Japan Tours

Welcome to Links Travel & Tours!

Japan Links Travel are delighted to announce that we have changed our name to LINKS TRAVEL & TOURS.

Owner and founder, Helen Li says,

“I am delighted to let you know that Japan Links Travel have changed our name. The company has expanded, increasing the number of destinations we offer, and I thought now was the right time to change our name to encompass all the countries we serve, and am delighted to introduce Links Travel & Tours!

Born and raised in China, my passion has always been to share the beauty of not only my home country, but also the neighbouring countries, with travellers across the UK, and I’ve now been doing just that for the last 10 years! Over time, we have built up a team of experts who have travelled extensively across Asia; passing on their comprehensive knowledge and unrivalled understanding of the many unique cultures, dramatic landscapes and delicious cuisines the area has to offer. We are proud to ensure that holidaymakers are catered for at the very highest level through providing honest travel advice, creating group tours, and tailor-made journeys focussed around your interests.

To celebrate our new name, and our 10th birthday, we are excited to add a new country to our portfolio – Sri Lanka. So, if you have always dreamt of spotting leopards in the wild, or sipping a refreshing cup of Ceylon Tea at the plantation where it was grown, then captivating Sri Lanka is the place for you!

We have also added new itineraries to our existing destinations of China, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and South Korea. There is a Japan Family Tour, with included excursions to Disneyland and Universal Studios, a chance to Explore Yunnan Province, one of China’s more dramatic regions, and an opportunity to cruise the mighty Mekong River from Laos to China .

Finally, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our dedicated team of Personal Travel Advisers who are on hand to listen, understand and help you arrange your holiday of a lifetime!

Thank you for sharing with us over the last 10 years.

Xiexie”

Japan Tours

Here at Links Travel & Tours, we have created a varied selection of Japan group tours to help you discover the must-see, iconic sights and wonderful culture of this amazing country. Our Japan tours come with flights from the UK, accommodation, transfers, tour guides, meals, sites and experiences!

Below, we have listed our tours, but please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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Essential Japan Tour

9 / 10 Days
£2,999
The Essential Japan Tour is perfect for first time travellers to Japan. Enjoy spending time in the vibrant capital of Tokyo, admire the world famous Mt. Fuji and enjoy a brewery tour and sake tasting in Kyoto.
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Amazing Japan Tour

13 / 14 Days
£4,199
This 13 day tour takes you to some of the most scenic places across Japan, including impressive castles, historic shrines, beautiful gardens, the famous Mt. Fuji and traditional Japanese architecture.
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Cherry Blossom Tour

13 Days
£4,299
A 13 day tour that explores the very best of Japan’s cultural and natural locations, takes place during the popular cherry blossom season.
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Osaka Castle
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Japan Golden Route

10 Days
£3,299
Japan Golden Route visits a range of destinations from the bustling capital Tokyo, to the historic city of Kyoto and Japan’s most renowned city, Hiroshima. 
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Essential Japan & South Korea

13 Days
£4,299
The Essential Japan and South Korea tour is perfect for the first time traveller to these two intriguing countries.
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Japan and China

17 / 15 Days
£3,898
An incredible twin-centre tour that takes you from the Great Wall of China, to the breathtaking views of Mount Fuji. Experience the cultures and traditions of two nations that boast a fascinating history.
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Semi-Escorted Tour NEW ITINERARY!

Japan Family Tour

15 Days
£3,299 (adult), £2,599 (child)
Explore the history and culture of this amazing country, with fun-filled excursions for all the family to enjoy.
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Classic Japan

9 Days
£2,699
Discover the culture and landscape this amazing country has to offer with our nine day Classic Japan tour.
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Japan Heritage

15 Days
£3,899
Explore Japan’s classic sights, starting in the exciting capital city of Tokyo, famous for its fresh sushi.
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Semi-Escorted Tour

Self-drive Holiday

15 Days
£3,299
Hiring a car to get around Japan is a fantastic way to explore the country, especially as driving is on the left.
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Semi-Escorted Tour

Great Trail of Japan

17 Days
£4,999
Journey through Japan, taking in some of the best scenic locations.
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Includes:

