InsideJapan Tours Increases “Small Group Tour” Offerings

InsideJapan Tours has increased its “Small Group Tours” departure dates by record amounts in 2024 to meet surging demand for organized Japan group travel, which continues to grow following the reopening of Japan’s borders post-pandemic. According to Richard Farmer, InsideJapan Tours’ Osaka-based small group tours manager, the tour company increased its small group offerings this year by 83 percent, totaling 132 tours for 2024. 

Offering 11 itineraries with set departure dates and fixed itineraries, InsideJapan’s “Small Group Tours” are bookable for 2024 and 2025. “All of our 11 ‘Small Group Tour’ itineraries showcase Japan from a different angle, and we are excited to launch two new itineraries this year with the addition of the 14-night ‘Majestic Japan’ tour and the 13-night ‘Autumn Elegance’ tour,” added Farmer. “As expected, we are already sold out for many of our 2024 early-season ‘Small Group Tour’ departures. While we have availability on many 2024 summer and fall dates, we have already opened up bookings for 2025 ‘Small Group Tour’ dates, for which InsideJapan Tours is offering 149 departure dates, representing an increase of 13 percent more small group tours than 2024.”

With four types of tour grades (All-inclusive, Superior, Classic and Essential) that differ in level of accommodations, experiences and transport options, InsideJapan’s “Small Group Tours” range from seven to 14 nights. These guided tours are capped at 14 participants to maintain a sense of intimacy and cultural immersion relatively free from large crowds of tourists.

“Small Group Tour” Itineraries for 2024/25 include:

  • The 14-night “Majestic Japan” tour visiting Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Kinosaki Onsen, Hiroshima and Hakone
  • The 13-night “Autumn Elegance” itinerary highlighting Tokyo, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto and Hakone
  • The 13-night “Japan Unmasked” itinerary spotlighting Tokyo, Nagano, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kurashiki and Kyoto
  • The 10-night “Hyper Japan’s J-Pop & Go!” itinerary with stops in Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka
  • The 12-night “All-In Japan” tour comprising Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Awara Onsen and Kanazawa
  • The 12-night “Hidden Japan” itinerary, which takes guests to Kyoto, Mount Koya, Tokushima, Takamatsu, Kotohira, Matsuyama and Hiroshima
  • The nine-night “Tokaido Trail” itinerary with visits to Tokyo, Hakone, Lake Biwa and Kyoto
  • The 13-night “Spring Elegance” itinerary highlighting Tokyo, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kanazawa, Hakone and Kyoto
  • The 14-night “Winter Highlights” tour spotlighting Tokyo, Kyoto, Yudanaka Onsen and Hokkaido cities: Sapporo, Abashiri, Lake Kusscharo and Tsurui
  • The 13-night “Classic Japan” tour visiting Tokyo, Hakone, Osaka, Kyoto, Takayama and the Japanese Alps
  • The 14-night “A Northern Soul” itinerary, which visits Tokyo, Nikko, Hiraizumi, Naruko Onsen, Ishinomaki, Sendai, Niigata and Sado Island

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