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Discover Japan

  • Duration

    14 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Classic
  • Price From

    $9,680pp
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Save up to $900pp on a huge range of our most popular tours for 2021/22 to Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, South Korea, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

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.

Tour Highlights

Our Discover Japan tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

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 Australia

    Day 13-14: Fly Osaka To Australia

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

    • Breakfast
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
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  • Kanazawa
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  • Kyoto
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  • Nara
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  • Osaka
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  • Tokyo
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  • Kanazawa
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  • Kyoto
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  • Nara
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  • Tokyo
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  • Kanazawa
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  • Kyoto
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  • Nara
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  • Osaka
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  • Tokyo
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  • Kanazawa
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  • Kyoto
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  • Nara
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  • Osaka
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  • Tokyo
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  • Kanazawa
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  • Kyoto
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  • Nara
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  • Osaka
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  • Tokyo
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  • Kanazawa
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  • Kyoto
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  • Nara
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  • Osaka
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  • Kanazawa
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  • Kyoto
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  • Nara
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  • Osaka
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  • Tokyo
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  • Kanazawa
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  • Kyoto
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  • Nara
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  • Osaka
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  • Tokyo
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  • Kanazawa
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  • Kyoto
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  • Nara
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  • Osaka
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  • Kanazawa
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  • Kyoto
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  • Nara
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  • Osaka
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  • Tokyo
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  • Kanazawa
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  • Kyoto
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  • Nara
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  • Osaka
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City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
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  • Kanazawa
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  • Kyoto
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  • Nara
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  • Osaka
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Tour Dates & Prices

All of our tour departures (Excluding Antarctica and Australia tours) include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.

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