Why visit Japan with Contiki

Authentic experiences

Shrines to sushi making. Steaming springs to streams of tea. Our expert Trip Managers will show you everything Japan is known for, and so much more.  

All the seasonal delights

Cherry blossoms? Check. Skiing in the winter? Yep. Summery cities? You bet. On our Japan trips for 18-35s, you’ll get the best of your chosen season.

Travel in style

We’ll sort you out with bullet train tix for a once-in-a-lifetime transport experience. (And you might catch a glimpse of the majestic Mt Fuji on the way too!).


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Japan tour reviews

Amazing trip with knowledgeable leader, Ken. I could never see the things I saw if I had to plan it myself.  

- Troy Maphis, Japan Unrivalled 

I loved not only having structured activities in each city but also our guide Jasmine provided recommendations for our free time as well. It was a great way to kick off our trip to Japan! 

- Corey Prescott, Japan In A Week 

I’ve been waiting for this trip for so many years and it finally happened. It was lovely and the experience has made me want to move to Japan. [...] 

- Marisol Santoyo, Japan Winter Wonder 

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Frequently asked questions about Japan

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When is the best time to visit Japan?

Japan really is magical all year round (how lucky are we?). So, the best time to visit really depends on what you’re looking for. Want to spot Mt Fuji? Then visit Japan in June or July for those crystal clear views (and we highly recommend sticking around for the firework festivals too!) 

If you wanna catch Japan in all its winter glory and ski down those spectacular slopes - book our Japan Winter Wonder trip between November and March. And if colourful cherry blossoms are what you’re looking for, then visit Japan in April or May.  

What is the currency used in Japan?

The currency (that can buy you some unbeatable authentic sushi) in Japan is the Japanese Yen (¥).  

Do I need a visa to travel to Japan?

Generally not. Most of our travellers can get a visa on arrival in Japan. But your visa requirements can change according to your citizenship (and also according to the length and purpose of your visit). We always recommend that you check out our visa guide for more information.  

What should I pack for a trip to Japan?

Here during the summer? Dress for comfort first! You’ll be most comfortable in loose-fitted clothes, made from a light and breathable fabric. Winter in Japan can be as cool as 1-7°C, so you may want to bring some warm clothes if you’re here between October and April. Good walking shoes are essential too.  

Pro-tip: Get an empty notebook with you. You can collect free Eki stamps at some railway stations! 

How many days do I need in Japan?

Depends on what you wanna do. Generally, you’ll be able to hit all the hotspots and more in less than 15 days. But if you haven’t got too much, we’ve got an awesome Japan in a Week trip for that!

What is the tipping etiquette in Japan?

Tipping is generally not accepted in Japan. So even if you really enjoyed the food and service (which you will, we’re in Japan after all), you might not be able to leave a tip. In fact, you’ll most likely pay for your food upfront in a lot of restaurants.  

Japanese hospitality workers have been known to turn tips down. And the same goes for bus and taxi rides. If you’re given your change using a tray, it might not be an indication to leave a tip (as it might be in other countries.) Having said that, tipping is slowly becoming more common within the tourism industry, and most restaurants will add a service charge. This will usually be to the value of 10-15% of your bill.  

What is ATM access like in Japan?

Excellent. You’ll find that ATMs are not only easily available, but also come with English & Chinese translation.  

Can I pay by card in Japan?

Most restaurants and shops in Japan accept popular debit and credit cards. But make sure to get some cash with you for the shrines. Or if you’re visiting a rural area.  

Is tap water safe to drink in Japan?

Yup. Japan has high-quality tap water in parks, gardens, and even public bathrooms. So, drink away! 

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