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Kyoto Tours

Kyoto Tours

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 Pottery, Garden & Art Tour arrow readmore icon

Toho Village / Sasebo / Hasami / Arita / Karatsu / Bizen / Kurashiki / Yasugi / Naoshima / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto

    4 reviews

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

Find inspiration during a 14-day Japan Pottery, Garden, and Art Tour stopping in small pottery villages, breathtaking Japanese landscape gardens, and captivating art exhibits.

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Wed. May 28, 2025 Tue. Jun 10, 2025 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Wed. May 27, 2026 Tue. Jun 9, 2026 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTA3187727

Japan Garden & Art Tour: Cherry Blossoms arrow readmore icon

Himeji / Yasugi / Matsue / Kurashiki / Seto Ohashi Bridge / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Bizen / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo

    4 reviews

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

The Garden and Art 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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Mon. Mar 24, 2025 Sun. Apr 6, 2025 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Mar 22, 2026 Sat. Apr 4, 2026 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTC4566054

Japan Winter Highlights: Winter Festivals, Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkeys arrow readmore icon

Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro / Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe

    3 reviews

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8698.00

Discover the unmissable Winter Highlights of Japan on a 21-day itinerary, with exciting Hokkaido Winter Festivals, the Snow Monkeys of Yudanaka, and the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Sun. Feb 2, 2025 Sat. Feb 22, 2025 US $8698.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Feb 3, 2026 Mon. Feb 23, 2026 US $8698.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTL2673908

Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor arrow readmore icon

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Mori / Kuromatsunai / 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 / Takamatsu / Kobe

    3 reviews

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8798.00

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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Thu. May 1, 2025 Wed. May 21, 2025 US $8798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. May 1, 2026 Thu. May 21, 2026 US $8798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTX1739280

Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals arrow readmore icon

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

    3 reviews

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8798.00

This tour features Japan Summer Highlights including the summer flowers, festivals & fireworks.

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Mon. Jul 29, 2024 Sun. Aug 18, 2024 US $8798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Jul 29, 2025 Mon. Aug 18, 2025 US $8798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Jul 29, 2026 Tue. Aug 18, 2026 US $8798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTT2362434

Grand Tour of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms arrow readmore icon

Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka

    9 reviews

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8898.00

Explore Japan's all four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

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Sat. Nov 2, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $8898.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Sat. Nov 22, 2025 US $8898.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 7, 2026 Sat. Nov 28, 2026 US $8898.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTQ2593451

Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe

    6 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 16 guests.

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Mon. Sep 2, 2024 Sun. Sep 15, 2024 US $8898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Sep 1, 2025 Sun. Sep 14, 2025 US $8898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Sep 7, 2026 Sun. Sep 20, 2026 US $8898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTD1617886

Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour arrow readmore icon

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Omiya / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo

    9 reviews

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8998.00

Celebrate the cherry blossom season by traveling to all four of Japan's main islands plus the Takayama Spring Festival.

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Sat. Apr 5, 2025 Sat. Apr 26, 2025 US $8998.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Apr 5, 2026 Sun. Apr 26, 2026 US $8998.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTS1527893

Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival & Autumn Leaves arrow readmore icon

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo

    9 reviews

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8998.00

Exploring Japan's all four main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

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Mon. Sep 30, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 US $8998.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Sep 30, 2026 Wed. Oct 21, 2026 US $8998.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTK1947988

Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria arrow readmore icon

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

    9 reviews

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8998.00

Follow a cherry blossom route through Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido and see Japan's beautiful wisteria flowers too.

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Mon. Apr 13, 2026 Mon. May 4, 2026 US $8998.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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