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Japan Uncovered

Our most extensive tour of Japan includes all the classic sights and key cultural activities. Featuring modern cities, historical sights and beautiful landscapes, you get the most from this fascinating land.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 15 , Lunches: 14 , Dinners: 15
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    15 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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18 DAYS
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Osaka (2N) Nara Himeji Hiroshima (2N) Kyoto (2N) Kanazawa (1N) Takayama (2N) Nagano (2N) Kofu (1N) Mt Fuji Tokyo (3N)
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Tour Highlights

Our Japan Uncovered 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

Osaka (2N) - Nara - Himeji - Hiroshima (2N) - Kyoto (2N) - Kanazawa (1N) - Takayama (2N) - Nagano (2N) - Kofu (1N) - Mt Fuji - Tokyo (3N)
  • Days 1-2
    Fly to Osaka
    Dinner
    Days 1-2: Fly to Osaka

    Fly overnight to the lively, fast-paced city of Osaka. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure to start soaking up the local culture.

    Dinner
  • Day 3
    Discover Nara
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 3: Discover Nara

    Spend the morning in Nara, the small, history-filled city that was Japan's first capital. Stroll through Nara Park to Todai-ji Temple and admire the traditional Isui-en Garden. Return to Osaka and visit the impressive Osaka Castle before cruising along the Yodogawa River.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Himeji Castle
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 4: Himeji Castle

    Depart Osaka for Hiroshima, stopping en route to explore the magnificent 17th Century Himeji Castle and the neighbouring Koko-en, a traditional-style garden.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Explore Hiroshima
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 5: Explore Hiroshima

    Hiroshima is a vibrant, forward-thinking city that is a pleasure to explore. Reflect on the city’s tragic past at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum paying homage to the victims of the 1945 atomic bomb. Next, hop on the ferry across to the holy island of Miyajima to visit the Itsukushima Shrine and enjoy time at leisure.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    Bullet Train to Kyoto
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 6: Bullet Train to Kyoto

    Start the day with a journey by bullet train to Kyoto. Capital for 1,000 years, this enchanting city is the epitome of traditional Japan. Visit Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan's most famous zen garden and Kinkakuji Temple, also known as 'Golden Pavilion'.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Japanese Tea Ceremony
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 7: Japanese Tea Ceremony

    Enjoy one of Kyoto’s most delightful spots, Kiyomizu, a 17th Century Buddhist temple, before experiencing the age-old rituals of a traditional tea ceremony with a tea master. After lunch, visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, renowned for its 10,000 vermilion torii gates.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Travel to Kanazawa
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 8: Travel to Kanazawa

    Travel by road to Kanazawa. Meander through Kenrokuen, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, before viewing the excellent art collection of the Kanazawa 21st-century Museum of Contemporary Art.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    Washi Paper Making
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 9: Washi Paper Making

    Visit the Nomura Samurai House and Garden before departing Kanazawa. Stop in Gokayama for lunch and a hands-on washi paper making workshop. Continue to Shirakawago, where you will explore the 300-year-old Gassho-style Wada House, before reaching Takayama.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    Explore Takayama
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 10: Explore Takayama

    Browse the local handicrafts and fresh produce at the Miyagawa morning market, wander past some of the lovely traditional houses and visit several of the excellent local museums, including the Festival Floats Museum, Kusakabe Folk Crafts Museum and Takayama Jinya followed by a stroll down Kamisannomachi Street.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    Travel to Nagano
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 11: Travel to Nagano

    Travel to Matsumoto and explore the formidable 16th-century Matsumoto Castle. Visit a miso house and learn about this famous Japanese seasoning. Also spend some time at a wasabi farm to learn about its cultivation before continuing to Nagano.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    Snow Monkeys
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 12: Snow Monkeys

    Travel deeper into the Japanese Alps to search for the Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) - sighting not guaranteed at the Jigokudani Monkey Park. Continue to Zenkoji, one of Japan's most prolific Buddhist temples.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13
    Mt Fuji
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 13: Mt Fuji

    Travel to the Fuji Five Lakes area. Ascend by road to the 5th station (weather permitting), roughly halfway up Mt Fuji, for fantastic views over the surrounding landscapes. Visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum to view the elaborate dyed silk creations of artist Kubota Itchiku. Overnight accommodation will be in Mishima or Gotemba.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14
    Explore Hakone
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 14: Explore Hakone

    Begin the day with a cruise on the peaceful waters of Lake Ashi. Next, soar high on the Hakone Ropeway over the hilltops to the volcanic Owakudani Valley and discover the dramatic natural hot springs of Mount Hakone. Later, proceed to Tokyo.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15
    Discover Tokyo
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 15: Discover Tokyo

