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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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Japan Deluxe Tours

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.

Deluxe-Plus Small Group Tours

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 with Japanese Alps: Cherry Blossom 
Tour 2022 - 3/20, 3/27, 4/2

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/20, 3/27, 4/2
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/20, 3/27, 4/2
70 reviews
70 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Travel to the most well known regions of Japan and its rural areas too while admiring Japan's famous cherry trees.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Travel to the most well known regions of Japan and its rural areas too while admiring Japan's famous cherry trees.
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Sun. Mar 20, 2022 Wed. Mar 30, 2022 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Sat. Apr 2, 2022 Tue. Apr 12, 2022 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Mar 19, 2023 Wed. Mar 29, 2023 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Mar 26, 2023 Wed. Apr 5, 2023 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Apr 1, 2023 Tue. Apr 11, 2023 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Highlights of China and Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2022 
- 11/21

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of China and Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2022 - 11/21
Highlights of China and Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2022 - 11/21

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4498.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
A 14-day tour that takes travelers to discover the beautiful sights of China and Japan under the bright colors of autumn.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4498.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
A 14-day tour that takes travelers to discover the beautiful sights of China and Japan under the bright colors of autumn.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Nov 21, 2022 Sun. Dec 4, 2022 US $4498.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 20, 2023 Sun. Dec 3, 2023 US $4498.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Cherry 
Blossom Tour 2022 - 4/2

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 4/2
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 4/2
70 reviews
70 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Travel to the most well known regions of Japan and its rural areas too while admiring Japan's famous cherry trees.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Travel to the most well known regions of Japan and its rural areas too while admiring Japan's famous cherry trees.
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Sat. Apr 2, 2022 Tue. Apr 12, 2022 US $4498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Apr 1, 2023 Tue. Apr 11, 2023 US $4498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Highlights of Taiwan and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 
- 3/23

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of Taiwan and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/23
Highlights of Taiwan and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/23

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4498.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Witness Taiwan and Japan bloom in the gorgeous cherry blossom season during an itinerary hand-crafted to include natural wonder, historic must-sees, and cultural immersion.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4498.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Witness Taiwan and Japan bloom in the gorgeous cherry blossom season during an itinerary hand-crafted to include natural wonder, historic must-sees, and cultural immersion.
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Wed. Mar 23, 2022 Mon. Apr 4, 2022 US $4498.00 Taipei Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Mar 22, 2023 Mon. Apr 3, 2023 US $4498.00 Taipei Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry 
Blossoms 2022 - 11/19

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms 2022 - 11/19
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms 2022 - 11/19
73 reviews
73 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This is a perfect tour for travelers who want to visit the well- known regions of Japan…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This is a perfect tour for travelers who want to visit the well- known regions of Japan…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
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Sat. Nov 19, 2022 Tue. Nov 29, 2022 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 18, 2023 Tue. Nov 28, 2023 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Highlights of China and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 
2022 - 3/22

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of China and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/22
Highlights of China and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/22

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4598.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
A 14-day spring cultural tour through China and Japan, featuring the beautiful Japanese cherry blossom.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4598.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
A 14-day spring cultural tour through China and Japan, featuring the beautiful Japanese cherry blossom.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Tue. Mar 22, 2022 Mon. Apr 4, 2022 US $4598.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Tue. Mar 21, 2023 Mon. Apr 3, 2023 US $4598.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Otaku Tour: Anime, Manga, Ninja & Samurai - Cherry 
Blossoms 2022 - 3/30

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Otaku Tour: Anime, Manga, Ninja & Samurai - Cherry Blossoms 2022 - 3/30
Otaku Tour: Anime, Manga, Ninja & Samurai - Cherry Blossoms 2022 - 3/30

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Lake Suwa / Matsumoto / Hida Furukawa / Takayama / Seki / Nagakute / Nara / Kyoto / Osaka
Our Otaku Tour is a 11-day immersion into the delightful worlds of Japan's otaku culture, with fantastic sights and attractions in Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and more.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Lake Suwa / Matsumoto / Hida Furukawa / Takayama / Seki / Nagakute / Nara / Kyoto / Osaka
Our Otaku Tour is a 11-day immersion into the delightful worlds of Japan's otaku culture, with fantastic sights and attractions in Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and more.
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Wed. Mar 30, 2022 Sat. Apr 9, 2022 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
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Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring 2022 - 
4/14, 5/5, 5/17

Group Tour | Classic          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Classic    Book Now & Save $100

Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring 2022 - 4/14, 5/5, 5/17
Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring 2022 - 4/14, 5/5, 5/17

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4650.00

Tokyo / Kiso-Hirasawa / Narai / Yabuhara / Kiso- Fukushima / Tsumago / Magome / Nara / Yoshino / Mt Koya / Kyoto
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with four hikes of 1-4.5 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4650.00

Tokyo / Kiso-Hirasawa / Narai / Yabuhara / Kiso- Fukushima / Tsumago / Magome / Nara / Yoshino / Mt Koya / Kyoto
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with four hikes of 1-4.5 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.
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Thu. Apr 14, 2022 Mon. Apr 25, 2022 US $4650.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Classic Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. May 5, 2022 Mon. May 16, 2022 US $4650.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Classic Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. May 17, 2022 Sat. May 28, 2022 US $4650.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Classic Save this tour Book Now  
Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Cherry 
Blossoms 2022 - 3/29, 4/7

Group Tour | Classic          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Classic    Book Now & Save $100

Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Cherry Blossoms 2022 - 3/29, 4/7
Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Cherry Blossoms 2022 - 3/29, 4/7

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4650.00

Tokyo / Kiso-Hirasawa / Narai / Yabuhara / Kiso- Fukushima / Tsumago / Magome / Nara / Yoshino / Mt Koya / Kyoto
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with four hikes of 1-4.5 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4650.00

Tokyo / Kiso-Hirasawa / Narai / Yabuhara / Kiso- Fukushima / Tsumago / Magome / Nara / Yoshino / Mt Koya / Kyoto
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with four hikes of 1-4.5 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.
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Tue. Mar 29, 2022 Sat. Apr 9, 2022 US $4650.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Classic Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Apr 7, 2022 Mon. Apr 18, 2022 US $4650.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Classic Save this tour Book Now  
Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn 2022 - 10/4, 
10/16

Group Tour | Classic          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Classic    Book Now & Save $100

Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn 2022 - 10/4, 10/16
Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn 2022 - 10/4, 10/16

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4650.00

Tokyo / Kiso-Hirasawa / Narai / Yabuhara / Kiso- Fukushima / Tsumago / Magome / Nara / Yoshino / Mt Koya / Kyoto
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with four hikes of 1-4.5 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4650.00

Tokyo / Kiso-Hirasawa / Narai / Yabuhara / Kiso- Fukushima / Tsumago / Magome / Nara / Yoshino / Mt Koya / Kyoto
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with four hikes of 1-4.5 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.
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Tue. Oct 4, 2022 Sat. Oct 15, 2022 US $4650.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Classic Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 16, 2022 Thu. Oct 27, 2022 US $4650.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Kyoto Classic Save this tour Book Now  
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