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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

Get inspired with our sample trips below. You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel. Any number of days.
Any departure date. Any experience you want.

Todaji Temple in Nara, Japan.

Highlights and Hidden Treasures of Japan Tour

Highlights and Hidden Treasures of Japan Tour

14 Day Custom Tour

From $5,595

Japan is a nation that evokes a sense of wonder, and on this 14-day journey, you will discover many of the incredible places this magical country has to offer. From metropolitan Tokyo to traditional Kyoto and from the thought-provoking Hiroshima to the tropical beaches of Ishigaki, you will discover that Japan is a many-faceted wonder.

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Tokyo skyline with Mt Fuji in Japan.

Sublime Luxury Japan Explorer Tour

Sublime Luxury Japan Explorer Tour

12 Day Custom Tour

From $11,755

Lavish experiences abound on this exquisite 12-day tour to Japan, one of the world’s most majestic and culturally rich destinations. You will be enchanted to discover Tokyo and Kyoto, as from decorated museums drenched in history to beloved vistas of the soaring snowy peak of Mount Fuji, Japan’s hallowed traditions and spectacular scenery will be yours to soak up along the way.

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Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Endless Appeal of Japan: Immersive Family Tour

Endless Appeal of Japan: Immersive Family Tour

13 Day Custom Tour

From $6,235

Discover Japan and its fascinating culture with your family during this immersive 13-day tour leading from the buzzing streets of Tokyo to the beautiful panoramas of Kobe. Along the way, you will learn a great deal about the country and its people while cherishing spectacular scenes cataloged in glossy magazines. From the culinary delights to the spiritual finds, Japan is yours to explore.

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Hot spring pools in Beppu.

Premier Enchantments of Japan Tour: Temples, Traditions, Cuisine

Premier Enchantments of Japan Tour: Temples, Traditions,...

14 Day Custom Tour

Treasured myths, enchanting gardens, and a collaboration between tradition and future possibilities will highlight Japan's endless natural beauty during this 14-day luxury Japan tour. Enjoy traditional boutiques, revel in the elegant flavors of celebrated restaurants that serve local specialties, and discover rejuvenating hot springs. Whether looking for Geishas dressed in elegant kimonos, basking in remarkable views of an active volcano, visiting the shrine of a poet-scholar, or strolling down a charming street in a preserved village, you will be immersed in fabulous diversity for a Japan trip of a lifetime.

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Tokyo, Japan

Dazzling Japan Tour of Cityscapes and Cultural Hallmarks

Dazzling Japan Tour of Cityscapes and Cultural Hallmarks...

9 Day Custom Tour

From $3,820

From the enthralling capital city of Tokyo to the charming former imperial seat of Kyoto, this tailored 9-day tour will showcase the allure of Japan in every destination you discover. Whether you are tucking into delectable local delicacies at humble eateries lining flowered boulevards or admiring the astonishing shrines dating back centuries, unravel Japan day by day on this resplendent vacation.

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Sensoji-ji Temple in Asakusa, Japan.

Everlasting Memories of Japan: Culture, History, and New Discoveries Tour

Everlasting Memories of Japan: Culture, History, and...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $4,915

From cityscapes that shimmer brightly throughout the day and night to towns that have been imbued with history and tradition, Japan’s bewildering blend of antiquity and modernity is revealed during this curated 12-day tour of Tokyo and Kyoto. Every step of the way and every minute will prove to be picturesque and culturally rewarding, bringing you closer to the heart of Japan than you could have ever imagined.

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Kenrokuen garden at night in Kanazawa, Japan.

Classic Japan: Cities, Country, and Culture Tour

Classic Japan: Cities, Country, and Culture Tour

14 Day Custom Tour

From $5,805

Discover Japan’s beloved cities on this exquisite 14-day vacation. Enjoy the country’s culture and heritage as you visit iconic landmarks poised in breathtaking destinations along the way. From the buzzing skyline of Tokyo to the spirited streets of Osaka and the Zen Buddhist temples of Kyoto to the immaculately landscaped gardens of Kanazawa, uncover the authenticity of Japanese culture.

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Autumn at Gyeongbokgung Palace in South Korea,

Sublime Grand Asia Tour: Japan, Korea, and China

Sublime Grand Asia Tour: Japan, Korea, and China

17 Day Custom Tour

From $16,995

Covering unforgettable experiences across Asia, from Japan to Korea and China, this extravagantly luxurious 17-day tour will share what makes this sought-after slice of the world so special. From the many tantalizing culinary delicacies to the documented heritage highlights, there is nothing left behind on this curated grand discovery of Asia, as you are treated to decadent moments every step of the way.

