Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.
We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.
After a busy day, comfort is key.
Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.
Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meal times tailored to maximize your experience.
Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.
Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.
We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!
24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.
Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
Visit with the local students at a Tokyo school. As you participate in a joint activity, sharing laughs and stories, you'll gain an understanding of their daily lives and studies and have the opportunity to contrast what you learn and experience with your own lifestyle and educational system at home.
Exploring Japan has never been so fast. Take a ride on Japan’s high speed bullet trains, also known as Shinkansen trains, and give your students an experience like no other with speeds reaching up to 320 km/hr! Look out the window and see Japan’s various cities and local landscapes speed by.
Students share some of the most impactful and rewarding moments of their educational tour experience, teachers share the level of quality and care they get from ACIS, and tour managers share a bit of the magic they witness as they facilitate learning and a love of new cultures for ACIS groups across the globe.
This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.
Depart from the USA.
Welcome to Japan! Arrive in the bustling, neon city of Tokyo. Meet your ACIS Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel for an arrival briefing and dinner.
Japan's capital is a densely packed visual feast, with lots to see and do. We'll start with a guided sightseeing tour with a local expert. See the Meiji Shrine, the Imperial Palace Plaza, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and enjoy shopping on Nakamise Street. You'll also see the Tokyo Skytree Tower and make a stop at the Pokemon Center Skytree Town. In the evening you may choose an optional Karaoke night in Tokyo.
This morning, visit the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, explore the colorful and trendy Harajuku neighborhood—a hub for Japanese pop culture—and make a photo stop at the busiest intersection in the world, Shibuya Crossing. Then you will
visit a local school and practice your Japanese with the students (if not available, another cultural visit will be substituted). You will also have a chance to learn about the similarities and differences between American and Japanese school days.
Mount Fuji is the highest point in Japan at 12,389 feet and one of the country's three revered “holy mountains.” Journey to the breathtaking Kawaguchiko 5th Station, the base point from which most hikers start their ascent to the summit. After lunch, continue to Hakone for sightseeing, including a cruise on the stunning Lake Ashi. Then enjoy a round-trip ride on the nearby Hakone Komagatake Ropeway, an aerial tram that offers spectacular views as it takes you to the summit of imposing Mount Komagatake. Continue on to the coastal resort city of Atami in time for dinner.
Travel at speeds of up to 200 mph as you journey to Kyoto aboard the unique Japan Rail
Shinkansen bullet train. Arrive in the former Japanese imperial capital of Kyoto and visit the gorgeous Nijo Castle, built as a residence for the Tokugawa shoguns, before dinner tonight.
Wake up in Kyoto, where all of the emperors of Japan lived from 794 until 1868. We'll travel like emperors on a full-day sightseeing tour of Kyoto which includes the shimmering Kinkakuji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, and the Heian Shrine, built to celebrate the 1,100th anniversary of the city's founding. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to try your hand at Yuzen Dyeing at Marumasu Nishimura-ya before continuing to see the mountainside Kiyomizu-dera Temple and the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, a Shinto temple famous for its more than 5,000 vibrant orange toriis, or symbolic gateways. This evening is free for you to discover one of Kyoto's many temples or gardens at your own pace.
Enjoy a full-day excursion to nearby Nara, once the imperial capital of Japan and home to some of the country's most culturally significant attractions. Begin your sightseeing tour with a visit to the magnificent Todaiji Temple, considered one of the world's oldest and largest wooden structures. Then explore serene Nara Park, noted for its free-roaming deer as well as some of the country's oldest Buddhist temples, before seeing Kasuga Shrine, famous for its hundreds of lovely bronze lanterns donated by worshippers. Next visit the Iga-ryu Samurai and Ninja Museum where you will get to experience a katana sword demonstration. Return to Kyoto in time for dinner this evening.
Depart for Kansai International Airport in Osaka for your return flight to the USA.
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Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $225Add to Tour