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Grand Tour of Japan

15 days6 cities
Japan1 country
Tour rating: 4 / 5, Based on 21 Reviews
Private tour to Japan

Immerse yourself in Japan's rich cultural heritage with a 15-day tour that showcases the country's most iconic landmarks and ancient marvels. This awe-inspiring journey will take you through some of Japan's most beautiful cities, revealing hidden gems at every turn. 

15 days6 cities
Japan1 country
From
 $6,698 
Tokyo, Japan
3
days
Japan

Being one of the most graceful and charming Asian cities, Tokio will steal your heart for sure. Always changing and full of surprises, the city attracts millions of tourists from all over the world who immediately become its passionate admirers.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
1
day
Arrival

Welcome to Tokyo - the ultramodern and the traditional at the same time capital of Japan! An English-speaking assistant meets you at the arrivals hall and takes you to your private driver for the transfer to your hotel.

Upon arrival at the hotel, you check in and have the rest of the day at leisure to relax after your trip or start exploring the vibrant city on your own.

2
day
Highlights of Tokyo

In the morning, after breakfast, you meet your private guide and start your first full-day tour of Tokyo (6 hours). During the tour, you use the convenient Tokyo public train transportation to travel around the city.

First, you visit the incredible Imperial Palace to get a taste of Japanese culture. and glance at the precious interior of the building. Notably, The Imperial Palace has served as the residential place of the successive Emperors since 1868. It contains the Imperial Residence and the Imperial Palace Complex, where His Majesty the Emperor undertakes official duties. Moreover, various ceremonies and public activities are held there too.
After relishing this marvelous Palace, you will walk through the Nihonbashi district which is a business district that grew up around the bridge of the same name, which has linked two sides of the Nihonbashi River at this site since the 17th century. After enjoying the atmosphere of the Nihonbashi district, you will have lunch.

Then you have a visit to the Tokyo Sky Tree by metro, a television broadcasting tower, and the tallest structure in Japan. Its observation decks offering spectacular views over Tokyo are the highlights of the tower. You visit the deck located at the height of 350 meters (1148 feet), so make sure to have your camera and phone charged!

After that, you will visit Asakusa Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo, and learn the legend of how this temple was built. The temple is known to bring good luck in almost anything, so make sure to make a wish! Here you can feel the traditional Japanese culture the moment you step onto the temple grounds. A shopping street called Nakamise leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate; here, you can find a great selection of souvenirs as well as local confectionaries that the locals admire so much.

Afterward, you'll take a train to Akihabara, a bustling shopping district known for its electronic retailers, ranging from stalls to Yodobashi Multimedia Akiba. Manga, anime, and video game exhibits are available at the Tokyo Anime Center, along with toys, trading cards, and collectibles at Radio Kaikan. The staff of local cafes serve tea and desserts dressed as maids and butlers.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.

3
day
Diverse Tokyo: Meiji Shrine, Harajuku & Shibuya

Your first stop is Meiji Shrine. Located near Harajuku station and Yoyogi Park, this shrine is popular among travelers. In addition to its vast size, it includes a gorgeous, serene forest surrounding the sacred approach to the shrine. Meiji Jingu Shrine gives you the opportunity to experience a peaceful atmosphere in the heart of Tokyo, the largest city in the world. Then you visit Harajuku. Since Harajuku has its own charm, you can fully immerse yourself in the Japanese atmosphere and fully appreciate the surrounding.

The next stop on the itinerary is Shibuya, Tokyo's paradise for shoppers. Despite the abundance of stores, it's probably best known for its crosswalk. As soon as the traffic lights turn red, pedestrians are free to roam wherever they like. Moreover, it is a symbol of modern Japan and of Tokyo itself: action in all directions. People are constantly pouring across the street from all directions, three huge television screens mounted on the buildings flash all day, and the area is covered with lights. The intersection is a popular filming location for movies, and it has appeared in the films Lost in Translation and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, as well as numerous music videos and newscasts. Hence, this is one of the things that travelers can experience only in Japan. 

Before returning to your hotel, you explore Ginza, Japan's premier shopping, dining, and entertainment district, which has one of the most expensive real estate in all of Japan.

The next day, after breakfast and check-out you meet your private driver and take a public train to the train station to catch your bullet train.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Park Hotel Tokyo

If you're looking for a modern hotel in Tokyo, look no further than Park Hotel Tokyo. It's centrally located and the perfect option for travelers that appreciate the comfort, exceptional service, and outstanding amenities.

train
Tokyo
Hakone
1 hr 10 min

Spend an enjoyable time on board a comfortable Japanese bullet train. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes passing by outside the train window.

Mountain Fuji
1
day
Japan

Prepare your cameras as we are heading to one of the most scenic spots in the land of the rising sun, the breathtaking city of Hakone. Believe us, this Japanese gem with its picture-perfect nature, volcanic hot springs, and world-class art-museums is an ideal choice for a blissful escape from the rush of Tokyo.

