Japan

Enjoy a panoramic view from Tokyo Tower’s observation deck. Participate in a Japanese tea ceremony. Hike Mt. Fuji and cruise on Lake Ashi. Tour Kanazawa’s old Samurai quarter, the Geisha district and seafood market. Immerse yourself in Zen meditation, learn to make sushi or origami in Kyoto. Take a scenic walk among traditional bamboo groves and visit Nara Park, home to hundreds of  wild deer. Sleep on a tatami mat at a ryokan in Koyasan. Dress in a kimono like a Samurai and learn the basics of sword-fighting.

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Language

Japanese

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Time Zone

GMT+9

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Currency

Japanese Yen (JPY)

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Average Temp

57° F

Japan Expedition

From Koyasan to Kanazawa

Inspire Your Expedition with Our Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – TOKYO, JAPAN

Arrive in Tokyo

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Park Hotel

Day 2 – TOKYO

Full-day group tour:

  • Tokyo Tower
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony
  • Imperial Palace
  • Asakusa Kannon Temple
  • Ginza Shopping district

Accommodations: Park Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – FUJI / HAKONE

Train to Mt. Fuji/Hakone

Full-day tour:

  • Mt. Fuji OR Fuji Visitor Center
  • Shared boat cruise on Lake Ashi
  • Aerial Cableway up & down Mt. Komagatake

Accommodations: Park Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 – TOKYO / TAKAYAMA

Bullet Train to Takayama

Half-day private tour of Takayama

  • Takayama Junya 
  • Festival Floats Exhibition
  • Hida Archaeology Museum & Folklore Village

Accommodations: Takayama Green Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 – TAKAYAMA / KANAZAWA

Full-day private tour:

  • Takayama Morning Market
  • Shogawa River Valley
  • Traditional Gassho-zukuri farmhouses

Accommodations: ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 – KANAZAWA

Full-day private tour:

  • Kanazawa Castle
  • Kanazawa University
  • Kenrokuen Gardens
  • Nagamachi Samurai District
  • Ninjadera Myoryuji Temple

Accommodations: ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 – KANAZAWA / KYOTO

Bullet train to Kyoto

Choice of activity:

  • Private Zen Meditation Experience OR
  • Private Sushi-making OR
  • Private Origami Lesson

Accommodations: The Thousand Hotel Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 – KYOTO

Full-day small group tour:

  • Nijo Castle
  • Golden Pavilion
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Heian Shrine
  • Kiyomizu Temple & Hugashiyama District

Accommodations: The Thousand Hotel Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – KYOTO

Full-day private tour

  • Japanese Tea Ceremony
  • Arashiyama Bamboo groves
  • Tenryuji Temple
  • Ryoanji Temple

Accommodations: The Thousand Hotel Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 – KYOTO / NARA

Half-day small group tour:

  • Todai-ji Temple
  • Nara Deer Park
  • Kasuga Shrine

Private transfer to Hotel

Accommodations: Hotel Nikko Nara
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 – NARA / KOYASAN

Full-day private tour:

  • Mount Koya
  • Okunoin – mausoleum of Kobo Daishi
  • Kongobuji Temple 
  • Konpon Daito – symbol of Shingon Buddhism

Accommodations: Souji-in
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 – KOYASAN / KYOTO

Private transfer to Kyoto

Free afternoon

Optional (supplement applies):

  • Samurai Experience OR
  • Geisha Show

Accommodations: The Thousand Hotel Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 – KYOTO / OSAKA / HOMEWARD BOUND

Private transfer to Osaka airport for flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Starting at $12,200 per person
(two travelers, double occupancy, airfare not included)

Itineraries are customized to travelers’ interests and preferences.
Final prices will vary based on dates of travel and number of travelers.

Our trip to India was amazing. The guides were excellent, and we got top notch service in every city.

Janice L. & Richard M.
Scottsdale, AZ

When to go:

Year-round

What to eat:

Sushi, Tempura, Ramen

What to pack:

Basic clothing, light jacket or sweater; shawl or scarf; swimwear, comfortable walking/slip-on shoes; sunscreen, sunglasses, hat; insect repellent; camera equipment; universal adapter; small gifts for guides & locals

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