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Discover Japan in 2024 on one of these amazing trips hand selected by the travel experts at Adventure Life. Select any of the below 12 top-rated trips where you will explore Osaka, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Miyajima, and Niigata with an exceptional bilingual guide on a small group or customizable private tour. The most popular things to do in Japan in are small ship cruises, cruises, village visits, cultural, and local market visits. Our Japan trips in 2024 range in price from $6,180 to $57,030 for trips of 8 to 29 days. Contact one of Adventure Life's expert Japan trip planners for help planning a seamless experience.
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Night view of Kobe Port, Japan
$7,650
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Sacred Japan and South Korea: A Voyage from Kobe to Tokyo, Including South Korea

Osaka - Tokyo - 10 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Explore Kanazawa's rich arts scene
  • Visit Kanazawa's open air market
  • Try traditional pottery making
  • Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Starts / Ends:
Osaka / Tokyo
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail on this 10-day Sacred Japan and South Korea expedition cruise from Osaka to Tokyo aboard Heritage Adventurer. Discover Japan's ancient heritage and traditional culture in contrast with the world's most advanced technological civilization. Explore ancient castles, serenely beautiful …
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Seaside Buddhist temple in Busan
$7,580
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Cultural and Natural Treasures of Japan by Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys

Maizuru - Hakodate - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Explore Kenroku-en Garden.
  • Discover Silla culture in Gyeongju.
  • View modern Japanese paintings.
  • Visit Buddhist temples in Busan.
Starts / Ends:
Maizuru / Hakodate
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail on this 8-day cruise along Japan's northern coast aboard Le Soleal from Maizuru offers a superb introduction to its traditions and customs through a wide variety of carefully curated shore excursions in each port of call. An opportunity to sample feudal castles, Buddhist temples, …
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Matsue Castle
$9,175
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Eternal Japan and South Korea: A Voyage from Tokyo to Kobe

Tokyo - Kobe - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Discover the Pagoda of Rurikoji
  • Visit the Haeinsa Temple
  • Explore the town of Matsue
  • Marvel through Koraku-en
  • Visit the 'Museum Without Walls'
Starts / Ends:
Tokyo / Kobe
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this 12-day tour, explore Japan's unique heritage, culture, and stunning natural landscapes aboard the Heritage Adventurer, the perfect vessel for a voyage through the 'Land of the Rising Sun'. Visit ancient castles, serene gardens, and opulent temples and shrines in Matsue, Hagi, …
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Evening lights over the Otaru canals
$11,870
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Expedition on the Kitamae Route

Otaru, Hokkaido - Osaka - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Learn about Kitamae route
  • Enjoy local seafood specialties
  • Sail to the small island of Sado
  • Discover spectacular view of Busan
Starts / Ends:
Otaru / Osaka
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the Empire of the Rising Sun, its numerous customs, and iconic landmarks. From Otaru, go on a brand-new 12-day trip in the footsteps of Japanese merchants using the Kitamae maritime route to Osaka in the mid-18th century. Visit the island of Honshu's north coast, notably the lovely …
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Osaka's city lights after sunset
$12,250
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Japan's National Parks, Art and Culture

Honshu, Osaka - Kobe - Kobe - 16 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Visit Kanazawa's center of the arts
  • View wildlife on Dogojima Island
  • See iconic landmarks of Miyajima
  • Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Starts / Ends:
Osaka / Kobe
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore Japan's National Parks, Art, & Culture on this 16-day cruise from Osaka to Kobe, including South Korea, aboard Heritage Adventurer. Experience Japan's seamless blend of ancient customs with ultramodern living, incredible wilderness, wildlife, & renowned arts as you cruise …
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Evening lights over the Otaru canals
$9,430
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Expedition to the Kitamae route

