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Discover Japanese Culture in Kyoto - 5 Days

Enjoy the quiet scenery and traditional Japanese culture in Kyoto on this refreshing adventure. In just five days, you'll visit sacred shrines, wander through ancient forests, take a boat cruise down a river lined with cherry blossoms, practice meditation with a Buddhist monk, and learn about the traditional arts of calligraphy and flower arranging. You'll also detour to the historic city of Nara, famed for its giant Buddha statue and resident population of deer, before returning to Kyoto for one last evening of sampling sushi and sake.

A cable car above the ski slopes in Japan
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Winter in Japan: Skiing, Sumo, Sake & More - 14 Days

Ski, snowboard, and sip sake on this two-week adventure around Japan's wintry landscapes. From Kyoto to Tokyo, this active journey will give you the opportunity to see both the modern and traditional sides of Japan. You'll also see futuristic art and have some fun on the slopes of Niigata, dipping in the nearby natural hot springs afterward.

Kyoto's Higashiyama historic district
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Best of Tokyo & Kyoto - 7 Days

This weeklong adventure splits its time between two of Japan's most important cities with a mix of customizable tours and free time to explore on your own. Start off in Tokyo for a taste of modern Japan with top-notch architecture, animé, modern art, high fashion, and cuisine. Then head to traditional Kyoto for beautiful temples and shrines, ancient gardens, and cultural experiences like tea ceremonies and calligraphy.

Visit Kyoto's Toji Temple, the tallest pagoda in the country
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Tokyo & Kyoto: Best Itinerary Ideas

Ten to 12 days is the most popular trip length for Japan travelers interested in visiting both Tokyo and Kyoto, especially when also including Osaka and Hakone. If you're not interested in Osaka and Hakone, six to eight days is enough for your Tokyo and Kyoto trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as four or five days. For the best itineraries, including Tokyo and Kyoto, keep reading below.

Autumn scenery in Kyoto, Japan
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Explore Old & New in Japan - 7 Days

Slow down and savor the spiritual and traditional elements of Japan on this weeklong trip. You'll start by sampling regional street food in Osaka, nicknamed "the kitchen of Japan," followed by a day of sightseeing with a local guide. Then you'll move on to the holy temple complex of Koyasan, where you'll have the chance to observe monks during their early morning prayers. Continue to Kyoto, the ancient imperial capital of Japan, to learn about traditional fine arts, including tea ceremonies and flower arranging. Side-trip to the forest trails and UNESCO-honored temples of Nara before the trip comes to an end.

Join geishas for a tea ceremony in Kyoto
Classic Japan Unveiled Tour - 9 Days

This nine-day itinerary kicks off in Tokyo, where you'll take two full-day tours to explore the city's best highlights and cultural attractions. Then you're off to Hakone and Mount Fuji National Park for an outdoor excursion before finishing in Kyoto. Here you'll join a geisha tea ceremony, visit the deer in Nara, and take a day trip to Hiroshima to complete the adventure.

Learn about the history and culture of Kyoto with family-friendly tours and experiences
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Relaxed Family Tour of Japan: Tokyo & Kyoto - 7 Days

See the best of Tokyo and Kyoto at an easy pace with a week of family-focused tours and cultural highlights. Discover ancient temples and animé fun in the capital, then spend a day on the wild rides of DisneySea. Continue to historic Kyoto, where youngsters can take part in a traditional tea ceremony, blaze their own trail through the Sagano Bamboo Grove, and meet the monkeys at Arashiyama Monkey Park. End with a family photo-op at the iconic red gates of Fushimi Inari.

See some of Kyoto's many temples including Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion
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Best of Japan: Kobe, Kyoto, Mount Koya & Osaka - 8 Days

Japan's Kansai region is loaded with culture, urban attractions, and natural beauty—and is relatively compact. With just eight days you can experience much of the region's diversity, from Kyoto's ancient temples to Kobe's modern architecture, not to mention fishing villages, beaches, hot springs, and traditional crafts. Get a taste of some of Western Japan's finest sights and experiences on this well-rounded itinerary that will pique your curiosity and leave you inspired.

The kids will love browsing the cute characters and charming souvenirs in Tokyo's busy shopping streets
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Fun-Filled Family Highlights of Japan: Tokyo & Kyoto - 7 Days

Spend a week discovering some of Japan's most family-friendly highlights with this lighthearted itinerary. Start in Tokyo to walk the jam-packed alleyways of Tsukiji Fish Market and let the kids practice their Pokémon Master skills at the Pokémon Center. Ride a glass-paneled ropeway up the slopes of Mount Fuji, then hop a train to Kyoto for a family tea ceremony and a visit to the Kyoto Railway Museum. End with a stroll through the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and a ride on the Sagano Scenic Railway.

Explore Japan's incredible cuisine on this week long luxury tour
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Luxury Foodie's Tour of Japan: Tokyo & Kyoto - 7 Days

Immerse yourself in Japan's delectable cuisine and its world-class dining scene with this weeklong luxury tour spread across stays at Tokyo and Kyoto's top hotels. Your journey begins in the capital with a kaiseki cooking class, Michelin-starred fine dining, and a tour of the famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Then, it's off to Japan's cultural heartland for a geisha performance and traditional kimono tea ceremony in Kyoto before sampling Kobe's renowned beef and visiting a saké distillery.

Soak in your own private hot tub with views of Mount Fuji (photo courtesy of Hotel Konansou)
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Luxury Tour of Tokyo, Mount Fuji & Kyoto - 7 Days

It's possible to discover the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto in just seven days, and this weeklong luxury trip to Japan shows you how. With an emphasis on private tours and 5-star comfort, you'll start in the capital, combining Michelin dining and afternoon tea with visits to the city's key sights. Spend a night in Fujikawaguchiko at a luxury ryokan with a picture-perfect view of Mount Fuji, then finish in Kyoto for temples, tea ceremonies, and a day trip to the manufacturing mecca of Nagoya.

Cruise across Lake Kawaguchiko for panoramic views of Mount Fuji
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Nature & Culture Tour of Japan & China: Tokyo, Kyoto, Beijing & Shanghai - 10 Days

This 10-day journey through Japan and China seamlessly blends cultural exploration with the splendor of natural landscapes. While the bustling cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Beijing, and Shanghai unfold with iconic landmarks and historical sites, this trip also includes escapes into serene oases, like Yoyogi Park and the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. The journey extends to the Fuji Five Lakes region with a cruise across Lake Kawaguchiko and a trek across the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall.

Watch a traditional geisha performance in the historic Gion district
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Japan & China Cultural Discovery Tour: Tokyo, Kyoto & Beijing - 10 Days

This 10-day journey intertwines the rich cultural tapestries of Japan and China. Begin in Tokyo, where you can visit iconic city shrines and take a day trip to a countryside waterfall. Delve into the Gion district in Kyoto to watch a geisha performance and partake in a katana crafting class. Fly to Beijing to uncover the secrets of the Forbidden City and traverse the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, then learn about traditional Chinese medicine and create your own perfume bag to end this whirlwind tour.

