All Japan Tours 337 N.Vineyard Ave Suite 215, Ontario, CA 91764
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Land cost: from USD $5598.00
Single supplement: USD $1260.00
Tour duration: 15 days 14 nights
Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Awaji Island / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Iwakuni / Yamaguchi / Nagato / Hagi / Iwami Ginzan / Izumo / Matsue / Tottori / Kinosaki Onsen / Asago / Himeji / Kobe
Tour cost includes:
• 9 nights Western style and 5 nights 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
• Breakfast everyday
• 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Admission fees and activities
• All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary
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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.
Welcome to Tokyo! You will be met at the arrival gate by an AJT representative holding an "All Japan Tours" sign.
NOTE 1: If you wish to stay in the center of Tokyo for the first night instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included. We will provide you directions to get to your hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$65.00 per person per way.
NOTE 2: If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita International Airport (NRT), we can arrange for you to stay in the center of Tokyo (Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class) instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita. In this case, meet-and- greet and airport transfer are 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.
NOTE 3: The meet-and-greet is ONLY available for flights arriving in Terminal 1 & 2 after 11:00 AM. For guests arriving in Terminal 3, airport pickup is not included, but we will provide you with directions to get to your hotel in advance.
NOTE 4: If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.
Today, you will be taken to the Asakusa Kannon Temple,
an active place of worship where you can see the
paper lantern in Japan. You will also be able to explore
the Nakamise Market, which is located right after the
temple's outer gates. It is a traditional-style shopping
street with centuries of history. Next, you will have the
chance to enjoy a sushi making experience with a
professional sushi chef. Whatever you prepare, you will
get to eat! Afterwards, we will proceed to the Tsukiji
Market, where various restaurants and shops line the
streets. Then, pay a visit to the Imperial Palace, the
former site of Edo Castle and current residence of
Japan's Imperial Family. In the afternoon, we will visit
the world's tallest self supporting steel tower. At 333
meters high, Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its
model, the Eiffel Tower. You will be able to sightsee 150
meters up at the main observatory deck and get a bird's
eye view of the city.
Note: For Sushi Making Experience, if you are vegetarian, on gluten-free diets, have seafood allergy, or don't eat raw fish, please contact us for other ingredient options.
We will depart from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji on our private coach. Along the way, enjoy the changing scenery, from thick vegetation to lowlands to rolling clouds. Stop at Mt. Fuji 5th station (depending on weather) to admire the world famous peak. Next, we will travel to Hakone, which is among Japan's most popular hot- spring resorts, and view the forested slopes of Hakone National Park. We will take a 20 minute ropeway ride from Togendai to Owakundani. Most of the area around Owakundani is considered an active volcanic zone since its creation from the eruption of Mount Hakone some 3,000 years ago. Now, you can experience hot springs and hot rivers there, where sulfurous fumes still linger. Owakundani also has splendid views of Mount Fuji in good weather. Next, take a Shinkansen bullet train ride for experience, which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/hr. We will stay at the Onsen Hotel at Hamanako Kanzaiji Onsen, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of a spa bath and feast on a traditional Japanese Kaiseki banquet dinner.
After breakfast at the hotel, our group will visit the Miho Museum, a stunning architecture that accentuates the surrounding nature while exhibiting a variety of items from different ancient civilizations. It was designed by the renowned architect, I. M. Pei, and is named after Koyama Mihoko, one of the richest women in Japan and the founder of the museum. Moreover, the museum has been listed as one of the "1000 Places To See Before You Die". We will then continue to Kyoto, a historical city that was spared from air raids and saved from the atomic bomb during World War II for its cultural and historical value. We will visit the famous Kiyomizu Temple, best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below that erupt in a sea of color in spring and fall, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance. We will stay two nights in Kyoto.
Note: If Miho Museum is close, we will visit Kyoto National Museum or Sagawa Art Museum instead.
