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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

Tour Styles

Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.

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Shirakawa - All Trips

9 trips from 10 tour companies with 3 reviews

All Shirakawa tours, river cruises, expedition cruises, and adventure trips. Find the best guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages. Average rating of 5.0 for all Shirakawa trips.

Shirakawa - All Trips

9 trips from 10 tour companies with 3 reviews

All Shirakawa tours, river cruises, expedition cruises, and adventure trips. Find the best guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages. Average rating of 5.0 for all Shirakawa trips.

 
Discover Japan
12 days

Discover Japan

4.9 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
By SmarTours
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
Type:
Group Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
50 plus, Train & Rail Journeys, Cultural, Festivals & Special Events
Visits:
Japan, Hakone, Hiroshima, Imperial Palace, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Osaka, Shirakawa, Tokyo
$ 4,199
From $ 9,897
Popular
$ 350per day
Highlights
  • Explore historic Imperial Palace (Tokyo)
  • See the majestic Mt. Fuji
  • Visit Hakone National Park
  • Opportunity to see the Shirakawago (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Visit Ancient town in Takayama
  • Sightseeing in Kyoto
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Japan Winter Highlights
9 days

Japan Winter Highlights

4.8 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
By G Adventures
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
Type:
Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Moderate
Moderate Physical Level Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.
Theme:
Cultural, Local Immersion & Homestays, Transformative
Visits:
Japan, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka, Shirakawa, Tokyo, Bath
$ 3,299
From $ 4,454
$ 367per day
Highlights
  • Discover samurai architecture in kanazawa
  • Combat winter's chill soaking in outdoor onsen spas
  • Sleep in a traditional inn and enjoy a local dinner
  • Create your own instant ramen in osaka
  • Celebrate the season at local festivals (select departures)
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Sapporo Snow Festival & Japan Winter Highlights
13 days

Sapporo Snow Festival & Japan Winter Highlights

4.8 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
By G Adventures
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
Type:
Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Moderate
Moderate Physical Level Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.
Theme:
Cultural, Festivals & Special Events, Education / Learning, Transformative
Visits:
Japan, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka, Shirakawa, Tokyo, Bath
$ 5,299
From $ 7,154
$ 408per day
Highlights
  • Lay eyes on the glitz of tokyo
  • Hike past geysers in jigokudani park
  • Go local at a traditional minshuku
  • Explore the secrets of the ninja temple
  • Celebrate the season at sapporo snow festival
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Cycle Japan
13 days

Cycle Japan

4.6 | Excellent | 73 Reviews
By Explore!
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
Type:
Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Physical Level
Theme:
Cycling & Biking, Hiking & Walking, Cultural, Trekking & Expeditions
Visits:
Japan, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Shirakawa, Tokyo
$ 5,400
From $ 7,682
$ 438per day
Highlights
  • Off the beaten track cycling - Enjoy the landscapes, flavours and characters of rural Japan
  • Point-to-Point cycling - Uninterrupted ride for 8 days around the Noto Peninsula
  • Kyoto - Japan's historic capital, filled with temples and traditional tea houses
  • Tokyo- Explore the modern metropolis
  • Kanazawa - Visit the gardens of Kenrokuen, one of the most beautiful in Japan
  • The Noto Peninsula - Cycle amongst the stunning coastal landscapes of the Sea of Japan
  • Hot springs - Experience the country's famous onsens and soothe your cycling legs
  • Delicious local food - Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine with locally sourced ingredients
  • Shirakawa-go - Visit World Heritage farmhouses and historic towns
  • Bullet Train - Ride the iconic Shinkansen bullet train to Tokyo
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Discover Japan with Hiroshima
12 days

