Discover Japan with Osaka

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TOKYO, KYOTO, MT. FUJI, HAKONE, TAKAYAMA, KANAZAWA, AND OSAKA

Experience true beauty in the “Land of the Rising Sun” on this guided Japan tour with airfare included. All around Tokyo you’ll explore ancient architecture and amazing cultural sights. Discover Japan’s scenic countryside as you travel through Hakone and stop to admire the splendors of Mt. Fuji. In Takayama, enjoy this small town’s quaint history, colorful markets, and stunning views of the Japanese Alps. Take a picturesque drive to visit the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, then head to Kanazawa where you’ll delight in even more traditional charms. Take a beautiful and exciting journey through Kyoto—admire serene temples, wander through Japanese gardens, and take in all this extraordinary culture has to offer. Spend the tour’s last days in Osaka, often called Japan’s “kitchen” for all its delicious foods. Here, you’ll visit famous sites like Osaka Castle and Dotonbori District as well as enjoy a full-day excursion to Himeji and Kobe, two nearby cities rich with historical and cultural relevance.

Shorten Your Trip! Enjoy our 12-day Discover Japan tour visiting Japan’s highlights from Tokyo to Kyoto.

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Did you know that you can make this tour private for your friends and family? Find out more about pricing and options for your group.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 4 nights in Tokyo
  • 2 nights in Takayama
  • 1 night in Kanazawa
  • 3 nights in Kyoto
  • 2 nights in Osaka

Tour
Highlights

  • Sushi-making class (Tokyo)
  • Mt. Fuji
  • Ancient town in Takayama
  • Sake Tasting at a Sake Brewery
  • Shirakawago (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Sightseeing in Kyoto
  • Tea Making & Tea Tasting Experience
  • Cherry blossoms (seasonal)
  • Osaka Castle
  • Dotonbori District
  • Kuromon Market Food Tasting
  • Umeda Sky Garden Observatory
  • Himeji Castle
  • Kokoen Garden

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Japan ground transportation and transfers
  • Super-Express “bullet” train between Tokyo and Nagoya
  • Accommodations at Superior First Class hotels
  • 16 meals: Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary
  • English-speaking Tour Director and local guides

Tour Itinerary

Depart USA

Your fascinating sojourn to mysterious Japan begins as you depart today on your overnight flight.

*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Tokyo on Day 2.

Arrive Tokyo (Japan)

Welcome to Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun.” Evening arrival in Tokyo, Japan’s vibrant capital. Tokyo is a great mix of ancient Japanese culture and modern, dazzling architectural landmarks which you’ll be able to explore over the next few days. Your tour host warmly welcomes you upon arrival and escorts you to your conveniently located hotel. Your host will share with you some vital information about Japan, Tokyo and your upcoming tour program. This evening…

Tokyo

Today, enjoy a full-day guided tour of Tokyo, exploring some of the amazing highlights. Start with a visit to the 1093 ft tall Tokyo Tower. From here you may enjoy bird’s eye views of the sprawling metropolis. Then, stop at the Imperial Palace Plaza for a photo opportunity before we enjoy a sushi-making class with a sushi chef. Afterwards, we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy our sushi for lunch. Your tour continues with a visit…

Mt. Fuji & Hakone Excursion

Japan’s pastoral countryside unfolds as you depart Tokyo today for Mt. Fuji and Hakone. The main attraction here is majestic Mt. Fuji, a dormant volcano that last erupted almost 300 years ago. The mountain’s perfectly shaped cone has inspired artists and poets for centuries. Weather permitting, drive up to the fifth station of the snow capped peak for panoramic vistas. Embark on a scenic boat ride on tranquil Lake Ashi. Later, enjoy a gondola ride…

Tokyo

Spend a day at leisure to explore Tokyo from your conveniently located hotel. For a real taste of Japan, get up early and head for the colorful wholesale fish market! You may also join an optional excursion outside Tokyo to Nikko. Nikko is a magnificent complex of shrines dedicated to the first shogun, adorned with some of the finest woodcarvings in all of Japan.

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Tokyo/Takayama

This morning, embark on a thrilling train ride via the super-express Bullet “Shinkansen” train headed for Nagoya. Here, transfer to a limited-express train for a scenic ride to Takayama, a delightful small town nestled in the majestic Japanese Alps. Over the next few days you’ll travel back in time as you explore rural Japan where traditional-style architecture, ancient culture and fascinating customs have been proudly preserved. After settling into your hotel in the heart of…

Takayama

After breakfast, join your guide for a stroll through the fascinating Miyagawa Morning Market along the Miyagawa River in the old town. This 200-year old colorful market bustles with farmers selling fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and traditional local crafts. We’ll enjoy a sake tasting at the oldest Sake Brewery in Japan while we learn more about how sake is made. Proceed to the Takayama Jinya, a complex of 17th century buildings that once housed officials…

