Japan Tours, Gap Year & Backpacking Trips
Japan is a country with a unique ancient culture and tradition, bustling cities, scenic landscapes, tasty cuisine and new technology which will make you think you have been living in the dark ages. Search incredible trips and experiences if you would like to travel, go backpacking or take a gap year in Japan.
Activities, Trips, Tours & Things to Do in Japan
Find the best small group tours, travel experiences, affordable backpacking adventures & gap year programs in Japan.
Travel to Japan
Travel to Japan with One World 365 and search our amazing group tours, backpacking and gap year programs where you will get to learn more Japan, immerse yourself in the culture, explore bustling cities and see spectacular sights.
On our Japan directory you can also view travel tips and advice on our guide including tips for places to go, the best packages available and get information about costs, accommodation, transport and health and safety.
- Population: 128,000,000
- Capital: Tokoyo
- Area: 377,000 km2
- Country Code: +81
- Currency: Japanese Yen
- Language: It will be a challenge to read a newspaper in this country, the text is very difficult to understand if you have no previous knowledge of the language but we highly recommend learning a few basic words and phrases which will really impress the locals. You might be surprised that not many local people speak English and so taking a phrase book is a good idea, or you might want to view our guide to learning Japanese in Japan.
- Culture: Please read about local laws and customs, this is a very unique destination where most of the population are Buddhist so please be respectful of their culture. Before arriving it is also recommended to get money exchanged into the Japanese currency - Yen and also try to arrange a airport pick up - arriving jet lagged can be a confusing experience.
Top Reasons Visit Japan
There are so many reasons why you should book a flight to Japan including:
- Experience a different culture
- Sample the local food and drink
- Use state of the art modern technology
- Explore huge megacities
- Learn about the local people and history
- Visit ancient temples
- See spectacular scenery and countryside
- Totally different to other destinations in the Far East like China and Korea
Travelling & Backpacking in Japan
If the thought of going travelling in Japan you are ot alone, millions of tourists visit every year and on our travel packages you will get an authentic experience like no other. This country will provide you with one of the biggest culture shocks of your life, from the moment you arrive you will notice how different things are compared to anywhere else you have been in your life. Tokyo is one of the worlds great cities where you can go shopping in Shibiuya, visit ancient temples, walk to mount Fuji or sample Japan's national sport - sumo wrestling.
Expect one of most developed nations in the world with new technology, bustling metropolises and also more tranquil locations out of the big cities. There are so many places you might want to visit in Japan so its important to do lots of research before departing. We highly seeing Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Himeji Castle, Kyoto, Mount Tanigawa and Osaka. You will get to immerse yourself in the local culture, sample the very best local food and get an authentic experience.
In Tokyo, discover a capital city hurtling headlong into the future as the crux of the latest trends, hippest fashions and must-have gadgets. And in Osaka, the country’s second city, uncover trendy restaurants, cool bars and unrivalled nightlife amongst the city's skyscrapers. In the culturally rich city of Kyoto, sacred shrines can be found tucked in among shopping arcades, time-honoured tea houses nestle among modern businesses and the traditional Geisha can be found in the historic Gion district.
Travelling in Japan which will be an incredible experience, here are some of the top places to add to your itinerary:
Gap Year in Japan
Are you considering taking a gap year in Japan? This is definately a country to visit if you are looking for a culture shock from the language, food, entertainment and facilities. There are lots of gap year jobs and programs in places like Tokyo and Kyoto, search options and book your experience today.
When planning gap years in Asia a lot of people take the easy option and join gap years to Thailand but possibly you like eating Japanese food like sushi or maybe you just want to visit somewhere totally different and experience things like an electronic toilet - you will not be bored or disappointed in Japan.
We highly recommend you seek out culture and visit temples or learn about the history of the nation. There are also lots of old ruins to check out which are in total contrast to the huge cities. If you get the chance try to visit a local entertainment arcade, see a live Sumo wrestling contest, visiting an onsen or watching some J-Pop live or on television, this is a popular form of music which young people in Japan love.
