Our Japan tours are designed and coordinated by Shoji Australia with attention to details and personalized support. Tours are accompanied by an escort who will provide you with all the information you need to understand the culture and enjoy your trip. A detailed information booklet will provide information about locations visited and a background in Japanese history and culture.
2019/2020 Current Small Group Escorted Tours
Dates: 2 to 11 November 2019
Dates: 11 to 25 November 2019
Tour 1: 19 to 28 January 2020
Dates: 18 to 27 January 2020
Dates: 29 March to 11 April 2020
Dates: 10 to 20 May 2020
We have more special interest tours coming up. Please contact us
for further information.
What people say...
Just wanted to say a big thank you for the cherry blossom tour of Japan we’ve just completed. I’m sure it was the result of your careful planning that everything went smoothly, and that every event, every landscape, every museum and national park, every cherry blossom was a highlight, and memorable in its own way. Your plans ensured we saw Japan from a wide range of perspectives and experiences. We especially appreciated the taste of traditional life.
We cannot find fault with the planning or the tour, and highly recommend that everyone should visit Japan with you at some stage, especially at cherry blossom time. We know that we were blessed with fantastic weather (even the cold day after the snow in the mountains was bracing) which meant the parks and streets were filled with colour. It was fascinating to see the Japanese out in the parks picnicking on tarpaulins, and not leaving a food scrap or wrapper behind. From a cultural perspective, most impressive was the Japanese sense of order and civility in every aspect of life, from shopping staff to train attendants, gardeners, civilians, holiday-makers, fellows tourists. We came away with a sense of the Japanese eagerness to live in a way that brings people together rather than divides.
We were also fascinated by our introduction to Zen Buddhism, which is deeply embedded in the Japanese psyche and provides one means of self-reflection. The evening meal with the meiko, or apprentice geisha, revealed another aspect of Japan’s culture that we can now reflect on. The tea ceremony was of historical interest, although our only reservation is that drinking a greenish concoction tasting like algae must be an acquired taste.
Of the many highlights staying in a ryokan, dressing in a yukata, slipping on socks and sandals and going the full naked body immersion in a hot springs was perhaps the experience one could get used to, despite initial reservations.
We could list dozens of experiences, but we’ll end by saying that dining Japanese style, eating dried fish for breakfast , travelling on trains that arrived precisely on time, crossing ravins by vine bridges, seeing Mt Fuji from every angle, encountering scarecrows in deserted villages, could not have been bettered.
We look forward to more experiences in Japan.
Dear Travelling Colleagues,
We have all had over a week to recover from our travels, unpack the cases, do the washing and resume our usual activities. However I am sure that like me you frequently pause to recall what we were seeing two weeks back or where was it that we saw castle, garden, or participated in the tea ceremony. No doubt we have all sorted the photos- or at least begun that task. It was a wonderful journey for us all and my brain at least if filled with memories, images, experiences and stories.
We would like to thank you all for making our travels together so pleasurable. We had lots of fun, all cooperated and enjoyed our time together. I think we all agree that Shoji was a great choice and we were most fortunate to be led by Jenny.
The literature and briefing in advance prepared us for the journey and each day was action packed with new experiences and things to see.
Best wishes to you all. We feel our lives to be much richer for the times shared together in Japan.
"It's taken me a few days to recover from our amazing adventure. Thank you for all your fabulous organisation and thoughtful guiding. Most of all thanks for your consideration, thoughtfulness, great sense of humour and sincere friendship. It was wonderful to share the last two weeks with you."
“What a smorgasbord of experiences! We were certainly given a unique opportunity to sample the delights that Japan has to offer. Thank you! On reflection it is amazing how many things we managed to do, see, and taste.”
“Jen, a special thank you for your leadership, patience and knowledge of Japan. Without you we would not have been able to explore as widely as we did.”
“Thank you again for creating an amazing experience that I thoroughly enjoyed and will never forget!”
"I would like to thank you for an amazing introduction into the wonder of Japan. What a diverse itinerary you provided … every day seemed to be something completely new and exciting.”
"What a magical way to tour Japan! With Shoji's insight and knowledge of where to go, what to see, how to get there and where to stay, we explored more of Japan than we thought possible. We went to places we didn't know existed and we had a REAL Japanese experience. Loved it all - thank you Shoji."
"Loved travelling in Japan. It wasn't as much of a culture shock as I thought it would be, local maps were often available in English and the subway system in the larger towns was easy to use. Really enjoyed the history and craft museums (there is a wide choice), historic buildings, especially the castles and geisha house, wandering around the historic Shirakawago and roaming the old streets with the wooden houses in Takayama, Kanazawa and Kyoto. … Travelling with someone who spoke Japanese removed the stress of not being able to communicate. The accommodation was conveniently located to transport and the sights and I loved the experience of staying in a ryokan. All in all, an experience I hope to repeat."
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We can design your own itinerary to suit your style, interests and budget.
Please see "self-guided itineraries" page for further information.