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14 Day Spectacular Japan

14 Day Spectacular Japan

This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace
These tours allow you to experience the destination at unsurpassed value. You'll travel with between 40-50 other guests depending on your selected tour*. Enjoy features such as a wide range of included sightseeing, comfortable accommodation and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.
*Note: group size may exceed this. Please refer to the important information section of the Fine Print to view maximum group size for your selected tour. 
Group Size
Group Tour - Classic

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
Classic Tour
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✓ Incredible sightseeing, including Nikko’s dramatic scenery, sacred Mount Fuji, Japan’s beautiful shrines, gardens and temples, charming Shirakawa-go and Takayama Old Town, Kyoto’s ancient World Heritage Sites and the energetic cities of Tokyo and Osaka
✓ 13 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation
✓ Breakfast daily
✓ Scenic cruise on Lake Ashi with spectacular views of Mount Fuji 
✓ Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guide
✓ Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

A fully escorted discovery of Japan’s finest, including Nikko’s dramatic scenery, sacred Mount Fuji, Japan’s beautiful shrines and temples, charming Shirakawa-go and Takayama Old Town, Kyoto’s ancient World Heritage Sites and the energetic cities of Tokyo and Osaka.

From Fushimi Inari Shrine’s seemingly endless red torii gates to the green splendour of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and the freely roaming deer of Nara, this journey is bursting with revered icons and must-see sights.

Itinerary

Hotel
Smile Hotel Tokyo Nishikasai or Similar

Upon arrival into Tokyo, please make your own way to the starting point hotel.

Take the evening to relax after your flight and prepare for your first full day of touring tomorrow.

The easiest and most convenient way to travel from Haneda International Airport (HND) to Tokyo Central is by train or by monorail. The airport is also serviced by many 'Limousine Bus' services which offer shared shuttle bus service from around ¥1300 per person.

The best way to travel from Narita International Airport (NRT) to Tokyo Central is by the Narita Airport Express. The journey to most Tokyo stations takes approximately 1hr and the ticket costs ¥4070. The airport is also serviced by many 'Limousine Bus' services which offer shared shuttle buses from around ¥1300 per person.

Hotel Check-in:

Travellers will be arriving at various times throughout the day. If arriving prior to standard check-in time, which is generally 3pm local time, you are welcome to leave your luggage with hotel reception and explore your surroundings until check-in becomes available, as there are no scheduled activities on day 1 of the itinerary. The hotel may grant early check-in, however this is strictly subject to availability and at the hotel’s discretion.

Hotel
Smile Hotel Tokyo Nishikasai or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Our exploration of Tokyo begins with a visit to Asakusa Sensoji Temple – the oldest temple in Tokyo – famous for its huge hanging lantern at the Kaminarimon Gate (Thunder Gate). Then, we’ll explore the outer grounds of the Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. Previously home to samurai warriors, it’s a sprawling complex with beautiful 17th century parks in the heart of the city. Built on the site of the old Edo Castle, it is surrounded by a large park, moats and massive stone walls. Come cherry blossom season, it is blanketed in a sea of pink blooms.

There is arguably no better place in Tokyo to have a fresh sushi breakfast or lunch than at the Tsukiji Outer Market. At the market, you can find processed and fresh seafood, along with culinary-related items such as specialty knives. 

No trip to Tokyo is complete with a visit to the famous Shibuya Crossing – the famed icon of the district alongside the Hachiko statue.

Hotel
Smile Hotel Tokyo Nishikasai or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

We’ll leave Tokyo this morning after breakfast and head north to Nikko, one of Japan’s most famous mountain towns.

We’ll visit the Nikko Toshogu Shrine. Enclosed in dense forest and hailed as Japan’s most lavish shrine, it’s the final resting place of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Most of the shrine complex was rebuilt in the 17th century and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

Whilst in Nikko, we visit Kinu-Tateiwa Otsuribashi and Oya History Museum, which is a museum built inside a former stone quarry. The caverns are from the Edo Period to mine Oya Stone, a soft but durable volcanic stone. 

Hotel
Sun Plaza Hotel Fuji Yamanakako or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Leaving Tokyo this morning we head to the national park region of Hakone. On the way we explore the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, a building complex that was erected a century ago as a customs house for Yokohama Port. Requisitioned by the US military after World War II, the buildings were repurposed as a cultural centre and shopping complex in 2002.

