Small Group Discoveries

  • Experience Japan’s traditions when you dine with Geisha, sample fine regional sake, and tour a tranquil Zen meditation garden.
  • Hear colorful stories of Kyoto’s Geisha traditions as you stroll with your guide in the historic Gion district, where Geisha traditions began long ago.
  • Travel to ancient Nara, Japan’s first capital, and tour its magnificent temples.
  • Learn the art of sushi from a master chef in Tokyo.
  • Day 1 – Welcome to Kyoto!

    Check in to the ANA Hotel, wonderfully situated in the heart of Kyoto.
  • Day 2 – The Best of Kyoto c

    Spend the day exploring the most significant historic treasures of this captivating city. Expertly guided city sightseeing includes Nijo Castle with its ingenious “Nightingale Floor,” the vermilion-hued Heian Shrine and Kinkakuji Temple – the glittering Golden Pavilion. You’ll also delve into Japan’s enduring traditions when you dine with Geisha at midday and tour the tranquil Zen meditation gardens of Kodaiji Temple. Meals B,L
  • Day 3 – Excursion to the Inland Sea... Miyajima c and Hiroshima

    This picturesque island nation is criss-crossed by an extensive network of trains and ferries, running with a well-deserved reputation for punctuality and efficiency. This morning you’ll have a chance to experience both these forms of transport as you join residents and visitors alike to travel by train and then ferry from Kyoto across the lovely island-dotted Inland Sea to Miyajima Island. Visit Itsukushima Shrine, established in the 6th century, and marvel at the magnificent red Torii Gate which rises from the sea. Then return to the main island of Honshu to visit Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park c where the Memorial Museum stands as a sobering reminder of the destruction wrought by the Atomic bomb. Meals B
  • Day 4 – Tour Nara c, Japan’s first capital

    Transfer to the station this morning and journey by train to ancient Nara. Visit the magnificent Todai-ji Temple, one of the largest wooden structures in the world and home to an enormous statue of Buddha. Then stroll along the lantern-lined forest paths of Kasuga Shrine before returning to Kyoto. Meals B
  • Day 5 – Travel to Kanazawa

    Travel by rail to Kanazawa and visit the Nomura Samurai Residence and Kutani Kosen Pottery Studio to see skilled artisans at work. Then explore Kenrokuen, revered as one of the very best traditional landscape gardens in all of Japan. Overnight at the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel. Meals B
  • Day 6 – Into the Japan Alps to Shirakawago c and Takayama

    Journey to the mountain hamlet of Shirakawago, famous for its ancient “Joined Hands” farmhouses. These unique homes, many built by hand more than 100 years ago, derive their name from the steeply pitched thatch roofs which give the appearance of two hands joined together in prayer. Continue to the deluxe Associa Takayama Resort. Meals B
  • Day 7 – Full day sightseeing in Takayama

    Visit the city’s morning market and then admire perfectly-preserved buildings like Takayama Jinya, an imposing government hall of the Edo period. Enjoy a tasting of fine regional sake and tour the fascinating Folk Craft Museum. At the Festival Floats Exhibit Hall, you’ll see enormous parade floats dating back 400 years, many with cleverly-engineered figures that can be animated when these floats are used in the town’s colorful spring and autumn festivals. Meals B
  • Day 8 – Onward to Tokyo

    Journey by train to Tokyo and then transfer to the city’s modern rail system for the short ride to the Keio Plaza Hotel, ideally located in bustling Shinjuku. After time to refresh in your spacious Plaza Premier Room, join your guide for a walking tour in the vibrant, modern district where you’re staying. The area is popular with Tokyo residents for shopping, dining and entertainment. Meals B
  • Day 9 – Tsukiji Fish Market and Tokyo city sightseeing