Colorful Japanese Lanterns
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Family Adventure in Japan: Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kyoto - 10 Days

Traveling together as a family is such a special experience, and this 10-day action-packed adventure is specifically designed with families in mind. From Kanto to Kansai, this trip takes you from Tokyo and its modern, bustling streets to Kyoto with its tight hold on tradition. It's the perfect way to take in all that Japan has to offer while having plenty of family fun.

Cruise Lake Ashi and snap pics of Mount Fuji
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Best of Tokyo, Hakone & Kyoto - 8 Days

Explore the best of Japan's world-famous highlights. Begin by wandering through Tokyo's parks, museums, temples, and neon-lit shopping areas. Then head to Hakone, where you'll stay in a traditional ryokan inn, and experience a multicourse kaiseki dinner and hot spring. Move on to Kyoto to explore markets, temples, and castles, then take a day trip to Nara to see its famed deer park before returning to Kyoto for one last day of sightseeing.

Fushimi Inari Shrine
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Traditional Japan: Tokyo, Kanazawa & Kyoto - 8 Days

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture as you explore some of the highlights of this fascinating country. Start in Tokyo, where you'll visit Asakusa District and discover Senso-ji Shrine. Get zen as you spend time in the historic gardens of Kanazawa, then visit Shirakawa-go to see villages of 250-year-old thatched-roof houses. Head to Kyoto to wander the streets of the Gion District, stroll under 10,000 red torii (gates) at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and get lost in a maze of bamboo at Arashiyama.

See the ancient Asakusa Shrine in Tokyo
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Japan Cities & Countryside Tour: Tokyo, Kanazawa & Kyoto - 7 Days

This scenic trip through Japan starts with the urban vibes of Tokyo, where you'll visit the ultramodern Odaiba district and relax in the peaceful gardens of the Meiji Jingu shrine. Then, you're off to historic Kanazawa for the quiet pathways of Kenroku-en Garden and a visit to the traditional farmhouses of Shirakawa-go. See a geisha theatrical performance in Kyoto, walk the famed red torii gates of Fushimi Inari, and end with delicious local cuisine at the bustling Nishiki Market.

"Maiko" (apprentice geishas) walking through the streets of Kyoto
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Best of Tokyo & Kyoto - 6 Days

On this adventure, you'll see Japan's highlights while visiting two of its most famous cities. Begin in bustling Tokyo and discover the urban nightlife and explore temples and shopping streets on a guided tour. Then take a day trip to Lake Kawaguchiko for views of Mount Fuji. Next, transfer to Kyoto and get to know its temples and historic neighborhoods, opting for a traditional tea ceremony. Cap off your journey with a day trip to Nara, famous for its scenic deer park.

Konpon Daito Pagoda at Mount Koya
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Sacred Japan: Temples & Shrines of Tokyo, Kyoto & Mount Koya - 6 Days

A highlight of travel to Japan is admiring the many beautiful Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines and learning more about the local culture, religion, and spirituality in the process. On this six-day tour of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Mount Koya, you'll visit several of Japan's most beautiful and significant sacred sites. From peaceful spots in the heart of busy Tokyo to gilded temples in Kyoto and ancient Buddhist monasteries at Mount Koya, this is a spiritually rewarding way to tour Japan.

Bowls of Japanese food for sale
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Foodie Tour of Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka - 6 Days

Japan is heaven for foodies, and even travelers short on time can enjoy the best gastronomic experiences in the country by focusing on the distinct culinary traditions of three lively cities—Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Find a diverse range of Japanese and international cuisine in Tokyo, enjoy some Japanese haute cuisine in Kyoto, and sample local street food classics and more in Osaka. All this while learning about Japanese culture and history on a fun-filled six-day tour.

Boating in Arashiyama
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Natural Wonders of Japan - 10 Days

Just as fascinating as Japan's ultra-modern urban culture is its spectacular natural scenery. On this 10-day adventure, you'll venture beyond the glittering cities to explore Japan's stunning natural wonders and learn about the country's ancient cultural traditions. Visit ancient shrines, climb mountain peaks, wander through lush bamboo forests, learn about geisha culture and fine arts customs, and marvel at the country's most prized landscape garden. You'll end the journey in quiet Kyoto, enjoying a boat cruise on the Hozugawa River past vibrant cherry blossoms.

Fushimi Inari Taisha
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Cultural Trip to Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka - 9 Days

Japan's culture is an intoxicating mix of old and new. Staying in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka over nine activity-filled days, you'll get under the skin of both sides of this fascinating country. See the historical and futuristic sides of Tokyo and cruise among the neon lights of Osaka. Immerse yourself in Japanese tradition, from watching a sumo wrestling practice to sampling whiskey at a top distillery. You'll also walk among Kyoto's serene shrines and temples and get to know geisha culture.

Combine iconic landmarks with off-the-beaten-path stops on this nine-day tour
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Highlights & Hidden Corners of Japan - 9 Days

This nine-day getaway combines Japan's classic highlights with some off-the-beaten-path treasures. Explore modern districts and ancient temples in Tokyo, then head to Hakone on the shores of Lake Ashinoko to catch views of Mount Fuji by boat. Get an authentic look at the smaller cities of Takayama and Kanazawa with guided tours and cultural experiences, wander through the UNESCO-listed village of Shirakawa-go, and end in Kyoto, sampling local delicacies in its markets and touring its iconic shrines.

Torii gate at Lake Ashi, Hakone.
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Highlights of Japan: Cities, Mountains & Temples - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary takes you on a whirlwind tour through Japan's greatest highlights. Walk the streets of hyper-modern Tokyo and Osaka, hike to a sacred Buddhist monastery at Koyasan, soak in hot springs under Mount Fiji, and step back in time in historic Kyoto. From ancient temples to futuristic art shows, vibrant cities to secluded mountaintops, you'll experience a little bit of everything on this adventurous journey.

Kyoto, Japan's historic capital
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Japan's Golden Route: Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka - 15 Days

Travel along Japan's "Golden Route," starting in Tokyo. Soak up the city as you enjoy food tours, art exhibits, a calligraphy workshop, and watching a sumo wrestling practice. Then head to Kyoto to visit shrines and castles, meet geisha, and savor a traditional multicourse meal. Spot deer in Nara, then move on to Osaka for a food tour and river cruise and explore Hiroshima and Miyajima. Back in Tokyo, learn about Japanese sword-making, see the city's high-tech attractions, and visit Kamakura.

The Kiyomizu-dera Temple overlooking Kyoto's skyline
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Japan's Big Four: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka & Hiroshima - 10 Days

This diverse 10-day itinerary leads you through Japan's four major cities. Start in Tokyo, exploring the city's ultra-modern technology and ancient monuments. Then head to the quiet shrines of traditional Kyoto, the buzzing food scene of trendy Osaka, and the historic landmarks and lively downtown of Hiroshima. Along the way, you'll visit beautiful islands and bamboo forests, sample regional delicacies on a food tour, see sumo wrestlers in action, and try locally produced sake and whiskey.

