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  • Experience the past in takayama's folk village and kyoto's historic centre
  • Explore kanazawa castle
  • Lose yourself in the picturesque kenroku-en garden and the ninja temple
  • Marvel at iconic mt fuji and miyajima's floating torii gate

From the towers and gadgets of Tokyo to the serenity of sacred shrines and the soaring beauty of Mt Fuji, this trip 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.

Trip Description
Discover Japan
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 32,586 Great 10,221 Average 4 Disappointing 1 Terrible 4
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
Discover Japan



Japan has a lot of amazing things to do and see. Staying motivated to do and find these things is difficult to do in another country. This tour helped by removing some of the tasks that make it so. November 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our tour guide made the trip personal and fun. I couldn't have asked for more from the locations visited. It has been a very memorable trip.

Operator G Adventures



overall cost of the trip compared to what is offered. September 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I had a great time and the CEO and the group itself contributed a lot to it.

Operator G Adventures



Enjoyed travelling by public transport but without the hassle of trying to work it out. Having a guide from the country adds considerably to the insight into the country visited and in our case they were so pleasant to have with us. Finally, we enjoyed the fact that there were parts of most days that allowed for individual options to be explored July 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The iconic sights certainly did not disappoint but just as memorable, if not more so were unexpected or unlooked for experiences; a museum, the sight of a traditional Japanese wedding, quiet walks to viewpoints and shrines, or the overwhelming numbers enjoying 'hanami'
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Operator G Adventures



We cannot fault this tour. It was extremely well organised, kept to times, no delays and faultless. April 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had a fantastic time. The Japanese people could not help us enough. Eager to chat but quiet and extremely polite. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will be going back to see more of Tokyo.

Operator G Adventures



Well planned itinerary, and excellent guide April 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The tour provided the perfect platform by which to make the very most of my time in Japan. The activities were well-rounded, thoughtfully planned, and facilitated by a guide whose enthusiasm for the tour was only bettered by his overall commitment to ensuring that the group had the best possible time.
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Day 1 Tokyo

We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation in Tokyo to take full advantage of this spectacular city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Tokyo/Kanazawa-shi

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. Included Activities: Higashi Geisha District Visit Transport: Bullet train

Day 3 Kanazawa-shi

In the Teramachi Temple district, visit the famous Ninja Temple. Designed as a hideout in case of attack, it contains hidden doorways, passages and escape routes. Another highlight of any visit to Kanazawa is Kenrokuen Garden. After strolling through the expansive gardens, 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. Included Activities: Ninja Temple Visit Kenroku-En Garden Visit Kanazawa Castle Visit Nagamachi Samurai District Walk

Day 4 Kanazawa-shi/Takayama

Arrive in Takayama in the afternoon and begin taking in the beautiful scenery of this traditional city. Transport: Bullet train

Day 5 Takayama

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. Included Activities: Hida no Sato (Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village) Visit

Day 6 Takayama/Hiroshima

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. Included Activities: Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial Transport: Bullet train

Day 7 Hiroshima

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. Included Activities: Miyajima Island Visit Transport: Ferry Ferry

Day 8 Hiroshima/Kyoto

Continue on to Kyoto, the former imperial capital and home of the country's most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life. Take time to enjoy the Zen gardens of Ryoan-ji and the Silver Pavilion, take a leisurely stroll down the lovely Philosopher’s path to Nanzen-ji, or just walk around Gion and perhaps catch a glimpse of a geisha going from teahouse to teahouse. Included Activities: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit Transport: Bullet train

Day 9 Kyoto (1B)

Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens, the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, and Daisen-in's zen rock garden. Included Activities: Daisen-in Zen Rock Garden Visit Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit

Days 10-11 Kyoto

Spend a full day discovering the Zen gardens, huge wooden temples, pagodas and shrines of Kyoto.

Day 11 Kyoto/Fujikawaguchiko (1B, 1D)

Leave Kyoto and travel to Kawaguchiko arriving mid afternoon. Take the rest of the afternoon to visit the Onsen Spa before dinner. Included Activities: Onsen Spa Visit Transport: There are multiple train changes during this ride and a short taxi ride at the end. Bullet train

Day 12 Fujikawaguchiko/Tokyo

Enjoy a morning in Kawaguchiko exploring the Five Lakes region on foot. Later, travel to Tokyo by train. Included Activities: Five Lakes Region Walk Transport: Bullet train

Day 13 Tokyo

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.

