Iconic Japan G Adventures

Iconic Japan

National Geographic Journeys

Join a delightful Asian exploration on this Iconic Japan, escorted tour. This journey will feature many of the highlights in Tokyo, Tsumago, Kanazawa, Hiroshima and Kyoto. Geishas, samurai, shrines, temples, monks, castles and World War II historic sites are among the jewels travelers will discover.

ghts Visit the lovely Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the 123rd emperor of Japan and his wife. In Harajuku, learn about lively Japanese pop culture. A visit to the world's largest fish and seafood market, Toyosu Fish Market, ends with a hands-on sushi class. Feel as if you've stepped back into the Edo Period in Tsumago and explore this quaint village. A stop in Nagamachi introduces you to the culture of elite warriors, the samurai. Here, tour a landmark the exquisite Nomura Family Samurai Residence. Meander through Geisha districts and see a traditional wooden home. Learn the delicate art of painting chopsticks with gold leaf. At Peace Park in Hiroshima's center, reflect on those killed during and after the 1945 atomic bombings and see the burning flame waiting to be extinguished when the world's nuclear weapons are destroyed. See a 12th-century Itsukushima Shinto shrine. Try your skills at Kembu, and join a local monk for lessons in Zen and calligraphy.


12 Daysfr. $5,199

  • JOURNEYS HIGHLIGHT MOMENT: Tsukiji Sushi Experience, Tokyo
  • JOURNEYS HIGHLIGHT MOMENT: Zen Buddhist Meditation, Kyoto
  • JOURNEYS HIGHLIGHT MOMENT: Calligraphy, Kyoto
  • JOURNEYS HIGHLIGHT MOMENT: Kembu Masters, Kyoto
  • HANDS-ON MOMENT: Gold Leaf Painting Experience, Kanazawa
  • HANDS-ON MOMENT: Chopstick Experience, Kanzawa
  • TOUR Tokyo including Meiji Jingu Shrine and Asakusa and Harajuka districts
  • SEE the famous floating torii
  • WALKING TOUR Tsumago Village and countryside
  • INDULGE in Kaiseki dinner
  • VISIT Kanazawa samurai and geisha districts
  • TOUR Nomura Family Samurai Residence and Myoryuji Ninja Temple
  • GUIDED TOURS Himeji Castle and Hiroshima Peace Memorial
  • EXCURSION to Miyajima Island
  • RELAX Zen meditation experience
  • VISIT Kyoto and Nara including Fushimi Inari, Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine
  • EXPLORE Gion Geisha district
  • LEARN art of meditation from a local monk
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Bullet train, express train, local train, ferry, metro, taxi, public bus, walking
  • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout
  • Age requirement: 12+ All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tips for personal services and to tour directors and drivers are not included in tour cost and left to your discretion.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ: Allow USD$475-$620 for meals not included
  • Hotel Gracery Shinjuku in Tokyo (3 nights)
  • Hanaya Tsumago Ryokan in Tsumago (1 night)
  • Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel in Kanazawa (2 nights)
  • Grand Prince Hiroshima in Hiroshima (2 nights)
  • Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei in Kyoto (3 nights)

TOKYO Location Information Description

Tokyo, Japan

Arrive at any time. The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

TOKYO Location Information Description

Tokyo, Japan

Spend the day exploring vibrant Tokyo—one of the world’s most populous cities—by public transit. Experience the traditional side of the Japanese capital on a visit to the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife; and take a stroll in Asakusa, the historic heart of Tokyo.

Then get a glimpse of the city’s quirky, modern side on a walk through Harajuku, a center of Japanese pop culture and a great place to sit back and people watch. In Harajuka get a taste of the pop culture phenomenon of Kawaii. Directly translated as "cute," this Japanese cultural movement is reflected through various avenues of entertainment, toys, personal style, attitude, and cuisine.

Breakfast

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

TOKYO Location Information Description

Tokyo, Japan

This morning, set out on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Toyosu Fish Market (formerly known as the Tsukiji Fish Market), the largest fish and seafood market in the world.

Delve into the bustling maze of vendors with our expert local guides, learning about Japan’s massive fishing industry, and round off the tour with a sushi-making class. Learn how to identify the freshest fish, prepare, fillet, and present; then enjoy a taste of your tasty creations. The afternoon is free to explore Tokyo on your own.

Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

TOKYO/TSUMAGO Location Information Description

Nagiso, Japan

Depart Tokyo by train. Disembark at Nagiso and continue to a local minshuku, a traditional Japanese bed-and-breakfast, where you’ll spend the night.

Location Information Description

Tsumago, Japan

Enjoy a walk through the countryside, passing lush farms and rice paddies into Tsumago, a protected cultural area dating to the Edo period. Explore the charming town, where motorized vehicles are prohibited on the main street during the day and phone lines and power cables hidden from view to preserve its traditional feel. Back at your minshuku, feast on a kaiseki meal—a ritualistic multi-course dinner emphasizing artful presentation and fresh ingredients.

Breakfast, Dinner

Hanaya Tsumago Ryokan

TSUMAGO/KANAZAWA Location Information Description

Kanazawa, Japan

Continue by train to the historic city of Kanazawa, the seat of the powerful Maeda clan during the Edo period. Venture to Nagamachi, the city’s well-preserved samurai district located at the foot of Kanazawa Castle, and learn about the lifestyle of Japan’s ancient, elite warrior class.

