Japan Escorted Tours

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Let us capture your imagination on a journey through the heart of Japan, where modern-life co-exists with time-honoured rituals and ancient samurai tales intertwine with present-day sumo competitions.

From the neon-lit skylines of Shibuya to the ancient craftsmanship on display in Nara, history that is never to be forgotten can be found generously scattered across the country. Japan is yours to explore, passing the snow-capped Fuji-san on the shinkansen or taking a cable car ride across Ōwakudani, where the volcanic valley causes the landscape to change colour beneath you.

At Scenic, we carefully handpick each and every unforgettable excursion so that you can enjoy the illustrious landscapes and temporary nature of this charming country; where hanami (flower-viewing) during cherry blossom season and momijigari (autumn-leaf hunting) are just two ways in which this fleeting beauty is celebrated. Handpicked luxurious experiences are just one of the ways we set the standard for 5-star luxury touring in Japan.

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5-star Luxury Inclusions 

With Scenic, the perks and privileges come included. Enjoy a full range of luxurious benefits that will enhance your experience throughout your journey.
  • Scenic Enrich
    Fully-inclusive, exclusive and unique, Scenic Enrich takes you behind-the-scenes to experience moments inaccessible to the ordinary traveller.
  • Scenic Freechoice
    With our Scenic Freechoice program, you will have every opportunity to choose from a vast range of excursions and dining experiences.
  • World-Class Hotels
    Our hotels are selected for their location and character, to ensure your stay is truly reflective of the destination surrounding you.
  • Rail
    You can look forward to state-of-the-art rail travel on board some of the world’s fastest trains, including the Shinkansen bullet train.
  • Sundowners
    Indulge in a glass of champagne and canapés overlooking some of the world’s most iconic landscapes and monuments as the sun sets.
  • Travel Tailored to You
    Enjoy complete peace-of-mind when you tour with Scenic because all of your travel is taken care of.

Extraordinary Experiences

We have carefully curated a series of unique and exclusive experiences that will make your time in Japan truly unforgettable.
Our Scenic Enrich experiences are all-inclusive and exclusive, having been carefully selected to take you behind the scenes for encounters that are simply inaccessible to the ordinary traveller, while still being included in the price you pay. Our Scenic Freechoice daily excursions will enable you to tailor your trip, where the opportunity to wander through the historical time capsule that is Tondabayashi Janaimachi will shed light on the history of the country and dining with a maiko will teach you about the art of omotenashi, or Japanese hospitality.

Here is a small selection of the Scenic Enrich and Scenic Freechoice activities that we feature in Japan:

Scenic Enrich

  • Immerse yourself in Japanese cuisine with the help of a skilful chef, as you prepare your own sushi for lunch after visiting the famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.
  • Partake in a tea ceremony in Kanagawa, where you will see how matcha (green tea) is ceremoniously prepared and indulge in authentic treats, all while wearing a traditional Japanese kimono.
  • Learn about the history behind the making of origami cranes at Hiroshima’s Peace Park before creating your own donation in Orizuru Tower, overlooking the Atomic Bomb Dome.
  • Visit Gion, Kyoto’s most famous geisha district, for an exclusive dinner with a maiko, who will teach you about her life as an apprentice geisha and the ancient traditions she follows. 

Scenic Freechoice

  • Gracing the slope of the sacred Mount Inari, marvel in the beauty that is Fushimi Inari-taisha, featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha and home to more than 10,000 vermillion torii gates.
  • Visit the Silver Pavilion (Ginkaku-ji) in Kyoto before taking to the serene path of the Philosopher’s Walk, one of the best spots in the city for viewing the changing seasons.
  • Enjoy the seasonal flowers of Shinjuku Gyoen as we make our way through one of the most beautiful parts of Tokyo. Afterwards, visit shopping and entertainment districts in the ward.
  • Discover the beautiful Maizuru Park during your time in Fukuoka, enjoying vantage points and charming castle ruins, before venturing up Fukuoka Tower for panoramic views of the city. 

World Class Hotels & Special Stays

In Japan, you can look forward to accommodation that warmly welcomes you, mirroring the unique aesthetic of this captivating country while your destination is on your doorstep.
At Scenic, we have handpicked all of the accommodation we feature to ensure that our guests experience the best hotels in the best locations. From grand city centre properties to mountainous hideaways that deliver the scenery this country is famous for, there’s nothing quite like checking into a spectacular hotel and knowing that it has been chosen for you.

