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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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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.
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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.

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Our Budget Tours are designed for our guests who are on a limited budget.

Explore the must-see sights and enjoy the hassle-free trip to Japan at an affordable price. Our most cost-effective way to see the highlights of Japan while staying in budget-friendly accommodations. If you would like to have a quick stop to sample the must-see sights of Japan, or plan to explore Japan on your own but would like to take a short trip to learn about Japan before your self-guided journeys. These are the tours for you.

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Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 6 to 13 people using public transportation.

Explore Japan off the beaten path via Japanese public transportation, walking, hiking, cycling and more. Take more time to enjoy local experiences and picturesque landscape. Our Active Small Group Tours combine the best of cultural destinations with off-the-beaten-path via Japanese public transportation, Discover the country of Japan the way the locals do and see Japan from a different angle. A focus on getting away from the crowds and into the real Japan, see the diversity of Japan’s countryside unfold before your eyes.

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Discover Japan Summer - Snow Monkeys, Nakasendo & 
Tenjin Festival

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Discover Japan Summer - Snow Monkeys, Nakasendo & Tenjin Festival
Discover Japan Summer - Snow Monkeys, Nakasendo & Tenjin Festival

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $5298.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Experience the heart pounding excitement of the Tenjin Festival in Osaka during our Discover Japan Tenjin Festival Tours, which includes the delights of Tokyo, Kyoto, Yudanaka, the Nakasendo Road, Nara, and Mount Fuji.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $5298.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Experience the heart pounding excitement of the Tenjin Festival in Osaka during our Discover Japan Tenjin Festival Tours, which includes the delights of Tokyo, Kyoto, Yudanaka, the Nakasendo Road, Nara, and Mount Fuji.
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Tue. Jul 16, 2024 Fri. Jul 26, 2024 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Wed. Jul 16, 2025 Sat. Jul 26, 2025 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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Thu. Jul 16, 2026 Sun. Jul 26, 2026 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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Discover Japan Autumn - Snow Monkeys, Nakasendo & 
Jidai Festival

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Discover Japan Autumn - Snow Monkeys, Nakasendo & Jidai Festival
Discover Japan Autumn - Snow Monkeys, Nakasendo & Jidai Festival

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $5298.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The Discover Japan Tour with Jidai Festival offers a must- see look through the ages at Kyoto history and traditional culture, plus sights and activities at must-see Japan destinations to delight every traveler.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $5298.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The Discover Japan Tour with Jidai Festival offers a must- see look through the ages at Kyoto history and traditional culture, plus sights and activities at must-see Japan destinations to delight every traveler.
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Tue. Oct 15, 2024 Fri. Oct 25, 2024 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Wed. Oct 15, 2025 Sat. Oct 25, 2025 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Oct 15, 2026 Sun. Oct 25, 2026 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn 
Leaves Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves Tour
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves Tour
103 reviews
103 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5398.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan
For those wishing to see the most well-known of Japan's sights, starting in Tokyo and ending at Koyasan, while enjoying colorful autumn scenes.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5398.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan
For those wishing to see the most well-known of Japan's sights, starting in Tokyo and ending at Koyasan, while enjoying colorful autumn scenes.
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Sat. Oct 26, 2024 Thu. Nov 7, 2024 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Thu. Nov 13, 2025 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 31, 2026 Thu. Nov 12, 2026 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn 
Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
103 reviews
103 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5398.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan
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.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5398.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan
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.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Thu. Nov 28, 2024 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Thu. Nov 27, 2025 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Thu. Dec 3, 2026 US $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Cherry 
Blossom Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Cherry Blossom Tour
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Cherry Blossom Tour
103 reviews
103 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5498.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Mt Yoshino / Koyasan
For those wishing to see the most well-known of Japan's sights, starting in Tokyo and ending at Koyasan, while viewing the lovely cherry blossoms.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5498.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Mt Yoshino / Koyasan
For those wishing to see the most well-known of Japan's sights, starting in Tokyo and ending at Koyasan, while viewing the lovely cherry blossoms.
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Sun. Mar 31, 2024 Fri. Apr 12, 2024 US $5498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Mar 29, 2025 Thu. Apr 10, 2025 US $5498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Mar 28, 2026 Thu. Apr 9, 2026 US $5498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Discover Japan Autumn Leaves Tour - Snow Monkeys & 
Nakasendo

