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Best of Japan Tour Spring with Japanese Alps

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2024/2025/2026 JAPAN SPRING TOURS

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Tour Code: GTU0264669

Best of Japan Tour Spring with Japanese Alps

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11 days 10 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $900.00


Visit top attractions in Tokyo & Kyoto as well as the country's hidden, mountainous regions during one of the most pleasant times of the year.

This tour is designed for people who want to see the most popular sights of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima during the spring season. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Japanese Alps regions, as well as Shirakawa-go and Kanazawa. Catering to a wide variety of interests, our “Best of Japan” itineraries offer travelers a sample of cultural aspects, architectural styles, nature spots, hot spring baths, and contemporary sights.

Begin your tour in Tokyo, where our private guides and tours will help you navigate through the city’s historical monuments, trendy neighborhoods, and diverse shopping districts. You will even have the chance to learn how to make your own sushi with a professional chef. Enjoy impressive views of the scenery at Hakone, Owakudani, and Mt. Fuji. Stay at a onsen hotel (Japanese style room), where you will feast on dinner and can relax in the therapeutic waters of a hot spring bath (onsen).

Continue to Matsumoto for its elegant Black Crow Castle (Matsumoto Castle) before traveling to Takayama, located amongst the Japanese Alps. The area maintains a unique and traditional atmosphere due to its remote location, and features beautifully preserved structures. Visit the charming village of Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO designated town recognized for their gassho-zukuri architectural style. Stroll through the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa, then board a high-speed bullet train to Kyoto.

Spend two days in the historically famous city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city's top gardens, temples, shrines, and specialty shops. Our travel group will have the opportunity to experience a green tea ceremony and meet a maiko (apprentice geisha) . Visit Arashiyama, located on the outskirts of Kyoto, where you will explore the area's bamboo forest and see a traditional Zen garden at Tenryuji Temple. Make your way to Nara, where you will visit the extraordinary Todaiji Temple and a park full of 1,000 freely roaming Sika deer. You will also get to spend time in Osaka, a city with a reputation for its lively night life and shopping districts.

Visit the brilliant Himeji Castle before touring the picturesque canal town of Kurashiki. Travel to Hiroshima for an eye-opening experience at the Peace Memorial Museum, then continue to Miyajima Island to see the "floating" torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine. Afterwards, drive through the Shimanami Kaido, a scenic toll road that connects Japan's main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku.

Journey through the beautiful, unspoiled valleys of the Oboke Gorge on a scenic boat ride. Visit the Japanese landscape masterpiece of Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu. End your tour with a world famous Wagyu beef dinner in Kobe.

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Dates & Price

2025

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sat. May 17, 2025 Tue. May 27, 2025 USD $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sat. May 16, 2026 Tue. May 26, 2026 USD $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

Please Note:

All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!

We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.

Deposit

We require US$200 deposit per person to hold the space at time of booking and the final payment is due 2 month prior to departure.

What's included

  • • 9 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport
  • • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 5 lunches and 4 dinners

  • Admission fees and activities
  • • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

What's NOT included

  • • International Airfares
  • • Meals that are not included in the itinerary
  • • Travel Insurance
  • • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills

Additional Information

Transport

Travel by private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling.


Arrival Departure Airports
  • • For arrivals at Narita Airport (NRT), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).
  • • If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the first day, airport transfer is not included. We will provide with full instructions to get to the hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$60.00 per person per way.

Meal Requests

Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.


Meet and Greet

Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour after 11 AM. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, we will provide full instructions in advance for you to transfer to your hotel on your own.


Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Tokyo
  • Day2   Tokyo
  • Day3   Hakone - Mt. Fuji
  • Day4   Matsumoto - Takayama
  • Day5   Shirakawago - Kanazawa - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day6   Kyoto
  • Day7   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day8   Himeji - Kurashiki - Hiroshima
  • Day9   Hiroshima - Shikoku
  • Day10   Shikoku - Kobe
  • Day11   Tour ends

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Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe


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