Start dreaming about your next holiday to Japan now!

Start dreaming about your next holiday to Japan now!



Journey to the East is a Specialist in tours of Japan. We have been delivering highly personalised authentic experiences in Small Group Tours and customised Private Tours for the past 8 years. Your best choice for Japan travel in 2021 and 2022!

Japan COVID-19 Update

For the latest COVID-19 information in Japan please visit JNTO website Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory Information.


Journey to the East current cancellation policy under COVID-19


For a limited time only, we are offering an additional cancellation and rebooking option to our Small Group Tour customers. If our Small Group Tour is unable to proceed due to government travel restrictions (Japan or your home country), you will receive a discount of the equivalent value to your deposit on a future tour of your choice.

Find out more.

Latest News

January 2021 Happy New Year to our fellow travellers in waiting! We have just released our 2022 Cherry Blossom Tours and some of them are already sold out! Leave your details through Contact Us to be notified when we release more 2022 tours throughout the year.

October 2020

The date of our 2021 Food Tour of Hokkaido, Japan has changed and note it is on September 2021. It is an early autumn in Hokkaido and a great time to travel. The tour will be joined by Journey to the East directors Col Beardmore and Yuki Takano. Read more.
October 2020 Missing Japanese food? Why not cook for yourself? We have easy to make Japanese food recipes in our blog below.


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Message from Journey to the East team

How are you all doing? It's been a tough few months for everyone.

We would like to convey our heartfelt thank-you to those of you who sent us warm and kind messages. Col, Yuki, Ritsuko, Angus, Sachi and our staff in Japan are all well, and still here ready to serve you as soon as travel to Japan restarts. We have been using this downtime to improve our internal system, creating more exciting tours and enhancing our website. Now more than ever, we are the tour operator of choice when it comes to creating the holiday of life time in Japan.

Journey to the East team - Japan Travel Specialist

"I just wanted to let you know that, while you probably are not doing many bookings, the memories of your wonderful trips are living long after. If you are in contact with any of your fantastic guides and employees in Japan, please pass on our Australian best wishes. Fond regards, Ian and Robyn Mitchell" 

"Keep well and safe. We send our very best to you all and will certainly be in touch again very soon, once this situation is under more control. Take care, Michael and Laurie" 

"Was just wondering about Journey to the East and how your travel business is doing... and what might happen to our March 2021 tour if this goes on and on.  Hope you are doing well and are healthy and safe.. take care, Linda and Geoff"

Five reasons why you will choose Journey to the East

for your post COVID-19 travel

Reason No. 1 - Extra small group tour size

The group size of our Japan tours has always been extra small, typically only 8 guests . Not only does  this allows to give you intimate and boutique experiences, in the post COVID-19, but it will also mean more safety and care. Read more.

Reason No. 2 - Knowledgeable Japan travel specialist

Our biggest strength is breadth and depth of our knowledge of Japan. Our staff have personally walked (and usually stayed at) all our destinations, and have met our suppliers from Hokkaido to Okinawa. Using this knowledge, all our tours are carefully crafted to give you most authentic and memorable experiences. Our unique Japan tours take advantage of local and seasonal features. This means we can create safe yet, off-the-beaten-path, efficient tours offering greater value for your money. Read more.

Reason No. 3 - All tours directly managed

You can feel secure and comfortable that your tour is directly managed by Journey to the East. We do not use layers of subcontractors and DMCs. Journey to the East researches, develops, arranges and delivers all our tours. We directly communicate with all our customers and suppliers. This means  swift and accurate communication as well as saving you time and money. Read more.

Reason No. 4 - Tours with unique experiences 

Over the years, we have established relationships with many local experts and colorful characters who are willing to interact with our customers. Our customers have unique access to these friends and gain insights of real life in Japan. Read more.

Reason No. 5 - Secure and well supported tours

We are ATAS accredited and all our Japan tours are attended by Japanese government qualified tour guides. We also have our own staff in Japan tracking every detail of your tour. You will be provided with  comprehensive handbook and very detailed itineraries. In short, we remove every possible travel stress from your experience by ensuring you’re properly briefed and well supported. Read more.

Had a fabulous time with a great group of people. I loved the country, the culture, the people and everything about the tour – hope to do another tour with JTTE – maybe Hokkaido or Kyushu next time

Vivien Hewitt, Western Australia

 This was my first trip with JTTE and already I am looking at the program for next year thinking about another one. I liked the fact that it was a small group, the organisation was spot on and the food everywhere was outstanding.

Dee Mason – NSW Australia


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Japanese home cooking recipes vol.4 – Tempura

Tempura must be one of the most well-known Japanese dishes. It feels so special to sit at the counter of a tempura restaurant to watch a skilled chef frying away crisp fresh tempura in front of you. However, it is also surprisingly easy to make it at home. It is delicious and morish. Why not…

Christmas illumination in Roppongi Japan

Christmas and New Year in Japan

Hove you ever wondered how Christmas and New Year are celebrated in Japan? As the city transitions from autumn into winter, millions of colourful illuminations are displayed everywhere in Japan, turning whole country into a sparkling magical world during the Christmas season! Fresh cold air and clear winter sky, the festive season somehow makes us…

Journey to the East, book cover of The Roads to Sata, recommended books on Japan

Recommended books on Japan

As a keen traveller, you may enjoy reading up on a particular place before visiting there to get a feel for the country. It not only helps you gain the knowledge of the country and make the trip more meaningful, but also let the anticipation grow making the pre-trip preparation more enjoyable. Here are some…

Our Travel Style

At Journey to the East we are committed to providing authentic, small group tours to Japan – whether standard tours or custom-built for private groups. Our travel style is to immerse you in the culture and landscape of the country and expose you to a rich variety of unique experiences.

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