Japan Tours

Welcome to Dragonfly Tours Japan, where you will find enthralling holidays and tours in Japan brought to you by guides who are passionate about their country and want to share it with you.  In small groups (most of our Japan tours have a maximum of 8-10 people) and with a flexible schedule our escorted tours will show you the best of Japan whilst also giving you the freedom to explore this magical country by yourself.  We have tours throughout the year including incredible last minute Autumn tours to Japan in 2019 and fabulous Japan tours in spring 2020.  2020 Japan tour dates are selling fast so book now to secure your place on your chosen trip.  View 2020 Japan tour dates.

We have over 13 years’ experience in delivering incredibly enjoyable tours taking you through the best of Japan and come highly recommended from our customers – read our reviews.

Our escorted tours in Japan give you the chance to taste the freshest sushi or the potentially fatal fugu (pufferfish), pick up the latest gadget and some antique lacquer ware, soak in hot springs, see ancient temples, visit Zen gardens, explore modern cities and much more. Take in the majestic Mount Fuji on our fabulous Fuji Tour or take in our Northern Routes tour.  Read on to find out more about our selection of tours to Japan in 2020. Remember, as well as our scheduled tours, we also provide custom tours which give you flexibility over your itinerary.

The following tour(s) have been discounted for a limited period, why not grab yourself a bargain?

The cherry blossom that paints Japan in pink every April is the most powerful symbol in the nation’s culture. The intimate relationship between natural images and Japan’s philosophy and art is well known and records suggest that the people of Japan have held these pink blooms in high regard right back to the foundation of the country.
Unlike our other tours, the Northern Route Tour to Kyoto is a quick paced tour for those who want to see and experience a lot in a short period of time. We take you off the main tourist route connecting Tokyo and Kyoto making the most of the newer bullet train route running north through the rural plains and hills of Nagano.
The Ancient Highway Tour is a relaxing trip taking in four of the most popular places in Japan. The tour starts in the neon and glitz of Tokyo which makes a neat contrast with the next stop, the somewhat more traditional old capital Kamakura.
The Takayama Festival Tour is a tour of Japan with a difference. You experience the highlights of Japan such as Tokyo and Kyoto, but at the heart of this tour is the experience of the Takayama festival, unheard of by many travellers here, and experienced by fewer.
Taking in the futuristic high-rises of Tokyo, the ancient temples of Kyoto and the traditions, food and culture of an intriguing nation, this small group tour in the heartland of Japan is ideal for the first-time visitor or for anyone who wants to capture the essence of the country.
A fabulous Mount Fuji Tour. Mount Fuji is the symbol of Japan — its culture, its values; everything it represents. In times past, Fuji was the pivot of Japan’s ancient road connecting the cultural, spiritual and imperial centre of the country Kyoto with Tokyo, the traditional centre of commerce and political power.
This is a Japanese tour off the beaten track and who, like our ancestors, want to approach Japan through its historical gateway.
The Crimson Leaf tour is the perfect choice for an Autumn tour of Japan. Every year when the intense heat of the summer breaks, Japan bursts into flame with autumn colours. At autumn’s peak in November, the mountains, the forests, the urban parks and avenues are ablaze with every kind of red, orange and yellow providing a stunning backdrop for your holiday.
The Takayama Reverse Festival Tour is based upon our Takayama Festival Tour but it heads in the opposite direction with some extra tweaks along the path. You experience the highlights of Japan such as Tokyo and Kyoto, but at the heart of this tour is the experience of the Takayama festival.
Tailor made tours


Russ Hewick

Founder / Operations

Ai Hewick

Bookings / Hotels / Research

Etsuko Sakai

Guide / Translator

Mayumi Sorimachi

Guide / Translator

Kaori Sakai

Guide / Translator

Midori Fujimura

Guide / Translator


Michaela and Chris Rowlands

We have just returned from the Takayama Festival Tour. Russ and the Dragonfly team took us on a wonderful Japanese adventure, we had a marvellous time experiencing the culture, food and history. The planning was excellent from start to finish and Russ, our guide gave us great personal service. There were so many highlights, the Takayama Festival, Mt Fuji, Shirakawa- go, beautiful temples, fabulous gardens , cherry blossoms and the amazing cities of Tokyo and Kyoto. The accommodation was very good and comfortable. Staying in a traditional inn and farmhouse with authentic Japanese meals was great. We thoroughly recommend Dragonfly Tours, if you want to experience Japan in a small group with professional experienced guides and have a wonderful holiday.

