The Best Cultural Tours in Japan

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Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure to Japan, but are not sure how to start planning? Don't worry, because we have analyzed an extensive selection of multi-day cultural tours based on key criteria such as price, destinations, guest ratings, service, travel style, quality, and activities. So, get ready to immerse yourself in a rich tapestry of culture, history, activities, excitement, food, and breathtaking landscapes. Below are the best options in Japan, so let's get to it!


The Top 3:

  • 8 Days, $759.00

  • 3 Days, $368.00

  • 8 Days, $1895.00

What are cultural tours like in Japan?

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Here are the important factors:

  • 66 trip options analyzed
  • $371 average price per day (USD)
  • 3 to 24 days in length
  • 4.53 of 5 average rating
  • 24 people or less on average

Curious about the diverse range of cultural tours? Prepare to be amazed by the array of options available to suit every traveler's preferences. It comes as no surprise that visitors adore these tours, given their exceptional average guest rating of 4.53 out of 5 stars. When it comes to group sizes, the average maximum capacity stands at 24 people, allowing for a comfortable and sociable experience. The shortest tour is 3 days, while the longest is 24 days. As for physical activity options, the tours are thoughtfully categorized as easy, moderate, relaxing, and serious, with the most being easy. For transportation, the tours are marked as coach / bus and train & rail, with a prevalent number on coach / bus tours. With a comprehensive analysis encompassing 66 cultural tours, you can rest assured that Japan has something tailored to your interests and preferences, promising an unforgettable experience for all.

(All tour prices are in US Dollars before taxes, and come from a base price that is reported by TourRadar. Peak season prices can vary significantly, particularly in destinations where seasonal travel fluctuates dramatically.)

So, let's get to it and see...

The 10 Best Cultural Tours in Japan
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  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for cultural tours.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by World Unite Japan KK



8 Days Start/End in Sado Island 1 Destinations 52 People at Most Ages 14 to 99 Guest Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

This exceptional trip offering by World Unite Japan KK has received a 5 out of 5 rating. On this 8-day trip you can unwind while also making new memories. You'll start and end this amazing trip in Sado Island. With a group size of 52 people, it's suitable for travelers from 14 and up. This remarkable trip is priced at an unbeatable $95 per day. Act quickly to seize the current limited-time sale and reserve your spot now.

  • In-depth Cultural
  • Volunteering
$759 $759
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  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for cultural tours.
by Bamba Travel



3 Days Start/End in Tokyo 3 Destinations 20 People at Most Ages 10 to 99 Guest Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Check out this trip that has received rave reviews, earning a stellar 4.3 out of 5 rating. Tokyo will be both the start and end of your journey. This terrific trip also highights local culture and family-friendly activities. Spanning across 3 unforgettable days, this voyage offers an intimate group experience with 20 participants, and it's great for travelers from 10 and up. Brought to you by the renowned Bamba Travel, this exceptional opportunity is priced at an incredible $123 per day - an unbeatable value.

  • In-depth Cultural
  • Family
$368
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for cultural tours.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by Contiki



8 Days Tokyo to Osaka 3 Destinations 50 People at Most Ages 18 to 35 Guest Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

This 8-day journey is ideal for travelers from 18 to 35 years old. And priced at only $205 per day, it's a great value, too. Beginning in beautiful Tokyo, you'll have a terrific journey that ends in Osaka. It's offered by Contiki, a very popular company with rave reviews and knowledgeable guides.

  • In-depth Cultural
  • Historical
$1,637
TourRadar
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  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for cultural tours.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by G Adventures



6 Days Tokyo to Kyoto 3 Destinations 16 People at Most Ages 18 to 39 Guest Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

Priced at just $184 per day, this terrific 6-day voyage is ideal for travelers from 18 to 39 years old. Tokyo will mark the start of your journey, while Kyoto will serve as its final destination. Organized by the reputable G Adventures, this is one of the best tours on this list. It's currently on a special discounted offer.

  • In-depth Cultural
$1,299 $1,104
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for cultural tours.
by Tomato Travel



7 Days Tokyo to Osaka 5 Destinations 40 People at Most Ages 2 to 99 Guest Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

Check out this incredible journey that has received a 4.1 out of 5 rating from previous guests. With an emphasis on local culture and family-friendly activities, you know you'll have an amazing adventure. With a duration of 7 days, this journey ensures an intimate group size of 40 people, and is good for travelers from 2 and up. Traverse through 5 enchanting destinations, with Fuji, Hamamatsu, and Osaka among the must-see stops along the route. Tokyo marks the starting point, while Osaka stands as the final stop on your incredible journey. This fantastic option, organized by Tomato Travel, presents an unbeatable value at just $198 per day.

