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Introducing Japan

An ancient way of life fuses with modern society in this bustling and iconic travel destination. Travelers fall in love (or renew their vows) with Japanese food and astonishing scenery of this mountainous archipelago dotted with modern cities.

When is the best time to visit?
Late spring and early autumn have traditionally been considered the best times to visit Japan, but more and more travelers are seeking trips to this mountainous county in the winter to take advantage of its snowy season. Skiers and snowboarders are flocking to Japan in December through March in search of the powdery, light snow the region is increasingly known for.

Where to go in Japan?
The possibilities are endless. Night owls will love the 24-hour food and drinking scene of bustling city centers like Tokyo and Osaka, older cities that are embracing the new with plenty of flair and energy. Rural travelers will enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shiretoko National Park in the mountains of Hokkaidō and the balmy subtropical islands of Okinawa.

How many days do I need?
Since there is so much to do in Japan and travel within the country via the high-speed bullet trains is so easy, visitors can opt for trips of any duration. To do any justice to this amazing country, spend at least a week and ideally up to three.

Japan Tours & Itineraries

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Hike Japan's Nakasendo Trail - 5 Days
Hike Japan's Nakasendo Trail - 5 Days

Step back in time and immerse yourself in nature on this five-day hiking trip along the historic Nakasendo Trail. Feudal lords and samurai once walked this mountain path connecting Kyoto and Tokyo, stopping at some of the historic 69 post stations to rest for the night. You'll follow in their footsteps as you trek through picturesque valleys, stay in idyllic villages, and relax in the thermal waters of hot springs along the way.

The full Kumano Kodo experience
Map of Hiking Japan's Kumano Kodo - 11 Days
Hiking Japan's Kumano Kodo - 11 Days

Get off the beaten path and onto the Kumano Kodo, a network of ancient pilgrimage trails in the remote Kii Peninsula. Trek to grand shrines, thermal hot springs, and the sacred Mount Koya, one of the most important sites in Buddhism. This self-guided trip is great for those looking to challenge themselves with full-day hikes through hilly terrain. You'll be rewarded, however, with unforgettable experiences as you follow in the footsteps of emperors.

The original paved stones of the old Nakasendo trail in central mountainous Japan
Map of Self-Guided Walking Tour on the Nakasendo Trail - 10 Days
Self-Guided Walking Tour on the Nakasendo Trail - 10 Days

Take a walk through time on this 10-day self-guided tour of the Nakasendo Trail, part of feudal Japan's original network of highways. Travelers on the mountain path between Kyoto and Tokyo took several days to travel the distance, staying overnight in Juku post towns. You'll retrace their footsteps as you travel through serene forests, stay in historically preserved local inns by night, and explore the vibrant cities of Kyoto and Tokyo.

The wonderful Nakahechi route
Map of Kumano Kodo Self-Guided Tour - 6 Days
Kumano Kodo Self-Guided Tour - 6 Days

Get ready for an unforgettable village-to-village trek on the Kii Peninsula along sections of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail. Perfect for avid hikers, this self-guided tour will take you past thermal hot springs, grand shrines, and waterfalls as you walk in the footsteps of emperors.

Kyoto, Japan
Japan's Culinary Heritage - 11 Days

Eat your way through the Land of the Rising Sun on this immersive culinary tour. Get to know Japanese history and culture through its legendary cuisine, and treat your taste buds to everything from home-brewed sake to the freshest sushi, to delectable street food and a fancy gourmet feast.

The torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto
Map of Classic Highlights of Japan - 14 Days
Classic Highlights of Japan - 14 Days

On this two-week journey to the four corners of Japan's main island, Honshu, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy its unmissable attractions. You'll visit sacred temples and shrines, go bike riding through the countryside, and roam around the capital's most famous neighborhoods. From the modern cities of Tokyo and Hiroshima to the island of Miyajima, the wonders of ancient Kyoto and beyond, there is so much to see, taste, and discover.

Japan Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
Brilliant momiji maple at Nanzenji, Kyoto in late November
Best Time To Visit Japan

Japan is famous for its Spring cherry blossoms and its changing colors in Autumn, but there are beautiful places to see in every season. Japan stretches from subtropical...

Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto
Essential Japan: Top 10 Things to Do & See

Crescent-shaped islands surrounded by deep blue sea, Japan has everything from Buddhist temples to great beaches. Home to both a robot restaurant and an ancient rainforest, it's...

Iriomote Island, Okinawa (© Yuri Awanohara)
Guide to Japan's Main Regions

Japan is roughly the size of California, with thousands of islands offering a huge variety of things to see and do. You can experience some of the world's best powder skiing in...

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Geishas in Kyoto
Map of Explore Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, & Hiroshima - 12 Days
Explore Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, & Hiroshima - 12 Days

This 12-day trip combines the best of Japan's major cities, historic places, and natural areas. You'll explore Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, as well as to the beautiful mountainside town of Nikko and the relaxing hot springs of Hakone. Enjoy everything Japan has to offer, including its culture, art, temples and shrines, and tasty, traditional cuisine.

The Arashiyama bamboo grove
Map of Explore Japan: Tokyo, Nikko, Hakone, & Kyoto - 10 Days
Explore Japan: Tokyo, Nikko, Hakone, & Kyoto - 10 Days

Along with two major cities–modern Tokyo and traditional Kyoto–this itinerary also takes you to the beautiful mountainside areas of Nikko and Hakone. The former is a place of much spiritual significance, and the latter is one of the best areas in the country to experience the Japanese hot springs. A mixture of old-meets-new Japan, this trip has all you need to experience multiple sides of the country.

