9 Day Classic Japan

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Passengers should select flights that arrive in Narita Airport between 7 AM and 4 PM; and depart between 11 AM and 8 PM due to scheduled bus transfer times. Passengers arriving outside of these times will be required to either purchase a private transfer or take a taxi locally.


Accommodation Details:
Hotel rooms in Japan cannot comfortably accommodate 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child; therefore, a double, plus a single room configuration should be purchased.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

In many ways Japan, the most "western" of Asian nations, has clear cultural differences. It is not our wish to generalize, but rather point out traits you may notice, and prepare your expectations. The English language can be challenging for the Japanese. It may take some time for your ear to adjust to the accent. As a nation, the Japanese are very formal and polite. Easily embarrassed by behavior to the contrary, their response can be silence, sometimes mistakenly interpreted as being "cold". Few have traveled outside of Japan, and therefore their understanding of other behavior patterns and languages is limited. We believe that a little understanding goes a long way, and hope that this explanation will help make your experience more pleasant.

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  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Los Angeles-Tokyo, Osaka-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Tokyo
    • 2 nights Kyoto
    • 2 nights Osaka
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • High-Speed Bullet Train: Tokyo-Kyoto
  • 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners with wine
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Tour dazzling Tokyo, a city of ancient traditions coupled with state-of-the-art technology
  • View the serene Meiji Shrine honoring the first Emperor of modern Japan and his Empress
  • Board the famous Shinkansen, or “bullet train” that whisks you from Tokyo to Kyoto
  • Discover Kyoto, founded in the 7th century, one of the early capitals of Japan
  • Stand before the celebrated gold-gilded Kinkakuji Temple, known as the “Golden Pavilion"
  • Marvel at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, with its endless arcades of vermilion colored torii
  • Visit dramatic Osaka Castle with its extraordinary collection of art, armor and collectibles
  • In Osaka, walk through bustling Kuromon Market, with vendors selling fast-food Japanese-style

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

In many ways Japan, the most "western" of Asian nations, has clear cultural differences. It is not our wish to generalize, but rather point out traits you may notice, and prepare your expectations. The English language can be challenging for the Japanese. It may take some time for your ear to adjust to the accent. As a nation, the Japanese are very formal and polite. Easily embarrassed by behavior to the contrary, their response can be silence, sometimes mistakenly interpreted as being "cold". Few have traveled outside of Japan, and therefore their understanding of other behavior patterns and languages is limited. We believe that a little understanding goes a long way, and hope that this explanation will help make your experience more pleasant.

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Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Japan
Depart for Japan

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Tokyo
Arrive in dynamic Tokyo in the "Land of the Rising Sun"; transfer to your hotel. This evening, attend an orientation meeting at approximately at 7:00 pm with your Tour Manager on the exciting adventure that awaits you in Japan, followed by a Welcome Dinner and drinks with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on Day 2 of the itinerary, if possible
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Tour of Tokyo
On today’s tour of Tokyo, witness the contrast of this city of ancient traditions coupled with state-of-the-art technology. Drive through trendy Omotesando and begin your tour at the serene Meiji Shrine, nestled in a beautiful forested area that honors the first Emperor of modern Japan and his Empress. Afterward, on to the Imperial Palace, a huge parkland with magnificent gardens, the residence of Japan’s Imperial family. View the famous stone arched Nijubashi bridge, that leads to the main entrance to the imperial palace. Continue to Asakusa, once Tokyo’s leading entertainment district. Here, enter the massive gates to the ancient Buddhist temple of Sensoji built in the 7th century and the Kannon Temple, one of the most visited spiritual sites in the world. Stroll along bustling Nakamise Street; see endless rows of traditional local snacks and souvenirs. Next, to the frenetic Ginza district, Tokyo's celebrated shopping, dining and amusement area – time to linger and discover on your own
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Full Day in Tokyo
Spend the day at leisure to explore all of the delights of Tokyo on your own, or, participate in the optional full day tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone* that promises a day of breathtaking natural scenery. Upon arrival, ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, located at an elevation of 7,545 feet pausing to admire the gorgeous panorama of the park and lake. After lunch, enjoy a picturesque boat cruise around pristine Lake Ashi. Later, take off to the summit by cable car to marvel at the sweeping views of Hakone National Park. Spend time at leisure to explore the surrounding area on your own. Afterwards, return to Tokyo
*This optional tour and its inclusions are weather dependent, and subject to change
Optional: Full day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with lunch
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Thursday - Bullet Train to Kyoto, Kinkakuji Temple, Gion District
At the Shinagawa Station, board the world-famous Shinkansen, or “bullet train” that whisks you to Kyoto – a unique experience! Upon arrival, your sightseeing of Kyoto begins with a visit to the celebrated gold-gilded Kinkakuji Temple, known as the “Golden Pavilion’ surrounded by trees and nestled on a reflective pond. After lunch on your own, conclude the city tour with a walk in Gion, Kyoto's most famous Geisha district; visit the shops, restaurants and tea houses where Geisha entertain. Later, check into your hotel and spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Friday - Full Day in Kyoto
Time to discover Kyoto on your own, or, join the fascinating optional tour to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island. After arriving by train, a tram or bus takes you to the Peace Memorial, a historical site near where the atomic bomb exploded, dedicated to the many lives lost in Hiroshima. The burning flame that marks these graves “will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world are destroyed!” This park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. After this solemn visit, a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, not far from the coast. Enjoy views of the striking Itsukushima Shrine best known for its Torii Gate, dating back to the 6th century. Spend free time on the island with its many shrines and temples before boarding the ferry to Hiroshima and the train back to Kyoto
Optional: Full day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Saturday - Kyoto City Tour, Drive to Osaka
Embark on a tour of historic Kyoto, founded in the 7th century, one of the early capitals of Japan and home of the country’s most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life. Start with a stop at Fushimi Inari Taisha, an impressive Shinto shrine that sits at the foot of Mount Inari. Marvel at the ten thousand vermilion torii gates that line the paths up the mountain. Afterward, enjoy a traditional Tea Ceremony, where you participate in the ritualized art of preparing, serving and drinking green tea. Later, depart Kyoto and drive south to cosmopolitan Osaka, Japan's third largest city, known for its cuisine and nightlife. Begin your exploration at Kuromon Market, an Osaka landmark, with vendors selling fresh food and fast-food Japanese-style. Stop for lunch, or just try the tasty snacks. Then, free time to wander along the iconic Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori shopping streets with an array of fabulous selection of fashionable boutiques. Conclude the tour with a visit to dramatic Osaka Castle, built as a display of power in the 16th century, strategically looming over the surrounding park and moat. Inside, see an excellent collection of art, armor, and collectibles. Check into your hotel. This evening, discover Osaka's regional cuisine
Overnight: Osaka
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Sunday - Full Day in Osaka
The morning is at leisure for personal pursuits. In the afternoon, enjoy this city on your own, or, embark on the optional tour to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara. In this repository of Japan’s cultural heritage, there are eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures including some of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples. Arrive at the exquisite wooden Todai-ji Temple, home of the impressive Daibutsu (Great Buddha) bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high and visit the famous and beautiful Kasuga Grand Shrine displaying over 3,000 antique hanging bronze and stone lanterns. Continue to Nara Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. Tonight, gather together for a Farewell Dinner
Optional: Imperial Capital of Nara (AM)
Overnight: Osaka
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Monday - Depart Japan
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Japan
Depart for Japan

