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Overview

Discover Japan

Forget everything your mother taught you about table manners. In Japan, it’s considered rude not to slurp. Get ready to joyously drink in traditional hot sake, matcha green tea, big brothy noodle bowls and the delicious views from neon-lit Tokyo to time-honored Kyoto. Peaks, palaces, pavilions, and pagodas provide picture-perfect backdrops for your photos, but don’t expect to stand still for very long on this enthralling tour of Japan. A hands-on calligraphy class, a special kimono fitting, an interactive cooking demonstration, and a gold-leaf design class—where you’ll make your own keepsake bento box—are all part of the fun. You’ll also browse the produce at a Takayama farmer’s market, stroll through Kanazawa’s famous Kenroku-en gardens, and experience the thrill of a ride on the famous bullet train. Prepare to be floored in more ways than one!

Highlights of Discover Japan

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Travelers Notes

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from transfers to and from your hotel and included intra-vacation flights to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!

Accommodation Spotlight Immerse yourself in authentic Japanese culture and hospitality few travelers experience with a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn) stay. During your visit to Kyoto, choose optional accommodations at Gion Hatanaka—a ryokan. Enjoy traditional touches, including tatami mat floors, a thin sleeping mattress on the floor, private bathroom, and the chance to experience a Japanese-style bath. Your 1-night ryokan experience includes transfers to/from your inn and Kyoto hotel, and traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast. Note: Reserve your ryokan at the time of booking, as space is limited.

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Discover Japan

Small Group

Each Globus Asia tour is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Asia vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Notes

Cable-car ride at Mt. Fuji weather permitting.

Product Group

Discover Japan

UNESCO Sites

Kasuga Shrine|Kiyomizu Temple|Mount Fuji|Shirakawa (Gassho-Zukuri houses)|Temple of the Gold Pavilion|Todaiji Temple

Meals

American breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN TOKYO, JAPANTOKYO Welcome to Tokyo! Hotel check-in available mid-afternoon.

Day 2

TOKYOTOKYO Guided visit to the Meiji Shrine. Orientation drive past the Imperial Palace. Visit a local artist’s studio and participate in a calligraphy class, kimono fitting and [LF] traditional tea ceremony. Guided visit to Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Free time this afternoon. (B,D)

Day 3

TOKYO. EXCURSION TO MOUNT FUJIMOUNT FUJI AREA Cable-car ride with views of Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. Guided visit to Churieto Pagoda.
TOKYO Free time late this afternoon and evening. (B,L)

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Tokyo with suggestions from your Tour Director. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Day 4

TOKYO–MATSUMOTO–TAKAYAMAMATSUMOTO Guided visits to Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum. Scenic drive through the Japanese Alps en route to Takayama.
TAKAYAMA Traditional Japanese-style dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 5

TAKAYAMATAKAYAMA Guided sightseeing includes visits to the morning market and Takayama Jinya historic site. Free time to browse in San-Machi Suji historic district before a [LF] sake tasting at a local brewery. Free time this evening. (B)

Day 6

TAKAYAMA–SHIRAKAWA–KANAZAWATAKAYAMA Scenic drive through Shokawa Valley en route to Shirakawa.
SHIRAKAWA Visit the Gassho-Zukuri thatched-roof houses (UNESCO World Heritage Site). .
KANAZAWA Guided visit of Kenroku-en garden, followed by a gold-leaf design class to make your own keepsake bento box. (B)

Day 7

KANAZAWA–KYOTO KANAZAWA Thunderbird Express train trip to Kyoto.
KYOTO Guided sightseeing includes visits to Sanjusagendo Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and a guided walk through Kyoto. Choose to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan (additional expense). (B,L)

Day 8

KYOTOKYOTO Guided visit to the Temple of the Gold Pavilion. Learn the ancient kimono fabric-dyeing techniques and create your own souvenir at Yuzen Handmade Corner. [LF] Prepare miso soup, teriyaki chicken, sushi and more with a local chef during your Japanese cooking class. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B,L)

Day 9

KYOTO. EXCURSION TO NARAKYOTO Excursion to Nara includes guided sightseeing at Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Shrine (UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Free time this afternoon before a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 10

KYOTOYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Schedule departing flights from Kansai International Airport in Osaka after 11 am. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2022-10-10 2022-10-11 2022-10-20 $4769 $0 $4769 OJ21011 Not Available
2 2022-10-24 2022-10-25 2022-11-03 $4769 $0 $4769 OJ21025 Not Available
3 2022-10-31 2022-11-01 2022-11-10 $4769 $0 $4769 OJ21101 Please Call
4 2023-03-20 2023-03-21 2023-03-30 $5109 $200 $4909 OJ30321 Not Available
5 2023-03-27 2023-03-28 2023-04-06 $5109 $200 $4909 OJ30328 Not Available
6 2023-04-03 2023-04-04 2023-04-13 $5029 $200 $4829 OJ30404 Not Available
7 2023-04-10 2023-04-11 2023-04-20 $5029 $200 $4829 OJ30411 Not Available
8 2023-04-17 2023-04-18 2023-04-27 $5029 $200 $4829 OJ30418 Available
9 2023-04-24 2023-04-25 2023-05-04 $5109 $200 $4909 OJ30425 Available
10 2023-05-08 2023-05-09 2023-05-18 $5029 $200 $4829 OJ30509 Available
11 2023-05-15 2023-05-16 2023-05-25 $5029 $200 $4829 OJ30516 Available
12 2023-06-05 2023-06-06 2023-06-15 $5029 $200 $4829 OJ30606 Not Available
13 2023-09-11 2023-09-12 2023-09-21 $5109 $200 $4909 OJ30912 Available
14 2023-09-25 2023-09-26 2023-10-05 $5029 $200 $4829 OJ30926 Available
15 2023-10-09 2023-10-10 2023-10-19 $5029 $200 $4829 OJ31010 Available
16 2023-10-23 2023-10-24 2023-11-02 $5029 $200 $4829 OJ31024 Available
17 2023-10-30 2023-10-31 2023-11-09 $5029 $200 $4829 OJ31031 Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Park Hotel Tokyo The luxurious Park Hotel Tokyo is the perfect base for exploring the energetic city of Tokyo. Located on the 25th floor, the hotel offers stunning views of the city. One of the largest atriums in Tokyo, spreading through ten floors, rises above the main lobby, decorated with modern artwork and several eateries featuring various International cuisines. Tokyo 1-7-1 Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku Superior First-Class
2 Hotel Associa Takayama Resort Overlooking the northern Japanese Alps, the upscale Hotel Associa Takayama offers amenities such as a bathhouse with geothermal water, a spa, 3 restaurants, and a country-style bar. Takayama 1134 Echigo-cho First-Class
3 Hotel Nikko Kanazawa The Hotel Nikko Kanazawa combines an elegant European atmosphere with the beauty of the four seasons. Travelers will appreciate that the hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of some of the most famous tourist spots in Kanazawa. Kanazawa 2-15-1 Honcho First-Class
4 ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kyoto The ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto looks almost out of place with its modern exterior nestled amongst the sublime beauty and historic grandeur of Japan's old capital. This however belies the traditional hospitality and classic atmosphere you will experience during your stay. Kyoto Nijojo-Mae, Horikawadori First-Class
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