toppings.
  • Donburi – meat, fish or vegetables and other ingredients served over a bowl of rice.

Shopping in Japan

Japan has no shortage of shopping malls and shopping neighbourhoods. From crazy gadgets to tiny ornaments to extreme fashion, Japan has something slightly wacky for everyone. More traditional tourist souvenirs are often sold near the entrances to shrines and temples.

Japanese travel souvenirs and local handicrafts include:

  • Yukata – a casual summer printed robe similar to a kimono.
  • Koinobori – the colourful carp-shaped wind-sock-style flags.
  • Tenugui – a piece of printed fabric that can be used as a hand towel or head scarf.
  • Sensu – traditional Japanese fans made of wood and printed fabric.

Japanese Customs and Etiquette

When travelling to any country, it is important to respect local customs. As a general rule of thumb, if you are not sure what is appropriate, observe what locals are doing and modify your behaviour to suit. 

Greetings in Japan are done with a bow, which is done from the waist with a straight back. Bow politely when meeting or parting or when saying thank you, apologising or asking for a favour. General guidelines for etiquette while you are on a tour of Japan include:

  • Shoes are often removed when moving indoors. A shoe shelf by the door indicates that there are no shoes indoors. Expect a lot of shoe removal and always wear decent socks.
  • Dress conservatively and behave quietly and respectfully when visiting temples and shrines.
  • Avoid talking on your phone in public where possible.
  • Don't blow your nose in public.

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