Melinda Young

My partner and I went on the Cherry blossom tour in April 2019, and from beginning to end it exceeded all expectations. Japan is an amazing country, with centuries old traditions along side the ultra modern . Dragonfly tours is the ideal stress free way to experience it all. Russ made booking a breeze and his care and attention to every little detail was wonderful. The guide we had was very knowledgeable and kind . Dragonfly is the perfect way to see Japan, it's a well organised, professional tour but with the added flexibility that allows you to do your own thing if you want to. I would highly recommend seeing Japan with Dragonfly, you'll be so glad you did.

Betty McDonald

My husband and I were on the same trip as Maureen Greenland, who has provided so much info in her review. What can I add? I was rather apprehensive to book with a small company, unknown to me or any of my traveller friends. I had lots of questions for Russ, including financial arrangements and insurance. He answered my questions promptly and in a very honest and straightforward manner. The tour seemed to fit our desires - a small group (only 10 in our group), using various forms of public transport and staying in some traditional accommodation, so we booked. Did it meet our expectations? Absolutely ....... and more! It was all very well organised from start to finish and we felt we got an authentic view of Japan. We had a great time! Book with confidence.

Maureen Greenland

A brilliant holiday! How did we manage to see so much, yet at a manageable pace? Our group of ten was led by first Yuki, then Russ, both excellent guides with local and historical knowledge. The highlights for me were: the ancient magnificent Takayama floats - tall, red and highly decorated with carvings and lanterns; sleeping on the floor in the traditional house in the hill village - good home-cooked Japanese food there too, beautifully presented; watching a surprise concert practice in the dark village - dancing with coolie hats! gardens - the Japanese love their trees. (Buddhist Zen gardens with their raked gravel are something different.); wallowing in the hot spring water (naked, but single-sex, indoors and civilised!) a weird and wonderful stage show of music, dancing and little dramas, as well as flower arranging and tea making; learning to play the taiko drums - energetic and fun! the comfort and efficiency of the bullet train, and a bonus glimpse of Mount Fuji as we sped back to Tokyo; painted temples, mystifying shrines, and beautiful places galore....... It was all so well organised, to give us a varied and exciting holiday, full of interest and food for thought. Thank you, Russ.

Dragonfly Tours Japan

We have a fantastic collection of tours to Japan in 2020 which deliver the ultimate experience of this fascinating country and will leave you with treasured memories of the most amazing holiday experience. Our tours in Japan have been carefully planned and refined over the last 13 years so you get to see more of the historical sites, take in more of the beautiful scenery and soak up more of the culture of some of the best cities in the world.  Browse our site to see what we have to offer.

Japan Tours with Local Guides

Our tours in Japan are undertaken with local guides who have a wealth of knowledge about living and travelling in Japan. This knowledge, experience and passion enables our guests to get more out of their visit seeing sights and experiencing the very best things that are often missed on tours to Japan that are packaged by bulk operators.

Japan Tour Experts

We only provide tours to Japan, we don’t do tours anywhere else. We have 13 years’ experience in guided tours to Japan which we continually refine through traveller feedback and our local knowledge of the destinations in Japan.

Tailor Made Japan

Book a tailor made tour to Japan with Dragonfly Tours and experience this enchanting country at your own speed. Our tailor made tours are for groups of any size, for any time of year and any duration and give you flexibility and control over your itinerary. 

Safe, Secure and Full Financial Protection

You are in safe hands when you book a tour with us.  As members of the Travel Trust Association (TTA) since 2009, all monies paid are 100% secured and guaranteed in the unlikely event of failure.  This coverage is worldwide, no matter which country you are from; or where you live.  Our member number is U6165.

If you would like to find out more about our Japan tours please get in touch and we will answer any queries you may have.  Our tours can be booked online or over the phone.