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Signature: Essence of Japan

Fully Escorted

Local Cuisine

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9 Nights

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From US$6498.00

  • Travel to Japan’s must-see attractions in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nara, as well as lesser known regions.
  • Immerse yourself in authentic Japanese culture through lessons in traditional arts, including calligraphy, ikebana, and taiko drums.
  • Explore UNESCO Heritage village of Shirakawa-go, admired for it's gassho-zukuri farmhouses.
  • Savor delicious Kyoto cuisine while being entertained by an apprentice geisha (maiko).
  • Enjoy Kenrokuen - one of Japan's Great Gardens, and an old samurai district.
  • Take free time to explore a range of sightseeing options in Kanazawa.
  • Select itineraries focus on cherry blossoms, wisteria, spring festivals, and autumn leaves.
  • Tour variations including cherry blossoms, autumn leaves, Takayama Spring and Autumn festivals, and more.
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Tokyo - Hakone - Mt Fuji - Matsumoto - Takayama - Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa - Osaka - Nara - Kyoto

9 Nights | From US$6498.00

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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.

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 L... View More

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

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. Then see the nearby Itchiku Kubota museum, which displays Kubota's unfinished silk masterpiece - the Symphony of Light.

Take in the gorgeous natural vista of Lake Kawaguchi and Oishi Park, which includes, on a clear day, a magnificent view of Mount Fuji. Then travel through the ever- changing scenery to Matsumoto where you will see the original Matsumoto Castle. Spend a morning at market in Takayama and browse between the outdoor stalls of local handicraft for an quality souvenir. Next, travel to the UNESCO-inscribed village of Shirakawa-go, famous for its charming gassho-zukuri architecture. Head to Kanazawa and stroll through Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s top three gardens. Then take an afternoon to explore your choice local attractions, including a gold leaf workshop, a museum dedicated to Zen scholar DT Suzuki, and a Kutani-ware Ceramics Kiln.

Take an express train to Osaka for a class in Taiko Drums. Behold Todaiji Temple in the city of Nara, home to a towering Buddha statue, while nearby, in Nara Park, you can mingle in company of over a thousand adorable, friendly Sika deer. Spend three nights in Kyoto, where you will get to visit the city’s top temples and shrines, including the Golden Pavilion, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kodaiji Temple, and Kiyomizu Temple. Take the chance to learn Japanese calligraphy and Ikebana flower-arranging in a traditional wooden townhouse. Sip delicious matcha at a green tea ceremony and meditate like a Zen Buddhist monk at Kodaiji Temple. Enjoy an evening of non-verbal storytelling watching a performance at the GEAR Theatre, and the next night savoring elegant Kyoto cuisine with traditional entertainment by an apprentice geisha (maiko).

This 10-day tour package combines the historical sights, unique cultural experiences, and natural wonder to bring you the Essence of Japan Tours. This itinerary includes seasonal varieties, including cherry blossom tours, autumn leaves tours, wisteria tours, Takayama Spring and Autumn festival tours, and more.

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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Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour arrow readmore icon

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

    3 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

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Mon. Sep 2, 2024 Wed. Sep 11, 2024 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Sold Out / Waiting List
Mon. Sep 1, 2025 Wed. Sep 10, 2025 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. Sep 7, 2026 Wed. Sep 16, 2026 US $6698.00

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Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour arrow readmore icon

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

    3 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

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Mon. Nov 4, 2024 Wed. Nov 13, 2024 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Sold Out / Waiting List
Mon. Nov 3, 2025 Wed. Nov 12, 2025 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. Nov 2, 2026 Wed. Nov 11, 2026 US $6898.00

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Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto

    3 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

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 16 guests.

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Mon. May 5, 2025 Wed. May 14, 2025 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. May 4, 2026 Wed. May 13, 2026 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour arrow readmore icon

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

    3 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

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Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Tue. Oct 15, 2024 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. Oct 6, 2025 Wed. Oct 15, 2025 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Tue. Oct 6, 2026 Thu. Oct 15, 2026 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour arrow readmore icon

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

    3 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

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Mon. Mar 24, 2025 Wed. Apr 2, 2025 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Sold Out / Waiting List
Wed. Mar 18, 2026 Fri. Mar 27, 2026 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. Mar 30, 2026 Wed. Apr 8, 2026 US $7098.00

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Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour arrow readmore icon

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

    3 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Fri. Apr 11, 2025 Sun. Apr 20, 2025 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Sat. Apr 11, 2026 Mon. Apr 20, 2026 US $7098.00

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Learn to create your own Sushi, meet a geisha or maiko, and more

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Meet locals and visit rural areas of Japan you might miss on other tours

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