11 days
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka

Tokyo is a place where cutting-edge technology leaps from the towers in flashes of light.

But there is a polite order to this urbanization that is defined by the ancient world that remains. The Osaka Castle is seemingly unfazed by the neighboring sea of skyscrapers, and is a living testimony of Japan’s unique journey into modernization. Japan is a microcosm of civilization at heart.
Japan tour map
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Japan

  • Day 2: Osaka

    Arrive in Osaka

    Enjoy a traditional Osaka dinner

  • Day 3: Himeji + Hiroshima

    Visit Himeji Castle

    Travel to Hiroshima

  • Day 4: Hiroshima + Kyoto

    Take an excursion to Miyajima Park

    Visit Itsukushima Shrine

    Take a guided tour of Hiroshima

    Visit Peace Memorial Park and Museum

    Travel by bullet train to Kyoto

  • Day 5: Kyoto

    Take a guided tour of Kyoto

    Visit Nijo Castle

    Visit the Gold Pavilion

    Enjoy a Kimono Show at Textile Center

    Visit Inari Taisha Shrine

  • Day 6: Kyoto

    Take a guided tour of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Nara

    Nara

    Explore one of Japan’s ancient capitals on your half-day guided excursion. Visit the Todaji Temple and see the Daibutsu, the world’s largest bronze Buddha. Walk through the wooded Nara Park, known as “Deer Park” because of its four-legged inhabitants. Just outside the park, visit Kasuga Shrine, one of the country’s most famous Shinto shrines. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

  • Day 7: Hakone–Atami area

    Travel by bullet train to Hakone

    Stop for photos a Odawara Castle

    Visit Hakone National Park

    Take a cruise on Lake Hakone

    Ride a cable car up Mount Komagatake

    Spend the night in a traditional ryokan

  • Day 8: Kamakura + Tokyo

    Travel to Kamakura

    Visit the Hachimangu Shrine

    See the Great Buddha

    Continue to Tokyo

  • Day 9: Tokyo

    Take a guided tour of Tokyo:

    • Imperial Palace Plaza
    • Harajuku shopping district
    • Shibuya district
    • Shinjuku district

    Visit the Meiji Shinto Shrine

    Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple

    Take a guided tour of Akihabara

    Enjoy a traditional Tokyo dinner

  • Day 10: Tokyo

    Take a walking tour of Shibuya/Arajaku

    Enjoy a cultural activity in Tokyo

  • Day 11: Depart for home

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

  • Day 2: Osaka

    Arrive in Osaka

    Enjoy a traditional Osaka dinner

  • Day 3: Himeji + Hiroshima

    Visit Himeji Castle

    Travel to Hiroshima

  • Day 4: Hiroshima + Kyoto

    Take an excursion to Miyajima Park

    Visit Itsukushima Shrine

    Take a guided tour of Hiroshima

    Visit Peace Memorial Park and Museum

    Travel by bullet train to Kyoto

  • Day 5: Kyoto

    Take a guided tour of Kyoto

    Visit Nijo Castle

    Visit the Gold Pavilion

    Enjoy a Kimono Show at Textile Center

    Visit Inari Taisha Shrine

  • Day 6: Kyoto

    Take a guided tour of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Nara

    Nara

    Explore one of Japan’s ancient capitals on your half-day guided excursion. Visit the Todaji Temple and see the Daibutsu, the world’s largest bronze Buddha. Walk through the wooded Nara Park, known as “Deer Park” because of its four-legged inhabitants. Just outside the park, visit Kasuga Shrine, one of the country’s most famous Shinto shrines. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

  • Day 7: Hakone–Atami area

    Travel by bullet train to Hakone

    Stop for photos a Odawara Castle

    Visit Hakone National Park

    Take a cruise on Lake Hakone

    Ride a cable car up Mount Komagatake

    Spend the night in a traditional ryokan

  • Day 8: Kamakura + Tokyo

    Travel to Kamakura

    Visit the Hachimangu Shrine

    See the Great Buddha

    Continue to Tokyo

  • Day 9: Tokyo

    Take a guided tour of Tokyo:

    • Imperial Palace Plaza
    • Harajuku shopping district
    • Shibuya district
    • Shinjuku district

    Visit the Meiji Shinto Shrine

    Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple

    Take a guided tour of Akihabara

    Enjoy a traditional Tokyo dinner

  • Day 10: Tokyo

    Take a walking tour of Shibuya/Arajaku

    Enjoy a cultural activity in Tokyo

  • Day 11: Depart for home

Interested in learning more about this trip?

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Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group

  • Accommodations

    9 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms

  • On-tour transportation

    Land transportation

  • Regional-style meals

    Light breakfast daily; 7 local dinners

  • End-to-end Support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • Curriculum Integration

    Your academic vision remains present wherever you travel. Tell us your ideal study abroad experience, and we'll help connect your curriculum to EF's extensive connections abroad.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your expert Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all program logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Arashiyama Bamboo Grove; Akihabara

  • Entrances

    Himeji Castle; Istukushima Shrine; Peace Memorial museum; Nijo Castle; Gold Pavilion; Inari Taisha Shrine; Kiyomizu Temple; Gion Corner; Hachimangu Shrine; Odawara Castle; Lake Hakone Cruise; Mount Komagatake Cable Car; Meiji Shinto Shrine; Asakusa Kannon Temple; Tokyo National Museum

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $50 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible Payment Options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.

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