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

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy dinner in Osaka

  • Day 3: Osaka • Hiroshima

    Travel via Himeji Castle to Hiroshima

    Visit Himeji Castle

    Enjoy dinner in Hiroshima

  • Day 4: Hiroshima • Kyoto

    Take an excursion to Miyajima Park

    Visit Itsukushima Shrine

    Tour Hiroshima with an expert local guide

    Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum

    Travel by bullet train to Kyoto

    Enjoy dinner in Kyoto

  • Day 5: Kyoto

    Tour Kyoto with an expert local guide

    Visit Nijo Castle

    Visit the Gold Pavilion 

    Visit Inari Taisha Shrine

    See a Kimono Show at the Nishijin Textile Center

    Enjoy dinner in Kyoto

  • Day 6: Kyoto

    Tour the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove with your Tour Director 

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Nara

    Nara

    Today, join a half-day excursion to Nara, one of Japan’s ancient capitals. Visit the Todaji Temple and see the Daibutsu, the world’s largest bronze Buddha. Then walk through the wooded Nara Park, also known by the nickname of “Deer Park” because of its many four legged inhabitants. Just outside the park, you will visit Kasuga Shrine, one of the most famous Shinto shrines in the country. Twice a year, some 3,000 lanterns are lit here simultaneously during the Lantern Festival. (Please note: comfortable walking shoes are recommended.)

  • Day 7: Kyoto • Hakone–Atami area

    Travel by bullet train to Hakone

    Stop to snap a photo outside of Odawara Castle

    Visit Hakone National Park 

    Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Hakone

    Ride a cable car up Mount Komagatake

    Spend time exploring Owakudani on your own

    Enjoy a traditional dinner in Hakone

  • Day 8: Hakone–Atami area • Kamakura • Tokyo

    Travel via Kamakura to Tokyo

    Visit the Hachimangu Shrine

    Spend time exploring Kamakura on your own

    See the Great Buddha of Kamakura

    Enjoy dinner in Tokyo

  • Day 9: Tokyo

    Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple

    Take a guided tour of Tokyo

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Imperial Palace Plaza
    • Ginza district
    • Shinjuku district

    Visit the Meiji Shinto Shrine

    Enjoy free time for lunch in the Harajuku area

    Tour Akihabara with your Tour Director

    Enjoy dinner in Tokyo

  • Day 10: Tokyo

    Take a walking tour of Shibuya and Arajaku

    Participate in a culturally-immersive activity such as:

    • Meeting Japanese students
    • Taking an origami class

    Spend a half day exploring Tokyo on your own

  • Day 11: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Japan

  • Day 2: Osaka

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy dinner in Osaka

  • Day 3: Osaka • Hiroshima

    Travel via Himeji Castle to Hiroshima

    Visit Himeji Castle

    Enjoy dinner in Hiroshima

  • Day 4: Hiroshima • Kyoto

    Take an excursion to Miyajima Park

    Visit Itsukushima Shrine

    Tour Hiroshima with an expert local guide

    Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum

    Travel by bullet train to Kyoto

    Enjoy dinner in Kyoto

  • Day 5: Kyoto

    Tour Kyoto with an expert local guide

    Visit Nijo Castle

    Visit the Gold Pavilion 

    Visit Inari Taisha Shrine

    See a Kimono Show at the Nishijin Textile Center

    Enjoy dinner in Kyoto

  • Day 6: Kyoto

    Tour the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove with your Tour Director 

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Nara

    Nara

    Today, join a half-day excursion to Nara, one of Japan’s ancient capitals. Visit the Todaji Temple and see the Daibutsu, the world’s largest bronze Buddha. Then walk through the wooded Nara Park, also known by the nickname of “Deer Park” because of its many four legged inhabitants. Just outside the park, you will visit Kasuga Shrine, one of the most famous Shinto shrines in the country. Twice a year, some 3,000 lanterns are lit here simultaneously during the Lantern Festival. (Please note: comfortable walking shoes are recommended.)

  • Day 7: Kyoto • Hakone–Atami area

    Travel by bullet train to Hakone

    Stop to snap a photo outside of Odawara Castle

    Visit Hakone National Park 

    Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Hakone

    Ride a cable car up Mount Komagatake

    Spend time exploring Owakudani on your own

    Enjoy a traditional dinner in Hakone

  • Day 8: Hakone–Atami area • Kamakura • Tokyo

    Travel via Kamakura to Tokyo

    Visit the Hachimangu Shrine

    Spend time exploring Kamakura on your own

    See the Great Buddha of Kamakura

    Enjoy dinner in Tokyo

  • Day 9: Tokyo

    Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple

    Take a guided tour of Tokyo

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Imperial Palace Plaza
    • Ginza district
    • Shinjuku district

    Visit the Meiji Shinto Shrine

    Enjoy free time for lunch in the Harajuku area

    Tour Akihabara with your Tour Director

    Enjoy dinner in Tokyo

  • Day 10: Tokyo

    Take a walking tour of Shibuya and Arajaku

    Participate in a culturally-immersive activity such as:

    • Meeting Japanese students
    • Taking an origami class

    Spend a half day exploring Tokyo on your own

  • Day 11: Depart for home

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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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