Discover Japan

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Experience true beauty in the “Land of the Rising Sun” on this guided Japan tour. 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. On your last days of this trip, 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. 4/5 stars on Tripadvisor!

Extend Your Trip! Enjoy our Discover Japan with Osaka tour which includes 2 nights in Osaka, which is often called Japan’s “kitchen” for all of its delicious foods.

Itinerary at a Glance

Tour Itinerary:

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

Tour Highlights

  • Meiji Shrine (Tokyo)
  • Sushi-making class (Tokyo)
  • Lake Ashi boat ride with views of Mt. Fuji
  • Ancient town in Takayama
  • Sake Tasting at the oldest Sake brewery in Japan
  • Shirakawago (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Kenrokuen Garden
  • Exploring Kyoto
  • Tea Making & Tea Tasting Experience
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
  • Cherry blossoms (seasonal)

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from Los Angeles (LAX) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation in an air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Super-Express “bullet” train between Tokyo and Nagoya
  • Accommodations at first class hotels
  • 15 meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director and local guides

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

Tour Itinerary


Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.


Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.

Note: Flights may not be available on all departures.

You may have to book your own flights to the tour destination. If so, you are responsible for making your own way to the tour starting point, where you will meet your Tour Director. This is normally the first hotel in your itinerary.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo

Day 2: Tokyo

Day 3: Mt. Fuji & Hakone Excursion

Day 4: Tokyo at Leisure

Day 5: Tokyo – Takayama

Day 6: Takayama

Day 7: Takayama – Shirakawago – Kanazawa

Day 8: Kanazawa – Kyoto

Day 9: Kyoto

Day 10: Kyoto at Leisure

Day 11: Depart Kyoto

Guided Tour Pricing

Plan ahead to maximize your savings!

Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA. 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, some dates and prices listed below are for the tour only. Once flights are available, we’ll notify you of your options.

2024 Tours With Flights Tour Only  
Sep 1–12
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Sep 2–12
$4,699 $4,399
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Oct 13–24
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Oct 14–24
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Nov 3–14
$5,999 $5,699
Nov 4–14
$4,699 $4,399
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Mar 10–20
$6,299 $5,699
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Mar 31–Apr 10
$6,299 $5,699
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Apr 14–24
$6,399 $5,799
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May 5–15
$6,399 $5,799
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May 26–Jun 5
$5,799 $5,199
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or 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 $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours

Enhance your trip with these optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Nikko Excursion

Nara Excursion

Hiroshima Excursion

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Level 2

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More

Pacing Level: Moderate

Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More

No Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Currently, there are no additional entry requirements for U.S. passport holders, but this can change at any time. Before travel, both U.S. and non-U.S. passport holders should visit our Passports & Visas page to reconfirm entry requirements.

Travelers will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, and significant slopes walking through city streets, within temples and through markets.

The World Expo 2025 will be held in Osaka, Kansai, Japan from April 13, 2025 through October 13, 2025.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.



6 months ago
Eric was a very engaging tour director and did a wonderful job showing us highlights of Japan. Would have been better if he had been secured for this tour earlier to allow his preparation and input to the agenda, as we understand he was a last minute replacement. Reasonable pricing for the range of services, transportation and accommodations.


6 months ago
See survey input - great value for money and enjoyed trip highlights

Paul S

8 months ago
The trip to Japan had many interesting activities included with the tour. The paper making, Japanese Tea Party, Sushi preparing of food, the design making of chop sticks, the tour guide constantly helping group organizing whatever we needed. Yuki Honda is the best guide that I have had from Smartours. A great asset to you. We enjoyed the different choices of food. We learned the new way of paying for items through machines.
The Mt Fuji was not visible the day we visited the area due to fog. The gondola was not working due to repairs. The Pirate ride on the boat was nice.
The part the needs to be addressed is the Hiroshima Tour. The number of student in the Hiroshima Museum was terrible. We could not see anything in the museum due to excessive amount of students. Thousands of students from many schools arrived and block all the exhibits. Group could not see anything. Waste of time.
The Shrine was a shrine. The deer roaming the area was nice.
Very disappoint with the tour to Hiroshima. Not worth the time going and returning. This was a Sunrise tour.


8 months ago
The Tour was wonderful. we saw many sites stayed in great hotels and got to sample the local culture.

TravelArt a

11 months ago
Japan is an amazing modern, clean and well organized country with a glorious tradition to the past. The Temples, shrines and Samurai era buildings are a treasure to behold. We had an "Iciban" (#1) tour guide who went over and above the call of duty to guide us. I did have some problems with the food and some of the activities, but all in all it was a great experience.

Tiffany G

1 year ago
My 10 days in Japan was an unforgettable experience. Thanks to Ueda San for ensuring we were informed with background information before visiting some of the most breathtaking, historical sites. I highly recommend the trip and want to go back again soon.

Cheryl W

1 year ago
Our trip was amazing. Our guide, Akiko, was exceptional. The hotels were excellent & everything was included in the price. Our group of 24 people enjoyed everything.

Mayuri P

1 year ago
My first favorite tour was Japan. I was very glad that the departure was from Lax! Perfect spring weather and full of cherry blossoms. The tour started on April 10 to 22-2017.
Everything was perfect about the tour. Hero was very informative and kind and funny.
The choice of hotels was very good too. Thanks smartour for excellent tour and Convenient Lax departure!

Mayuri P

3 years ago
This was my first tour to Japan with Smartours. It was great experience from start to finish.
The tour guide ‘Hero’ was very knowledgeable, humorous and kind. In our spare time she would voluntarily suggest places and go with us and give little history about it too!
We went on April 10-21, 2017. Weather was awesome and cherry blossoms were stunning.
All the hotels were great too! Being vegetarian they made sure I had enough of it.
I would definitely travel with this company again and recommend to my friends.
The big plus was the flight was from LAX!!

Mayuri P

4 years ago
This was my first tour with Smartour.
April 10-21, 2017 perfect season for cherry blossoms. So pleased with the tour and the tour guide was awesome. Her name is Hero. She was very knowledgeable and kind hearted. She took very good care of everyone. She managed to arrange vegetarian food for me everywhere we went. All the hotels were great. Great value for money.
Great experience and definitely will do more tours with Smartour.