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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.
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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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Our Budget Tours are designed for our guests who are on a limited budget.

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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Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 6 to 13 people using public transportation.

Explore Japan off the beaten path via Japanese public transportation, walking, hiking, cycling and more. Take more time to enjoy local experiences and picturesque landscape. Our Active Small Group Tours combine the best of cultural destinations with off-the-beaten-path via Japanese public transportation, Discover the country of Japan the way the locals do and see Japan from a different angle. A focus on getting away from the crowds and into the real Japan, see the diversity of Japan’s countryside unfold before your eyes.

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Majestic Japan Summer Tour

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Majestic Japan Summer Tour
Majestic Japan Summer Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5898.00

Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Explore Majestic Japan during the pretty summer season, on a 14-day itinerary that includes Tokyo, Yudanaka Onsen, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Himeji, Hiroshima, Shikoku Island, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Mount Fuji, and more.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5898.00

Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Explore Majestic Japan during the pretty summer season, on a 14-day itinerary that includes Tokyo, Yudanaka Onsen, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Himeji, Hiroshima, Shikoku Island, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Mount Fuji, and more.
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Mon. Jun 16, 2025 Sun. Jun 29, 2025 US $5898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Majestic Japan Autumn Tour

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Majestic Japan Autumn Tour
Majestic Japan Autumn Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5898.00

Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Explore Majestic Japan during the beautiful autumn season, on a 14-day itinerary that includes Tokyo, Yudanaka Onsen, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Himeji, Hiroshima, Shikoku Island, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Mount Fuji, and more.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5898.00

Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Explore Majestic Japan during the beautiful autumn season, on a 14-day itinerary that includes Tokyo, Yudanaka Onsen, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Himeji, Hiroshima, Shikoku Island, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Mount Fuji, and more.
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Mon. Oct 20, 2025 Sun. Nov 2, 2025 US $5898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Mon. Oct 19, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 US $5898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms

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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms
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26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / 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 $5998.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / 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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Sat. Apr 5, 2025 Fri. Apr 18, 2025 US $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Cherry 
Blossom Tour

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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour
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26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

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 $5998.00

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 26, 2025 Tue. Apr 8, 2025 US $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Mar 25, 2026 Tue. Apr 7, 2026 US $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

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
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
26 reviews
26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

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 $5998.00

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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Mon. Sep 30, 2024 Sun. Oct 13, 2024 US $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Sep 30, 2026 Tue. Oct 13, 2026 US $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Majestic Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Majestic Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour
Majestic Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Explore Majestic Japan during the breathtaking cherry blossom season, on a 14-day itinerary that includes Tokyo, Yudanaka Onsen, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Himeji, Hiroshima, Shikoku Island, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Mount Fuji, and more.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Explore Majestic Japan during the breathtaking cherry blossom season, on a 14-day itinerary that includes Tokyo, Yudanaka Onsen, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Himeji, Hiroshima, Shikoku Island, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Mount Fuji, and more.
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Fri. Mar 28, 2025 Thu. Apr 10, 2025 US $5998.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Mar 26, 2026 Wed. Apr 8, 2026 US $5998.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Majestic Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Majestic Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour
Majestic Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Explore Majestic Japan during the capitavating autumn leaves season, on a 14-day itinerary that includes Tokyo, Yudanaka Onsen, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Himeji, Hiroshima, Shikoku Island, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Mount Fuji, and more.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Explore Majestic Japan during the capitavating autumn leaves season, on a 14-day itinerary that includes Tokyo, Yudanaka Onsen, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Himeji, Hiroshima, Shikoku Island, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Mount Fuji, and more.
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Mon. Nov 3, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 US $5998.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 2, 2026 Sun. Nov 15, 2026 US $5998.00 Tokyo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour
Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6098.00

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

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6098.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Awaji Island / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Iwakuni / Yamaguchi / Nagato / Hagi / Izumo / Matsue / Tottori / Kinosaki Onsen / Asago / Himeji / Kobe
Visit the "must see" and hidden gems of Japan.
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Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $6098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 19, 2025 Sun. Nov 2, 2025 US $6098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 18, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 US $6098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Sapporo Autumn Fest

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Sapporo Autumn Fest
Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Sapporo Autumn Fest

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6098.00

Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo), Honshu (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This autumn tour through Japan combines the vibrant Sapporo Autumn Fest with the best sightseeing spots of Honshu.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6098.00

Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo), Honshu (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This autumn tour through Japan combines the vibrant Sapporo Autumn Fest with the best sightseeing spots of Honshu.
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Sun. Sep 15, 2024 Sun. Sep 29, 2024 US $6098.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 20, 2026 Sun. Oct 4, 2026 US $6098.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Autumn Leaves & Salmon 
Run

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run
Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6098.00

Hokkaido (Chitose / Shiraoi / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro), Honshu (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This autumn tour through Japan combines the enchanting fall colors of Hokkaido with the best sightseeing spots of Honshu.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6098.00

Hokkaido (Chitose / Shiraoi / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro), Honshu (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This autumn tour through Japan combines the enchanting fall colors of Hokkaido with the best sightseeing spots of Honshu.
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Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $6098.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 19, 2025 Sun. Nov 2, 2025 US $6098.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 18, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 US $6098.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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