10 or 13 days
Osaka, Kyoto, Takayama, Kanazawa, Tokyo, extension to Nagasaki

Japan is an island-nation of contrasts.

Neon lights pulse and shine on century-old temples, monks walk alongside anime cosplayers, and Zen meditation is practiced in the same parks that people take selfies. It may sound chaotic, but Japan has perfected the balance of ancient and modern. A better understanding of Buddhism and Shinto, higher truth, or just a measure of inner peace await you on this meditative journey through the tranquil side of Japanese culture.

  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Japan

  • Day 2: Osaka

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

  • Day 3: Osaka • Kyoto

    Travel to Kyoto

    Tour Kyoto with an expert local guide

    Visit the Golden Pavilion

    Visit Kiyomizu Temple

    Tour Fushimi Inari Shrine

  • Day 4: Kyoto

    Visit the Kyoto International Manga Museum

    Explore Kyoto on your own

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

    Osaka

    Discover the truth of the Japanese saying “dress into ruin in Kyoto, eat into ruin in Osaka” on this excursion to Osaka. Taste the flavors of Osaka in Dōtonbori, an area best known for its to-die-for street food scene. Then relax and see the other beauties of Osaka on your river cruise through the heart of the city.

    Sample traditional Kyoto snacks with your Tour Director

    Enjoy an evening reflection on the banks of the Kamo River

  • Day 5: Kyoto • Takayama

    Travel to Takayama

    Enjoy a Zen meditation experience

  • Day 6: Takayama • Kanazawa

    Visit the Takayama morning market

    Travel to Kanazawa

    Visit the Minkaen Outdoor Museum

  • Day 7: Kanazawa

    Visit Kanazawa Castle

    Explore Kenroku-en Garden

    Participate in a gold-leaf chopstick activity

  • Day 8: Tokyo

    Travel by bullet train to Tokyo

    Tour the Imperial Palace Plaza

    Visit the Meiji Shinto Shrine

    Visit the Harajuku shopping district
    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Karaoke

    Karaoke

     A trip to Japan wouldn’t be complete without an evening of singing your favorite songs with friends in a karaoke lounge. Belt your favorite jams, or just clap along with friends as you unwind and have a wonderful, relaxing evening. 

  • Day 9: Tokyo

    Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony

    Take a tour of Akihabara

    Participate in a scavenger hunt

    Visit Asakusa Temple

  • Day 10: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 10: Tokyo • Nagasaki

    Travel to Nagasaki

    Visit the Nagasaki Peace Park and Museum

    Reflect on your travels and learn how to fold a paper crane

  • Day 11: Nagasaki

    Tour Nagasaki with an expert local guide 

    Visit Glover Garden and Peace Park

    Visit Dejima Museum

  • Day 12: Nagasaki • Tokyo

    Fly to Tokyo

    Participate in a calligraphy activity

    Explore the Shibuya district of Tokyo

  • Day 13: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Japan

  • Day 2: Osaka

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

  • Day 3: Osaka • Kyoto

    Travel to Kyoto

    Tour Kyoto with an expert local guide

    Visit the Golden Pavilion

    Visit Kiyomizu Temple

    Tour Fushimi Inari Shrine

  • Day 4: Kyoto

    Visit the Kyoto International Manga Museum

    Explore Kyoto on your own

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

    Osaka

    Discover the truth of the Japanese saying “dress into ruin in Kyoto, eat into ruin in Osaka” on this excursion to Osaka. Taste the flavors of Osaka in Dōtonbori, an area best known for its to-die-for street food scene. Then relax and see the other beauties of Osaka on your river cruise through the heart of the city.

    Sample traditional Kyoto snacks with your Tour Director

    Enjoy an evening reflection on the banks of the Kamo River

  • Day 5: Kyoto • Takayama

    Travel to Takayama

    Enjoy a Zen meditation experience

  • Day 6: Takayama • Kanazawa

    Visit the Takayama morning market

    Travel to Kanazawa

    Visit the Minkaen Outdoor Museum

  • Day 7: Kanazawa

    Visit Kanazawa Castle

    Explore Kenroku-en Garden

    Participate in a gold-leaf chopstick activity

  • Day 8: Tokyo

    Travel by bullet train to Tokyo

    Tour the Imperial Palace Plaza

    Visit the Meiji Shinto Shrine

    Visit the Harajuku shopping district
    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Karaoke

    Karaoke

     A trip to Japan wouldn’t be complete without an evening of singing your favorite songs with friends in a karaoke lounge. Belt your favorite jams, or just clap along with friends as you unwind and have a wonderful, relaxing evening. 

  • Day 9: Tokyo

    Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony

    Take a tour of Akihabara

    Participate in a scavenger hunt

    Visit Asakusa Temple

  • Day 10: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 10: Tokyo • Nagasaki

    Travel to Nagasaki

    Visit the Nagasaki Peace Park and Museum

    Reflect on your travels and learn how to fold a paper crane

  • Day 11: Nagasaki

    Tour Nagasaki with an expert local guide 

    Visit Glover Garden and Peace Park

    Visit Dejima Museum

  • Day 12: Nagasaki • Tokyo

    Fly to Tokyo

    Participate in a calligraphy activity

    Explore the Shibuya district of Tokyo

  • Day 13: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; comfortable motorcoach; bullet train

  • Hotels

    8 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms (11 with extension)

  • Regional-style meals

    Breakfast and dinner daily

  • Guided sightseeing

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

  • Entrances

    Golden Pavilion; Kiyomizu Temple; International Manga Museum; Gassho-zukuri Minkaen Open Air Museum; Kanazawa castle; Gold-leaf chopstick activity; with extension: Glover Garden; Dejima Port

  • 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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