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Trips to Japan with Rich History & Contemporary Culture

Authentic Japan tours truly have it all. From cosmopolitan urban centers to breathtaking natural beauty, secluded hot spring resorts to traditional fishing villages, there is something for everyone. Whether you're an adventurer looking for pristine natural beauty on your trips to Japan, or a traveler looking for Zen-like tranquility and relaxation, Japan is the perfect destination. Famous for the beauty of its seasonal transformations, Japan tours at any time of year are filled with wonder. Japan's diverse landscapes offer travelers a wide range of travel options. Explore bustling Tokyo, snow capped peaks of Mt. Fuji, and the culture and temples of the ancient city of Kyoto. Japan’s natural beauty makes it a great country to visit anytime of the year.

Sample Tours to Japan

**All of our tours can be customized to match your specific travel priorities and dates.

Kyushu North to South (14 days)

Looking for a different side of all other Japan tours? This tailor-made itinerary showcases the best of Kyushu, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kagoshima, Yakushima, and more.
Classic Highlights Off the Beaten Path Cultural

Shikoku and Honshu Cultural Explorer (15 days)

If you're yearning for an adventure that is truly off the beaten path, this trip to Japan will dive into highlights of central Japan and the smallest of Japan's major islands, Shikoku.
Classic Highlights Cultural Temples Off the Beaten Path

Authentic Japan: Old & New (12 days)

Experience Japan's unique blend of modern and ancient culture as you explore Tokyo, Matsumoto, Tsumago, and Kyoto.
Cultural Cycling Temples Classic Highlights

Classic Japan Explorer - Cities, Country & Culture (13 days)

Experience the highlights that Japan has to offer with this comprehensive 13 day highlights itinerary including time in: Tokyo, Hakone, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Kyoto.
Culinary Cultural Temples Classic Highlights

Japan's Golden Triangle (8 days)

The classic "Golden Triangle" route allows first time visitors to experience Japan's key highlights: Tokyo, Hakone & Kyoto.
Cultural Temples Classic Highlights

Luxury Japan Explorer (11 days)

Tour Japan in its finest hotels and ryokans, enjoying the metropolis of Tokyo, the cultural mecca of Kyoto, the quaint village of Takayama and the hot springs of Hakone.
Classic Highlights Culinary Cultural Temples Luxury

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Highlights of Japan

Japanese Tours: Ryokans and Hotels

Japanese Tours: Ryokans and Hotels

One of the best ways to discover everything that Japan tours have to offer, is by staying in a traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan. During a stay in one of our exquisite ryokans, you will be pampered with incredible Japanese cuisine, beautiful architecture and gracious service. Japan's modern hotels are also some of the world's best, combining high-end amenities with world-famous Japanese service. Japan's hotels feature futuristic design, luxurious amenities and memorable service.

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Private Guided Japan Tours

Private Guided Japan Tours

Although there is nothing like exploring a new country in East Asia on your own, the opportunity to experience Japan tours with our professional guides provides authentic cultural insight and will show you a Japan that would otherwise remain under the surface. We help you create an itinerary that combines your interests with our Japan tours expertise. Explore Japan's bustling cities and its laid back fishing villages, cycle through Kyoto's old alleyways, or hike in the lush mountains of Japan's countryside - we work with expert guides in all aspects of Japanese culture.

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Japan Tours: Dynamic Cities

Japan Tours: Dynamic Cities

Discover Japan's futuristic technology, remarkable architecture, modern and traditional arts, a dizzying array of fashion and design, and much, much more. Enjoy the world's best sushi and Japanese cuisine with your family, not to mention some of the world's best French and Italian restaurants; venture out for some of the most unique and fascinating shopping experiences you will ever have; and top it all off by staying in one of the world's most exciting hotels or a lovely traditional ryokan.

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What it’s Like to Tour Japan

Japan’s reputation is well-known throughout the world as an incredibly safe, welcoming, and distinct country to visit. While it is high on most travelers bucket lists, it also draws more repeat visitors each year who have fallen for the charm of this fascinating place in East Asia.

Where to Go

While Global Basecamps specializes in creating a custom travel experience, there are a few cities we recommend for all Japan Tours. Tokyo, Kyoto, and the Hakone National Park region collectively are known as the Golden Triangle as this route hits so many highlights and provides a diverse view of both urban and rural regions. Even with just a week to explore the country, these locations give you access to myriad sites of interest, temples, shrines, museums, markets, local onsen, historic hiking trails, views of Mount Fuji and much more.

