tour types

Please take a few moments to read through our tours and discover how to make your dream a reality.
Custom

Just let us know what destinations you like or what kinds of sights or activities you enjoy. We will create a custom tour for you.

Independent

These are preset tours that allow you to experience the best of a country with the freedom to go at your pace and visit sights that are interesting to you.

Private

Our Private Tours are designed to give you the convenience of a group tour with the freedom and privacy of independent travel.

Small Group

These tours are fully guided with set dates for up to 12 travelers.

experiences

destinations

To get an idea of where you can go when you visit Japan, please take some time to browse our destinations pages. Click on any of the links below for a short description of the destination's location, history and characteristics.

Kyoto

Kyoto

Formerly the imperial capital of Japan, it is in this city that the traditional Japanese ‘high arts’ flourished. Tea ceremony, calligraphy, poetry, philosophy or religion, Kyoto is the number one place to visit. Numerous temples and shrines are located throughout the city and walking along canals, next to traditional wooden houses and through the small streets really gives you an idea of the ancient Japanese imperial culture.

Kyoto is not just about the high arts however. The city is also famous for its crafts: textile, kimono and pottery. Although there is very much to see and do in Kyoto, even a short-time visitor can soon get an appreciation of what this ancient capital has to offer.

What to Do in Kyoto

  • Samurai Kembu - Become a samurai and learn sword
  • Japanese Cooking Class
  • Cycling Tour in Southern or Northern Kyoto
  • Tea Ceremony
  • Ikebana Flower Arrangement
  • Calligraphy
  • Tea Farm Visit and Lecture about Tea
  • Noh Theater Lecture
  • Japanese Potter Lecture
  • Sake Tasting
  • Japanese Pottery Lecture and Gallery
  • Other authentic Japanese experiences

Tours that Visit Kyoto:

Cultural Diversity Tour

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Ancient Japan

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Classical Japan Tour

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Kyushu Hot Spring Tour

Natural hot spring baths, or onsen, are fairly common in Japan but Kyushu island is home of one of the best, Beppu.

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Rural Discovery Tour

Sit down with Japanese people, learn how Japanese live, and experience something beyond traditional sightseeing.

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Shoguns and Samurai

Our journey takes us through Japanese history from modern Tokyo to end near Kyoto, Japan’s capital for 400 years.

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Land of Fire Tour

Visits to grand temples and shrines will be balanced with a visit to Asuka, Japan's first permanent capital.

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Nakasendo Trail

Walk along the ancient route as it passes through beautifully-preserved villages.

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Kumano Ancient Trail

Kumano Ancient Trail is a pilgrimage route to Kumano, part of the mountainous Kii Peninsula

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Winter Nakasendo Trail

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Japan's Culinary Heritage

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Village Traditions

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In the Shadow of Mountains

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Additional Resources

Sightseeing in Kyoto by the JNTO
Kyoto Travel Guide by the Kyoto Tourism Council
Kyoto Guide

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