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Journey through Japan - GSA (2540)

12 days from Tokyo to Tokyo

2019 Tour Details

This Japan tour showcases the very best that the country has to offer. You’ll start in Tokyo, end in Osaka, and overnight along the way in Utsunomiya, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kyoto, Matsue, and Hiroshima.

On this tour through Japan, you’ll have the opportunity to see many famous shrines and UNESCO Heritage Sites. Visit Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, built in the 1920s to enshrine the emperor, and journey to Nikko to see the Toshogu Shrine and its Yomeimon Gate. See Shirakawa’s unique Gassho-Zukuri thatched houses, which can only be found here. In Hiroshima, visit Peace Memorial Park and the only remaining structure—the Atomic Bomb Dome—that predates the 1945 atomic blast. An excursion from Hiroshima takes you to the Itsukushima Shrine, built over water and known for its iconic floating Torii gate.

In addition to Japan’s famous sites, on this tour you’ll also learn about the culture. Visit Takayama for a glimpse of traditional 19th century Japanese architecture, explore ornate castles in Matsumoto and Matsue, and view Japanese-style gardens and paintings at the Adachi Museum of Art. Plus, you’ll ride on the famous bullet train.

All of this—and more—await you on this value-minded tour through Japan!

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 Tour Highlights


In Tokyo, Nikko, Matsumoto, Nagano, Takayama, Toba, Matsue, Hiroshima, Kyoto, and Mount Fuji Area.


Services of a professional Tour Director

Scenic Highlights:

Meiji Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Waterfall, Gassho–Zukuri houses, Shukkei-en Garden, Nijo Castle, Temple of the Gold Pavilion, Heian Shrine and Garden, Lake Ashi Cruise


Tokyo hotel at end of tour is dependent on departure airport.


Private, deluxe, air-conditioned coach while touring; bullet train from Hiroshima to Kyoto


 Meals & Itinerary

11 breakfasts


Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

TOKYO, JAPAN. Welcome to Japan’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2

TOKYO. Today’s sightseeing tour takes you to the MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Afterwards, pass by the Imperial Palace Plaza, the State Guest House, the Akihabara district, and the famous Ginza shopping street. Your tour concludes with a visit to the ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE and the NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in this cosmopolitan city.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

TOKYO. NIKKO EXCURSION. Journey north to Nikko for a visit to TOSHOGU SHRINE and its famous YOMEIMON GATE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, continue on to the scenic Iroha-zaka Driveway, which reaches elevations of 3,940 feet, to visit LAKE CHUZENJI and the KEGON WATERFALL. Later, return to Tokyo.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

TOKYO–MATSUMOTO–NAGANO. This morning, travel to Matsumoto where you will see MATSUMOTO CASTLE and the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM. Later, visit Nagano and the ZENKOJI TEMPLE. Founded 1,400 years ago, the temple houses what is said to be the first Buddhist statue brought to Japan.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

NAGANO–SHIRAKAWA–TAKAYAMA–NAGOYA. Continue through Japan’s beautiful mountain scenery to one of the country’s most remote regions, SHIRAKAWA. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique Gassho-Zukuri (joined hands) thatched houses can only be found here. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps to the secluded town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time. Visit the KUSAKABE HERITAGE HOUSE for a glimpse of traditional Japanese architecture of the late 19th century before heading to Nagoya.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

NAGOYA–TOBA–OSAKA. Begin today with a trip to Toba and visit MIKIMOTO PEARL ISLAND to learn about the pearl cultivation process. Later, enjoy a visit to the most important shrine of the Shinto “church,” ISE GRANDE SHRINE. This afternoon, continue to Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

OSAKA–MATSUE. Journey to the city of Yonago on the coast of the Sea of Japan. After a brief visit, continue to ADACHI MUSEUM OF ART to view Japanese-style gardens and view paintings by one of the greatest Japanese painters, Yokoyama Taikan. Later, visit Matsue to see MATSUE CASTLE and BUKE YASHIKI, a former samurai residence.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

MATSUE–HIROSHIMA. En route to Hiroshima, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE and its famous FLOATING TORII GATE. From here, continue to Hiroshima. This city bears significant historic importance, for it was here that the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. Your tour features the PEACE MEMORIAL PARK to see the PEACE MEMORIAL, commonly referred to as the Atomic Bomb Dome, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been preserved just as it was on August 6, 1945, immediately after the bombing. Also, visit the SHUKKEI-EN GARDEN, which dates back to 1620.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

HIROSHIMA–KYOTO. Your fascinating journey to Kyoto, aboard one of Japan’s famous BULLET TRAINS, is sure to be a highlight of your tour. Kyoto is one of the most fascinating cities in Japan and the remainder of your day is free to explore. This evening, you may choose to stay (additional expense) in a traditional Japanese ryokan.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

KYOTO. Enjoy a tour of Kyoto, visiting many of the city’s temples, shrines, palaces, and pagodas. A highlight of the day is a visit to the extraordinary NIJO CASTLE, built in 1603 as the official residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. You will also visit the TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION and the HEIAN SHRINE AND GARDEN. During the day, there will also be a chance to participate in a traditional JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

KYOTO–MOUNT FUJI AREA–TOKYO. Drive to the Mount Fuji area for a leisurely CRUISE ON LAKE ASHI and an aerial CABLE CAR RIDE (weather permitting) over the beautiful Owakudani Valley. From here, enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, before continuing on to your Tokyo airport hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

TOKYO. Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast


HIROSHIMA Hiroshima Tokyu REI Hotel (F)
KYOTO Daiwa Roynet Shijo Karasuma (MF)
MATSUE Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu (MF)
MATSUMOTO Alpico Plaza Hotel (MF)
OSAKA Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI Hotel (MF)
TAKAYAMA Hotel Associa Takayama Resort (F)
TOKYO Shiba Park Hotel (F)
UTSUNOMIYA Daiwa Roynet Utsunomiya (MF)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

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