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Splendours of Japan Small Group Tour from Tokyo to Osaka

This small group coach tour from Tokyo to Osaka offers an immersive exploration of Japan's cultural and natural wonders. You'll visit iconic landmarks in Tokyo, discover the serene beauty of Kyoto, witness the majestic Mount Fuji, and explore UNESCO World Heritage sites and stunning gardens. The tour provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in Japan's rich cultural heritage and experience its natural beauty, with the guidance of a knowledgeable tour leader and the camaraderie of a small group.

Splendours of Japan Small Group Tour from Tokyo to Osaka

- SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY
DEPARTURE DATE: March 30, 2025
Countries Visited: Japan

OVERVIEW

At Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shrine, climb the extraordinary path lined with hundreds of orange torii gates that snake through the forest up into the mountains above the city. Indulge in a delicious kaiseki lunch at a traditional ryokan and gain an insight into Japanese customs.

The Activity Level of this tour is Dynamic, meaning this journey features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills.

Sightseeing highlights

  • Explore Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Visit the Sensoji Temple, the Skytree Observation Tower, the Edo Tokyo Museum in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, the Kinkakuji Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sanjusangen-do Hall in Kyoto
  • See the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama and the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa
  • View Mt. Fuji

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
March 30, 2025from $6,825 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 8 night escorted small group coach tour from Tokyo to Osaka
  • 8 Breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners, 1 Farewell Dinner
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Sun Mar 30Konnichiwa Tokyo
2Mon Mar 31Tokyo
3Tue Apr 1Five Lakes District
4Wed Apr 2Majestic Mt. Fuji and Timeless Takayama
5Thu Apr 3Gokayama and on to Kanazawa
6Fri Apr 4Kanazawa
7Sat Apr 5Kyoto
8Sun Apr 6Kyoto
9Mon Apr 7Sayonara

Day 1 – Konnichiwa Tokyo

Your in-depth exploration of Japan begins in Tokyo. On arrival at Narita or Haneda Airport, take a shuttle bus transfer to your centrally located hotel, where you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome drink and local appetizers.

Accommodation: New Otani Garden Tower Tokyo

Day 2 – Explore Vibrant Tokyo

We launch our city tour in the old-time entertainment center of Asakusa, where we’ll encounter the Sensoji Buddhist Temple. One of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular temples, Sensoji has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo’s oldest temple site. Strolling down Nakamise next, we immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of shitamachi (downtown Tokyo), admiring the wooden dolls, colorful chiyogami (origami paper) and traditional Japanese sweets. We’ll ascend Tokyo Skytree, the world’s highest free-standing broadcasting tower for panoramic views of the city.

Accommodation: New Otani Garden Tower Tokyo
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – Off to the Five Lakes District

Our first stop today is the Imperial Palace Plaza from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. We’ll have the opportunity to explore the leafy Imperial Palace East Gardens before continuing our city tour. At the Tokyo National Museum browse collections of Japanese art, then continue to the Ginza district where we’ll learn how to make sushi with a professional sushi chef. We venture to the Five Lakes District next, keeping a keen eye out for the UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji which dominates the landscape.

Accommodation: Fuji Marriott Hotel Lake Yamanakako
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Majestic Mt. Fuji and Timeless Takayama

Visit Oshino Hakkai, a small rural village in the Fuji Five Lakes district, renowned for eight natural spring water ponds that are fed by melted snow from Mt. Fuji. Admire the reflections of the sky and landscapes in its clear waters, then ascend Mt. Fuji by road to 2,300 meters at the 5th station. Ride up Mt. Tenjo on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway next, for jaw-dropping views (weather permitting) of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. Then, journey through the Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama, before enjoying dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Associa Takayama Resort
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 – Experience Gokayama and on to Kanazawa

Immerse yourself in tradition as you walk through the Edo-style streets of Takayama’s Old Town. Indulge a lunch of Japanese Hida-gyu – beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, renowned as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. Journey back in time this afternoon during a visit to the peaceful UNESCO-listed Gokayama, a mountain village set amidst five valleys. Admire the unique construction of the local Gassho-zukuri wooden houses that have been built without the use of nails with steeply sloped thatched roofs to prevent snow from building up on them. Meet with a local family in one of these houses. Observe local artisans making washi paper and try your hand at making your own. Make a difference to the sustainability of this small business during MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Stay overnight in Kanazawa.

Accommodation: Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel Kanazawa
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 – Traditional Kanazawa

Join a Local Specialist this morning to learn the secrets of painting gold leaf, a delicate craft the Japanese have been perfecting since the 16th century. Continue to the tranquil gardens of Kenrokuen, which took shape over a hundred years to emerge as one of Japan’s most beautiful gardens. Connecting with your exquisite natural surrounds, you’ll stroll through ornate landscapes and past ponds and temples. Take a short walk through the Omicho market next to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insider’s view of everyday life in a busy coastal town. Then, visit the Nagamachi District with its beautifully preserved samurai houses that line the traditional stone streets. Here you will gain first-hand insights into samurai life during a visit to the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion.

Accommodation: Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel Kanazawa
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 – Onwards to Kyoto

We board an Express train this morning to Kyoto. We’ll Connect With Locals at a traditional ryokan and enjoy a Be My Guest lunch, learning about local Japanese customs from our hosts. After lunch, we visit the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple with its famous Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion), the proud symbol of Kyoto and a Zen temple, which has its origins as a 14th-century villa.

Accommodation: The Hotel Higashiyama
Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

Day 8 – Discover Enchanting Kyoto

The blazing orange torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine guide our path through the forest, up into the mountains and to a sacred site that has heard prayers for prosperity and happiness since the 8th century. We continue to Sanjusangen-do Hall and admire the minute detail of each of its 1,001 “thousand-handed” goddesses of mercy statues, then enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. This evening, we indulge in a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests.

Accommodation: The Hotel Higashiyama
Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 9 – Sayonara Japan

Our encounter with Japan’s age-old traditions and modern cityscapes at its end, we take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for our onward flight. Alternatively, continue to Hiroshima by choosing the 13 day Splendors of Japan with Hiroshima itinerary.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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