InsideJapan Tours has redesigned its small group tours for this autumn to offer better value for money. The operator has changed some of its most popular tours, making them more affordable.

Four new tour categories have been introduced: the ‘IJT Essential’ range focuses on the basics, a mix of accommodation, tour leader knowledge and expertise and the opportunity to add a more along the way, with prices from £1,250 per person; the ‘IJT Classic’ collection consists of three tours staying at three-star plus traditional and western style accommodation, including a number of meals and a range of cultural experiences and excursions; the ‘IJT Superior’ tours are for those who like something a bit special preferring high standard traditional ryokan and hotel, a range of impressive meals, expert guiding and tour leaders and cultural inclusions; and the ‘IJT eXplorer’ consists of six specialist tours each offering something different. The tours are designed around a particular area of Japan, a cultural or historical element or special interest with a long list of inclusions to suit. The eXplorer trips range from the cultural craft tour, ‘Hands on Japan’ to the essential tour for any serious foodie, ‘Japanese Food and Cookery’.

As an example of prices, a 13-night ‘Japan Unmasked’ tour heads through the Japanese Alps staying at Buddhist temple lodgings and traditional guest houses along the way as well as the more famous destinations and leads in at £1,750 per person, with departures throughout the year.

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