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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: Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: AJDJ.C/201402
  • Starts: Tokyo, Japan
  • Finishes: Tokyo, Japan
You will Visit
  • Tokyo
  • Kanazawa-shi
  • Takayama
  • Hiroshima-shi
  • Kyoto
  • Fujikawaguchiko
  • Mount Fuji

Itinerary

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Day 1: Tokyo

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

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Day 2: Tokyo/Kanazawa-shi

Arrive in Kanazawa and explore the city's well-preserved geisha district.
Take a short train ride to Kanazawa. In the 17th century, this beautifully preserved castle town was Japan's wealthiest, and it became a thriving center for culture and arts.

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Day 3: Kanazawa-shi

Get lost in the Ninja Temple before visiting Keroku-en garden, Kanazawa Castle, and the Nagamachi samurai district.
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.

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Day 4: Kanazawa-shi/Takayama

Arrive in picturesque Takayama and relax in the traditional Japanese inn.
Arrive in Takayama in the afternoon and begin taking in the beautiful scenery of this traditional city.

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Day 5: Takayama

Explore the Hida No Sato traditional folk village, and walk the quaint streets of the old town – lined with sake breweries and craft shops. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the area.
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.

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Day 6: Takayama/Hiroshima-shi

Arrive in Hiroshima and visit the Peace Park and Museum to learn more about the tragic history of this city.
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.

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Day 7: Hiroshima-shi

Take a ferry to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating torii gate and meet the friendly local deer.
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.

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Day 8: Hiroshima-shi/Kyoto

Travel to historic Kyoto. Explore the marvellous Fushimi Inari shrine and walk under thousands of torii gates.
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.

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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.

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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

Visit Lake Kawaguchi and go for some optional walks. Enjoy an amazing multi-course Japanese kaiseki dinner and prepare for the next day's hike.
Leave Kyoto and travel to Kawaguchiko arriving mid afternoon. Take the rest of the afternoon to visit the Onsen Spa before dinner.

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Day 12: Fujikawaguchiko/Mount Fuji

Begin the climb to the summit and overnight at Station 8.
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.

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Day 13: Mount Fuji/Tokyo

Wake up early to climb to the top for sunrise. Hike down, drive to Kawaguchiko and travel by train to Tokyo for one final night in the city.
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.

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Day 14: Tokyo

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

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 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 (9 nts), traditional inn (1 nt), 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


Reviews (10)
Zoe M Posted on: 

The tour exceeded our expectations. Jarrod was relaxed and organised. 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 travelling 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, travelling 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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Eric H Posted on: 

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

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