Japan Tours & Trips 2020

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Style Style Small Group Tour 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.
Private Guided 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.
Self Guided Tour 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.
Group 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.
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 Ship 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.
Large Ship 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.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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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.

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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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Japan Family Holiday

Intrepid Travel
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12 days
$ 347 / day
$ 4,165
From : $ 5,623
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Japan is an exhilarating and unique destination that also happens to be incredible safe, which makes it a great fit for families travelling with kids of any age.
  • Let Tokyo dazzle the whole family. Feast on market-fresh sushi, try your hand at calligraphy and cook your own okonomiyaki on a cruise around Tokyo Bay.
  • Ride the Hakone ropeway then relax in the soothing waters of an onsen. These hot-spring baths are the perfect antidote to a couple of days of walking around Tokyo.
  • From the tiny stalls in the back streets of Tokyo to the Nishiki-Koji Market, your leader will help you and your family navigate Japan’s dizzying cuisine and find something for everyone.
  • Learn about an important chapter of Japan’s history at the Hiroshima Peace Park, followed by a visit to the relaxing island of Miyajima where deer roam the streets.
Visits:
Hakone, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Tokyo, Japan
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Japan Real Food Adventure

Intrepid Travel
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12 days
$ 458 / day
$ 5,490
From : $ 7,412
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • It’s true – Japanese people take incredible pride in their cuisine. Explore a country where food is taken seriously, all the way from the station tonkatsu restaurant to a high-end sushi establishment.
  • Travel by Shinkansen to the Japanese Alps and taste succulent wagyu beef in the 17th-century Edo period town of Takayama – the definition of a melt-in-your-mouth moment.
  • Snack on awesome and adventurous street food in the unofficial culinary capital of Osaka and master the skill behind making the famous takoyaki (octopus and pickled ginger in batter).
  • Discover the traditions, culture and history behind tea in Kyoto during a private ceremony with a long-time practitioner of this art with your small group.
  • Venture into mountainous Koya-san, spending the night in a monastery and discovering shojin ryori – a traditional plant-based Buddhist meal with over 800 years of history.
Visits:
Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, Japan
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Cultural Treasures of Japan - 2022

Collette
Preferred
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14 days
$ 357 / day
$ 4,999
From : $ 6,149
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Enjoy a sake tasting at a local sake brewery followed by a Hida beef dinner.
  • Experience a traditional kaiseki dinner with geisha show in Kyoto.
  • Participate in a sushi-making class.
  • Try your hand at the centuries-old art of the Japanese tea ceremony, gold leaf decorating and stenciling.
  • Travel by the famous Shinkansen bullet train.
  • Explore the famous Ginza District, the first Western-style shopping district in Japan where modern and history blends.
  • Visit multiple UNESCO sites including Shirakawa-go, Nijo Castle, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine and Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
  • Visit Fushimi Inari Taisha, made famous by the movie Memoirs of a Geisha.
  • Explore Takayama’s beautiful old town, nestled in the Japanese Alps.
Visits:
Hakone, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Tokyo, Shirakawa, Japan
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Japan Family Holiday (deluxe)