7 days in Japan: Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto
Map of Explore Japan: Tokyo, Hakone, & Kyoto - 7 Days
Explore Japan: Tokyo, Hakone, & Kyoto - 7 Days

This weeklong trip to Japan packs in plenty of exploration, so you can discover a good amount of the country’s culture and history. Experience life in bustling Tokyo, and then immerse yourself in a slower way of living among the mountains and temples of Kyoto. In between your visit to both major cities, you’ll get to relax, kick back, and soak in the rejuvenating hot springs of Hakone.

Japan Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Guide to Japan's Main Regions
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How to Spend 3 Days on Okinawa
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Hiking Japan's Kumano Kodo - 11 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Japan
Travel specialist Alan Williams
active 25 mins ago

Alan Williams

I want to provide you with the best experience that you can possibly have while in Japan. My aim to help you dive deep into the culture and to see Japan from every angle. From its high-speed,...

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Travel specialist Kanata Ide
active 1 day ago

Kanata Ide

Hi, I'm Kanata Ide, and I am a Japanese American who has relocated to Japan. I currently live in Kyoto and I have been off the beaten path all around Japan. I hope to share the knowledge I have...

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Travel specialist Jeff Aasgaard
active 17 hours ago

Jeff Aasgaard

I first moved to Japan when my dad was transferred to Hiroshima, this experience changed my life. When I returned to the US I finished my degree and changed my major international business which...

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Travel specialist Gibwa Cole
active 6 mins ago

Gibwa Cole

I grew up in South Africa, but my parents were originally from Britain and Uganda, which made our family a bit of an anomaly in post-apartheid South Africa. Being mixed and receiving exposure to...

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Trip Reviews for Japan

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Hike japan's nakasendo trail - 5 days, Japan - Sep 14 - Sep 18, 2019

Traveler: Phillip A. - Local specialist: Kanata Ide

The trip was very well organised by Kanata. Our only concern in booking was a delay in progress every now and again. The hike was FANTASTIC! Accommodation SUPERB. Maps and booklet etc EXCELLENT

Japan tour, Japan - Apr 14 - Apr 27, 2019

Traveler: Brittany N. - Local specialist: Tuck Sermkhun

Awesome suggestions and super friendly guides throughout our trip - we really had the vacation of a lifetime.

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Tuck Sermkhun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your feedback! 😊
It is my pleasure to assist you with the trip and I am very glad to hear that you are having a lovely time with us.
I look forward to be at your service again in the near future!
Best Wishes, Tuck

Naomi

Sadie's bat mitzvah trip, Japan - Apr 14 - Apr 24, 2019

Traveler: Naomi B. - Local specialist: Nicole Rhoden

My granddaughter became a Bat Mitzvah and my gift to her was a trip anywhere in the world. She picked Japan. Nicole Rhoden helped me plan the most spectacular adventure I could have imagined. My granddaughter loves anime and manga and we were able to include a visit to the Ghibli museum on our first day (tickets are hard to get, but Inside Japan Tours was able to secure them for just the right day and time) and an amazing full day tour in Tokyo with Chantel Furbert in Akihabara, Harajuki... read more

My granddaughter became a Bat Mitzvah and my gift to her was a trip anywhere in the world. She picked Japan. Nicole Rhoden helped me plan the most spectacular adventure I could have imagined. My granddaughter loves anime and manga and we were able to include a visit to the Ghibli museum on our first day (tickets are hard to get, but Inside Japan Tours was able to secure them for just the right day and time) and an amazing full day tour in Tokyo with Chantel Furbert in Akihabara, Harajuki and Shinjuku. If you are traveling to Japan with a teenager you should definitely ask for Chantel or if you are traveling without a teenager you should definitely ask for Chantel! After Tokyo we went to lovely ryokan in Hakone and had a lot of fun exploring all for two days including a memorable hike on the Tokaido Trail. Shipping luggage was as easy as promised so we were able to travel light to Hakone. We loved Kyoto! In addition to the International Manga museum, we fed monkeys and deer, rented bikes and best of all, toured the Nishiki Market with a guide from the Women's Association of Kyoto and bought ingredients which we used when we cooked a dinner at the WAK townhouse--one of the most delicious meals on our trip--among so many delicious meals.

Nicole was so responsive and helpful. The travel packet gave us all the information we needed. It was a trip for the memory books. I cannot recommend highly enough!

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Nicole Rhoden, local specialist, responded to this review:

I’m thrilled that you and Sadie had such a wonderful time in Japan. You were a joy to work with, and your adventurous spirit really made this trip great! I loved hearing your stories about all of your fun encounters and the creative ways that you and Sadie spent your free time. I’m happy that we could share some of our favorite hotels and activities with you. I’m glad you enjoyed the food too, and I hope you have fun recreating the recipes at home! I hope you and Sadie always treasure the... read more

I’m thrilled that you and Sadie had such a wonderful time in Japan. You were a joy to work with, and your adventurous spirit really made this trip great! I loved hearing your stories about all of your fun encounters and the creative ways that you and Sadie spent your free time. I’m happy that we could share some of our favorite hotels and activities with you. I’m glad you enjoyed the food too, and I hope you have fun recreating the recipes at home! I hope you and Sadie always treasure the memories that you made together.

Feel free to reach out if you would like to go to Japan again! Our company also works with other countries in Asia, so I’d be happy to introduce you to one of our Asia specialists should you ever like to visit Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, or Myanmar.

I sent Chantel your review and pictures—she was thrilled to see them!