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.
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.
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.
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.
The price is per person with minimum 2 people, based on twin or triple room occupancy
For single travelers, this tour has a single supplement. This guarantees a single room throughout the tour
Prices are excluding international flights
Single room types are rooms for
single room occupants.
One person will be occupying the hotel room throughout the tour.
Twin room types are rooms set for two people who will occupy one room, but will have two separate beds.
A double room is a room that has one bed for two people to share.
A triple room is one room where three people may share the same room. It has three separate beds.
Japanese Style Room
A Japanese-style room traditionally does not have a western-style bed, it is a tatami floor room with futon bedding. However, if you prefer a western-style bed, you may request one though we cannot guarantee it.
Please note: If you would like to request neighboring rooms next to your traveling companions, you and your traveling companions must have the same room types in order to be next to each other. For example, if you have requested a double room, but your traveling companions have requested a twin, or triple room, then neighboring rooms cannot be accommodated. However, if both you and your traveling companions match in room type, then neighboring rooms will likely be arranged for your convenience.
This tour serves as an excellent introduction to Japanese art and architecture. You will be able to travel the art island of Naoshima, see Tokyo’s most celebrated museums, and appreciate some of the most wonderous modern architecture in the world. Enjoy the tried and true itinerary below to step through the most awe- inspiring works of art of Japan. Alternatively, you can customize the itinerary below to match your interests and create the perfect trip for you. This itinerary includes tra... View More
This tour serves as an excellent introduction to
Japanese art and architecture. You will be able to travel
the art island of Naoshima, see Tokyo’s most celebrated
museums, and appreciate some of the most wonderous
modern architecture in the world. Enjoy the tried and
true itinerary below to step through the most awe-
inspiring works of art of Japan. Alternatively, you can
customize the itinerary below to match your interests
and create the perfect trip for you. This itinerary includes
transportation via Japan’s famously efficient public
transit system throughout the tour. This will allow you to
see Japan from the same level as the locals and get a
better understanding of everyday life in Japan.
This itinerary can be customized based on your budget and interests. Please feel free to CONTACT US to plan your dream trip to Japan.
We require US$200 deposit per person to hold the space at time of booking and the final payment is due 2 month prior to departure
Shinkansen bullet trains, local trains, subways and local buses.
This tour starts and finishes in Tokyo for arrivals and departures at Narita Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND).
Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged
Private airport transfers on arrival included
Upon arrival, proceed through customs and meet your driver just outside the exit gate, they will be holding an “All Japan Tours” sign for easy visibility. Proceed to your hotel by private car. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be free for leisure.
Meet your guide in the morning and traverse through Tokyo’s pristine public transportation system. Begin with the Mori Art Museum – displaying modern art from new artists around the world. Though modern art can sometimes be complex, the Mori museum aims to have exhibitions which are accessible to the everyday viewing public. Then, visit 21_21 Design Sight – an immersive experience in art and architecture where you can not only view the exhibits inside but appreciate the beauty of the building itself, which was designed by Tadao Ando. Next, we will visit the Suntory Museum of Art with displays mainly focused on artwork in Japan including paintings, ceramics, glassware, and many traditional objects used in everyday life. Make your way to the National Art Center with over 14,000 square meters dedicated to both local and international exhibitions – standing as a unique, modern architectural work of art itself.
Our first stop today will be to enjoy the natural
atmosphere of the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor
Meiji and Empress Shoken. Then visit Omotesando
Avenue, a sloping tree-lined boulevard in Tokyo's
fashionable Aoyama district that goes through parts of
both Shibuya and Minato wards. Omotesando is often
described as the famous Harajuku district’s mature older
sister. Meanwhile, Aoyama is somewhere between
Omotesando and Shibuya: still mature but also forward
thinking and exclusive. Nearby, visit the Watari-Um
Museum of Contemporary Art where you can see pieces
ranges across many mediums from sculpture to graffiti
to photography. Architecture lovers as well will not want
to miss the building itself – designed by Swiss architect
Mario Botta. Your last stop of the day will be the Nezu
Museum. Here, you can not only appreciate the art and
architecture, but also the lovely garden featuring stone
statues, a waterfall, and tea house. The main collection
of the museum was acquired by Mr. Kaichiro Nezu,
president of the Tobu Railway, and moved to its current
location by his son in 1940.
