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, Yoko, who hails from Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku Island, Edward, who lived in Okayama Prefecture from 2013-2015, and Ryuhei, from Kagoshima in Japan’s far south.

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

Yoko grew up in Ehime, but has lived in London for many years. She has a passion for sushi and karaoke, and would be delighted to share these with you on tour. Yoko is also a bit of a movie buff and would recommend giving one of Studio Ghibli’s timeless animations a try. (If you think animations are for kids, try watching Grave of the Fireflies, then we’ll talk.
Yoko’s top tour: Total Japan

Edward, originally from London, spent several years living in sunny Okayama Prefecture where he gained an appreciation for the more provincial side of Japanese life, and spent much of his free time hiking and biking his way around Japan’s fabulous countryside. He will tell anyone that listens that they should visit the Setouchi area of West Japan, where the shimmering sea scattered with 1000’s of tiny islands is one of the most beautiful sights in all Japan.
Edward’s top tour: Best of the West: Kansai & Chugoku

Ryuhei is from Kagoshima in Japan’s subtropical South, and he lived in the USA for several years, studying in Seattle and working at Disney in Florida. As a true Kyushu lad, Ryuhei loves food, especially the Kagoshima specialties kurobuta (black pork, originally from Berkshire, UK!) and Satsuma oranges. He strongly recommends you visit Japan’s hot spring baths, in particular the mud bath spa in Kirishima, which when it comes to relaxation is pretty hard to beat!
Ryuhei’s top tour: Kyushu: Islands & Onsen

Meet our Manga Tour mascot, Haruka
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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.