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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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Signature: Essence of Japan

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

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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 Lake Ashi... 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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Tour Highlights

  • 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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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.

Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour 2020 - 9/7

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour 2020 - 9/7
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour 2020 - 9/7

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Sep 7, 2020 Wed. Sep 16, 2020 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Sep 6, 2021 Wed. Sep 15, 2021 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 5, 2022 Wed. Sep 14, 2022 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura 
Festival 2021 - 5/10

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2021 - 5/10
Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2021 - 5/10

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

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

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
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 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. May 10, 2021 Wed. May 19, 2021 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. May 6, 2022 Sun. May 15, 2022 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2021 - 
3/29

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2021 - 3/29
Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2021 - 3/29

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 18 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Mar 29, 2021 Wed. Apr 7, 2021 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Mar 28, 2022 Wed. Apr 6, 2022 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival 
Tour 2020 - 10/6

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2020 - 10/6
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2020 - 10/6

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Tue. Oct 6, 2020 Thu. Oct 15, 2020 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Wed. Oct 6, 2021 Fri. Oct 15, 2021 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Oct 6, 2022 Sat. Oct 15, 2022 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 
11/2

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/2
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 11/2

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Nov 2, 2020 Wed. Nov 11, 2020 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Nov 1, 2021 Wed. Nov 10, 2021 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 31, 2022 Wed. Nov 9, 2022 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & 
Cherry Blossom Tour 2021 - 4/10

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour 2021 - 4/10
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour 2021 - 4/10

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Apr 10, 2021 Mon. Apr 19, 2021 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Apr 10, 2022 Tue. Apr 19, 2022 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  

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