    Early this morning, we take you on a special visit to the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market, where the city’s best chefs come daily to procure the freshest seafood. Then join one such master chef to learn the art of preparing restaurant-quality sushi. Enjoy the results of your efforts for lunch and continue your sightseeing. Ascend the Tokyo City View Observatory for panoramic views over the capital and visit the Mori Museum. Then stroll along the colorful Nakamise Arcade to Asakusa Kannon Temple, the oldest in the city. Meals B,L
  • Day 10 – Full day excursion to Mt. Fuji and Hakone

    Travel to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji and continue to Hakone National Park. Enjoy a cruise across the placid waters of picturesque Lak Ashi and ascend Mt. Komagatake by cable car for sweeping views over mountains and forest. Experience the Earth’s powerful geothermal forces in the Owakudani Valley and then return to Tokyo. Meals B
  • Day 11 – Depart Tokyo

    Your tour with us finishes today after breakfast. Meals B

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  • Hotel Granvia Kyoto

    Hotel Granvia Kyoto is an integral part of the JR Kyoto Station Building, the visually striking architectural masterpiece which also includes a department store, museum, musical theater, and a vast underground shopping mall. From this convenient location, hotel guests have direct and easy access to and from Kansai International Airport and major metropolitan destinations across Japan including Osaka, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.

  • ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

    Modern amenities and traditional Japanese hospitality blend at this inviting hotel in the heart of the city.

  • Associa Hotel

    The Associa Hotel is located in the Takayama Highlands, surrounded by deep forests and mountains. All 290 guest rooms have a superb view of the Japan Alps, comfortable beds, and climate control. An entire wing of the hotel is dedicated to hot spring baths, and guests can enjoy this as well as many other spa activities.

  • Keio Plaza Hotel

    The Keio Plaza Hotel is located in the Shinjuku district of bustling Tokyo, walking distance from shopping, cultural experiences, and other events. The hotel plays host to 29 separate restaurants, each with a different atmosphere and dining opportunity. All 1450 rooms are equipped with television, internet access, mini-bar, and a spectacular view of the city. Other hotel amenities include the swimming pool, gymnasium, drugstore, sauna, photo studio and beauty salon.

Our Small Group Sojourn Value

  • Escorted comprehensive sightseeing every day, including all entrance fees
  • 12 meals: 10 buffet breakfasts and 2 lunches
  • 10 nights accommodation in our handpicked deluxe hotels
  • All on-tour transportation including the famous Bullet Train
  • Luggage handling and all hotel taxes & service charges
  • GeneralAssist, our toll-free 24/7 emergency on-tour assistance

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  • sandra from AZ gives this tour 

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    Excellent and diversified itinerary, nicely scheduled, great accommodations, superb guide who stayed with us through all the locations that were visited. Read More »

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    Delighted by how friendly the people are and how clean the towns are. They really appreciate foreign visitors to their country and welcomed conversation. We enjoyed the different modes of transportation to go to parts of the country to learn the culture, history and explore its treasures. Hiroshima should not be forgotten. Takayamma is such a navigable city. Charming and just right. Enjoyed the view from the hotel. Our guide was a good time keeper when making our travel connections. Couldn't... Read More »

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Stay in a Japanese inn...  

Enjoy dinner and a night at the Yoshi-ima Ryokan here in Kyoto’s Gion district on Day 4. Just $159 per person double, $200 single.

Takayama Spring Festival  

Discover Japan’s enchanting springtime beauty on our special April departures. Delight in the profusion of pink cherry blooms that adorn cities, towns and countryside. Then experience the Takayama Spring Festival, featuring colorful traditions that date back centuries... Mingle with local residents in a colorful night market and thrill to an unforgettable parade of giant floats, many ingeniously animated and dating back to the 17th century!

Kyoto’s Gion Festival  

Experience one of Japan’s liveliest festivals with 1,200 year-old traditions! At festival-time, the streets of Gion, Kyoto’s historic Geisha district, are filled with color, music and light. Join local residents for this mid-summer revelry, see the festive decorations and thrill to Yamaboko-Junko, a spectacular parade of gigantic floats pulled by teams of men in traditional garb. Experience all this and more on our July departure. Book early… This departure always sells out quickly!