If you have a longer trip, we highly recommend venturing deeper into the 47 prefectures, using the efficient and incredibly punctual rail system with shinkansen (bullet trains) that connect the country. From the rocky coastlines of the island of Kyushu to the stunning mountain views of the Northern Alps and beyond, you’ll never find yourself lacking something new to discover on your Japan tour.

What to Do

Tokyo

Japan’s modern capital has a long history that is woven into the fabric of the city. You can spend several days here while you tour Japan to take in the diverse neighborhoods, excellent museums, fish markets, both Michelin-rated and small specialty restaurants, and to get a taste of the nightlife. With renowned party spots like Roppongi and Shinjuku’s Kabukicho, you can devour yakitori at a restaurant with the family, squeeze into a tiny hip cocktail bar, check out the Robot Restaurant, admire night views of the city, or dance the night away at a popular club. Options are endless and there is something for everyone!

In the daytime, Tokyo is dotted with peaceful gardens and parks like Hamarikyu, Shinjuku Gyoen, and the 100 year old Meiji Jingu Forest that surrounds this beautiful shrine of the same name. During a Japan tours experience you'll feel these contrasts between the ancient and the cutting edge. Electronic and technical oases of Odaiba and Akihabara. With their gadget stores and giant Gundam statue, they’re just a train ride away from the quiet residential streets of Yanaka where you can enjoy a glass of sake and a stroll through the picturesque cemetery.

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Hakone National Park

This region encompasses several smaller towns, and has excellent tourist infrastructure with trains, buses, ropeways, and even a boat to traverse Lake Ashi. Views of Mt. Fuji are striking in clear weather, and light hikes are accessible in the mountainous region. These outdoor activities are essential for Japan tours. There is even a portion of the Tokaido Trail you can walk along in the footsteps of history on the path linking the shogunate capital of Edo (modern day Tokyo) to the imperial capital of Kyoto. After a day of wandering, be sure to soak in the famous onsen (hot spring) waters of the region, perhaps while relaxing at your traditional ryokan stay.

Kyoto

Considered the cultural heart of Japan, Kyoto still maintains some well preserved districts with stone paved streets, wooden lattice storefronts, and geisha (known locally as geiko) making their way to work in the evenings. Days can be spent investigating the shrines and temples that are found throughout the city with moss gardens, zen rock gardens, and unique displays to make each special. Cultural experiences abound with years-old tea ceremonies, sake tastings, martial arts, calligraphy, and ikebana (flower arranging) available. Day trip options include the ancient capital of Nara with its friendly deer, UNESCO sites, and the Daibutsu (Great Buddha), as well as Himeji where you can visit Himeji-jo, often described as the best example of castle architecture in the country.

What to Eat

Having over 230 Michelin-star rated restaurants has made Japan tours a top booking request for foodies throughout the world. We recommend checking out some of these restaurants for a palette altering experience, but the country’s food scene has much more to offer. Tokyo alone has over 160,000 restaurants ranging from the humble bowl of ramen or udon to an elaborate kaiseki-ryori feast. Kyoto’s specialty cuisine is Shojin-ryori, based around Buddhist meatless principles. Kansai cuisine, in and around Osaka follows the kuidaore (eat till you’re broke) philosophy that leaves no stomach empty. There is no doubt you will be eating well during the duration of your Japan tours.

While some cities are famous for a specific type of food like beef in Kobe, or ramen in Fukuoka, each prefecture and many cities are fiercely proud of their seasonal offerings. These can be summer fruits like nashi (Asian pear) from Toyama, sea urchin from Hokkaido, or wild boar from Shimane. The variety to discover your during Japan tour is endless!

When to Visit

From snow-capped mountains in Hokkaido to subtropical beaches in Okinawa, despite its small size, Japan has a diverse variety of climates year-round. So, determining the best time to book your Japan tour is completely dependent on what you want to do when you arrive.

If you’re looking to witness Japan’s renowned cherry blossom season, you’ll want to visit sometime between the end of March and beginning of May. The sakura season also typically brings mild temperatures, clear skies and low rainfall. It also, however, brings the most tourists so if you’re looking to experience the island without the crowds, we recommend booking a winter visit. This will also give you the opportunity to hit the slopes and do some onsen hopping at some of the country’s amazing ski resorts.

Regardless of your travel desires and schedule, our Japan Travel Specialists can help create a custom Japan tourideal for you.
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