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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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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.

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Explore the must-see sights and enjoy the hassle-free trip to Japan at an affordable price. Our most cost-effective way to see the highlights of Japan while staying in budget-friendly accommodations. If you would like to have a quick stop to sample the must-see sights of Japan, or plan to explore Japan on your own but would like to take a short trip to learn about Japan before your self-guided journeys. These are the tours for you.

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Tokyo to Kyoto Summer Tour

Group Tour | Budget          Book Now & Save $50

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Tokyo to Kyoto Summer Tour
Tokyo to Kyoto Summer Tour

6 Days 5 Nights | from US $1898.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Kanzanji Onsen / Kyoto
Explore the top locations in Tokyo and Kyoto (with one day at Mount Fuji and Hakone) during our 6-day Tokyo to Kyoto Summer Group Tour.

6 Days 5 Nights | from US $1898.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Kanzanji Onsen / Kyoto
Explore the top locations in Tokyo and Kyoto (with one day at Mount Fuji and Hakone) during our 6-day Tokyo to Kyoto Summer Group Tour.
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Mon. Jun 24, 2024 Sat. Jun 29, 2024 US $1898.00 Tokyo Kyoto Budget Save this tour Sold Out
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Tokyo to Kyoto Autumn Tour

Group Tour | Budget          Book Now & Save $50

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Tokyo to Kyoto Autumn Tour
Tokyo to Kyoto Autumn Tour

6 Days 5 Nights | from US $1898.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Kanzanji Onsen / Kyoto
Explore the top locations in Tokyo and Kyoto (with one day at Mount Fuji and Hakone) during our 6-day Tokyo to Kyoto Summer Group Tour.

6 Days 5 Nights | from US $1898.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Kanzanji Onsen / Kyoto
Explore the top locations in Tokyo and Kyoto (with one day at Mount Fuji and Hakone) during our 6-day Tokyo to Kyoto Summer Group Tour.
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Mon. Sep 16, 2024 Sat. Sep 21, 2024 US $1898.00 Tokyo Kyoto Budget Save this tour Book Now  
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Tokyo to Kyoto Cherry Blossom Tour

Group Tour | Budget          Book Now & Save $50

Group Tour | Budget    Book Now & Save $50

Tokyo to Kyoto Cherry Blossom Tour
Tokyo to Kyoto Cherry Blossom Tour

6 Days 5 Nights | from US $1998.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Kanzanji Onsen / Kyoto
Tour the very best destinations from Tokyo to Kyoto, including a day at Mount Fuji / Hakone, in the enchanting cherry blossoms season during this special 6-day Cherry Blossoms Tour.

6 Days 5 Nights | from US $1998.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Kanzanji Onsen / Kyoto
Tour the very best destinations from Tokyo to Kyoto, including a day at Mount Fuji / Hakone, in the enchanting cherry blossoms season during this special 6-day Cherry Blossoms Tour.
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The Golden Route Japan Tour Winter

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The Golden Route Japan Tour Winter
The Golden Route Japan Tour Winter
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7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2898.00

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

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2898.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.
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Sun. Dec 8, 2024 Sat. Dec 14, 2024 US $2898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: 
Cherry Blossoms

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Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Cherry Blossoms
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Cherry Blossoms

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.
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Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: 
Spring

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Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.
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Wed. Apr 17, 2024 Wed. Apr 24, 2024 US $2940.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Save this tour Sold Out
Fri. May 10, 2024 Fri. May 17, 2024 US $2940.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

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Fri. May 24, 2024 Fri. May 31, 2024 US $2940.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Save this tour Sold Out
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: 
Autumn

Group Tour | Active          

Group Tour | Active    

Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.
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Sun. Sep 22, 2024 Sun. Sep 29, 2024 US $2940.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Oct 4, 2024 Fri. Oct 11, 2024 US $2940.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Oct 18, 2024 Fri. Oct 25, 2024 US $2940.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Save this tour Sold Out
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: 
Autumn Leaves

Group Tour | Active          

Group Tour | Active    

Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Wed. Nov 13, 2024 Wed. Nov 20, 2024 US $2940.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Save this tour Sold Out
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking 
Tour: Summer

Group Tour | Active          

Group Tour | Active    

Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Summer
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Summer

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.
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Fri. Jun 7, 2024 Fri. Jun 14, 2024 US $2940.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Route Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse)

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Route Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse)
The Golden Route Japan Tour Autumn (Reverse)
120 reviews
120 reviews

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2998.00

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

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2998.00

Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.
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Mon. Sep 23, 2024 Sun. Sep 29, 2024 US $2998.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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