Discover Japan

Start: Tokyo Finish: Tokyo

Visiting: Tokyo, Kanazawa, Takayama, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Fujikawaguchiko


Duration: 13 Nights

Physical rating: 3 - Average

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 12 - 15

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

From the towers and gadgets of Tokyo to the serenity of sacred shrines and the soaring beauty of Mt Fuji, this tour provides the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace. Linger in the gardens of Kyoto, shoot through the mountain air on a Shinkansen bullet train, and stay in a traditional ryokan for the ultimate in Japanese luxury.

Highlights

  • icon Experience the past in Takayama's folk village and Kyoto's historic centre.
  • icon Lose yourself in the picturesque Kenroku-en Garden.
  • icon Marvel at iconic Mt Fuji and Miyajima's floating torii gate.
  • icon Explore Kanazawa Castle.

Places You'll See

Countries:
Discover Japan
Discover Japan
Tokyo
Kanazawa
Tokyo
Kanazawa Castle Visit
Takayama
Kyoto
Kyoto
Fujikawaguchiko
Fujikawaguchiko
Sensō-ji Temple Visit

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The B Ikebukuro Tokyo (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive at any time.

We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation in Tokyo to take full advantage of this spectacular city.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2 : Tokyo/Kanazawa

Location: Tokyo, Kanazawa

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Garden Hotel Kanazawa (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive in Kanazawa and explore the city's well-preserved geisha district.

Take a short train ride to Kanazawa. In the 17th century, this beautifully preserved castle town was Japan's wealthiest, and it became a thriving center for culture and arts.

TRANSPORT: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

ACTIVITY: Step back in time with a visit to the Higashi Chaya geisha district of Kanazawa. Learn about the geisha culture, prevalent in Kanazawa since the 17th century. Visit the traditional two-story wooden houses decorated with lattice and discover the traditions behind this iconic Japanese way of life.

icon Day 3 : Kanazawa

Location: Kanazawa

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Garden Hotel Kanazawa (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Stroll through Keroku-en, ranked one of the nation's top three gardens before exploring the historic Nagamachi samurai district.

After strolling through the expansive gardens of Kenrokuen, opt to stop at the massive Kanazawa castle next door. Kanazawa is also home to many interesting museums, opt to visit one or learn more about local crafts. Loving the food in the city? Take a trip to the local seafood market to see where some of the fresh, tasty ingredients come from.

ACTIVITY: Walk around this breathtaking garden, ranked one of the top three in Japan. With unique bridges, ponds and fountains, pagodas and tea houses there's lots to see here in any season.

ACTIVITY: Step back in time with a visit to the Nagamachi Samurai district of Kanazawa. Take a walk through the historic samurai district located just below the Kanazawa Castle, where traditionally samurai and their families lived in mud huts.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Explore the city with some free time.

icon Day 4 : Kanazawa/Takayama

Location: Kanazawa, Takayama

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Minshuku Iwatakan (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive in picturesque Takayama and relax in the traditional Japanese inn.

Arrive in Takayama in the afternoon and begin taking in the beautiful scenery of this traditional city.

TRANSPORT: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Explore this charming town with a free afternoon.

icon Day 5 : Takayama

Location: Takayama

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Minshuku Iwatakan (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Explore the Hida No Sato traditional folk village, and walk the quaint streets of the old town – lined with sake breweries and craft shops. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the area.

Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful landscape. Discover traces of a feudal past in the thatched houses and rice fields. Opt to visit one of the markets or rent a bike and cycle out of the town centre and into the countryside.

ACTIVITY: Visit the Hida Folk Village, an outdoor museum where various buildings from the 1600s are open to tour. The steep, thatched roofs of the farmhouses are said to resemble praying hands. Take a peek inside to see tools and furniture from the original village.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Use free time to enjoy the area, sample sake or visit a nearby hot spring for a soak.

icon Day 6 : Takayama/Hiroshima

Location: Takayama, Hiroshima

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel New Hiroden (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive in Hiroshima and visit the Peace Park and Museum to learn more about the tragic history of this city.

The large Peace Park in the centre of the city is an extremely moving place dotted with memorials of those killed by the atomic bomb and others who subsequently died. The burning flame in the park will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world have been destroyed. Take a tram ride through the city to reach Peace Park.

ACTIVITY: Walk through the Peace Park in the centre of Hiroshima, a living memorial dedicated to the tens of thousands who died from the atomic bomb blast in 1945. Visit the statue of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who died of leukemia as a result of the bomb blast, despite folding 1,000 origami paper cranes to appeal to the gods to make her well. See the frame of the Gembaku Dome, the sole building to withstand the explosion. Reflect, remember, and be reminded of the power we all hold to create peace.

TRANSPORT: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

icon Day 7 : Hiroshima

Location: Hiroshima

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel New Hiroden (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Take a ferry to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii Gate and meet the friendly local deer.

Take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, not far from the coast. Here, view one of the most photographed sights in Japan— the floating Torii Gate. The shrine itself dates back to the 6th century and is designed in a pier-like structure. Enjoy time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples. Sample local treats like maple leaf shaped cakes, and opt to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.

Additional Information: Please note the floating Torii Gate will be under construction from June 2019 to August 2020.

