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The sites and scenes of Kyoto, Japan's former capital, are still one of the most recommended and admired in Japan. The streets and buildings of Kyoto resonate differently from other major cities in the country. In fact, Kyoto’s main attractions usually focus on the nostalgic sensation from shrines and temples aside from the famous geisha district in Gion. The different seasons change the beauty at each of these sites, so visiting once per different season is a must.

Known as the cultural center and heart of Japan, Kyoto is located in the Kansai region of Japan. It was once the capital of Japan before Edo, modern-day Tokyo, was made the new capital. As a formal capital, it is no wonder that it has much history and just as many shrines as one can imagine. Their World Heritage Sites are also prominent, there are three that can be mentioned as must-see locations; The Nijo Castle, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Kinkaku-Ji Temple. There are many other places that are noted as World Heritage Sites, however, these are usually at the top of the list for most visitors. The Gion Geisha District is also quite known for being a main zone to spot Geisha on their way to work. Though there is a chance of seeing a geisha along the streets of Gion, there may be some that are not real trainees or Geisha at all. Real geisha or their trainees have a tight schedule to adhere to on their way to visit their patrons or when going to events. Though Kyoto is traditionally known as a place where geisha train and practice, there are still Geisha practitioners in other parts of the country not just in Kyoto.

Another part of Kyoto that is known for its beauty is the Ryoan-ji Rock Garden. The art made from the careful placement of structures and shapes to create a peaceful environment is admirable. This is particularly recognizable when all the stones can be seen at the same time no matter the angle the viewer takes around the garden. The designer or the date of the garden is not known, however, the Ryoan-ji Temple has a history that dates back to 1450, when Daimyo Hosokawa Katsumoto was deputy of the Ashikaga shoguns. It was Daimyo Katsumoto who ordered to transform the once villa into a temple. However, it was later burned down and rebuilt once after the fire was extinguished. Kyoto’s Maruyama Park (Maruyama Koen) is also known for its beauty particularly during the cherry blossom season that takes place in spring. Most hanami (cherry blossom viewing) is done in the park of Maruyama. Although most other parks also have hanami, they are not as popular as Maruyama’s views. Originally the park had many temples, but like many other structures in Japan, they were burned down. Eventually, it was established as a park in 1871 (Meiji Period), then it was opened as a public park around ten years later. The history and beauty of the area makes the trip to Maruyama worth a visit.

For textile history and displays of kimono fashion, Kyoto’s Nishijin Textile Center is available to the public for their daily fashion shows. There are also activities where one can practice weaving with the guide of an experienced textile weaver. The center also displays the type of silk worms that produce the threads needed for colorful kimonos, ties, handkerchiefs, and other accessories that can be made in a textile factory. The many kimono shown can vary depending on the season, particularly for the cherry blossom season when they add extra accessories on some of the models who wear the seasonal kimonos during the shows. In the end, Kyoto has a variety of locations and sites worth visiting for different people and their interests.

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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.
(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.

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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 Golden Route Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse): 2018 - 
9/24, 10/22

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The Golden Route Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse): 2018 - 9/24, 10/22
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7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2498.00

Nara / Uji / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2498.00

Nara / Uji / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.
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10/1, 10/14

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The Golden Route Japan Tour Autumn 2018 - 9/2, 9/16, 10/1, 10/14
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Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.

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Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.
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The Golden Route Japan Tour Summer 2019 - 6/2, 6/23, 7/6, 7/21, 8/8, 8/11
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7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2498.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2498.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.
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The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring (Reverse): 2019 - 
5/5, 5/20, 5/28

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The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring (Reverse): 2019 - 5/5, 5/20, 5/28
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Nara / Uji / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2498.00

Nara / Uji / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.
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The Golden Route Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 
2019 - 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/7

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The Golden Route Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2019 - 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/7
The Golden Route Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2019 - 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/7
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7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2698.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Tour the must-see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto, enjoy cultural activities, and visit the best Japanese cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2698.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Tour the must-see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto, enjoy cultural activities, and visit the best Japanese cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.
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The Golden Route Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossom 
Tour 2019 - 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/15

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The Golden Route Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour 2019 - 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/15
The Golden Route Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour 2019 - 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/15
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7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2698.00

Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Celebrate the Japanese cherry blossom season at the must-see sites of Kyoto & Tokyo, and enjoy authentic cultural experiences.

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2698.00

Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Celebrate the Japanese cherry blossom season at the must-see sites of Kyoto & Tokyo, and enjoy authentic cultural experiences.
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The Golden Route Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves 
Tour 2018 - 11/5, 11/26

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The Golden Route Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves Tour 2018 - 11/5, 11/26
The Golden Route Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves Tour 2018 - 11/5, 11/26
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7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2698.00

Nara / Uji / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Tour the must-see sights of Kyoto & Tokyo, enjoy cultural activities, and visit the best autumn leaves viewing spots in Japan.

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2698.00

Nara / Uji / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Tour the must-see sights of Kyoto & Tokyo, enjoy cultural activities, and visit the best autumn leaves viewing spots in Japan.
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Mon. Nov 5, 2018 Sun. Nov 11, 2018 US $2698.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Spring: 2019 - 5/19

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The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Spring: 2019 - 5/19
The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Spring: 2019 - 5/19
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8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2798.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa & Kyoto.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2798.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa & Kyoto.
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Sun. May 19, 2019 Sun. May 26, 2019 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow 
Monkeys 2018 - 12/20 / 2019 - 1/3 & 28, 12/9 & 23

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

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The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow Monkeys 2018 - 12/20 / 2019 - 1/3 & 28, 12/9 & 23
The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow Monkeys 2018 - 12/20 / 2019 - 1/3 & 28, 12/9 & 23
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8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2798.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Snow Monkeys.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2798.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Snow Monkeys.
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The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Summer 2019 - 6/16, 
8/25

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The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Summer 2019 - 6/16, 8/25
The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Summer 2019 - 6/16, 8/25
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8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2798.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa & Kyoto.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2798.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa & Kyoto.
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Sun. Jun 16, 2019 Sun. Jun 23, 2019 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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