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Few people in the modern world are not affected in some way by the ideas, culture and economy of Japan. Japan is a uniquely adaptable country where tradition and modernity is a perfect match. Kyoto, the old imperial capital, is typical, with many monuments and heritage sites preserved within a lively modern city. Japan’s current capital, Tokyo, is one of the world’s most exciting cities, with the liveliest neon-sign districts, along with places of carefully arranged beauty and tranquility.

Sample itineraries for traveling Japan

The following itineraries have been designed to cover most highlights of Japan’s unique culture. The best duration for a first tour of Japan is 9-11 days, allowing sufficient time to appreciate the country’s most illustrious cities, Tokyo and Kyoto, Kanazawa and Osaka, along with suggestions for day-trips to nearby historic towns such as Nara, or nature reserves such as Hakone National Park, or remote mountain regions such as Shirakawa-go village. Sign up for your favorite tours or simply treat these as inspiration, allowing each trip to be crafted specially for you.

Maiko ladies in Kyoto

Japan Highlights Tour

Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto

This 9-day classic itinerary has been designed to cover most highlights of Japan’s unique culture. We explore the country’s most illustrious cities.

9 days from 3,369
Miyajima Island

Traditional Japan Tour

Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Tokyo

This 11-day tour of traditional Japan is ideal for first-time visitors who truly want to understand Japan from its backstreets and landmarks

11 days from 4,632
Shirakawago at night

Classic Japan Tour

Tokyo, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Kyoto

This 11-day classic tour will take you into the country’s picturesque mountain area, where tradition is maintained in streets and gardens

11 days from 4,926
Tokyo Skyline

Tokyo Highlights Tour

Tokyo and its farther afield

This 5-day itinerary will give you a quick overview of Tokyo, along with an easy day-trip to one of its nearby cultural and scenic destinations

5 days from 2,166

Regional Maps

New to Japan? Use our guide maps to plan your trip! The following maps point out the transportation means and time for entry to Japan.

Where is Japan
Guide map of train travel injapan

A glimpse of Japan

Why Japan

Prepare Sushi Learn to prepare rolled sushi

Japan has always been a popular destination for tourism. The main reason is that the country has a special quality created from a magical mixture of traditional heritages, lively cities, and breathtaking landscapes.

Japan offers a chance to immerse yourself in a new culture, because here you can not only visit incredible ancient castles, temples and shrines, but can also become involved personally by preparing sushi at a local home, sampling finger food at a local market lined with hundreds of shops and stalls, enjoying a cup of matcha tea and Japanese sweets at a teahouse, and learning how to make traditional handicrafts.

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