Enjoy a boat trip across the serene Ashinoko Lake, followed by taking a cable car up the mountains to the sulphur vents of Owakudani. You’ll have spectacular views, and on a clear day, you can catch a glimpse of nearby Mount Fuji.

Hotel
Hotel JAL City Nagano or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

We’ll head to Kawaguchiko today, about a two-hour drive. Lake Kawaguchiko is the most accessible of the Fuji Five Lakes; popular sightseeing spots each offering an astonishing view of dramatic, iconic Mount Fuji. This is a great place to get back to nature.

Here we’ll visit Mountt Fuji 5th station to hopefully view the divine mountain before visiting Oishi Park on the north side of the lake. If you’re here in spring, seeing the cherry blossoms with Japan’s most famous mountain in the background really is an experience. This lake is also home to a cherry blossom festival held during the season, one of the most popular in the country. There are about 300 cherry trees on the northern shore, stretching for about a kilometre.

You’ll see the lakeside trail along the eastern shore of the lake that boasts many weeping cherry trees. There will be time for lunch.

Continue onto Nagano for the night, home of the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Hotel
Route-Inn Grantia Hida Takayama or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, we will head to Hokusai Museum to discover the great artworks of Katsuhika Hokusai (1760-1849), one of Japan's leading Edo period ukiyo-e painters.

We’ll drive to the traditional city of Takayama today, still home to many Edo-period buildings.

For a taste of authentic, old Japan, we’ll enjoy a tour of Takayama old town, nestled in the Hida mountains. This city still retains a traditional feel, especially in its beautifully preserved old town (Sanmachi Suji). Here you’ll find quaint, old latticed wooden buildings and Sannomachi Street, with pretty homes, restaurants and sake breweries. We’ll see the Takayama Jin’ya, the former government headquarters under the Tokugawa Shogunate from 1692-1871.

Hotel
APA Hotel Kanazawa Ekimae or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast we’ll travel to Shirakawa-gō Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has more than 100 'Gassho-style' houses, which feature steeply-pitched roofs. Built many hundreds of years ago, these historic houses stand together in a beautiful natural setting. From the site’s observation deck you can enjoy a panoramic view of this unique village, its thatched-roof houses sitting among gorgeous mountain scenery.

Hotel
APA Hotel Kanazawa Ekimae or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today we will explore the castle town of Kanazawa. First up is a visit to Omicho Market, where you can try some local favourites, such as fresh seafood and gold leaf ice cream.

Next, we visit Kenrokuen Garden. This is one of Japan's three best landscape gardens, and is considered the most beautiful of them all.

Finish up your day by taking a stroll down the streets of Higashi Chaya, a geisha district in Kanazawa known for its quaint old buildings and teahouses.

Hotel
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Echizen Washi Village is located in the Imadate area, it is steeped in paper-washi making history dating back 1500 years. ‘Washi’ is a traditional Japanese paper. 

There are over 60 paper mills in Echizen which you will be able to walk around and visit whilst here.

After your visit, we will continue to Kyoto.

Hotel
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today we’ll visit some of Kyoto’s most iconic sites, like the Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion). This is a Zen temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site, with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold, set within a beautiful classical Zen garden.

Afterwards, we continue to the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove for an enchanting walk through the towering bamboo forest.

This afternoon is spent at your leisure – perhaps selecting one of the optional activities on offer in Kyoto.

Optional Tour - Kyoto Tea Ceremony

Learn the secrets of Sado, the Japanese tea ceremony, from a qualified tea instructor.

Tea Ceremony
The Japanese tea ceremony (known as sado or chado in Japanese) is a Japanese tradition that has become an art form. 
More than just about preparing and drinking tea, it is a formal way for a guest to enjoy a host's hospitality, far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

Itinerary
Today enjoy your tea ceremony experience in the heart of Kyoto. Make your own way to the venue and enjoy this unique traditional Japanese experience.

The Japanese tea ceremony is a traditional ritual influenced by the principles of Zen Buddhism in which powdered green tea, or matcha, is prepared and served by a host in a quiet setting. 

Enjoy tasting traditional Japanese confectionary with your green tea.

