Explore Japan Tour: 20-day Small Group

See the real Japan and experience its culture beyond the typical tourist sites. You’ll walk through busy streets, ride the bullet train, and enjoy local foods. Each tour is customized to fit the preferences of the group.
* Duration: 20 days
* Starts: Tokyo, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




See the real Japan and experience its culture beyond the typical tourist sites. You’ll walk through busy streets, ride the bullet train, and enjoy local foods. Each tour is customized to fit the preferences of the group.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo

Stop At: Shibuya Crossing, 2 Chome-2-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya 150-0043 Tokyo Prefecture
Free time to explore the area and see the famous Shibuya Crosswalk.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Hotel in Tokyo: 4-star hotel

Day 2: Tokyo

Stop At: Senso-ji Temple, 2-3-1, Asakusa, Taito 111-0032 Tokyo Prefecture
Start your adventure off by visiting Asakusa to explore Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple built in 645 AD.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ryogoku Kokugikan, 1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida 130-0015 Tokyo Prefecture
Visit Tsukiji’s lively and historic Outer Market with vendors selling fresh seafood.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ueno Park, Uenokoen, Taito 110-0007 Tokyo Prefecture
Experience the beauty of Tokyo’s Cherry Blossoms at Ueno Park and take a stroll through the tiny shopping alleys of Ameya Yokocho.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner: Welcome dinner at a Japanese Izakaya.
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Tokyo: 4-star hotel

Day 3: Mount Fuji

Stop At: Lake Kawaguchiko, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun 401-0300 Yamanashi Prefecture
Travel to Lake Kawaguchi to view the magnificence of Mount Fuji. Stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan, soak in a mineral-rich hot spring onsen, and have an authentic Japanese Kaiseki dinner.
This will be a very memorable experience!
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner: Kaiseki Dinner
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Traditional Ryokan 1 night

Day 4: Hamamatsu

Stop At: Hamamatsu Castle, 100-2 Motoshiro-cho, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu 430-0946 Shizuoka Prefecture
Ride the Japanese bullet train to Hamamatsu, a small suburb known for unagi, or freshwater eel, caught fresh from Lake Hamanako.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner: Japanese Unagi Restaurant
Accommodation included: Hotel in Hamamatsu: 4-star hotel

Day 5: Nagoya

Stop At: Tokoname City Pottery Footpath, Tokoname Aichi Prefecture
Explore Tokoname, an ancient kiln town dating back to the 12th century. Walk through a hillside community that was the center of ceramics production during the Edo period.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Nagoya: 4-star hotel

Day 6: Kiso Valley

Stop At: Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, Nagiso-machi, Kiso-gun 399-5302 Nagano Prefecture
Slip back to earlier time and enjoy the beautifully preserved post town of Tsumago in the Kiso Valley. The town used to serve travelers on the Nakasendo Trail, the route connecting Tokyo and Kyoto during the Edo Period.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner: Yakitori Restaurant
Accommodation included: Hotel in Nagoya: 4-star hotel

Day 7: Takayama

Stop At: Takayama-mura, Takayama-mura, Kamitakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, Chubu
Stroll the morning market and old-fashioned streets of Takayama, a beautiful mountain town.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Nagoya Dome, 1-1-1 Daikominami Higashi-ku, Nagoya 461-0047 Aichi Prefecture
Catch a Chunichi Dragons baseball game at the Nagoya Dome.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Nagoya: 4-star hotel

Day 8: Hiroshima

Stop At: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, 1-2 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0811 Hiroshima Prefecture
Travel to Hiroshima, the City of Peace. Take a streetcar ride, see the Atomic Bomb Dome, and visit the Peace Memorial Park and museum.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Hiroshima: 3-star hotel

Day 9: Miyajima

Stop At: Itsukushima Shrine, 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi 739-0588 Hiroshima Prefecture
Catch a ferry to Miyajima and see the world famous floating torii gate.
Stroll the streets and paths of Miyajima and visit the World Heritage Site of Itsukushima Shrine.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Hiroshima: 3-star hotel

