Small Group Journeys
Join a Small Group Journey
Join one of our carefully curated Small Group Journeys for a new experience and new friends. Our tours visit large and small cities and are always limited to ten like-minded travelers for a hands-on, authentic travel experience.
We provide attractive and competitive pricing for travelers; by traveling together, we can lower the travel cost yet maintaining the high travel standards.
Because our group size is limited to ten, we can provide personable and attentive services to all our guests. Please share your personal stories with us before departure to better assist you during your stay in Japan.
Meet New Friends
We travel together with like-minded people and share great experiences. You will also get acquainted with local artists and small business owners in Japan who share similar interests and values with you.
Peace of Mind
Knowing that certified travel advisor and Japan specialist puts together all our Small Group Journeys, and you will travel with a guide and an interpreter, you can relax and enjoy the trip.
Who Should Join the Small Group Journeys?
Everyone! Yet, Especially Great For:
- Solo Travelers
- Female Travelers
- First-Timer Visiting Japan
- Those Seeking a More In-Depth Travel Experience
Small Group Journeys are generally not recommended for travelers with young children.
We recommend that you book a private Small Group Journeys if you have more than four people in the group.
Small Group Journeys
Our Small Group Journeys are always personable and have no more than ten like-minded people. So enjoy the attention to detail and hospitality of our knowledgeable guides and you will forget that it is a group tour. A great value and perfect for both solo travelers and friends.
Sashiko Tour, Fall 2023
Dates: Sep. 2023 (dates coming soon)
Next spring, you are invited to join for a rare journey opportunity exploring the roots of sashiko and boro and offering you a chance to partake in textile art. This small-group tour is centered on traditional sashiko’s cultural significance to the Tohoku and Hokuriku regions, learning to recognize regional differences in sashiko and also focusing on local efforts to preserve native arts and crafts.
12 days | 8-10 People
Textiles and Traditional Arts of Japan, Fall 2022
New Dates: Oct. 9-19, 2022 (SOLD OUT)
This unforgettable Small Group Journey across Japan introduces you to Japanese textiles and culture. Warm hospitality will welcome you from Tokyo to Gunma, Nagano, Kanazawa, and Kyoto. The tour includes visits to weaving and pottery studios, textile workshops, and many UNESCO World Heritage sites.
11 days | 10 people
Textiles and Crafts of Kyushu, Spring 2023
New Dates: Feb. 21-28, 2023
Welcome to Kyushu. This tour starts in Fukuoka prefecture, where it explores Yame, a destination for Kurume Kasuri, a Cultural Heritage. Indigo dyeing, Kurume kasuri weaving, artisan paper making, and a green tea farm visit are all part of this amazing opportunity in visiting rural Kyushu. The port city of Nagasaki is unique and not to be missed.
8 days | 8 people
Our Commitment to You
Tanpopo Journeys is an independently-owned travel company located in St. Paul, MN, USA. Our mission is to work with artists, farmers, craftspeople, and small businesses to foster and help them preserve traditional Japanese crafts and food production methods and to share them with you. We would love to curate a one-of-a-kind travel experience for you.
Mon – Fri: 10am – 5pm (CST)
Sat: 10am – 3pm (CST)