14 days
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
    Day 1- Arrive Tokyo
  • Arrive at New Tokyo International Airport (Narita Airport). You are welcomed and assisted to board airport limousine bus for your hotel.
  • Day 2- Tsukiji Fish Market* / Tokyo Sightseeing
  • This morning make your way to Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal for your excursion to Tsukiji Market. The largest marketplace in Japan, Tsukiji is busy and bustling even before the sun comes up. Your assistant will stop by at several places at the market, After the visit to the Tsukji Fish market, you will be escorted to the sushi restaurant Try your hand at sushi-making using seasonal seafood ingredients. This fun workshop is led by a sushi chef who teaches participants how to make sushi.
  • Afternoon enjoy your Seat in Coach (SIC) tour of Tokyo. The tour includes visit to the Seaside Top Observatory deck, Imperial Palace Plaza, drive through Ginza, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise shopping arcade and cruise up the Sumida River. The tour disbands at Tokyo Station. (B)
  • *The Tsukiji Fish Market tour is applicable for the tours arriving in Tokyo on Sun, Mon and Tue only. This option is not applicable when Tsukiji Fish Market is closed.
  • Day 3 – Mt. Fuji & Hakone excursion
  • Travel this morning by deluxe Coach to Mt. Fuji. Drive halfway up Japan’s highest mountain to enjoy a spectacular view from a height of 2,300 meters. Following lunch, you will be transferred to Hakone. Enjoy boat cruise on Lake Ashi and ride the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway (may be omitted due to traffic condition). Overnight in Hakone. (BL)
  • Note: If driveway up to Mt.Fuji’s 5th station is closed in winter due to heavy snow, tour of Fujiyama Museum would be provided instead.
  • Day 4 – Hakone / Takayama
  • Transfer to Odawara station and board a Shinkansen for Nagoya. Upon arrival, connect with limited express train to Takayama. We recommend that you purchase box lunch at Odawara Station for lunch on the train. Upon arrival, proceed on the walking tour of Takayama, known as ‘little Kyoto’, filled with amazing attractions. Explore the Old Town, stopping at some of the traditional houses and delightful local museums. Continue to the Kami-Sannomachisu District where you will find skillfully renowned local artisans. (B)
  • Day 5 – Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa
  • This morning enjoy walking tour Takayama morning market. Later you will be transferred to Shirakawa-go. Upon arrival, visit Shirakawa-go Observatory and Wada Residence. Following your tour, proceed to Kanazawa and check into your hotel. (B)
  • Day 6 – Kanazawa / Kyoto
  • Morning enjoy your tour of Kanazawa covering Kenrokuen Gardens, rated as one of the top 3 most beautiful landscaped gardens in Japan, Kutaniyaki Pottery Klin. Visit the Nagamachi District with old Samurai houses and a short walk through the Omicho market. Later, travel by train to Kyoto. Kyoto is home to some of Japan’s most important works of art, its richest culture and most refined cuisine. Upon arrival, proceed to your hotel. (B)
  • Day 7: Kyoto Sightseeing / Tokyo
  • Morning enjoy your tour of Kyoto, visiting Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace. Afternoon board your train to Tokyo. Upon arrival, proceed to your hotel.
  • * If Kyoto Imperial Palace is closed, the tour will visit Kitano-tenmangu Shrone instead.
  • Day 8 – Tokyo / Home
  • This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home. (B)
Visits:
Japan, Thailand
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Japan Winter Wonder PLUS 6 Day Ski(Twin Share Roo ...

Contiki
Premier
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15 days
$ 280 / day
$ 4,284
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair accessible
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Visits:
Hakone, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, Japan
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Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

Intrepid Travel
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13 days
$ 382 / day
$ 4,965
From : $ 6,703
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Soar high above Lake Ashi and (on a clear day) get a glimpse of glorious Mt Fuji on a ride on the Hakone ropeway.
  • Be impressed by the efficiency and ultra modernity of Japan’s bullet trains as you zip from place to place with your included 14-day Rail Pass.
  • Explore traditional Japanese culture in Edo-period Takayama and visit a folk village, tour a 600-year-old market and a enjoy a sake brewery tasting.
  • Visit the Peace Park for moving insight into the devastation of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, then cruise to peaceful Miyajima Island where wild deer roam the streets.
  • Finish your tour with three nights in Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital and home to literally thousands of temples, the Gion District where Geisha entertain the wealthy elite and renowned Kyoto sushi.
Visits:
Hakone, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Tokyo, Japan
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Cultural Korea (deluxe)

7 days
$ 474 / day
$ 3,320
From : $ 4,482
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
    Day 1- Arrive in Korea
  • Arrive in Seoul. Upon arrival, you are met by an English speaking assistant and transferred to the hotel. Founded as the capital of the Chosun Dynasty, Seoul is Korea’s commercial, financial, and political hub.
  • Day 2 – Seoul Sightseeing- Seat in Coach
  • Enjoy a morning city tour of Gyeongbok Palace (built in 1394), National Folk Museum with its insights into traditional Korean life, the Blue House and the massive Jogyesa Temple. The afternoon is free at leisure. (B)
  • *On Tuesdays, Gyeongbok Palace→Deoksu Palace, National Folk Museum→History Museum
  • Day 3 – DMZ Tour- Seat in Coach
  • Enjoy your morning join-in DMZ TOUR (Demilitarized zone) with drive by Unification Village. Your tour will also include the 3rd Tunnel (DMZ Theater, Exhibition Hall) Imjingak Park, Freedom Bridge, Dora Observatory and Dorasan Station. (B)
  • *DMZ Tour is not available on Mondays and holidays. Passport is required for this excursion.
  • Day 4 – World Heritage Tour- Seat in Coach
  • Enjoy the World Heritage tour. Your tour includes visits of Changdeokgung Palace, Jongmyo Royal Shrine, Insadong antique street. Following lunch, visit Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. (B, L)
  • *On Mondays, Changdeok Palace→Gyeongbok palace, Jongmyo Shrine→National Palace Museum
  • Day 5 – Seoul / Gyeongju- Private tour
  • Early morning transfer to the train station- Car and driver only (No guide).Board your express train to Gyeongju, the spiritual and cultural capital of Korea. Gyeongju served as the capital of the Shilla Kingdom, which united the peninsula in 676 AD. Designated by UNESCO as one of the world’s ten most historic sites, it is known as the “Museum Without Walls.”
  • You are met by a private guide and a car. Your afternoon tour of Gyeongju includes the Bulgulska Temple with its lovely pagodas and bridges, Seogguram Grotto (one of Asia’s most magnificent Buddhist shrines) and the National Museum. (B)
  • Day 6 – Gyeongju / Busan- Private tour
  • In the morning, travel to Busan (1h 30m), Korea’s main port and second largest city. Your afternoon tour includes Taejongdae Park with its vast rock outcrops and sweeping sea vistas and the UN cemetery, Jagalchi fish market,the International market and Yongdusan Park. (B)
  • Day 7 – Busan / Seoul
  • After breakfast, transfer to Busan Airport for a flight to Seoul- Car and driver only (No guide).Upon arrival, you will be met by a driver and transferred to Incheon International airport for your flight back home- Car and driver only (No guide). (B)
Visits:
Japan, Taiwan
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Cultural Treasures of Japan - 2023