If you enjoy shopping head to Shibuya in Tokyo where there are hundreds of shops whilst Yokohama is great day trip destination from Tokyo and has a fantastic theme park. During August there are lots of music festivals but this time of the year is very hot so pack light clothing & drink lots of water. Transportation can be one of your biggest costs in Japan but there is the option to buy a J pass for the railway before you depart, this will save you money. Also Japanese people do not accept tips.
Most international flights arrive Tokyo which is a concrete metropolsis full of life and things to do. Tokyo is the most popular destination for visitors and when it comes to budgeting and trying to save money, aim to book most things well in advance like flights, accommodation, transport and things to do. In a city like Tokyo you could just explore and wander the streets, go shopping or get lost - this adds to the fun! From the capital you can travel quickly and safely throughout the country on their fast train service or via bus or overland trip.
Best Gap Year Programs in Japan
- Help with gaining a visa
- Group flights
- Airport pick up and orientation
- Job hunting advice and placements both prior to arrival and in country
- Language and cultural lessons
Tours in Japan which are a great way to experience the highlights of the country in a safe and enjoyable experience with the help of a local guide. Japan can be a diffifcult country to visit due to the language barrier and the cost of getting around but joining a tour makes everything easier and more fun.
We have a selection of tours available from the worlds leading international and local travel operators who offer trips for solo travellers, couples and familes. Most tours include the best locations in the country including places like Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and rural locations where you will get off the beaten track. All tours are different with unique itineraries and you will need to see what your interests are before joining.
There are so many highlights of this country including exploring Tokyo, visiting the exotic and relaxing Japanese islands, getting photos of the Nikko UNESCO Site which has spectacular temples, going to walk through the historic streets of medieval Kyoto or visiting the Tsukiji Market, Tokoyo's largest fish and seafood market which is also the biggest in the world. The Yoyogi Park in Tokyo is worth checking out too and a local onsen visit is an experience not to be missed.
Japan Group Tours
Our tours are perfect if you are travelling solo and would like to meet other people and travel in a group. You will get to meet other international travellers and get taken to the best locations in the country with an experienced guide. Most trips specifically cater for the 18-35 age group and are a really popular option due to meeting other people, getting day-to-day activities, hotel check-ins, selected meals, accommodation and also transport/guides included in the price. Don't worry if you are slightly older, most tours accept all ages. Typical group sizes are around 10-18 travellers with an average of 12 but this can vary between the tour and operator.
"I booked my first tour abroad to Japan with Topdeck Travel and there were so many highlights including the temples and shrines, Akihabara, Koyasan and Kyoto. We traveled by train to the places rather than bus and we had a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. The tour was amazing and I would highly recommend." - Cameron, Australia
Japan Budget Tours
We have a selection of tours for all budgets, so whether you are looking to explore on the cheap or you have a bit more money to spend you will be able to find a trip to match your interests. Our website features lots of cheap tours of Japan allowing you to discover the highlights of the country and not break the bank.
On most tours you will travel overland in a private small tour van or by train. For day trips and excursions sometimes you will use public transport and sometimes use internal flights to allow you to see the highlights as quick as possible. On some overland tours you will get to wizz around the country on world class fast bullet trains which connect the country. Usually travellers of the same sex will share a twin room, but there is also the option to pay a little extra and get a private room. Accommodation can vary depending on the tour and location.
Please note Japan is a very expensive destination and tours here are quite expensive compared to other destinations in Asia. Price depends on the company, duration and itinerary. Usually you will need to have extra money for food.
"I would 10/10 reccomend going on the Discover Tour in Japan with Geckos Adventures. Japan is a massive culture shock but their guide was fantastic." - Lucas, Australia
How to Book
Do you want to see the very best of Japan? Search our featured trips above or contact us for specific advice.