9 or 12 days
Tokyo, Yokohama, Hiroshima, Osaka, extension to South Korea

In the final days of World War II, Japan was the target of the world’s first atomic weapons.

The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—along with centuries of militarization and imperialism—has shaped Japan’s future and their shift from military to technological might. Immerse yourself in a country devoted to international peacekeeping and technological innovation, while exploring the imperialistic roots that led to such a drastic change in national identity.

  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Japan

  • Day 2: Tokyo

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 3: Tokyo

    Take a guided tour of Tokyo

    With your expert local guide, you will:

    • See the Imperial Palace Plaza, the residence of Japan's Imperial Family
    • Explore the colorful and iconic Harajuku shopping district
    • Stop by the Metropolitan Government Building, where the governing body of Tokyo sits

    Find a quiet oasis in the middle of the city with a visit to the Meiji Shinto Shrine

    Visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum to experience the city’s past, present, and future  

  • Day 4: Tokyo

    Visit the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, a museum of historic Japanese buildings

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony

    Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony

    Watch and learn as you participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony led by an expert. What type of tea is used? Do people still do traditional tea ceremonies? Discover the answers to these questions and more while enjoying a relaxing, centuries-old ritual.

  • Day 5: Tokyo • Yokohama • Hiroshima

    Travel to Yokohama

    Visit one of Yokohama's famous noodle museums

    Tour Yamashita Park with your Tour Director

    Visit the Hikawa Maru

    Travel by bullet train to Hiroshima

    Enjoy a traditional bento dinner

  • Day 6: Hiroshima

    Tour Hiroshima with an expert local guide

    Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum

    Explore Miyajima Park

    Travel by ferry to Miyajima Island

    Visit the Itsukushima shrine

  • Day 7: Hiroshima

    Tour the Mazda Museum (if closed groups tour the JMSDF Kure Museum) 

    Explore Hiroshima on your own

  • Day 8: Hiroshima • Osaka

    Travel by bullet train to Osaka

    Visit Osaka Castle

    Enjoy a boat ride along the Osaka River

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Taiko Drum Lesson

    Taiko Drum Lesson

    Try your hand at making a thunderous beat with a taiko drum lesson! Learn the mythological origins while playing the same traditional drum patterns you’d hear in a local festival. Local experts will teach you through the proper techniques you need to play this powerful instrument. 

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: Osaka • Seoul

    View Seoul from the top of N Seoul Tower

  • Day 10: Seoul

    Take a tour of Seoul

    With your Tour Director, you will:

    • see the Blue House—the residence and office of the President of South Korea
    • visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, where you’ll witness a guard-changing ceremony
    • visit the National Folk Museum

    Prepare an authentic Korean meal at a cooking class

    Visit the Bukchon Hanok Village

    Experience the virtual reality attractions at the T.um VR Station theme park

  • Day 11: Seoul

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Korea Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

    Korea Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

    Take a full-day tour to Korea’s Demilitarized Zone (better known as the DMZ). This 150-mile long demarcated military area separates North and South Korea. Learn about Korea’s complicated internal struggle as you visit notable sites including the Third Tunnel—one of four tunnels underneath the border.

  • Day 12: Depart for home

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

  • Day 2: Tokyo

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 3: Tokyo

    Take a guided tour of Tokyo

    With your expert local guide, you will:

    • See the Imperial Palace Plaza, the residence of Japan's Imperial Family
    • Explore the colorful and iconic Harajuku shopping district
    • Stop by the Metropolitan Government Building, where the governing body of Tokyo sits

    Find a quiet oasis in the middle of the city with a visit to the Meiji Shinto Shrine

    Visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum to experience the city’s past, present, and future  

  • Day 4: Tokyo

    Visit the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, a museum of historic Japanese buildings

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony

    Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony

    Watch and learn as you participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony led by an expert. What type of tea is used? Do people still do traditional tea ceremonies? Discover the answers to these questions and more while enjoying a relaxing, centuries-old ritual.

  • Day 5: Tokyo • Yokohama • Hiroshima

    Travel to Yokohama

    Visit one of Yokohama's famous noodle museums

    Tour Yamashita Park with your Tour Director

    Visit the Hikawa Maru

    Travel by bullet train to Hiroshima

    Enjoy a traditional bento dinner

  • Day 6: Hiroshima

    Tour Hiroshima with an expert local guide

    Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum

    Explore Miyajima Park

    Travel by ferry to Miyajima Island

    Visit the Itsukushima shrine

  • Day 7: Hiroshima

    Tour the Mazda Museum (if closed groups tour the JMSDF Kure Museum) 

    Explore Hiroshima on your own

  • Day 8: Hiroshima • Osaka

    Travel by bullet train to Osaka

    Visit Osaka Castle

    Enjoy a boat ride along the Osaka River

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Taiko Drum Lesson

    Taiko Drum Lesson

    Try your hand at making a thunderous beat with a taiko drum lesson! Learn the mythological origins while playing the same traditional drum patterns you’d hear in a local festival. Local experts will teach you through the proper techniques you need to play this powerful instrument. 

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: Osaka • Seoul

    View Seoul from the top of N Seoul Tower

  • Day 10: Seoul

    Take a tour of Seoul

    With your Tour Director, you will:

    • see the Blue House—the residence and office of the President of South Korea
    • visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, where you’ll witness a guard-changing ceremony
    • visit the National Folk Museum

    Prepare an authentic Korean meal at a cooking class

    Visit the Bukchon Hanok Village

    Experience the virtual reality attractions at the T.um VR Station theme park

  • Day 11: Seoul

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Korea Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

    Korea Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

    Take a full-day tour to Korea’s Demilitarized Zone (better known as the DMZ). This 150-mile long demarcated military area separates North and South Korea. Learn about Korea’s complicated internal struggle as you visit notable sites including the Third Tunnel—one of four tunnels underneath the border.

  • Day 12: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; comfortable motorcoach; bullet train

  • Hotels

    7 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 (3 with extension)

  • Entrances

    Meiji Shinto Shrine; Edo-Tokyo Museum; Shitamachi Cultural Museum; Yokohama Noodle Museum; Hikawa Maru; Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum; Miyajima Park; Itsukushima Shrine; Mazda Museum; Osaka Castle; Osaka river boat ride (with extension: N Seoul Tower; Gyeongbokgung Palace; National Folk Museum; Korean cooking class; Bukchon Hanok Village; T.um VR Station)

  • 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.

  • 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

    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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Includes airfare, hotels, meals, full-time Tour Director, and more.
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