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Map of Explore Japan's Cities - 5 Days
Explore Japan's Cities - 5 Days

This short but wide-ranging tour of Japanese cities takes you to Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Tokyo—not to mention the mountainous resort town of Hakone. In just five days, you'll see the tallest building in Japan, gaze at Mount Fuji in the distance, go on a guided tour of the historic temples and shrines of Kyoto, and learn about the devastating World War II bombing of Hiroshima before exploring the city's contemporary downtown. Dip in the natural hot springs of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, tour Osaka Castle, and appreciate the refinement of traditional Japanese arts.

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

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

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

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

Fushimi Inari Taisha
Map of Cultural Trip to Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka - 9 Days
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 whisky at a top distillery. You'll also walk among Kyoto's serene shrines and temples and get to know geisha culture.

A biker enjoying mountain views
Map of Road Less Traveled Japan: Tokyo, Izu Islands, Osaka, Koyasan, Hiroshima, Takachiho, Kumamoto  - 16 Days
Road Less Traveled Japan: Tokyo, Izu Islands, Osaka, Koyasan, Hiroshima, Takachiho, Kumamoto - 16 Days

This 16-day adventure is planned with nature lovers in mind, who also want a touch of Japan's urban highlights. You'll traverse the well-worn paths of the mountain monks, breathe in the history of temples which have endured for centuries, take a boat ride down Takachiho Gorge and test your endurance as you hike Mount Misen, off the coast of Hiroshima. This tour offers a nice balance of remote destinations rarely seen by tourists, combined with museum visits and culinary experiences in Tokyo, Osaka, and Hiroshima.

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.

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

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.

Golden Route Japan
Map of Explore the Golden Route of Japan - 12 Days
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 will explore the high-energy tech and fashion trends of Tokyo, enjoy the breathtaking 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.

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

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 Japan's Islands
Map of Explore Japan's Islands - 10 Days
Explore Japan's Islands - 10 Days

On this scenic trip, you'll visit two of the largest cities in Japan: Tokyo and Osaka. However, your itinerary will mostly focus on some of the lesser-known islands surrounding the mainland. Hachijojima has some of the best stargazing in the country, Aogashima is a tiny, beautiful volcanic island, and the Goto islands have an impressive history with stunning beaches. Discover a side of Japan most visitors never get to see!

Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo
Map of Explore Nature in Traditional Japan: Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto & Osaka - 9 Days
Explore Nature in Traditional Japan: Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto & Osaka - 9 Days

Explore Japan's natural beauty and intricate rituals on this fascinating 9-day itinerary. In Tokyo, you'll travel back in time 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 Kiyomizu-dera Temple overlooking Kyoto's skyline
Map of Japan's Big Four: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka & Hiroshima - 10 Days
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Discover the bright lights of Yokohama district in Tokyo, Japan
Map of Best of Japan: Osaka to Tokyo - 12 Days
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
Map of Japan's Natural Beauty From Lakes to Mountains  - 12 Days
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.

Lake Ashi
Map of Highlights & History of Japan by Train - 13 Days
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 shrine of Fushimi Inari and Hiroshima to reflect on the tragic events there before ending your adventure in Osaka to look around its famous castle.

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.

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

Other popular travel destinations in Japan
Tokyo · Kyoto · Okinawa · Hokaido · Hokkaido/Northern Honshu · Western Honshu