Plan the trip of a lifetime this year and see all there is to see in the beautiful country that is Japan. Discover ancient temples, taste delicious delicacies, and explore the stunning natural wonders the country has to offer. Whether you’re planning on exploring multiple prefectures or you’re just seeing Tokyo, there’s plenty to see and do. We’ve compiled a list of the best tours to do in Tokyo and the surrounding regions to help you make the most out of your trip.

1. Day trip to the iconic Mt Fuji

This popular day trip takes you to the areas you’ve only seen in pictures up until now. You will be picked up by a deluxe coach from Tokyo and taken for a visit to Japan’s iconic Mt Fuji, along with a sightseeing cruise on the tranquil Lake Ashi. During the drive, you will enjoy picturesque views of the gorgeous Hakone National Park – you’ll want to take a camera for this! Your guide will provide commentary on the stunning nature and vast history of the places you visit, and you will have free time to explore shops and surrounding areas later in the tour.

Mt Fuji Day Trip

A trip to Japan isn’t complete without a trip to see Mt Fuji.

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2. Visit a busy fish market – and make your own sushi

If you’ve got a sushi-lover in the family, this is the ultimate tour! During this morning tour, you will visit the world’s largest fish market and witness the chaos of hundreds of people buying – and selling – fresh produce. Your friendly guide will take you to the market by subway and provide informative commentary during your tour. After exploring this bustling market, try your hand at making your own sushi (which of course, you will get to eat afterwards).  you will head to a popular sushi restaurant for your cooking class, where your guide will translate the instructions for you and you’ll make your own delicious sushi.

Tsukiji Fish Market and Sushi Making

Ever wanted to learn how to make sushi? Here is your chance!

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3. Discover the magic behind animation movies

If the kids (or yourself!) are a fan of Studio Ghibli movies such as My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service; the Tokyo Studio Ghibli Museum is a magical place to visit. Visiting this animation studio provides a fascinating experience to both kids and adults and you will discover how these movies have come to life over the years. Your friendly guide will provide you with information about the museum during your bus ride there, where upon arrival you will enjoy free time to explore on your own. However, photography is not allowed – you are encouraged to experience the museum in the moment and not through a camera’s viewfinder.

Studio Ghibli Tour

The Studio Ghibli Museum is a must-do for a Ghibli or animation fan!

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4. Have the time of your life at Universal Studios Japan

When visiting Tokyo with children, Universal Studios is a must-do! This exciting overnight trip starts with a ride on a famous bullet train to your accommodation at Osaka Hotel. After checking in, you will enter the magical theme park and discover a little something from many of your favourite movies, including Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Despicable Me, Spiderman, and more. Whether you have an adrenaline seeker in the family or just want to enjoy the cheerful atmosphere of the park, Universal Studios Japan has something for everyone in the family. Enjoy thrilling rides, playgrounds, delicious snacks, live entertainment, 4-D adventures, and much much more. At the end of the day, you will return to a restful night sleep at Osaka Hotel followed by a bullet train trip back to Tokyo the following day.

Universal Studios Japan

See familiar characters and have hours of fun at Universal Studios Japan. The kids won’t want to leave! Image courtesy of Universal Studios Japan.

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5. Travel into the mountains and meet relaxed monkeys

This is a seasonal offer to those visiting in the wintertime. Escape the busy streets of Tokyo for the day and head into the mountains for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a scrumptious lunch at the popular Viande Sakura Tei Shinshu Nakano restaurant. After lunch, you will proceed to the Jigokudani Onsen, where you will see the famous hot spring where many monkeys come to bathe and play to escape the chilling winter air. The day concludes with a visit to a souvenir shop before being dropped back off at your accommodation.

Snow Monkeys in Japan

This monkey is at a level of relaxation all of us wish to achieve.

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Visiting Japan is at the top of the bucket list for many people – this is your sign! While there are many other tours available, these are just some of the best the region has to offer. Experience the culture, nature, and history of Japan and book the trip of a lifetime this year.