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Zen Meditation (Zazen)

Zen Meditation in Buddhism is a method of contemplation and focus that trains practitioners in both mental clarity and good posture.

Zen Meditation, or zazen, is a practice of Buddhism that aims to quiet the spirit through silent contemplation, granting the meditators peace of mind and a deeper understanding of themselves. Brought over to Japan through China, Zen is the Japanese derivation of a Chinese word that means “meditation”. Commonly Zen meditation involves seating oneself in a position with legs folded and one hand inside the other. The focus is then placed on noting the breath and how it flows into and out of the body, as the meditators attempt to quiet and clear the mind. Behind this practice stands centuries of significance and history that is impossible to explain in this short description. Though most commonly practiced in temples by Buddhist monks, this practice is by no means limited to Buddhist clergy. Some temples offer to teach the basics of the ancient art to visitors, and so it can be practiced anywhere. Monks teach the correct posture, the folding of the hands, and the methods by which one should enter into and out of the state of meditation.

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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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Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour 2021 - 9/6

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour 2021 - 9/6
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour 2021 - 9/6

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

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 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

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 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Sep 7, 2020 Wed. Sep 16, 2020 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Sep 6, 2021 Wed. Sep 15, 2021 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 5, 2022 Wed. Sep 14, 2022 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji 
Shibazakura 
Festival 2021 - 5/10

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2021 - 5/10
Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2021 - 5/10

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Travel to Japan's main cities and rural regions with a chance to see the Great Wisteria Tree and captivating Shibazakura with a maximum group size 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Travel to Japan's main cities and rural regions with a chance to see the Great Wisteria Tree and captivating Shibazakura with a maximum group size 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. May 10, 2021 Wed. May 19, 2021 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. May 6, 2022 Sun. May 15, 2022 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2021 - 
3/29

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2021 - 3/29
Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2021 - 3/29

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

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 18 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

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 18 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Mar 29, 2021 Wed. Apr 7, 2021 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Mar 28, 2022 Wed. Apr 6, 2022 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn 
Festival Tour 2021 - 10/6

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2021 - 10/6
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2021 - 10/6

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

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 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

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 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Tue. Oct 6, 2020 Thu. Oct 15, 2020 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Wed. Oct 6, 2021 Fri. Oct 15, 2021 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Oct 6, 2022 Sat. Oct 15, 2022 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour 2021 - 
11/1

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour 2021 - 11/1
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour 2021 - 11/1

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

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 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

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 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Nov 2, 2020 Wed. Nov 11, 2020 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Nov 1, 2021 Wed. Nov 10, 2021 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 31, 2022 Wed. Nov 9, 2022 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & 
Cherry Blossom Tour 2021 - 4/10

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 2021 - 4/10
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour 2021 - 4/10

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

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 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

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 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Apr 10, 2021 Mon. Apr 19, 2021 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Apr 10, 2022 Tue. Apr 19, 2022 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Garden Tour: Autumn Leaves 2021 - 10/24

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

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

Japan Garden Tour: Autumn Leaves 2021 - 10/24
Japan Garden Tour: Autumn Leaves 2021 - 10/24

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $7998.00

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

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $7998.00

Himeji / Matsue / Izumo / Takamatsu / Awaji Island / Kobe / Osaka / Koyasan / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
This 14-day tour takes you to some of the best gardens in Japan, plus delicious cuisine, ancient temples, with other local experiences in Kyoto, Nara, Mount Fuji, Koyasan, and more.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Oct 25, 2020 Sat. Nov 7, 2020 US $7998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Oct 24, 2021 Sat. Nov 6, 2021 US $7998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Nov 6, 2022 Sat. Nov 19, 2022 US $7998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Art & Garden Tour: Cherry Blossoms 2021 - 3/24

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

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

Japan Art & Garden Tour: Cherry Blossoms 2021 - 3/24
Japan Art & Garden Tour: Cherry Blossoms 2021 - 3/24

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $7998.00

Himeji / Matsue / Izumo / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Awaji Island / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
The Art and Garden 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 $7998.00

Himeji / Matsue / Izumo / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Awaji Island / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
The Art and Garden 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.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Wed. Mar 24, 2021 Tue. Apr 6, 2021 US $7998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Mar 27, 2022 Sat. Apr 9, 2022 US $7998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Osaka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour 2021 - 9/6

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

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

Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour 2021 - 9/6
Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour 2021 - 9/6

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

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 12 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

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 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Sep 7, 2020 Sun. Sep 20, 2020 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Sep 6, 2021 Sun. Sep 19, 2021 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 5, 2022 Sun. Sep 18, 2022 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji 
Shibazakura Festival 2021 - 5/10

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

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

Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2021 - 5/10
Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2021 - 5/10

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

Tokyo / Ashikaga / 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 12 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

Tokyo / Ashikaga / 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 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. May 10, 2021 Sun. May 23, 2021 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. May 6, 2022 Thu. May 19, 2022 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
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