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Discover Japan

14 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

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Discover Japan

Journey across the Japanese Alps to the cultural centres of Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa on this extensive tour of Japan. On this extraordinary Japan holiday you will of course see modern Tokyo and beautiful Mt Fuji as well as historical Kyoto and Nara.
  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 11 , Lunches: 10 , Dinners: 11
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    11 nights in 3+ star accommodation
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 1
    A reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.
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    Walking, some steps and time on your feet.
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Classic Group Tour
14 DAYS
From $11,280PP
Tokyo (2N) Mt. Fuji Suwa (1N) Matsumoto Takayama (2N) Shirakawago Kanazawa (1N) Kyoto (2N) Nara (1N) Koyasan Osaka (2N)
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Tour Highlights

Our Discover Japan tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Day by Day Itinerary

Tokyo (2N) - Mt. Fuji - Suwa (1N) - Takayama (2N) - Kanazawa (1N) - Kyoto (2N) - Nara (1N) - Osaka (2N)
  • Days 1-2
    Fly to Tokyo
    Dinner
    Days 1-2: Fly to Tokyo

    Fly to Tokyo, Japan's capital, for a two-night stay. Tokyo was once known as Edo and was a small fishing town. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    Dinner
  • Day 3
    Vibrant Tokyo
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 3: Vibrant Tokyo

    Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you will find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore. Begin at the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree,, the world's tallest tower, before wandering through the old district of Asakusa. Stop to seek out the tranquility of the ancient Buddhist Sensoji Temple, Tokyo's oldest. Next, drive by the Imperial Palace Plaza and later stroll through the classical landscapes of Hamarikyu Gardens. This evening, take a relaxed dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay for excellent city vistas.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Mount Fuji
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 4: Mount Fuji

    Take the super-fast bullet train to Odawara. Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Ashi for spectacular panoramas of this beautiful area before venturing up the Komagatake Ropeway. Next, ascend over 2,000 metres up Mount Fuji to the 5th Station, (weather permitting) and take in the breathtaking views over the Fuji Five Lakes area below.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Matsumoto Castle
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 5: Matsumoto Castle

    Transfer to Matsumoto and explore the formidable 16th-century Matsumoto Castle. Stop at a Miso House to learn about the process of making this famous Japanese seasoning. Travel on to Takayama, nestled high in the mountainous Hida region, also known as the Japanese Alps.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    Takayama
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 6: Takayama

    Browse the local handicrafts and fresh produce at the Miyagawa morning market and wander past some of the lovely traditional houses. You'll also visit several of the excellent local museums – including the Festival Floats Museum, Kusakabe Folk Crafts Museum and Takayama Jinya. Also enjoy some free time in Kamisannomachi Street.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Shirakawago and Kanazawa
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 7: Shirakawago and Kanazawa

    Get a glimpse of rural Japan at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shirakawago which is famous for its farmhouses built in the unique gassho-zukuri architectural style. Continue to Gokayama to have a go at washi paper making, then travel to Kanazawa and meander through the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Gold Leaf Making
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 8: Gold Leaf Making

    Begin the day learning the process of making gold leaf. Next, stroll through traditional Higashi Chaya (Eastern Teahouse District), visiting Ochaya Shima – a historical geisha house. Later, journey to Kyoto. Capital for 1,000 years, until 1879, today Kyoto is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    Explore Kyoto
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 9: Explore Kyoto

    Start the day with a visit to Ryoanji, the 'temple of the peaceful dragon' and the famous Kinkakuji, also known as the 'Golden Pavilion'. In the afternoon, head to a restored Japanese wooden townhouse and try your hand at origami and enjoy the age-old rituals of a tea ceremony with a tea master.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    Discover Nara
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 10: Discover Nara

    Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, remarkable for its 10,000 vermilion torii gates. Continue to Nara, a relaxed and charming town virtually untouched by the ravages of modernity. Home to many archetypal pieces of early art and architecture, stroll through Nara Park to Todaiji Temple, meeting the resident sika deer en-route, before exploring Isuien Garden.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    Koyasan
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 11: Koyasan

    The holy mountain of Koyasan is home to over 100 monasteries nestled in a valley enclosed by peaks said to resemble a lotus flower. Arguably the most sacred mountain in all of Japan, Koyasan is the heart of Shingon Buddhism and the resting place of Japan's best known Buddhist, known as both Kukai and Kobo Daishi. Wander around Okunoin – a vast cemetery of 200,000 stupas and enjoy the tranquillity and spectacular views as you discover Kongobuji Temple and the Garan Temple Complex. Later, continue to Osaka.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    Explore Osaka
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 12: Explore Osaka

    Begin the day exploring Osaka Castle, which is one of Japan's most famous. Next, take a short cruise along the Yodogawa River and stroll through Dotonbori, a restaurant mecca, where you can sample the local delicacies for lunch. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore this fascinating city.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 13-14
    Fly Osaka To New Zealand
    Breakfast
    Day 13-14: Fly Osaka To New Zealand

    Fly to New Zealand, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

    Breakfast
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Accommodation

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

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When to go

The best time to visit Japan is during spring (March to May) when the Cherry Blossoms are bursting into life and autumn (September to November) when the scenery is ablaze with colour, and the climate is temperate.

