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Highlights of Japan: Tokyo to Kyoto

10 days |  13 days with Hiroshima & Osaka extension
10 days |  13 days with Hiroshima & Osaka extension
Group size1535 travelers
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Discover how centuries-old traditions coexist with cutting-edge culture.

The traditional tea ceremony is the embodiment of Japanese hospitality, representing harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility. You’ll experience this Zen aesthetic every day of your tour—and not only while drinking tea. Uncover ancient temples alongside futuristic cityscapes and witness how Japan’s art, architecture, and day-to-day culture continue to reflect its time-honored philosophies.

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Your tour package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 sake tasting
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Included highlights

  • Shibuya Crossing
  • Mount Fuji
  • Lake Ashi
  • Hakone Open-Air Museum
  • High-speed bullet train ride
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Tokyo today.

Tokyo3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Tokyo
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Japan! Get settled in to your hotel before meeting your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Tokyo
Included meal: Breakfast

Join a local guide and embark on your first tour of Japan’s bustling capital.

  • Make a photo stop and view the iconic Shibuya crossing from overhead as you drive through the central part of the city
  • Set off on a short walk from Yoyogi Park to the Meiji Shrine, final resting place of Emperor Meiji
  • Stroll through the colorful Harajuku neighborhood, where Tokyo’s history and present-day pop culture intertwine
  • Explore Tokyo’s old town, including the ancient Asakusa Kannon Temple, the city’s oldest and most sacred temple
  • Peruse a vibrant variety of handmade crafts and local fare at the centuries-old Nakamise Shopping Arcade

Enjoy a free afternoon in Tokyo or add an excursion.

Japanese Cooking Class & Dinner

From $125 per person

Day 4: Free day in Tokyo
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Tokyo or add an excursion.

Kamakura

From $135 per person

Mount Fuji Region1 night
Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Tokyo & transfer to Mount Fuji Region
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, follow your Tour Director on another guided sightseeing tour of vibrant Tokyo before continuing on to the Mount Fuji Region.

  • View the Imperial Palace and its impressive grounds
  • Head to the top of the Metropolitan Building to get a bird’s-eye view of the city

Later, make your way to Hakone, a resort town in the Ōwakudani Valley that’s known for its hot springs.

  • Make a photo stop at Mount Fuji, which stands an imposing 12,388 feet high
  • Take in panoramic views of nearby lakes and villages from the midway-point observatory

Sit down for an included dinner this evening followed by free time to relax in the hotel’s hot springs.

Kyoto4 nights
Day 6: Mount Komagatake, Lake Ashi & train to Kyoto
Included meal: Breakfast

This morning, take a guided tour of Mount Komagatake and Lake Ashi.

  • Enjoy a ropeway ride up to the top of Mount Komagatake, admiring spectacular views from the cable car as you go
  • Embark on a cruise on Lake Ashi, formed after Mount Hakone erupted 3,000 years ago
  • Take in surreal views of Mount Fuji looming in the background
  • Pay a visit to the Hakone Open-Air Museum, with endless sculptures over its 17 acres and a gallery with more than 700 works by Picasso

This afternoon, board a high-speed bullet train to Kyoto.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Kyoto & Zen meditation class
Included meal: Breakfast

Join a local guide on a tour of Kyoto, the city that served as the capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years—and is still considered its spiritual capital.

  • Tour the 17th-century Nijo Castle, which boasts intricate architecture and a unique alarm system: floors that sound like a nightingale when walked on
  • See one of Japan’s most famous temples, the glittering Golden Pavilion
  • Tap in to your unconscious mind during a guided Zen meditation session
  • Sit down to sip Matcha green tea alongside a traditional Japanese sweet

Please note: Today’s guided Zen meditation session may take place in the morning depending on the schedule.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Nara
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Journey to the former capital city of Nara for a guided tour led by a local guide today.

  • Tour UNESCO-listed Buddhist Todaiji Temple, site of the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue
  • Enter Kasuga-taisha to see the many bronze and stone lanterns in and around the Shinto shrine
  • Stroll through Nara Park, home to more than 1,200 wild deer considered sacred by locals
  • Enjoy an included lunch

Spend a free evening in Kyoto or add an excursion.

Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony

From $59 per person

Day 9: Free day in Kyoto
Included meals: Breakfast, Liquor tasting, Farewell dinner

Enjoy a free day in Kyoto or add an excursion.

