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Land cost: from USD $5898.00
Single supplement: USD $1160.00
Tour duration: 12 days 11 nights
Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Ina / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
Tour cost includes:
• 10 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
• Meet and greet upon arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport or Haneda 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
• 7 lunches and 4 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: The meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.
NOTE 2: If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.
Begin your tour of the world’s largest metropolis at the museum which best shows Tokyo’s history: The Edo Tokyo Museum. The museum exhibits life size replicas as well as miniature models of structures during the Edo period in Japan. Next, ascend 350 meters up to the observation deck of Tokyo Skytree, where a panoramic cityscape over Tokyo's magnificent skyline awaits your view. On especially clear days visitors can see all the way to Mount Fuji! Then travel to Asakusa Kannon Temple, in Tokyo’s Asakusa district. Enter by way of the Kaminarimon “Thunder Gate”, underneath one of Japan’s largest paper lanterns. Don’t forget to look up to see the dragon sculpture underneath! Walk through Nakamise Market – a street lined with shops selling traditional goods of all kinds, before approaching Sensoji Temple. Take some time to explore Tokyo’s oldest temple complex. Then take a cruise on the Sumida River, taking in the treelined riverbanks in front of towering skyscrapers. Land in Odaiba, where you will discover the digital art world of teamlab Borderless. Imagine wandering into a digitally projected world surrounded in realistic floating lanterns, rainbow waterfalls of colored lights, or other immersive display experiences designed to dazzle the mind. The art exhibits of teamlab Borderless carry away each guest into worlds of digital imagination that leave you spellbound in wonder.
After breakfast, we take you to Chidorigafuchi Park, a pleasant spot of green next to the moat that borders the Imperial Palace. Known for its abundance of cherry trees, Chidorigafuchi is one of the best places to go for cherry blossom viewing in the capital. Enjoy an enchanting stroll under branches filled with countless cherry blossoms hanging over the grassy hills like fluffy pink clouds. Next, head to the famous Tsukiji Outer Market, lined with shops offering fresh seafood and wholesale produce, in addition to other culinary items, such as cooking utensils. Then enjoy a Tokyo sushi-making experience where you can learn to prepare different kinds of sushi from a master chef. Once finished, the tour continues to the Kawaguchiko region near Mount Fuji where we will visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Mr. Kubota was a master of traditional silk-dyeing art, and this museum displays his creations, including his unfinished textile masterpiece "Symphony of Light", which displays an elegant panorama of Japan's four seasons.
This morning, if the weather permits, we will make our way to the 5th station of Mount Fuji, for an close inspection of the mountain's picturesque natural charms. Then we continue up toward the Japanese Alps, taking time in Nagano prefecture to stop in the city of Ina for a friendly cultural exchange and simple cooking class with Japanese locals. After the cultural exchange, we travel further into the Japanese Alps, stopping for the evening in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, noted for architecture carefully preserved from the Edo period. We will take you to your hotel, where you are free to relax for the evening.
Start your morning in Takayama with a visit to the Morning Market, which sells local produce and handicraft, and can be a good place to find a unique souvenir! After browsing the charming local market, we will visit the Takayama Jinya, a former government building from the Edo Period. Takayama was valuable for its abundant natural resources, so the Tokugawa shogunate took direct control of the region around the town and installed an official at the Takayama Jinya to manage the affairs of the town. This administrative building includes tatami rooms that served as offices and conference rooms - there is even an old interrogation room. Adjacent to this building is one of the largest traditional rice storehouses still standing in Japan, now converted into a museum preserving official documents from that time period. Takayama Jinya stands in Old Town Takayama, which has a number of well-maintained houses and merchant buildings from the Edo period. While we stroll through this pretty heritage district, you will note many old- fashioned houses, shops, and sake breweries. Some of them have stayed in business for centuries! Then we take a drive to the UNESCO Heritage Town of Shirakawa-go, a idyllic, charming village nestled in a beautiful valley high in the mountains. From Shiroyama Viewpoint, you will have the perfect view of this sleepy mountain village, rustically beautiful in any season, like the setting of an old Japanese fairy tale. Shirakawa-go is known for the particular architecture of its farmhouses - a style called "Gassho-zukuri" involving broad, thickly thatched roofs folded together like hands in prayer. We will take some time to explore the beauty of these heritage buildings before continuing to our hotel in Kanazawa, and a restful evening.
After breakfast, we explore the city of Kanazawa, starting with a visit Kenrokuen Garden - one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Kenrokuen was designed after the "six sublimities" of Chinese landscape garden design, and features trees and flowering plants that provide a vision of unique beauty in any season. Take a stroll around the garden and enjoy the various water features, bridges, and wooden teahouses, with little nooks hiding stone lanterns and other treasures. Then we proceed to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. It showcases contemporary artists from Japan and all over the world. The museum was designed without a front or back in order to encourage viewers to approach the art from multiple angles. Step back through time in the Nagamachi Samurai District where many old samurai residences remain at the foot of the former Kanazawa Castle. One such house, the Nomura family residence, has been fully restored and filled with artifacts of the time period to reflect the samurai class. Finally, we attend a Gold Leaf Workshop. The gold leaf of Kanazawa is of superior quality, never becoming discolored or oxidized, and as such is one of the city's signature products.
