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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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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.

Budget Group Tours

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.

Active Small Group Tours

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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Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival 
& 
Cherry Blossom Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.
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Thu. Apr 11, 2024 Sat. Apr 20, 2024 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Apr 11, 2025 Sun. Apr 20, 2025 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Apr 11, 2026 Mon. Apr 20, 2026 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Garden, Art & Architecture Tour: Autumn Leaves

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Garden, Art & Architecture Tour: Autumn Leaves
Japan Garden, Art & Architecture Tour: Autumn Leaves
35 reviews
35 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Himeji / Yasugi / Matsue / Naoshima / Takamatsu / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
This 14-day tour takes you to some of the best gardens and wonders of art and architecture in Japan, plus delicious cuisine, ancient temples, with other local experiences in Osaka, Naoshima, Takamatsu, Kyoto, Nara, Mount Fuji, Tokyo and more.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Himeji / Yasugi / Matsue / Naoshima / Takamatsu / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
This 14-day tour takes you to some of the best gardens and wonders of art and architecture in Japan, plus delicious cuisine, ancient temples, with other local experiences in Osaka, Naoshima, Takamatsu, Kyoto, Nara, Mount Fuji, Tokyo and more.
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Mon. Nov 4, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 3, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 2, 2026 Sun. Nov 15, 2026 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Pottery & Art Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Pottery & Art Tour
Japan Pottery & Art Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Toho Village / Sasebo / Hasami / Arita / Karatsu / Bizen / Kurashiki / Yasugi / Naoshima / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Find inspiration during a 14-day Japan Pottery and Art tour stopping at major arts destinations: the small pottery towns at Karatsu, Toho Village, Arita, Bizen, Sasebo, and Hasami plus Kurashiki, Naoshima Island, Takamatsu, Kobe, Osaka, Ikaruga (Nara) and Kyoto.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Toho Village / Sasebo / Hasami / Arita / Karatsu / Bizen / Kurashiki / Yasugi / Naoshima / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Find inspiration during a 14-day Japan Pottery and Art tour stopping at major arts destinations: the small pottery towns at Karatsu, Toho Village, Arita, Bizen, Sasebo, and Hasami plus Kurashiki, Naoshima Island, Takamatsu, Kobe, Osaka, Ikaruga (Nara) and Kyoto.
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Wed. May 29, 2024 Tue. Jun 11, 2024 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. May 28, 2025 Tue. Jun 10, 2025 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. May 27, 2026 Tue. Jun 9, 2026 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Garden & Art Tour: Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Garden & Art Tour: Cherry Blossoms
Japan Garden & Art Tour: Cherry Blossoms
35 reviews
35 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Himeji / Yasugi / Matsue / Kurashiki / Seto Ohashi Bridge / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Bizen / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
The Garden and Art Cherry Blossoms Tour offers you the most magnificent of Japan's gardens in one of the loveliest seasons, guided by our garden-knowledgeable guide, including a trip to Naoshima Art Island.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Himeji / Yasugi / Matsue / Kurashiki / Seto Ohashi Bridge / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Bizen / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
The Garden and Art Cherry Blossoms Tour offers you the most magnificent of Japan's gardens in one of the loveliest seasons, guided by our garden-knowledgeable guide, including a trip to Naoshima Art Island.
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Mon. Mar 25, 2024 Sun. Apr 7, 2024 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Inquiry  
Mon. Mar 24, 2025 Sun. Apr 6, 2025 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Mar 22, 2026 Sat. Apr 4, 2026 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Winter Highlights: Winter Festivals, Kawazu Cherry 
Blossoms & Snow Monkeys

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Winter Highlights: Winter Festivals, Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkeys
Japan Winter Highlights: Winter Festivals, Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkeys

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8698.00

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 / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Discover the unmissable Winter Highlights of Japan on a 21-day itinerary, with exciting Hokkaido Winter Festivals, the Snow Monkeys of Yudanaka, and the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival.

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8698.00

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 / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Discover the unmissable Winter Highlights of Japan on a 21-day itinerary, with exciting Hokkaido Winter Festivals, the Snow Monkeys of Yudanaka, and the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival.
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Sun. Feb 2, 2025 Sat. Feb 22, 2025 US $8698.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. Feb 3, 2026 Mon. Feb 23, 2026 US $8698.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great 
Summer Festivals

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals
Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8798.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Tokushima / Takamatsu / Oboke Gorge / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
This tour features Japan Summer Highlights including the summer flowers, festivals & fireworks.

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8798.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Tokushima / Takamatsu / Oboke Gorge / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
This tour features Japan Summer Highlights including the summer flowers, festivals & fireworks.
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Mon. Jul 29, 2024 Sun. Aug 18, 2024 US $8798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. Jul 29, 2025 Mon. Aug 18, 2025 US $8798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Wed. Jul 29, 2026 Tue. Aug 18, 2026 US $8798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, 
Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor
Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8798.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Mori / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations.

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8798.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Mori / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations.
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Wed. May 1, 2024 Tue. May 21, 2024 US $8798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. May 1, 2025 Wed. May 21, 2025 US $8798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. May 1, 2026 Thu. May 21, 2026 US $8798.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Grand Tour of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Grand Tour of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
Grand Tour of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
10 reviews
10 reviews

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8898.00

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
Explore Japan's all four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8898.00

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
Explore Japan's all four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
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Sat. Nov 2, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 US $8898.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Sat. Nov 22, 2025 US $8898.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 7, 2026 Sat. Nov 28, 2026 US $8898.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour
Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 16 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 16 guests.
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Mon. Sep 2, 2024 Sun. Sep 15, 2024 US $8898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 1, 2025 Sun. Sep 14, 2025 US $8898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 7, 2026 Sun. Sep 20, 2026 US $8898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & 
Wisteria

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria
Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria
10 reviews
10 reviews

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8998.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Ashikaga / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo
Follow a cherry blossom route through Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido and see Japan's beautiful wisteria flowers too.

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8998.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Ashikaga / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo
Follow a cherry blossom route through Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido and see Japan's beautiful wisteria flowers too.
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Mon. Apr 15, 2024 Mon. May 6, 2024 US $8998.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Apr 13, 2026 Mon. May 4, 2026 US $8998.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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