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From the towers and gadgets of Tokyo to the serenity of sacred shrines and the soaring beauty of Mt Fuji, this trip provides the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace. Linger in the gardens of Kyoto, shoot through the mountain air on a Shinkansen bullet train, and stay in a traditional ryokan for the ultimate in Japanese luxury.


Duration: 14 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 60.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126795
Starts: Tokyo, Japan Finishes: Tokyo, Japan
You will Visit
  • Tokyo

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Day 1: Tokyo

We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation in Tokyo to take full advantage of this spectacular city.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Tokyo/Takayama

Opt to take an early morning visit to the Tsukiji fish market and watch the theatrical bidding at the tuna auction.

After, take the bullet train, transferring at Nagoya, and journey into the Japan Alps. Arrive in Takayama in the afternoon and begin taking in the picturesque scenery of this traditional city.

Transport:
Bullet train (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 3: Takayama

Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful landscape. Discover traces of a feudal past in the thatched houses and rice fields. Opt to visit one of the markets or rent a bike and cycle out of the town centre and into the countryside.

Included Activities:
Hida no Sato (Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village) Visit

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Day 4: Takayama/Kanazawa-shi

After a short train ride, arrive in Kanazawa. In the 17th century, this beautifully preserved castle town was Japan's wealthiest, and it became a thriving center for culture and arts.

Included Activities:
Higashi Geisha District Visit

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Bullet train

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Day 5: Kanazawa-shi

In the Teramachi Temple district, visit the famous Ninja Temple. Designed as a hideout in case of attack, it contains hidden doorways, passages and escape routes.

Another highlight of any visit to Kanazawa is Kenrokuen Garden. After strolling through the expansive gardens, stop at the massive Kanazawa castle next door.

Kanazawa is also home to many interesting museums, opt to visit one or learn more about local crafts. Loving the food in the city? Take a trip to the local seafood market to see where some of the fresh, tasty ingredients come from.

Included Activities:
Ninja Temple Visit
Keroku-En Garden Visit
Kanazawa Castle Visit
Nagamachi Samurai District Walk

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Day 6: Kanazawa-shi/Hiroshima-shi

The large Peace Park in the centre of the city is an extremely moving place dotted with memorials of those killed by the atomic bomb and others who subsequently died. The burning flame in the park will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world have been destroyed. Take a tram ride through the city to reach Peace Park.

Included Activities:
Peace Park and Museum Visit

Transport:
Bullet train (4.50 hour(s))

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Day 7: Hiroshima-shi

Take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, not far from the coast.

Here, view one of the most photographed sights in Japan— the Floating Torii Gate. The shrine itself dates back to the 6th century and is designed in a pier-like structure.

Enjoy time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples. Sample local treats like maple leaf shaped cakes, and have the option to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.

Included Activities:
Miyajima Island Visit

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Ferry
Ferry

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Day 8: Hiroshima-shi/Kyoto

Continue on to Kyoto, the former imperial capital and home of the country's most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life.

Take time to enjoy the Zen gardens of Ryoan-ji and the Silver Pavilion, take a leisurely stroll down the lovely Philosopher's path to Nanzen-ji, or just walk around Gion and perhaps catch a glimpse of a geisha going from teahouse to teahouse.

Included Activities:
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit

Transport:
Bullet train (2.75 hour(s))

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Day 9: Kyoto

Visit the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens, the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, and Daisen-in's zen rock garden.

Included Activities:
Daisen-in Zen Rock Garden Visit
Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit
Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit

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Day 10: Kyoto

Spend a full day discovering the Zen gardens, huge wooden temples, pagodas and shrines of Kyoto.

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Day 11: Kyoto/Fujikawaguchiko (1D)

Leave Kyoto and travel to Kawaguchiko arriving mid afternoon. Take the rest of the afternoon to visit the Onsen Spa before dinner.

Additional Notes:
Please note that climbing season is subject to weather conditions but is typically July 1 to Sep 2nd each year. The itinerary can change at any time due to weather.