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Tokyo
Arrive in dynamic Tokyo in the "Land of the Rising Sun"; transfer to your hotel. This evening, attend an orientation meeting at approximately at 7:00 pm with your Tour Manager on the exciting adventure that awaits you in Japan, followed by a Welcome Dinner and drinks with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on Day 2 of the itinerary, if possible
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Tour of Tokyo
On today’s tour of Tokyo, witness the contrast of this city of ancient traditions coupled with state-of-the-art technology. Drive through trendy Omotesando and begin your tour at the serene Meiji Shrine, nestled in a beautiful forested area that honors the first Emperor of modern Japan and his Empress. Afterward, on to the Imperial Palace, a huge parkland with magnificent gardens, the residence of Japan’s Imperial family. View the famous stone arched Nijubashi bridge, that leads to the main entrance to the imperial palace. Continue to Asakusa, once Tokyo’s leading entertainment district. Here, enter the massive gates to the ancient Buddhist temple of Sensoji built in the 7th century and the Kannon Temple, one of the most visited spiritual sites in the world. Stroll along bustling Nakamise Street; see endless rows of traditional local snacks and souvenirs. Next, to the frenetic Ginza district, Tokyo's celebrated shopping, dining and amusement area – time to linger and discover on your own
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Full Day in Tokyo
Spend the day at leisure to explore all of the delights of Tokyo on your own, or, participate in the optional full day tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone* that promises a day of breathtaking natural scenery. Upon arrival, ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, located at an elevation of 7,545 feet pausing to admire the gorgeous panorama of the park and lake. After lunch, enjoy a picturesque boat cruise around pristine Lake Ashi. Later, take off to the summit by cable car to marvel at the sweeping views of Hakone National Park. Spend time at leisure to explore the surrounding area on your own. Afterwards, return to Tokyo
*This optional tour and its inclusions are weather dependent, and subject to change
Optional: Full day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with lunch
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday - Bullet Train to Kyoto, Kinkakuji Temple, Gion District
At the Shinagawa Station, board the world-famous Shinkansen, or “bullet train” that whisks you to Kyoto – a unique experience! Upon arrival, your sightseeing of Kyoto begins with a visit to the celebrated gold-gilded Kinkakuji Temple, known as the “Golden Pavilion’ surrounded by trees and nestled on a reflective pond. After lunch on your own, conclude the city tour with a walk in Gion, Kyoto's most famous Geisha district; visit the shops, restaurants and tea houses where Geisha entertain. Later, check into your hotel and spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Full Day in Kyoto
Time to discover Kyoto on your own, or, join the fascinating optional tour to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island. After arriving by train, a tram or bus takes you to the Peace Memorial, a historical site near where the atomic bomb exploded, dedicated to the many lives lost in Hiroshima. The burning flame that marks these graves “will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world are destroyed!” This park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. After this solemn visit, a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, not far from the coast. Enjoy views of the striking Itsukushima Shrine best known for its Torii Gate, dating back to the 6th century. Spend free time on the island with its many shrines and temples before boarding the ferry to Hiroshima and the train back to Kyoto
Optional: Full day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Kyoto City Tour, Drive to Osaka
Embark on a tour of historic Kyoto, founded in the 7th century, one of the early capitals of Japan and home of the country’s most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life. Start with a stop at Fushimi Inari Taisha, an impressive Shinto shrine that sits at the foot of Mount Inari. Marvel at the ten thousand vermilion torii gates that line the paths up the mountain. Afterward, enjoy a traditional Tea Ceremony, where you participate in the ritualized art of preparing, serving and drinking green tea. Later, depart Kyoto and drive south to cosmopolitan Osaka, Japan's third largest city, known for its cuisine and nightlife. Begin your exploration at Kuromon Market, an Osaka landmark, with vendors selling fresh food and fast-food Japanese-style. Stop for lunch, or just try the tasty snacks. Then, free time to wander along the iconic Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori shopping streets with an array of fabulous selection of fashionable boutiques. Conclude the tour with a visit to dramatic Osaka Castle, built as a display of power in the 16th century, strategically looming over the surrounding park and moat. Inside, see an excellent collection of art, armor, and collectibles. Check into your hotel. This evening, discover Osaka's regional cuisine
Overnight: Osaka
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Full Day in Osaka
The morning is at leisure for personal pursuits. In the afternoon, enjoy this city on your own, or, embark on the optional tour to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara. In this repository of Japan’s cultural heritage, there are eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures including some of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples. Arrive at the exquisite wooden Todai-ji Temple, home of the impressive Daibutsu (Great Buddha) bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high and visit the famous and beautiful Kasuga Grand Shrine displaying over 3,000 antique hanging bronze and stone lanterns. Continue to Nara Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. Tonight, gather together for a Farewell Dinner
Optional: Imperial Capital of Nara (AM)
Overnight: Osaka
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Depart Japan
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Japan
Depart for Japan