Explore historic Edo-era post towns along the Nakasendo Trail
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Highlights & Hiking in Japan: Kyoto, Tokyo & the Nakasendo Trail - 10 Days

This active tour of Japan combines modern cities with outdoor adventures, including five days of hiking along the famous Nakasendo Trail. You'll start in Kyoto, visiting the famed red torii gates of Fushimi Inari and watching a live geisha performance. Then, set out on foot along one of the major traveling routes of the Edo period—traversing bamboo forests in Nojiri, the peaks of Torii Pass, and the plateaus of Usui-toge. End in Tokyo for city views from the Tokyo Skytree and a tranquil visit to Asakusa Shrine.

Sample the impressive food and nightlife in Osaka, Japan's third-largest city
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Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka: Best Itinerary Ideas

Ten to 12 days is the most popular trip length for Japan travelers interested in visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, especially when also including Hakone and Hiroshima. For travelers wanting to visit Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka exclusively, plan nine to 12 days for a well-paced trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as six to eight days. For the best itineraries, including Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, keep reading below.

Stop in Mount Fuji on your way to Kyoto
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Japan Golden Route - 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary follows the path of Japan's ancient Tokaido Highway (the Golden Route) from the skyscrapers of ultra-modern Tokyo to the cultural heart of Kyoto. In between the two cities, you'll stop in the beautiful town of Hakone to soak up Mount Fuji views, hot springs, and excellent museums. Traveling by bullet train, your flexible Japan Rail Pass offers plenty of day-trips for a truly customizable adventure.

The Arashiyama bamboo grove
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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.

Tokyo Skytree in the Spring
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Explore Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, & Hiroshima - 14 Days

This 14-day trip takes you to the major cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, where you'll experience a mix of modern culture and timeworn traditions. You'll also venture to the temples and shrines in Nikko and a hot springs retreat in Hakone. The last leg takes you to Nara, known for its free-roaming deer, and Hiroshima, where you'll witness the flourishing rebuild of one of Japan's most historically significant towns.

Walking through the bamboo grove at Arashiyama
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Family Adventure in Japan - 10 Days

This action-packed 10-day adventure around Japan is perfect for families! The itinerary leads you from the neon lights, futuristic interactive art, and whimsical character cafés of Tokyo to peaceful Lake Kawaguchi, where you can visit a nearby ninja theme park or ride one of the steepest roller coasters in the world. Then it's onward to Kyoto, where you'll learn how to make creative Japanese-style sweets and attend a tea ceremony. Travelers of all ages will enjoy visiting temples, bamboo groves, and shrines on the last few days of the trip in Arashiyama, Nara, and Osaka.

7 days in Japan: Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto
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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.

Follow the ancient Golden Route to discover three of Japan's most important cities
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Japan's Golden Highlights: Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka - 10 Days

This 10-day excursion is the perfect introduction to three of Japan's most notable cities. Following the ancient "Golden Route," your trip starts in Tokyo, where you'll take a foodie tour and stroll the grounds of ancient temples. See Mount Fuji up close and try local whisky, then hop on a train to Kyoto for traditional tea ceremonies and the bamboo groves of Arashiyama. Finish in buzzing Osaka, strolling its neon Dotonbori district and visiting Hiroshima's somber but significant Peace Memorial Park.

Visit the ancient aqueduct that passes through the temple grounds of Nanzen-ji in Kyoto's Higashiyama District
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Tokyo, Kyoto & Hiroshima: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima spend about 11 to 15 days in Japan, which usually includes some time in Osaka and Hakone as well. If you're not interested in Osaka and Hakone, eight to 10 days is enough for your Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as six days or one week. Read on for the best itineraries, including Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and beyond.

Two girls at the Tsuten-kyo bridge at Tofuku-ji temple in Kyoto
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Family Fun & Culture in Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka - 10 Days

Japan is a spellbinding destination for kids of all ages, and this family-friendly 10-day tour is the perfect introduction to the country's culture, food, and innovation. Split between Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, you'll start with digital art and a river cruise in the country's capital before catching the bullet train west. Discover temples, monkeys, ninjas, and samurai in ancient Kyoto, then finish up in Osaka to visit a noodle museum and the world's largest aquarium.

Paper lanterns in Kyoto
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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.

Stay two nights in Kyoto and stroll along the charming streets at dusk
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Highlights of Japan & South Korea: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka & Seoul - 10 Days

Discover the cultural wonders, vibrant cities, and delicious food of Japan and South Korea on this 10-day tour. Start by spending a day exploring Tokyo on your own before heading to the Fuji Five Lakes region to see Mount Fuji from all angles. Next, visit Kyoto and Osaka's temples, shrines, and castles, and then fly to South Korea's capital, Seoul. Here, you'll ascend N Seoul Tower for panoramic views and learn about North and South Korea's strained history at the Korean Demilitarized Zone to end the tour.

Visit Tokyo's Sensoji temple at Asakusa
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Tokyo, Kyoto & Hakone: Best Itinerary Ideas

Ten to 12 days is the most popular trip length for Japan travelers interested in visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hakone, especially when also including Osaka and Hiroshima. If you're not interested in those locations, eight to 10 days is enough for your Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hakone trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as six or seven days. For the best itineraries, including Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hakone, keep reading below.

Explore Kyoto's many temples and shrines as a family
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Japan Family Highlights Tour: Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo - 10 Days

Discover the best of Japan with your family on this 10-day vacation that hits the country's natural wonders and cultural landmarks at a kid-friendly pace. Begin in Osaka, where ancient temples meet glass-fronted skyscrapers. Then, delve into Kyoto's tea ceremony culture, wander through bamboo forests, and cruise the Katsura River. Finish your adventure with immersive tours in Tokyo's pioneering digital art and science museums and a restful day on the shores of Mount Fuji.

Treat your little ones to plenty of kid-friendly treats like daifuku (stuffed mochi) on a Tokyo food tour
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Family Travels in Japan: Tokyo, Fujiyoshida & Kyoto - 7 Days

See the wonders of Japan with your family on this seven-day tour that starts in the bustling capital city of Tokyo. Explore the interactive art of TeamLab Planets and visit the historic Senso-ji temple, then you're off to see the peaks of Mount Fuji. Cruise along Kawaguchi Lake, ride the ropeway for sky-high views, and spend a day at nearby Fuji Q Amusement Park for thrilling rollercoasters and animé fun. End with a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto and a visit with curious monkeys in Arashiyama.

End your luxury trip in Osaka, where you'll follow a private guide through the Edo-era Osaka Castle
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Japan Luxury Highlights: Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto & Osaka - 10 Days

See Japan's highlights in grand style with this 10-day luxury tour. You'll start in Tokyo, dining at Michelin-starred restaurants, learning to make nigiri sushi with a private chef, and treating yourself to an elegant afternoon tea amid sky-high city views. Then, you're off to the natural beauty of Hakone for a cruise across Lake Ashi and a soothing hot springs retreat. Explore Shinto shrines and meditate in Zen temples in Kyoto, stop for a saké-tasting in Kobe, and end in Osaka with a visit to the city's Edo-era castle.

