Highlights of Japan & China

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Begin with the bustling urban streets of Tokyo and the zen-like atmosphere of sacred Mt. Koya, then to the frenzied pace of Beijing and Shanghai. Top it off with the grandiosity, scope and magnitude of the Great Wall of China, and you’re in for one epic escape.
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Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Stand in awe atop the Great Wall of China
    • Hand-feed monkeys while overlooking Kyoto
    • Meditate with Buddhist monks in the Mount Koya Monastery
    • Try freshly made sushi and traditional sake
    • Walk across the world’s busiest crosswalk at Shibuya, the Times Square of Tokyo
    • Watch performers defy physics at a Chinese acrobatics show
    • Test your hand at Chinese calligraphy

What's this trip about?

    Begin with the bustling urban streets of Tokyo and the zen-like atmosphere of sacred Mt. Koya, then to the frenzied pace of Beijing and Shanghai. Top it off with the grandiosity, scope and magnitude of the Great Wall of China, and you’re in for one epic escape.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportRound trip airfare and all internal transport included
Start CityOsaka
End CityHangzhou

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Education / Learning
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife


  • Asia
  • China
  • Japan


  • Beijing
  • Great Wall of China
  • Hakone
  • Kunming
  • Kyoto
  • Meiji Shrine
  • Osaka
  • Shanghai
  • Tokyo


  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • History
  • Nature
  • Yoga & Meditation

Trip includes

    • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
    • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
    • Private deluxe motorcoach
    • 14 nights in hand-picked accommodations
    • Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
    • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
    • Metro passes in each major city
    • Entrance Forbidden City, Hakone National Park & other select attractions

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Travel Map

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Board your overnight flight bound for Asia.

Day 2: Arrive in Osaka

Welcome to Japan! Osaka is famous for its friendly locals and hearty traditional cuisine.

Welcome Mixer

Get to know your fellow travelers over a few drinks at a local spot.

Day 3: Travel to Mount Koya

Mount Koya is a sacred mountain to Japanese who practice Buddhism and is a picture perfect Zen landscape- complete with tall Cedar trees shrouded in mist, ancient rock temples and tall waterfalls. Buddhist monks dressed in orange and red robes walk the mountain and ta...

Day 4: Travel to Kyoto

Make your way back down Mount Koya, and head towards Kyoto. Kyoto is sort of the cultural center of Japan, brimming with Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and World Heritage sites.

Sightseeing Tour of Kyoto (local guide)

Learn all about Kyoto's past and p...

Day 5: Free time in Kyoto (day)

Top 3 free time suggestions:

1. Tanzan Shuzo – This sake brewery is famous for having the first woman sake master brewer in Japan.

2. Nishiki-köji Market – Bring your appetite to this fresh market, where you can browse the vast array of strange and delic...

Day 6: Travel to Hakone

This morning you’ll ride the famed Shinkansen bullet train at speeds of up to 180 mph. You’ll arrive in Hakone in the early afternoon.

Sightseeing Tour of Hakone National Park

Once you arrive in Hakone, one of Japan's most popular inland resort cities, y...

Day 7: Travel to Tokyo via Kamakura

On your way to Tokyo, stop in Kamakura, a small town that’s home to the Great Image of Buddha. This is the second largest statue of its kind, topping out at more than 37 feet tall. Then continue on to Japan's capital city, home to 12 million residents. Tokyo is the bu...

Day 8


Tokyo Sushi Experience Extra Cost

Ever wonder how sushi is made? Start by visiting the Tsukiji Market with a local guide to learn how the world’s most famous sushi chefs select their fresh marine ingredients from more than 400 types of seafood...

Day 9: Sightseeing Tour of Tokyo (local guide)

Explore Japan’s largest city with a local guide. Stop at the Imperial Palace Plaza, and visit the Meiji Shinto Shrine, with its elaborate wooded Inner Garden. Then pass through trendy Harajaku, a district popular with young Tokyoites, and continue through the Shibuya ...

Day 10: Travel to Beijing

Take a morning flight to Beijing.

Rickshaw Ride and Dinner with Local Family

This afternoon, you’ll take a rickshaw ride through the narrow streets and alleys of Beijing—the best way to see the city. This ride will take you to the home of a local family where you’ll enjoy a traditional dinner together.

Day 11: Sightseeing Tour of Beijing (local guide)

A local guide will introduce you to China’s capital. See Tiananmen Square, the biggest public square in the world and the infamous spot where a student rebellion was put down in 1989. You’ll also visit the amazing Forbidden City, surrounded by a moat and a protective ...

Day 12: Temple of Heaven Park

This huge outdoor park is full of historical relics and locals doing their morning Tai Chi exercises.

Summer Palace

Visit this imperial retreat centered around Kunming Lake. The Palace grounds bring in huge numbers of visitors each year, drawn by the Qing-style pavilions, bridges, walkways, and gardens.

Day 13: Travel to Shanghai

Take a flight to China’s most cosmopolitan city.

Shanghai World Financial Center

Enjoy the incredible views from China’s tallest building.

Day 14: Sightseeing Tour of Shanghai (local guide)

See the city of Shanghai with a local guide. Visit the Jade Buddha Temple, with its incredible sculpted Buddhas brought over from Burma more than 100 years ago. Walk through Yu Yuan Garden, a cool classical Chinese landscape dating back to the 16th century.

Acrobatics Show

Tonight, you’ll see a traditional Chinese acrobatic show with your group.

Day 15: Hangzhou

Take a day trip to the city of Hangzhou. This glittering cosmopolitan city situated along a tranquil lake has become one of the top spots for China’s elite to settle down outside of Shanghai. There is a distinct contrast between the modern, fancy sports cars zipping a...

Day 16: Fly Home

It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home. 

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Price per day$222
Last Updated: 7/16/2018

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    • Customary gratuities (for your Tour Director, bus drivers and local guides)
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Cancellation policy

You have 48 hours to cancel and receive a full refund. You can also switch trips up to 99 days before you leave.

The full amount paid upon enrollment is refundable if you cancel in writing within 48 hours of booking the tour. After 48 hours, the deposit is non-refundable and the following standard cancellation fees apply.

If you are booking 30 days or less prior to the scheduled departure date for your trip, you are required to pay in full at the time of booking and standard cancellation fees then apply; you are not eligible for the 48 hour risk-free period.

Based on the date EF receives written notification of your cancellation, you will be refunded for monies paid minus the cancellation fee and any non-refundable fees. (See refund and non-refundable Fee description above for more details.) In addition to notifying us of your cancellation in writing, we also recommend you call so that we can best review your options.

Days Prior to Departure and Cancellation Fee

30 days or less is all monies paid

30-60 days will be $2000

61-99 will be $1000

100-364 days is  $450

365+ days will be $150

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Meals Included
  • Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
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