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Tokyo
Arrive in dynamic Tokyo in the "Land of the Rising Sun"; transfer to your hotel. This evening, attend an orientation meeting at approximately at 7:00 pm with your Tour Manager on the exciting adventure that awaits you in Japan, followed by a Welcome Dinner and drinks with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on Day 2 of the itinerary, if possible
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Thursday - Tour of Tokyo
On today’s tour of Tokyo, witness the contrast of this city of ancient traditions coupled with state-of-the-art technology. Drive through trendy Omotesando and begin your tour at the serene Meiji Shrine, nestled in a beautiful forested area that honors the first Emperor of modern Japan and his Empress. Afterward, on to the Imperial Palace, a huge parkland with magnificent gardens, the residence of Japan’s Imperial family. View the famous stone arched Nijubashi bridge, that leads to the main entrance to the imperial palace. Continue to Asakusa, once Tokyo’s leading entertainment district. Here, enter the massive gates to the ancient Buddhist temple of Sensoji built in the 7th century and the Kannon Temple, one of the most visited spiritual sites in the world. Stroll along bustling Nakamise Street; see endless rows of traditional local snacks and souvenirs. Next, to the frenetic Ginza district, Tokyo's celebrated shopping, dining and amusement area – time to linger and discover on your own
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Full Day in Tokyo
Spend the day at leisure to explore all of the delights of Tokyo on your own, or, participate in the optional full day tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone* that promises a day of breathtaking natural scenery. Upon arrival, ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, located at an elevation of 7,545 feet pausing to admire the gorgeous panorama of the park and lake. After lunch, enjoy a picturesque boat cruise around pristine Lake Ashi. Later, take off to the summit by cable car to marvel at the sweeping views of Hakone National Park. Spend time at leisure to explore the surrounding area on your own. Afterwards, return to Tokyo
*This optional tour and its inclusions are weather dependent, and subject to change
Optional: Full day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with lunch
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Saturday - Bullet Train to Kyoto, Kinkakuji Temple, Gion District
At the Shinagawa Station, board the world-famous Shinkansen, or “bullet train” that whisks you to Kyoto – a unique experience! Upon arrival, your sightseeing of Kyoto begins with a visit to the celebrated gold-gilded Kinkakuji Temple, known as the “Golden Pavilion’ surrounded by trees and nestled on a reflective pond. After lunch on your own, conclude the city tour with a walk in Gion, Kyoto's most famous Geisha district; visit the shops, restaurants and tea houses where Geisha entertain. Later, check into your hotel and spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Sunday - Full Day in Kyoto
Time to discover Kyoto on your own, or, join the fascinating optional tour to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island. After arriving by train, a tram or bus takes you to the Peace Memorial, a historical site near where the atomic bomb exploded, dedicated to the many lives lost in Hiroshima. The burning flame that marks these graves “will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world are destroyed!” This park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. After this solemn visit, a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, not far from the coast. Enjoy views of the striking Itsukushima Shrine best known for its Torii Gate, dating back to the 6th century. Spend free time on the island with its many shrines and temples before boarding the ferry to Hiroshima and the train back to Kyoto
Optional: Full day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday - Kyoto City Tour, Drive to Osaka
Embark on a tour of historic Kyoto, founded in the 7th century, one of the early capitals of Japan and home of the country’s most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life. Start with a stop at Fushimi Inari Taisha, an impressive Shinto shrine that sits at the foot of Mount Inari. Marvel at the ten thousand vermilion torii gates that line the paths up the mountain. Afterward, enjoy a traditional Tea Ceremony, where you participate in the ritualized art of preparing, serving and drinking green tea. Later, depart Kyoto and drive south to cosmopolitan Osaka, Japan's third largest city, known for its cuisine and nightlife. Begin your exploration at Kuromon Market, an Osaka landmark, with vendors selling fresh food and fast-food Japanese-style. Stop for lunch, or just try the tasty snacks. Then, free time to wander along the iconic Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori shopping streets with an array of fabulous selection of fashionable boutiques. Conclude the tour with a visit to dramatic Osaka Castle, built as a display of power in the 16th century, strategically looming over the surrounding park and moat. Inside, see an excellent collection of art, armor, and collectibles. Check into your hotel. This evening, discover Osaka's regional cuisine
Overnight: Osaka
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Tuesday - Full Day in Osaka
The morning is at leisure for personal pursuits. In the afternoon, enjoy this city on your own, or, embark on the optional tour to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara. In this repository of Japan’s cultural heritage, there are eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures including some of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples. Arrive at the exquisite wooden Todai-ji Temple, home of the impressive Daibutsu (Great Buddha) bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high and visit the famous and beautiful Kasuga Grand Shrine displaying over 3,000 antique hanging bronze and stone lanterns. Continue to Nara Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. Tonight, gather together for a Farewell Dinner
Optional: Imperial Capital of Nara (AM)
Overnight: Osaka
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Depart Japan
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Japan
Depart for Japan

