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12 Days | Ancient culture, celebrated cuisine and stunning scenery come together in Japan

4.8 out of 5 based on 90 reviews submitted.
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Experience Japan’s perfect harmony of ancient tradition and modern way of life on a 12-day Premium adventure through the cultural heart of the country. Tokyo’s soaring skyscrapers give way to Hakone’s mountainous hot springs, while Takayama delights with its Edo-era beauty and Shirakawa-go immerses you in charming countryside life. Discover the intriguing cultural diversity of Kyoto and a passion for peace in Hiroshima. Travel with a local leader who will share the rich variety of their country as you visit temples, castles, shrines and holy mountains while mixing with locals and experiencing the real Japan.

Trip overview

Map of Premium Japan including Japan
Start
Tokyo, Japan
Finish
Kyoto, Japan
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Japan
Physical rating
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
CJPJ
This trip generates 38.41 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Marvel at the city lights of Tokyo during a guided tour, visit the sobering Hiroshima Peace Park and trace the steps of the Geisha around the alleyways of Kyoto.
  • Soak up Japan’s natural beauty in mountainous Hakone and catch a glimpse of Mt Fuji, stroll around the stunning island of Miyajima and be amazed by the Japanese alps in the ancient village of Shirakawa-go.
  • There’s no better way to get around Japan than the country’s famous railway system. Be impressed by the efficiency and ultra-modernity as you zip from place to place with your included 7-day Japan Rail Pass.
  • Enjoy unforgettable Exclusive Experiences, including a sushi making class and a guided meditation session with a Zen Buddhist monk.
  • Unwind among the beauty of nature at your Feature Stay accommodation, with mountain views, a traditional ryokan design, modern comforts and a private onsen (thermal pool) for each room.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Japan is best to explore on foot. In fact, most travellers are surprised at how much distance they end up covering just exploring places on foot! Make sure your shoes are comfy and you are fit enough to spend most of each day on your feet.
  • This trip travels primarily on public transport, as it is so efficient and convenient in Japan. Fast trains are used to move between cities, as well as public buses and metro. In order to make the travel easy, we have included luggage transfer (one piece of luggage) between destinations when we are travelling on the train. But please ensure you are still packing light for the trip. You will be expected to transport your luggage through the train stations.

Itinerary

Map of Premium Japan including Japan

Inclusions

Meals

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

Transport

Boat, Public Bus, Cable Car, Ferry, Metro, Bullet Train, Train

Accommodation

Hotel (10 nt), Hakone Feature Stay (1 nt)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Tokyo - Welcome dinner
  • Tokyo - Sensoji Temple
  • Tokyo - Shibuya walking tour
  • Tokyo - Meiji Jingu Shrine
  • Tokyo - Yoyogi Park
  • Tokyo - Shibuya Sky with Drink
  • Tokyo - Tsukiji Outer Market
  • Tokyo - Sushi Making Class
  • Hakone - Cable car/Ropeway
  • Hakone - Lake Ashinoko boat cruise
  • Takayama - Leader-led walking tour (with street food sampling)
  • Takayama - Showa Museum
  • Takayama - Shirakawago Village
  • Takayama - Morning Market visit
  • Hiroshima - Okonomiyaki dinner
  • Hiroshima - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Hiroshima - Miyajima Island day trip
  • Miyajima - Itsukushima-jinja Shrine
  • Hiroshima - Peace Park & A - Bomb Dome
  • Hiroshima - Peace Museum
  • Himeji - Himeji Castle
  • Kyoto - Gion District walk
  • Kyoto - Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)
  • Kyoto - Daitokuji Temple
  • Kyoto - Zen Buddhism meditation session
  • Kyoto - Fushimi Inari-Taisha
  • Kyoto - Sake Brewery & tasting
  • Kyoto - Final dinner
Add on activities
  • Tokyo - Tokyo National Museum - JPY1000
  • Hakone - Open-Air Museum - JPY1600
  • Hakone – Karakuri Secret Box Museum - Free
  • Miyajima - Mt Misen Cable Car - JPY2000
  • Kyoto - Nara Tour - JPY10000
  • Kyoto - Cooking Class from - JPY8800
  • Kyoto - Kiyomizu-dera - JPY400
  • Kyoto - Nijo Castle - JPY800
  • Kyoto - Arashiyama Bamboo Forest - Free
  • Kyoto - Tenryuji Temple - JPY600

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. It is essential you pack light and compact for rail travel in Japan. One piece of big luggage is included for transfer from destination to destination on this trip when we are travelling on the train. For any additional luggage to be transferred, additional charges will apply. There are size restrictions for luggage on Shinkansen trains if you plan to take them with you. Luggage over 160–250 cm may require an additional JPY1000 fee per train journey. Luggage over 251 cm will NOT be permitted on the Shinkansen trains. Please notify your group leader at the welcome meeting if your luggage is over 160–250 cm so they can help you make the necessary arrangements. Please review the Packing section of the ETIs for more details on luggage transfers.
3. We are not able to book airport shuttle service between Kyoto and Kansai Airport at the moment. Your leader will be able to advise on best ways of getting to Kansai Airport in Osaka.
4. All rail travel is included in the price of this trip, but you will no longer be travelling on a Japan Rail Pass. This is to ensure that we can secure seat reservations without you needing to queue at the ticket counter, and to remove the possibility of you travelling in busy, unreserved seat cars during peak season. It will also increase the train options available, including more bullet train options, making journeys faster and more efficient.
5. For 2023-2024, we are unable to offer a complimentary arrival transfer in Tokyo. Our previous operator is no longer in business, and we haven’t been able to source a reliable alternative supplier. Please see the joining point instructions for information on how to get to your hotel.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 90 reviews submitted.
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Simon · Traveled January 2024
This tour was my introduction to Japan and I was not disappointed. Its certainly given me the idea too come back again
Review submitted 21 Jan 2024

Peter · Traveled December 2023
Review submitted 29 Dec 2023

Triandafillos · Traveled December 2023
Yuji Kanemaru lead a superb tour of Japan where I enjoyed an immense variety of z scenic destinations and rich history all delivered with passion and humour. Would urge others to do this tour.
Review submitted 29 Dec 2023

Sunny · Traveled December 2023
Review submitted 29 Dec 2023

Steve · Traveled December 2023
The Premium Japan tour provides and excellent introduction to the country, its history, customs and culture. Accommodation is excellent and our tour guide was outstanding. I would thoroughly recommend the trip.
Review submitted 28 Dec 2023
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