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The Golden Route Japan Tour Winter

Fully Escorted

Local Cuisine

Handpicked Hotels

Private Transportation

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2024/2025/2026 JAPAN WINTER TOURS


Tour Code: GTD3176104

The Golden Route Japan Tour Winter

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7 days 6 nights

fromUSD $2898.00


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Single Supplement: USD $540.00

Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.

The perfect option for first-time visitors to Japan or even experienced travelers – our Golden Route itinerary is our most popular tour. It is also the perfect choice for travelers on a limited schedule. This version of the tour begins in Tokyo and ends in Osaka.

After landing in Narita, you will tour the worlds most populous metropolis: Tokyo. Though is proudly bares this title, rarely does Tokyo feel overcrowded. In fact, throughout your tour you will see that peace and serenity can be found even in the middle of the city. Learn how to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef and savor your delicious creations. Then, head to Hakone and check out its open air museum before boarding a pirate ship cruise around Lake Ashi.

Though your luggage will conveniently stay on our private, luxury coaches during your entire tour, you will be able to enjoy the lightening-fast speed of the Shinkansen, which can reach speeds of almost 200 mph (320 km/h). Your ride on this bullet train will be brief, but memorable. You will also be able to visit the beautiful Hikone Castle, one of the few original castles left in Japan. You’ll also visit Miho Museum: distinguished for its fascinating architecture designed by I. M. Pei. The museum exhibits various collections of artifacts from diverse ancient civilizations. It is named after Koyama Mihoko, one of the richest women in Japan and the museum's founder. Miho Museum is also listed as one of the "1,000 Places to See Before You Die".

Spend two days in the deeply historic city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the best gardens, temples, shrines, and specialty shops in the city. Our travelers will also have opportunities to experience a traditional green tea ceremony hosted by an apprentice geisha (maiko). Visit Arashiyama, located on the outskirts of Kyoto, famous for its bamboo forest and traditional Zen landscape garden at Tenryuji Temple. You will then visit the ancient city Nara to see the inspiring architecture of Japan's largest wooden building, as well as the towering Great Buddha statue. Here, you will understand why this city is considered the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. Your last stop will be Osaka’s entertainment and shopping districts: Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi.

If you are interested in a 3-day extension to our The Golden Route Japan Tour Winter that includes Himeji Castle, Hiroshima, Kobe, and Shikoku Island, please book one of our Best of Japan Tours by clicking the following link: Best of Japan Tour Winter.

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Dates & Price


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Sun. Dec 8, 2024 Sat. Dec 14, 2024 USD $2898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Dec 22, 2024 Sat. Dec 28, 2024 USD $2998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  


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Mon. Feb 17, 2025 Sun. Feb 23, 2025 USD $2898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Dec 7, 2025 Sat. Dec 13, 2025 USD $2898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Dec 22, 2025 Sun. Dec 28, 2025 USD $2998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  


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Mon. Feb 23, 2026 Sun. Mar 1, 2026 USD $2898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Dec 13, 2026 Sat. Dec 19, 2026 USD $2898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Dec 22, 2026 Mon. Dec 28, 2026 USD $2898.00 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.


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

  • • 5 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
  • • 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 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 - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day4   Hikone - Koka
  • Day5   Kyoto
  • Day6   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day7   Tour ends

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