City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kanazawa
  • 1
    7
    4
  • 270
  • Kyoto
  • 1
    9
    5
  • 50
  • Nara
  • 0
    9
    4
  • 50
  • Osaka
  • 3
    10
    6
  • 45
  • Takayama
  • 4
    9
    7
  • 8
  • Tokyo
  • 1
    10
    5
  • 65
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kanazawa
  • 1
    7
    4
  • 172
  • Kyoto
  • 1
    10
    6
  • 68
  • Nara
  • 0
    10
    5
  • 63
  • Osaka
  • 3
    10
    7
  • 62
  • Takayama
  • 5
    10
    7
  • 15
  • Tokyo
  • 2
    10
    6
  • 58
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kanazawa
  • 3
    11
    7
  • 159
  • Kyoto
  • 4
    13
    9
  • 113
  • Nara
  • 2
    13
    8
  • 103
  • Osaka
  • 6
    14
    10
  • 104
  • Takayama
  • 7
    13
    10
  • 41
  • Tokyo
  • 4
    14
    9
  • 77
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kanazawa
  • 8
    17
    13
  • 137
  • Kyoto
  • 9
    20
    14
  • 116
  • Nara
  • 7
    20
    14
  • 98
  • Osaka
  • 11
    20
    15
  • 104
  • Takayama
  • 13
    18
    15
  • 31
  • Tokyo
  • 9
    19
    14
  • 118
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kanazawa
  • 13
    22
    17
  • 155
  • Kyoto
  • 14
    25
    19
  • 161
  • Nara
  • 12
    24
    18
  • 144
  • Osaka
  • 16
    24
    20
  • 146
  • Takayama
  • 17
    22
    20
  • 43
  • Tokyo
  • 14
    23
    18
  • 145
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kanazawa
  • 18
    25
    22
  • 185
  • Kyoto
  • 19
    28
    23
  • 214
  • Nara
  • 18
    27
    22
  • 189
  • Osaka
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 184
  • Takayama
  • 21
    25
    23
  • 58
  • Tokyo
  • 18
    26
    22
  • 135
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kanazawa
  • 22
    29
    26
  • 232
  • Kyoto
  • 23
    32
    27
  • 220
  • Nara
  • 22
    31
    26
  • 165
  • Osaka
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 157
  • Takayama
  • 24
    28
    26
  • 36
  • Tokyo
  • 22
    29
    26
  • 81
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kanazawa
  • 24
    31
    27
  • 139
  • Kyoto
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 132
  • Nara
  • 23
    33
    28
  • 112
  • Osaka
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 91
  • Takayama
  • 26
    30
    28
  • 16
  • Tokyo
  • 23
    31
    27
  • 113
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kanazawa
  • 20
    27
    23
  • 226
  • Kyoto
  • 20
    29
    25
  • 176
  • Nara
  • 19
    28
    24
  • 163
  • Osaka
  • 22
    29
    26
  • 161
  • Takayama
  • 23
    27
    25
  • 57
  • Tokyo
  • 20
    27
    23
  • 131
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kanazawa
  • 13
    21
    17
  • 177
  • Kyoto
  • 14
    23
    18
  • 121
  • Nara
  • 12
    22
    17
  • 111
  • Osaka
  • 16
    23
    19
  • 112
  • Takayama
  • 17
    21
    19
  • 38
  • Tokyo
  • 14
    22
    18
  • 132
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kanazawa
  • 8
    16
    12
  • 265
  • Kyoto
  • 8
    17
    12
  • 71
  • Nara
  • 6
    16
    11
  • 71
  • Osaka
  • 10
    18
    14
  • 69
  • Takayama
  • 12
    16
    14
  • 16
  • Tokyo
  • 8
    16
    12
  • 128
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kanazawa
  • 3
    10
    7
  • 282
  • Kyoto
  • 3
    12
    7
  • 48
  • Nara
  • 2
    11
    7
  • 47
  • Osaka
  • 5
    12
    9
  • 44
  • Takayama
  • 7
    12
    9
  • 6
  • Tokyo
  • 4
    12
    8
  • 109

Pricing & Availability

All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price unless a land only option is selected

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    Additional Price Information

    • Prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 August 2023, subject to change.
    • Tipping is generally not part of the culture in Japan; however, you may wish to tip your National Escort at your discretion.
    • Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2. Extra nights' accommodation (pre or post tour) or stopovers may be required at an additional cost.
    • Based on departures from Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch
    • Departures from other cities and flight upgrades available on request
    • Land only (Tokyo – Osaka) 12 days from $10,240 per person, twin share
    • Single Supplement from $2,450 (does not apply to Solo Exclusive Departures)
    • Please note: cherry blossoms are weather dependent and it is not guaranteed that they will be in bloom at the time of your arrival.
    • Price listed is based on new bookings only

    Group Tour includes

    • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
    • International flights and current taxes
    • Domestic transportation
    • 3 – 4 star accommodation
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees

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