9 or 12 days
Osaka, Kyoto, Fuji-Hakone-Izu region, Tokyo, extension to Sapporo City

Experience rich culture, historic landmarks, and breathtaking natural beauty while backtracking Japan’s Golden Route, an immersive journey that includes the country’s must-see cities and sights.

From the centuries-old spirit of Kyoto to the legendary Mount Fuji to the modern metropolis of Tokyo, this adventure is a beautiful collection of the many shining gems of Japan.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Japan

  • Day 2: Osaka

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 3: Osaka • Kyoto

    Travel to Nara

    Visit the Cupnoodles Museum

    Take a guided tour of Nara

    Visit Todaiji Temple

    Continue on to Kyoto

    Visit the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine 

  • Day 4: Kyoto

    Take a tour of the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

    Take a guided tour of Kyoto

    Visit Kiyomizu Temple

    Sample green tea ice cream

    Explore the Golden Pavilion, a Zen Buddhist temple

  • Day 5: Kyoto • Fuji-Hakone-Izu region • Tokyo

    Travel by bullet train to the Fuji-Hakone-Izu region, home of Mount Fuji

    Take an in-depth tour of Mount Fuji

    Stop at the Mount Fuji 5th Station, the halfway point of the Yoshida Trail

    Visit Lake Saiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes, and the reconstructed village of Iyashi no Sato Nenba

    Continue on to Tokyo

  • Day 6: Tokyo

    Tour Tokyo with an expert local guide

    Explore the Imperial Palace Plaza

    Visit the Harajuku shopping district

    Visit the Meiji Shinto Shrine

    Take a walking tour of Shibuya

    Explore the Asakusa Kannon Temple

    Take a tour of Akihabara Electric Town

    Enjoy a sumo-style hot pot dinner

  • Day 7: Tokyo

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Joypolis indoor theme park

    Joypolis indoor theme park

    Explore the attractions at Joypolis, a unique indoor theme park, at your own pace. As you immerse yourself in the VR-style arcade games and thrilling rides, you’ll also experience the culture and technology within the Japanese entertainment industry. 

    Explore Tokyo on your own

  • Day 8: Tokyo

    Visit the Hamarikyu Japanese Gardens to stroll among Japanese greenery and seawater ponds

    Venture near the top of the Tokyo Tower, the second tallest structure in the country

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Karaoke

    Karaoke

    A trip to Japan wouldn’t be complete without an evening of singing with friends in your very own private karaoke lounge. Belt your favorite jams in English or Japanese, or just clap along and enjoy a truly authentic Japanese pastime.

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: Tokyo • Sapporo City

    Fly to Sapporo City

    Visit the Nijo Seafood Market

    Take a tour of Sapporo City

    With your Tour Director you will visit:

    • Asahiyama Observatory
    • Sapporo TV Tower

    Stop for a photo at Japan's oldest clock tower

  • Day 10: Sapporo City

    Take an in-depth tour of Shikotsu-Toya National Park with a guide

    Visit the Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park and learn about Ainu history and culture in Japan

    Explore Noboribetsu Hell Valley and Oyunuma Pond, a natural hot spring

    Go fruit-picking in a local orchard

  • Day 11: Sapporo City • Otaru • Tokyo

    Visit a local dairy farm in Otaru

    Fly back to Tokyo

  • Day 12: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Japan

  • Day 2: Osaka

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 3: Osaka • Kyoto

    Travel to Nara

    Visit the Cupnoodles Museum

    Take a guided tour of Nara

    Visit Todaiji Temple

    Continue on to Kyoto

    Visit the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine 

  • Day 4: Kyoto

    Take a tour of the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

    Take a guided tour of Kyoto

    Visit Kiyomizu Temple

    Sample green tea ice cream

    Explore the Golden Pavilion, a Zen Buddhist temple

  • Day 5: Kyoto • Fuji-Hakone-Izu region • Tokyo

    Travel by bullet train to the Fuji-Hakone-Izu region, home of Mount Fuji

    Take an in-depth tour of Mount Fuji

    Stop at the Mount Fuji 5th Station, the halfway point of the Yoshida Trail

    Visit Lake Saiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes, and the reconstructed village of Iyashi no Sato Nenba

    Continue on to Tokyo

  • Day 6: Tokyo

    Tour Tokyo with an expert local guide

    Explore the Imperial Palace Plaza

    Visit the Harajuku shopping district

    Visit the Meiji Shinto Shrine

    Take a walking tour of Shibuya

    Explore the Asakusa Kannon Temple

    Take a tour of Akihabara Electric Town

    Enjoy a sumo-style hot pot dinner

  • Day 7: Tokyo

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Joypolis indoor theme park

    Joypolis indoor theme park

    Explore the attractions at Joypolis, a unique indoor theme park, at your own pace. As you immerse yourself in the VR-style arcade games and thrilling rides, you’ll also experience the culture and technology within the Japanese entertainment industry. 

    Explore Tokyo on your own

  • Day 8: Tokyo

    Visit the Hamarikyu Japanese Gardens to stroll among Japanese greenery and seawater ponds

    Venture near the top of the Tokyo Tower, the second tallest structure in the country

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Karaoke

    Karaoke

    A trip to Japan wouldn’t be complete without an evening of singing with friends in your very own private karaoke lounge. Belt your favorite jams in English or Japanese, or just clap along and enjoy a truly authentic Japanese pastime.

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: Tokyo • Sapporo City

    Fly to Sapporo City

    Visit the Nijo Seafood Market

    Take a tour of Sapporo City

    With your Tour Director you will visit:

    • Asahiyama Observatory
    • Sapporo TV Tower

    Stop for a photo at Japan's oldest clock tower

  • Day 10: Sapporo City

    Take an in-depth tour of Shikotsu-Toya National Park with a guide

    Visit the Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park and learn about Ainu history and culture in Japan

    Explore Noboribetsu Hell Valley and Oyunuma Pond, a natural hot spring

    Go fruit-picking in a local orchard

  • Day 11: Sapporo City • Otaru • Tokyo

    Visit a local dairy farm in Otaru

    Fly back to Tokyo

  • Day 12: 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; 1 bullet train (2 internal flights with extension)

  • Hotels

    7 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms (10 with extension)

  • Regional-style meals

    Dinner on arrival day; breakfast and dinner on Days 3-8 (and 9-11 with extension); breakfast on departure day (lunch on Day 10 with extension)

  • Guided sightseeing

    3 sightseeing tours led by licensed local guides; 3 sightseeing tours led by your Tour Director (6 with extension); 1 walking tour

  • Entrances

    CupNoodles Museum; Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine; Kiyomizudera Temple; Golden Pavilion; Mount Fuji 5th Station; Lake Saiko and Iyashi no Sato Nenba; Meiji Shinto Shrine; Asakusa Kannon Temple; sumo-style hot pot; Hamarikyu Gardens; Tokyo Tower (with extension: Asahiyama Observatory; Sapporo TV Tower; Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park; Noboribetsu Hell Valley and Oyunuma Pond; dairy farm visit)

  • 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.

  • Personalized Learning Support

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

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers 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.

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