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Japan Deluxe Tours

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.

Deluxe-Plus Small Group Tours

Experience the culture of Japan at a slower pace with groups of 10 to 18 people.
(Smaller group departure available)

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.

Ultra-Deluxe Small Group Tours

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.

Japan Walking Tours

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.

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Essence of Japan

Nikko - Tokyo - Hakone - Mt Fuji - Matsumoto - Takayama - Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa - Kyoto - Nara - Osaka

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Enjoy an enriched journey to Japan combining cultural activities, the country’s most scenic destinations, and famous landmarks.

See Japan's top attractions, explore the country's rural areas, and indulge in cultural experiences to make your trip truly memorable.

Start your tour in Nikko, where you will travel along the winding road of Irohzaka before reaching the Kegon Waterfall, one of Japan’s most beautiful waterfalls. Visit the lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine, a mausoleum built for the founder of the Tokugawa Shogun. From there, experience seeing a Shinto ceremony held by a Shinto priest or prieste... View More

See Japan's top attractions, explore the country's rural areas, and indulge in cultural experiences to make your trip truly memorable.

Start your tour in Nikko, where you will travel along the winding road of Irohzaka before reaching the Kegon Waterfall, one of Japan’s most beautiful waterfalls. Visit the lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine, a mausoleum built for the founder of the Tokugawa Shogun. From there, experience seeing a Shinto ceremony held by a Shinto priest or priestess.

Tour through the busiest city in Japan, Tokyo, where our private guides and drivers will help you navigate through the city’s top attractions. Visit Tokyo’s historical monuments, fashionable neighborhoods, and diverse shopping districts. Then, head to Hakone and check out its open air museum before boarding a pirate ship cruise around Lake Ashi. Afterwards, enjoy an outstanding view of Mt. Fuji from the Komagatake Ropeway.

Get a closer look at Mt. Fuji from its 5th Station, then travel through the ever-changing scenery to Matsumoto. See the original-standing Matsumoto Castle, then spend time at one of Japan’s largest wasabi farms. Spend a day in Takayama, a secluded “old” town that has maintained a traditional atmosphere and unique culture. Next, travel to the quaint village of Shirakwa-go, famous for its UNESCO designated gassho-zukuri architecture. Head to Kanazawa and stroll through Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s top three gardens.

Spend four nights in Kyoto, where you will get to visit the city’s top temples and shrines. You will also have the chance to learn about origami, calligraphy, and the art of Ikebana. Wear a kimono for an entire day, practice Zen meditation in a temple, participate in a traditional green tea ceremony, and enjoy Kyoto cuisine with entertainment by an apprentice geisha (maiko). Make your way to Nara and visit the Todaiji Temple, home to the towering Great Buddha statue. Then, see some of the freely roaming Sika deer at Deer Park. In Osaka, you will get to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef, enjoy a taiko (festival drums) lesson, and a visit to Osaka Castle.

With a maximum group size 18 guests, our Essence of Japan group tours combine enrichment, enjoyment, and education with the time to appreciate your bountiful surroundings.

We plan our tours based on seasonal attractions, with must see sites in every tour. Below are our Essence of Japan tour itineraries with seasonal changes:

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Tour Highlights

  • Travel to Japan’s must-see attractions as well as the country’s lesser known regions.
  • Access to a wide range of unique activities that engage you in authentic Japanese culture, including lessons in origami, calligraphy, and the art of Ikebana.
  • Practice Zen meditation in a temple and wear a kimono for a whole day.
  • Enjoy Kyoto cuisine featuring entertainment by an apprentice geisha (maiko).
  • Select itineraries focus on cherry blossoms, wisteria, and spring festivals.
  • Maximum group size is 18 guests. Smaller group departures available during various seasons.
  • Admission fees to activities and attractions are included.
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Japan Deluxe Tours

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.

Deluxe-Plus Small Group Tours

Experience the culture of Japan at a slower pace with groups of 10 to 18 people.
(Smaller group departure available)

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.

Ultra-Deluxe Small Group Tours

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.

Japan Walking Tours

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.

Essence of Japan Tour Summer 2020 - 6/15

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $100

Essence of Japan Tour Summer 2020 - 6/15
Essence of Japan Tour Summer 2020 - 6/15

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6298.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$6,598 per person.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6298.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$6,598 per person.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Jun 15, 2020 Thu. Jun 25, 2020 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Jun 20, 2021 Wed. Jun 30, 2021 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Jul 18, 2021 Wed. Jul 28, 2021 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Sun. Aug 22, 2021 Wed. Sep 1, 2021 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Essence of Japan: Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 
2020 - 5/11

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Essence of Japan: Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2020 - 5/11
Essence of Japan: Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2020 - 5/11

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6298.00

Ashikaga / Omiya / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Travel to Japan's main cities and rural regions with a chance to see the Great Wisteria Tree and captivating Shibazakura with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$6,598 per person.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6298.00

Ashikaga / Omiya / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Travel to Japan's main cities and rural regions with a chance to see the Great Wisteria Tree and captivating Shibazakura with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$6,598 per person.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. May 11, 2020 Thu. May 21, 2020 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. May 9, 2021 Wed. May 19, 2021 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Essence of Japan Tour Autumn 2019 - 9/23

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Essence of Japan Tour Autumn 2019 - 9/23
Essence of Japan Tour Autumn 2019 - 9/23

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6298.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Take a trip to Japan's top attractions and beautiful countryside during the crisp autumn season, plus experience unique cultural activities.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$6,598 per person.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6298.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Take a trip to Japan's top attractions and beautiful countryside during the crisp autumn season, plus experience unique cultural activities.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$6,598 per person.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Sep 21, 2020 Thu. Oct 1, 2020 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 18, 2020 Wed. Oct 28, 2020 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 19, 2021 Wed. Sep 29, 2021 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Sun. Oct 17, 2021 Wed. Oct 27, 2021 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Essence of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2020 - 3/22, 
3/29, 4/5

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Essence of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2020 - 3/22, 3/29, 4/5
Essence of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2020 - 3/22, 3/29, 4/5

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6598.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$6,898 per person.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6598.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$6,898 per person.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Mar 22, 2020 Wed. Apr 1, 2020 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Mar 29, 2020 Wed. Apr 8, 2020 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Apr 5, 2020 Wed. Apr 15, 2020 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Mon. Mar 22, 2021 Thu. Apr 1, 2021 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Mar 29, 2021 Thu. Apr 8, 2021 US $6598.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

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Sun. Apr 4, 2021 Wed. Apr 14, 2021 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Essence of Japan: Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry 
Blossom Tour 2020 - 4/10

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Essence of Japan: Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour 2020 - 4/10
Essence of Japan: Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour 2020 - 4/10

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6598.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$6,898 per person.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6598.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$6,898 per person.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Fri. Apr 10, 2020 Mon. Apr 20, 2020 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Apr 10, 2021 Tue. Apr 20, 2021 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Essence of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2019 - 10/27, 
11/18

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Essence of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2019 - 10/27, 11/18
Essence of Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2019 - 10/27, 11/18

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6598.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
See the best of Japan's autumn leaves at famous attractions and rural landscapes with opportunities for cultural experiences.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$6,898 per person.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $6598.00

Nikko / Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
See the best of Japan's autumn leaves at famous attractions and rural landscapes with opportunities for cultural experiences.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$6,898 per person.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Oct 27, 2019 Wed. Nov 6, 2019 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Nov 18, 2019 Thu. Nov 28, 2019 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Nov 16, 2020 Thu. Nov 26, 2020 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Sun. Nov 14, 2021 Wed. Nov 24, 2021 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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