If you choose, you can also add the following optional experiences. Please note, optional experiences may require an additional day. While in Omotesando, you may choose to visit the Dior boutique where you can not only enjoy high-end shopping but also appreciate the unique architecture of the building. You may also choose to visit the Gyre Shopping Complex – a shopping complex featuring high-end brands such as Chanel, as well as smaller shops. “Gyre” refers to the architecture of the building and means ‘swirling vortex’. At the Louis Vuitton Omotesando store, you can once again enjoy unique architecture and high-end goods. The Luna Di Miele Omotesando Building is a bit different that your other optional tours for the day is it was designed with extreme minimalism in mind. Your final optional stop in Omotesando will be the Omotesando Hills shopping complex near the Mori building. In Aoyama, you will be able to visit the Prada store and The Jewels of Aoyama – two very difference buildings designed to compliment one another in their architectural schemes.
Today, you will travel to Hakone with your guide where, if the weather is in your favor, you will be able to enjoy panoramic views of Mt Fuji. From Shinjuku Station, you will take the Romancecar Limited Express to Hakone. Once in Hakone, your first stop will be to board a Lake Ashi Cruise, where you can enjoy and appreciate Hakone’s natural scenery. We will take a 20-minute ropeway ride from Togendai to Owakudani. Along the ropeway, weather permitting, there will be great views of Mt. Fuji in the distance. While in Owakudani, visitors will have the chance to experience hot springs and sulfurous fumes along the trails of an active volcanic zone. Next, we will visit the Hakone Open Air Museum which successfully attempts to create a harmonic balance of nature and art by exhibiting various sculptures on its grounds in combination with views of the surrounding valley and mountains. After your tour ends, you will be able to relax in the onsen hot springs and enjoy a traditional Kaiseki dinner at your Ryokan hotel.
Note: We will courier your big baggage from Tokyo to your hotel in Naoshima. Please pack your essentials for 1 nights in a small bag to carry with you to Hakone.
Make your way to Odawara station in the morning via shuttle bus. You will then board the bullet train to Okayama – the ticket is covered by your 14-day JR pass, which is included. Upon arrival at Okayama station, you will be met at the train exit by your guide and transfer to Naoshima. Once on the island, you will be staying at the Benesse House – a museum and hotel which provides a unique experience to its guests. The goal of the Benesse house it to allow its guests to have closer interactions with the works of art.
Today, you will explore the island of Naoshima with your guide via public transportation. Your first stop will be the Art House Project, where artists renovate old houses, turning the house and the space inside into a new "work of art." Nearby, you may visit the Ando Museum – dedicated to and designed by the famous Japanese architect for whom it is named: Tadao Ando. The museum resides inside an old, traditional Japanese building. However, once inside you will see that Mr. Ando has indeed left his mark. You will also see many displays on his activities throughout the island and throughout Japan. Your last stop of the day will be the very non-traditional bath house “I Love Yu”, a play on words with “Yu” being the Japanese word for hot water. Here, you will see many more art installations during your bathing experience.
Considered to be one of the world’s best museums for contemporary art, Chichu Art Museum, designed by Tadao Ando and nestled deep underground on the island of Naoshima, is both an intimate environment and a world-class institution. We explore Chichu’s collections and investigate what makes this Japanese museum so special. Lee Ufan Museum features works by the Korean contemporary artist Lee Ufan, who was born in Korea but has been working and teaching in Japan. On display are large installations made of stone, concrete, and huge slabs of iron, as well as a number of paintings from earlier in his career. The Benesse House Museum was designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando and displays works from many different artists, both from Japan and abroad. About 20 of these works reside on the lawns and beaches that surround the museum, including the famous pumpkin. Your guide will then take you back to the mainland. Your tour for the day will officially end at Okayama station. From there, make your way to Kyoto station via bullet train – included in your 14-day JR pass.
Today, you will enjoy a fully guided tour of the deeply historic city of Kyoto with your guide. You will first visit the Kyoto National Museum – one of the oldest and most distinguished in all of Japan. The museum’s permanent collection ranges widely from archeological relics, calligraphy, sculptures, paintings, and even costumes. Then visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace. This was the former residence of Japan’s Imperial Family until 1868, during which the capital moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. Tour Kiyomizu-dera, a famous temple in Japan that is best known for its large wooden stage that overlooks a hillside of natural scenery. We will end our day in the Gion Geisha District, where its streets are lined with ochaya (teahouses), exclusive establishments where guests are entertained by Geisha and Maiko. If you choose, you can also add the following optional experiences. Please note, optional experiences may require an additional day. One such experience is to try on the traditional garment of Kimono. Many visitors to Kyoto will wear a Kimono for the day to complete the traditional atmosphere that the city is known for. You can also experience a Green Tea Ceremony, Zen meditation in a temple with local monks, or a Kaiseki dinner with a Geisha performance.
