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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 are ideal for travelers who want more free time to explore their own interests in Japan with the balance of having an escorted tour guide. Go without private coach transportation and opt for using public trains and local buses. Travelers usually stay for at least 2 nights at a destination on a Japan Walking Tour, allowing for a more relaxed and in-depth visit. Your tour guide will give you local advice and tips for things to see and do in your spare time. Experience Japanese culture firsthand with a more flexible itinerary.

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The Pilgrimage Route of Japan

Himeji - Kurashiki - Hiroshima - Shimanami Kaido - Takamatsu - Naruto - Koyasan - Kumano - Ise Shima

8 Nights | From US$3298.00

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Interested in Japan’s cultural roots and religion? Enlighten yourself while traveling through the country’s most scenic routes.

The Pilgrimage Route of Japan tour grants you access to some of Japan’s culturally attractive areas and scenic sites. Journey to the religious sites of Japan for an alternative and deeper understanding of Japanese culture and history. Gain insight on Shintoism and Buddhism in Japan, which are still practiced in some of the temples that we will visit. Many of the spiritual sites are bountiful with nature, rewarding visitors with scenic views that invoke a sense of calmness. Take this op... View More

The Pilgrimage Route of Japan tour grants you access to some of Japan’s culturally attractive areas and scenic sites. Journey to the religious sites of Japan for an alternative and deeper understanding of Japanese culture and history. Gain insight on Shintoism and Buddhism in Japan, which are still practiced in some of the temples that we will visit. Many of the spiritual sites are bountiful with nature, rewarding visitors with scenic views that invoke a sense of calmness. Take this opportunity to experience Japan’s historical lifestyle and culture firsthand.

Before beginning the pilgrimage route, we will first travel to landmark figures like Himeji Castle, Kurashiki, and Hiroshima. Then, we will head to Miyajima Island, one of Japan's three most scenic places (nihon sankei). Next, drive through the Shimanami Kaido, a 60-kilometer-long toll road that connects the main island of Honshu to the Shikoku island, which is still largely untouched by mass tourism. Shikoku is seeped with natural beauty, colorful legend and history, and jeweled with 88 pilgrimage temples.

Take a ferry to Wakayama and visit Koyasan. Here you will have the opportunity to experience a monk lifestyle by staying overnight at a temple and eating a Shojin Ryori (vegetarian) dinner. In the morning, you will have the chance to join monks in their meditation practice for further enlightenment on their spiritual customs. In Kumano, we will spend time visiting temples, shrines, and other significant structures along the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From there, you can see the tallest waterfall in Japan, Nachi Fall. After visiting several temples and shrines, including the Ise Grand Shrine, we will spend time at the Mikimoto Pearl Island to learn the art and skills of pearl production.

Our Pilgrimage Route of Japan tours bring travelers cultural awareness of the historical past and belief systems deeply rooted in Japan. Please click on the tours below for more details on this itinerary.

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Tour Highlights

  • Offers a deeper understanding of the religious aspects and cultural roots of Japan while traveling through the scenic routes of southern Japan.
  • Visit ancient temples rooted in Buddhist and Shinto beliefs and other spiritual sites.
  • Spend one night at a temple lodging at Koyasan for first-hand experience of a monk lifestyle.
  • Explore the structures along the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit the tallest waterfall in Japan, Nachi Falls.
  • Opportunities to view seasonal attractions, including cherry blossoms.
  • Private coach transfers between destinations with hassle-free baggage handling.
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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 are ideal for travelers who want more free time to explore their own interests in Japan with the balance of having an escorted tour guide. Go without private coach transportation and opt for using public trains and local buses. Travelers usually stay for at least 2 nights at a destination on a Japan Walking Tour, allowing for a more relaxed and in-depth visit. Your tour guide will give you local advice and tips for things to see and do in your spare time. Experience Japanese culture firsthand with a more flexible itinerary.

The Pilgrimage Route of Japan Tour Summer 2019 - 6/22

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Pilgrimage Route of Japan Tour Summer 2019 - 6/22
The Pilgrimage Route of Japan Tour Summer 2019 - 6/22

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Experience and learn about the spiritual side of Japan.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Experience and learn about the spiritual side of Japan.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Jun 22, 2019 Sun. Jun 30, 2019 US $3298.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Pilgrimage Route of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2019 
- 4/6

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Pilgrimage Route of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2019 - 4/6
The Pilgrimage Route of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2019 - 4/6

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3398.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Experience and learn about the spiritual side of Japan.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3398.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Experience and learn about the spiritual side of Japan.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Apr 6, 2019 Sun. Apr 14, 2019 US $3398.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Apr 4, 2020 Sun. Apr 12, 2020 US $3398.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  

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