Day 14 Tokyo

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 4,499

Price Per Day:

$ 321 per person
Departure Tax is included in all International and Domestic tickets.
Trip Includes
  • Recharge: Onsen Spa Visit
  • Kawaguchiko-eki
  • Hida No Sato folk village visit (Takayama)
  • Kanazawa Castle and Kenroku-en garden visit
  • Samurai and geisha districts visit (Kanazawa)
  • Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit
  • Miyajima excursion with floating torii gate visit
  • Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto)
  • Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion visit
  • Daisen-in Temple and Zen garden visit
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine visit
  • Mt Fuji Hike (2 days
  • tours departing June 20 - Aug 18)
  • Hiking in the Five Lakes Region (tours departing Aug 19 - June 19)
  • Kaiseki dinner
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (14 days)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportBullet train, tram, ferry, public bus, walking.On our tours in Japan we use public transport, making use of Japan's world famous transport system. From the super fast Shinkansen Bullet Train to Kyoto's extensive local bus network, we ride with the locals.
Local Flights There are no internal flights on this trip itinerary.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 15, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Hotels (10 nts), traditional inns (1 nt), traditional inns with shared facilities (2 nts).
Japan is one of the most populous countries in the world and space is at a premium. Therefore, hotels rooms are small! Additionally, most Japanese hotels do not have designated non-smoking rooms. Therefore, we ask hotels to deoderise rooms before check in. Ryokan are traditional inns found across Japan. Featuring tatami floors (soft mats of woven straw), futon beds, Japanese-style baths, cotton kimono (casual robe worn to lounge around or to head to the bath), and elaborate meals (often served in the comfort of your own room), a ryokan is the perfect place to experience traditional customs and hospitality. As ryokan are usually top tier accommodations, most guests stay only one night, often to celebrate a special occasion or holiday. Don’t be intimidated by the formalities inherent to a stay at a ryokan, your hosts will welcome you the same way they do all their guests. Have fun and enjoy this relaxing opportunity to learn more about Japan’s unique customs. Minshuku are Japan’s answer to the Western bed and breakfast. Similar to ryokan, they have traditional features like tatami floors, futon beds, and Japanese-style baths. Minshuku are often family-run, and as such they offer a great opportunity to interact with local people and learn more about the nation’s customs. More affordable and simpler than ryokan, minshuku tend to have smaller guestrooms, shared bathroom facilities, and any included meals (traditional, local, and delicious) are served in a communal dining room. Please note that some of the traditional Japanese inns used on this tour only offer shared bathing facilities. This means that individual shower stalls will not be available, instead several shower stations are available in an open, same-sex bathing area. Shared bathhouses and onsen (hot springs) are an essential part of Japan’s culture, traditionally serving as a place for men or women to gather, relax, and discuss the days happenings.
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Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

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.

Min. Age: 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.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. Mt Fuji Typically, Mt Fuji is open for hiking from July 1 to August 30 annually (weather dependent). Only tours with start dates between June 20th and August 18th include hiking on Mount Fuji. Mt Fuji Hike Itinerary runs as follows: Groups will spend 1 night in Kawaguchiko and 1 night on Mt Fuji in simple guesthouse accommodation and hike to the top. Fuji Area Visit Itinerary runs as follows: Groups will spend spend 2 nights in Kawaguchiko and go for walks around the Five Lakes Region. There is an optional visit to Mt Fuji's 5th Station by bus (weather permitting). 2. Japan Rail Pass Please note that only foreigners travelling as a tourist are able to use a Japan Rail Pass. If you are a Japanese citizen/resident or traveling on a student/business visa please advise us at time of booking as you will not be able to take advantage of the Rail Pass. 3. Tattoos Tattoos are not common or widely accepted in Japan. There is no cause for concern, but do your best to cover your tattoos when possible and note that you may not be permitted to enter public spas or onsens (hot springs).


Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures knows that worldwide, local cuisines define the cultures. We think sampling regional delicacies are intrinsic to truly experiencing the country. We want you to be able to try foods according to your individual tastes, comforts, and budgets. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility. At times, meals will be taken together as a group. Other times, your CEO will point you in the direction of several delicious options, and you will have free time to pick and choose at will. Often in Japan it is fun to get some snacks and beverages with the salarymen in the evenings at small restaurants, and other times it is fun to sit with a few friends at a sushi train. Your CEO will always strive to cater for all dietary requirements/preferences, but please keep in mind that Vegetarianism/Veganism is very uncommon in Japan so this may mean a more limited selection for you. Please refer to the Meals Included and Budget Information for information regarding included meals on your trip. Japan's kitchen is at your fingertips!

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at:
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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