Essential Japan

This is a fully escorted tour starting with eight nights outside of Tokyo. We will use Japan’s legendary Bullet Train, plus other modes of transportation, to explore Japan’s smaller cities and countryside. We will finish with eights nights in Tokyo.

Upcoming Tour Dates

September 23 – October 9, 2024

Tour Highlights

  • 17 Days (Lodging for 16 nights, Breakfast and a few other meals included)
  • Maximum of twelve people
  • Ride the famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train)
  • Four nights in Osaka; two nights in both Okayama and Hiroshima; eight nights in Tokyo
  • Nara: Kasuga Shrine and Todai-ji Temple
  • Kyoto Temples & historic East Side; Nishiki Market; Kaiseki feast
  • Himeji Castle
  • Korakuen Garden in Okayama
  • Miyajima Island, Peace Park & Museum in Hiroshima
  • In Tokyo: Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tsukiji retail Market, Sumida River Boat Ride, Senso-ji Temple, Meiji Shrine, walking tours in: Shinjuku, Shibuya, the Ginza, and much more
  • Day trips to: Kurashiki; Nikko; Kamakura
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Essential Japan Tour

$4,995/ Person, Twin Occupancy

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*Please note: we offer Land-only tours; you are responsible for getting to and from Japan. Also, please note some tours may begin in Osaka and end in Tokyo. Please call Steve if you have questions about this. Steve (or one of his associates) will meet you as you emerge from Customs at the Airport on the Tour Commencement Date. Flights from North America always depart a day earlier, since you “lose a day” crossing the International Date Line. If you are considering arriving at or departing from Haneda Airport (HND), or have other plans for arriving in Japan, please discuss this with Steve as early as possible. Some flights into Haneda arrive at very inconvenient times (which is probably one reason they are sometimes cheaper).Please read our Terms & Conditions before committing to any tour.