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.
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
3 included dinners
Expert Tour Director
Entrance to shrines, temples, and other local attractions
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Ghibli Museum: Showcasing the work of one of the GOAT animation studios, there’s no other place that’ll connect you with Japanese pop culture like this.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Translation: goodbye, friends! Your next destination awaits—home. But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?
EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS
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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.
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Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5
Based on 54 authentic traveler reviews
Book the trip, you won’t regret it!Sarah, traveled Aug. 2023
I had a great time! Japan was amazing and there were so many things to see and do. It had historical parts and also had very exciting and fun parts. Would definitely recommend going with EF, I felt like I got more out of the trip traveling with them! Maki was a great guide.
Great tripAnonymous, traveled Jul. 2023
Had fun. Emma was awesome
Love love love!Kateryna, traveled Jul. 2023
A really well-planned and organized trip! Our tour guide Mari was a gem and super helpful. I loved our group and the balance of guided tours with free time. I wish we had one more day in Osaka to explore the city a bit more - perhaps one extra free day in Osaka would have been fantastic.
So much fun!Anonymous, traveled Jul. 2023
One of the best trips ever