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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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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.

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Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): 
Takayama Festival & Autumn Leaves

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Autumn Leaves
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Autumn Leaves

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6698.00

Central Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo)
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Honshu & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6698.00

Central Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo)
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Honshu & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.
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Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 US $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 6, 2025 Tue. Oct 21, 2025 US $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Cherry Blossoms, 
Baby 
Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6698.00

Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate), Tohoku (Seikan Tunnel / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima), Central Japan (Nikko / Hitachi Seaside Park / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka)
Experience one of Kyoto's largest festivals, visit Japan's main cities, see the baby blue eye flowers, and catch sight of cherry blossoms in Northern Japan.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6698.00

Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate), Tohoku (Seikan Tunnel / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima), Central Japan (Nikko / Hitachi Seaside Park / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka)
Experience one of Kyoto's largest festivals, visit Japan's main cities, see the baby blue eye flowers, and catch sight of cherry blossoms in Northern Japan.
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Fri. May 3, 2024 Sat. May 18, 2024 US $6698.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. May 3, 2025 Sun. May 18, 2025 US $6698.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. May 3, 2026 Mon. May 18, 2026 US $6698.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): 
Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6698.00

Central Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo)
Travel on a cherry blossom filled journey through Honshu and Hokkaido, and experience the Takayama Spring Festival.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6698.00

Central Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo)
Travel on a cherry blossom filled journey through Honshu and Hokkaido, and experience the Takayama Spring Festival.
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Fri. Apr 11, 2025 Sat. Apr 26, 2025 US $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Apr 11, 2026 Sun. Apr 26, 2026 US $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour

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

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Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.
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Mon. Sep 2, 2024 Wed. Sep 11, 2024 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. Sep 1, 2025 Wed. Sep 10, 2025 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. Sep 7, 2026 Wed. Sep 16, 2026 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.
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Mon. Nov 4, 2024 Wed. Nov 13, 2024 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 3, 2025 Wed. Nov 12, 2025 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 2, 2026 Wed. Nov 11, 2026 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji 
Shibazakura 
Festival

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival
Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Travel to Japan's main cities and rural regions with a chance to see the Great Wisteria Tree and captivating Shibazakura with a maximum group size 16 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Travel to Japan's main cities and rural regions with a chance to see the Great Wisteria Tree and captivating Shibazakura with a maximum group size 16 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. May 6, 2024 Wed. May 15, 2024 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 5, 2025 Wed. May 14, 2025 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 4, 2026 Wed. May 13, 2026 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn 
Festival Tour

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Tue. Oct 15, 2024 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 6, 2025 Wed. Oct 15, 2025 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. Oct 6, 2026 Thu. Oct 15, 2026 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.
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Mon. Mar 24, 2025 Wed. Apr 2, 2025 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Mar 18, 2026 Fri. Mar 27, 2026 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Mar 30, 2026 Wed. Apr 8, 2026 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival 
& 
Cherry Blossom Tour

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.
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Fri. Apr 11, 2025 Sun. Apr 20, 2025 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Apr 11, 2026 Mon. Apr 20, 2026 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Garden, Art & Architecture Tour: Autumn Leaves

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Garden, Art & Architecture Tour: Autumn Leaves
Japan Garden, Art & Architecture Tour: Autumn Leaves
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14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

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

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Himeji / Yasugi / Matsue / Naoshima / Takamatsu / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
This 14-day tour takes you to some of the best gardens and wonders of art and architecture in Japan, plus delicious cuisine, ancient temples, with other local experiences in Osaka, Naoshima, Takamatsu, Kyoto, Nara, Mount Fuji, Tokyo and more.
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Mon. Nov 4, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Mon. Nov 3, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Mon. Nov 2, 2026 Sun. Nov 15, 2026 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
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