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 your destination
  • Day 3: Osaka • Kyoto

    Walking tour of Osaka Canal Street 

    Tour Fushimi Inari Shrine 

    Enjoy an evening reflection on the banks of the Kamo River 

  • Day 4: Kyoto

    Tour Kyoto with an expert local guide

    Visit the Gold Pavillion

    Visit Kiyomizu Temple

    Sample green tea ice cream

    Enjoy a Tea Ceremony

  • 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

    Take and customize photos in a purikura - a sticker photo booth 

    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

    Visit the Suginami Animation Museum 

    Take a tour of Akihabara Electric Town

    Take a tour of Asakusa Kannon Temple 

  • Day 10: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 10: Tokyo • Nagasaki

    Fly to Nagasaki

    Visit the Nagasaki Peace Park and Museum

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

  • Day 11: Nagasaki

    Guided Sightseeing of Nagasaki

    Visit Glover Garden and Peace Park

    Visit Dejima Museum 

    Ride a cable car up Mt. Inasa

  • Day 12: Nagasaki • Tokyo

    Fly to Tokyo

    Participate in a calligraphy activity

    Explore the Shibuya district of Tokyo

  • Day 13: Depart for home

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

  • Day 2: Osaka

    Meet your Tour Director at your destination
  • Day 3: Osaka • Kyoto

    Walking tour of Osaka Canal Street 

    Tour Fushimi Inari Shrine 

    Enjoy an evening reflection on the banks of the Kamo River 

  • Day 4: Kyoto

    Tour Kyoto with an expert local guide

    Visit the Gold Pavillion

    Visit Kiyomizu Temple

    Sample green tea ice cream

    Enjoy a Tea Ceremony

  • 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

    Take and customize photos in a purikura - a sticker photo booth 

    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

    Visit the Suginami Animation Museum 

    Take a tour of Akihabara Electric Town

    Take a tour of Asakusa Kannon Temple 

  • Day 10: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 10: Tokyo • Nagasaki

    Fly to Nagasaki

    Visit the Nagasaki Peace Park and Museum

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

  • Day 11: Nagasaki

    Guided Sightseeing of Nagasaki

    Visit Glover Garden and Peace Park

    Visit Dejima Museum 

    Ride a cable car up Mt. Inasa

  • Day 12: Nagasaki • Tokyo

    Fly to Tokyo

    Participate in a calligraphy activity

    Explore the Shibuya district of Tokyo

  • Day 13: Depart for home

Interested in learning more about this tour?

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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

  • Personalized Learning Support

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

  • 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.

  • 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

    Travellers 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.

Pricing that makes travel possible

Our prices include airfare, hotels, meals, a full-time Tour Director, and more.

Payment options

We believe every student should have the opportunity to travel, which is why we let our travellers choose how they want to manage their payments. Enrol in our Automatic Payment Plan with just $199 to start, make fixed and low monthly payments through Uplift, receive invoices and make your payments in less frequent instalments, or pay up front in full.

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