Welcome to Osaka

Japan's third-largest city, ultra-urban, hard-working Osaka (大阪) is an unabashed antidote to the fashion-forward frenzy of Tokyo and the prim propriety of Kyoto. This longtime capital of commerce is filled with down-to-earth citizens speaking colourful Kansai-ben (Kansai dialect) and neon-clad streetscapes bursting with over-the-top 3D signage... Read More

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$2499 Small group tours

Japan on a Shoestring

Always wanted to do Japan but felt it was pricy? No longer! This super-affordable nine-day introduction to the Land of the Rising Sun is the solution. Travel by train to introduce yourself to Tokyo nightlife, the famous geisha district of Kyoto, and the gorgeous mountainous region of Hakone. Experience the country's quirky side as well, with activities and free time alike. Discover Japan with a group of like-minded adventurers and you'll never want to come home.

$4449 Small group tours

Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak

Get off the beaten track in Japan and experience parts of the country other big-city tours tend to skip. This tour of the Land of the Rising Sun includes something for every active passenger. Take in major cultural touchstones like Osaka, Hiroshima, and Tokyo, along with lesser known areas. Hike along the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route to visit spectacular temples, cycle across islands as you follow the Shimanami Kaido, and kayak around the famed floating torii gate in the Bay of Miyajima. Every view is that much sweeter when you've worked for it.

$412.98 Small group tours

2-Day Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Shirakawago and Hida-Takayama Bus Tour from Osaka

Enjoy this overnight trip from Osaka to visit the World Heritage site, Shirakawago, and Hida Takayama, also known as "Little Kyoto." You'll stay overnight in the relaxing Toyama prefecture. The following day, you'll travel though the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and visit the Snow Wall Otani where you can experience being surrounded by snow even during the spring.

$403.89 Small group tours

Mt Koya Tour with Overnight Stay at Fukuchi-in Temple by Rail from Osaka

Experience the sacred mountain of Mt Koya, the spiritual center for the Shingon sect of Buddhism in Japan, on this 2-day trip by express train from Osaka. A guide accompanies you to a pair of Mt Koya’s most renowned World Heritage sites: Okunoin and Danjo Garan. Wind down from a day of sightseeing with an independent temple stay experience at Fukuchi-in; meals and access to the ‘onsen’ (Japanese hot spring) are included. On the second day, explore the temple's natural setting on your own before returning to Osaka.

$792.64 Small group tours

2-Day Hiroshima Tour from Osaka Including Miyajima and Okayama

Tour both sacred and solemn historical monuments on this 2-day guided tour from Osaka. After a boat ride to Miyajima's breathtaking Itsukushima Shrine, you’ll visit the powerful Hiroshima Peace Memorial, a UNESCO World Heritage site where you get a sobering glimpse of the A-bomb and its aftermath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Stay overnight at the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima, then tour the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and the renowned Okayama Korakuen Garden.

$2804 History & culture

Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo

From the Buddhist monks of Koyasan to the high rollers of Tokyo, capture the many faces of Japan on this condensed tour beginning in Osaka. Savour the region’s culinary delicacies and the beautiful views at Mt Fuji. You'll stay in a traditional ryokan and really soak up local culture in onsen hot springs. A great combination of the traditional and the contemporary, this adventure provides a taste of the rich culture of Japan.