Japan

Japan

Zegrahm Expeditions offers a Japan tour like no other, thanks to our connections to Japan experts Mark Brazil and Chieko Sakihana. We take guests off the beaten path and into food shops, local homes, and traditional businesses for a true immersion in Japanese culture. Of course, our Japan tour hits all the highlights, too, from Tokyo and Kyoto to Hiroshima and even a foray into South Korea to Gyeongju. Visit Hokkaido and stroll through endless fields of wildflowers on Rebun Island, also known as the “Floating Island of Flowers,” and visit a bustling morning market in Abashiri. Choose an overland adventure or a Japan cruise—all options boast an insider feel that make your journey even more special as guests search for the elusive Japanese crested ibis, visit a wasabi farm, learn about traditional arts and crafts, and wander the famous gardens of Kenroku-en and Myoryuji Temple. 

Upcoming Japan Expeditions

  • Snow Monkeys of Japan

    Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

    January 31February 18, 2018

    Marvel at the sight of nearly 12,000 hooded and white-naped cranes, as they flock to Japan’s exquisite wintertime landscape, Arasaki, Kyushu—later, a boat trip to the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula puts us up close and personal with Steller’s sea eagles.

  • Hokkaido: Japan's Wild Island

    Hokkaido: Japan's Wild Island

    May 19June 3, 2018

    On this brand-new voyage through one of Japan's least-developed islands, you'll be surrounded by wildlife as you search for Japanese pygmy-woodpeckers, white-tailed eagles, Eurasian bullfinches, and iconic red-crowned cranes; and explore spectacular Shikotsu-Toya National Park.

  • Sacred Traditions: Japan Revealed

    Sacred Traditions: Japan Revealed

    October 12October 30, 2018

    This Japan adventure introduces you to everything from Honshu Island’s local residents to Kyoto’s noteworthy temples and Kanazawa’s famous gardens of Kenroku-en—it’s an off-the-beaten-path immersion with incredible personal connections made possible by Japan expert Mark Brazil. 

  • Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

    Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

    January 16February 3, 2019

    Marvel at the sight of nearly 12,000 hooded and white-naped cranes, as they flock to Japan’s exquisite wintertime landscape, Arasaki, Kyushu—later, a boat trip to the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula puts us up close and personal with Steller’s sea eagles.

  • Treasures of Japan with South Korea

    Treasures of Japan with South Korea

    April 12April 28, 2019

    A classic Zegrahm expedition, not only will you enjoy a thorough Japan tour, you'll also spend a full day in Gyeongju, South Korea. Other highlights include visiting sacred Shinto shrines and ancient Buddhist temples, discovering Hiroshima, and spending time in Matsue.

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Interesting Perspectives from Our Explorations in Japan

  • Sapporo, Japan
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    Sapporo Beer Socks It to Sake

    October 19, 2017 | Blog Post

    Sake may be Japan’s national drink, but locals left the rice wine behind long ago in favor of an ice-cold brew. Although Japanese beer consumption has been on the decline in the last few years—as modern tastes migrate to grape wines, whiskeys, and crafted cocktails—beer still accounts for more than half of the alcoholic beverages consumed in the country.

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    Fish Market, Hokkaido, Japan
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    Hokkaido Seafood: The Best Fish Markets on Japan's Wildest Island

    October 17, 2017 | Blog Post

    Welcome to Hokkaido, the wild side of Japan. The northernmost island in the Japanese archipelago is a place where trees outnumber skyscrapers, and you’re more likely to run into a bear than get stuck in a traffic jam. But the island is probably most famous for its delicious Hokkaido seafood, and the many fish markets where you can taste the local catch at its freshest and finest.

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    Lake Toya, Japan
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    Fireworks Over Lake Toya

    June 7, 2017 | Blog Post

    Each evening between May and October, colorful pyrotechnics illuminate the skies over Lake Toya, as hundreds of fireworks are set off from boats on the still waters. The spectacular event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to the scenic lake, which lends its name to the surrounding Shikotsu-Toya National Park on Japan’s northernmost main island, Hokkaido.

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  • Miyajima Island, Japan
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    The Best Japanese Islands to Explore

    June 6, 2017 | Blog Post

    Japan is a timeless travel destination, blending ancient cultural traditions with a love of forward-thinking technology. You would be forgiven for thinking that the nation is one big landmass, but it’s actually a volcanic archipelago made up of 6,852 Japanese islands. Of these, only 420 are inhabited.

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    Hokkaido: Japan's Wild Island
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    A Nature Lover's Guide to Hokkaido, Japan

    June 5, 2017 | Blog Post

    In the land of major metropolises and futuristic technology, there is still an oasis of calm and nature. Away from overcrowded subways, robot waiters, and neon intersections, Japan’s island of Hokkaido offers respite from the hustle and bustle of the cities.

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    Manila, Philippines
    Field Report

    Asia's Subtropical Isles: Philippines, Taiwan & Japan 2017 Field Report

    May 9, 2017 | Field Report

    Sunday & Monday, March 12 & 13, 2017 - Manila, Philippines / Embark Caledonian Sky

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  • Great Barrier Reef
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    2018: 26 Countries, 52 UNESCO World Heritage Sites [Infographic]

    May 4, 2017 | Infographics

    In 2018, Zegrahm will be visiting 52 amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in over 25 countries! The United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the UN that maintains a list of important natural or historical sites, whose preservation and safe-keeping are deemed important for the world community.

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    Island Sky
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    Kyoto, Japan
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    2017: 34 Countries, 90 UNESCO World Heritage Sites [Infographic]

    February 14, 2017 | Infographics

    In 2017, Zegrahm will be visiting 90 amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in over 30 countries! The United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the UN that maintains a list of important natural or histroical sites, whose preservation and safe-keeping are deemed important for the world community.

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  • Japanese Sushi
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    Itadakimasu!

    December 14, 2016 | Blog Post

    Mark Brazil developed his fascination with the natural world, especially birds and mammals, during his boyhood in the landlocked English county of Worcestershire.

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    Japanese Tea Ceremony
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    The Way of Tea

    December 8, 2016 | Blog Post

    Mark Brazil developed his fascination with the natural world, especially birds and mammals, during his boyhood in the landlocked English county of Worcestershire.

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    Sapporo, Japan
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    Voting for 2018 is Underway!

    November 3, 2016 | Blog Post

    This election season, we at Zegrahm vote for a straight ticket to adventure with this informal ballot of top expeditions for 2018. It’s a competitive race, stretching across three continents with a referendum on nature and new cultural experiences.

    Here’s a look at our 2018 candidates:

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More Options for Exploration

At Zegrahm we offer a unique line-up of expeditions each year. Please let us know if you'd like to be notified the next time we add a departure to this region and we will be sure you are the first to know.

Interested in a personalized adventure to this region? Visit our Private Travel page to read about the unique journeys our Private Travel team can create, then request a customized itinerary of your own.