Start time: approx 3:00pm. 

Inclusions

  • Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony
  • Qualified tea instructor
  • Taste Japanese traditional confectionary

Exclusions

  • Transportation to the activity is not included and must be self-arranged
  • Personal expenses and anything not stated 
Optional Tour - Kimono Fitting - Kyoto

Kimonos are a traditional Japanese garment that were first introduced in Japan in the Heian period. You will be able to rent a Kimono and walk around the traditional streets of Kyoto to take iconic photos. Your guide will be able to provide you with directions to the venue.

Start time: approx 2:00pm. 
Duration: 45mins to 1 hour

 

Hotel
Sarasa Hotel Namba or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast we’ll leave for a day tour of some of Japan’s icons before continuing onto historic Nara, ancient capital of Japan.

Our first stop in Kyoto is Fushimi Inari Taisha, one of the most iconic sights in Japan with its thousands of red Shinto shrine gates. We spend time here strolling through the gates and visiting the various shrines and temples.

No trip to Japan is complete without sampling the local tipple – sake. An expert will take you through the distilling process, flavours, styles and history of the beverage, before you will be able to sample some for yourself.

Next, we’ll visit Todaiji Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan and home to the country’s largest Buddha statue. We’ll then see Kasuga Shrine, featuring over 3000 stone and bronze lanterns.

Our last stop is at Nara Park, one of the oldest parks in Japan, to see over one thousand tame deer roaming freely in this vast, tranquil space.

The day will conclude, overnighting in Osaka.

Hotel
Sarasa Hotel Namba or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today is all about visiting one of Japan’s most famous landmarks, Osaka Castle.

Built in 1583 as a centre of a new, unified Japan, Osaka Castle is a wonderfully preserved example of Japanese architecture. We then continue to our centrally-located hotel in Osaka for a night at leisure. 

You may wish to head out to experience the famous Osaka nightlife in the Dōtonbori area – one of the city's most popular tourist destinations, Dōtonbori Street runs parallel to the eponymous canal. It’s a popular shopping and entertainment district and an area famed for its street food and plentiful restaurants. At night the streets here are illuminated by hundreds of colourful neon lights and mechanised signs, including the famous running Glico Man sign and the Kani Doraku crab sign.

Hotel
Sarasa Hotel Namba or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today is spent at your leisure.

There are two optional activities which you can participate in, otherwise, feel free to pick your Tour Leader’s brain for some alternative ideas around/in the city:

Optional Tour - Osaka Food Tour

Explore old backstreets, markets, and retail areas seldom seen by most tourists; discover the New York-inspired neighbourhood of Shinsekai and see what ghosts still linger in the streets. Wander through the flashy, glittering, famed district of Dotonbori and sample famous Osaka treats like kushi-katsu and takoyaki octopus balls; plus find out why Osaka is considered the heart and soul of the Kansai region.

Start time: 5pm
Finishing time: approx 8.30pm

(This tour cannot operate on the same day as Hiroshima Day Tour. If you are wanting to do both tours, the Osaka Food Tour will operate the evening prior.)

Optional Tour - Hiroshima Day Tour

Ride the shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima today. On arrival, join your guide on a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome, before taking a cruise to Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, best known for its floating torii gate. Afterwards, return to Osaka via bullet train.

Start time: 9am
Finishing time: approx 8pm

(This tour cannot operate on the same day as Osaka Food Tour. If you are wanting to do both tours, the Osaka Food Tour will operate the evening prior.)

Meals
Breakfast

Today marks the end of your incredible tour through Japan. 

Departure and check out: There are several ways to travel from your hotel to either Osaka International Airport (ITM) or Kansai International Airport (KIX), from shuttle buses to trains and taxis. Transport to the airports can cost between 250 Yen to 21,000 Yen depending on the form of transport you choose. Your Tour Leader will be able to assist you arrange the most convenient way to the airport on the last day of the trip.

Travellers will be departing at various times throughout the day. Standard hotel check-out is from 10am-12pm. You are welcome to leave your luggage at the hotel reception and spend your final moments of free time exploring the area or alternatively please speak with hotel staff if you would like to extend your check-out time. Please note this service is subject to availability and will likely come at an additional cost.

