Travel between the centuries to find sacred practices and preserved traditions during your 14-day Japan cultural tour. Lounge in soothing hot springs and customary ryokans. Sample fresh sushi and seasonal cuisine. Traverse the enchanting pathways of the Nakasendo Trail. From pristine gardens to legends of the samurai, secluded towns to dramatic temples, you will experience Japan's unique majesty with specialist guides on a customizable tour.
Tokyo – Welcome to Japan!
Your plane touches down at Narita International Airport. You're greeted at baggage claim by your guide, who will transfer you to your luxury accommodation.
After checking into your hotel, dinner this evening is on your own. A variety of casual dining options are only steps away from your hotel.
Tokyo – A Blend of Modern and Ancient
Nikko and Tokyo – Ancient Tombs and Exquisite Architecture
Kiso Valley – Walk the Nakasendo Trail
Takayama – Where the Past is Still the Present
Takayama to Shirakawago – Preserved Traditions
Kanazawa – A City of Art and Sushi
Kanazawa to Hiroshima – Samurai Homes and Modern Art
Miyajima and Hiroshima – Floating Shrines and the Past’s Lessons
Kotohira – Beautiful Temples
Kyoto – A Day of Japanese Cuisine
Kyoto – Golden Temples and Serene Gardens
Nara and Kyoto – Witness the Glory of Buddhism
Kyoto – We’ll Meet Again
- Spend your nights in ryokans, traditional Japanese inns that feature tatami mats, hot spring onsens, and traditional yukata clothing
- Dine on the freshest Japanese sushi and the freshest seasonal cuisine
- Walk a part of the Nakasendo Trail, known as the “Road through the Mountains”
- Ride the famous Shinkansen, the high-speed bullet train that can travel at speeds up to 200 mph
- Visit Magome and Tsumago, two post towns that have been restored to their former Edo Period glory
Your tour of Japan begins in Tokyo, Japan’s capital and the largest city in the world. With an expert guide or on your own, you discover the loveliest gardens, the most magnificent shrines, and all the excitement that makes Tokyo the most futuristic city in the world. While there, take advantage of the city’s wide variety of Japanese and international cuisine.
From Tokyo, you travel by train and bus to the Kiso Valley and the Japanese Alps, two places that were isolated for centuries by the area’s mountainous terrain. Walk the ancient Nakasendo Trail between Magome and Tsumago, two towns that have been restored to their former Edo Period glory.
As you venture further inland, you discover Takayama and Shirakawago, two of the most well-preserved cities in all of Japan. Spend nights in both these cities, getting to know the locals as you tour the morning market and witness ancient building techniques still practiced in the 21st century. Dine on local dishes such as Hida beef, some of the best steak in the world.
Kanazawa is a city of artisans, from the men and women who make some of the finest crafts, to the sushi chefs who practice for years to prepare fish that were swimming in the ocean just hours before. While there, tour homes once inhabited by samurai, and visit what may be the most unique museum in all of Japan.
Miyajima and Hiroshima are two cities that show very different sides of Japan. In Miyajima, meet friendly deer before gazing upon the ‘floating’ torii gate that marks the bay. Going inland, dine on delectable seafood and handmade pastries. In Hiroshima, learn about both the horrors of the atomic bombing and the efforts Hiroshima has made to not only rebuild, but ensure that the tragedy in 1945 is never again repeated.
From Hiroshima, it is only a short trip to Kotohira, a coastal city on the island of Shikoku. Put on your walking shoes and ascend the 1,300+ steps to the island’s most famous temple. It is definitely worth the effort, as the architecture is some of the most unique in not only Shikoku but all of Japan. In the evening, rest your feet and muscles in a traditional onsen bath before dining on a fine assortment of seafood and fresh vegetables.
Your tour ends in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital and home to over 2,000 shrines and temples. With your guide or on your own, see the best of what this city has to offer. You may also like to take part in a Japanese cooking class where you learn to make a variety of Japanese dishes such as sushi and miso soup. While in Kyoto, there is the option to take a day trip to Nara, Japan’s first capital and home to Todai-ji, a magnificent Buddhist temple. It is an experience not to miss during your time in Japan. This 14-day tour is perfect for couples, small groups, and even families. It is ideal in spring or fall when Japan’s weather is best for outdoor touring.
$7,275 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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