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 357 / day
$ 4,999
From : $ 6,149
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Enjoy a sake tasting at a local sake brewery followed by a Hida beef dinner.
  • Participate in a sushi-making class.
  • Experience a traditional kaiseki dinner with maiko show in Kyoto.
  • Try your hand at the centuries-old art of the Japanese tea ceremony, gold leaf decorating and stenciling.
  • Travel by the famous Shinkansen bullet train.
  • Explore the famous Ginza District, the first Western-style shopping district in Japan where modern and history blends.
  • Visit Fushimi Inari Taisha, made famous by the movie Memoirs of a Geisha.
  • Visit multiple UNESCO sites including Shirakawa-go, Nijo Castle, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine and Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
  • Explore Takayama’s beautiful old town, nestled in the Japanese Alps.
Visits:
Hakone, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Tokyo, Japan
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Japan Winter Wonder PLUS 4 Day Ski(Twin Share Roo ...

Contiki
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 300 / day
$ 3,980
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair accessible
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Visits:
Hakone, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, Japan
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Splendors of Japan with Hiroshima

13 days
$ 563 / day
$ 7,325
From : $ 7,995
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Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • SEE the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama, the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa
  • VISIT the Sensoji Temple, the Skytree Observation Tower, the Edo Tokyo Museumin Tokyo, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, the Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sanjusangen-do Hall in Kyoto, the Water Temple on Awaji Island, Zentsuji Temple, the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima and Osaka Castle
  • VIEW Mt. Fuji
  • EXPLORE Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima
  • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
  • DIVE INTO CULTURE
  • LOCAL SPECIALIST
  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE
  • STAYS WITH STORIES
Visits:
Hiroshima, Imperial Palace, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, Japan
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Discover Japan

Great Value Vacations
Premier
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10 days
$ 565 / day
$ 5,652
From : $ 7,630
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Visits:
Japan
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Japan's Cultural Treasures

14 days
$ 343 / day
$ 4,795
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Visit the seventh-century Asakusa Kannon Temple
  • The trip to Hakone, located about 50 miles west of Tokyo. 
  • Hakone is beloved by the Japanese for its hot-spring resorts, mountains, lakes, and historical sites
  • Visit Hamamatsuya, a workshop specializing in wooden handcrafts.
  • Visit one of the many houses of Kanazawa where the samurai—Japan's famed class of noble warriors—once lived
  • Visit the history and culture of Gokayama
  • Enjoy a traditional dance performance


Visits:
Hakone, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Tokyo, Japan
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Luxury Japan

Audley Travel
Preferred
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16 days
$ 12,303
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Visits:
Hakone, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Nara, Tokyo, Japan
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Southern Japan Experience

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 365 / day
$ 4,380
From : $ 5,913
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Explore the unique island of Naoshima, transformed from a sleepy fishing community into a world class art destination, with sleek and stylish museums and artworks that sit in harmony with the landscape.
  • Join locals hiking along trails to hidden temples, being awed at some of the country's impressive castles or in one of Japan's oldest hot spring baths - Dogo Onsen.
  • Feel like Indiana Jones as you cross the kazurabashi (vine bridges) of the hidden Iya Valley, a remote retreat of deep gorges and lush mountains on Shikoku island.
  • Uncover the different characters of the cities of Nagasaki and Osaka, from the former’s thought-provoking Peace Park and Museum to the latter’s busy streets where the motto is ‘eat until you drop’.
  • Venture into the thick and mysterious cedar forests on Yakushima, encounter Yakushika deer or Yakuzaru monkey, or relax at the seaside onsen.
Visits:
Nagasaki, Osaka, Hiroshima, Japan
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Classic Japan

