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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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Japan Winter Heartfelt Birding Tour 2022 - 2/2

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Winter Heartfelt Birding Tour 2022 - 2/2
Japan Winter Heartfelt Birding Tour 2022 - 2/2

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $7998.00

Sapporo / Tsurui Village / Lake Kussharo / Shibetsu / Rausu / Shiretoko / Notsuke Peninsula / Lake Furen / Nemuro / Cape Kiritappu / Kushiro / Izumi / Takaharu / Kyoto / Lake Biwa / Kaga / Nagano / Karuizawa / Tokyo
Venture on a journey of constant wonder and discovery as you explore the innumerable birds that winter on the coast, forests, and fields of Japan with a knowledgeable birding specialist.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $7998.00

Sapporo / Tsurui Village / Lake Kussharo / Shibetsu / Rausu / Shiretoko / Notsuke Peninsula / Lake Furen / Nemuro / Cape Kiritappu / Kushiro / Izumi / Takaharu / Kyoto / Lake Biwa / Kaga / Nagano / Karuizawa / Tokyo
Venture on a journey of constant wonder and discovery as you explore the innumerable birds that winter on the coast, forests, and fields of Japan with a knowledgeable birding specialist.
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Wed. Feb 2, 2022 Tue. Feb 15, 2022 US $7998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Japan Garden Tour: Autumn Leaves 2022 - 11/6

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

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

Japan Garden Tour: Autumn Leaves 2022 - 11/6
Japan Garden Tour: Autumn Leaves 2022 - 11/6

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

Himeji / Matsue / Izumo / Takamatsu / Awaji Island / Kobe / Osaka / Koyasan / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
This 14-day tour takes you to some of the best gardens in Japan, plus delicious cuisine, ancient temples, with other local experiences in Kyoto, Nara, Mount Fuji, Koyasan, and more.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

Himeji / Matsue / Izumo / Takamatsu / Awaji Island / Kobe / Osaka / Koyasan / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
This 14-day tour takes you to some of the best gardens in Japan, plus delicious cuisine, ancient temples, with other local experiences in Kyoto, Nara, Mount Fuji, Koyasan, and more.
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Sun. Oct 24, 2021 Sat. Nov 6, 2021 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Nov 6, 2022 Sat. Nov 19, 2022 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Mon. Oct 30, 2023 Sun. Nov 12, 2023 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Art & Garden Tour: Cherry Blossoms 2022 - 3/27

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

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

Japan Art & Garden Tour: Cherry Blossoms 2022 - 3/27
Japan Art & Garden Tour: Cherry Blossoms 2022 - 3/27

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

Himeji / Matsue / Izumo / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Awaji Island / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
The Art and Garden Cherry Blossoms Tour offers you the most magnificent of Japan's gardens in one of the loveliest seasons, guided by our garden-knowledgeable guide, including a trip to Naoshima Art Island.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

Himeji / Matsue / Izumo / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Awaji Island / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
The Art and Garden Cherry Blossoms Tour offers you the most magnificent of Japan's gardens in one of the loveliest seasons, guided by our garden-knowledgeable guide, including a trip to Naoshima Art Island.
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Sun. Mar 27, 2022 Sat. Apr 9, 2022 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Mar 26, 2023 Sat. Apr 8, 2023 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great 
Summer Festivals 2022 - 7/29

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals 2022 - 7/29
Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals 2022 - 7/29

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8598.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Tokushima / Takamatsu / Oboke Gorge / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
This tour features Japan Summer Highlights including the summer flowers, festivals & fireworks.

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8598.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Tokushima / Takamatsu / Oboke Gorge / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
This tour features Japan Summer Highlights including the summer flowers, festivals & fireworks.
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Fri. Jul 29, 2022 Thu. Aug 18, 2022 US $8598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Jul 29, 2023 Fri. Aug 18, 2023 US $8598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour 2022 - 9/5

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

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

Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour 2022 - 9/5
Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour 2022 - 9/5

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.
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Mon. Sep 5, 2022 Sun. Sep 18, 2022 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 4, 2023 Sun. Sep 17, 2023 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, 
Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2022 - 5/1

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2022 - 5/1
Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2022 - 5/1

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8598.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Onuma Park / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations.

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8598.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Onuma Park / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations.
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Sun. May 1, 2022 Sat. May 21, 2022 US $8598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 1, 2023 Sun. May 21, 2023 US $8598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji 
Shibazakura Festival 2022 - 5/6

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

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

Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2022 - 5/6
Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2022 - 5/6

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.
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Fri. May 6, 2022 Thu. May 19, 2022 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. May 7, 2023 Sat. May 20, 2023 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Classic Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 
3/28

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

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

Signature: Classic Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/28
Signature: Classic Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/28

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 18 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 18 guests.
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Mon. Mar 28, 2022 Sun. Apr 10, 2022 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Mar 27, 2023 Sun. Apr 9, 2023 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & 
Wisteria 2022 - 4/11

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria 2022 - 4/11
Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria 2022 - 4/11
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22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8698.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Ashikaga / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo
Follow a cherry blossom route through Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido and see Japan's beautiful wisteria flowers too.

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8698.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Ashikaga / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo
Follow a cherry blossom route through Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido and see Japan's beautiful wisteria flowers too.
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Mon. Apr 11, 2022 Mon. May 2, 2022 US $8698.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Apr 17, 2023 Mon. May 8, 2023 US $8698.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes 
Flowers & Aoi Festival 2022 - 5/3

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes Flowers & Aoi Festival 2022 - 5/3
Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes Flowers & Aoi Festival 2022 - 5/3
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22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8698.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko / Hitachi Seaside Park / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki
Take the ultimate journey to Japan during cherry blossom season, see the baby blue eye flowers, and view the elegant Aoi Festival.

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8698.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko / Hitachi Seaside Park / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki
Take the ultimate journey to Japan during cherry blossom season, see the baby blue eye flowers, and view the elegant Aoi Festival.
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Tue. May 3, 2022 Tue. May 24, 2022 US $8698.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. May 3, 2023 Wed. May 24, 2023 US $8698.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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