Takayama/Shirakawago/Kanazawa

Today enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque countryside to the rural region of Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you’ll discover fascinating examples of old steep thatched roof houses. This unique architectural style, harmonized into the magnificent mountain landscape, was developed over 100 years ago to survive the harsh winters. You’ll visit one of these houses and learn more about daily life in this remote area. Proceed to the village of Gokayama where you’ll…

Kanazawa/Kyoto

Today enjoy a visit to the historic Oumicho Market, a busy and colorful market and explore along with local residents some of the 200 shops selling seafood, vegetables, fruits, flowers, regional specialties and more. Later you’ll be whisked back in time to the exciting Edo period when you visit the Nagamachi district, a small neighborhood of narrow, cobblestone streets where brave samurai warriors once lived. Many homes are still occupied by the samurai descendants but…

Kyoto

The capital of Japan from 794 to 1868, Kyoto is a world-class gem, a true oasis. Today, depart on a guided tour exploring some of the city’s highlights. We’ll begin at the renowned Kiyomizu Temple, founded in the 8th century. Situated halfway up the Otowayama Hill it encompasses a vast area and affords stunning views of Kyoto. Wander along the narrow winding alleys leading up to the temple, lined with magnificently preserved old houses, craftsmen’s…

Kyoto

A day to explore ancient Kyoto’s grace and beauty on your own or join an optional tour. You may visit some of the smaller and serene temples, marvel at splendid classical Japanese gardens, see the exquisitely dressed geishas at the colorful Gion corner, or join a traditional tea ceremony. Perhaps visit the acclaimed Miho Museum, built on a wooded mountain-top outside Kyoto. Also available is an optional excursion to Nara, Japan’s first capital and symbol…

Kyoto/Osaka

After breakfast, enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Osaka. We’ll visit magnificent Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most famous landmarks, and the lively Dotonbori District with its colorful neon signs. At Kuromon Market, we’ll taste some local snacks from the market’s food stalls before continuing to the Umeda Sky Building, one of Osaka’s most recognizable buildings, where we’ll visit the Garden Observatory. After the day’s sightseeing, we’ll check into our hotel and enjoy the…

Himeji & Kobe Excursion

Today we’ll enjoy another full day of sightseeing with a visit to Himeji and Kobe. Our first stop is Himeji Castle, one of Japan’s most magnificent castles with its well-preserved castle grounds. Next, we’ll explore Kokoen Garden which is located next to Himeji Castle. This Japanese-style garden was opened in 1992 and is made up of nine walled gardens designed in different styles of the Edo period. Before returning to Osaka, we’ll stop at a…

Osaka/USA

After breakfast this morning, we’ll depart for our return flight to the U.S.

*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights on Day 14 in Osaka.

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Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Jan. 28, 2022 to get the best price. The starting prices below reflect a $100 discount applied when you pay by echeck.

Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from Los Angeles (LAX) for 2022 departures. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.

Because we can’t secure airline pricing more than a year in advance, 2023 dates and prices listed below are for the tour only. Once flights are available, we’ll notify you of your options.

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June 12
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June 25
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September 11
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September 24
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October 2
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October 15
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March 5
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March 18
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April 2
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April 15
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April 16
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April 29
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May 7
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May 20
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June 11
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June 24
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September 3
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September 16
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October 8
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October 21
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Rates are based on double occupancy.
Mar 6 2022 Departure: Single room supplement is $999
May – Oct 2022 Departures: Single room supplement is $1,128

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

These tours are available to pre-book! Optional tours are subject to change. If you choose to book your optional tours in-destination, please note that the prices are approximate. They are payable by cash or by major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express) in Japanese Yen. Optional tours are non-refundable.

Nikko World Heritage Tour

  • From approx. $141 Per Person
Available on 2022 departures onward Transfer to pick-up place included. Travel by motorcoach to to the World Heritage Site of Nikko, a magnificent complex of shrines dedicated to the first shogun. After arriving in Nikko, located high up the mountains, visit Toshogu Shrine, famous for its magnificent complex of colorful structures featuring the superb craftsmanship of Japan’s 17th-century artisans. Later, visit Lake Chuzenji created by an eruption of Mt. Nantai and see the impressive Kegon…

Nara Afternoon Tour

  • Kyoto
  • From approx. $80 Per Person
Available on 2022 departures onward On this optional half-day excursion, travel outside Kyoto to Nara, Japan’s first capital and symbol of tranquility. Here, see the Todai-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s largest wooden structures with the bronze Great Buddha, also the Kasuga Taisha Shrine surrounded by 3000 stone and bronze lanterns, and the nearby Deer Park where deer are thought to be the shrine messengers. Later, return to Kyoto.…

Hiroshima

  • Kyoto
  • From approx. $380 Per Person
Available on 2022 departures onward On this full-day optional tour, travel to Hiroshima by bullet train. You’ll begin at the world-famous Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which was established in 1955 and dedicated to documenting the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in World War II. Next, stop at the Atomic Bomb Dome, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, walk by Shima Hospital, Hiroshima’s “ground zero.” Enjoy an Okonomi-yaki making experience for…