• 3 nights traditional Minshuku accommodation
• Meal as specified (B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
• Transportation by train and public bus
• English speaking guide

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Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route

4 Days £1,399
Day 1 Kawayu Onsen (D)
Take the train from Osaka to Kii-Tanabe (135 mins). Upon arrival meet the staff at the tourist information centre for an orientation briefing. Taking the public bus to Kawayu Onsen. Overnight at Omuraya.
Day 2 Yunomine Onsen (BLD)
Your luggage will be transferred separately. Transfer to Hosshinmon-oji with your guide by bus. Walk across Kumano Kodo Hosshinmon-oji as far as Kumano Hongu Taisha, visiting the heritage centre and Oyunohara. Walk from Hongu to Yunomine Onsen-Daichi-Goe (90mins). Overnight at Kosakaya.
Day 3 Katsuura Onsen (BD)
Your luggage will be transferred separately. Transfer to Hitari by bus and enjoy a boat ride across the Kumano River with your guide. Visit Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Take a Seiganto-ji and Nachi Falls, the highest waterfall in Japan. Take a public bus to Katsuura and stay overnight at Yamane.
Day 4 Osaka (B)
Take the train from Katsuura to Shin-Osaka (135 mins).

*Kumano Kodo is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, an ancient pilgrimage route through deeply forested, remote countryside to the Kumano Shrine since Buddhism has arrived in Japan in the 6th century.

Includes:

• 1 night standard accommodation
• 2 nights in traditional Minshuku
• Meal as specified (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
• Transportation by train

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Nakasendo Way

4 Days £450
Day 1 Matsumoto (B)
Arrive Matsumoto and make your own way to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Nakasendo Walking Trail (BD)
Take the train from Matsumoto to Yabuhara Station (60 mins). Walk from Yabuharajuku to Naraijuku (6km). Overnight stay at a Minshuku (traditional guest house) in Naraijuku. (Detailed walking maps provided).
Day 3 Nakasendo Walking Trail (BD)
Take the train from Narai station to Nakatsugawa Station (90 mins). Walk from Magomejyuku to Tsumagojyuku (9km). Overnight stay at a Mishuku in Tsumagojyuku.
Day 4 Kyoto (B)
Make your own way to Nagiso station to take the train to Nakatsugawa then to Nagoya (90 mins). Take the onward Bullet train to Kyoto (45 mins). On arrival make your own way to your hotel.

*Nakasendo way is the historic highways connects between Kyoto to Tokyo from the Edo Period lying along the beautiful Kiso Valley. It is one of the most important route in Edo period influences both politically and economically. The townhouses along the historic post towns on the route are still well-preserved as it has always been for 300 years. You can go back in time in the Edo period by walking the Nakasendo Way.

Includes:

• 5 nights accommodation at traditional ryokan
• 2 nights in traditional Minshuku
• Meal as specified (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
• Transportation by train, bus and ropeway

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Kyushu

6 Days £1,999
Day 1 Arrive Beppu (B)
Arrive Fukuoka airport and take the Sonic Express train to Beppu.
Day 2 Beppu-Takachiho (BD)
Take a local trainto Oita, followed by a Nichirin train to Nobeoka. Take the onward bus to Takachihom a picturesque town with several shrines and the stunning Takachiho Gorge.
Day 3 Takachiho - Ibusuki (BD)
Take a local bus to Nobeoka, then the Nichirin train to Miyazaki. Take the Kirishima train to Kagoshima Chuo, followed by a local train to Ibusuki. Stay overnight at onsen accommodation in this scenic town.
Day 4 Ibusuki - Hitoyoshi (BD)
Take a Ibusuki no Tamatebako train to Kagoshima Chuo, followed by a Hayato no Kaze train to Yoshimatsu. Finally take a Shimpei train to Hitoyoshi. Perhaps visit some of the local shrines in this area.
Day 5 Hitoyoshi - Aso (BD)
Take the Simpei train to Kumammoto. Make your own way to visit Kumamoto Castle. Take a local train and bus to Akamizu. Stay overnight at onsen accommodation.
Day 6 Aso- Fukuoka (B)
Take a local train to Asofollowed by a local bus to Asozan Nishi. Take the ropeway to Kakou Nishi and see Mount Aso. Take another ropeway to Asozan Nishi and a local bus to Aso. Journey on the Asoboy train to Kumamoto and then take the Kyushu Shinkansn to Hakata.

