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Kyoto Imperial Palace

The Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所, Kyōto Gosho) used to be the residence of Japan's Imperial Family until 1868, when the emperor and capital were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. It is located in the spacious Kyoto Imperial Park (京都御苑, Kyōto Gyoen), an attractive park in the center of the city that also encompasses the Sento Imperial Palace and a few other attractions. The current Imperial Palace was reconstructed in 1855 after it had burnt down and moved around town repeatedly over the centuries. The complex is enclosed by long walls and consists of several gates, halls and gardens. The enthronement ceremonies of Emperors Taisho and Showa were held in the palace's main hall. The palace grounds can now be entered and explored without joining a tour and without any prior arrangements (although tours in English are still available). Visitors can see the palace buildings and gardens, but note that none of the buildings can be entered. The 1300 meter long and 700 meter wide park also serves as recreational space for both tourists and residents, featuring attractive, broad gravel paths, lawns and tree groves. A pretty group of weeping cherry trees stands beside Konoe Pond in the park's northwestern corner and is usually in bloom for two to three weeks from late March to mid-April.



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Visit the must see sites of Japan with group sizes ranging from 12 to 35 people.

These tours are great for first time visitors to Japan looking for comfortable accommodation with all entrance fees and most meals included. Our Japan Deluxe Tours are accomodated with professional tour guides, fluent in both Japanese and English, to ensure an educational and valuable visit. Air-conditoned, private coaches are also included, so you can enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free time in Japan. Our tours range from 7 to 21 days, to various regions of Japan.

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Experience the culture of Japan at a slower pace with groups of 10 to 18 people.
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These tours combine enrichment, enjoyment, and education with time to truly absorb and appreciate your surroundings. Our Deluxe-Plus small group tours are created to cater to those who are interested in having a deeper understanding of Japan's culture. You will have the opportunity to participate in culturally rich activities and visit destinations only locals may know. Experience luxurious hotels and travel at a leisurely pace when you book a Deluxe-Plus small group tour.

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Tour Japan with the finest accommodations and experiences in groups of 2 to 6 people.

Enjoy more than just sightseeing. These tours will allow you to eat in small local restaurants, visit hidden gems, stay at hotels with limited occupancy, take part in activities available only to small groups, and enjoy more interaction with your tour guides. Ultra-Deluxe small group tours are the ultimate way to visit Japan with hand-picked, top hotels and ryokans (traditional inns) to relax in. Select from a unique range of luxurious cultural experiences that are limited to smaller groups, which is why the maximum group size is 6 guests.

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Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 10 to 16 people using public transportation.

These tours allow you to enjoy Japanese culture firsthand in the intimacy of a small group. The maximum group size is 12 guests, which enables you to travel by public transportation, such as by train, subway, taxi, ferry or local bus. Walking the streets and taking the local trains will allow you to interact more with the locals and appreciate what everyday life in Japan is like. Each city will feature an expert local guide who will be able to share in-depth information on the featured attractions and sites, and provide assistance or recommendations if needed prior to your free time.

Japan Garden Tour: Autumn Leaves 2020 - 10/25

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Japan Garden Tour: Autumn Leaves 2020 - 10/25

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

Himeji / Matsue / Izumo / Takamatsu / Awaji Island / Kobe / Osaka / Koyasan / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
This 14-day tour takes you to some of the best gardens in Japan, plus delicious cuisine, ancient temples, with other local experiences in Kyoto, Nara, Mount Fuji, Koyasan, and more.
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Sun. Oct 25, 2020 Sat. Nov 7, 2020 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Sun. Oct 24, 2021 Sat. Nov 6, 2021 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Seasonal Gardens of Japan: Autumn Leaves 2020 - 
10/25

Group Tour | Walking Tours        

Seasonal Gardens of Japan: Autumn Leaves 2020 - 10/25

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6998.00

Nara / Koyasan / Osaka / Himeji / Matsue / Kurashiki / Okayama / Takamatsu / Kyoto
Delve into the natural beauty and spirit of Japan which inspired the craftsmanship of the Japanese Garden. Along the way, visit a professional garden designer who can give you further insight into these living artworks.
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