9 or 11 days
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, extension to Hiroshima

Japan has had many identities through the centuries; its story is a fascinating one.

Tokyo is the modern-day center of pop culture and business, while Kyoto remains the most traditional of the big cities. The country has unsurpassed natural beauty—see it from the window of the high-speed shinkansen train and in the majestic lakes and mountains of Hakone National Park.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Japan

  • Day 2: Tokyo

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

  • Day 3: Tokyo

    Take a guided tour of Tokyo

    Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple

    Visit the Harajuku shopping district

    Learn about sumo wrestling

    Visit the Meiji Shinto Shrine
  • Day 4: Tokyo

    Take a tour of Akihabara

    Explore Electric Town on a district-wide scavenger hunt

    Visit a technology showroom

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Local Exchange Visit

    Local Exchange Visit

    Spend the afternoon conversing with local students, pick up a few Japanese phrases, and get a first-person perspective of everyday life in Japan. Who knows, you might make a new friend, learn how to eat with chopsticks, or fold a paper crane!

  • Day 5: Tokyo • Kamakura • Hakone

    Travel via Kamakura to Hakone

    Visit the Great Buddha of Kamakura

    Visit the Hachimangu shrine 

    Explore Kamakura on your own

  • Day 6: Hakone • Odawara • Kyoto

    Travel via Owakudani and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park to Odawara

    Visit Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

    Take a cruise on Lake Ashi

    Ride the Mount Komagatake cable car

    Explore Owakudani on your own

    See Odawara Castle

    Travel by bullet train to Kyoto
  • Day 7: Kyoto

    Tour Kyoto with an expert local guide

    Visit the Golden Pavilion

    See a kimono show at the Nishijin Textile Center

    Visit Nijō Castle

    Visit the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine

  • Day 8: Kyoto

    Tour the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Nara

    Nara

    Explore one of Japan’s ancient capitals on your half-day guided excursion. Visit the Todaji Temple and see the Daibutsu, the world’s largest bronze Buddha. Walk through the wooded Nara Park, known as “Deer Park” because of its four-legged inhabitants. Just outside the park, visit Kasuga Shrine, one of the country’s most famous Shinto shrines. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 2 more days

  • Day 9: Kyoto • Hiroshima

    Travel by bullet train to Hiroshima

    Tour Hiroshima with an expert local guide

    Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum

    Travel by ferry to Miyajima Island

    Visit Miyajima Park

    Visit Itsukushima Shrine
  • Day 10: Hiroshima • Himeji • Osaka

    Travel via Himeji to Osaka

    Visit Himeji Castle
  • Day 11: Depart for home

Interested in learning more about this tour?
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Japan

  • Day 2: Tokyo

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

  • Day 3: Tokyo

    Take a guided tour of Tokyo

    Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple

    Visit the Harajuku shopping district

    Learn about sumo wrestling

    Visit the Meiji Shinto Shrine
  • Day 4: Tokyo

    Take a tour of Akihabara

    Explore Electric Town on a district-wide scavenger hunt

    Visit a technology showroom

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Local Exchange Visit

    Local Exchange Visit

    Spend the afternoon conversing with local students, pick up a few Japanese phrases, and get a first-person perspective of everyday life in Japan. Who knows, you might make a new friend, learn how to eat with chopsticks, or fold a paper crane!

  • Day 5: Tokyo • Kamakura • Hakone

    Travel via Kamakura to Hakone

    Visit the Great Buddha of Kamakura

    Visit the Hachimangu shrine 

    Explore Kamakura on your own

  • Day 6: Hakone • Odawara • Kyoto

    Travel via Owakudani and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park to Odawara

    Visit Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

    Take a cruise on Lake Ashi

    Ride the Mount Komagatake cable car

    Explore Owakudani on your own

    See Odawara Castle

    Travel by bullet train to Kyoto
  • Day 7: Kyoto

    Tour Kyoto with an expert local guide

    Visit the Golden Pavilion

    See a kimono show at the Nishijin Textile Center

    Visit Nijō Castle

    Visit the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine

  • Day 8: Kyoto

    Tour the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Nara

    Nara

    Explore one of Japan’s ancient capitals on your half-day guided excursion. Visit the Todaji Temple and see the Daibutsu, the world’s largest bronze Buddha. Walk through the wooded Nara Park, known as “Deer Park” because of its four-legged inhabitants. Just outside the park, visit Kasuga Shrine, one of the country’s most famous Shinto shrines. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 2 more days

  • Day 9: Kyoto • Hiroshima

    Travel by bullet train to Hiroshima

    Tour Hiroshima with an expert local guide

    Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum

    Travel by ferry to Miyajima Island

    Visit Miyajima Park

    Visit Itsukushima Shrine
  • Day 10: Hiroshima • Himeji • Osaka

    Travel via Himeji to Osaka

    Visit Himeji Castle
  • Day 11: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; Comfortable motorcoach; Bullet train

  • Hotels

    7 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms (9 with extension)

  • Regional-style meals

    Breakfast and dinner daily

  • Guided sightseeing

    2 sightseeing tours led by expert, licensed local guides; 2 sightseeing tours led by your Tour Director; 1 walking tour

  • Entrances

    Meiji Shinto Shrine; Asakusa Kannon Temple; Hachimangu Shrine; Lake Hakone Cruise; Mount Komagatake Ropeway; Nijo Castle; Gold Pavilion; Kimono Show; Inari Taisha Shrine; With extension: Itukushima Shrine; Peace Memorial Museum; Himeji Castle

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your culturally connected Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • weShare—Personalized Learning

    Our personalized learning experience engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective project for academic credit.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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