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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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Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival arrow readmore icon

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

    9 reviews

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8998.00

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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Sun. May 3, 2026 Sun. May 24, 2026 US $8998.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTB2605158

Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Leaves 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 $9098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

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

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Mon. Nov 4, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 US $9098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Sold Out / Waiting List
Mon. Nov 3, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 US $9098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Nov 2, 2026 Sun. Nov 15, 2026 US $9098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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    question mark icon         Tour#: GTH313231

Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival arrow readmore icon

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

    6 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $9098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

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

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Mon. May 5, 2025 Sun. May 18, 2025 US $9098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. May 4, 2026 Sun. May 17, 2026 US $9098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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    question mark icon         Tour#: GTL5223492

Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura & Snow Corridor with Expo 2025 Osaka 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 / Osaka

    3 reviews

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $9098.00

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, plus expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Thu. May 1, 2025 Thu. May 22, 2025 US $9098.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTQ5278848

Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals with Expo 2025 Osaka 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 / Osaka

    3 reviews

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $9098.00

This tour features Japan Summer Highlights including the summer flowers, festivals & fireworks, plus Expo 20205 Osaka Kansai.

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Tue. Jul 29, 2025 Tue. Aug 19, 2025 US $9098.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTY3111249

Signature: Classic Japan Cherry Blossom 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 $9298.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

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

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Mon. Mar 24, 2025 Sun. Apr 6, 2025 US $9298.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Mar 18, 2026 Tue. Mar 31, 2026 US $9298.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. Mar 30, 2026 Sun. Apr 12, 2026 US $9298.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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    question mark icon         Tour#: GTN3126547

Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom 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 $9298.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

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

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Fri. Apr 11, 2025 Thu. Apr 24, 2025 US $9298.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Apr 11, 2026 Fri. Apr 24, 2026 US $9298.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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    question mark icon         Tour#: GTH4833301

Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria with Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / 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

23 Days 22 Nights | from US $9298.00

Follow a cherry blossom route through Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido and see Japan's beautiful wisteria flowers too, plus a visit to Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai!

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Sun. Apr 13, 2025 Mon. May 5, 2025 US $9298.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTN4852991

Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival with Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

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

    9 reviews

23 Days 22 Nights | from US $9298.00

Take the ultimate journey to Japan during cherry blossom season, see the baby blue eye flowers, and view the elegant Aoi Festival, plus visit the Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai!

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Sat. May 3, 2025 Sun. May 25, 2025 US $9298.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTG4978385

Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival & Autumn Leaves with Expo 2025 Osaka arrow readmore icon

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / 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

23 Days 22 Nights | from US $9298.00

Exploring Japan's all four main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival and Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Mon. Sep 29, 2025 Tue. Oct 21, 2025 US $9298.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  




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