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Tokyo
Arrive in dynamic Tokyo in the "Land of the Rising Sun"; transfer to your hotel. This evening, attend an orientation meeting at approximately at 7:00 pm with your Tour Manager on the exciting adventure that awaits you in Japan, followed by a Welcome Dinner and drinks with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on Day 2 of the itinerary, if possible
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Tour of Tokyo
On today’s tour of Tokyo, witness the contrast of this city of ancient traditions coupled with state-of-the-art technology. Drive through trendy Omotesando and begin your tour at the serene Meiji Shrine, nestled in a beautiful forested area that honors the first Emperor of modern Japan and his Empress. Afterward, on to the Imperial Palace, a huge parkland with magnificent gardens, the residence of Japan’s Imperial family. View the famous stone arched Nijubashi bridge, that leads to the main entrance to the imperial palace. Continue to Asakusa, once Tokyo’s leading entertainment district. Here, enter the massive gates to the ancient Buddhist temple of Sensoji built in the 7th century and the Kannon Temple, one of the most visited spiritual sites in the world. Stroll along bustling Nakamise Street; see endless rows of traditional local snacks and souvenirs. Next, to the frenetic Ginza district, Tokyo's celebrated shopping, dining and amusement area – time to linger and discover on your own
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Full Day in Tokyo
Spend the day at leisure to explore all of the delights of Tokyo on your own, or, participate in the optional full day tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone* that promises a day of breathtaking natural scenery. Upon arrival, ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, located at an elevation of 7,545 feet pausing to admire the gorgeous panorama of the park and lake. After lunch, enjoy a picturesque boat cruise around pristine Lake Ashi. Later, take off to the summit by cable car to marvel at the sweeping views of Hakone National Park. Spend time at leisure to explore the surrounding area on your own. Afterwards, return to Tokyo
*This optional tour and its inclusions are weather dependent, and subject to change
Optional: Full day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with lunch
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday - Bullet Train to Kyoto, Kinkakuji Temple, Gion District
At the Shinagawa Station, board the world-famous Shinkansen, or “bullet train” that whisks you to Kyoto – a unique experience! Upon arrival, your sightseeing of Kyoto begins with a visit to the celebrated gold-gilded Kinkakuji Temple, known as the “Golden Pavilion’ surrounded by trees and nestled on a reflective pond. After lunch on your own, conclude the city tour with a walk in Gion, Kyoto's most famous Geisha district; visit the shops, restaurants and tea houses where Geisha entertain. Later, check into your hotel and spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - Full Day in Kyoto
Time to discover Kyoto on your own, or, join the fascinating optional tour to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island. After arriving by train, a tram or bus takes you to the Peace Memorial, a historical site near where the atomic bomb exploded, dedicated to the many lives lost in Hiroshima. The burning flame that marks these graves “will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world are destroyed!” This park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. After this solemn visit, a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, not far from the coast. Enjoy views of the striking Itsukushima Shrine best known for its Torii Gate, dating back to the 6th century. Spend free time on the island with its many shrines and temples before boarding the ferry to Hiroshima and the train back to Kyoto
Optional: Full day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Tuesday - Kyoto City Tour, Drive to Osaka
Embark on a tour of historic Kyoto, founded in the 7th century, one of the early capitals of Japan and home of the country’s most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life. Start with a stop at Fushimi Inari Taisha, an impressive Shinto shrine that sits at the foot of Mount Inari. Marvel at the ten thousand vermilion torii gates that line the paths up the mountain. Afterward, enjoy a traditional Tea Ceremony, where you participate in the ritualized art of preparing, serving and drinking green tea. Later, depart Kyoto and drive south to cosmopolitan Osaka, Japan's third largest city, known for its cuisine and nightlife. Begin your exploration at Kuromon Market, an Osaka landmark, with vendors selling fresh food and fast-food Japanese-style. Stop for lunch, or just try the tasty snacks. Then, free time to wander along the iconic Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori shopping streets with an array of fabulous selection of fashionable boutiques. Conclude the tour with a visit to dramatic Osaka Castle, built as a display of power in the 16th century, strategically looming over the surrounding park and moat. Inside, see an excellent collection of art, armor, and collectibles. Check into your hotel. This evening, discover Osaka's regional cuisine
Overnight: Osaka
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Wednesday - Full Day in Osaka
The morning is at leisure for personal pursuits. In the afternoon, enjoy this city on your own, or, embark on the optional tour to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara. In this repository of Japan’s cultural heritage, there are eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures including some of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples. Arrive at the exquisite wooden Todai-ji Temple, home of the impressive Daibutsu (Great Buddha) bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high and visit the famous and beautiful Kasuga Grand Shrine displaying over 3,000 antique hanging bronze and stone lanterns. Continue to Nara Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. Tonight, gather together for a Farewell Dinner
Optional: Imperial Capital of Nara (AM)
Overnight: Osaka
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Depart Japan
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Japan
Depart for Japan

