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Discover Japan

  • Duration
    14 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
  • Price From
    $11,190pp
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Japan is a country of contrasts, where ancient gods rub shoulders with modern technology, skyscrapers give way to paddy fields and crowds disperse into the tranquillity of a classical garden. This tour is the perfect introduction to this fascinating archipelago.

  • 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 1Learn More
    X 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. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and time on your feet
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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.

JAPAN IS RE-OPENING!

Japan is opening its borders on 10 June exclusively for travellers on fully inclusive tours. With travel paused for over two years, Japan's stunning nature and spectacular attractions have had a chance to rest and rejuvenate and are now ready to welcome visitors back at their very best. As is that famous Japanese hospitality - warmer, more welcoming and authentic than ever before.

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Authentic Experiences

Our Discover Japan Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

This adventure is ideal for travellers with a reasonable amount of time to spend and who want to see the very best bits of Japan. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights of Japan and have incorporated travel by road to give the opportunity to see the beautiful Japanese countryside.

  • Days 1-2
    Fly to Tokyo
    Days 1-2: Fly to Tokyo

    Fly overnight 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
    Day 3: Vibrant Tokyo

    Head to the top of Tokyo Skytree for sweeping views of the city. Next, visit Asakusa and wander through Nakamise shopping street and Senso-ji Temple, one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples. Enjoy lunch and stop at the Imperial Palace to view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. This afternoon, stroll through the Hamarikyu Gardens and in the evening, enjoy a dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Mount Fuji
    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
    DAY 5: Matsumoto Castle

    This morning, drive 2 hours to Nagano to explore the formidable 16th century Matsumoto Castle. There are steep ladder-style steps in the Matsumoto Castle that you must climb up and back down again. If you choose not to look inside the castle, you can enjoy the surrounding gardens, moat and architecture of Matsumoto Castle. After lunch, stop at a Miso House to learn about the process of making this Japanese seasoning. Try Miso soup before travelling a further 2 and a half hours to Takayama, nestled high in the mountainous Hida region.

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

    Wander to the Miyagawa morning market and sample some of the region’s fruit and vegetables. Later you will visit traditional houses and local museums, including the Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Kusakabe Folk Museum and the Takayama Jinya. Enjoy some free time to explore the local shopping streets, which date back to the 17th century.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Charming Shirakawa-Go Village
    DAY 7: Charming Shirakawa-Go Village

    Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage listed village, Shirakawago, famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. Try your hand at making traditional Japanese washi paper before continuing to Kanazawa. On arrival, wander through the beautiful Kenroku-en, one of the ‘Three Great Gardens of Japan’, before checking in to your hotel.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Travel To Kyoto
    DAY 8: Travel To Kyoto

    This morning, learn the process of how gold leaf is made and applied to everyday objects. Try it for yourself by decorating a pair of chopsticks and take your newly created artwork home! Later, stroll down the traditional Higashi Chaya (Eastern Teahouse District), visiting Ochaya Shima – a historical geisha house. After lunch, drive 4 hours to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

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

    Kyoto was capital for a thousand years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. This morning, head to a restored Japanese wooden townhouse and try your hand at origami and enjoy the rituals of a tea ceremony. In the afternoon, visit Ryoanji Temple, which means 'temple of the peaceful dragon', and the famous Kinkakuji, a Zen temple known as the 'Golden Pavilion'.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Kyoto to Nara
    Day 10: Kyoto to Nara

    Visit the unforgettable Fushimi Inari Shrine, which features in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha. It is famous for its thousands of orange torii gates and is dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Foxes are thought to be Inari’s messengers, and you will see many fox statues here. Later travel to Nara, a charming town virtually untouched by the ravages of modernity. Home to much early art and architecture, you will stroll through Nara Park to Todai-ji Temple, meeting the resident Sika deer en route, before exploring Isui-en Gardens.

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

    The holy mountain of Koyasan is home to a cluster of over a hundred monasteries nestled in a valley enclosed by peaks said to resemble a lotus flower. Full of atmosphere, savour the tranquillity and spectacular views as you discover Kongobu-ji Temple and the Garan Temple complex before wandering around Okunoin – a vast forest cemetery of 200,000 stupas. Continue on to Osaka.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12
    Osaka Castle
    Day 12: Osaka Castle

    This morning, visit the famous Osaka Castle before taking a stroll around the Dotonbori district, a restaurant mecca, where you can sample delicious local delicacies. Next, enjoy a 20-minute cruise along the Yodogawa River. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure before a farewell dinner this evening.

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

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

    • Breakfast

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.

