Our Company

Japan Journeys has been delighting customers since 2004 and we are the Number 1 provider of special interest tours for manga, bonsai and quilters fans. We are based in London and our staff spend a good deal of our time every year in Japan leading tours, checking out new sights and generally keeping up with what’s going on in the land of the rising sun. All our staff have spent years living, working and travelling in Japan, which is why we are dedicated to bringing you the best of this amazing country. Don’t just take our word for it – see what previous customers have said about us.

In May 2010, we launched our brand new Gourmet tour of Japan, the first offered by a UK operator. We also offer a Classic Japan Tour that runs at cherry blossom time, a Gardens Tour during autumn leaf season, and regular cruises to the land of the rising sun. Japan Journeys also works with private clients and schools to arrange tailor-made itineraries. In 2013 we were awarded ‘Best Specialist Company’ in the NEO Magazine Awards.

Our Promise to You

Here at Japan Journeys we understand that your holiday means the world to you, because it means the same to us. The entire content of our tours are checked out and reviewed by Japan Journeys staff, tours are led by our own Tour Leaders, and we would not sell you anything that we are not perfectly satisfied with ourselves. Please click here for our full Booking Conditions.

Our Staff

Our team is led by James, who lived in Tokyo from 1991-1995, Kay, who is half Japanese, Mario, who lived in Osaka from 2012-2014, and Nikolai, who is our newest member of the team.



James (Managing Director)

James’ fondest memory of Japan was visiting the wonderful onsen (hot springs) of Hakone on a regular basis from Tokyo. As a result of his love of Japan, its people and more importantly its food, he returned to the UK enthused with a passion to help others experience the Japan he had seen.
James’ top tour: Essential Japan






Mario (Executive Travel Consultant)

Italian by nationality, English by living, Japanese by soul. After his bachelors, Mario left Italy to move to Osaka. Spending two years studying and working in Japan, he developed a particular interest for the Japanese society and its very different subcultures to return to Europe and get a MA in Japanese Studies.
While living in Kansai, he did enjoy walking around the food streets of Osaka, getting lost in the street and among the beauties of Kyoto. According to Mario, there are few things not to be missed in Japan: the dotombori area in Osaka for a lot of tasty food, the peaceful atmosphere of the Zen gardens in Kyoto, and izakaya (Japanese style pubs) for dining immerse in a buzzing atmosphere.
Mario’s top tour: Traditional Japan





Kay (Executive Travel Consultant)

Being half-Japanese, Kay visited family for the summer holidays in Osaka, Japan every year. When she was older, she moved to Japan for two years to work and study Japanese. She then returned to England and gained a BA Japanese degree.
Because of her keen interest in cosplay, anime and manga, she highly recommends visiting places such as colourful Akihabara and fashionable Harajuku in Tokyo, and DenDen Town (Akihabara’s “little brother”) and game-city Namba in Osaka.
Kay’s top tour: Japan Manga Tour 2019





Nikolai (Executive Travel Consultant)

Nikolai grew up in Norway, and has lived over a decade in Japan and Korea. He went on a tour to Japan as a 15 year old, and was instantly hooked. One year later, a student exchange program sent him straight to the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo. Realising Japan always has something new and fascinating to discover, he returned to attain a bachelor’s degree in Kanagawa, before moving to Osaka to work for a Japanese video game company. Nikolai has also studied and worked in South Korea, where he was publicly known as a TV and radio personality from shows such as the Korean debating show “Non-Summit”/ “Abnormal Summit” on JTBC. While living in Japan, Nikolai grabbed every opportunity to explore off the beaten track, sampling local Ramen and listening to the chefs’ stories about themselves and the local areas. His favourite places to go out with friends are areas in Tokyo bustling 24/7, such as Shibuya and Shinjuku.

Nikolai’s top tour: Total Japan



Meet our Manga Tour mascot, Haruka

Greetings to all our otakus out there!

Meet our Manga Tour mascot, Haruka Aoyama (青山 春香), or Haru-chan ( はるちゃん) for short!

Just so you know, Haru-chan is 16 and lives in Nakano.

At weekends she hangs out in Shibuya with her best friend, Emi-chan.