Today we will continue our tour of Kyoto, once the capital of Japan and still considered its cultural center. First is a visit to the Nijo Castle, built in the early 17th century. Ninomaru- goten, renovated in 1626, is a building renowned as a priceless example of the architectural style of that period. At the Nishijin Textile Center, you can view displays of kimonos and even watch a kimono fashion show. Visit the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) covered with 18 carat gold leaf. This three story structure was originally built by the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397. Next is a visit to Arashiyama to see Tenryuji Temple where you can have a glimpse of traditional Zen landscape garden design. Then proceed through a dense bamboo grove, past several small shrines, tea shops and private houses before arriving at the Togetsukyo Bridge over Hozu River. Lastly, we will tour Gion, the old Geisha Quarter, and Pontocho, whose cobblestone alleys vibrate with night life.
The day begins with a green tea ceremony and a meet- and-greet with a maiko – an apprentice geisha. You will have photo-taking opportunities and a chance to interact with the maiko. After that, make your way to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. The shrine is famous for its thousands of stunning vermilion torii gates that are lined along a 4 km (2.5 mile) long tunnel, which was even featured in the film "Memoirs of a Geisha". This complex wraps around a bamboo wilderness that consists of mountains, streams, and ponds, making it the perfect backdrop for a scenic hike. We will then travel to Nara, where we will go to Todaiji Temple, the largest wooden building in Japan. The temple also houses one of the largest bronze statues of Buddha at 15 meters (49 feet) tall. Nearby, explore the surrounding Deer Park, filled with over 1,000 Sika Deer. Our final stop of the day will be in Osaka. We will spend some time in Dotonbori, a popular shopping, entertainment, and food district. It is known for the hundreds of neon and mechanized signs that line its streets. Our group will also stop by Shinasaibashi, one of Osaka's oldest shopping destinations.
Today we will begin with a visit to Awaji Island where we will explore the Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum. The museum has various exhibits that are meant to be experienced by your 5 senses and show a lifestyle of coexistence. There are 8 unique areas utilizing various plants. Afterwards we will head to the Water Temple, which was designed by the famed Tadao Ando. With pools of water secured by concrete, a set of stairs in the middles heads towards a sacred temple down below. Then, we will travel by coach to the Japanese-style garden, Ritsurin Koen in Takamatsu. The garden has both Western-style and Japanese style sections available. After taking in the beautiful hillside and garden scenery, we will spend one night in Takamatsu.
This morning, we will take a ferry to Naoshima, a small island with a lot of modern art. The Naoshima Benesse House is known for Japanese contemporary art and the environmental context in which the art is set. The famous giant pumpkin set on a pier is an iconic landmark for Naoshima. After visiting the Benesse House, we will visit Tadao Ando's art exhibitions in the Chichu Art Museum, which often features a room with a giant black sphere and a square roof opening that creates visual effects with shapes and shadows. Next is the Lee Ufan Museum, a contemporary and modern art museum based on a collaboration of Lee Ufan with Tadao Ando, the architect. Once we visit and explore the museum, we will leave Naoshima by ferry to arrive in Uno.
Today will begin with a visit to Kurashiki's Canal Area, a romantic view point where one of Edo's original canal's can be enjoyed by the public. This canal was once utilized by rice storehouse merchants for transporting their goods around Kurashiki. After enjoying the Edo-like atmosphere, we will move onto the Ohara Museum. The first Western museum to open in Japan has Japanese works of art as well, however you can find works by artists like Picasso and El Greco sharing the same museum. The museum has sections for Egyptian and Chinese art aside from pieces of art done by Japanese artists who painted in Western- styles. After viewing the multicultural works of art, we will visit HIroshima's Miyajima Island where the elegant and noble Itsukushima Shrine is located. The famous torii gates are said to float above the water when high tides cover their base.
