Discover Japan Globus

Discover Japan

Small-Group Discovery Tour

Experience Japan’s history and culture on this escorted tour that includes Tokyo, Matsumoto, Takayama, Shirakawa, Kanazawa and Kyoto. Explore ancient pagodas, temples and shrines, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the largest Buddha in Japan. View Mount Fuji, take a Japanese cooking class, visit traditional thatched houses and tour one of Japan’s greatest gardens.

The 10 day Discover Japan tour from Globus Tours will show you more of Japan in these 10 exciting days than most other tours pack into two weeks. From religious sites to ancient villages and even the hands-on experiences that make a tour like this so enjoyable. This is the type of travel tour that shows you a well-rounded via of Japan and its destinations, the type of tour that makes you fall in love with a country. One thing is for sure, you're going to enjoy your 10 day Discover Japan tour from Globus Tours so get ready to create some great memories.


10 Daysfr. $4,769

Tour Highlights & Offers

ARRIVE IN TOKYO, JAPAN Location Information Description

Tokyo, Japan

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

PARK HOTEL TOKYO

TOKYO Location Information Description

Tokyo, Japan

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions prior to morning sightseeing in Tokyo. Your tour takes you to the Meiji Shrine, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest, followed by a drive to see the Imperial Palace.

Next, visit an artist’s studio and learn to write like a local during a calligraphy class with a master calligrapher. Here, you’ll also have the opportunity to try on a traditional kimono and partake in a traditional tea ceremony, a wonderfully choreographed ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea.

Last stop is the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Nakamise Shopping Arcade.

The balance of the afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, join your traveling companions at a welcome dinner hosted by your Tour Director.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

PARK HOTEL TOKYO

TOKYO - MOUNT FUJI EXCURSION Location Information Description

Mount Fuji, Japan

This morning, leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to the beautiful Five Lakes region. Here, take a cable-car ride (weather permitting) for panoramic views of Lake Kawaguchi and spectacular Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain. You will also have a spectacular view of Mount Fuji from Chureito Pagoda, part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine, built as a peace memorial in 1963.

Location Information Description

Tokyo, Japan

Return to Tokyo and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Breakfast, Lunch

PARK HOTEL TOKYO

TOKYO–MATSUMOTO–TAKAYAMA Location Information Description

Matsumoto, Japan

Journey to Matsumoto, gateway to the Japanese Alps. Visit famous Matsumoto Castle, dating back to 1593, and discover the history at the Matsumoto City Museum.

Location Information Description

Takayama, Japan

Later, travel through the ruggedly beautiful Japanese Alps to Takayama. Tonight, enjoy a wonderful Japanese-style dinner at your hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

HIDA HOTEL PLAZA

TAKAYAMA Location Information Description

Takayama, Japan

Today begins with a visit to the morning market, where farmers display locally grown fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Then, visit Takayama Jinya, a former government office during the Edo Period from 1692-1868. This well-preserved building is a national historic site and the only remaining building of its kind in Japan. Continue on to the San-Machi Suji historic district—famous for lacquerware shops and sake breweries, and identified by the sugidama, balls made of cedar branches that hang over the entrances. Stop at one of the breweries for a Sake Tasting.

The balance of the day is at leisure, providing you time to explore the narrow streets where merchants buy and sell as they have for 300 years.

Breakfast

HIDA HOTEL PLAZA

TAKAYAMA–SHIRAKAWA–KANAZAWA Location Information Description

Shirakawa, Japan

This morning, enjoy a drive through the mountainous Shokawa Valley to Shirakawa. This remote region of Japan is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites due to the unique Gassho-Zukuri style (joined hands) thatched houses that can be found only here.

Location Information Description

Kanazawa, Japan

Continue to the scenic town of Kanazawa, situated between the mountains and the Sea of Japan—once the country’s richest region. Your Tour Director leads you on a tour of one of Japan’s greatest gardens, Kenroku-en, the “Garden of Six Qualities,” dating from the 1670s. Afterward, partake in a Gold Leaf Class, where you learn more about this ancient traditional craft and make your own bento box souvenir.