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Tokyo
Arrive in dynamic Tokyo in the "Land of the Rising Sun"; transfer to your hotel. This evening, attend an orientation meeting at approximately at 7:00 pm with your Tour Manager on the exciting adventure that awaits you in Japan, followed by a Welcome Dinner and drinks with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on Day 2 of the itinerary, if possible
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Tour of Tokyo
On today’s tour of Tokyo, witness the contrast of this city of ancient traditions coupled with state-of-the-art technology. Drive through trendy Omotesando and begin your tour at the serene Meiji Shrine, nestled in a beautiful forested area that honors the first Emperor of modern Japan and his Empress. Afterward, on to the Imperial Palace, a huge parkland with magnificent gardens, the residence of Japan’s Imperial family. View the famous stone arched Nijubashi bridge, that leads to the main entrance to the imperial palace. Continue to Asakusa, once Tokyo’s leading entertainment district. Here, enter the massive gates to the ancient Buddhist temple of Sensoji built in the 7th century and the Kannon Temple, one of the most visited spiritual sites in the world. Stroll along bustling Nakamise Street; see endless rows of traditional local snacks and souvenirs. Next, to the frenetic Ginza district, Tokyo's celebrated shopping, dining and amusement area – time to linger and discover on your own
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Full Day in Tokyo
Spend the day at leisure to explore all of the delights of Tokyo on your own, or, participate in the optional full day tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone* that promises a day of breathtaking natural scenery. Upon arrival, ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, located at an elevation of 7,545 feet pausing to admire the gorgeous panorama of the park and lake. After lunch, enjoy a picturesque boat cruise around pristine Lake Ashi. Later, take off to the summit by cable car to marvel at the sweeping views of Hakone National Park. Spend time at leisure to explore the surrounding area on your own. Afterwards, return to Tokyo
*This optional tour and its inclusions are weather dependent, and subject to change
Optional: Full day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with lunch
Overnight: Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - Bullet Train to Kyoto, Kinkakuji Temple, Gion District
At the Shinagawa Station, board the world-famous Shinkansen, or “bullet train” that whisks you to Kyoto – a unique experience! Upon arrival, your sightseeing of Kyoto begins with a visit to the celebrated gold-gilded Kinkakuji Temple, known as the “Golden Pavilion’ surrounded by trees and nestled on a reflective pond. After lunch on your own, conclude the city tour with a walk in Gion, Kyoto's most famous Geisha district; visit the shops, restaurants and tea houses where Geisha entertain. Later, check into your hotel and spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - Full Day in Kyoto
Time to discover Kyoto on your own, or, join the fascinating optional tour to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island. After arriving by train, a tram or bus takes you to the Peace Memorial, a historical site near where the atomic bomb exploded, dedicated to the many lives lost in Hiroshima. The burning flame that marks these graves “will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world are destroyed!” This park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. After this solemn visit, a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, not far from the coast. Enjoy views of the striking Itsukushima Shrine best known for its Torii Gate, dating back to the 6th century. Spend free time on the island with its many shrines and temples before boarding the ferry to Hiroshima and the train back to Kyoto
Optional: Full day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour
Overnight: Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - Kyoto City Tour, Drive to Osaka
Embark on a tour of historic Kyoto, founded in the 7th century, one of the early capitals of Japan and home of the country’s most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life. Start with a stop at Fushimi Inari Taisha, an impressive Shinto shrine that sits at the foot of Mount Inari. Marvel at the ten thousand vermilion torii gates that line the paths up the mountain. Afterward, enjoy a traditional Tea Ceremony, where you participate in the ritualized art of preparing, serving and drinking green tea. Later, depart Kyoto and drive south to cosmopolitan Osaka, Japan's third largest city, known for its cuisine and nightlife. Begin your exploration at Kuromon Market, an Osaka landmark, with vendors selling fresh food and fast-food Japanese-style. Stop for lunch, or just try the tasty snacks. Then, free time to wander along the iconic Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori shopping streets with an array of fabulous selection of fashionable boutiques. Conclude the tour with a visit to dramatic Osaka Castle, built as a display of power in the 16th century, strategically looming over the surrounding park and moat. Inside, see an excellent collection of art, armor, and collectibles. Check into your hotel. This evening, discover Osaka's regional cuisine
Overnight: Osaka
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Full Day in Osaka
The morning is at leisure for personal pursuits. In the afternoon, enjoy this city on your own, or, embark on the optional tour to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara. In this repository of Japan’s cultural heritage, there are eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures including some of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples. Arrive at the exquisite wooden Todai-ji Temple, home of the impressive Daibutsu (Great Buddha) bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high and visit the famous and beautiful Kasuga Grand Shrine displaying over 3,000 antique hanging bronze and stone lanterns. Continue to Nara Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. Tonight, gather together for a Farewell Dinner
Optional: Imperial Capital of Nara (AM)
Overnight: Osaka
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Depart Japan
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Full Day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with Lunch

Travel along the scenic roads of rural Japan with its striking natural scenery. Ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and one of the most beautiful conical volcanoes in the world. Stop to admire the gorgeous landscape (weather permitting) of the park and lake Ashi. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing cruise around placid Lake Ashi. Ascend to the summit using a cable car, to marvel at sweeping views of Hakone National Park and gain a whole new appreciation of this iconic mountain. Spend time at leisure to explore the surrounding area on your own before returning to your hotel in Tokyo.

Pick up details to be advised locally. Drop-off at Shinjuku Station. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

*This optional tour and its inclusions are weather dependent, and subject to change
**During the peak season to avoid heavy traffic an express train will be used to Hakone from Tokyo. The Mt. Fuji 5th station will also be supplemented with the Hakone open air museum.

Day #4 01 Jan 2020 - 26 Apr 2020 $126.00
27 Apr 2020 - 06 May 2020 $225.00
07 May 2020 - 18 Sep 2020 $126.00
19 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020 $225.00
20 Sep 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 $126.00
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Full Day Hiroshima & Miyajima

Spend a day exploring the historical highlights of Hiroshima and discovering the idyllic Miyajima Island. Depart on board the bullet train for your ride to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, visit the Hiroshima Memorial Park, a historical site near where the atomic bomb exploded. See exhibitions that show the carnal destruction the bomb caused and marvel at how the city recovered. Take a moment to reflect on the heartbreaking history of the region. Continue to the iconic Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a structure that miraculously survived the 1945 attack. Afterwards, board a ferry to the majestic Miyajima Island, an area known as one of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes. Disembark and explore the island to learn the history of the iconic red Itsukushima Shrine that appears to float on the water at high tide*. Reboard the ferry and head back to Hiroshima to take the bullet train for your return journey.

*The Torii Gate will be under renovation beginning in June 2019.

Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 $358.00
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Imperial Capital of Nara

Travel via the Nara Keinawa expressway to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara, repository of Japan's cultural heritage, with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures. Arrive at the exquisite Todai-ji Temple, one of the world’s largest wooden structures and home of the impressive Great Buddha bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high. You then continue to Nara Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. The tour concludes with a visit to the famous and beautiful Kasuga Taisha Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, displaying over 3,000 antique hanging bronze lanterns.

Pick up details to be advised locally. Drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 $96.00
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Full Day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with Lunch

Travel along the scenic roads of rural Japan with its striking natural scenery. Ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and one of the most beautiful conical volcanoes in the world. Stop to admire the gorgeous landscape (weather permitting) of the park and lake Ashi. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing cruise around placid Lake Ashi. Ascend to the summit using a cable car, to marvel at sweeping views of Hakone National Park and gain a whole new appreciation of this iconic mountain. Spend time at leisure to explore the surrounding area on your own before returning to your hotel in Tokyo.