Today, spend a day sightseeing in the former imperial capital of Kyoto. Start with a visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine, widely famed for its thousands of vermillion torii gates. Dedicated to Inari, a Shinto deity of agriculture and prosperity, the shrine is guarded by a number of fierce-looking fox statues, who represent her heavenly messengers. Then we visit the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, run by the Gekkeikan Sake Company, one of Japan's most prominent sake labels. Once a busy sake brewery in the early 1900s, the museum offers visitors a rare inside look into the history of Japanese sake, also housing around 400 sake production implements. Next, we take you to experience a more traditional Kyoto as we sit down for a Japanese green tea ceremony. Also known as "sado", the green tea ceremony is a unique custom which invites guests to slow down and enjoy authentic Japanese hospitality. Then we will go for a local Kimono Experience, which gives you the chance to try on a colorful kimono and take pictures. After, we take a walk through Gion, Kyoto's famous Geisha district, where you can see classical Japanese shops, restaurants, and teahouses. In the evening, have a taste of old Kyoto as you eat traditional kaiseki cuisine in the company of a maiko - a geisha apprentice.
After breakfast, we continue our sightseeing in Kyoto with a visit to Kiyomizu Temple, one of the old capital city's most iconic and magnificent temples. Kiyomizu features a dramatic wooden veranda offering incredible views of trees and cityscape. Then we enjoy the glittering shine of the Golden Pavilion, a three story Buddhist temple originally constructed in the late 1300s, featuring a golden phoenix perched on top. Then, in the Arashiyama district, we will visit several of the city's famous landmarks starting with Tenryuji Temple, the largest temple in the district, and a UNESCO world heritage site. On the temple grounds is Sogen Pond, an especially beautiful garden. Then we take a walk on a path through a dense grove of towering bamboo, an experience that feels like stepping into a hidden world. After, we will take a walk along Togetsukyo Bridge, a popular place to admire the natural beauty of the old city, known for its gorgeous seasonal scenery. Finally, we finish our day with a ride on a rickshaw through the charming streets of Kyoto for one last look at the beauty of the ancient city.
In the morning, we travel to Nara to see the city's most famous landmark - Todaiji Temple. The immense temple hall was, until recently, the largest wooden structure in the world, and houses the massive Great Buddha of Todaiji. The temple is located in a corner of Nara Park, which is home to over a thousand free- roaming, adorable Sika deer. These friendly creatures are protected by Nara, even recognized as an official symbol of the city. Stalls around the park sell special crackers to feed the deer, and some of the wild deer have even learned to bow when asking for food. On the way back to Kyoto, we stop in Katsuragi, the birthplace of Japanese sumo. This facility promotes the national sport of Japanese sumo and even offers a special sumo experience in a real sumo ring. After, we continue on to Hiroshima, riding the Shinkansen "bullet train" from Osaka to Hiroshima. On arrival, you will be free to enjoy the evening at the hotel.
Our first destination of the day is the Peace Memorial Park. The Peace Park consists of the Peace Memorial Museum, the A-Bomb Dome, and the Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims. The Peace Park is one of the most significant features of the city, devoted to the events that occurred on August 6, 1945, and featuring massive stone arches and broad grassy lawns. Afterwards, we will travel to Miyajima, where we will see Itsukushima Shrine. This magnificent shrine was built into a small cove, standing above high tide like a palace on the sea. The UNESCO Heritage Site is especially famed for its massive vermillion torii gate which appears to float over the waves through which, on a clear day, one can view the mountainous mainland in the distance.
Today take a drive to the city of Kurashiki. In merchant days, this scenic town thrived as a port for rice shipments. Several old rice granaries and examples of historic architecture still remain around a heritage stone canal area lined with willow trees in the Bikan Historical Quarter. We continue on to Himeji to visit the Himeji Castle. It is known as "White Egret Castle" and "White Heron Castle" because of its brilliant white exterior, resembling a bird taking flight. Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan, and is one of the few remaining original castles in Japan. This splendid example of traditional architecture was declared one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan. Below the castle is Kokoen Garden, a recently built Japanese garden consisting of nine distinct walled gardens of different styles. In the evening we continue to Kobe, where we will savor a dinner of world-famous Wagyu beef.
After breakfast, our tour officially ends.
Checkout time is 11 am.
Transfer to Osaka Kansai Airport by Airport Limousine Bus.
NOTE 3: The departure airport transfer is ONLY available on the last day of the tour. If you plan to stay extra nights after the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.
NOTE 4: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.