And JTB, as Japan’s largest and longest-established travel organisation, has the experience and reliable operations to make school trips to Japan a success.

Why Japan?

  • A culture very different from Europe, influential worldwide
  • A unique culture, embracing tradition and modernity
  • A safe and friendly environment
  • A reliable and comprehensive public transportation network, including the world-famous Bullet train (Shinkansen), a great example of high speed reliability and precision. A ride on the Bullet train can easily be incorporated into your itinerary, as it links the major cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka
  • Many UNESCO World Heritage sites including Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines
  • In both Tokyo and Kyoto, hands-on activities can be arranged to widen students’ appreciation of Japanese culture, such as sushi-making, T-shirt printing, Tea ceremony
  • Visits to schools can be arranged
  • The metropolis of Tokyo offers every aspect of modern Japan from electronics, robotics and fashion to the Ghibli Museum, showing the film animation work of Studio Ghibli.
  • Kyoto has a wealth of historic buildings, many designated as World Heritage sites. The pace of life is more relaxed than in Tokyo, allowing students to appreciate Japanese culture and history
  • In Hiroshima, visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, and the Peace Museum

See our sample itinerary below.

Day 1 : Depart London

Depart from London Heathrow on overnight flight to Tokyo.

Day 2 : Tokyo

Arrive Narita or Haneda Airport and transfer to central Tokyo. Stay for 2 nights. Visit places such as the Asakusa Kannon Temple, Meiji Shrine, Edo Tokyo Museum, Studio Ghibli Museum.

Day 3 : Tokyo

Sightseeing and activities in Tokyo.

Day 4 : Tokyo – Mt.Fuji – Hakone

Visit the 5th station of Mt.Fuji, halfway up the perfectly-formed cone of this iconic volcano, and take a ride on Lake Ashi on a pirate-themed boat in the Fuji-Hakone National Park. Stay overnight in Hakone.

Day 5 : Hakone – Hiroshima – Miyajima Island

Transfer to Odawara station to take the Bullet train to Hiroshima. Stay overnight on the island of Miyajima in a ryokan (Japanese-style accommodation including dinner).

Day 6 : Miyajima – Hiroshima – Kyoto

Morning visits in Hiroshima including the Peace Park and Peace Museum. Then take the bullet train to Kyoto. Stay 3 nights.

Day 7 : Kyoto

Visit places such as the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle. Various visits or activities can be arranged.

Day 8 : Kyoto

Visit places such as the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle. Various visits or activities can be arranged.

Day 9 : Kyoto – Osaka(KIX) – London

Transfer to Kansai International Airport (KIX) for flight to London, arriving Heathrow the same day.

JTB can provide you with the support and assistance to help you plan your trip and make it a success.


  • full trip planning service including advice about what to see and do, and budgeting the tour costs according to your requirements
  • talks on Japanese culture, lifestyle and activities for teachers and/or students, if required, from our experienced staff based in the UK
  • group flights with major airlines and confirmation of all tour arrangements in Japan including accommodation, transportation, guides and excursions

In Japan:

  • all visits to cultural and historic places with qualified English-speaking guide
  • homestays with Japanese families for a few nights if required
  • a visit to a Japanese school, if required, so students can experience the Japanese education system and engage with Japanese students of their own age in activities such as calligraphy etc.

Booking inquiry

If you would like to make an initial inquiry about planning a school trip, do email us at info @ www.japanspecialist.co.uk, or use the “Inquiry” button above to give us your initial ideas and request. We would be happy to work with you to make your trip to Japan a success.