Introduction
Tales of Samurai and Shoguns. Gleaming bullet trains and tranquil country ryokans. Boisterous Karaoke and the mystical twang of the shamisen. Japan is a land where ancient tradition and modernity blend and blur into an unforgettable and utterly unique cultural experience. Our itinerary begins in the clamor of Tokyo, slips into the serene forest of Hakone in the shadow of Mount Fuji, and culminates in sophisticated, historic Kyoto. Exceptional local guides decode the culture and provide insight into rituals that define life today as they have for a thousand years or more. Along the way, you’ll meet practitioners of the tea ceremony, a sushi master who teaches you his craft, wood artisans, sake brewers and others. We’ll also arrange dining experiences that will treat you to the spectrum of styles for which Japan is known. Our hotels, from 5-star city properties to a mountainside inn overlooking a volcanic lake, are among the very finest Japan has to offer. To broaden your experience, you may also add a pre-trip extension in Tokyo and a post-trip visit to Hiroshima.
Itinerary at a glance
DAY 1 - TOKYO
We meet in bustling Tokyo (1 night), and begin our Japan tour together with a guided walk in the old town of Asakusa. You’ll also work side-by-side with a chef to learn the craft of sushi-making, and finish off the day at a karaoke bar in Roppongi.
 
DAYS 2-3 - HAKONE
A vehicle transfer takes us to Hakone, a nature reserve and hot springs area close to Tokyo (2 nights). On foot, we’ll stroll to Hakone Shrine, hidden in the woods. You'll ride the ropeway tram for high mountain views, and enjoy learning about the woodworker's art of yosegi. Your home here is a classic ryokan (inn) where you’ll have the chance to soak in the open-air bath. If you like, you can go for an optional overnight Mount Fuji climb with an overnight in a small inn on the slopes. (September departure only. An additional supplement applies.) 
 
DAYS 4-7 - KYOTO
A brief bullet train ride delivers us to Kyoto (2 nights), the hub of traditional culture and home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. An array of activities here includes the Arashiyama bamboo forest, the spectacular Golden Pavilion and Nijo Castle. You’ll also be invited to participate in and learn about the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. On our last day, we'll walk in the tea farms of Wazuka, and we’ll pause for a visit and a tasting at a respected sake brewery. Our farewell dinner offers a rare chance to experience the hospitality and entertainment of the geisha.
Picture Yourself...
  • Strolling the streets of Tokyo's old town of Asakusa
  • Riding the bullet train to Kyoto
  • Sipping tea at an authentic Japanese tea ceremony
Japan
Culture + Walking
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Tokyo - 1:00 PM, lobby of Conrad Tokyo Hotel

Ending Point: Osaka - upon flight departure (airport transfers included on day 7)

Want to Extend Your Trip?

Hiroshima

Extension

3 Days, 2 Nights
MAY, SEP, OCT 

Tokyo

Extension

2 Days, 2 Nights
APR, MAY, AUG, NOV 

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Guest Reviews
Japan
Culture + Walking
7 Days / 6 Nights

Want to Extend Your Trip?

Hiroshima

Extension

3 Days, 2 Nights
MAY, SEP, OCT 

Tokyo

Extension

2 Days, 2 Nights
APR, MAY, AUG, NOV 

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China

Culture + Walking

12 Days, 11 Nights
APR, MAY, SEP, OCT 

Thailand

Culture + Walking

7 Days, 6 Nights
JAN, MAR, NOV, DEC 

Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

Culture + Walking

10 Days, 9 Nights
JAN, MAR, MAY, OCT, DEC 

India

Culture + Walking

9 Days, 8 Nights
JAN, MAR, NOV, DEC 

Bhutan

Culture + Walking

7 Days, 6 Nights
APR, NOV 

Myanmar

Culture + Walking

9 Days, 8 Nights
FEB, MAR, NOV, DEC 



Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
April 15-21, 2019$6995.00$2295.00
May 13-19, 2019$6995.00$2295.00
September 2-8, 2019$6995.00$2295.00
November 11-17, 2019$7295.00$2595.00


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Internal Air
Mount Fuji climb (September departure only) is priced separately from the land tour at $2195 per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $995.
What's Included
  • Accommodations for 7 days and 6 nights at our favorite luxury boutique hotels
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
Japan
Culture + Walking
7 Days / 6 Nights
The best time to visit Japan is generally in spring or autumn. Spring (March-May) sees a lot of the country ablaze with beautiful white and pink cherry blossoms. In April and May, the afternoon temperatures reach an average of 18.5 to 23 degrees, while temperatures in the morning and night are around 10.5 to 15 degrees. Autumn (September-November) sees similar temperatures, which are now a welcome respite from the muggy heat of the summer. The country now changes into a have of red and scarlet leaves which contrast strikingly against the deep blue clear skies.

Want to Extend Your Trip?

Hiroshima

Extension

3 Days, 2 Nights
MAY, SEP, OCT 

Tokyo

Extension

2 Days, 2 Nights
APR, MAY, AUG, NOV 

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Culture + Walking

12 Days, 11 Nights
APR, MAY, SEP, OCT 

Thailand

Culture + Walking

7 Days, 6 Nights
JAN, MAR, NOV, DEC 

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Culture + Walking

10 Days, 9 Nights
JAN, MAR, MAY, OCT, DEC 

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9 Days, 8 Nights
JAN, MAR, NOV, DEC 

Bhutan

Culture + Walking

7 Days, 6 Nights
APR, NOV 

Myanmar

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Your trip is free when you organize a Classic Journeys trip with 10 or more travelers (including you).
 
 
Hotels
Conrad Tokyo

Located near the Ginza, heart of the city, this glamorous contemporary hotel overlooks magnificent views of Tokyo's skyline. The luxurious guest rooms are decorated in minimalist Japanese design. The property has a variety of fine restaurants and a spa.

Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu

This recently opened sanctuary is everything you want in a ryokan—a sense of remoteness, tatami-matted floors, and a private open-air onsen bath. Situated in the mountains, there are lovely views all around of the mountains and forest.

Four Seasons Kyoto

Set in the beautiful temple district, this brand-new hotel has an 800-year-old pond garden at its heart. Spacious guest room feature large windows, and the décor blends refined, modern aesthetics and the creations of Japanese artisans.

Japan
Culture + Walking
7 Days / 6 Nights

Want to Extend Your Trip?

Hiroshima

Extension

3 Days, 2 Nights
MAY, SEP, OCT 

Tokyo

Extension

2 Days, 2 Nights
APR, MAY, AUG, NOV 

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China

Culture + Walking

12 Days, 11 Nights
APR, MAY, SEP, OCT 

Thailand

Culture + Walking

7 Days, 6 Nights
JAN, MAR, NOV, DEC 

Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

Culture + Walking

10 Days, 9 Nights
JAN, MAR, MAY, OCT, DEC 

India

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9 Days, 8 Nights
JAN, MAR, NOV, DEC 

Bhutan

Culture + Walking

7 Days, 6 Nights
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Myanmar

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