Inclusions

  • Incredible sightseeing, including Nikko’s dramatic scenery, sacred Mount Fuji, Japan’s beautiful shrines, gardens and temples, charming Shirakawa-go and Takayama Old Town, Kyoto’s ancient World Heritage Sites and the energetic cities of Tokyo and Osaka
  • 13 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Scenic cruise on Lake Ashi with spectacular Mount Fuji views
  • Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
  • In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

  • Tokyo – Enjoy the buzz and energy of one of the world’s great cities
  • Tokyo – Visit Tsukiji Outer Market, a haven for foodies
  • Tokyo – Visit Asakusa Sensoji temple – the oldest temple in Tokyo – famous for its huge hanging lantern at the Kaminarimon gate (Thunder Gate)
  • Tokyo – Join the scramble across Shibuya Crossing, the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing
  • Hakone – Cruise serene Lake Ashi with views of Mt Fuji
  • Nikko – Marvel at UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Toshogu Shrine
  • Nikko – Walk across the Kinu-Tateiwa Otsuribashi suspension bridge 
  • Nikko – Visit the underground Oya History Museum, housed in a massive former stone quarry
  • Yokohama – Spend time wandering the shops and restaurants at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
  • Mount Fuji – Savour the views from halfway up this iconic mountain at the 5th Station (weather permitting)
  • Nagano – Discover the works of one of Japan’s most revered artists at the Hokusai Museum
  • Takayama – Experience the rustic charm of this quaint city with a walk through its beautifully preserved old town
  • Shirakawa-go – Admire more than 100 traditional thatched houses in this historical alpine village
  • Kanazawa – Visit celebrated Kenrokuen Garden, ranked as one of Japan’s top three gardens
  • Kanazawa – Step back in time in the Higashi Chaya district, where geisha still live and perform today
  • Kyoto – See this ancient capital’s most famous temples and shrines – Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and Fushimi Inari
  • Kyoto – Revel in the lush, peaceful green splendour of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
  • Kyoto – Enjoy a sake tasting in one of Japan’s premier sake producing regions
  • Nara – Wander through Nara Park with over 1,200 freely roaming Sika deer
  • Nara – Discover Todaiji Temple and its great Buddha
  • Osaka – Visit the expansive grounds of Osaka Castle, a grand monument of feudal Japan
  • Osaka – Stroll through the lively, colourful Dōtonbori area

Fine Print

This product requires full payment upfront to secure your booking.
 
Once you have created your booking you will be directed to your invoice to choose your preferred payment method.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a”3”

Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. While tipping is not customary, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations.

You may also consider tipping your tour leader and driver for outstanding service throughout your trip. Suggested amount for your guide, 500Y per person per day. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Twin Share Bedding Configuration
At any time, bedding configuration is subject to confirmation by the hotel and based on availability. While you have the option to select either twin or double bedding at time of booking, our recommendation when travelling to Japan is to choose twin bedding, as the rooms are often bigger than those that have a double bed. If insisting on double bedding, please note that the rooms will be smaller and more narrow. As a general expectation, we cannot always guarantee bedding at all hotel stays.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $1,306.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Please note when choosing Single Supplement for this deal that you will receive a single room, which is smaller in size than a twin/double room. Unfortunately this is typical for Japan, as the cost to solely occupy a double/twin size room is incredibly high. We appreciate your understanding.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Group Size
20-40 people

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Cherry Blossoms
Please note: cherry blossoms are weather dependent and it is not guaranteed that they will be in bloom at the time of your arrival.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $266.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $221.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $266.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $221.00 per room, per night for solo travellers


Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • Kyoto Tea Ceremony (Day 10) - $100 per person
  • Kimono Fitting - Kyoto (Day 10) - $166 per person
  • Osaka Food Tour (Day 13) - $155 per person
  • Hiroshima Day Tour (Day 13) - $543 per person
    (The Hiroshima Day Tour cannot operate on the same day as Osaka Food Tour. If you are wanting to do both tours, the Osaka Food Tour will operate the evening prior.)

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

Please note that transportation to and from each optional tour is not included in the price. You will be required to make your own way to the starting point of the optional tour, as well as back to your hotel. Your tour guide can provide you with the direction and guidance needed to make your own way.

  • International airfares
  • Airport Transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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