Top Japan Attractions

Himeji Castle

Kiyomizu-dera

Gassho-Zukuri houses

Tokyo Imperial Palace

Mount Fuji

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Ōwakudani

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Top Activities in Japan

Cycling

Nature

Homestays and local immersion

Festivals

Cultural tours

Yoga

Hiking & walking

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Classic Japan Itineraries

Japan in 1 Week

Safe to say that a country where you travel by bullet train one day and experience the calm of zen the next, is full of fascinating contradictions. With 7-10 days in Japan you can experience all facets that make this country unique.

Day 1, Tokyo: See the largest crosswalk in the world, explore the distinct sections of the city, and partake in some karaoke!

Day 2, Hakone: Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this mountain town, famous for hot springs. Take an excursion to Ōwakudani and eat a black egg for good luck. Spend the night in a traditional “ryokan” or inn.

Day 3-4, Kyoto: Walk among the many Buddhist and Zen temples in Kyoto. See Nijo Castle and Kinaku-ji Golden Pavilion. Participate in a traditional tea ceremony in Gion where you can glimpse Geishas through upstairs windows.

Day 5-6, Hiroshima: Visit the Peace Park and museum dedicated to the atomic bomb attack in 1945. Take a ferry ride to Miyajima Island and see the floating torii gate.

Day 7-8, Koyasan: Stay in a traditional monk residence at Mount Koya Temple, observe ancient rituals and chants, explore expansive Oku-no-in Cemetery.

Day 9, Osaka: Excursion to Himeji Castle, explore the bustling bar and street food scene of Osaka.

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Japan in 2 Weeks

With two weeks, you can explore farther reaches of Japan, while also hitting the main highlights.

Day 1, Tokyo: See the largest crosswalk in the world, explore the distinct sections of the city, and partake in some karaoke!

Day 2, Takayama: Explore the beautiful countryside complete with rice paddies and thatch roof homes. Rent bikes or walk and wander through local markets.

Day 3-5, Kanazawa: Take a guided walking tour through this 17th century castle town. See classic Geisha and Samurai districts. Visit Ninja Temple, Kenrokuen Garden, and Omicho Market.

Day 6, Hakone: Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this mountain town, famous for hot springs. Take an excursion to Ōwakudani and eat a black egg for good luck. Spend the night in a traditional “ryokan” or inn.

Day 7-8, Hiroshima: Visit the Peace Park and museum dedicated to the atomic bomb attack in 1945. Take a ferry ride to Miyajima Island and see the floating torii gate.

Day 9-10, Kyoto: Walk among the many Buddhist and Zen temples in Kyoto. See Nijo Castle and Kinaku-ji Golden Pavilion. Participate in a traditional tea ceremony in Gion where you can glimpse Geishas through upstairs windows.

Day 11-12, Nagasaki: Visit the peace park and museum dedicated to the second atomic bombing in 1945. Admire the views from Mount Inasa.

Day 13-14, Tokyo: Return to Tokyo via train or flight. Take an excursion to Mount Fuji before departing home.

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Japan Winter Getaway

Soak in a warm Onsen, as the snow falls outside. Hit the slopes on some of Japan’s beautiful ski mountains, and explore winter villages.

Day 1-3, Sapporo: Visit the incredible snow sculptures at the Sapporo Snow Festival. Take in incredible views from the JR Tower Observation Deck. Try your hand at the Olympic ski jump!

Day 4, Otaru: Snow Light Path festival, see the canals lit up with hundreds of floating candles

Day 5-6, Shirakawa: Enjoy two nights in this wintery village that looks straight out of the European Alps.

Day 7-8, Nagano: See the red-faced “snow monkeys” in Yudanaka, visit Zenkoji Temple, explore the Yuzawa Snow Museum

Day 9, Kyoto: End in Kyoto for a chance to visit the cities famous temples and zen gardens.

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95% Recommend

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4.6 Guide
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80% great, 20% a waste of valuable time April 2018

4.0

Japan's Cultural Treasures

Our guide and group were wonderful. Most of the sites visited fascinating and worth it. I especially loved the visit with the monk and the Hakone Outdoor Art Museum.

It broke my heart that the one day in Tokyo was such a waste of time. Please, taking us to a mediocre mall and a car exhibit, what were you thinking? There should of been two days allotted to that fabulous city to see the real sites. Also, I am an adult and making sushi for four year old was a huge insult and should be skipped at all costs. Also I believe that the trip to Nari should be included as part of the trip and not an optional tour.

Except for breakfasts, the food was cafeteria grade at best and repetitive. You could do better. The best food was that which we picked ourselves.

I would never recommend going in cherry blossom time. There were 80 buses lined up to get into the outdoor sites. Buy a postcard and put it on your wall, or better yet, visit Washington DC. I would recommend this trip if modifications were made.
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Operator Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T. Tours)

J&WN

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Mark Fujishige was fantastic and we had some great conversations with him about Japan and he was able to tell us so much November 2016

4.0

Cherry Blossom Festival - 13 days

We enjoyed his company for the whole tour. Tour was well paced & loved the hotels.

Operator On The Go Tours

L

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Splendours of Japan November 2016

4.0

Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima Summer 2018

https://vimeo.com/188933228

Operator Trafalgar

C

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Everything I was hoping for and more August 2016

4.0

Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak

Everything I was hoping for and more.

Operator G Adventures

A

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Japan Ancient and Modern August 2016

4.0

Ancient & Modern Japan

The trip was well planned and organised with a good combination of free and organised time, so that it was possible to see and do as much as possible in the time available.
Hard to say - there were so many great moments! I loved being there in spring and loved the variety of the different places we visited from the contrasting cities of Kyoto and Tokyo to the days in the mountain towns with the outdoor pool at the Onsen a special highlight.

Akemi was great - nothing was too much trouble and she organised everything very efficiently. She took us to a variety of places to eat so that we could experience different local foods and her spreadsheet to cope with all the different pricing and cash involved was amazing.
She has a wonderful smile and an excellent personality for this demanding position.

I would recommend some reading in advance of the tour as because the trip is all on public transport there is not a lot of opportunity to ask questions that are other than fairly superficial

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Operator Exodus Travels

M

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Thanks, for an awesome experience. December 2015

4.0

Japan Adventure

Thanks, for an awesome experience.

Operator Tucan Travel

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