Includes:

• Return airport transfers
• 3 nights standard accommodation
• Daily breakfast
• Full Day Tokyo City Tour
• English speaking guide on arrival

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Tokyo

4 Days £550
Day 1 Tokyo (B)
Arrive Narita or Haneda International Airport, Tokyo, transfer to the Shiba Park Hotel by shuttle bus. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Tokyo Full Day Tour (B)
Today you will be joining Tokyo Full Day Tour with an English speaking guide. Visit Imperial Palace East Garden, Senso-ji Temple and the fascinating Tsukiji Fish Market. Enjoy a cruise in Tokyo Bay. Tour ends at Shinjuku Station.
Day 3 Tokyo (B)
Day at leisure to explore Tokyo. Optional day tours to Nikko UNESCO World Heritage site or Mt. Fuji & Hakone.
Day 4 Depart (B)
Day at leisure until your transfer to the airport by shuttle bus for your onward journey.

Includes:

• 2 nights standard accommodation
• Daily breakfast
• Return airport transfers
• English speaking guide on arrival

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Osaka

3 Days £410
Day 1 Osaka (B)
Arrive Kansai airport, Osaka, transfer to the Hotel Elsereine by shuttle bus. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Osaka afternoon walking tour(B)
This afternoon you will join the afternoon walking tour. Visit Osaka's famous sightseeing spots and learn about the city's history and about Osaka today. Visit Osaka Castle, built in 1583. Enjoy the scenery of the city, also known as "Aqua Metropolis Osaka" from boat, Aqua Liner.
Day 3 Depart (B)
Day at leisure until your transfer to the airport by shuttle bus for your onward journey.

Includes:

• English speaking guide on arrival
• 2 nights standard accommodation
• Daily breakfast
• Full Day Hiroshima And Miyajima Tour
• Lunch on Day 2

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Hiroshima and Miyajima

3 Days £450
Day 1 Hiroshima
Take the Bullet train from Kyoto or Osaka to Hiroshima. Check-in to the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Full Day tour (BL)
This full day tour will visit the popular World Heritage site Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace and Memorial Park.
Day 3 Depart (B)
Take the Bullet train from Hiroshima to Kyoto or Osaka.

Includes:

• Return airport transfers
• 3 nights standard accommodation
• Daily breakfast
• Full Day Kyoto City Tour
• English speaking guide on arrival

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Kyoto

4 Days £599
Day 1
Arrive Kansai airport, Osaka, transfer to the New Miyako Hotel by shuttle bus. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Kyoto 1 Day Tour (BL)
Today, after breakfast, you will be joining Kyoto 1-day Tour with an English speaking guide. Visit Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto Imperial Palace (or Kitano-tenmangu Shrine). After Japanese/Western Buffet lunch, visit Heian Jingu Shrine, Sanjusangendo Temple and enjoy a stroll and visit souvenir shops towards Kiyomizu-dera Temple, which has a main hall on a steep slope with a wooden platform supported by pillars, from which a panoramic view of Kyoto can be enjoyed.
Day 3 Kyoto (B)
Day at leisure to explore Kyoto. Suggested tours include Real Kyoto Back Street Guided Cycling Tour, Kyoto Maiko Dinner, Gion Kimono Tour, Tea Ceremony & Ginkau-ji Temple Walking Tour, Sagano Bamboo Grove and Arashiyama Walking Tour.
Day 4 Depart (B)
Day at leisure until your transfer to the airport by shuttle bus for your onward journey.