  • Nights 2
    Sunshine City Prince Hotel
    Sunshine City Prince Hotel
    The Sunshine Prince is located in Sunshine City, a shopping and entertainment hub of Tokyo and close to Ikebukuro Station, providing convenient transport links to the rest of the city. The hotel's en-suite rooms are simple, comfortable and traditionally furnished with a television, electric kettle, a mini fridge and a safety deposit box. Facilities in the hotel include onsite restaurants serving Japanese, Cantonese and Western cuisines, a café and bar and a 24 hour convenience store.
  • Night 1
    Rako Hananoi Hotel
    Rako Hananoi Hotel
    Boasting beautiful views of Suwa Lake, the Rako Hananoi Hotel offers ensuite guest rooms equipped with free Wifi, a flat screen TV and a mini fridge. The hotel features relaxing spa and wellness facilities including a hot spring bath and sauna.
  • Nights 2
    Yui No Sho
    Yui No Sho
    Located just a short distance from the beautifully traditional village of Shirakawago, the 4-star Yuinosho Hotel provides guests rooms with wonderful mountain views. The hotel features spa and wellness facilities including a sauna and hot spring bath.
  • Night 1
    Hotel Kanazawa
    Hotel Kanazawa
    Close to Kanazawa Train Station, Hotel Kanazawa is conveniently located and offers guests modern accommodation with a choice of dining options. Pico restaurant serves Western dishes while Japanese cuisine can be found at Kitano Shoya restaurant.
  • Nights 2
    Rihga Gran Kyoto
    Rihga Gran Kyoto
    Located near the hub of transportation Kyoto station and many of Kyoto's top attractions, the Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto is in a great location for exploring this beautiful city. It's contemporary guest rooms are complete with Japanese touches and ensuite bathrooms. The hotel features many facilities, including six restaurants, a luxurious bar, a heated indoor pool, and a fitness gym.
  • Night 1
    Piazza Hotel Nara
    Piazza Hotel Nara
    The 4-star Piazza Hotel Nara is located within walking distance of many of Nara's tourist attractions, including the national treasure Nara Park. All rooms are air conditioned and include a flat screen TV, ensuite bathroom and free WiFi.
  • Nights 2
    Rihga Royal Osaka
    Rihga Royal Osaka
    In the heart of Osaka, the Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka provides modern guest rooms with air conditioning, a flat screen TV and free WiFi. The hotel features a fitness centre and an impressive 20 dining options, offering a variety of cuisines from French to traditional Japanese.

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 Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 5°c
  • 65mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 4°c
  • 270mm
  • Kyoto
  • 5°c
  • 50mm
  • Nara
  • 4°c
  • 50mm
  • Osaka
  • 6°c
  • 45mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 6°c
  • 58mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 4°c
  • 172mm
  • Kyoto
  • 6°c
  • 68mm
  • Nara
  • 5°c
  • 63mm
  • Osaka
  • 7°c
  • 62mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 9°c
  • 77mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 7°c
  • 159mm
  • Kyoto
  • 9°c
  • 113mm
  • Nara
  • 8°c
  • 103mm
  • Osaka
  • 10°c
  • 104mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 14°c
  • 118mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 13°c
  • 137mm
  • Kyoto
  • 14°c
  • 116mm
  • Nara
  • 14°c
  • 98mm
  • Osaka
  • 15°c
  • 104mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 18°c
  • 145mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 17°c
  • 155mm
  • Kyoto
  • 19°c
  • 161mm
  • Nara
  • 18°c
  • 144mm
  • Osaka
  • 20°c
  • 146mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 22°c
  • 135mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 22°c
  • 185mm
  • Kyoto
  • 23°c
  • 214mm
  • Nara
  • 22°c
  • 189mm
  • Osaka
  • 24°c
  • 184mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 26°c
  • 81mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 26°c
  • 232mm
  • Kyoto
  • 27°c
  • 220mm
  • Nara
  • 26°c
  • 165mm
  • Osaka
  • 28°c
  • 157mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 27°c
  • 113mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 27°c
  • 139mm
  • Kyoto
  • 29°c
  • 132mm
  • Nara
  • 28°c
  • 112mm
  • Osaka
  • 29°c
  • 91mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 23°c
  • 131mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 23°c
  • 226mm
  • Kyoto
  • 25°c
  • 176mm
  • Nara
  • 24°c
  • 163mm
  • Osaka
  • 26°c
  • 161mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 18°c
  • 132mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 17°c
  • 177mm
  • Kyoto
  • 18°c
  • 121mm
  • Nara
  • 17°c
  • 111mm
  • Osaka
  • 19°c
  • 112mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 12°c
  • 128mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 12°c
  • 265mm
  • Kyoto
  • 12°c
  • 71mm
  • Nara
  • 11°c
  • 71mm
  • Osaka
  • 14°c
  • 69mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 8°c
  • 109mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 7°c
  • 282mm
  • Kyoto
  • 7°c
  • 48mm
  • Nara
  • 7°c
  • 47mm
  • Osaka
  • 9°c
  • 44mm
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Discover Japan map

Places Visited: Tokyo (2N) - Mt. Fuji - Suwa (1N) - Takayama (2N) - Kanazawa (1N) - Kyoto (2N) - Nara (1N) - Osaka (2N)

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