Continue to explore Kyoto, traveling to Nijo Castle, a designated UNESCO world heritage site and a perfect architectural example of castles from the feudal era of Japan. Visit Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, so known because it is covered with 18 carat gold leaf. This three- story structure was originally built by the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397. At the Garden of Fine Arts, you will be able to see many famous works from around the world displayed on a weather-proof material. The museum itself was designed by Tadao Ando and is mostly below ground so as not to disturb the nearby Botanical Garden’s view on the Higashiyama mountains. You will then visit the Shimogamo Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the time before Kyoto was established as Japan’s capital in 794. The shrine is surrounded by the Tadasu forest, inside which you can find trees dating back 600 years.
Enjoy a half day guided tour to visit Miho Museum, which exhibits stunning architecture that accentuates the surrounding natural scenery while exhibiting a variety of items from ancient civilizations. It was designed by the renowned architect, I. M. Pei, and is named after Koyama Mihoko, one of the richest women in Japan and the founder of the museum. Moreover, the museum has been listed as one of the "1000 Places to See Before You Die". Upon your return to Kyoto, you will be free for leisure. Or, if you prefer, you may choose to add a visit to a Traditional Wooden Townhouse to learn about Kimono, Green Tea Ceremony, Origami, Calligraphy, and the art of Ikebana.
Today, we will travel to Nara and visit one of Japan’s most famous temples and a landmark of Nara, Todaiji Temple. Outside the temple, interact with the wild deer of Nara Deer Park. There are special deer crackers available at every corner of the area. Then visit Kofuku-ji Temple, a family temple to the Fujiwara clan during the ancient period of Japan. This is also the site of the 2nd tallest five story pagoda in Japan. Your last stop on Nara will be Nara Machi – literally Nara Town. Here, you will find many Edo-era shops that have been converted into museums, restaurants, or even preserved as they were. You will visit one of the Machiya’s in the area: Nigiwai- No-Ie. This merchant’s store also served as their home and is around 100 years old. You may also want to add a Bamboo Chasen (tea whisk) making experience to this day to further your understanding of traditional Japanese culture and crafts.
Today, you will make your way to Kyoto station on your own and take the JR express train to Kanazawa. The ticket is covered by your 14-day JR pass which is included. Upon arrival in Kanazawa, make your way to the hotel on foot. Then, visit one of Japan’s most popular museums: the 21st Century Museum. It showcases contemporary artists from Japan and all over the world. The museum was designed without a front or back in order to encourage viewers to approach the art from multiple angles. After your museum visit, you will be free for leisure. Or, you may choose to add a Gold Leaf Craft Workshop, visit the Kutani Pottery Kilns, experience wearing a silk Kaga Yuzen Kimono and/or meet a local artisan.
Note: We will courier your big baggage from Kyoto to your hotel in Tokyo. Please pack your essentials for 2 night in a small bag to carry with you to Kanazawa.
Today, you will be fully guided in Kanazawa as you visit the following places via public transit. Your first stop will be Kenrokuen Garden, regarded as one of the top three gardens of Japan. Stroll along the garden and enjoy the view of trees, stones, bridges and teahouses. You will then visit the old Kanazawa Castle, which is currently in the process of being rebuilt. Like many of the castles and historic buildings in Japan, the original castle burned down several times throughout the years, most recently in 1881. Since then, only 2 towering storehouses and the Ishikawa-mon Gate remain. Though it is but a shell of its former self, the castle is still a grand sight to behold. At Myoryuji Temple, you will see how it got the nickname “Ninja Temple”. While the temple is not associated with the Ninja, it was built as a disguised military outpost and so has many hidden defenses, secret rooms, traps, and a labyrinth of corridors and staircases. Step back through time in the Nagamachi Samurai District where many old samurai residences remain at the foot of the former Kanazawa Castle. One such house, the Nomura family residence, has been fully restored and filled with artifacts of the time period to reflect the samurai class.
Make your way to Kanazawa station on your own and board the bullet train to Tokyo. The ticket is covered by your 14-day JR pass which is included. Upon arrival, make your way to the hotel on your own. You will be free for leisure in the afternoon.
After breakfast, you will be free for leisure.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.