Breakfast

HOTEL NIKKO KANAZAWA

KANAZAWA–KYOTO Location Information Description

Kyoto, Japan

This morning, board the Thunderbird Express Train for your journey to Kyoto. Upon arrival, stop at Sanjusangendo Temple, famous for its 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Flanking the main statue are 1,000 more life-sized statues, covered in gold leaf, with 40 arms said to have the power to save 25 worlds.

After lunch, visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, renowned for the thousands of brightly colored Torii Gates. Afterward, continue on to the Higashiyama District to visit Kiyomizu Temple, the “Pure Water Temple,” with stunning views over Kyoto. Along the way, walk through the busy streets, where shops and restaurants have been catering to pilgrims for centuries.

Traditional Ryokan Stay: This evening, you have the option to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan (additional expense). Immerse yourself in the Japanese culture and hospitality at a ryokan (Japanese inn). Your ryokan, Gion Hatanaka, features traditional touches—tatami mat floors, a thin sleeping mattress on the floor, and the chance to experience a Japanese-style bath—as well as the modern convenience of a private bathroom. Included: transfers to/from ryokan from/to hotel in Kyoto; traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast. NOTE: Request at time of booking, as space is limited.

ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL KYOTO

KYOTO Location Information Description

Kyoto, Japan

This morning starts with a visit to stunning Kinkakuji, the Temple of the Gold Pavilion. Next, visit Yuzen Handmade Corner to learn about the Yuzen dyeing technique used to decorate kimonos by painting dye directly on the cloth. You will be invited to participate in making your own souvenir using this traditional method. For lunch, participate in a special Japanese cooking class. Under the instruction of a local chef, you will learn how to make miso soup, teriyaki chicken, and makizushi, more commonly known as a sushi roll.

The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this fascinating city on your own.

Breakfast, Lunch

ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL KYOTO

KYOTO - NARA EXCURSION Location Information Description

Nara, Japan

This morning, take an excursion to Nara, the oldest capital of Japan. Here, visit two separate UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First, at Nara Park, is Todaiji Temple, built in 752 AD and one of Japan’s most famous significant temples. Rebuilt after a fire in 1692, the temple is only two-thirds its original size, yet remains the world’s largest wooden building. The Daibutsu (Giant Buddha) inside the main hall is made of copper and bronze, and is the largest in all of Japan, weighing 250 tons and standing some 49 feet tall! Nearby is Kasuga Shrine, known for its 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns.

Location Information Description

Kyoto, Japan

Return to Kyoto for some leisure time. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner to celebrate your discovery of Japan.

Breakfast, Dinner

ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL KYOTO

KYOTO Location Information Description

Kyoto, Japan

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. Homebound flights from Kansai International Airport in Osaka should not depart prior to 11 am.

Breakfast

Departure Date
Price
Tue, Sep 13, 2022
$4,849.00
Tue, Sep 27, 2022
$4,769.00
Tue, Oct 11, 2022
$4,769.00
Tue, Oct 25, 2022
$4,769.00
Tue, Nov 01, 2022
$4,769.00
Tue, Mar 21, 2023
$5,179.00
Tue, Mar 28, 2023
$5,179.00
Tue, Apr 04, 2023
$5,099.00
Tue, Apr 11, 2023
$5,099.00
Tue, Apr 18, 2023
$5,179.00
Tue, Apr 25, 2023
$5,179.00
Tue, May 09, 2023
$5,099.00
Tue, May 16, 2023
$4,979.00
Tue, Jun 06, 2023
$4,979.00
Tue, Sep 12, 2023
$5,179.00
Tue, Sep 26, 2023
$5,099.00
Tue, Oct 10, 2023
$5,099.00
Tue, Oct 24, 2023
$5,099.00
Tue, Oct 31, 2023
$5,099.00

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.
  • Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip.
  • Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.
  • Single Room Supplement: $1,220 Triple Room Reduction per person: $105
  • Extra Nights per person in Tokyo: In single room $330 In twin room $200 In triple room $185
  • Extra Nights per person in Kyoto: In single room $360 In twin room $210 In triple room $189
  • Ryokan upgrade: $340 per person in twin room $420 single room supplement

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