Spend two days discovering Kyoto's historic landmarks (like Nijo Castle) on this 10-day highlights tour
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Highlights of Japan & China: Tokyo, Kyoto & Beijing - 10 Days

Set off on a 10-day tour to see Japan and China's main highlights, starting in the vibrant capital of Tokyo. Witness the splendor of Senso-ji and admire Mount Fuji from every angle before taking a bullet train to Kyoto. Visit the Samurai Ninja Museum, explore Nijo Castle, and feed the free-roaming deer in the nearby city of Nara. End in another capital city, Beijing, where you can enter the Forbidden City, stroll along the Great Wall, and try authentic Peking duck.

Browse the food stalls at Nishiki Market in Kyoto during this 10-day tour
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Culinary Discovery of Japan & South Korea: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka & Seoul - 10 Days

Food lovers can enjoy plenty of eating, drinking, and learning about the rich cuisines of Japan and South Korea with this 10-day itinerary. Start with an omakase dinner in Tokyo, then sample malt and grain whiskies at the foot of Mount Fuji. Next, jump on a bullet train to Kyoto to partake in a tea ceremony and local dishes at Nishiki Market. You'll then taste different varieties of sake in Kobe and make sushi in Osaka before flying to Seoul for another cooking class and to learn about traditional herbal medicine.

Take a day trip from Tokyo to visit the 17th-century Nikko Toshogu Shrine
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Discover Japanese & Korean Culture: Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima & Seoul - 10 Days

Get to the heart of Japanese and Korean culture on this 10-day trip to the vibrant cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Seoul. Learn about Shinto beliefs at Nezu Shrine, sit atop a tatami mat to watch a geisha performance, and see the devastating impact the world's first atomic bomb had on Hiroshima and its residents. You'll also take part in both countries' local food and drink scenes and can choose to participate in hands-on activities such as painting lucky cats and creating a stamp with your name in Korean.

Stay in a historic luxury ryokan in Kyoto on this 10-day luxury tour of Japan (photo courtesy of Ryokan Genhouin)
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Luxury Tour of Japan: Modern Meets Traditional in Tokyo, Kyoto & Miyajima - 10 Days

This lavish 10-day tour of Japan starts in Tokyo, where you'll dine at Michelin-starred restaurants and walk through the fragrant gardens of the Imperial Palace. Take a day trip to explore the wonders of Mount Fuji, then you're off to Kyoto for traditional tea ceremonies and a private geisha dinner show. See the famed Osaka Castle and hit the famous shopping street of Shinsaibashi, then end on the island of Miyajima, visiting the ancient Itsukushima shrine and Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park.

Explore the corridors of Gyeongbokgung in Seoul on this 13-day tour of South Korea and Japan
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Discover the Best of South Korea & Japan - 13 Days

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of South Korea and Japan on this epic 13-day tour. Explore the palaces of Seoul, see North Korea from the DMZ, then head south to the historic village of Andong and the seaside temples of Busan before flying to Osaka in Japan. Take a day trip to Hiroshima, hop on a sailboat to the shrines of Miyajima island, then explore Japan's cultural capital, Kyoto. Pet the deer in Nara, see the best of Tokyo, and end your trip on the slopes of iconic Mount Fuji.

Enjoy Japan and China's most popular dishes as you hop between major cities
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Culinary Discovery of Japan & China: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka & Shanghai - 10 Days

Spend 10 days discovering the gastronomic delights of Japan and China, beginning in Tokyo. Visit an omakase sushi restaurant, grill your own Wagyu beef, and sample whisky at the foot of Mount Fuji. Take part in a tea ceremony in Kyoto and a food tour in Osaka before flying to Shanghai, where you can sample traditional benbang cuisine. Eating isn't all you'll do on this trip—you'll also cruise across Lake Kawaguchi and the canals of Tongli while stopping at plenty of UNESCO-listed landmarks along the way.

Tokyo's Shinjuku Park
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Classic Highlights of Japan - 14 Days

Welcome to Japan! On this two-week journey around the main island, Honshu, you'll enjoy a mix of cultural sightseeing and active adventures. Visit sacred temples and shrines, cycle through the countryside, and wander around Tokyo's most fashionable neighborhoods. From the history of Hiroshima and the wonders of ancient Kyoto to the historic farmhouses of Shirakawa-go and the quiet island of Miyajima, there's so much to see and do.

Best of Old and New Japan
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Best of Old and New Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, & More - 14 Days

The combination of historic and modern beauty makes Japan the ideal vacation destination. On this journey of old world-meets-new world, you will explore the progressive city of Tokyo, along with strolling through pockets of old Japan. Excursions into the hot springs of Gero Onsen and the gardens of Kanazawa will allow you to experience the preservation of nature. Even still, you can channel Japan’s past–in present-day–by taking up residency in a thatched-roof farmhouse in Shirakawa-go, connecting with long-time local artisans in Takayama, and exploring the ancient temples of Kyoto.

Walking in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto
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Family Adventure in Japan - 14 Days

Offering ancient traditions and futuristic fun, Japan is filled with one-of-a-kind attractions for the young—and the young at heart. This two-week family-friendly itinerary features a great mix of cultural sightseeing and hands-on activities, like a sushi class and a samurai sword-fighting course. You'll explore the character cafés and comic book shops of Tokyo, boat on a lake near Mount Fuji, and wander through towering groves of bamboo in Arashiyama, taking time to learn about history in Hiroshima and Kyoto. Rounding out the trip are day trips to two world-class theme parks: Disney Sea and Universal Studios Japan. This action-packed journey is sure to be a hit with the whole family.

Dive into the heart of Japanese culture and tradition in Kyoto
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Family Fun & Culture in Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka - 14 Days

Embark on a whirlwind tour of Japan's family attractions with this two-week tour brimming with culture, theme parks, and natural wonders. Ideal for families with kids aged seven and over, you'll start in neon-lit Tokyo as a base for Disney trips, Mount Fuji, and digital fun in the city. Head next to Kyoto for culture and adventures in Arashiyama and finish in Osaka, where you'll find the perfect blend of Godzilla, animé, and ancient shrines.

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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
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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.

Hike and bike to against a backdrop of Japan's most iconic landscapes, like Mount Fuji
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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.

Paper lanterns in a Shinto shrine in Japan
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Japan's Highlights: Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara & Osaka - 8 Days

Hit the highlights of Japan on this eight-day adventure that takes you west from Tokyo to Osaka. After getting to know the massive metropolis of Tokyo, head to Kyoto to witness the contrast between traditional versus modern culture in its markets, temples, and palaces. Spend some downtime among the peaceful shrines and friendly deer of Nara, then finish your trip in vibrant Osaka, sampling regional specialties on a food tour and bar-hopping through neon-lit neighborhoods to your heart's content.

