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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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Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival 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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Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Sat. Oct 19, 2024 US $9298.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Oct 6, 2025 Sun. Oct 19, 2025 US $9298.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Tue. Oct 6, 2026 Mon. Oct 19, 2026 US $9298.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Japan Pottery, Garden & Art Tour with Tokyo Extension arrow readmore icon

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

    5 reviews

17 Days 16 Nights | from US $9998.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

For travelers looking for a longer Japan Pottery, Garden, and Art Tour, join this 17-day tour that features immersive Japan ceramics experiences, art, architecture, and gardens, with an exciting extension to Mount Fuji and Tokyo!

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Wed. May 28, 2025 Fri. Jun 13, 2025 US $9998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. May 27, 2026 Fri. Jun 12, 2026 US $9998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Super 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 / Okinawa


27 Days 26 Nights | from US $10898.00

Our Super Grand Tour of Japan: Autumn Leaves and Cherry Blossoms is a comprehensive tour throughout the entire country during the autumn leaves season, stopping in Obara to see the "four seasons" cherry blossoms.

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Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Thu. Nov 27, 2025 US $10898.00 Sapporo Okinawa Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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    question mark icon         Tour#: GTY696833

Super Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse) - Cherry Blossoms, Winter Festivals & Snow Monkeys arrow readmore icon

Okinawa / 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


27 Days 26 Nights | from US $10998.00

Join the Super Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse), which includes Cherry Blossoms in Okinawa, Winter Festivals in Hokkaido, Kawazu Cherry Blossoms, and Snow Monkeys, on a delightful winter itinerary all across Japan.

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Mon. Jan 27, 2025 Sat. Feb 22, 2025 US $10998.00 Okinawa Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Jan 28, 2026 Mon. Feb 23, 2026 US $10998.00 Okinawa Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTC6974891

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

Okinawa / 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


27 Days 26 Nights | from US $10998.00

Join an incredible 27-day Super Grand Tour of Japan, visiting every major Japanese island: Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Okinawa Island, featuring cherry blossoms and the Takayama Spring Festival.

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Mon. Mar 31, 2025 Sat. Apr 26, 2025 US $10998.00 Okinawa Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Mar 31, 2026 Sun. Apr 26, 2026 US $10998.00 Okinawa Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Super Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse) - Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria arrow readmore icon

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


27 Days 26 Nights | from US $10998.00

The Super Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse) - Cherry Blossoms and Wisteria is an extensive tour throughout all of Japan, specially timed to include cherry blossoms and the Great Wisteria of Ashikaga Flower Park.

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Wed. Apr 8, 2026 Mon. May 4, 2026 US $10998.00 Okinawa Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Super 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 / Okinawa


27 Days 26 Nights | from US $10998.00

The Super Grand Tour of Japan - Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes and Aoi Festival is an extensive tour through all of Japan, planned to include the Kyoto Aoi Festival, the Baby Blue Eyes of Hitachi Seaside Park, and Hokkaido cherry blossoms.

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Sun. May 3, 2026 Fri. May 29, 2026 US $10998.00 Sapporo Okinawa Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Super Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse) - Takayama Autumn Festival & Autumn Leaves arrow readmore icon

Okinawa / 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


27 Days 26 Nights | from US $10998.00

The Super Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse) - Takayama Autumn Festival and Autumn Leaves Tour is a comprehensive tour through the entire country of Japan, carefully planned to enjoy the Takayama Autumn Festival and the fall foliage.

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Fri. Sep 25, 2026 Wed. Oct 21, 2026 US $10998.00 Okinawa Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTI2697903

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Tokyo / Hakone / Kyoto


8 Days 7 Nights | from US $12998.00 (Limit to 6 guests)

Our Luxury Japan Spring Tour offers the best choice cuisine, extraordinary experiences and the most luxurious accommodations.

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Sun. May 11, 2025 Sun. May 18, 2025 US $12998.00

Small Group Limited to 6 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Signature Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTR2709803

Luxury Japan Summer Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Kyoto


8 Days 7 Nights | from US $12998.00 (Limit to 6 guests)

Our Luxury Japan Summer Tour offers the best choice cuisine, extraordinary experiences and the most luxurious accommodations.

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Sun. Jun 22, 2025 Sun. Jun 29, 2025 US $12998.00

Small Group Limited to 6 passengers

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