You will stay in remarkable properties that have been handpicked because they offer a unique experience that balances luxury, location and first-class facilities. We can safely say there’s nothing ordinary about any of these hotels. What’s more, all of our Special Stays are included in your itinerary.
  • Conrad Tokyo SS
    Situated right in the heart of Tokyo, Conrad excellence meets modern design traits in the Conrad Tokyo. With panoramic views of the stunning metropolis surrounds, this hotel offers a truly luxurious experience.
  • Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk SS
    Overlooking the city of Fukuoka and the charming bay, this luxurious hotel is just a short stroll away from the entertainment and shopping districts.
  • Hotel de Yama, Hakone
    Situated in the heart of Osaka, the Hilton Osaka offers modern amenities, large windows and beautiful views over the city.
  • Hotel de Yama, Hakone
    Offering luxurious views of Lake Ashinoko from all guest rooms, this classical resort style hotel features beautiful gardens and a traditional onsen hot spring bath.
  • Westin Nagoya Castle, Nagoya
    Reflect on Japan’s feudal history as you view Nagoya Castle from the comforts of your room at Westin Nagoya Castle.

Rail

Whether you’re luxuriously cutting through incredible landscapes and some of Japan’s most vibrant cities or experiencing speeds you never thought possible, you’re sure to never forget rail travel like this.
Considered as a representation of modern Japanese culture, reaching speeds of almost 200 miles per hour, the Shinkansen, or bullet train, offers an experience unlike any other. Safe, spacious and quiet, you’ll travel in the Green Car, comparable to that of Business Class. This incredible railway system spans from Hakodate on the island of Hokkaido, to Kagoshima on the southern shore of Kyushu.
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Travel tailored to you

Airlines you can count on
Flexibility is key when it comes to travel arrangements, which is why we offer a choice of flights from a range of established airlines. We only use the best airlines to ensure your long-haul journey is stress-free. Departing from a number of UK airports, we aim to provide a seamless journey that is one of complete luxury and comfort.

The personal touch
Travel in small groups of no more than 24 guests, so you’ll enjoy an intimate travel experience. We will personally greet you in the airport and arrange your transport to your hotel when you land in Japan. And, at the end of your escorted tour with us, we will transfer you to the airport and make sure that your return journey is just as luxurious as your arrival.
 
Travel in style
Whether you’re travelling by road or rail during your time in Japan, your transport will be First Class (Green Class on the Shinkansen) or luxury standard. That includes special luxury coaches. Likewise, no effort has been spared to ensure that the best touring options are available to you as you travel through Japan.


Local knowledge

Our knowledgeable local guides, experts and Scenic tour directors are featured across all of our escorted tours because we truly believe that nobody knows an area as well as someone who calls it home. All of our experienced Japanese and English-speaking guides are able to give you a real view of their world as you immerse yourself in the history and culture of this beautiful region, leaving you able to discover the secrets that hide there.

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Terms and conditions: FREE Business Class Flight Upgrade‡ is valid one way only, on our 21-day Grand China and 28-day Amazing China 2019/20 itineraries. Offer is available on qualifying flights and upgrades are subject to availability. Supplements may apply if travelling on non-specified routes and from regional departure points. Upgrades are non-transferable and no cash or credit alternative will be offered. The promotion has no cash value. Business Class offer can be removed at any time. 
≈£99 Business Class flight offer is one-way only and strictly subject to availability. Scenic cannot guarantee the airline or the sector for upgrade until time of booking. Valid on 2019/20 Southeast Asia river cruises only departing from June 2019 to May 2020. Guaranteed savings of £200pp are included in the price advertised.
*FREE cabin upgrade on board the Yangzi Explorer is subject to availability. 
^Private door-to-door chauffeur transfers are complimentary within 75 miles of an airport where flights are available from. For guests who live outside of 75 miles, an additional supplement of £2.00 per mile will be charged. Loyalty members who already receive this benefit will receive an additional discount. 
Offers can be withdrawn at any time and are only applicable to residents of the UK. Full itineraries and booking conditions can be found at scenic.co.uk/terms-and-conditions. Offers are applicable from 12 June 2019 until 31 August 2019. From prices include the additional £100 per person saving.