Mount Fuji framed by cherry blossoms
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Japan Cherry Blossom Tour - 7 Days

The sakura, or cherry blossom, is the national flower of Japan and a symbol of renewal. If you're lucky enough to travel to Japan during the brief blooming season (spring), you'll be treated to the sight of pale pink flowers almost everywhere you look. This seven-day tour takes you to top sakura-spotting destinations in Osaka, Kyoto, and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, with breaks for cultural sightseeing. You'll end the itinerary with a dedicated cherry blossom tour around Tokyo, including classic photo ops of Mount Fuji in the distance.

Cherry blossoms and view of Mount Fuji
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Japan Cherry Blossom Tour - 8 Days

Japan is world-famous for its stunning panoramas of cherry blossoms. On this springtime trip, you'll see the flowers while discovering the country's highlights by train. Begin by exploring Osaka on a river cruise and food tour. Transfer to the historic city of Kyoto for sightseeing and temples, then move on to Hakone, where you'll visit hot springs and stay in a traditional ryokan inn. Top off your experience with some cherry blossom-spotting excursions in Tokyo and en route to Mount Fuji.

Springtime cherry blossoms in Japan fram Kanei-ji pagoda in Tokyo's Ueno Park
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Ultimate Japan Tour: Tokyo to Hiroshima & Kanazawa - 15 Days

Cover the highlights of Japan as you travel in a wide loop across the country's south. Explore Tokyo's most exciting neighborhoods, learn about the important World War II history of Hiroshima, experience tradition with a tea ceremony and geisha photoshoot in Kyoto, and wander the quaint streets of Takayama and Kanazawa. Visit the UNESCO-listed village of Shirakawa-go and take a dip in Hakone's hot springs, then return to Tokyo for more sightseeing.

Explore Japan's Fukuoka, and sample Hakata tonkotsu ramen, the region's specialty
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Highlights of Japan - 15 Days

This is the ultimate tour for first-time visitors in Japan and includes a mix of classic activities and lesser-known surprises. Kick off the adventure with several days in Tokyo, and then make your way south by bullet train—using your Japan Rail Pass. You'll stay a night with a small-town family in Izumo, explore UNESCO-listed temples in Kyoto, and ferry to remote islands known for caves and beautiful beaches. Fly back to Tokyo for one more night in the exciting capital to end the tour.

Explore both the traditional and avant-garde food scene in Japan
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Culture & Cuisine in Japan: Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto - 8 Days

This tasty culinary adventure through Japan takes you to the country's gastronomic capitals, starting in Tokyo, where you'll try authentic omakase sushi in the foodie haven of Shinjuku and sip fine whiskies. Next, you'll train to Kyoto to learn about the mysterious world of the geisha and sample sakés in the Fushimi district. Then it's time to make ramen at a ramen factory, ending your trip in Osaka, home to the iconic Osaka Castle and delicious food stalls in the Kuromon Market.

Cycle around key sections of Lake Biwa including charming canals
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Cycling Expedition Around Japan's Lake Biwa - 8 Days

Active travelers will love cycling around the largest freshwater lake in Japan during this eight-day adventure. Starting and ending in the cultural powerhouse of Kyoto, you'll cycle the perimeter of Lake Biwa, admiring the natural landscapes and cultural attractions along the way. See a part of Japan that many international tourists overlook while enjoying classic local experiences like soaking in onsen baths and dining on traditional cuisine. This tour is ideal for outdoor lovers who enjoy a dose of culture, too.

Traverse the Golden Route of Japan
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Explore the Golden Route of Japan - 12 Days

Equally known for its vibrant city life and mountainous beauty, Japan offers a well-rounded visit filled with liveliness, adventure, and variety. On your 12-day journey, you'll explore the high-energy tech and fashion trends of Tokyo, enjoy the views and temples of Kyoto, and relax at a hot springs retreat in Hakone. Immerse yourself in Japanese culture, complete with the exceptional, authentic dining of Osaka.

Discover the bright lights of Yokohama district in Tokyo, Japan
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Best of Japan: Osaka to Tokyo - 12 Days

Spend 12 days exploring the best of Japan, including its most important cities. Start with a visit to Osaka's brightly-lit city center before exploring Kyoto's traditional historic neighborhoods and quiet temples. Learn about World War II history in Hiroshima, then hop on a plane to enjoy Okinawa's stunning beaches. End the trip in the exciting capital of Tokyo, one of the world's busiest and most futuristic cities.

On Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Fuji Five Lakes, see Japan's natural beauty
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Japan's Natural Beauty From Lakes to Mountains - 12 Days

Experience the many layers of Japanese culture and its landscapes on this 12-day tour. Enjoy Tokyo and Osaka's energetic city life balanced with nature and fresh air as you walk through Kyoto's calm bamboo forests and Takayama and Kanazawa's gardens and shrines. Stand next to a towering Great Buddha in Kamakura, and pass 10,000 red torii gates at Fushimi Inari. Get your camera ready for Mount Fuji views at Lake Kawaguchi and browse the busy Nishiki Market in Kyoto.

Geishas in Kyoto
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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.

Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial
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History, Tradition & Culture: Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima & Osaka - 12 Days

Shop, eat, and explore your way through Japan's four major cities in this diverse 12-day itinerary. Start in Tokyo, walking around the best shopping precincts and witnessing the city's thrilling blend of ultramodern technology and ancient landmarks. Connect with your inner Zen in Kyoto, sample the buzzing street food scene in trendy Osaka, and witness the historical monuments of Hiroshima.

Pick between charming izakayas in Kyoto's Pontocho district
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Culinary Discovery of Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima & Osaka - 16 Days

Delve into Japan's rich cuisine on this 16-day tour across Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Osaka. Start with a food tour in bustling Shinjuku before sampling whisky at the foot of Mount Fuji and watching a tuna auction at Toyosu Fish Market. Then, take a train to Kyoto to partake in a tea ceremony and sample matcha-flavored treats in nearby Uji. Break up all the eating with a history lesson in Hiroshima, and finish in Osaka, where you can learn how to make—and taste—sake, ramen, and gyoza.

 The shrine of Fushimi Inari
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Tokyo & Kyoto Cultural Adventure - 5 Days

This short but sweet five-day trip to Japan is filled with cultural experiences. Covering two major cities, Tokyo and Kyoto, the adventure takes you to see two completely different sides of Japan. In Tokyo, you’ll experience modern art in Odaiba and dine at Robot Restaurant. In Kyoto, you’ll learn about ancient Japanese traditions and geisha culture. Try your hand at sushi-making, then tour some of the country's most famous shrines and temples before the trip comes to a close.

Explore the traditional side of Tokyo
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Explore Nature in Traditional Japan: Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto & Osaka - 9 Days

Explore Japan's natural beauty and intricate rituals on this fascinating nine-day itinerary. You'll travel back in time in Tokyo by wandering the streets in a kimono. Head to Hakone to cruise on Lake Ashi, enjoy spectacular views of Mount Fuji, and finish the day in soothing natural thermal springs. Continue to Kyoto for Buddhist temples, gardens, palaces, and shrines, then end in Osaka to revel in the city's dynamic "foodie" districts.