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Hotel
Day-by-day program
4
day
Hakone Shrine & Ashi Lake Cruise

Upon arrival at Odawara Station, together with your guide you take a public bus to the Hakone Shrine. This day is full of amazing scenery and iconic views, so make sure to have your cameras and phones charged.

One of the classic images of Japan is the red shrine gates floating on the water with Mt. Fuji in the background. This is the Hakone Shrine, that you have a chance to see today, a place of history, culture, and tradition.

The high peaks of Hakone have been worshipped for thousands of years as a place where the souls of the dead would go to travel to the next world, for this reason several shrines were established on the surrounding peaks and later combined at the Hakone Shrine, founded over a century ago. Hakone Shrine played an important role in the history of Japan, which you have a chance to discover during your visit. 

Then you enjoy a cruise on Ashi Lake. The lake was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3000 years ago. Today, the lake with Mount Fuji in the background is the symbol of Hakone. The cruise gives you an opportunity to take in the best views of Mount Fuji and the lake.

After the tour, you take a public bus and arrive at your traditional ryokan hotel for overnight.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora, an IHG Hotel

Located in the heart of Hakone, Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora is a luxury hotel that offers a unique blend of modern comfort and traditional Japanese hospitality.

train
Hakone
Takayama
30 min

Traveling by train from Hakone to Takayama offers a breathtaking journey through the Japanese countryside, showcasing stunning mountain vistas and charming rural villages along the way.

Takayama
2
days
Japan

Within the mountains of Central Japan, Takayama is known for its outstanding preservation of its historical centre from the Edo Period (1603-1868).

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Day-by-day program
5
day
Arrival

Today you arrive in Takayama - an authentic city surrounded by mountains. Your driver takes you to your hotel and you spend the rest of the day at leisure.

2
day
Takayama City Tour

After breakfast at your hotel enjoy a walking guided tour through Takayama with your guide, where you will use taste to distinguish the town. Traditional Japanese sweets, or rakugan, will energize you for the day. A tofu maker will then explain the process and why this food is so important to Takayama. Following a street of wooden shutters, you soon reach a sake brewery, where a variety of tastings helps you distinguish the fine from the everyday. And then it is onwards with sloping roofs greeting you in the village of Shirakawa-go. This village was so isolated and high in the mountains it came up with its own architectural style. Gassho-zukuri means “constructed like hands in prayer” and the steep thatched is ideal for balancing and removing the weight of snow in winter. Look more closely, and you will see that every single roof has been built without nails or mortar. Several houses are open to the public and can be visited on your private tour of Shirakawa-go, with Wado the grandest and most impressive. 

After your tour, you return back to your accommodation and have afternoon free.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Hotel Wood Takayama

Situated in the picturesque setting of Takayama, Hotel Wood Takayama is a luxurious 4-star hotel specializing in warm hospitality and a traditional atmosphere.

train
Takayama
Kanazawa
2h

The train journey from Takayama to Kanazawa is a scenic adventure that takes you through the picturesque Japanese Alps, showcasing stunning landscapes and rural towns that are a delight to explore.


 

Kanazawa
2
days
Japan

In addition to being one of the most graceful and charming Asian cities, Kanazawa will surely capture your heart. With its constant change and surprises, the city draws millions of tourists worldwide who instantly become passionate admirers.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
7
day
Arrival

Welcome to the Japanese capital of culture and science! Upon arrival, your private driver takes you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day you spend at leisure.

8
day
Exploring Kanazawa

After breakfast at the hotel, your private guide meets you at the hotel lobby and you head for the city tour.

Historically, Kanazawa was in competition with the most powerful hubs of ancient Japan: Kyoto and Tokyo (then Edo). That resulted in the rich heritage that attracts lots of tourists from Japan and the outer world. Your guide will show you Kenrokuen garden with an iconic stone bridge, then you will discover Higashi Chaya district, have a stroll through Omicho market. You finalize the tour with Oyama Shrine, Kanazawa Castle and a beautiful park that surrounds them. 

After the tour, you have free time.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Hotel Forza Kanazawa

Located in the heart of Kanazawa, Hotel Forza Kanazawa is a modern and stylish hotel that offers exceptional comfort, contemporary amenities, and convenient access to the city's top attractions, making it a perfect choice for travelers seeking a luxurious stay in this vibrant cultural hub.

train
Kanazawa
Kyoto
2h 15m

The train journey from Kanazawa to Kyoto offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the heart of Japan, with breathtaking views of the scenic countryside and stops at charming towns along the way.


 

Osaka, Japan
3
days
Japan

Having previously served as the capital of the country before 1868, the charming city of Kyoto is one of the ten largest cities in Japan with a population of 1.5 million people. The city is famous for hundreds of its gorgeous Buddhist temples and shrines, scattered along its territory, and is often called Japan’s spiritual heart.

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Day-by-day program
9
day
Arrival in Kyoto

Upon arrival in Kyoto, a private driver meets you at the train station and takes you to the hotel.

The rest of the day you can enjoy free time and some independent sightseeing or feel free to book any optional activities with us.