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 435 / day
$ 5,225
From : $ 6,427
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Surrounded in tranquil scenery, an overnight Buddhist temple stay in Koya-san is as peaceful and unique as it sounds. It’s the perfect place to stop and explore between Kyoto and Hiroshima.
  • With three nights spent in Tokyo, you’ll cover the top sights with your small group and have free time to see at your own pace. With so much to do, you have the power to decide in Japan’s capital.
  • A visit to the Hiroshima Peace Park is a sobering but important experience for understanding the tragedies of Japan’s not so distant past – do so with the local knowledge of your leader to show you the way.
  • Spend a memorable night with an included dinner in a traditional Japanese ryokan in tiny Tsumago – one of the best-preserved Edo-era towns along the ancient Nakesendo Highway.
  • Be impressed by the efficiency and ultra-modernity as you zip from city to town with your included 7-day Japan Rail Pass, including the Shinkansen. Travel has never been so easy!
Visits:
Hiroshima, Kyoto, Tokyo, Imperial Palace, Japan
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Top Japan Attractions & Experiences

Top Japan Experiences

    Visiting the museum and Japanese gardens in Tokyo's Imperial Palace that exhibit traditional Japanese art and history

    Seeing the shrines in Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist temple

    Visit to Kinkaki-ji also known as the Temple of Golden Pavilion

    Enjoying a Japanese tea ceremony (or chado), appreciating the unique way that green matcha tea is prepared and served

    Climbing Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain

    Hiking in the Yakushima forest or the Sagano bamboo forest

    Paying respects at Hiroshima Peace Park and museum, a tribute to the victims of Hiroshima bombing

    Seeing to Himeji Castle, built during medieval period for defense purpose

    Chanting with Buddhist monks in the early hours of the morning at a Monestary in Koyasan

    Soaking in a traditional onsen, sans clothes, as per the Japanese custom

    Walking among the many zen temples and gardens in Kyoto

    Visiting one of the may popular themed cafes, from animal to anime

    Admiring the cherry blossoms of spring, an annual ritual known as hanami

    Indulging in sushi and kobe beef, soba noodles, ramen and sake to your heart’s content

    Wandering through Kyoto’s Gion district to see geishas in traditional kimonos

    Watching a sumo match, a sport that dates back at least 2,000 years to the Edo period

1,199 Japan Tour Reviews - Summary 92% Recommend

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Lodging
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Transportation
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Refund not given after cancelation dur to COVID 19

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

Wife's trip to Japan was scheduled and paid for in April, 2019. Everything on track until her trip was canceled due to COVID19. She has had three calls with OAT including two with supervisors. In each case, she was told that she could travel anytime until 2022 and that her money would not be refunded. During the latest conversation, she was told no refund due to "Force Majeure". My wife has been laid off and OAT has $8,000 of our money that they are refusing to refund. There is no way to plan a trip in 2021 or 2022 and we need the money for our monthly bills. This is unconscionable behavior. I have filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Attorney General's office and the BBB. Using Force Majeure is particularly troubling since this is not a question of them being protected for canceling our trip (which they did), but about getting our money back. Force Majeure clearly protects them from canceling due to acts of God but has nothing to due with giving them the right to keep our money. Check around: many, many reviews are being written with similar issues. This is clearly taking advantage of seniors during a global pandemic. DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THESE PEOPLE.

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Operator Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T. Tours)

Excellent Trip

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

All the hotels were very good. The guide Yoko was excellent. She went out of the way to make us all comfortable.

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Operator SmarTours

incredible tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our tour director, May was outstanding. My pre- conceived ideas about her country of Japan were totally reversed with succinct, informative illustrations brought to life by our incredible tour !!

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Operator SmarTours

delighted by the experiences

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This is our 4 th trip with Smartours and have always been delighted by the experiences and by our tour guides. This trip to Japan was no exception. Kudos to Smartours for putting together such excellent itineraries, lodgings, transports and guides.

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suggestions

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The excursion to Nara tour company needs to have head sets. Huge crowds made listening very difficult to hear our very knowledgable guide. The tour was very rushed - -left quite late (maybe waited for some "no-shows"?), left Nara in the dark. We needed more time!! Suggest not scheduling the Nara trips against the same time for the excursion to Hiroshima. Then we could do both. I have more photos I would be willing to share is request. Did the image post here? Can't tell. Julie Kirby You replied that you would like me to send more photos. Sending one at a time, is not a solution here, Your reply, was a "no reply" address. Please send me and email address where I can send more Japan trip photos. Thanks, Julie Kirby

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very worthwhile experience

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Good overview of Japan with many great stops (Kanazawa, Takayama). Our tour was a little on the large side with 38 people. The hotels were fine - some great, some good enough. Overall it was a very worthwhile experience.

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Operator SmarTours

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