Includes:

• Return airport transfers
• English speaking guide on arrival
• 3 nights standard accommodation
• Daily breakfast
• Full Day Sapporo City tour

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Hokkaido

4 Days £499
Day 1 Sapporo
Arrive Shin-Chitose airport, Sapporo, transfer to the JR Tower Hotel by shuttle bus. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Full Day City Tour (B)
Enjoy a full day city tour in Sapporo including visits to Historical Museum of Hokkaido, Historical Village of Hokkaido,Hitsujigaoka Observatory Hill and Sapporo Beer Museum. Tour finishes at downtown Sapporo where you can enjoy free time before making your way back to your hotel.
Day 3 Sapporo (B)
Day at leisure.
Day 4 Depart (B)
Day at leisure until your transfer to the airport by shuttle bus for your onward journey.

Includes:

• Return airport transfers
• English speaking guide on arrival
• 3 nights standard accommodation
• Daily breakfast and dinner

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Okinawa

4 Days £850
Day 1 Fly to Okinawa
Arrive Naha Airport, Okinawa, where you will be met and transferred to the Rizzan Sea Park Hotel Tancha Bay by shuttle bus. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2-3 Okinawa (B)
Day at leisure to relax by the beach and enjoy hotel facilities.
Day 4 Depart (B)
Day at leisure until your transfer to the airport by shuttle bus.

Includes:

• English speaking guide on arrival
• 1 night temple lodging
• 1 night Japanese room at ryokan
• Daily breakfast
• Lunch on day 1, Dinner on day1 and 2.
• Bullet train Tokyo – Nagano – Tokyo

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Zenkoji and Snow Monkeys

3 Days £899
Day 1 Zenkoji Temple (LD)
In the morning take the Bullet train from Tokyo to Nagano (1 hour 40 mins). Upon arrival you will be met by English Speaking Guide. You will take the local bus to Togakushi (50 mins). Visit the Soba Museum, try “Soba Uchi “ (making Japanese buckwheat noodles) and enjoy Soba lunch. Later visit Togakushi Shrine followed by transfer to Nagano. Local bus to Zenkoji Temple which was founded in the 7th century. Stay at one of 30 temple lodges and experience Monk’s dinner, Shojin-ryori. Shojin-ryori is Buddhist cuisine or Japanese vegetarian dishes.
Day 2 Issano Komichi Biyu No Yado (BD)
Visit Zenkoji Temple with an English speaking assistant. Local train to Obuse (30mins), sightseeing of the small town known as “a little Kyoto”. The assistant will help you to board a local train to Yudanaka. Upon arrival, free shuttle bus to your accommodation, located a 2 min drive from the station. Stay at Issano Komichi Biyu No Yado tonight. This is a ryokan, traditional Japanese accommodation, with Onsen, or Hot spring. Japanese dinner will be served.
Day 3 Snow Monkeys (B)
Visit “Snow Monkey Park (Yaen Koen)” by free transfer service of your accommodation (25mins). Local train to Nagano and bullet train to return to Tokyo (1hour 50mins).

Includes:

• 4 nights superior accommodation
• English speaking guides and assistants
• Meals as specified (B=Breakfast)
• 3 day Hakuba Happo-one ski pass (08:00-16:00)
• 3 day ski, ski boots and stock set
• Bullet train Tokyo – Hakuba – Tokyo

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Hakuba Ski Resort

5 Days £1,099
The winter sports hub of Hakuba, an area that played host to 1998 Winter Olympics, is a highland resort, stretching out from the foot of the Hakuba-Sanzan Mountains (Hakuba’s three mountains) in northwestern Nagano. Hakuba Valley is renowned for its snow quality which is dry, deep and consistent powder. It encompasses a huge variety of terrain from tree runs, guided off-piste tours and courses, Terrain Park, banks and double black diamond runs with challenging steep verticals. Hakuba village offers a lively après-ski scene and hot springs.
Day 1 Hakuba (B)
You will leave Tokyo for Hakuba. Make your own way to Shinjuku Station. Take Limited Express Train AZUSA for Hakuba. Upon arrival, take the free shuttle bus to Hakuba Tokyu Hotel.
Days 2-4 Hakuba Ski Resort (B)
Enjoy skiing and Onsen, or Hot spring, at Hakuba Happo-one Winter Resort.
Day 5 Depart (B)
Today you will leave Hakuba. Take the shuttle bus to Hakuba Station for your journey back to Tokyo or onwards to Kyoto.