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Fine Wind, Clear Morning, ukiyo-e prints by Hokusai KatsushikaMt.FujiDistant View of Sensoji (Asakusa) and Azuma Bridge, ukiyo-e prints by Hiroshige UtagawaView of Sumida River and Tokyo Sky Tree from Asakusa side"View of Edo" (Edo-zu) pair of six-panel folding screens. Upper middle of first panel, left screen. Central enciente of Edo-jo Castle,Nijubashi Bridge at Imperial Palace (Edo-jo Castle)The lake of Hakone in the Sagami prpvince, ukiyo-e prints by Hokusai KatsushikaAshino Lake (Hakone)Magome on the Kiso-kaido, ukiyo-e prints by Keisai EisenMagome (kiso-kaido)Kinkakuji of Kyoto beauty spots, ukiyo-e prints by Hiroshige UtagawaKinkakuji (Kyoto)

Tours Japan treats you to historically accurate and culturally significant English-language walking tours across Japan.

On our tours, you will get to know how events played a part in shaping Japan, the people who played significant roles, and which places still maintain that patina from an age gone by.

We provide you with a depth of Japan that goes beyond the guidebooks and other travel information services.

Walk with us through Tokyo, Hakone, Nikko, Nara, Kamakura, Kyoto or the Nakasendo and come away with a better feeling for what makes Japan tick today.

Contact us to learn more about how you can enjoy an entertaining day discovering and uncovering the secrets of Japan.

Historical Points


The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Originally constructed more than 500 years ago, the temple was destroyed twice by fire. In the early hours of July 2, 1950, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) in Kyoto was burned down by a mentally unstable 22-year-old novice monk. During the fire, the original statue of Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu was lost to the flames (now restored). A fictionalized version of these events is at the center of Yukio Mishima's 1956 book "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji)". The present pavilion structure was rebuilt in 1955.

*The black-and-white photo is The Temple of the Golden Pavilion before the arson. Scroll over the photo to see the current structure.


Hiroshima Peace Memorial
Commonly called the Atomic Bomb Dome or Genbaku Dome,, it is now part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The ruin serves as a memorial to the people who died in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. Over 70,000 people died instantly, and another 70,000 suffered fatal injuries from the radiation.

The black-and-white photo is Atomic Bomb Dome circa 1930. Scroll over the photo to see the current structure.