The Nakasengo Trail entering the town of Magome in the Kiso Valley
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Central Japan Highlights: Tokyo, Kyoto & the Kiso Valley - 9 Days

This active nine-day itinerary takes you on a memorable journey through central Japan's history and culture, from ultra-modern Tokyo to the historic imperial capital of Kyoto. In between, you'll visit the famous gardens of Kanazawa, cycle through traditional thatched villages of the Hida region, walk portions of the ancient Nakasendo Trail, and explore the preserved post towns of the Kiso Valley.

Walk along the Shirakawa River in Kyoto
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Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka & Hakone: Best Itinerary Ideas

Ten to 12 days is a great length for a Japan trip, with stops in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hakone. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as six to nine days. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Hiroshima and Miyajima Island. Keep reading for more inspiring Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hakone itineraries.

Buddhist temple in Japan
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Discover Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto & Hiroshima - 13 Days

This trip will take you to all the places you shouldn't miss on your first trip to Japan. Discover the traditional and modern sides of Japan at shrines and temples, witness technological innovation at a digital art exhibition and a crazy robot cabaret, and get involved in hands-on cooking and craft classes.

 Visit the Cenotaph Memorial at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park
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Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka & Hiroshima: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Japan typically plan a trip for 11 to 15 days when combining Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima with Hakone and Miyajima Island. For travelers wanting to visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima exclusively, plan 10 to 11 days for a well-paced trip. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in a week to nine days for travelers with limited time. Check out our favorite Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima trips below.

Walk through the ginko trees on Tokyo's Meiji Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue
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Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima & Hakone: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Japan typically plan a trip for 11 to 15 days when combining Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Hakone with Osaka and Miyajima Island. If you're only headed to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Hakone, you can enjoy a comfortably paced trip in 10 to 12 days. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in eight or nine days for travelers with limited time. Check out our favorite Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Hakone trips below.

Enjoy the views overlooking Lake Ashi
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Highlights & History of Japan by Train - 13 Days

See some of Japan's most famous sites while exploring the country by bullet train on this 13-day tour. After learning about Tokyo's history and culture, visit Nikko for a rejuvenating hike, Kamakura to explore its shrines and temples, and Hakone, where you can relax in its thermal waters. Then, it's on to Kyoto to admire the beautiful gates of Fushimi Inari and Hiroshima to reflect on the tragic events there before ending your adventure in Osaka to look around its famous castle.

Go beyond Japan's major cities and explore highlights like historic Kanazawa on this two-week family tour
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Japan Off-the-Beaten-Path Family Adventure - 14 Days

Go beyond the highlights with two weeks of family fun throughout Japan's major cities and smaller towns. Get a taste of Tokyo with a kid-friendly food tour; then, it's off to Hakone for ropeway rides and green tea baths at a hot springs resort. Channel your inner samurai as you walk the Edo-era streets of Takayama, practice your painting skills with Kanazawa's artisans, don a kimono for a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, and end with a spin on Osaka's high-flying Tempozan Ferris wheel.

Visit Japan's Kiyomizu-dera pagoda in eastern Kyoto
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Discover Modern & Traditional Japan - 13 Days

Discover modern and traditional aspects of Japan in 13 days, touching down in skyscraper-studded Tokyo, where ancient temples meet neon shopping districts, and then explore the country by futuristic bullet train. You'll visit sacred shrines in Osaka and grand castles in Kyoto and ride a gondola to the top of Kobe's Mount Rokko. The trip ends with a sailing adventure to Miyajima in Hiroshima Bay, known as the "Island of the Gods" for its mystical forests and shrines.

Step into the past in historic Kyoto, with kimonos, tea ceremonies, and samurai
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Active Family Tour of Japan: Culture, History & Nature - 14 Days

Adventure awaits on this 14-day family itinerary that blends culture, nature, and outdoor fun. Start in Tokyo to explore local cuisine and immerse the family in the world of animé in the lively Akihabara district. Hop over to Hakone for views of Mount Fuji, experience a tea ceremony and cycle through the bamboo groves of Kyoto, then catch a train to the neon lights of Osaka's Dotonbori district. After some gentle day hikes along the famous Nakasendo Trail, end in Matsumoto to visit its mighty castle.

Immerse yourself in Japan's spectacular food scene during this nine-day tour
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Foodie Tour of Tokyo, Fujikawaguchiko, Kyoto & Osaka - 9 Days

Enthrall your taste buds with this nine-day culinary adventure through Japan. Eat lunch with sumo wrestlers and learn to make sushi in Tokyo, then taste whisky at the base of Mount Fuji. Take a train to Kyoto to explore the famous shrines and learn to make Japanese specialties like matcha tea. In Osaka, explore the ancient castle, take a street food tour of the vibrant Dotonbori district, and cruise along the river. End your trip in Kobe, sampling its famous (and rare) beef and locally-made saké.

Get the best views of Mount Fuji on this nine-day adventure
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Highlights of Honshu: Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kyoto & Osaka - 9 Days

Keep your focus on Japan's main island of Honshu with this compact, nine-day tour. Begin at the modern museums and ancient temples of Tokyo, then take a day trip to see the famous Giant Buddha in Kamakura. Get the best views of Mount Fuji with a scenic lake cruise and gondola ride, and continue to the cultural capital of Kyoto for a forest shrine hike, a tea ceremony, and a day trip to meet the friendly deer of Nara. End your trip in vibrant Osaka, eating your way through the city's spectacular food scene.

Discover Japan's cultural traditions and natural beauty on this 13-day tour
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Discover Japan's Traditions, Culture & Nature - 13 Days

Spend 13 days exploring historic shrines, hiking along ancient trails, and taking part in age-old ceremonies in the Land of the Rising Sun. Learn the art of sushi-making, tour the fish market, and join a sumo training session in Tokyo before marveling at Mount Fuji's reflection on a lake cruise. Trek the historic Nakasendo Trail, stopping at Japan-of-old post towns, then take a train to Kyoto, don a kimono for a tea ceremony, and make your own samurai sword, ending in Osaka for shrines, castles, and Kobe beef.

See the historic post towns along the Nakasendo Trail during this 13-day tour of Japan
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Culture & Hiking in Japan: Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo & the Nakasendo Trail - 13 Days

Explore Japan's cityscapes and natural landscapes on this active 13-day adventure that includes an epic, five-day trek along the ancient Nakasendo Trail. Stop in historic post towns, climb mountain passes, soak in hot springs, and relax in charming inns along the way. On either side of your trail hike, discover the shrines and castles of Osaka and Kyoto, take day trips to meet the deer of Nara, and see Mount Fuji on a lake cruise before ending in Tokyo for a city tour and whisky tasting.

Enjoy the gorgeous evening views of Nagasaki
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Japan Off the Beaten Path - 14 Days

This 14-day tour showcases some of Japan's top sights, as well as a few hidden spots rarely glimpsed by tourists. Start with the futuristic neon lights of Tokyo, where you'll walk the grounds of the city's oldest temple and learn to make your own sake. Then, it's off to Izumo for a homestay with a local family and a soak in natural hot springs. Wander traditional temples alongside curious deer in Nara, explore the remote Goto Islands, and end with views of Nagasaki from the heights of Mount Inasayama.

Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji Temple
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Culture & History of Japan - 14 days

Embark on a journey through Japan’s cultural past with this immersive two-week itinerary. Starting in the modern capital of Tokyo, you’ll travel north to traditional mountain hot springs before making your way through the historic post towns of the ancient Nakasendo Trail. Wander through the 16th-century architecture of Takayama, discover the alpine valleys and traditional thatched-roof farmhouses of Shirakawa-go, and step back in time in the imperial capital of Kyoto. Spend a night with Buddhist monks at the mountaintop temples of Mount Koya before returning to Tokyo for a final evening in the city that never sleeps.

Take in the views of majestic Mount Fuji with an overnight hike
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Active Adventures in Japan: Mountains, Hot Springs & Temples - 14 Days

This exciting two-week tour of Japan starts in Tokyo, where you'll eat your way through local markets on a foodie tour and see some of the city's most iconic sights. Then, it's off to the wonders of Mount Fuji and an overnight on the Yoshida trail. Bike the streets of Takayama, walk through hallowed shrines and hike to majestic Zen temples in Kyoto, and shop till you drop in Osaka. Soak in the hot springs of Hongu's Otogawa River, then end on the Pacific coastlines of Kii Katsuura and the towering Nachi Falls.

See the history and culture of Japan with immersive tours of Osaka and more
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Traditions of Japan: History, Art & Culture - 14 Days

This immersive 14-day cultural adventure starts in Osaka, where you'll sample renowned cuisine and stroll through ancient shrines. Take a day trip to Kobe for its coveted beef, then it's off to Mount Koya for quiet hikes and an overnight in a Buddhist temple. Eat your way through bustling Nishiki Market in Kyoto, learn Japanese arts and crafts in Kanazawa, see sweeping views of Mount Fuji, and end with the bright lights of Tokyo, touring the gardens of the Imperial Palace and Senso-ji temple.

Mount Fuji, one of many natural wonders on your memorable trip to Japan
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Japan City & Nature Tour for Families: Osaka, Kyoto, Hakone & Tokyo - 14 Days

With two weeks in Japan, you and your family can combine dazzling neon city time with outdoor excursions across lakes, mountains, and forests. Perfect for older kids and teens, this itinerary takes you from Osaka's ancient and modern landmarks to Kyoto's temples, shrines, and wildlife experiences. You'll discover the revered Mount Fuji over two days in Hakone and finish in Tokyo for sushi, river cruises, innovative digital art, and a memorable mountain hike.

End your two-week adventure on the beaches of Okinawa
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Epic Family Tour Across Japan: Futuristic Fun, Culture, History & Beaches - 14 Days

This exciting two-week family adventure in Japan starts in the capital city of Tokyo, where you'll say hello to resident robots at the Miraikan Museum and catch all the Pokémon at the Pokémon Center. Take a day trip to majestic Mount Fuji, then it's off to Kyoto for tea ceremonies, the Railway Museum, and the friendly deer of Nara. See the neon lights of Osaka's Dotonbori district, take some wild rides at Universal Studios Japan, and end with sun and fun on the white-sand beaches of the Okinawa Islands.

After exploring Japan's cities, your two-week tour winds down on the beaches of Okinawa
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Japan Luxury Cities & Beaches Tour: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka & Okinawa - 14 Days

This two-week tour combines luxurious stays at 5-star hotels with a relaxed exploration of Japan's cultural and natural highlights. Start in the capital with Michelin dining and a Wagyu beef cooking class, then head to the slopes of Mount Fuji for iconic views and whisky tasting. Experience Kyoto's temples and tea ceremonies before soaking up the sights in Osaka and finishing on the white-sand beaches of Okinawa.

Sample from endless food markets in Japan
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Flavors of Japan Tour: A Cultural & Culinary Adventure - 10 Days

This 10-day tour of Japan offers culinary thrills for adventurous foodies and cultural excursions that highlight the country's traditions and history. Start in Tokyo to try local street food in Omoide Yokocho and visit the ancient temple of Senso-ji, then hop over to Kyoto for tea ceremonies and a tour of its bustling 400-year-old food market. Practice sushi-making and try flights of saké in Hiroshima, cruise to the island of Miyajima, and end with a mouthwatering Kobe beef dinner in Osaka.

A woman wearing a kimono in the Higashi Chaya district of Kanazawa
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Art, Culture & Cuisine: An Immersive Japan Experience - 15 Days

On this well-planned 15-day tour, you'll visit some of Japan's finest art museums, sample some of its most delicious food (and have a go making some yourself), and participate in exciting cultural experiences. From dinner with a trainee geisha in Kyoto to visiting the art islands in the Seto Inland Sea, dressing in a kimono in Kanazawa to making traditional crafts, you'll learn lots about Japanese culture and history while having plenty of fun along the way.

Cycle past the spectacular rural and coastal landscapes of the Noto peninsula during this 15-day tour
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Cultural & Cycling Tour in Japan - 15 Days

Bookend a week of cycling through Japan's glorious countryside with cultural and historic city experiences on this 15-day trip. Discover temples and bamboo groves in Kyoto, immerse yourself in traditional craft workshops in Kanazawa, and then begin your biking adventure along the scenic coast of the Noto peninsula. Cycle along beach roads, past endless rice terraces, and through quaint fishing villages, overnighting in spa towns to soak in hot springs before ending in the bright lights of Tokyo.

Sit down to a meal in a traditional Japanese ryokan
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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
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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
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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.

Look for views of Mount Fuji, Japan's tallest peak, while staying in Hakone
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Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima & Hakone: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that 11 to 15 days is perfect for a well-paced Japan trip with stops in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Hakone. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights in less time—as little as a week to 10 days. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Miyajima Island. Get inspired with our trip ideas below.

Explore some of Japan's most iconic landmarks, including the UNESCO-listed Shirakawa-go
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Highlights of Japan: Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto & Osaka — 16 Days

Perfect for first-timers, this 16-day itinerary takes you on a journey through some of Japan's most iconic destinations. Start in Tokyo, where you can dive into Japanese culture by watching a sumo wrestling session and see famous landmarks like Senso-ji, the oldest temple in the city. Explore Hakone and Takayama at your own pace, then learn how to make traditional crafts in Kanazawa. Ride a rickshaw around Kyoto before ending in Osaka with a day trip to Hiroshima, the site of the world's first atomic bomb.

On this 11-day tour discover Japan's rich cultural heritage with views of Mount Fuji
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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.

Follow an ancient stone path along the Kumano Kodo trail to see the Nachi Waterfall
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Active Adventure in Japan: Hiking Trails, Hot Springs & Iconic Landmarks - 16 Days

Pack your best hiking shoes and get ready for an active adventure across some of Japan's most iconic natural landscapes. Start with a city break in Tokyo and then begin a series of hikes around the Fuji Fike Lakes, Mount Ashigara in Hakone, and Mount Inari in Kyoto. From here, spend a day in Osaka before following the pilgrimage routes of Koyasan Choishi Michi and Kumano Kodo over five days. End the trip back in Osaka with a free day to sample top-notch street food to close out this whirlwind tour.