10
day
Tea Ceremony & Kyoto City Tour

In the morning, after breakfast, you meet your private guide and start your full-day exploration of Kyoto.

You start with Kyoto Imperial Palace, the Imperial Family's residence from 794 until 1868, during the times when Kyoto was the capital of Japan. Here you have a chance to explore the palace buildings (from the outside) and the gardens, which were just recently opened to the public.

After historical part of our tour, you proceed to a Japanese tea ceremony experience that provides an engaging induction to the traditional tea ceremony. This activity dates back hundreds of years and is the most idealistic pastime of ancient Japan. In this ceremony, you will have an opportunity to wear traditional kimono robes, taste the green matcha tea and eat unique Japanese sweets specifically made to match the tea's flavor.

After a break for lunch, you visit the Arashiyama, the second-most important sightseeing district in Kyoto that is filled with temples and shrines. The highlight of the district is the famed Bamboo Forest, one of the most photographed sights in Kyoto. Standing in the midst of this sprawling bamboo grove is like being in another world. It has a sense of otherness that is very much unlike that of any other forest. This is an experience that is not to be missed!

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.

11
day
Fushimi Inari Shrine & Sanjusangendo Temple

Today you have a half-day tour to explore Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sanjusangendo. You will reach these sights by the convenient system of public trains. 

Fushimi Inari Shrine is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of red torii gates, which stand astride a network of trails. The trails lead into the forest of the sacred Mount Inari. Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. You can take a hike on these trails and learn how the thousands of torrid gates appeared here. 

Then you proceed to the Sanjusangendo Temple, famous for its 1001 human-sized statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Once inside, you see a large wooden statue composition of the Kannon, equipped with numerous heads and arms, the goddess of mercy can better witness the suffering of humans and better help them fight the suffering.

After the tour, you return to your hotel in Kyoto and have the evening at leisure.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Hotel Kanra Kyoto

Situated in the picturesque setting of Kyoto, Hotel Kanra is a luxurious 4-star hotel specializing in warm hospitality and a traditional atmosphere.

train
Kyoto
Osaka
35 min

Enjoy a fast and scenic train ride through some of the most scenic landscapes in Japan. Providing all the necessary amenities, such as power sockets and luggage compartments, it is one of the best ways to travel from Kyoto to Osaka. 

Osaka Castle
4
days
Japan

With its lively urban atmosphere, delicious street food, and numerous dazzling neon billboards, colorful Osaka is the third-largest city in the country and an ideal destination to enrich your Japan itinerary.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
12
day
Arrival

Upon arrival in Osaka, your driver takes you to your centrally located hotel, you check in and have the evening at leisure.
 

13
day
Osaka City Tour

In the morning after breakfast you meet your private guide and to explore Osaka on a full day tour of the city. During the tour you use public transportation, just like a local. 

First you visit the Umeda Sky Building, a high rise building that consists of two towers connected with each other by the "Floating Garden Observatory" on the 39th floor. The observatory offers great views of the city through its windows and from its open-air deck.

Then you have a chance to see the Osaka Castle. The construction of the original castle, that was intended to become the center of a new, unified Japan under Toyotomi rule, started in 1583. It was the largest castle at the time. Your guide will share with you the history of the castle, that was destroyed and rebuilt since then.

After some time for lunch, you proceed to the Shinsaibashi shopping area, the best-known shopping area in Osaka, and a symbol of the city that has its own history of nearly 400 years. Among the numerous shops you can find here local specialties and great cafes and restaurants.

After having some free time at the Shinsaibashi, you return to your hotel.

14
day
Enjoy Osaka

This day you can enjoy free time and some independent sightseeing or feel free to book any optional activities with us.

15
day
Departure

After breakfast and check-out your private driver transfers you to the Osaka airport or train station depending on where you go next.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka is a charming hotel that combines European elegance with Japanese hospitality, offering spacious rooms, excellent dining options, and a central location that makes it easy to explore Osaka's vibrant cityscape.


 

What's included

        
  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels;
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  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
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  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
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  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
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  • Support line during the trip.

Note:  Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

Note: We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Note: Сity taxes are not included in the price. This is a small tax (1-5 EUR per person per night) collected by many European cities. You will need to pay it at the hotel on checkout.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, local city taxes and all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • A panoramic cruise across the Ashi Lake;
  • Exploring Shinsaibashi;
  • Experiencing traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto;
  • Exploring Fushimi Inari Shrine & Sanjusangendo Temple;
  • Enjoying breathtaking bird-eye views from the Tokyo Sky Tree;
  • Discovering Higashi Chaya district.

What To Know

Stress-free Booking Book your journey without stress and at convenient pace. You can pay a deposit of 20% to book any tour in any major currency; the final balance will be due 90 days before start date. In event if you decide to change or postpone your trip, you can transfer your deposit to any other packages we offer. Cruise bookings and special offers may be subject to different booking terms.

Trip Assurance If you need our assistance during your trip, you can call our support line available from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (CET) on weekdays and weekends.