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Buddhist community of Mount Koya in Koyasan, Japan

Wonders of Japan: Whirlwind Cultural Encounter Tour

Wonders of Japan: Whirlwind Cultural Encounter Tour...

9 Day Custom Tour

From $3,775

From the dazzling neon-lit, skyscraping cityscape of Tokyo to the deeply-rooted cultural highlights peppering the forests of Kyoto, explore the best that Japan has to offer on this tailored 9-day tour. Along the way, scenes of the sprawling unspoiled countryside and tastes of world-famous Japanese delicacies will be yours to enjoy as you spend time in a country rich with heritage.

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Mt Fuji and Lake Ashi with sightseeing pirate ship in Hakone National Park, Japan.

Majestic Japan for Families: Immersive Tour of Culture and Nature

Majestic Japan for Families: Immersive Tour of Culture...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $4,915

A land steeped in myth and legend, Japan presents an impressive array of historical heritage and rich culture. This 12 day tour of Tokyo, Hakone, and Kyoto is designed to demonstrate plenty of both. As you make your way along these scenic Japanese cities, a blend of leisure time and guided adventure ensures full immersion in every destination you visit.

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Tokyo skyline at night

Stunning Cityscapes and Enduring Traditions Japan Tour

Stunning Cityscapes and Enduring Traditions Japan Tour...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $6,015

Japan is steeped in history and boasts a tapestry of cultural experiences for you to immerse yourself in on this extravagant 14-day tour leading from Tokyo to Kyoto. Between visiting these iconic cities to have your senses dazzled and gaining a deeper understanding of rural Japanese traditions and customs in Shirakawa-go, this vacation will be both beautiful and educationally rewarding.

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Cherry blossoms blooming in Kyoto.

Dynamic Japan Tour: Ancient Culture and Modern Revelries

Dynamic Japan Tour: Ancient Culture and Modern Revelries...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $5,735

Between Tokyo's cyber futurism and Kyoto’s age-old traditions, Japan’s spectacular charm will unravel itself during this tailored 14-day tour across the country. Throughout the journey, you will indulge in authentic cuisine at beloved eateries, witness scenes of the snow-capped peaks of Mount Fuji, and trace ancient history within citadels and museums to immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of Japan.

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Kyushu, Japan

Exploration of Kyushu Island: Southern Japan Tour

Exploration of Kyushu Island: Southern Japan Tour

14 Day Custom Tour

From $6,015

Japan’s Kyushu island is home to some of the country’s most picturesque destinations, ones that will seduce you from the moment you arrive till the day you leave after this immersive 14-day vacation. From the Heian Period highlights of Fukuoka to the fairytale forests of Yakushima, every slice of Japan’s Kyushu island will dazzle and delight you while you spend two weeks soaking up the local culture.

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Traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, Japan.

Luxury Japan Highlights Vacation: Serenity and Discovery

Luxury Japan Highlights Vacation: Serenity and Discovery...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $13,995

No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to the coast, and this 14-day tour will present you with the best of this island country. Delicious seafood, warm hospitality, and magnificent vistas are yours while you make your way from Tokyo to Kanazawa with a blend of leisure time and guided explorations.

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Forbidden City in Beijing, China

Fantastic Cultural Display of China and Japan

Fantastic Cultural Display of China and Japan

14 Day Custom Tour

From $5,595

Journey to the East on this hand-picked 14-day vacation complete with cultural explorations of Japan and China, from the spirited capital cities of Tokyo and Beijing to the wondrous districts within Kyoto, Xian, and Shanghai. From day one to your farewell, you will submerge yourself in the culture and heritage of these fascinating countries, discovering their distinctions along the way.

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Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan

Japan Tour of Picturesque Nature, Imperial Glory, and Cultural Depth

Japan Tour of Picturesque Nature, Imperial Glory, and...

13 Day Custom Tour

From $6,495

Whether you are wandering the vibrant districts of Tokyo or tracing back the samurai eras in Osaka, Japan is a historical destination you will be absorbed by during this 13-day tour. Every destination along the way oozes cultural character and presents magnificent traditional experiences that will showcase the heritage of the Japanese people and their distinct way of life, providing a new perspective through which to see the world.

