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The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring (Reverse) with Expo 2025 Osaka

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Tour Code: GTG4994517

The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring (Reverse) with Expo 2025 Osaka

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8 days 7 nights

fromUSD $3298.00


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Single Supplement: USD $630.00

Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

This tour consists of the reversed Golden Route Japan itinerary and an additional day in Osaka for the Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

Expo 2025 Osaka is a global event in Japan showcasing future technologies, cultural exhibits, and sustainability solutions. The event features national pavilions, an innovation zone, and artistic installations. Visitors can explore themes like future living, sustainability, and cultural exchange while enjoying entertainment and international cuisine. The Expo aims to foster collaboration and envision a better future.

If you have never been to Japan before, have limited time, or just want to see the highlights, we highly recommend the "The Golden Route" tour. It is our most sought- after tour because it gives you a sampling of all that Japan has to offer. This includes unique locales to "must see" tourist attractions in Tokyo & Kyoto.

This is our reverse itinerary, beginning in Nara, where you will get to admire the intricate architecture of Japan's largest wooden building and gaze at a 15- meter-high Great Buddha statue. Located at the Todaiji Temple, you will understand why this city is considered the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. Spend two days in the historic city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city's most well-known gardens, temples, shrines, and specialty shops. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a green tea ceremony with an apprentice geisha (maiko).

Visit Miho Museum, known for its contemporary architectural design that integrates natural lighting and the surrounding nature. Designed by the renowned architect, I. M. Pei, the museum exhibits various works from ancient civilizations. It has also been listed as one of the "1000 Places To See Before You Die". From there, make your way to Hikone Castle, an original standing castle and national treasure of Japan. It is also considered an excellent example of what a compete feudal castle looks like. Visit the Genkyuen Garden, a beautiful Japanese landscape garden located on the castle grounds. Next, take a Shinkansen bullet train ride for experience before transferring to your next accommodation. You will stay the night in a Japanese style room, where you will have dinner and can unwind in a hot springs (onsen).

Spend a day at Hakone and experience a ropeway ride over its volcanic area before visiting the renowned Mt. Fuji. Continue your adventures in Tokyo, Japan's most populous and famous city. Enjoy a guided tour through Tokyo's cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods, and diverse shopping districts. Learn how to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef and savor your delicious creations. Explore attractions like the bustling streets of Shibuya, Asakusa district with an atmosphere of old Tokyo, Japan's largest and busiest fish market, drive by the historical Imperial Palace, and take in the view from the record-breaking Tokyo Skytree’s main observation deck.

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Dates & Price


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Mon. Apr 14, 2025 Mon. Apr 21, 2025 USD $3298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Apr 20, 2025 Sun. Apr 27, 2025 USD $3298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. May 3, 2025 Sat. May 10, 2025 USD $3298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. May 19, 2025 Mon. May 26, 2025 USD $3298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. May 25, 2025 Sun. Jun 1, 2025 USD $3298.00 Osaka Tokyo 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.


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

  • • 6 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Osaka Kansai 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
  • • 3 lunches and 2 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


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

Arrival Departure Airports
  • • For arrivals at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX), this tour starts in Osaka and ends in Tokyo, with departures at Narita Airport (NRT).
  • • If you will be flying out from Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the last day, airport transfer is not included. We will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport 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 Osaka
  • Day2   Osaka
  • Day3   Nara - Kyoto
  • Day4   Kyoto
  • Day5   Koka - Hikone - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day6   Hakone - Mt Fuji - Tokyo
  • Day7   Tokyo
  • Day8   Tour ends

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