  • Train & Rail
  • In-depth Cultural
  • Historical
  • Family
$1,385
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for cultural tours.
by Intrepid Travel



9 Days Tokyo to Kyoto 3 Destinations 16 People at Most Ages 15 to 99 Guest Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Spanning over 9 days, this journey has a maximum size of 16 individuals. Welcoming travelers from 15 and up, it is organized by Intrepid Travel, a very popular company with plenty of great reviews. Beginning in beautiful Tokyo, you'll have a terrific journey that ends in Kyoto. Available at an unbeatable price of only $190 per day, this option also has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from previous guests.

  • In-depth Cultural
$1,714
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for cultural tours.
by The Dragon Trip



13 Days Start/End in Tokyo 7 Destinations 20 People at Most Ages 18 to 55 Guest Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Here's your chance to take off on an exceptional journey that has garnered a 4.3 out of 5 rating. With a duration of 13 days, this jouney will have 20 participants, and it warmly welcomes travelers from 18 to 55 years old. Rest assured, this trip is all about local culture and family-friendly activities, guaranteeing an unforgettable adventure. Expertly organized by The Dragon Trip, this amazing trip is an incredible value at just $186 per day.

  • Train & Rail
  • In-depth Cultural
  • Family
$2,416
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for cultural tours.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by Tomato Travel



10 Days Osaka to Tokyo 7 Destinations 45 People at Most Ages 2 to 90 Guest Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

This memorable trip is offered by Tomato Travel which has received plenty of positive reviews. The trip itself has a guest rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, and is priced affordably at $204 per day. Explore 7 incredible locations on this trip, including Himeji, Hiroshima, Nara, and Kyoto. Osaka marks the starting point, while Tokyo stands as the final stop on your incredible journey. This extraordinary adventure also revolves around local culture and family-friendly activities. The maximum group size is 45 people, welcoming travelers from 2 to 90 years old.

  • In-depth Cultural
  • Family
$2,044
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for cultural tours.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by Intertrips



7 Days Start/End in Tokyo 3 Destinations 32 People at Most Ages 2 to 88 Guest Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

Set off on an extraordinary journey that has been awarded a 4.8 out of 5 stars by previous guests. This terrific trip also highights local culture and family-friendly activities. With a duration of 7 days, this trip offers an intimate group setting, accommodating 32 individuals, while extending a warm welcome to travelers from 2 to 88 years old. Tokyo will be both the start and end of your journey. Brought to you by Intertrips, this exceptional deal is an incredible steal at a mere $257 per day.

  • Sightseeing
  • In-depth Cultural
  • Family
$1,649
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for cultural tours.
by Tomato Travel



15 Days Osaka to Tokyo 12 Destinations 40 People at Most Ages 2 to 99 Guest Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

With this option you can experience an unparalleled voyage for 15 unforgettable days. It ensures an intimate group setting with 40 participants at most. This trip takes you on an adventure to 12 destinations, including Nara, Kyoto, Kanazawa, and Shirakawa. Osaka will mark the start of your journey, while Tokyo will serve as its final destination. Tomato Travel, the organizer of this journey, extends a warm invitation to guests travelers from 2 and up. You're in for an epic adventure with a strong emphasis on local culture and family-friendly activities. This extraordinary opportunity offers exceptional value at only $185 per day.

  • Train & Rail
  • In-depth Cultural
  • Family
$2,770
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Also, if you're departing from a specific destination, see The Best 3-Day Tours from Tokyo, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Tokyo, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Fukuoka, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Sapporo, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Osaka, The Best 10-Day Tours from Tokyo, The Best 2-Week Tours from Tokyo, The Best 2-Week Tours from Osaka, or The Best 2-Week Tours from Kyoto for more package tour options.

How much do cultural tours in Japan cost?

Average Daily Price Cultural Tours
$371

After analyzing 66 cultural tours in Japan, we found the average price to be a remarkably economical $371 per day. Naturally, this region has many fantastic options for cultural tours with a variety of prices. The individual costs will vary by the destinations, travel style, available dates, and other factors. If you're interested in more information about tours here, see our guide to tour prices in Japan.

And for more information on Japan, see Japan Travel Costs and Japan Hotel Costs.


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