You’ll also visit the Nomura residence, the beautifully restored home of a wealthy samurai family, boasting a collection of antique heirlooms and a stunning garden.

Breakfast

Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

KANAZAWA Location Information Description

Kanazawa, Japan

Spend the day exploring Kanazawa. Visit the Myoryuji Temple—commonly known as the Ninja Temple—which doubled as a military outpost, and discover its many hidden defenses and escape routes.

Take a walk through the Higashi Chaya geisha district and gain insights into geisha culture, viewing one of the district’s traditional wooden houses.

Then visit a local craft studio, where you’ll learn about the city’s time-honored crafts and learn to paint chopsticks with gold leaf.

Breakfast

Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

KANAZAWA/HIROSHIMA Location Information Description

Hiroshima, Japan

Travel by bullet train to Hiroshima. Here, you’ll pay a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, located in the heart of the city, which commemorates the tragic atomic bombings of 1945.

Take your time to wander through the park, pausing at memorials dedicated to the victims of the attack, and visit the moving statue of Sadako Sasaki at the Children’s Peace Monument, a reminder of the thousands of young lives lost as a result of the bombings.

Breakfast

Grand Prince Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA Location Information Description

Hiroshima, Japan

Catch a ferry to Itsukushima Island, popularly known as Miyajima. Here, you’ll find one of Japan’s most beautiful and sacred temples, the 12th-century Itsukushima Shinto shrine. This UNESCO World Heritage site is built over the water, with a red torii or wooden gateway that appears to float at high tide. Spend the afternoon at leisure and explore on your own.

Breakfast

Grand Prince Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA/KYOTO Location Information Description

Hiroshima, Japan

This morning, visit the World Heritage-listed Himeji Castle, widely considered Japan’s most spectacular and best-preserved castle. The castle was completed in the early 17th century and features an elegant white facade with multiple wooden roofs.

Location Information Description

Kyoto, Japan

Later, hop on a train to Kyoto, which served as Japan’s imperial capital for more than a thousand years. Explore the city’s stunning temples, shrines, and gardens at leisure. This afternoon, take a guided stroll through the lantern-lined streets of Gion, Kyoto’s renowned geisha district.

Breakfast

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei

KYOTO Location Information Description

Kyoto, Japan

Venture to the breathtaking Fushimi Inari shrine just outside of Kyoto, dedicated to the Shinto god of rice. Walk under the temple’s iconic red gates, where a scene from Memoirs of a Geisha was filmed.

Location Information Description

Nara, Japan

Spend the rest of the day discovering ancient Nara, the site of Japan’s earliest capital. Visit the impressive Todaiji temple—home to the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world—and wander the walkways of Kasuga Taisha, one of Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrines.

Breakfast

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei

KYOTO Location Information Description

Kyoto, Japan

This morning, you'll visit a local temple to learn about the history and practice of Zen Buddhism in Japan. Meet with a local monk for a lesson in Zen meditation and calligraphy; then head to the shimmering Kinkakuji, or “temple of the golden pavilion,” one of Kyoto’s most magnificent sites.

Later, you’ll learn the basics of samurai etiquette and the practice of kembu, or traditional Japanese swordplay. Try your hand at this delicate art form, and witness a memorable performance by kembu masters.

Breakfast

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei

KYOTO Location Information Description

Kyoto, Japan

Depart at any time.

Breakfast

Departure Date
Price
Mon, Aug 30, 2021
$5,399.00
Mon, Sep 13, 2021
$5,799.00
Mon, Sep 27, 2021
$5,799.00
Mon, Oct 04, 2021
$5,799.00
Mon, Oct 11, 2021
$5,799.00
Mon, Oct 25, 2021
$5,799.00
Mon, Nov 22, 2021
$5,199.00
Mon, Dec 13, 2021
$5,199.00
Wed, Dec 15, 2021
$5,199.00
Wed, Mar 16, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, Mar 23, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, Mar 30, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, Apr 06, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, Apr 13, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, Apr 20, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, Apr 27, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, May 04, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, May 18, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, Jun 15, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, Jul 13, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, Aug 10, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, Sep 07, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, Sep 21, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, Oct 05, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, Oct 12, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, Oct 19, 2022
$5,199.00
Wed, Nov 02, 2022
$5,199.00
Mon, Dec 19, 2022
$5,199.00

Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.

  • Rail Pass Please note that only foreigners traveling as a tourist are able to use a Japan Rail Pass. If you are a Japanese citizen/resident or traveling on a student/business/military/diplomatic visa, please advise us at time of booking as you will not be able to take advantage of the rail pass.
  • Luggage size restriction - Effective from May 2020 onwards: All G Adventures tours in Japan use the world-famous Shinkansen bullet trains, which have a restriction on maximum luggage size. Any luggage brought on board the train must be less than 160cm in total. This is roughly the size that most airline companies consider as "carry-on baggage" and allow in overhead storage compartments. As this tour includes city-to-city luggage transfers, this restriction affects your carry-on luggage on board the train.
  • Tattoos are not common or widely accepted in Japan. There is no cause for concern, but do your best to cover your tattoos when possible and note that you may not be permitted to enter public spas or onsens (hot springs).
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