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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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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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Tohoku & Central Japan Autumn Tour: Rice Paddy Art 
2022 - 9/11

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Tohoku & Central Japan Autumn Tour: Rice Paddy Art 2022 - 9/11
Tohoku & Central Japan Autumn Tour: Rice Paddy Art 2022 - 9/11

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5398.00

Aomori / Inakadate / Hirosaki / Kakunodate / Sakata / Mt Haguro / Mogami River Gorge / Yamadera / Matsushima / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Experience a tour through the rare cultural beauties of Tohoku, followed by the golden route through Japan’s top destinations!

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5398.00

Aomori / Inakadate / Hirosaki / Kakunodate / Sakata / Mt Haguro / Mogami River Gorge / Yamadera / Matsushima / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Experience a tour through the rare cultural beauties of Tohoku, followed by the golden route through Japan’s top destinations!
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Sun. Sep 11, 2022 Sat. Sep 24, 2022 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 10, 2023 Sat. Sep 23, 2023 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2022 - 4/5

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2022 - 4/5
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2022 - 4/5
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23 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Sanno Spring Festival.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Sanno Spring Festival.
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Tue. Apr 5, 2022 Mon. Apr 18, 2022 US $5598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Apr 5, 2023 Tue. Apr 18, 2023 US $5598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Cherry 
Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/30

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/30
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/30
23 reviews
23 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Travel to Japan's three main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, & Honshu as well as the Japanese Alps during cherry blossom season.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Travel to Japan's three main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, & Honshu as well as the Japanese Alps during cherry blossom season.
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Wed. Mar 30, 2022 Tue. Apr 12, 2022 US $5598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Mar 29, 2023 Tue. Apr 11, 2023 US $5598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & 
Cherry Blossoms 2022 - 11/13

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms 2022 - 11/13
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms 2022 - 11/13
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26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
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Sun. Nov 14, 2021 Sat. Nov 27, 2021 US $5598.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Nov 13, 2022 Sat. Nov 26, 2022 US $5598.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2022 - 9/30

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2022 - 9/30
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2022 - 9/30
23 reviews
23 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.
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Fri. Sep 30, 2022 Thu. Oct 13, 2022 US $5598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Sep 30, 2023 Fri. Oct 13, 2023 US $5598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Discover Japan Spring Tour 2022 
- 5/25

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $200

Discover Japan Spring Tour 2022 - 5/25
Discover Japan Spring Tour 2022 - 5/25

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $5698.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Ina / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
You'll discover the must-see culture, history, and natural wonders of Japan in this 12-day spring itinerary that takes you from Tokyo to Osaka through the Japanese Alps, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima!

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $5698.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Ina / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
You'll discover the must-see culture, history, and natural wonders of Japan in this 12-day spring itinerary that takes you from Tokyo to Osaka through the Japanese Alps, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima!
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Wed. May 25, 2022 Sun. Jun 5, 2022 US $5698.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. May 24, 2023 Sun. Jun 4, 2023 US $5698.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Discover Japan Autumn Tour 2022 
- 10/12

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $200

Discover Japan Autumn Tour 2022 - 10/12
Discover Japan Autumn Tour 2022 - 10/12

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $5698.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Ina / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
Japan awaits your discovery in a 12-day autumn itinerary that features immersive experiences in Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Nara, Hiroshima, the Japanese Alps, Kanazawa, and other must-see destinations.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $5698.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Ina / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
Japan awaits your discovery in a 12-day autumn itinerary that features immersive experiences in Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Nara, Hiroshima, the Japanese Alps, Kanazawa, and other must-see destinations.
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Wed. Oct 12, 2022 Sun. Oct 23, 2022 US $5698.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Oct 11, 2023 Sun. Oct 22, 2023 US $5698.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido 
Winter Festival Tour 2022 - 1/30

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour 2022 - 1/30
Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour 2022 - 1/30

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5798.00

Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Chitose / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro)
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5798.00

Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Chitose / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro)
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.
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Sun. Jan 30, 2022 Mon. Feb 14, 2022 US $5798.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Jan 29, 2023 Mon. Feb 13, 2023 US $5798.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Lavenders & Summer 
Flowers 2022 - 7/17

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Lavenders & Summer Flowers 2022 - 7/17
Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Lavenders & Summer Flowers 2022 - 7/17

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5798.00

Hokkaido (Lake Onuma / Shikabe-cho / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Furano / Biei / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo), Honshu (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Join this 15-day summer tour through the enchanting lavender flowers of Hokkaido plus the top sightseeing destinations of the Japan mainland.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5798.00

Hokkaido (Lake Onuma / Shikabe-cho / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Furano / Biei / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo), Honshu (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Join this 15-day summer tour through the enchanting lavender flowers of Hokkaido plus the top sightseeing destinations of the Japan mainland.
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Sun. Jul 17, 2022 Sun. Jul 31, 2022 US $5798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Jul 16, 2023 Sun. Jul 30, 2023 US $5798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour 2022 - 10/16

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $300

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $300

Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour 2022 - 10/16
Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour 2022 - 10/16

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Awaji Island / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Iwakuni / Yamaguchi / Nagato / Hagi / Iwami Ginzan / Izumo / Matsue / Tottori / Kinosaki Onsen / Asago / Himeji / Kobe
Visit the "must see" and hidden gems of Japan.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Awaji Island / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Iwakuni / Yamaguchi / Nagato / Hagi / Iwami Ginzan / Izumo / Matsue / Tottori / Kinosaki Onsen / Asago / Himeji / Kobe
Visit the "must see" and hidden gems of Japan.
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Sun. Oct 16, 2022 Sun. Oct 30, 2022 US $5798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 15, 2023 Sun. Oct 29, 2023 US $5798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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