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Japan Group Tours
Uncover the highlights of Japan with our budget-friendly, backpacking adventure trips for the young and the young at heart. The country is famed for its neon-lit metropolises and its quirky subcultures but our Japan group tours uncover the whole country: from the cities to the beautiful countryside, with its shrines, temples and endless hiking trails.
About our Japan Group Tours
The Japanese are well known for not littering, and that’s something we ask you abide by – but that’s not where ‘sustainable travel’ ends for us. We use public transport, stay in small hostels and ensure we work closely with the local communities.
The Adventure Leaders
Your Japan guide will be a local expert, leading you through fascinating, budget friendly, authentic experiences. Adventure Leaders have the passion and knowledge to ensure that they can help you have a great time.
Each trip is different, but our travelers come from all over the world and from every background. Before your Japan group trip why not connect with fellow Dragon Trippers or meet people on The Dragon Trip Facebook page.
Reviews of our Japan Trips
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13-Day Budget Japan Tour
This was my first big trip on my own, as well as the first time I went to Asia. The 13 day Japan tour that Dragon Trip offer is a brilliant introduction to the weird and wacky, as well as the more traditional side. Everything was brilliantly planned, with time to plan slight detours inbetween.
13-Day Budget Japan Tour
The best trip I’ve ever booked! The group was just amazing and the guide was the nicest and most informed one I’ve ever met (thanks, Juno – you’ve made this trip special).
13-day Budget Japan Tour
Chipa made our trip so much fun, he gave so much inside informations and helped us in every situation. He also helped us to find vegetarian options and vegetarian restaurants which can be a bit tricky sometimes. We got to see so much during this trip and tried so much different activities that we probably would have never tried otherwise.
13-Day Budget Japan Tour
I really enjoyed the trip. I visited really nice places, the rest of the group were amazing fun to be around, and the tour guide was amazing at ensuring we were always on time…
Travel the real Japan
Our Japan tours take you to the country’s iconic destinations – but with a little bit of a twist. Rather than strolling and staring at the country’s glorious monuments (which we’ll do a bit of), we’ll take you behind the scenes of this mystifying culture – introducing you to the art of calligraphy, the tempo of taiko drumming and helping you discover the stillness that comes with a zazen (sitting meditation) session amidst the country’s magnificent mountain scenery. Our hands-on experiences will give you more to take home than just the souvenirs – although, we’ll admit, it’s worth making backpack space for a few boxes of wacky flavoured KitKats.
About our Japan Tours
Japan has four distinct seasons and is a great place to travel to year-round. Spring is the most popular time to visit owing to the famous wave of blooming sakura, (cherry blossom trees) that spreads from the south to the north of the country between February and April. We’d recommend autumn, when the weather is mild and Japan’s forests turn beautiful shades of red and gold.
Japan is famous for its first-rate transport and while travelling on one of our tours, you’ll experience local and subway trains as well as the iconic shinkansen bullet trains. Clean, efficient and with stations that are easy for foreigners to navigate, you’ll find that the system has a good rep for a reason.
If you have a bit of budget to spare, taxis in Japan are also excellent and quite reasonably priced – be sure to keep clear of the automatic doors when one pulls up!
We offer accommodation in clean, safe and comfortable hostels and guesthouses throughout our Japan trip. Dorm rooms are included in the price of our trip but the option to upgrade to a single or double room is also available – just let us know when you come to booking. While staying in the hot spring resort town of Hakone, you’ll have the chance to experience a ryokan, traditional Japanese inn, complete with its own onsen hot spring bath.
If you are a fan of raw fish, you’re in for a real treat, but it’s also important to note that Japanese cuisine is a lot more than just sushi. Dishes such as crisp and delicate tempura, succulent yakitori and steaming umami-rich bowls of ramen and udon noodles, mean that there really is something for everyone.
In recent years, Japan has also started to improve in terms of vegetarian and vegan cuisine, with speciality restaurants popping up all over the major cities. There’s also shojin-ryouri, food traditionally eaten by Buddhist monks, who keep to a strict vegetarian diet.
For meals on a budget, head to one of the ubiquitous konbini, convenience stores. You’ll find a great selection of cheap sandwiches, snacks, desserts and onigiri (rice balls) and the quality is surprisingly good.
If you’re travelling from the UK, the US or from any EU country, you won’t need to obtain a visa before you visit Japan. If you’re travelling from elsewhere, let us know and we can advise you on whether you will need to apply for a visa in advance of travel.
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