Included Activities:
Onsen Spa Visit

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There are multiple train changes during this ride and a short taxi ride at the end.
Bullet train (5.50 hour(s))

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Day 12: Fujikawaguchiko/Mount Fuji (1B, 1D)

Drive to Station 5 and begin the ascent. The total hike to the summit is about 5-6 hours. To slow the pace and help with acclimatization, overnight at Station 8 before the final push to the summit in the morning. Accommodation on the mountain is a basic dormitory style hut with few facilities.

Additional Notes:
Luggage can be stored at the hotel during the climb. Bring only an overnight bag with items required for the climb.
A light dinner is included at the mountain hut. As resources are limited on the mountain, dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated – be sure to bring your own food if necessary.

Included Activities:
Mt Fuji Hike Day 1

Transport:
Travel from the bus platform in town to Station 5 to start the hike.
Local bus (1.00 hour(s))

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Day 13: Mount Fuji/Tokyo (1B)

After the arduous push to the summit, enjoy sunrise before hiking back down. Pick up your bags and travel by van to Kawaguchiko before a train to Tokyo.

Today you can take in some more sights, visit the museums and gardens or do some shopping. Meet with the group later tonight for our last dinner together.

Included Activities:
Mt Fuji Hike Day 2

Transport:
Local bus (1.00 hour(s))
Bullet train (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 14: Tokyo

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

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    • Hida No Sato folk village visit (Takayama)
    • Kanazawa Castle and Kenroku-en garden visit
    • Samurai and geisha districts visit (Kanazawa)
    • Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit
    • Miyajima excursion with floating torii gate visit
    • Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto)
    • Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion visit
    • Daisen-in Temple and Zen garden visit
    • Fushimi Inari Shrine visit
    • Mt Fuji Hike (2 days, tours departing June 20-Aug 18)
    • Hiking in the Five Lakes Region (tours departing Aug 19-June 19)
    • Kaiseki dinner
    • Japan Rail (JR) pass (14 days)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts), traditional inns (2 nts), traditional inns (2 nts, shared facilities), mountain hut (1 nt, multi-share)
    • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Bullet train, tram, ferry, public bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Experience the past in Takayama's folk village and Kyoto's historic centre
  • Explore Kanazawa Castle
  • Lose yourself in the picturesque Kenroku-en Garden and the Ninja Temple
  • Marvel at iconic Mt Fuji and Miyajima's floating torii gate


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Zoe M. Posted on: 

The tour exceeded our expectations. Jarrod was relaxed and organized. We thoroughly enjoyed everything we did. We were worried that a tour would be rigid and detract from the experience, however this was not the case at all. Having an expert at hand when needed really enhanced the tour.

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Judith F. Posted on: 

Well organized, great cross section of the country and great sites and insight. Super hotels and ryokans. And it was fun!!! A lot more fun than we expected!!!

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Michael C. Posted on: 

Was very impressed by Japan and felt the tour exposed many different aspects of the country. The group leader was excellent, I would gladly travel to other countries with the same leader.

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Sharon F. Posted on: 

This tour was a good introduction to Japan.

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Philip W. Posted on: 

All locations included were excellent. Only more days could have improved tour. Looking forward to additional G Adventures Japan tours with different locations!

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Donna P. Posted on: 

Enjoyed each day traveling with our group and Jarrod as our leader. Every day was an adventure filled with new sights, different tastes of local food and a close-up look at the Japanese culture (also plenty of laughs).

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Christopher B. Posted on: 

It was well planned and enjoyable in every aspect. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and easy to get along with. Transportation was well planned and ran like clockwork. I would definitely choose another tour with G Adventures.

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Gregory F. Posted on: 

much more fun than I thought is would be!

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Janelle A. Posted on: 

Where else in the world, except Japan, can you go to experience the traditional mixed with the modern, and while not speaking the language and still feel completely at home. Mix in a group of people with different backgrounds, traveling together to places they have never seen and who realize at the end they could not have imagined or understood these places without being there and you receive 15 perceptions of a place which absorbs you. The tour brought you the opportunities to explore on your own and as a group and the confidence to step out of what you thought was your comfort zone. A great experience which went by way to fast, as they say time flies when you’re having fun.

