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9 Nights
Limited Time Special Offer

From bustling cities to quiet mountain villages

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture on this 9-night guided adventure from Tokyo to Kyoto! Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, discover magical gardens & temples, and gasp at panoramic views of Mount Fuji from a cable car. With included transportation and perks like a Japanese cooking class, a tea ceremony, a sake tasting, and a gold leaf class, this is the vacation you'll spend the rest of your life talking about.

What's Included
  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Tokyo (HND), out of Osaka (ITM)
  • Round-trip airport transfers*
  • Accommodation in hotels listed, or similar:
    • 3 nights in Tokyo at the Park Hotel Tokyo
    • 2 nights in Takayama at the Hida Hotel Plaza
    • 1 night in Kanazawa at the Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
    • 3 nights in Kyoto at the Ana Crowne Plaza Hotel Kyoto
  • Sightseeing as described in the itinerary, including the following:
    • Visit to Meiji Shrine & Asakusa Kannon Temple
    • Calligraphy class & traditional tea ceremony
    • Cable car ride to view Mount Fuji and visit to Chureito Pagoda
    • Tour of Matsumoto Castle & Matsumoto City Museum
    • Visit to Kenroku-en Garden
    • Sightseeing tour to Sanjusangendo Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kiyomizu Temple
    • Japanese cooking class
    • Excursion to Nara with visits to Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Shrine
  • American breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Services of a Professional Travel Director
  • Transportation by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach (with complimentary Wi-Fi)
  • Thunderbird express train from Kanazawa to Kyoto
  • Hotel tips, taxes, porterage and service charges

*Note: To take advantage of the included transfers, flight must arrive into HND between 5:45 am and 10:50 pm, and depart ITM between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm

**Note: Children must be 8 years or older at time of travel.

    Great Ways to Explore
    • Learn about the Yuzen dyeing technique used on kimonos!

    • Stroll through a local farmers market in Takayama.
    • Visit Matsumoto Castle as you travel through the Japanese Alps.

    • Explore Nara, the oldest capital of Japan!

    • Experience Japan's Thunderbird Express train as you journey from Kanazawa to Kyoto.

    Package Overview

    This is an escorted tour. It’s perfect if you prefer not to do your own driving and want to see as many sights as you can during your vacation. 

    GOOD NEWS - The local tour operator will no longer require a COVID-19 vaccination for travelers as of March 1, 2023.  For travelers departing before March 1, the tour operator requires that travelers aged 12 and older provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy), in English, for all vacations. Proof of vaccination must be completed at least 14 days prior to the tour start date. *Exceptions apply to children who do not qualify for vaccination.

    Ready, set, adventure! Experience the very best of Japan on this once-in-a-lifetime guided vacation. Of course, you'll visit Japan's most famous sights, but your tour director will also guide you off the beaten path to experience Japan's hidden gems. From the Japanese Alps and Mount Fuji to ornate temples and colorful cities, you'll get to know Japan in every light.

    In Kyoto, you'll see the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, a Buddhist temple covered in gold leaf! In Nara, you'll visit Todaiji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 752 AD. You'll also visit the traditional Gassho-Zukuri style thatched houses in Shirawaka, as well as Tokyo's Meiji Shrine, a magnificent Shinto monument set in a beautiful garden. Speaking of gardens, prepare yourself for the beauty of Kenroku-en. According to the ancient Chinese book of gardens, gardens should have six different sublime qualities, however, it is rare to find all six in a single garden. Dating back to the 1670s, Kenroku-en boasts a perfect combination of all six: spaciousness & seclusion, artifice & antiquity, and watercourses and panoramas! Keep your camera handy.

    Arguably, the best part of this tour is all the social experience built in. Partake in a traditional tea ceremony, enjoy a spirited sake tasting, and make your own lunch at a Japanese cooking class! You'll also attempt calligraphy, learn about the Yuzen dyeing technique, attend a gold leaf class, browse a farmers market, and try on a traditional kimono! This incredible trip is the perfect blend of guided tours, local experiences, and free time to explore at your own pace.

    Show Detailed Itinerary

    Please note that some recommendations in the following suggested itinerary may not be included in your package. Check What's Included above for full details on inclusions.

    Package ID: PK-GC4P-SH-JD-HND
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    Advertised vacation package prices are per person based on two people traveling together, unless otherwise noted. Advertised package rates are based on select departures as noted on the booking calendar above, were available via the Great Value Vacations website and may not represent current prices.

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    Escorted vacation packages are per person based on two travelers (unless otherwise specified), and typically include hotel accommodations; transportation with professional driver/guide; sightseeing as listed, some meals, local taxes, hotel service charges and porterage of one (1) suitcase per person, due to limited capacity on motor coaches. Space is limited and prices may be restricted to certain travel dates, length of stay or room type. Driver and guide gratuities are not included, and are at the discretion of the traveler. Terms and conditions apply. Minimum child ages and handicapped traveler restrictions may apply on escorted tours; please call for details.

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