Discover Japan with Hiroshima

4.8 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
By Globus
Type:
Group Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star
Premium - 4 star Lodging Level 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Physical:
Strenuous
Strenuous Physical Level Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness.
Theme:
50 plus, Cultural
Visits:
Japan, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Nara, Shirakawa, Tokyo
$ 5,429
$ 452per day
Highlights
  • Tokyo: Visit the Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Nakamise shopping arcade; calligraphy class; kimono fitting; traditional tea ceremony; welcome dinner
  • Mount fuji area: Cable-car ride to view Mount Fuji; visit Chureito Pagoda
  • Matsumoto : Visit Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum
  • Takayama: City sightseeing; visit a local market, Takayama Jinya, and a sake brewery for a tasting
  • Shirakawa: Visit Gassho-Zukuri houses
  • Kanazawa: Visit Kenroku-en Garden; gold leaf class
  • Kanazawa–kyoto : Travel by Thunderbird express train
  • Kyoto: Visit Sanjusagendo Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Temple of the Gold Pavilion; Yuzen Handmade Corner; Japanese cooking class; excursion to Nara; farewell dinner
  • Hiroshima: Bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima; visit Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shrine, Shukkei-en Landscape Garden, Peace Memorial Park, Peace Memorial, Memorial Museum, Memorial Hall
  • From bustling cities to quiet mountain villages, experience the distinct flavor of Japan during this amazing vacation
  • Of course, you’ll visit Japan’s famous sights, including many of its castles and shrines
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Discover Japan
10 days

Discover Japan

4.8 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
By Globus
Type:
Group Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star
Premium - 4 star Lodging Level 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Physical:
Strenuous
Strenuous Physical Level Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness.
Theme:
50 plus, Cultural
Visits:
Japan, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Nara, Shirakawa, Tokyo
$ 4,299
$ 430per day
Highlights
  • Tokyo: Visit the Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Nakamise shopping arcade; calligraphy class; kimono fitting; traditional tea ceremony; welcome dinner
  • Mount fuji area: Cable-car ride to view Mount Fuji; visit Chureito Pagoda
  • Matsumoto : Visit Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum
  • Takayama: City sightseeing; visit a local market, Takayama Jinya, and a sake brewery for a tasting
  • Shirakawa: Visit Gassho-Zukuri houses
  • Kanazawa: Visit Kenroku-en Garden; gold leaf class
  • Kanazawa–kyoto : Travel by Thunderbird express train
  • Kyoto: Visit Sanjusagendo Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Temple of the Gold Pavilion; Yuzen Handmade Corner; Japanese cooking class; excursion to Nara; farewell dinner
  • From bustling cities to quiet mountain villages, experience the distinct flavor of Japan during this amazing vacation
  • Of course, you’ll visit Japan’s famous sights, including many of its castles and shrines
More
Insider's Japan tour
13 days

Insider's Japan

4.9 | Excellent | 9 Reviews
Type:
Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star
Premium - 4 star Lodging Level 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Cultural, Religious, Transformative
Visits:
Japan, Hakone, Meiji Shrine, Nara, Osaka, Tokyo
$ 5,191
$ 399per day
Highlights
  • Enjoy Tokyo touring, including Imperial Palace District and Meiji Shrine
  • Experience Stunning scenery of Mt. Fuji and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
  • Takayama’s ancient streets and houses
  • Have a chance for Hands-on cooking class
  • Culturally rich Kanazawa
  • Tour of Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital
  • Excursion to historic Nara
  • Traditional tea ceremony
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City to Slopes tour
12 days

City to Slopes

5.0 | Excellent | 1 Review
Type:
Group Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Easy
Easy Physical Level Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.
Theme:
Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Cultural, Singles Travel
Visits:
Japan, Imperial Palace, Kyoto, Meiji Shrine, Osaka, Shirakawa, Tokyo
$ 3,720
$ 310per day
Highlights
  • Visit the large port city in japan called Osaka
  • Explore Meiji Jingu Shrine
  • Visit historical place the Imperial Palace in Kyoto
  • Discover Hakuba Art Museum
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Japan's Culinary Heritage
11 days

Japan's Culinary Heritage

Type:
Group Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star
Value - 3 star Lodging Level Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Physical:
Moderate
Moderate Physical Level Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.
Theme:
Culinary & Wine, Cultural
Visits:
Japan, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Shirakawa, Tokyo
$ 4,368
$ 397per day
Highlights
  • Visit Kanazawa's local food market which has attracted residents and visitors for almost 300 years
  • Hunt for wild vegetables (Sansai) with a Sansai expert and learn traditional cooking methods with the Gokayama community
  • Learn the art of earth-oven cooking with a 70-year old grandmother in Hida-Furukawa and visit a locally-run sake brewery in Takayama
  • Visit a family-run organic farm and join family members at an outdoor cookery experience amongst their rice fields in Asuka
  • Visit Awaji island to learn about its seafood culture and enjoy a beach lunch with a local food-designer chef
  • Enjoy an exclusive Kaiseki dinner produced by a master chef with three decades of experience
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