Discover Japan with Osaka

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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. 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. 4/5 stars on Tripadvisor!

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Itinerary at a Glance

Tour Itinerary:

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

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)
  • Dotonbori District
  • Umeda Sky Garden Observatory
  • Himeji Castle
  • Kokoen Garden

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
  • 17 meals: 12 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


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

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

Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo

Welcome to Japan, the "Land of the Rising Sun" Tokyo is a mix of ancient Japanese culture and modern, dazzling architectural landmarks which we'll be able to explore over the next few days. Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive program will be met and transferred to our centrally located hotel. This evening our tour director hosts an orientation and shares some vital information about Tokyo, Japan, and our program. This evening, we'll enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel.

Accommodations: Keio Plaza Hotel or similar
Meals: Dinner

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: Kyoto – Osaka

Day 12: Himeji Excursion

Day 13: Depart Osaka

Guided Tour Pricing

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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.

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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 Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Enhance your trip with our recommended 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.

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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.