TRANSPORT: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

ACTIVITY: Take a trip to Miyajima Island, famed as one of Japan's most scenic spots, with a free afternoon to explore. See the famous floating Torii Gate, set out in the bay, which glows extraordinarily at sunset. The island is dotted with shrines and temples, populated by deer and monkeys, and traversed with hiking trails for those who want to get some exercise. There are also lanes full of souvenirs and tasty treats. Visit Miyajima at your own pace, and have the option to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Spend free time however you choose. Opt to hike, try the region's famed oysters, or check out the important sights and museums.

TRANSPORT: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

icon Day 8 : Hiroshima/Kyoto

Location: Hiroshima, Kyoto

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ibis Styles Kyoto Station (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Travel to historic Kyoto. Explore the marvellous Fushimi Inari shrine and walk under thousands of torii gates.

Continue on to Kyoto, the former imperial capital and home of the country's most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life. Walk around Gion and perhaps catch a glimpse of a geisha going from teahouse to teahouse.

TRANSPORT: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

ACTIVITY: Visit the Fushimi Inari shrine, located just outside of Kyoto. Walk under the thousands of iconic torii gates (as seen in the film Memoirs of a Geisha) and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. The shrine itself is at the base of the Inari mountain but includes many trails up to smaller shrines in the area.

icon Day 9 : Kyoto

Location: Kyoto

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ibis Styles Kyoto Station (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Wander the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens before visiting Kyoto's iconic Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion.

ACTIVITY: Explore Kinkaku-ji or the Golden Pavilion, named for the temple’s top two floors that are covered in gold leaf. The temple is surrounded by trees and sits on a reflective pond, making this must-see in Kyoto a perfect place for photos. While the temple can be busy, there are gardens around the area to explore once you’ve had enough of the view.

ACTIVITY: Visit the Nijo Castle, the residence of the first shogun of the Edo Period built in 1603. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the property is divided into three areas: the Honmaru (main circular fortification), Ninomaru (secondary circle of defense), and the gorgeous gardens that surround both.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Discover more of this cultural city with some free time.

icon Day 10 : Kyoto

Location: Kyoto

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ibis Styles Kyoto Station (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Spend a full free day discovering the Zen gardens, huge wooden temples, pagodas and shrines of Kyoto. Opt to enjoy the Zen gardens of Ryoan-ji and the Silver Pavilion, and take a leisurely stroll down the lovely Philosopher’s path to Nanzen-ji.

Want to feel like a real Samurai? Pre-book the Samurai Spirit Full Kembu Lesson on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Head out and explore this captivating city.

icon Day 11 : Kyoto/Fujikawaguchiko

Location: Kyoto, Fujikawaguchiko

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ooike Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the Mt Fuji region and enjoy optional walks around Lake Kawaguchi. Savour an amazing multi-course Japanese kaiseki dinner.

Leave Kyoto and travel to Kawaguchiko arriving mid afternoon. Take the rest of the afternoon to visit the Onsen Spa at tonight's accommodation before dinner.

TRANSPORT: There are multiple train changes during this ride and a short taxi ride at the end.

ACTIVITY: Visit the natural hot springs in traditional style and soak in the waters and feel all your troubles float away.

icon Day 12 : Fujikawaguchiko/Tokyo

Location: Fujikawaguchiko, Tokyo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The B Ikebukuro Tokyo (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Enjoy a morning in Kawaguchiko exploring the Five Lakes region on foot. Later, travel to Tokyo by train.

ACTIVITY: Set out on a walk through this pocket of the Five Lakes region for unforgettable views of the local landscape. Depending on the weather, capture a glimpse of the snow-capped summit of Mt Fuji.

TRANSPORT: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

icon Day 13 : Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The B Ikebukuro Tokyo (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Explore buzzing Tokyo with a free day.

Opt take in some more sights, visit the museums and gardens, or do some shopping. Meet with the group later tonight for our final dinner together.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Spend free time visiting any must-see sights you missed, touring a museum, or picking up souvenirs for friends back home.

icon Day 14 : Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Meals: No Meals

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine visit

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    Meals

    1 breakfast, 1 dinner Allow USD695-905 for meals not included.

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    Accommodation

    Hotels (10 nts), traditional inns (1 nt), traditional inns with shared facilities (2 nts).

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion visit

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

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    Your Discover Moment: Tokyo

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    Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit

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    Kenroku-en garden visit

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    Miyajima Island excursion

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    Higashi Geisha District visit (Kanazawa)

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    Hida No Sato folk village visit (Takayama)

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    Fully Guided

    CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.

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    Your Discover Moment: Kyoto

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    Nijo Castle and gardens visit

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    Nagamachi Samurai District walk (Kanazawa)

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    Kaiseki dinner

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    Japan Rail (JR) pass (14 days)

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    Your Wellness Moment: Onsen Spa Visit, Kawaguchiko

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    Lake Kawaguchiko (Five Lakes Region) walk

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Meals Included

1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Transport

Bullet train, tram, ferry, public bus, walking.

Accommodation

Hotels (10 nts), traditional inns (1 nt), traditional inns with shared facilities (2 nts).

Your Peace of Mind Options

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    Low Deposit

    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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