Otaru, Hokkaido - Osaka - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Discover local arts of Wajima
  • Enjoy local cuisine and seafood
  • Experience Japan's rich culture
  • Discover spectacular view of Busan
Starts / Ends:
Otaru / Osaka
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the Empire of the Rising Sun, its numerous customs, and iconic landmarks. From Otaru, go on a brand-new 12-day trip in the footsteps of Japanese merchants using the Kitamae maritime route to Osaka in the mid-18th century. Visit the island of Honshu's north coast, notably the lovely …
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$6,180
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Japanese Subtropical Islands

Naha, Okinawa - Keelung - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Jacques Cartier
  • Explore Keelung's beaches and cliff
  • Tour Okinawa's distillery
  • See Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park
  • Snorkel Zamami Island's reefs
Starts / Ends:
Naha / Keelung
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the tropical islands in southern Japan on this 8-day cruise aboard Le Jacques Cartier from the island of Naha to Taiwan.Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of this pristine island ofZamami. Experience the amazing rock formations at Keelung. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of Ishigaki. Go back to …
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New Zealand landscape
$12,495
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Grand Pacific Odyssey

New Zealand to Japan - 29 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Sail through Hauraki Gulf
  • Cruise across New Britain Trench
  • Visit Heritage Site Norfolk Island
  • Snorkel to the wreck of WWII plane
Starts / Ends:
Auckland / Yokohama
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this 29-day Grand Pacific Odyssey voyage aboard Heritage Adventurer, set sail on a true adventure as we explore reef-fringed tropical islands, visit historic monuments, and discover lost civilizations and amazing wildlife encounters. This Pacific island vacation allows you to explore remote …
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$6,180
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Japanese Subtropical Islands

Keelung (Chilung) - Kobe - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Jacques Cartier
  • Explore Keelung's beaches and cliff
  • Tour Okinawa's distillery
  • See Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park
  • Snorkel Zamami Island's reefs
Starts / Ends:
Keelung / Kobe
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the tropical islands in southern Japan on this 8-day cruise aboard Le Jacques Cartier from Taiwan to Kobe. Experience the amazing rock formations at Keelung. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of Ishigaki. Go back to pre-industrial Japan and experience rural community living in Taketomijima. …
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Sunset over Nagasaki
$26,670
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Coastal Japan: Imperial Dynasties and Modern Culture

15 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Resolution
  • Enjoy castles and samurai district
  • Discover ancient ruins of Gyeongju
  • Visit Matsue's art museum
  • See Naoshima, the art-filled island
  • Tour three Japanese gardens
Starts / Ends:
Japan / Japan
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, River Cruises, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Step back in time on a 15-day voyage into Japan’s riveting history, from the elegant shrines and merchant districts of the Meiji era in Tokyo to the poignant sites of World War II in Hiroshima to historic castle towns of the Edo period in Kobe. As you trace the shores of Honshu and the …
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Bears at Shiretoko National Park, located on the Shiretoko Peninsula in eastern Hokkaido, Japan.
$28,850
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A Journey from Nome to Tokyo: Ring of Fire to Ainu Culture

20 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Resolution
  • See Pribilof Islands
  • Experience untamed Baby Islands
  • Hunt with the Aleuts
  • See Pacific Ring of Fire's wildlife
  • Tour Shitsugen National Park
  • See mirror-like lakes
Starts / Ends:
Anchorage / United States
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire from Alaska to Japan. Explore the untamed islands of the Bering Sea and marvel at the millions of seabirds, northern fur seals, and bears in the Pribilof and Aleutian Islands. Watch towering volcanic cones on the rugged shores of Hokkaido, home to more …
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial
$8,990
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The Best of Japan - Osaka to Maizuru

Osaka to Maizuru - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Walk through Kurashiki
  • Visit Uwajima Castle
  • Admire Kyushu Island
  • Experience Nagasaki's heritage
Starts / Ends:
Osaka / Maizuru
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover theLand of the Rising Sun, where the history of the samurai and the daintiness of the geishas exist side by side. Board Le Soleal in Osaka for a9-day cruise to the heart of Japan. FromTamano, discover the unique architecture of the historic city ofKurashiki, which was an essential port in …
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