Japan 11-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 9 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Japan.

Travel through Japan with these 11-day itineraries, where you can experience all the country has to offer, from bustling urban environments to beautiful, quiet landscapes. For those intrigued by the traditional and modern facets of Japanese life, consider a trip like this ultimate Japan adventure, which guides you from busy Tokyo to historical Kyoto, with immersive experiences like confectionary cooking lessons and Zen meditation classes. Looking for a family-friendly option? Consider an itinerary similar to our Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka family adventure, packed with visits to amusement parks and interactive museums with fun cultural experiences that will entertain kids and adults. If you're drawn to Japan's natural beauty and want an active trip, opt for something similar to this Kumano Kodo hike, where you'll explore ancient trails, visit grand shrines, and unwind in hot springs amid the Kii Mountains.

See our itineraries below or read our guide to the best 11-day trips in Japan.

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Unmanned stone steps of Kumano Nachi Taisha
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 and thermal hot springs on this self-guided trip, 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.

Sit down to a meal in a traditional Japanese ryokan
Map of Japan's Culinary Heritage - 11 Days
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.

Enjoy the cherry blossom-lined streets of Kanazawa
Map of Best of Japan: Tokyo to Osaka - 11 Days
Best of Japan: Tokyo to Osaka - 11 Days

Head south across Japan as you see the country's highlights by train. In Tokyo, explore the Shinjuku district and visit shrines, temples, and shopping areas. Take a day trip to Mount Fuji, then move on to Kanazawa for museums and a gold leaf workshop. Visit the traditional village of Shirakawa-go, then see Kyoto's sights and participate in a tea ceremony. Spot deer in Nara, wander through Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, explore Miyajima island, and discover Osaka on a food tour before heading home.

Two women wearing Kimonos walking through Kyoto
Map of Ultimate Japan Tour: Tokyo to Kyoto - 11 Days
Ultimate Japan Tour: Tokyo to Kyoto - 11 Days

This exciting itinerary goes beyond normal expectations by including a diverse range of activities for an authentic travel experience. Immerse yourself in Japan's state of the art tech in Tokyo and visit an interactive art museum on the man-made island Odaiba prior to traveling to Fujikawaguchiko where you can look at the famous Mount Fuji volcano while relaxing in an onsen hot spring. You will then depart for Nagoya and visit interactive robots as well as the Ise Jingu Grand Shrine before a bullet train takes you to Kanazawa which has many historic samurai homes and the charming village Gokayama and finally, you will tour your final destination Kyoto by bicycle and discover breathtaking temples as well as the lively city culture.

A family sitting at a temple surrounded by autumn leaves
Map of  Family-Friendly Tour of Japan's Cities: Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka - 11 Days
Family-Friendly Tour of Japan's Cities: Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka - 11 Days

Japan is a wonderland for families, with cultural, natural, and modern attractions that will appeal to all ages. This 11-day trip visits three of the country's most significant cities—Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka—with an itinerary chock-full of kid-friendly outings and excursions. Broaden little ones' minds as they explore colorful temples and shrines, meet the local wildlife, and sample exotic new foods—then reward their patience with visits to Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan.

A view of historic Takayama
Map of Historic Japan: Tokyo to Nagano - 11 Days
Historic Japan: Tokyo to Nagano - 11 Days

Explore Japan's historic spots as you travel in a loop from Tokyo to Nagano. Start by discovering Tokyo's sights, then head to Nikko for some hiking. Visit Kyoto, Japan's historic capital, to see temples, meet geisha and participate in a traditional tea ceremony. See Himeji Castle, wander the quaint streets of Takayama, and explore UNESCO-listed Shirakawa-go. Transfer to Kanazawa for sightseeing, art, and a gold leaf workshop, ending with a lesson about ninjas and samurai in Nagano.

Paper lanterns in Kyoto
Map of Highlights of Japan - 11 Days
Highlights of Japan - 11 Days

Welcome to Japan! Dive into the diverse culture of this fascinating island nation on an 11-day part-guided itinerary. Sing karaoke and check out the fashions of futuristic Tokyo, the world's biggest city, and take in the neon lights of playful Osaka on a river cruise. Along with traditional experiences, such as a tea ceremony in Kyoto and exploring the serene grounds of several temples and shrines, this tour is a whirlwind introduction to Japan's contrasts of old and new.

On this 11-day tour discover Japan's rich cultural heritage with views of Mount Fuji
Map of Japan Cultural Discovery:  Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto & Osaka - 11 Days
Japan Cultural Discovery: Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto & Osaka - 11 Days

Experience Japan's culture through its food, architecture, sports, and art on this 11-day tour from Tokyo to Osaka. Start by learning about sushi-making and sumo in Tokyo, and then join locals in their daily shopping at Tsukiji Outer Fish Market. Next, soak in the hot springs of Hakone and sail across Lake Kawaguchi for Mount Fuji views. From here, walk among geishas and stroll through Fushimi Inari's red torii gates in Kyoto. Finish the adventure by sampling street food in the culinary hotspot of Osaka.

Hike and bike to against a backdrop of Japan's most iconic landscapes, like Mount Fuji
Map of Active Tour of Japan's Cities & Temples  - 11 Days
Active Tour of Japan's Cities & Temples - 11 Days

From sprawling Tokyo to peaceful Mount Koya, experience the full spectrum of Japanese culture on this 11-day tour by train, car, foot, and bicycle. Eat your way through Tokyo and Osaka's lively food markets and glimpse Mount Fuji while cycling around Lake Kawaguchiko. Walk through Fushimi Inari's unforgettable 10,000 torii gates and stroll among geisha in Kyoto's Gion District. End your discovery immersed in Buddhist rituals as you spend the night in a temple on Mount Koya.

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