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Judith R. Posted on: 

Wonderful experience. Would not have done it any differently.

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Ian M. Posted on: 

A fantastic adventure and a great way to learn about a different culture and people.

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Daniel R. Posted on: 

The tour was the complete opposite of what I was afraid a tour would be. It was relaxed, casual, and well-suited to a variety of needs and expectations, great job!

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Christina Marie M. Posted on: 

The tour was amazing. I did not want to go home at the end.

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Eric H. Posted on: 

Overall a fantastic, informative, and fun trip. Small group size (13) allowed for getting to know the other travelers.

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Elizabeth P. Posted on: 

It was a fantastic trip - great exposure to a really fascinating country. I will definitely recommend this trip (and G Adventures) to my friends.

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Janet H. Posted on: 

Got to see a lot of Japan - good selection of places and different vibes to each city.

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Frederick H. Posted on: 

Thoroughly enjoyable. Had a great time, great group and great leader. Excellent balance of guided time and personal time. Great balance between old Japan, new Japan, planned trip and ad-libbing. I know it also had a lot to do with everyone's attitudes and the great weather.

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Winston P. Posted on: 

Overall, it was what we wanted - it showed us a new place in the world with removing the logistical concerns of train travel and hotels. It also felt like a pretty good value for what we paid.

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Angelina M. Posted on: 

Well ran tour. Well balanced amount of time in each city.

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Sarah M. Posted on: 

I thought the tour was excellent - a very good way to see Japan in 14 days - a brilliant experience.

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Janet G. Posted on: 

Very comprehensive and met all my needs as an introduction to Japan.

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Kate M. Posted on: 

Great variety in this tour - large cities, small villages, hotels, ryokans and extremely fast travel with the shinkansens. Japan is an amazing country - so beautiful and clean and safe.

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Adrian C. Posted on: 

Overall, I enjoyed my time and experience in Japan with G Adventures. I liked the balance of group outings and free time.

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Nicole D. Posted on: 

There were plenty of group activities to keep us busy but also plenty of free time to go off and discover Japan on our own.

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Mary W. Posted on: 

The trip was very good, everything went well.

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Konstanze T. Posted on: 

never believed before how interesting and exciting japan is!!!!

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Miguel R. Posted on: 

My first G Adventures tour. Overall excellent. Amazing experience having enough time for each participant to do his own explorations but with the help from the tour leader when ever needed.

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Peter D. Posted on: 

The overall experience was great. Cat Miller guided us into various situations and assisted us in understanding the culture we had come to see and taste. The whole was much more than I could have hoped for and I would definitely go with G Adventures. on another adventure.

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Barry S. Posted on: 

Both Barry and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip. It was not only the amazing country we visited but also the fun loving, interesting people we got to meet. Thanks to Cat who did her best to make the trip as enjoyable as possible. We have come away with fond memories of Japan and the fantastic people who shared it with us We intend to do another tour with G Adventures in the near future.

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Steven S. Posted on: 

The tour was a good overview of a fascinating country. Our group leader, Cat Miller, was very friendly and made efforts to ensure the experience was pleasant. Her knowledge of the interesting spots away from the crowds was helpful and appreciated.

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William M. Posted on: 

It was a very good selection of locales, travel modes and free time to explore and e3xperience Japan in only 14 days. The small and friendly group and the interpersonal dynamics was a very positive aspect.

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Maria C. Posted on: 

I obviously hoped for a good holiday, but the tour far surpassed my expectations, largely, I feel, due to our wonderful guide Pascale, for whom nothing was too much trouble.

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Laura P. Posted on: 

I thought that the tour was good, there was plenty of time in each city to see the sights and the train travel between cities was fantastic.

