Learn More About Japan Tours
Fascinating cultural traditions, magnificent natural beauty and cosmopolitan cities await you on a Japan tour. From its temples, shrines and gardens, to its soaring mountain peaks and from its rural landscapes to its traditional sumo tournaments and outdoor markets, Japan is enchanting.
Typically, Japan vacations begin and/or end in Tokyo, the capital. The Tokyo National Museum features the world's largest collection of Japanese art, and the Edo-Tokyo Museum outlines the city's history, from the days of sword-carrying samurai to today's modern life. The Imperial Palace is the home of Japan's current Imperial family; surrounded by a circular, three-mile moat lined with cherry trees, it's a popular place for a stroll.
Kyoto was Japan's capital for 1,000 years, so visitors can learn so much about Japan's history and culture here. Japan tours often include a visit to Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the official residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the Imperial Palace, home to the Imperial family until 1868. Twelve hundred years of history come to life in the Museum of Kyoto, complete with architectural models, holograms and changing exhibitions of arts and crafts. To learn more about the Japanese traditional performing arts, such as flower arranging and puppet performances, visit Gion Corner in the heart of the famed geisha district. Ryoanji Temple, in northeast Kyoto near the Golden Pavilion, is Japan's most famous Zen rock garden.
No matter where your Japan vacation takes you, you will have the opportunity to sample traditional Japanese cuisine, from simple bento-box lunches and savory noodles to sashimi and tempura.