10 days
from $4,699

GROUP SIZE   ?

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL   ?

 
2

Japan: Tokyo to Kyoto

Enduring marvels in a place unlike any other


Located in the Pacific Ocean, off the eastern coast of Asia’s mainland, this volcanic archipelago is the setting for an enthralling adventure that transports us across ancient cultures and modern cities. Explore the many sides of Japan, from Tokyo’s urban buzz, to countryside temples and samurai fortresses.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Tokyo’s vibrant fish market

  • Spend two nights in a traditional Japanese inn

  • Experience Kyoto’s famed Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

Trip code: 10JAPAN

Activity Level:
 
2

Unscripted experiences, insider access and authentic local flavors


Our team of travel specialists and local contacts have curated some of the best, most exclusive and authentic experiences, restaurants and accommodations in Japan to truly immerse yourself in a way that wouldn't be possible in larger groups or just on your own.

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Timeless Japan

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Details

  • Countries Visited: Japan
  • Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights), Traditional Japanese Inn (2 nights)
  • Single Supplement: starting at $1,600
  • Transportation: Air conditioned vehicle throughout, Bullet Train
  • Airport Transfers: Shared Transfers are included
  • Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12

Day-by-day itinerary from Tokyo to Kyoto

Day 1: Tokyo
Konichiwa! Meet your Local Leader and fellow travelers this afternoon at a welcome meeting. A walking tour of Tokyo leads to the Shinjuku’s Memory Lane, a historic alley of restaurants and the best spot in Tokyo to sample local “fast food.” (d)

  • Our hotel in Tokyo: The Gate Kaminarimon Hotel

Day 2: Tokyo
At Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market, trolleys are piled high with crates of local catch. Explore the narrow aisles filled with spectacular creatures before learning the art of making sushi. After lunch, we visit the Asakusa area, a traditional temple district dating back to A.D. 648. (b, l)

  • Our hotel in Tokyo: The Gate Kaminarimon Hotel

Day 3: Tokyo > Takayama
Ride the rails of the bullet train to the Edo-period town of Takayama, located in the Japanese Alps. A stop at a prized sake brewery provides a tasting of this time-honored rice wine. Enjoy two nights here in a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn). (b)

  • Our ryokan in Takayama: Takayama Ouan

Day 4: Takayama
Explore the morning markets in the Gifu Prefecture, where villages are nestled among the mountains. Sample local bites before a visit to the Hida Folk Village. The rest of the day is unscripted. (b)

  • Our ryokan in Takayama: Takayama Ouan

Day 5: Takayama > Hiroshima
We travel by train to Hiroshima for a poignant visit to the Genbaku Dome and the Peace Memorial Park and Museum — symbols of peace and remembrance. (b)

  • Our hotel in Hiroshima: Hiroshima Tokyu REI Hotel

Day 6: Hiroshima
This morning, we ferry to the serene and enchanting island of Miyajima, home to the Shinto shrine of Itsukushima. Explore Momaji Park on foot or take a cable car to the top of Mount Misen. Tonight, we dine like locals on okonomiyaki, a type of savory pancake. (b, d)

  • Our hotel in Hiroshima: Hiroshima Tokyu REI Hotel

Day 7: Hiroshima > Kyoto
Departing Hiroshima, we venture to the impressive samurai castle at Himeji — once home to over 10,000 families. We continue to Kyoto, the former capital of Japan. (b)

  • Our hotel in Kyoto: The B Sanjo Hotel

Day 8: Kyoto
Today we travel like locals by bus and subway. Our Local Leader showcases Kinkaku-ji Temple’s Golden Pavilion and the famous Ryōan-ji Zen Garden. The opulent Nijo Castle awaits us this afternoon as we explore Ninomaru Palace. (b)

  • Our hotel in Kyoto: The B Sanjo Hotel

Day 9: Kyoto
A short train ride brings us to Kyoto’s famed Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, one of the most photographed sights in the city. Try delicious treats from the locally owned Shrine Café before a walk around the Nishiki Market, also known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen.” Tonight, we savor a delicious Japanese feast. (b, d)

  • Our hotel in Kyoto: The B Sanjo Hotel

Day 10: Kyoto
Our adventure ends today. (b)

Things to know before traveling to Japan

CURRENCY:
The official currency of Japan is Yen (JPY).

Japan is predominantly a cash society and locals carry large amounts of cash for daily business.

International credit cards can usually only be used at major department stores or large restaurants but cash from non-Japanese bank accounts can be withdrawn via the Cirrus and Maestro systems by direct debiting (as well as Mastercard and Visa cash advance). This is now available at all post office ATMs around the country, as well as 7 Eleven convenience store ATMs, making it very easy to get access to cash throughout the trip at each location 24 hours a day.

GETTING AROUND:
You will easily surpass your 10,000 steps a day on this trip, in fact most travelers are surprised at how much distance they end up covering just exploring places on foot! Make sure your shoes are comfy and you are fit enough to spend most of each day on your feet.

ACCOMMODATION:
In Takayama we will be staying in a ryokan, which is a Japanese-style inn. It’s a great taste of tradition, and typically consists of a futon mattresses on the tatami mat floor, as well as smaller bathrooms than more western-style hotels, and sometimes no other furniture (ie. chairs) in the room. Please also be aware that you would normally be required to change to slippers when entering into your room in a ryokan.

Some ryokans may have a curfew when travelers need to be back in the accommodation - this is usually around midnight.

LUGGAGE/CLOTHING:
Be prepared to pack light and smart for this trip as you'll be required to carry your own luggage between train stations and to hotels, which can include going up and down multiple flights of stairs in crowded areas. At some destinations, larger luggage will be forwarded on ahead of you, so it'll be easier to get around if you have a smaller overnight/day pack.

In Asia the dress standard is typically more conservative than it is back home. When packing, try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you covered, but cool.

JAPANESE CUISINE:
The Japanese daily diet contains gluten (ie. in flavorings such as soy sauce) and seafood (dashi, or fish stock, is the basis of most dishes, even vegetable ones), so we highly recommend that vegetarians, vegans and celiacs do their own online research before travelling about some of the options that might be available to them. While our leaders will assist you whenever they can, there may be some included meals that are fixed in advance and not flexible, such as those included at ryokans, and cannot be modified for different diets. For those suffering from particular food allergies, your group leader will endeavor to disclose to their fullest knowledge the main ingredients in dishes being consumed. It is, however, your personal responsibility to ensure that you do not ingest any foods to which you are allergic.

JAPAN 2020:
Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Olympics! Experience Japan during this momentous year.

VISAS:
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Japan

Pre-Night Add-ons

TOKYO: $530 USD per room (double occupancy); $395 (single occupancy)


Post-Night Add-ons

KYOTO: $580 USD per room (double occupancy); $315 (single occupancy)


Optional Tours

We’ve already included everything you need to see! While there are no optional tours on this tour, your Local Leader can always point you in the right direction for you to write your own adventure.

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