Pick up details to be advised locally. Drop-off at Shinjuku Station. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

*This optional tour and its inclusions are weather dependent, and subject to change
**During the peak season to avoid heavy traffic an express train will be used to Hakone from Tokyo. The Mt. Fuji 5th station will also be supplemented with the Hakone open air museum.

Day #4 01 Jan 2020 - 26 Apr 2020 $126.00
27 Apr 2020 - 06 May 2020 $225.00
07 May 2020 - 18 Sep 2020 $126.00
19 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020 $225.00
20 Sep 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 $126.00
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Full Day Hiroshima & Miyajima

Spend a day exploring the historical highlights of Hiroshima and discovering the idyllic Miyajima Island. Depart on board the bullet train for your ride to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, visit the Hiroshima Memorial Park, a historical site near where the atomic bomb exploded. See exhibitions that show the carnal destruction the bomb caused and marvel at how the city recovered. Take a moment to reflect on the heartbreaking history of the region. Continue to the iconic Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a structure that miraculously survived the 1945 attack. Afterwards, board a ferry to the majestic Miyajima Island, an area known as one of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes. Disembark and explore the island to learn the history of the iconic red Itsukushima Shrine that appears to float on the water at high tide*. Reboard the ferry and head back to Hiroshima to take the bullet train for your return journey.

*The Torii Gate will be under renovation beginning in June 2019.

Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 $358.00
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Imperial Capital of Nara

Travel via the Nara Keinawa expressway to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara, repository of Japan's cultural heritage, with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures. Arrive at the exquisite Todai-ji Temple, one of the world’s largest wooden structures and home of the impressive Great Buddha bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high. You then continue to Nara Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. The tour concludes with a visit to the famous and beautiful Kasuga Taisha Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, displaying over 3,000 antique hanging bronze lanterns.

Pick up details to be advised locally. Drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 $96.00
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Full Day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with Lunch

Travel along the scenic roads of rural Japan with its striking natural scenery. Ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and one of the most beautiful conical volcanoes in the world. Stop to admire the gorgeous landscape (weather permitting) of the park and lake Ashi. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing cruise around placid Lake Ashi. Ascend to the summit using a cable car, to marvel at sweeping views of Hakone National Park and gain a whole new appreciation of this iconic mountain. Spend time at leisure to explore the surrounding area on your own before returning to your hotel in Tokyo.

Pick up details to be advised locally. Drop-off at Shinjuku Station. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

*This optional tour and its inclusions are weather dependent, and subject to change
**During the peak season to avoid heavy traffic an express train will be used to Hakone from Tokyo. The Mt. Fuji 5th station will also be supplemented with the Hakone open air museum.

Day #4 01 Jan 2020 - 26 Apr 2020 $126.00
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Full Day Hiroshima & Miyajima

Spend a day exploring the historical highlights of Hiroshima and discovering the idyllic Miyajima Island. Depart on board the bullet train for your ride to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, visit the Hiroshima Memorial Park, a historical site near where the atomic bomb exploded. See exhibitions that show the carnal destruction the bomb caused and marvel at how the city recovered. Take a moment to reflect on the heartbreaking history of the region. Continue to the iconic Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a structure that miraculously survived the 1945 attack. Afterwards, board a ferry to the majestic Miyajima Island, an area known as one of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes. Disembark and explore the island to learn the history of the iconic red Itsukushima Shrine that appears to float on the water at high tide*. Reboard the ferry and head back to Hiroshima to take the bullet train for your return journey.

*The Torii Gate will be under renovation beginning in June 2019.

Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 $358.00
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Imperial Capital of Nara

Travel via the Nara Keinawa expressway to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara, repository of Japan's cultural heritage, with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures. Arrive at the exquisite Todai-ji Temple, one of the world’s largest wooden structures and home of the impressive Great Buddha bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high. You then continue to Nara Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. The tour concludes with a visit to the famous and beautiful Kasuga Taisha Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, displaying over 3,000 antique hanging bronze lanterns.

Pick up details to be advised locally. Drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 $96.00
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Full Day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with Lunch

Travel along the scenic roads of rural Japan with its striking natural scenery. Ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and one of the most beautiful conical volcanoes in the world. Stop to admire the gorgeous landscape (weather permitting) of the park and lake Ashi. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing cruise around placid Lake Ashi. Ascend to the summit using a cable car, to marvel at sweeping views of Hakone National Park and gain a whole new appreciation of this iconic mountain. Spend time at leisure to explore the surrounding area on your own before returning to your hotel in Tokyo.

Pick up details to be advised locally. Drop-off at Shinjuku Station. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

*This optional tour and its inclusions are weather dependent, and subject to change
**During the peak season to avoid heavy traffic an express train will be used to Hakone from Tokyo. The Mt. Fuji 5th station will also be supplemented with the Hakone open air museum.

Day #4 01 Jan 2020 - 26 Apr 2020 $126.00
27 Apr 2020 - 06 May 2020 $225.00
07 May 2020 - 18 Sep 2020 $126.00
19 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020 $225.00
20 Sep 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 $126.00
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Full Day Hiroshima & Miyajima

Spend a day exploring the historical highlights of Hiroshima and discovering the idyllic Miyajima Island. Depart on board the bullet train for your ride to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, visit the Hiroshima Memorial Park, a historical site near where the atomic bomb exploded. See exhibitions that show the carnal destruction the bomb caused and marvel at how the city recovered. Take a moment to reflect on the heartbreaking history of the region. Continue to the iconic Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a structure that miraculously survived the 1945 attack. Afterwards, board a ferry to the majestic Miyajima Island, an area known as one of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes. Disembark and explore the island to learn the history of the iconic red Itsukushima Shrine that appears to float on the water at high tide*. Reboard the ferry and head back to Hiroshima to take the bullet train for your return journey.

*The Torii Gate will be under renovation beginning in June 2019.

Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 $358.00
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Imperial Capital of Nara

Travel via the Nara Keinawa expressway to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara, repository of Japan's cultural heritage, with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures. Arrive at the exquisite Todai-ji Temple, one of the world’s largest wooden structures and home of the impressive Great Buddha bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high. You then continue to Nara Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. The tour concludes with a visit to the famous and beautiful Kasuga Taisha Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, displaying over 3,000 antique hanging bronze lanterns.

Pick up details to be advised locally. Drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 $96.00
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Full Day Mt. Fuji & Hakone with Lunch

Travel along the scenic roads of rural Japan with its striking natural scenery. Ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and one of the most beautiful conical volcanoes in the world. Stop to admire the gorgeous landscape (weather permitting) of the park and lake Ashi. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing cruise around placid Lake Ashi. Ascend to the summit using a cable car, to marvel at sweeping views of Hakone National Park and gain a whole new appreciation of this iconic mountain. Spend time at leisure to explore the surrounding area on your own before returning to your hotel in Tokyo.

Pick up details to be advised locally. Drop-off at Shinjuku Station. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

*This optional tour and its inclusions are weather dependent, and subject to change
**During the peak season to avoid heavy traffic an express train will be used to Hakone from Tokyo. The Mt. Fuji 5th station will also be supplemented with the Hakone open air museum.

Day #4 01 Jan 2020 - 26 Apr 2020 $126.00
27 Apr 2020 - 06 May 2020 $225.00
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Full Day Hiroshima & Miyajima

Spend a day exploring the historical highlights of Hiroshima and discovering the idyllic Miyajima Island. Depart on board the bullet train for your ride to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, visit the Hiroshima Memorial Park, a historical site near where the atomic bomb exploded. See exhibitions that show the carnal destruction the bomb caused and marvel at how the city recovered. Take a moment to reflect on the heartbreaking history of the region. Continue to the iconic Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a structure that miraculously survived the 1945 attack. Afterwards, board a ferry to the majestic Miyajima Island, an area known as one of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes. Disembark and explore the island to learn the history of the iconic red Itsukushima Shrine that appears to float on the water at high tide*. Reboard the ferry and head back to Hiroshima to take the bullet train for your return journey.

*The Torii Gate will be under renovation beginning in June 2019.

Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 $358.00
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Imperial Capital of Nara

Travel via the Nara Keinawa expressway to the 8th century Imperial capital of Nara, repository of Japan's cultural heritage, with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a wealth of historic treasures. Arrive at the exquisite Todai-ji Temple, one of the world’s largest wooden structures and home of the impressive Great Buddha bronze statue, rising over 50 feet high. You then continue to Nara Park to see the over 1,000 tame deer roaming freely in the peaceful park. The tour concludes with a visit to the famous and beautiful Kasuga Taisha Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, displaying over 3,000 antique hanging bronze lanterns.

Pick up details to be advised locally. Drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 $96.00
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Japan, Then & Now, September 2019
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It was really special and I enjoyed every minute of it. The sights and sounds were so interesting and the accommodations and meals were fantastic. Our guide did a wonderful job in helping us understand and appreciate Japanese culture.

Philip M. New York, NY
9 Day Classic Japan, September 2019
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My trip to Japan was awe inspiring! Our tour guide Yumi did an outstanding job informing us about everything we saw. She truly deserves an award for her thorough knowledge of her country. I have a deeper appreciation for Japan and its preservation of their temples and shrines, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Great trip, Thank you.

Kathleen S. Homestead, FL
9 Day Classic Japan, August 2019
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Our trip was great!! We had a wonderful time, and came back with a very good impression of Japan. The tour was very well organized. Thank you very much for arranging this marvelous itinerary Gate 1.

Tariq N. Fayetteville, NC
9 Day Classic Japan, July 2019
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We loved the Japan Gate 1 tour and despite the very hot weather, we thoroughly enjoyed the temples and shrines we visited. Yumi was a wonderful tour manager and exceedingly patient and organized. I appreciate her paper handouts of schedules and pick up times plus her wealth of knowledge regarding her country's history and culture! Overall another excellent and memorable trip for us!

June V. Hayward, CA
9 Day Classic Japan, June 2019
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I had a wonderful trip, I had a great time. Japan is a beautiful country. Mariko was an excellent tour manager. My husband enjoyed his ride on the bullet train. Hiroshima museum was very touching experience. Looking forward to going on another trip with Gate!

Ashie H. Queens Village, NY
Japan, Then & Now, May 2019
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My trip was wonderful, Shizu made it perfect for us all, she was a fantastic guide incredibly well informed, organized with a lovely warm personality & sense of humor. She went out of her way to take some of us out for a walk around the night spots in Tokyo on our last night. A lovely city! The accommodations were excellent as were the included meals. Such fun dining dressed in the Yukata! I loved all the gardens, the bamboo forest, visits to the fish markets, interesting shops with different merchandise the WADA Village, actually seeing Mt Fuji & the museum with the kimonos, all the temples & shrines. The rickshaw ride, sushi making lunch were all great fun. The group were lovely, no one ran late and good relationships were formed. I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to take advantage of the single supplement & hope to be able to do so again on future Discovery tours. David in the a Melbourne office was very helpful too, all in all my very first experience on a group tour had been fabulous as had Gate 1.

Victoria S. Cammeray, Australia
Japan, Then & Now, May 2019
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We had a wonderful trip in Japan. Our trip leader Makiko was sooo awesome. She was very well organized and filled with knowledge. We enjoyed every aspect of the trip all because of Makiko’s professionalism and organizational skills. The program covered so many aspects of Japan cultures and history provided us with wealth of information!

Sharon L. Laguna Woods, CA
9 Day Classic Japan, April 2019
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We had a wonderful time. Our tour manager Rumi was the best. She is very knowledgeable and she gave us lots of information about Japanese culture and traditions. Took care of everyone’s needs. Rumi has a delightful personality. Overall it was a great trip. I am glad we chose Gate 1. Japan is a great place to visit.

