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Nara was once the capital of Japan, in fact, it was the first permanent capital established. Nara City’s former name is Heijo-Kyo, which is why the main palace in Nara received the name Heijo. This ancient city is known as the cradle of Japanese civilization, and is home to more than a thousand free-roaming deer.

One of the ancient cities of Japan is Nara, also known as the cradle of Japanese civilization. In 710, the city of Heijo, modern day Nara, became home to the first established capital in Japan. One of the many attractions in Nara is the Nara Deer Park, which is often filled with visitors and free- roaming deer. Unlike most wild deer, these are used to being around humans and will often follow people around for a treat. In Shintoism, deer are seen as the messengers of god, amplifying their symbolic presence with the temple in the vicinity. The Nara Park is wide and also has beautiful scenery, particularly during the spring and autumn season when the flowers bloom and the leaves change color. The Todaiji Temple is just near the entrance of the Nara Park. In the past, this Buddhist temple was so influential in politics that the government eventually moved the capital further north to Nagaoka Prefecture around 74 years after its establishment in order to reduce the temple’s influence. The Todaiji Temple houses a great Buddha statue the largest bronze statue of Buddha in the world. It is also an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along with that, there are also enormous standing wooden structures of guardians in the temple, each one with unique features. The details on the lotus that the bronze Buddha sits on gives it more significance as it has Sanskrit writing on the outer petals and can be seen clearly if the viewer approaches the statue closer.

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Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion 
Summer Festival

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion Summer Festival
Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion Summer Festival
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122 reviews

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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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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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Thu. Jul 11, 2024 Mon. Jul 22, 2024 US $4798.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Highlights of China and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

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Highlights of China and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour
Highlights of China and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4798.00

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 $4798.00

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.
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Mon. Mar 31, 2025 Sun. Apr 13, 2025 US $4798.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Spring 
with Expo 2025 Osaka

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Spring with Expo 2025 Osaka
Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Spring with Expo 2025 Osaka

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4798.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Enjoy an unforgettable spring tour to Taiwan and Japan in a professionally crafted itinerary with a balance of incredible must-sees, local culture, and natural beauty, plus a visit to the unique Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai!

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4798.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Enjoy an unforgettable spring tour to Taiwan and Japan in a professionally crafted itinerary with a balance of incredible must-sees, local culture, and natural beauty, plus a visit to the unique Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai!
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Tue. May 13, 2025 Mon. May 26, 2025 US $4798.00 Taipei Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Spring Tour with Hiroshima &  
Expo 2025 Osaka

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Spring Tour with Hiroshima & Expo 2025 Osaka
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Spring Tour with Hiroshima & Expo 2025 Osaka
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40 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka
Anime Flavor Tour will fulfill your Otaku needs. Visit popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka
Anime Flavor Tour will fulfill your Otaku needs. Visit popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.
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Sat. Apr 12, 2025 Wed. Apr 23, 2025 US $4798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Summer Tour with Hiroshima &  
Expo 2025 Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Summer Tour with Hiroshima & Expo 2025 Osaka
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Summer Tour with Hiroshima & Expo 2025 Osaka
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37 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka
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, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka
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, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.
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Sun. Jun 1, 2025 Thu. Jun 12, 2025 US $4798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Tour with Hiroshima 
& Expo 2025 Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Tour with Hiroshima & Expo 2025 Osaka
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Autumn Tour with Hiroshima & Expo 2025 Osaka
37 reviews
37 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka
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, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka
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, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Sep 6, 2025 Wed. Sep 17, 2025 US $4798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 4, 2025 Wed. Oct 15, 2025 US $4798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Kawazu Cherry 
Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys
122 reviews
122 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4898.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Must-see sites of Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, and Hiroshima as well as a few seasonal specialties in Winter that you can't miss.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4898.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Must-see sites of Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, and Hiroshima as well as a few seasonal specialties in Winter that you can't miss.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Tue. Feb 11, 2025 Sat. Feb 22, 2025 US $4898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Feb 12, 2026 Mon. Feb 23, 2026 US $4898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse): Wisteria Tunnel at 
Kawachi Fuji Gardens & Expo 2025 Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse): Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens & Expo 2025 Osaka
Best of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse): Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens & Expo 2025 Osaka
122 reviews
122 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4898.00

Kitakyushu / Yamaguchi / Iwakuni / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan, plus the Wisteria Flower Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, and a visit to Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai!

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4898.00

Kitakyushu / Yamaguchi / Iwakuni / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan, plus the Wisteria Flower Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, and a visit to Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai!
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Tue. Apr 29, 2025 Sat. May 10, 2025 US $4898.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Highlights of China and Japan Tour Spring with 
Expo 2025 Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          

Group Tour | Deluxe    

Highlights of China and Japan Tour Spring with Expo 2025 Osaka
Highlights of China and Japan Tour Spring with Expo 2025 Osaka

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $4898.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
A refreshing 15-day spring tour through China and Japan, while exploring their ancient cultural treasures, plus a visit to Expo 2025 Osaka!

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $4898.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
A refreshing 15-day spring tour through China and Japan, while exploring their ancient cultural treasures, plus a visit to Expo 2025 Osaka!
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. May 12, 2025 Mon. May 26, 2025 US $4898.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto 
Gion Summer Festival with Expo 2025 Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion Summer Festival with Expo 2025 Osaka
Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion Summer Festival with Expo 2025 Osaka
122 reviews
122 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4898.00

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 and Expo 2025 Osaka.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4898.00

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 and Expo 2025 Osaka.
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Fri. Jul 11, 2025 Tue. Jul 22, 2025 US $4898.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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