    A dazzling, high-tech metropolis, Japan's capital has wonderfully traditional roots. Start your explorations at the Imperial Palace East Garden, visit Meiji Shrine and walk the famous Shibuya Crossing.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16
    Tokyo
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 16: Tokyo

    Stroll the vibrant Asakusa district and soak up the ambience of Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple. Ascend to the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. The afternoon is free until the evening, when you will board a traditional yakata boat for a dinner cruise.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 17-18
    Fly Tokyo to New Zealand
    Breakfast
    Days 17-18: Fly Tokyo to New Zealand

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

    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.
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Himeji
  • -1
    9
    4
  • 39
  • Hiroshima
  • 2
    10
    6
  • 45
  • Kanazawa
  • 1
    7
    4
  • 270
  • Kyoto
  • 1
    9
    5
  • 50
  • Nagano
  • -4
    4
    0
  • 51
  • 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)
  • Himeji
  • 0
    9
    4
  • 51
  • Hiroshima
  • 2
    11
    6
  • 67
  • Kanazawa
  • 1
    7
    4
  • 172
  • Kyoto
  • 1
    10
    6
  • 68
  • Nagano
  • -4
    5
    0
  • 50
  • 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)
  • Himeji
  • 2
    12
    7
  • 87
  • Hiroshima
  • 5
    14
    9
  • 124
  • Kanazawa
  • 3
    11
    7
  • 159
  • Kyoto
  • 4
    13
    9
  • 113
  • Nagano
  • -1
    10
    4
  • 59
  • 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)
  • Himeji
  • 8
    18
    13
  • 131
  • Hiroshima
  • 10
    20
    15
  • 142
  • Kanazawa
  • 8
    17
    13
  • 137
  • Kyoto
  • 9
    20
    14
  • 116
  • Nagano
  • 5
    17
    11
  • 54
  • 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)
  • Himeji
  • 12
    23
    17
  • 140
  • Hiroshima
  • 15
    24
    19
  • 178
  • Kanazawa
  • 13
    22
    17
  • 155
  • Kyoto
  • 14
    25
    19
  • 161
  • Nagano
  • 10
    22
    16
  • 75
  • 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)
  • Himeji
  • 18
    26
    22
  • 209
  • Hiroshima
  • 19
    27
    23
  • 247
  • Kanazawa
  • 18
    25
    22
  • 185
  • Kyoto
  • 19
    28
    23
  • 214
  • Nagano
  • 16
    26
    21
  • 109
  • 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)
  • Himeji
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 162
  • Hiroshima
  • 24
    31
    27
  • 259
  • Kanazawa
  • 22
    29
    26
  • 232
  • Kyoto
  • 23
    32
    27
  • 220
  • Nagano
  • 20
    29
    25
  • 134
  • 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)
  • Himeji
  • 23
    32
    27
  • 101
  • Hiroshima
  • 25
    32
    29
  • 111
  • Kanazawa
  • 24
    31
    27
  • 139
  • Kyoto
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 132
  • Nagano
  • 21
    31
    26
  • 98
  • 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)
  • Himeji
  • 19
    27
    23
  • 200
  • Hiroshima
  • 21
    29
    25
  • 170
  • Kanazawa
  • 20
    27
    23
  • 226
  • Kyoto
  • 20
    29
    25
  • 176
  • Nagano
  • 17
    26
    21
  • 129
  • 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)
  • Himeji
  • 12
    22
    17
  • 104
  • Hiroshima
  • 14
    23
    19
  • 88
  • Kanazawa
  • 13
    21
    17
  • 177
  • Kyoto
  • 14
    23
    18
  • 121
  • Nagano
  • 10
    19
    14
  • 83
  • 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)
  • Himeji
  • 6
    17
    11
  • 61
  • Hiroshima
  • 8
    17
    13
  • 68
  • Kanazawa
  • 8
    16
    12
  • 265
  • Kyoto
  • 8
    17
    12
  • 71
  • Nagano
  • 3
    13
    8
  • 44
  • 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)
  • Himeji
  • 1
    11
    6
  • 32
  • Hiroshima
  • 4
    12
    8
  • 41
  • Kanazawa
  • 3
    10
    7
  • 282
  • Kyoto
  • 3
    12
    7
  • 48
  • Nagano
  • -2
    7
    3
  • 46
  • Nara
  • 2
    11
    7
  • 47
  • Osaka
  • 5
    12
    9
  • 44
  • Takayama
  • 7
    12
    9
  • 6
  • Tokyo
  • 4
    12
    8
  • 109

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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 (Osaka - Tokyo) 16 days from $12,180 per person, twin share
    • Single Supplement from $3,100 (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

    • 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners
    • International flights and current taxes
    • Domestic transportation
    • 3 – 4 star accommodation
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees

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