Discover Japan Tour

Japan is a country of contrasts, where ancient gods rub
shoulders with modern technology, skyscrapers give way to
paddy fields and crowds disperse into the tranquillity of a classical garden. This tour is the perfect introduction to this fascinating archipelago.  

Tour Highlights:  

• Feel futuristic in Tokyo  

• Admire great Mount Fuji  

• Be charmed by Kyoto  

• Experience Zen at Koya-San  

• Explore ancient Nara  

• See Osaka's bright lights  

Hotel Amenities (back to top)
  • Accommodations
  • Meals
  • Tour Guides
  • Transfers
may have an additional fee associated with them.  

Accommodation Categories and Descriptions (back to top)


Early check-in and late checkout on request, and subject to availability.  

Specific bedding and/or special requests are fulfilled based on availability and cannot always be guaranteed.  

Specialty Package (Discover Japan 2016-2017) (back to top)


Travel Dates: 03/15/2017 - 03/27/2017 03/22/2017 - 04/03/2017 03/29/2017 - 04/10/2017 03/30/2017 - 04/11/2017 04/05/2017 - 04/17/2017 04/12/2017 - 04/24/2017 04/13/2017 - 04/25/2017 04/14/2017 - 04/26/2017 04/17/2017 - 04/29/2017 04/19/2017 - 05/01/2017 05/10/2017 - 05/22/2017 05/17/2017 - 05/29/2017 09/13/2017 - 09/25/2017 09/20/2017 - 10/02/2017 09/27/2017 - 10/09/2017 10/11/2017 - 10/23/2017 10/22/2017 - 11/03/2017 11/08/2017 - 11/20/2017  

Package Inclusions:  

• Day 1: Depart the US fly to Tokyo Fly overnight to the dazzling metropolis of Tokyo, Japans capital city.  

• Day 2: Arrive Tokyo Upon arrival in Tokyo Airport, you are welcomed and transferred to your hotel by coach.  

• Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.  

• Day 3: Tokyo City Tour Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you'll find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore. Today's city tour starts at the 634-metre Skytree, the world's tallest tower, before seeking out the tranquillity of the Sensoji Temple and the delightful landscapes of Hamarikyu Gardens. This evening, cruise the Tokyo Bay for some excellent city vistas and a delicious dinner.  

• Day 4: Mt. Fuji Travel to Mount Fuji visitor centre. Heading up to the 5th Station, take in the breathtaking views over the Fuji Five Lakes below. Travel to Hakone and take a boat trip on Ashi Lake which gives spectacular panoramas of this beautiful area before venturing up the Komayatake Ropeway for amazing views back over the lake and Mount Fuji. Take the super-fast bullet train back to Tokyo.  

• Day 5: Matsumoto Castle Transfer to Nagano before exploring the formidable 16th century Matsumoto Castle. Travel onto Takayama, nestled high in the mountainous Hida region.  

• Day 6: Explore Takayama Takayama has an air of oldworld Japan, particularly around its wonderfully preserved old town. Browse the local handicrafts and fresh produce at the Miyagawa morning market, wander past some of the lovely traditional houses and visit several of the excellent local museums - Takayama Festival Floats Museum, Kusakabe Folk Museum and Takayama Jinya.  

• Day 7: Shirakawago & Kanazawa Get a glimpse of rural Japan at UNESCO-listed Shirakawago which is famous for its farmhouses built in the unique architectural style, gasshozukuri. Continue to Gokayama to experience washi paper making, then travel to Kanazawa and visit the Nomura Samurai House.  

• Day 8: Kenroku-en Garden Meander through the beautiful Kenroku-en Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, before viewing the excellent art collection of the Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, which only exhibits works produced since 1980. Transfer to Kyoto, capital city of Japan until 1879.  

• Day 9: Explore Kyoto Kyoto was a capital for a thousand years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. This morning visit the famous Kinkakuji, a Zen temple known as the Golden Pavilion. The top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Next visit the Ryoanji Temple complex which means 'temple of the peaceful dragon'. Head to a restored Japanese wooden town- house for a traditional handicraft and calligraphy experience (origami for example) and to enjoy the rituals of a traditional tea ceremony.  

• Day 10: Kyoto and Day Tour to Nara Today we will travel to Nara. For 74 years during the 8th century, Nara was Japan's capital and many of the temples and shrines built at that time still remain.  

• Visit Todaiji Temple, the world's largest wooden structure and Issuien Gardens. Wander through Nara Park where we can feed the deer, before returning to Kyoto, stopping at Fushimi Inari Shrine.  

• Day 11: Koya-san The holy mountain of Koya-san is home to a cluster of over a hundred monasteries nestled in a valley enclosed by peaks said to resemble a lotus flower. Full of atmosphere, savour the tranquillity and spectacular views as you discover Kongobunji Temple and the Garan Temple complex before wandering around Okunoin - a vast cemetery of 200,000 stupas.  

• Transfer to Wakayama to spend the night.  

• Day 12: Travel to Osaka Travel to Osaka, Japan's third largest city, where there'll be time to explore Osaka Castle and take a cruise along the Yodogawa River. This evening stroll down Dotonbori, a restaurant mecca, where you can enjoy some time to yourself before dinner.  

• Day 13: Fly Osaka to US Fly to the US, arriving home later the same day or the following morning depending on flight schedules.  

Package Minimum Stay: 12 Nights  

Please Note:  

• *Accommodation and facilities at the shukubo are basic but comfortable. We will have private heated rooms with shared bathroom and toilet facilities. We will be sleeping on a tatami mat on the floor with a futon mattress on top. The doors are made from rice paper.  

Cultural Experiences  

• Add seven years to your life when you eat a hardboiled egg cooked in the Hakone hot springs  

• Embrace your inner farmer while making pickled vegetables at a wasabi farm.  

• Kanpai! Japanese for Cheers. Visit one of the many sake breweries in Takayama for a taste of this popular beverage.  

• Bring home a personal souvenir when you make your own Japanese washi paper.  

• A memorable overnight stay at a Buddhist Temple Lodge, complete with their Buddhist vegetarian breakfast and dinner, shojin ryori.  

Included in package:  

• Accommodations  

• Select meals  

• Sightseeing with English speaking guide  

• Entrance fees for sights visited  

Not included in package:  

• Local tipping  

• Personal expenditures  

• Optional excursions or shows  

Package inclusions are subject to change.