Lovleen S. Bloomington, IL
9 Day Classic Japan, April 2019
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The trip was wonderful, we loved it from the culture to the Japanese people. We took two of our daughters and my niece and nephew along with us and we had a really good family trip together. Thank you Gate 1 for organizing it! This was our 3rd time with Gate 1. We will go with them in the future and I always recommend all of our friends to go with Gate 1. Thanks again Gate 1.

Nancy N. Fountain Valley, CA
9 Day Classic Japan, January 2019
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The Japan tour was so enjoyable, the country is fascinating, the Gate 1 arrangements were excellent. Jaya, and self thank you for facilitating this. We look forward to interact with you for similar future tours.

Gopal S. Naperville, IL
Japan, Then & Now, March 2019
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The trip to Japan was great. We enjoyed the experiences (kimono dressing, rickshaw ride, traditional Japanese inn, public baths, etc.) that were part of the Discovery tour.

Jean K. Naperville, IL
9 Day Classic Japan, January 2019
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The trip was great! This was our first visit to Japan and we enjoyed seeing all the sights in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. Our tour director, Akane, was also wonderful! She was able to keep everyone on schedule while remaining bubbly and funny. She is very knowledgeable about the customs and history and added greatly to our understanding and enjoyment of the sites. She also pointed out several good restaurants and that was very helpful ... One of the main attractions in our tours with Gate 1 are the wonderful buffet breakfasts in the hotels. That always puts a highlight at the beginning of the day!

Johnny C. Union City, CA
9 Day Classic Japan, January 2019
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It was a great trip! Our guide Akena was exceptional. She made it awesome. Hiroshima was the highlight for me. Very sobering. Another fine job Gate 1!

Stephen R. Mogadore, OH
9 Day Classic Japan, November 2018
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Japan was wonderful! I had minimal expectations going in, but the trip was probably my best ever! On top of all the fantastic sights and experiences, our tour guide Rumi was SUPERB! She was so warm, funny, friendly, and never boring. And she took such excellent care of us and led us to so many hidden gems. During our bus rides, she even shared with us her wonderful personal photos. Rumi definitely made this experience one I will always treasure.

Michelle D. Atlanta, GA
7 Day Tokyo Vacation, October 2018
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My trip was the greatest I have ever been on. I had so much fun and I wish I didn’t have to come back. I LOVE your travel company. You guys make traveling so affordable and the accommodations we get for the prices we pay are phenomenal. Plus, you guys are so helpful with any questions and concerns we might have as a customer. I'm definitely booking another trip with you guys and I informed all my coworkers about your company. I have no complaints or regrets. I'm very happy that I booked with Gate 1.

Stacey C. Jamaica, NY
Japan, Then & Now, October 2018
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The trip was excellent ... Our guide, Hiroko, was fantastic - knowledgeable, caring, and funny - with many tips, tricks and stories to help us appreciate the Japanese country and culture.

Jonathan K. Plainsboro, NJ
Japan, Then & Now, July 2018
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It was awesome. This was my first tour with Gate1. I was not disappointed. It was well planned, there were variety of things to do, places to visit. Our dietary need as a vegetarian was taken care of! I loved the tour guide, Yumi. She was great.

Abirami K. Cupertino, CA
Japan, Then & Now, May 2018
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Our Japan trip was excellent & very enjoyable. Tokyo & Kyoto hotels were very centrally located, convenient and excellent. I will give them A+. Our tour guide/ Manager Mr. katsumi was the best ... Wish we had manager like Mr. katsumi on all our tour. Very down to earth person.

Jash P. Indianapolis, IN
Japan, Then & Now, May 2018
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Great! Japan is very clean. I like Kyota best. Tokyo is a so big that it would be very scary if you got separated from your guide. Very interesting country

Fay S. Pittsburgh, PA
Japan, Then & Now, April 2018
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The Japan tour was great! Our tour guide Mitsuko was very nice, friendly and knowledgeable. The hotels were great as well. We are now discussing of where Gate1 will take us next.

Nina M. Los Angeles, CA
Japan, Then & Now, March 2018
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The Discovery Japan tour is one of our top three favorite trips from Gate 1. The enriching cultural history, the food, the Japanese Garden, the unforgettable view of Mt. Fuji, the Cherry blossom festival ,the kimono dressing, the unforgettable bullet train experience and the geisha dance performance. Overall, A wonderful wonder wow vacation.

Josie F. Laguna Niguel, CA
Japan, Then & Now, March 2018
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It was an excellent trip and the tour manager Rumi Yamaguchi was very knowledgable ,helpful in short she was a superior tour guide.

Ayse R. Des Plaines, IL
7 Day Tokyo Vacation , February 2018
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Everything went great! Your company made it super easy, check in process at hotel went smoothly as did the airport shuttle. We had an amazing time. Thank you

Indira A. Burbank, CA
Japan, Then & Now, February 2018
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Generally we were pleased with the tour. It was well organized, transportation from and to airports was reliable, hotels very nice. Our tour director and guide, Shizu, was outstanding-helpful, informative and good sense of humour. It was a bit cool in February, but probably it was less crowded than other times of the year and Shirakawa in the snow was beautiful. We would certainly consider other tours with Gate 1.

Warren B. Ottawa, CA
Japan, Then & Now, February 2018
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It was wonderful!!! We loved Shizu, she really made the tour great. She has a charming personality that made learning interesting. Well done Shizu!!!

Cathleen P. Camillus, NY
9 Day Tokyo & Kyoto, January 2018
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Japan was amazing! My family has taken other tours, but this one was above and beyond the best we have done and far exceeded our expectations. Even the other travelers, which your company cannot necessarily account for, were great company. All the guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Yoshi from Grayline tours for Tokyo and Mount Fuji & Hakone in addition to Marie from Sunrise tours for Nikko city and Hiro from Gate 1 for Nara were all fantastic. In addition, the accommodations were very good and in excellent locations. The staff at all hotels were very friendly to us travelers and helpful as well. Thank you so much for a wonderful trip, and please let me know if I can provide you with any additional information.

Victoria Tarrytown, NY

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