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Japan: Tokyo &...

Japan: Tokyo & Beyond

9 days, 4 cities135
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Multi-layered red temple with colored foliage in the foreground and a blue mountain range in the background during sunset
Multi-layered red temple with colored foliage in the foreground and a blue mountain range in the background during sunset
A busy city street lined with digital billboards at night
A body of water with trees and a red arch along the shoreline with a snow-capped volcano in the background
A path lined with rectangular red arches
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Why go?

In Japan, everything’s done just a biiit differently. There’s sushi—on conveyor belts. Ancient shrines—in actual lakes. And neon lights—as far as the eye can see. So, if culture shock is on your bucket list, this journey’s got you covered.

Picture yourself

  • Uncovering centuries of tradition at ancient temples and shrines

  • Slurping ramen and popping sushi on repeat

  • Wandering the neon streets of Shibuya and Dotonbori

  • Cruising around a lake in the shadow of Mt. Fuji

  • Time traveling to old-world Japan in Kyoto

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers (or book 'em yourself)

  • 7 nights in handpicked accommodations 

  • 7 breakfasts 

  • 3 included dinners 

  • Expert Tour Director 

  • 24/7 support 

  • Entrance to shrines, temples, and other local attractions

Map for the Japan: Tokyo & Beyond tour
Full trip itinerary


  • Day 1: Overnight flight

    Hop on a plane heading west and cross the international date line, because you’ve got a big date with Japan—and all that ramen isn’t going to eat itself.

  • Day 2: Arrive in Tokyo

    Say konnichiwa to Tokyo, home to more people, vending machines, and Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere else. Settle in, meet your fellow travelers, and get ready to explore.

    Today's highlights:

    • Land at the airport and meet an EF representative.
    • Transfer to your accommodations and check in.
    • Meet your Tour Director and get deets on tomorrow’s schedule.
  • Day 3: Explore Tokyo + Welcome Dinner

    Only in Tokyo can you visit the busiest intersection in the world, an ancient Shinto shrine, and the palace of real-life royalty in a matter of minutes. And today, you’re doing exactly that.

    Today's highlights:

    • Read your fortune and see your future at Sensoji Temple.
    • Soak up the sights, sounds, and styles of Shibuya and Harajuku.
    • Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your group at an authentic local spot.
  • Day 4: Free day in Tokyo

    Today, you’re free to explore Tokyo on your own. And if that means eating nothing but noodles while searching for Pokémon souvenirs—so be it.

    Free time suggestions

    Tokyo Skytree: Head way, way, waaay up to the observation deck of the world’s tallest tower. At 2,080 feet, it’s safe to say this is the best view in Tokyo.

    Omoide Yokocho: Translation: memory lane. This unique alleyway is home to some of the best food and drink Tokyo has to offer.

  • Day 5: Travel to Kyoto via Hakone

    Let’s head to Kyoto—but before we do, you GOTTA see Mt. Fuji. Set your eyes (and your camera) on an active volcano and the tallest peak in Japan.

    Today's highlights:

    • Ride a cable car for sprawling views of Mt. Fuji.
    • Cruise on Lake Ashi and see its iconic torii gate from the water.
    • Hop on the bullet train to finish up the journey to Kyoto.
    • Show off your chopsticks skills (or not) at an included dinner.
  • Day 6: Tour Kyoto

    If you’re looking for traditional Japan, you’ll find it in Kyoto. See zen temples, geishas, and old-world townscapes as you seemingly time travel from street to street.

    Today's highlights:

    • Snap photos under the thousands of bright-orange gates of the Fushimi Inari shrine.
    • Look out at all of Kyoto from the 1,200+ year-old, hilltop Kiyomizu Temple.
    • Visit Kinkakuji, a Zen Buddhist temple covered in actual gold leaf.
  • Day 7: Free day in Kyoto

    Keep getting to know Kyoto on your own. Between the quaint streets, high-end shops, and bustling markets, there’s a ton to see and do. And eat. And drink.

    Free time suggestions

    Nishiki market: Stock up on souvenirs and try all the best bites. This narrow, five-block shopping street has more than 100 shops and restaurants for you to explore.

    Kyoto clubbin’: One of the best nightlife cities we’ve found, Kyoto is loaded with bars and clubs, and the party doesn’t stop until the early morning.

  • Day 8: Travel to Osaka + Farewell Dinner

    It’s your last full day in Japan—make it count. Fill up on sushi, hit up a few vending machines, grab those last souvenirs, and try (we dare you) to keep up with the dynamic pace of Osaka.

    Today's highlights:

    • Visit Osaka Castle to see the ancient side of Japan’s second most populous city.
    • Get lost in the labyrinth of neon-lined streets and alleyways.
    • Share some laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included Farewell Dinner with your group.

    Free time suggestions

    Osaka Aquarium: Here, each tank represents a different region of the Pacific Rim, so you’ll learn about what animals share the water, and where.

    Universal Studios Osaka: Enjoy wild rides, live shows, and attractions based on beloved movies and characters (hint hint: Harry Potter).

  • Day 9: Fly home

    Sayōnara, tomodachi!

    Translation: goodbye, friends! Your next destination awaits—home. But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?



    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.


Overall rating: 4.6 out of 5
Based on 135 authentic traveler reviews
  • Best Trip Ever!!

      Morgan, traveled Jun. 2024

    This trip was incredible, you’ll see so many places in such a short amount of time and Maurice is the best tour guide ever! His knowledge of Japan and attention to detail is unmatched. Thank you EF for an unforgettable trip :D

  • First EF trip but not my last!!

      Fiona, traveled Jun. 2024

    This trip was amazing!! So much fun and a great mix of free time to explore the cities but then also time with the group where we visited many temples and other beautiful sites. Our director was incredible and so helpful through the experience!!

  • Best Trip Ever!

      Ryan, traveled Jun. 2024

    This trip was amazing, was my second with EF and am so so so happy we chose Japan! Our tour guide Ai was so great she was super sweet and knowledgeable and taught us a lot as well as having amazing recs and optional TD activities for free time! This trip was very active with sightseeing and activities even on free days as there’s so much to see in every city... See more

  • Wonderful trip to Japan!

      Jennifer, traveled Jun. 2024

    Wonderful trip Ai was such a great guide and was a wonderful amount of time for the trip and saw all the main sites!

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