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Maria C. Posted on: 

We found our Japan holiday to be really enjoyable, we feel we experienced a piece of Japan and will return in the future to see more. Overall i would say that this trip in my opinion was excellent, i saw so many things i would otherwise never have seen, my biggest achievement i think was completing the climb of Mount Fuji which was well worth it in the end.

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Jason R. Posted on: 

It was exactly what I was looking for in a tour. Just enough structure to feel comfortable but the freedom to do whatever I wanted.

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Jean-Dominique P. Posted on: 

The whole trip was truly enjoyable, we had a good group and an experienced tour leader. Everything went smoothly and efficiently.

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Maciej F. Posted on: 

Nice trip in a modern and civilized country, with good hotels... I liked it!

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Lee H. Posted on: 

The tour was excellent! I enjoyed the sights we saw as well as the freedom we had to venture off on our own!

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Jorge Manuel L. Posted on: 

The tour exceeded my expectations, a lot of freedom to choose what I wanted and no concerns on any logistics, along with a great group! Thanks to all of you. Májidé!

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Rachel C. Posted on: 

Japan is a great country The trip had a good balance of locations, good hotels and the right balance of guided & free time.

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Maureen O. Posted on: 

Japan was an excellent country to travel in. The people are friendly, it is safe and clean and the transportation is more efficient than any other place in the world.

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Matthew K. Posted on: 

Great variety of natural, traditional, and modern city!

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Delyth H Posted on: 

A great trip and a wonderful insight into Japan, its history and traditions.

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Colin F. Posted on: 

Great tour, with a lot of great sights, everything went really smoothly.

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Brian S. Posted on: 

The tour was excellent all round, The guide (Axel) was very helpful and a lot of fun. All the accommodation was of a high standard and our guide made sure we got to all destinations on time and with little fuss. Great tour, would do it again. Many thanks

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Soemya A. Posted on: 

I enjoyed Japan very much. The cities we visited and the activities included gave us good cross sectional experience of Japan. Kym was very helpful in discovering and experiencing the local culture including food.

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Ewan Matthew G. Posted on: 

I was so lucky to be able to experience this. I had a great group of fellow travelers and visited and saw some amazing places and attractions. It has awoken the travel bug in me!

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Debbie W. Posted on: 

The tour was amazing in terms of its structure, the freedom given to explore independently and the overview of Japan it provides.

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Benjamin I. Posted on: 

Japan is a nice place and the tour provided a broad experience of the country.

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James M. Posted on: 

This tour was excellent. The spectrum of locations visited was the maximum within the allotted time frame. The transport used allowed the maximum time at each of these locations which were a good mix of urban and rural.

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Michael T. Posted on: 

Excellent. What can I say? This was my first trip trip to Japan, and my first trip to a foreign country. I really felt like I experienced Japan, and I cannot think of anything on the trip that I regret. Simply awesome.

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Gary C. Posted on: 

All of the hotels were above expectations with fantastic locations and great facilities. The trains were a god send as they were so comfortable and sped you from one part of the country to the other in no time!

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Nam Huan H. Posted on: 

The 14 day tour was well balanced in terms of pacing - we had 2 days at all the major stops so it gave us plenty of time to explore and enjoy the sights and sounds of each destination. The tour also features key cities that gave us a good idea of Japan's rich history and culture. We were able to experience Japan from the bustling city of Tokyo to the more quiet town of Takayama.

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Michelle D. Posted on: 

We had a great time and couldn't fault anything. Keiko our tour leader was above exceptional. Could not fault anything.

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Anthony M. Posted on: 

I liked all of this tour. I thought Japan was really interesting, the people were really nice and the food was varied and good. The standard of the accommodation was good and JR pass was a good way to travel about. I also didn't find Japan as expensive as I had thought it might be, having a tour leader who knew where to go for food etc, really helped.

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David G. Posted on: 

The overall experience was very good. We saw a very good mixture of Japanese culture during this tour.

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Radhika D. Posted on: 

I had a wonderful time and am so glad I participated in this tour. I met terrific people and Keiko was a superb team leader. I am very happy.

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