Japanese samurai castle with blooming cherry blossom trees.

The ancient culture and modern cities of Japan provide cultural immersion unlike any destination. Join the thousands of travelers that have been a part of the over 9,000 Japan vacations planned by Zicasso’s specialists to uncover discoveries of this amazing country. From the secrets of the samurai and elegantly prepared sushi to towering peaks and colorful cherry blossoms, you can explore amazing inspiration in the sample itineraries below and find helpful information in the Japan Travel Guide.

Sample Itineraries

You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel.

Japan at a Glance

Must-See Destinations in Japan

Alongside our Japan travel specialists, Zicasso has recommendations for your trip. Regardless of the length of your trip, a custom Zicasso tour is designed around your time, your needs, and your desires. The selection of things to do and spectacular places to visit will bring much inspiration.

Tokyo | Hakone | Kyoto | Takayama | Kanazawa | Hiroshima | Mount Fuji | Osaka | Nara

  • Visit the iconic Senso-ji shrine that dates back to the 7th-century
  • Witness a combination of design and nature at the Meiji Shrine
  • Discover Japan’s national culture at the Tokyo National Museum
  • Experience the joy, beauty, and storytelling at the Studio Ghibli Museum
  • Explore the Ginza District with exclusive shops, and traditional Kabuki theaters
  • Experience the custom of a traditional tea ceremony
  • Delight in a night of regional cuisine in the company of a Maiko or a Geisha
  • Discover the tranquility of the Enryaku-ji shrine
  • Bask in the famous colors of cherry blossoms in Kyoto
  • Explore the fascinating flavors of Kyoto at the Nishiki Market
  • Visit Shukkeien, which is the oldest Japanese garden in Hiroshima
  • Enjoy the stunning view of Hiroshima from the Orizuru Tower
  • Wander through the unique history of Hiroshima at the 17th-century Fukuyama Castle
  • Tour the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  • Savor time spent in the wine-growing regions of Yamanashi
  • Explore the renowned Suehiro Sake Brewery, open since 1850
  • Witness art on the 54th-story of the Mori Art Museum
  • Discover the Suntory Museum of Art
  • Trace the styles of historic Japanese art on display in the Kyoto National Museum
  • Explore Mt. Takao, the mountain outside of Tokyo with gorgeous views of Mt. Fuji
  • Wander the trails inside Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park
  • Cycle or walk along the famous mile-long Philosopher’s Walk
  • Visit a wasabi and tea farm for spectacular views of the natural setting
  • Delight in a spectacular panorama of Mt. Fuji with a helicopter tour

Best Time to Visit Japan

The best time to visit Japan is during March and April or October and November.

Visiting in March and April allows you to witness the popular cherry blossom season, but October and November host the red leaves of Nakoyo season. The second-half of May is nice for weather and crowds. January, February, and March are great for viewing the hot springs with macaques in the mountains, but the rainy season takes place between June to mid-July. Monsoon season also occurs from August to September.  Outside of the Cherry Blossom season and Nakoyo season, January is a fantastic month to visit Japan if you do not mind the cold. The skies are clear, the weather is crisp, and the highlights around the country are usually absent of crowds.

Modes of Transportation in Japan

The best way to see Japan in 10 days is by a combination of trains and private cars. The famous speed trains make traveling efficient between large cities across the nation. If you are visiting small towns or villages outside of the main cities, private cars can help you reach secluded destinations.

Public Transportation

Public transportation, such as the metro in Tokyo, trains, and taxis, can also help you connect to local destinations or sites. Private cars are more efficient but can also quickly increase the cost of your Japan trip. Your travel specialist and local guides will help you navigate the different modes of public transportation and can even travel with you if you prefer this method of discovery.

Your Zicasso travel partner ensures that your logistics are as smooth as possible by including private transfers to and from the airports and train stations for a stress-free Japan tour.

What to Consider When Traveling Through Japan

When traveling on a Japan tour, you must consider travel logistics, safety, and accessibility. The following offers information on important travel considerations during your Japan tour for a hassle-free experience.

Is Japan Safe for Travel?

Japan is one of the safest places on Earth for travelers. Tourists can walk down the street late at night without fear, and travelers have reported losing their phones during their trip only to have it returned later.

Natural disasters, such as earthquakes and typhoons, are often concerns for travelers in Japan. Minor earthquakes often occur across the chain of islands, but the country’s secure architecture makes Japan a very safe destination if an earthquake were to occur. During heavy typhoons, trains and airports may close their operations, but this usually does not occur for longer than 48 hours.

Is it easy to get around Japan?

Public transportation, such as the metro in Tokyo, trains, and taxis, can also help you connect to local destinations or sites. Private cars are more efficient but can also quickly increase the cost of your Japan trip. Your travel specialist and local guides will help you navigate the different modes of public transportation and can even travel with you if you prefer this method of discovery.

Your Zicasso travel partner ensures that your logistics are as smooth as possible by including private transfers to and from the airports and train stations for a stress-free Japan tour.

Which airports should I be looking at?

The best airport to fly in and out of when visiting Japan is Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND). The majority of flights from North America and Continental Europe will arrive in Tokyo, but the best airport for your departure flight is Kyoto’s Kansai International Airport (KIX).

For most travelers, the most convenient airport is Tokyo’s HND followed by Kyoto’s KIX. The busiest airports in Japan are”

  • Haneda Airport (HND)
  • Narita International AIrport (NRT)
  • Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

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