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Discover Japan Autumn Leaves Tour - Snow Monkeys & Nakasendo
Discover Japan Autumn Leaves Tour - Snow Monkeys & Nakasendo

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $5498.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Osaka
Discover the natural beauty and cultural wonder of Japan in from Tokyo to Osaka, through Mount Fuji, Yudanaka (Nagano), the Old Nakasendo Road, Kyoto, and Nara during the delightful autumn leaves season.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $5498.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Osaka
Discover the natural beauty and cultural wonder of Japan in from Tokyo to Osaka, through Mount Fuji, Yudanaka (Nagano), the Old Nakasendo Road, Kyoto, and Nara during the delightful autumn leaves season.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Nov 10, 2024 Wed. Nov 20, 2024 US $5498.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 9, 2025 Wed. Nov 19, 2025 US $5498.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 9, 2026 Thu. Nov 19, 2026 US $5498.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Tohoku & Central Japan: Rice Paddy Art & Autumn Leaves

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Tohoku & Central Japan: Rice Paddy Art & Autumn Leaves
Tohoku & Central Japan: Rice Paddy Art & Autumn Leaves

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Aomori / Inakadate / Hirosaki / Kakunodate / Sakata / Mt Haguro / Mogami River Gorge / Yamadera / Matsushima / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Experience a tour through the rare cultural beauties of Tohoku, followed by the golden route through Japan’s top destinations!

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Aomori / Inakadate / Hirosaki / Kakunodate / Sakata / Mt Haguro / Mogami River Gorge / Yamadera / Matsushima / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Experience a tour through the rare cultural beauties of Tohoku, followed by the golden route through Japan’s top destinations!
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Sat. Oct 19, 2024 US $5598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 28, 2025 Sat. Oct 11, 2025 US $5598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Sep 27, 2026 Sat. Oct 10, 2026 US $5598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Discover Japan Cherry Blossom Tour - Snow Monkeys & 
Nakasendo

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Discover Japan Cherry Blossom Tour - Snow Monkeys & Nakasendo
Discover Japan Cherry Blossom Tour - Snow Monkeys & Nakasendo

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $5598.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Mt Yoshino / Katsuragi / Nara / Osaka
Join a Discover Japan Cherry Blossoms Tours for a unique, immersive journey to the top destinations in Japan featuring Mount Yoshino during the lovely cherry blossom season.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $5598.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Mt Yoshino / Katsuragi / Nara / Osaka
Join a Discover Japan Cherry Blossoms Tours for a unique, immersive journey to the top destinations in Japan featuring Mount Yoshino during the lovely cherry blossom season.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Mar 24, 2024 Wed. Apr 3, 2024 US $5598.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Mar 23, 2025 Wed. Apr 2, 2025 US $5598.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Mar 23, 2026 Thu. Apr 2, 2026 US $5598.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Highlights of Japan and Korea with Hiroshima: Cherry 
Blossom Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of Japan and Korea with Hiroshima: Cherry Blossom Tour
Highlights of Japan and Korea with Hiroshima: Cherry Blossom Tour
12 reviews
12 reviews

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5698.00

Japan (Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe), Korea (Andong / Gyeongju /Seoul)
Explore Japan & Korea during the most beautiful time of the year - the cherry blossom season.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5698.00

Japan (Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe), Korea (Andong / Gyeongju /Seoul)
Explore Japan & Korea during the most beautiful time of the year - the cherry blossom season.
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Mon. Apr 1, 2024 Mon. Apr 15, 2024 US $5698.00 Tokyo Seoul Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Mar 24, 2025 Mon. Apr 7, 2025 US $5698.00 Tokyo Seoul Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Mar 23, 2026 Mon. Apr 6, 2026 US $5698.00 Tokyo Seoul Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps Spring (Reverse)

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps Spring (Reverse)
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps Spring (Reverse)
26 reviews
26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5798.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
See what Japan has to offer with this extensive tour to the country's three main islands: Kysuhu, Honshu, and Shikoku.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5798.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
See what Japan has to offer with this extensive tour to the country's three main islands: Kysuhu, Honshu, and Shikoku.
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Mon. Apr 15, 2024 Sun. Apr 28, 2024 US $5798.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Apr 13, 2026 Sun. Apr 26, 2026 US $5798.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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