Tonight, join your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner in Kyoto, where you’ll enjoy a sake tasting and enjoy traditional shabu-shabu (hot pot).

Arashiyama District & Okochi Sanso Garden

From $119 per person

Flight Home
Day 10: Departure
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

This morning, transfer to the Osaka airport to board your flight home or choose to continue your adventure with a visit to Hiroshima and Osaka.

Extension to Hiroshima & Osaka
Take a high-speed train to Hiroshima to remember one of the most infamous moments in history. Then, head to Osaka, home to some of Japan's most well-known arts, like Kabuki theater and the tea ceremony. Get to the heart of both cities, and marvel at UNESCO-listed Himeji Castle, on sightseeing tours alongside local experts.
Hiroshima1 night
Day 10: Train to Hiroshima & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Board a high-speed bullet train in Osaka to Hiroshima and get to know this world-renowned “City of Peace” on today’s guided sightseeing tour.

  • Visit Peace Memorial Park to see the Peace Memorial Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome, which was the only structure to withstand the infamous atomic bombing of the city during World War II
  • Take short ferry ride to Miyajima Island to view the 12th-century, UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine
Osaka2 nights
Day 11: Osaka via Himeji
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel back to Osaka, stopping in the city of Himeji along the way.

  • Step inside the UNESCO-listed Himeji Castle, the largest castle in Japan
  • Walk through Otemon Gate and view the castle’s striking white architecture
  • Climb a series of narrow staircases to the top floor, which offers stunning views of the beautiful roofs, defensive walls, and the city below
  • Enjoy free time to explore Kōko-en, a stunning garden that’s designed to be aesthetically pleasing through all four seasons

Continue on to Osaka and spend a free evening in the city.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Osaka
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Join a local guide and set out to explore Osaka, the birthplace of many of Japan’s well-known arts, such as Kabuki theater and the tea ceremony.

  • Visit the massive Osaka Castle, which houses a museum dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the legendary leader who built it
  • Stroll through Kuromon Ichiba Market, famous for its selection of fresh fish, vegetables, fruit, and other Japanese specialties
  • Learn about the country’s culinary traditions and try takoyaki, a fried octopus ball
  • Walk to Dōtonbori, one of the most colorful areas in the city and a haven for food culture

Spend a free evening exploring Osaka on your own, or add an excursion.

Osaka Dinner & Karaoke

From $89 per person

Flight Home
Day 13: Free morning in Osaka & departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning in Osaka. Then, transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

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    11/2/23 by 2nd-time traveler Robert

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    11/2/23 by 1st-time traveler Tim

    Overall, great trip. Excellent hotels. Good choice of sites. Well organized. Nori was excellent. I particularly liked her insights into Japanese customs, history, and personal notes as we traveled on the bus. That enriched the experience. She also went above and beyond in assisting all of us with tr...

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    11/2/23 by 1st-time traveler Nicole

    Going to Japan with GoAhead was incredible. We had a perfect balance of scheduled activities and free time. Most of our days wrapped up around 5:00pm, so the evening were ours to relax or explore as we saw fit. That being said, we averaged about 10-20k steps a day; make sure to wear comfortable shoe...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
    Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

    This comfortable hotel is located on Odaiba Island, Tokyo. Guests enjoy a fitness center, restaurant, and room service. Nearby, you’ll find Pallete To...

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    Fujisan Mishima Tokyu Hotel
    Fujisan Mishima Tokyu Hotel

    This comfortable hotel is located in Mishima with spectacular views of Mt. Fuji. Guests enjoy the top floor communal bath, bike rentals, and sun terra...

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    Kyoto Century Hotel
    Kyoto Century Hotel

    This classically designed hotel is located in the Shimogyo Ward of Kyoto. Guests enjoy 3 dining options, bicycle rentals, and convenient location. Nea...

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    Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
    Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

    This well-located hotel is located in Minami-ku, Hiroshima. Guests enjoy the fitness center, 6 dining options, and live music. Nearby, you'll find Shu...

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    Citadines Namba Osaka
    Citadines Namba Osaka

    This modern styled hotel is located in high-energy Namba district of Osaka. Guests enjoy comfortable rooms, fitness center and lounge. Nearby you’ll f...

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    Flights

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    • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
    • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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