Experience the day-to-day life of a monk at your shukubo in Mount Koya
Map of Japan Cultural Discovery Tour: Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Koya & Osaka - 16 Days
Japan Cultural Discovery Tour: Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Koya & Osaka - 16 Days

Set off on a 16-day cultural discovery across Japan's vibrant cities and natural landscapes. Begin the adventure in Tokyo, where you'll explore the city's oldest temple and delve into bonsai culture at a nearby museum. Then, take a train to Takayama to admire ornate festival floats and learn how to make traditional crafts. From here, visit Shirakawa-go to see traditional farmhouses, watch a geisha performance in Kyoto, and stay in an active temple on Mount Koya before ending this whirlwind trip in Osaka.

Japan's Nakasendo Trail
Map of Nakasendo Trail: Tokyo to Kyoto - 12 Days
Nakasendo Trail: Tokyo to Kyoto - 12 Days

Perfect for active walkers, this trip combines a four-day walk on Japan's Nakasendo Trail, which connected Tokyo and Kyoto during the days of shoguns and samurai, with a visit to three historic Japanese capitals, Tokyo, Nara, and Kyoto. You'll begin your trip in Tokyo, then take to the trail and stay in post towns once used as feudal-era stopover points. You'll visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nara, Yoshino, and Mount Koya, then spend two nights in Kyoto, where geisha still entertain well-heeled guests, and Buddhist temples beckon.

Learn how to make sushi in a Tokyo cooking class
Map of From Tokyo to Kyoto: Japan's Flavors & Ceremonies - 12 Days
From Tokyo to Kyoto: Japan's Flavors & Ceremonies - 12 Days

Dash around Japan by bullet train to discover the archipelago's tastes, ceremonies, and exciting nightlife. Learn how to make sushi in Tokyo and explore its oldest temple Senso-ji. In Kyoto's Gion district, discover the world of becoming a geisha. Warm yourself up by sipping sakes at a brewery outside of Hiroshima and soaking in an onsen in Hakone. Take time to relax and feel the pulse of Japan's cities on this 12-day tour.

Explore the delicious cuisine of Japan with market tours, street food walks, and hands-on workshops
Map of Culinary Excursion Through Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka - 7 Days
Culinary Excursion Through Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka - 7 Days

Take a deep dive into Japanese cuisine and culture on this weeklong food-filled adventure that kicks off in the capital city of Tokyo. Stroll the vibrant Shinjuku district, sample Wagyu beef, and say hello to cosplayers in lively Harajuku. Then, hop on the train to Kyoto, where you'll see city sights and try different varietals at the saké museum. Learn to make ramen noodles, then finish in the foodie paradise of Osaka, eating your way through the savory street foods of Kuromon Market.

End this 13-day tour on the white-sand beaches of Okinawa
Map of Cities, Mountains & Beaches of Japan: Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka & Okinawa - 13 Days
Cities, Mountains & Beaches of Japan: Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka & Okinawa - 13 Days

See the many sides of Japan on this far-reaching 13-day adventure, with forays into historic cities, mountainous landscapes, bamboo forests, and idyllic islands. Experience futuristic fun at Tokyo's cutting-edge interactive museums, then head to the lakeside town of Hakone for incredible views of iconic Mount Fuji. Learn the art of tea in Kyoto, taste Kobe beef near Osaka, and fly to the islands of Okinawa for beaches, marine life, and botanical gardens.

A shisa guards a bridge in Okinawa
Map of Japan Cityscapes, Culture & Beaches Tour - 14 Days
Japan Cityscapes, Culture & Beaches Tour - 14 Days

See the wonders of Japan on this whirlwind two-week trip that takes in cities, mountains, beaches, and beyond. Start in energetic Tokyo to explore the otherworldly Odaiba District and learn to make a traditional Japanese meal, then it's off to Hakone for hot springs and sky-high views over Mount Fuji from a panoramic ropeway. See mysterious geishas in Kyoto's Gion district, enjoy a tea ceremony in Osaka, and end with the white-sand beaches, blue waters, and plentiful marine life of Okinawa.

Tuck into delicious Japanese noodles on a foodie tour throughout Japan
Map of Foodie Tour Across Japan - 14 Days
Foodie Tour Across Japan - 14 Days

Explore the culture, history, and delicious flavors of Japanese cuisine with this 14-day culinary adventure. You'll start in Osaka, touring the lively Dotonbori district for grilled crab, takoyaki, and taiyaki pastries. Eat your way through Kuromon Market and travel to Kobe for their coveted beef, then it's off to Kyoto for tea ceremonies and sake. Learn to make ramen noodles in Tokyo, enjoy beer tastings in Sapporo, and end in Hakodate, where you'll take an early morning market tour and try delectable donburi.

A dusting of snow along the Nakasendo Trail leading into Magome
Map of Winter on the Nakasendo Trail: Kyoto, Kiso Valley & Tokyo - 8 Days
Winter on the Nakasendo Trail: Kyoto, Kiso Valley & Tokyo - 8 Days

Experience the tranquil magic of a Japanese winter during this immersive eight-day itinerary. Starting in Kyoto, you'll head to the snowy Kiso Valley to hike along the ancient Nakasendo Trail, spending each night in quaint wooden villages or hot spring inns. After a week spent savoring regional cuisine, snowshoeing through cedar forests, and soaking in natural mineral pools, you'll enjoy your final night in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo—the historical endpoint of the trail.

Visit the lively streets of Tokyo
Map of Whirlwind City Tour of Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto & Hiroshima - 7 Days
Whirlwind City Tour of Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto & Hiroshima - 7 Days

Spend a week amid the ultramodern streets and ancient shrines of three of Japan's most intriguing cities. Start in Tokyo to take in the action of Shibuya Crossing and have futuristic fun in neon-lit Odaiba. Then, you're off to historic Kyoto to learn about geisha culture and see the red torii gates of Fushimi Inari-taisha. Meet friendly deer in the greenery of Nara Park, then end in Hiroshima, learning about its World War II history and seeing the incredible Itsukushima-jinja shrine as it "floats" in the ocean.

Visit historic Hagi on the Sea of Japan coast in Yamaguchi Prefecture
Map of In the Shadow of Mountains: From Sea to Sea in Southern Japan - 12 Days
In the Shadow of Mountains: From Sea to Sea in Southern Japan - 12 Days

Explore the coast of the Sea of Japan, then head across southern Japan to visit towns and islands on the Seto Inland Sea. You'll spend twelve days discovering Japanese history and culture as you visit shrines, temples, castles, museums, and a preserved silver mine. See how miso paste, sake, and pottery are made and soak in hot spring baths. You'll come away with a true appreciation for the traditions and history of southern Japan.

Other popular travel destinations in Japan
Tokyo · Osaka · Hakone · Hiroshima · Kanazawa · Takayama · Okinawa · Nara · Hokaido · Western Honshu · Hokkaido/Northern Honshu