Today our travels will continue with a visit to the Peace Memorial Park, the iconic landmark of Hiroshima's memorial for those who passed away due to the infamous Hiroshima bomb that dropped in August 6th, 1945. There, we will also enter the A- Bomb Museum where documents, artifacts, and videos are displayed throughout the museum. From the museum, we will head out to Iwakuni's Kintaikyo Bridge. The bridge is compromised of 5 arches that have concrete bases, which allow the public to cross over the Nishiki River. The historical worth of the bridge can go back as far as 400 years, and is one of the most famous bridges in Japan. Afterwards, we will visit the eerie but enchanting limestone caves of Yamaguchi, the Akiyoshido Cave. Tonight, we will stay at the Onsen Hotel in Yumoto Onsen, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of a spa bath and feast on a traditional Japanese Kaiseki banquet dinner.
Today we will be heading to Nagato and from there we will head to the Motonosumi Inari Shrine. It has been listed by CNN as one of the top 31 most beautiful places in Japan. There are 123 red torii gates going down a mountain side towards the Sea of Japan with beautiful greenery surrounding them. From there we will be towards to Hagi, a former castle town that prospered during the Edo Period (1603-1869). There we will be paying a visit to one of the old residences that was once owned by a samurai family turned merchants. The Kikuya Residence has over 350 years of history with an avant garde interior design. Then we will head to the Hagiyaki Kaikan where we will learn and see the famed Hagiyaki pottery. Our next destination will take us to the Iwami Ginzan (silver mine) in Oda City. It was used for almost 400 years and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
Our first stop of the day will be in Izumo for the Grand Shrine. The Izumo Grand Shrine is one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan. It is said that the main deity enshrined at the shrine is Okuninushi who, according to the creation myths, created the land of Japan and rule ancient Izumo. He is also the deity that represents good relationships and marriage. Afterwards we will be heading to the nearby Matsue. There we will be going to Matsue Castle, which is one of the twelve original castles in Japan. Next we will be going on the Horikawa Boat Tour around the moat of Matsue Castle. On the cruise you will experience the scenic views of the area while traversing under various bridges. After the boat tour we will end the day with visiting the former Buke Yashiki (samurai district) where some samurai mansions have been preserved.
Before leaving Matsue we will be first going to Adachi Museum of Art. The museum was founded by Adachi Zenko in 1990 in order to create a world that combined both artwork and gardens together. He hoped to expand people’s perceptions and interests in Japanese Art. You can only view the gardens from the Adachi Museum of Art building as you enjoy paintings and artwork dating back to the twentieth century. Next we will be heading towards Tottori where the largest sand dunes in Japan are located. While there we will be going to The Sand Museum where large sand sculptures are displayed all year round with the theme changing on an annual basis. At the Tottori Sand Dunes there are various activities available for you to try out. After we will head to Kinosaki Onsen (hot spring) located on the coast of the Sea of Japan. It is one of the top hot spring locations in the Kansai Region. You will have the chance to enjoy the onsens and stroll around the old fashioned town.
The tour begins with travelling to Asago where the Takeda Castle Ruins are located. Situated at 353 meters above sea level, the castle is listed as one of the top 10 castles in Japan. The Takeda Castle Ruins have been referred to as “Japan’s Machu Picchu.” Next we will head south towards Himeji where another one of the twelve original castles is located. Himeji Castle is one of the best preserved feudal castles in Japan. It is known as White Heron because of its majestic white appearance. To the west of Himeji Castle’s main entrance is the Kokoen Garden. There are a total of nine gardens that are separated by walls. They feature the various gardening styles of the Edo Period even though it was created in 1992. Then we will traverse to Kobe to experience the famous mouthwatering Wagyu Beef.
NOTE 5: If you wish to stay in the center of Osaka for the last night instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included, but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.
NOTE 6: If you will be flying out from Itami Airport (ITM) instead of Kansai International Airport (KIX), we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class) instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport. In this case, airport transfer is not included but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.
After breakfast, our tour officially ends. Checkout time is 11 am and Osaka Kansai Airport can be reached in a three minute walk.
NOTE 7: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.