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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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Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Sapporo Autumn 
Fest with Expo 2025 Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Sapporo Autumn Fest with Expo 2025 Osaka
Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Sapporo Autumn Fest with Expo 2025 Osaka

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6398.00

Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo), Honshu (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This autumn tour through Japan combines the vibrant Sapporo Autumn Fest with the best sightseeing spots of Honshu, plus a visit to Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6398.00

Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo), Honshu (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
This autumn tour through Japan combines the vibrant Sapporo Autumn Fest with the best sightseeing spots of Honshu, plus a visit to Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.
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Sat. Sep 20, 2025 Sun. Oct 5, 2025 US $6398.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Discover Japan Autumn Leaves - Snow Monkeys & 
Nakasendo with Hiroshima

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Discover Japan Autumn Leaves - Snow Monkeys & Nakasendo with Hiroshima
Discover Japan Autumn Leaves - Snow Monkeys & Nakasendo with Hiroshima

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $6398.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Osaka / Hiroshima / Miyajima Island
Add a 2-day extension to Hiroshima and Miyajima to our Discover Japan Autumn Leaves Tour, which includes Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Yudanaka, the beautiful Nakasendo Road, Nara, and Osaka during the captivating Autumn Leaves season.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $6398.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Osaka / Hiroshima / Miyajima Island
Add a 2-day extension to Hiroshima and Miyajima to our Discover Japan Autumn Leaves Tour, which includes Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Yudanaka, the beautiful Nakasendo Road, Nara, and Osaka during the captivating Autumn Leaves season.
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Sun. Nov 10, 2024 Fri. Nov 22, 2024 US $6398.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Hiroshima Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 9, 2025 Fri. Nov 21, 2025 US $6398.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Hiroshima Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 9, 2026 Sat. Nov 21, 2026 US $6398.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Hiroshima Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Discover Japan Cherry Blossoms - Snow Monkeys & 
Nakasendo with Hiroshima

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Discover Japan Cherry Blossoms - Snow Monkeys & Nakasendo with Hiroshima
Discover Japan Cherry Blossoms - Snow Monkeys & Nakasendo with Hiroshima

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $6498.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Mt Yoshino / Katsuragi / Nara / Osaka / Hiroshima / Miyajima Island
Add two more days enjoying beautiful Hiroshima and Miyajima Island on this extended Discover Japan Cherry Blossom Tour, which features exciting and immersive experiences in Japan's top destinations.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $6498.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Mt Yoshino / Katsuragi / Nara / Osaka / Hiroshima / Miyajima Island
Add two more days enjoying beautiful Hiroshima and Miyajima Island on this extended Discover Japan Cherry Blossom Tour, which features exciting and immersive experiences in Japan's top destinations.
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Sun. Mar 23, 2025 Fri. Apr 4, 2025 US $6498.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Tokyo Hiroshima Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Mar 23, 2026 Sat. Apr 4, 2026 US $6498.00 Tokyo Hiroshima Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Lavenders & 
Summer 
Flowers with Expo 2025 Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Lavenders & Summer Flowers with Expo 2025 Osaka
Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Lavenders & Summer Flowers with Expo 2025 Osaka

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6498.00

Hokkaido (Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Furano / Biei / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo), Honshu (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Join this 16-day summer tour from lavender flowers of Hokkaido to the top sightseeing destinations of the Japan mainland, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai!

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6498.00

Hokkaido (Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Furano / Biei / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo), Honshu (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Join this 16-day summer tour from lavender flowers of Hokkaido to the top sightseeing destinations of the Japan mainland, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai!
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Sat. Jul 12, 2025 Sun. Jul 27, 2025 US $6498.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Autumn Leaves & 
Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6598.00

Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate), Tohoku (Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima), Central Japan (Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka)
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Hokkaido & Honshu…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6598.00

Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate), Tohoku (Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima), Central Japan (Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka)
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Hokkaido & Honshu…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 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 US $6598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 US $6598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 7, 2026 Sun. Nov 22, 2026 US $6598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan Tour (Reverse): 
Cherry 
Blossoms & Wisteria

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan Tour (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan Tour (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6698.00

Central Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Ashikaga / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo)
Experience Japan's famous cherry blossom trees and captivating wisteria flowers while exploring popular attractions and local gems.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6698.00

Central Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Ashikaga / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo)
Experience Japan's famous cherry blossom trees and captivating wisteria flowers while exploring popular attractions and local gems.
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Sun. Apr 21, 2024 Mon. May 6, 2024 US $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Apr 20, 2025 Mon. May 5, 2025 US $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Apr 19, 2026 Mon. May 4, 2026 US $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): 
Takayama Festival & Autumn Leaves

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Autumn Leaves
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Autumn Leaves

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6698.00

Central Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo)
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Honshu & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6698.00

Central Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo)
Exploring Japan's two main islands: Honshu & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 US $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 6, 2025 Tue. Oct 21, 2025 US $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Cherry Blossoms, 
Baby 
Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6698.00

Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate), Tohoku (Seikan Tunnel / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima), Central Japan (Nikko / Hitachi Seaside Park / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka)
Experience one of Kyoto's largest festivals, visit Japan's main cities, see the baby blue eye flowers, and catch sight of cherry blossoms in Northern Japan.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6698.00

Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate), Tohoku (Seikan Tunnel / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima), Central Japan (Nikko / Hitachi Seaside Park / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka)
Experience one of Kyoto's largest festivals, visit Japan's main cities, see the baby blue eye flowers, and catch sight of cherry blossoms in Northern Japan.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Fri. May 3, 2024 Sat. May 18, 2024 US $6698.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. May 3, 2025 Sun. May 18, 2025 US $6698.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. May 3, 2026 Mon. May 18, 2026 US $6698.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): 
Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms
Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6698.00

Central Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo)
Travel on a cherry blossom filled journey through Honshu and Hokkaido, and experience the Takayama Spring Festival.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6698.00

Central Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo)
Travel on a cherry blossom filled journey through Honshu and Hokkaido, and experience the Takayama Spring Festival.
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Fri. Apr 11, 2025 Sat. Apr 26, 2025 US $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Apr 11, 2026 Sun. Apr 26, 2026 US $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Sep 2, 2024 Wed. Sep 11, 2024 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 1, 2025 Wed. Sep 10, 2025 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 7, 2026 Wed. Sep 16, 2026 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
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