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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.
(Smaller group departure available)

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.

Ultra-Deluxe Small Group Tours

Tour Japan with the finest accommodations and experiences in groups of 2 to 6 people.

Enjoy more than just sightseeing. These tours will allow you to eat in small local restaurants, visit hidden gems, stay at hotels with limited occupancy, take part in activities available only to small groups, and enjoy more interaction with your tour guides. Ultra-Deluxe small group tours are the ultimate way to visit Japan with hand-picked, top hotels and ryokans (traditional inns) to relax in. Select from a unique range of luxurious cultural experiences that are limited to smaller groups, which is why the maximum group size is 6 guests.

Japan Walking Tours

Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 10 to 16 people using public transportation.

These tours allow you to enjoy Japanese culture firsthand in the intimacy of a small group. The maximum group size is 12 guests, which enables you to travel by public transportation, such as by train, subway, taxi, ferry or local bus. Walking the streets and taking the local trains will allow you to interact more with the locals and appreciate what everyday life in Japan is like. Each city will feature an expert local guide who will be able to share in-depth information on the featured attractions and sites, and provide assistance or recommendations if needed prior to your free time.

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Best of Japan Tour Winter with Japanese Alps: Snow 
Monkeys 2022 - 1/2

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

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Best of Japan Tour Winter with Japanese Alps: Snow Monkeys 2022 - 1/2
Best of Japan Tour Winter with Japanese Alps: Snow Monkeys 2022 - 1/2
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11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4298.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4298.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.
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Sun. Jan 2, 2022 Wed. Jan 12, 2022 US $4298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Best of Japan Tour Spring with Japanese Alps: 2022 - 
5/21

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Spring with Japanese Alps: 2022 - 5/21
Best of Japan Tour Spring with Japanese Alps: 2022 - 5/21
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70 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4298.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Visit top attractions in Tokyo & Kyoto as well as the country's hidden, mountainous regions during one of the most pleasant times of the year.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4298.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Visit top attractions in Tokyo & Kyoto as well as the country's hidden, mountainous regions during one of the most pleasant times of the year.
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Sat. May 21, 2022 Tue. May 31, 2022 US $4298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Best of Japan Tour Autumn with Japanese Alps 
(Reverse): 2022 - 9/9

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Autumn with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 2022 - 9/9
Best of Japan Tour Autumn with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 2022 - 9/9
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70 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4298.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4298.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.
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Fri. Sep 9, 2022 Mon. Sep 19, 2022 US $4298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Spring: 2022 - 5/14

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Spring: 2022 - 5/14
Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Spring: 2022 - 5/14

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4298.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Enjoy an unforgettable spring tour to gorgeous Taiwan and Japan in a professionally crafted itinerary with a balance of incredible must-sees, local culture, and magnificent natural beauty.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4298.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Enjoy an unforgettable spring tour to gorgeous Taiwan and Japan in a professionally crafted itinerary with a balance of incredible must-sees, local culture, and magnificent natural beauty.
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Sat. May 14, 2022 Thu. May 26, 2022 US $4298.00 Taipei Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Autumn: 2022 - 10/18

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Autumn: 2022 - 10/18
Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Autumn: 2022 - 10/18

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4298.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Autumn is an excellent time to visit Taiwan and Japan on a multi-country tour. The natural splendor, fascinating cultures, delicious local cuisine and impressive historic marvels of these two islands await on this once-in-a-lifetime itinerary.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4298.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Autumn is an excellent time to visit Taiwan and Japan on a multi-country tour. The natural splendor, fascinating cultures, delicious local cuisine and impressive historic marvels of these two islands await on this once-in-a-lifetime itinerary.
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Tue. Oct 18, 2022 Sun. Oct 30, 2022 US $4298.00 Taipei Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves Tour 
2022 - 10/29

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves Tour 2022 - 10/29
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves Tour 2022 - 10/29
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70 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4398.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4398.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.
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Sat. Oct 30, 2021 Tue. Nov 9, 2021 US $4398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Sat. Oct 29, 2022 Tue. Nov 8, 2022 US $4398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 28, 2023 Tue. Nov 7, 2023 US $4398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion 
Summer Festival 2022 - 7/11

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion Summer Festival 2022 - 7/11
Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion Summer Festival 2022 - 7/11
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70 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4398.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan...plus Gion Summer Festival.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4398.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan...plus Gion Summer Festival.
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Mon. Jul 11, 2022 Fri. Jul 22, 2022 US $4398.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Hiroshima Cherry 
Blossom 
Tour 2022 - 3/20, 3/27

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Hiroshima Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/20, 3/27
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Hiroshima Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/20, 3/27

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4398.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4398.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.
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Sun. Mar 20, 2022 Wed. Mar 30, 2022 US $4398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Mar 27, 2022 Wed. Apr 6, 2022 US $4398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Mar 19, 2023 Wed. Mar 29, 2023 US $4398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Highlights of China and Japan Tour Spring: 2022 - 5/13

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of China and Japan Tour Spring: 2022 - 5/13
Highlights of China and Japan Tour Spring: 2022 - 5/13

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4398.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
A refreshing 14-day spring tour through China and Japan, while exploring their ancient cultural treasures.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4398.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
A refreshing 14-day spring tour through China and Japan, while exploring their ancient cultural treasures.
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Fri. May 13, 2022 Thu. May 26, 2022 US $4398.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Highlights of China and Japan Tour Autumn: 2022 - 10/17

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of China and Japan Tour Autumn: 2022 - 10/17
Highlights of China and Japan Tour Autumn: 2022 - 10/17

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4398.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This 14-day tour offers travelers a rare glimpse of China and Japan’s unique wonders during their most vivid season.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4398.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This 14-day tour offers travelers a rare glimpse of China and Japan’s unique wonders during their most vivid season.
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Mon. Oct 18, 2021 Sun. Oct 31, 2021 US $4398.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Oct 17, 2022 Sun. Oct 30, 2022 US $4398.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 16, 2023 Sun. Oct 29, 2023 US $4398.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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