Day 10: Kyoto

Stop At: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-0882 Kyoto Prefecture
Travel to Kyoto and view thousands of red torii gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha. Built in 711 AD, it is one of the oldest and most popular shrines in Kyoto.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, 247 Minamihama-Cho, Fushimi-Ku, Kyoto 612-8045 Kyoto Prefecture
Then, visit the Gekkeikan Sake Brewery, founded in 1637. See the traditional techniques of making sake and taste several of the blends.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Kyoto: 4-star hotel

Day 11: Kyoto

Stop At: Kiyomizu-dera Temple, 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862 Kyoto Prefecture
Visit the World Heritage Site of Kiyomizu Temple and walk the Higashiyama District with old wooden houses and small shops.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Sanjusangendo Temple, 657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Higashiyama-Ku, Kyoto 605-0941 Kyoto Prefecture
View 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy at Sanjusangendo, founded in 1164.
Duration: 1 minute

Meals included:
• Dinner: Kaiseki Dinner
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Kyoto: 4-star hotel

Day 12: Kyoto

Stop At: Kinkakuji Temple, 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361 Kyoto Prefecture
Visit the beautiful World Heritage Site of Kinkaku-ji, known as the Golden Temple.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ryoanji Temple, 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Ukyo-Ku, Kyoto 616-8001 Kyoto Prefecture
Visit the famous zen rock garden of Ryoanji.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Kyoto: 4-star hotel

Day 13: Nara

Stop At: Todai-ji Temple, 406-1 Zoushi-cho, Nara 630-8587 Nara Prefecture
Travel to Nara and visit Nara Park, home to the World Heritage Sites of Todai-ji and Kasuga Shrine.
Todai-ji Temple is the largest wooden structure and houses the largest bronze Buddha in the world!
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner: Japanese Izakaya
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Nara: 3-star hotel

Day 14: Nara

Stop At: Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara 630-8032 Nara Prefecture
Explore the World Heritage Sites of Toshodai-ji and Yakushi-ji, some of the oldest temples in Japan.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Nara: 3-star hotel

Day 15: Osaka

Stop At: Dotombori District, Chuo-ku, Dotombori, Chuo, Osaka 542-0076 Osaka Prefecture
Travel to Osaka and explore the very exciting walking streets of Dotonbori. This is a good chance to see Japan’s pop culture and try Osaka’s famous takoyaki!
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Osaka: 4-star hotel

Day 16: Himeji

Stop At: Himeji Castle, 68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012 Hyogo Prefecture
Visit Himeji Castle, a World Heritage Site and National Treasure of Japan. The well-preserved original structure is over 400 years old and made up of 83 buildings.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Osaka: 4-star hotel

Day 17: Tokyo

Stop At: Tokyo National Museum, 13-9, Uenokoen, Taito 110-0007 Tokyo Prefecture
Head back to Tokyo and visit the Tokyo National Museum, the oldest national museum in Japan with over 110,000 items including 87 Japanese National Treasures.
Duration: 2 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Tokyo: 4-star hotel

Day 18: Kamakura

Stop At: Kamakura, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Kanto
Visit Hase-dera and the Kamakura Daibutsu, the second tallest Buddha statue in Japan. The impressive 13 meter bronze statue, cast in 1252, stands in the open-air on the grounds of the Kotokuin Temple.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Tokyo: 4-star hotel

Day 19: Tokyo

Stop At: Tokyo, Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture, Kanto
Enjoy a free day to explore other sights and catch up on last minute shopping. Optional excursion to view the architecture of Tokyo Station, see the electronics town of Akihabara, and visit a boutique Sumie Art Gallery where you can learn the technique of Sumie painting.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner: Farewell Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel in Tokyo: 4-star hotel

Day 20: Depart Japan

Stop At: Narita International Airport Terminal 1 5F Observation Deck, 1-1 Sanrizuka Goryobokujo 5F Terminal 1, Narita 282-0011 Chiba Prefecture
Check out of the hotel and head to Narita Airport.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.