Guided Tours

Travel your style: Guided Tours

This travel style could be for you if you’re:

  • Not a travel planner but don’t want to miss a thing
  • Traveling solo or in a small group
  • Concerned with language and cultural barriers
  • Make new friends in your travel group
  • Want to gain experiences difficult to find on your own
  • Traveling for a specific purpose like wellness, adventure, or cuisine
  • Want to experience local specialties like cherry blossoms, Japanese history, and technology

What’s included?

Knowledgable Tour Guide

Itinerary and guide materials for your journey

Phone app and full guidebook of your trip

Train and transportation for your tour


Admission and entry costs

Meals (varies by tour which meals are included)

Activity and experiences (varies by tour which are included)

Phone support and messaging through your trip



2020 Group Trips

We are a tour operator and travel advisor. For trips run by providers other than KiKO, we only partner with the most knowledgable and reputable companies in Japan. 

Discover Japan

From the towers and gadgets of Tokyo to the serenity of sacred shrines and the soaring beauty of Mt Fuji, this tour provides the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace. Linger in the gardens of Kyoto, shoot through the mountain air on a Shinkansen bullet train, and stay in a traditional ryokan for the ultimate in Japanese luxury.

Japan Family Trips

Family can be stressful. What if you can balance your time focused on the family and your vacation and leave the organizing and logistical headaches to someone else? We got you. Japan is an incredibly family friendly destination that appeals to all ages. The food, the history, the culture, and the nature will make this an unforgettable trip for your crew.

Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage

Over 1,000km of walking trail connecting 88 Buddhist temples, choose your own adventure from walking 4 – 6 days of the trail staying at Shukobo temples along the way. 

Nagano: Natural Japan

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Trip Ideas: Travel Northern Japan in Hokkaido

Why Hokkaido? Japan is a long archipelago that stretches from north to south by 1,900 miles, or 3,000 km. The largest island on the northern part of Japan is Hokkaido. Once considered a foreign land of Ezo where the native Ainu people lived, it is an island of...

Trip Ideas: Exploring Japan’s Kanto Region

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Japan Travel Stories: Roxanne and Geissler

Before we dive in.....We work hard to help our travelers make their Japan trips unforgettable. We love to hear about their journeys when they get back. In this post, we speak with Roxanne and Geissler who were first time Japan independent travelers and had ambitious...

Tattoos in Japan — What You Need to Know

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Japanese Mascot Tour: Explore Japan with Cute Guides

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Top 3 Challenges in Japan: Language Barrier and Miscommunication

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Top 3 Challenges in Japan: Getting around by Subway and Taxi

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