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Kinkaku-Ji, the Golden Pavilion, in Kyoto, Japan.

Pure Authenticity of Japan Tour

Pure Authenticity of Japan Tour

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,995

Spectacular shogun history, astonishing anime artwork, and iconic staples of Tokyo await your discovery on this handcrafted 10-day tour through Japan, from Tokyo to Kyoto. Along the way, you will explore the cultural facets of the local lifestyles, ancient shrines, grand Buddhist temples, and spirited eateries in each region you visit each. This journey promises to share the history and authenticity of traditional Japan.

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Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine in Kyoto, Japan

Japan's Spiritual and Cultural Triangle Tour

Japan's Spiritual and Cultural Triangle Tour

8 Day Custom Tour

From $3,275

Discover the distinct traditions of Japanese culture and the authenticity of Japanese cuisine on this arresting 8-day tour through the Golden Triangle. Find serenity within the destinations of Tokyo, Hakone, and Kyoto with every step along this remarkable journey. Insight into local lifestyles and idyllic scenes of Japan’s extraordinary countryside and high-octane skylines are yours.

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This yellow pumpkin sculpture, by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, located on the island of Naoshima, Japan.

Unique Artistic Exploration of Japan

Unique Artistic Exploration of Japan

7 Day Custom Tour

From $2,375

Japanese art and culture are at the center of local tradition, and you will come to learn about their distinct heritage as you admire the astonishing artwork found on some of the country’s coveted islands. From contemporary art galleries in Takamatsu to revered performance centers in Tokushima, you will open your eyes to the fascinating world of Japanese art and culture on this absorbing 7-day tour.

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Daigo-ji Temple and gardens in Kyoto, Japan

Japan Journey of Your Dreams: City, Countryside, and Culture Tour

Japan Journey of Your Dreams: City, Countryside, and...

18 Day Custom Tour

From $7,735

Tokyo is a city that never sleeps, Yudanaka Onsen is a region dressed in powdery snow, and Kyoto is made up of traditional districts reflecting old-world Japan. These destinations are but a few of the remarkable places you will uncover Japanese culture, appreciate the country’s history, and tuck into its gorgeous cuisine during this handcrafted 18-day tour to the buzzing cities and far-flung rural towns.

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Akihabara district in Tokyo, Japan.

Tokyo Tour to Remember: Sushi to Go-Carts

Tokyo Tour to Remember: Sushi to Go-Carts

8 Day Custom Tour

From $3,195

Tokyo is a dynamic, ever-changing city full of endless delights, and this 8-day itinerary features the Japanese capital's notable landmarks and hidden gems. From the tiny bar stalls of Golden Gai to the peace of the Meiji Shrine, discover what makes Tokyo one of the world's most incredible cities.

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Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu on Shikoku Island, Japan

Nature Lover's Tour of Japan

Nature Lover's Tour of Japan

6 Day Custom Tour

From $2,515

Spend six days swooning over the spectacular natural beauty that blankets Shikoku Island on this absorbing nature lover’s tour to Japan. As you cruise from the exuberant seaside city of Takamatsu to the forested hinterlands of Iya Valley, you will be enthralled by the unending wilderness beauty that veils the entire island and flanks sacred spiritual sites tucked between the emerald greenery.

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Winter skiing in Niseko, Japan.

Cultural Trip to Japan with Hokkaido Ski Experience

Cultural Trip to Japan with Hokkaido Ski Experience...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $4,395

Snowy peaks dot the luxuriant landscape of Hokkaido, stretching from Sapporo's dazzling sky to the gorgeous fields of Furano. Two of the many destinations you will explore on this exquisite 10-day skiing and culture tour across the Japanese island, delve into the heritage of the local people with the adventurous experiences that await during this handcrafted tour.

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Itsukushima Shrine, the floating tori gate of Miyajima, Japan

Shikoku and Honshu Cultural Explorer Tour

Shikoku and Honshu Cultural Explorer Tour

15 Day Custom Tour

From $6,295

Japanese culture is rich and full of fascinating traditions, many that you will slowly uncover with each passing day on this enchanting 15-day culture explorers tour from Shikoku to Honshu. Discovering destinations such as Osaka and Iya Valley along the way, you will appreciate the breathtaking environmental highlights and phenomenal gastronomic experiences awaiting eager travelers in Japan, among so much more.

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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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