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13-Day Classic Japan Tour: Tokyo, Nikko, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima, and Kyoto

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Taito City, Japan
13-Day Classic Japan Tour: Tokyo, Nikko, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima, and Kyoto

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Lose yourself in Japan’s majestic cultural tapestry on a 13-day tour of the country’s iconic locations from Tokyo. Alongside an expert guide, experience the luminescent streets of Tokyo, the poignant monuments of Hiroshima Peace Park, and the soothing hot springs of Hakone. Absorb the sacred atmosphere of the Toshogu Shrine, pleasure your palate with the street food of Takayama market, and spend 12-nights luxuriating in comfortable hotels and guest houses. Enjoy meals indicated by the itinerary, and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 12 people.
  • 13-day tour of Japan from Tokyo to Kyoto
  • Travel by bullet train to Takayama in the Japanese Alps and stroll through the Hida Folk Village
  • Explore two UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples or shrines, such as Golden Pavilion Temple, and visit the geisha district of Gion in Kyoto
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 ensures a more personalized experience
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English-speaking guide
12-night accommodation in hotels and local guesthouses
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Japan Rail Pass
Included Activities
Breakfast (2)
Dinner (2)
Gratuities
JR Rail Pass Extension
Food and drinks, unless specified
Optional Activities

Departure Point

2-chōme-2-9 Kotobuki, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0042, Japan

Agora Place Asakusa is conveniently located 1 minutes' walk from Tawaramachi Subway Station and 5-6 minutes from two other subway stations in the heart of Asakusa, Tokyo's traditional downtown area.

Departure Time

6:00 PM

Return Details

678 Ōmandokorochō, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8413, Japan

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto-Shijokarasuma is located in the central downtown area of Kyoto, approx. 300m away from Shijo Street with its many shops as well as Nishiki Market.The Gion district, Kamogawa River and Higashiyama temple precinct are also accessible by foot, within 1.5km away.

Gain fascinating insight into Japan's distinctive and dynamic culture on this 13-day journey through the Land of the Rising Sun. In addition to admission to Japan's premium attractions, enjoy 12 nights of accommodations in traditional guesthouses, Japanese inns, and a luxurious hotel. 

Enjoy a balanced combination of guided tours and relaxed free time, and relish the freedom to customize your itinerary according to your interests. Experience the exhilaration of activities, such as cable car rides, and delight in the tranquility of UNESCO-listed temples, such as the Golden Pavilion. 
Itinerary
Tokyo
Bursting with contemporary urban culture, there are many sides of Tokyo to explore, from fascinating museums and world-class shopping, to neighbourhood backstreets lined with hole in the wall eateries and bars. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight. You can arrive at any time during the day, as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Afterwards, join your new travel companions for an optional dinner at a local restaurant. It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. Please also bring your passport to the welcome meeting which your tour leader will collect and use to activate the JR pass later.
Duration: 10 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Hama Rikyu Gardens
Optional Activity: Tokyo - Hama Rikyu Garden - JPY300
Duration: 
Admission Ticket Free
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Optional Activity: JPY600
Duration: 
Admission Ticket Free
The Sumida Hokusai Museum
Optional Activity: JPY1200
Duration: 
Admission Ticket Free
Tokyo National Museum
Optional Activity: JPY650
Duration: 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Hotel
Meals:
  Not Included
Nikko
Catch the shinkansen bullet train today (approximately 1 hour) and then a local train (approximately 1 hour) to get from Tokyo to Nikko. Japanese trains are a quintessential experience and one of the best insights into culture (and efficiency!) of the country. Enjoy shopping for snacks or bento box at the train station or simple snacks are available for purchasing on board too. Arrive in Nikko late afternoon and you'll stay in a small inn tonight with shared facilities. Your 14 day Japan Rail Pass is valid from today on. If you are planning to travel longer after our tour ends, you might like to consider extending your Rail Pass to 21 days at time of booking your trip. Extensions or new Rail Passes are not available for purchase within Japan once on trip.
Duration: 10 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Ryokan
Meals:
  Not Included
Nikko Tosho-gu
You have a full day to explore Nikko today, an ancient town overflowing with beautiful shrines and temples. A number of shrines here are World Heritage Sites and the town is surrounded with lush mountainous nature. You'll visit Toshugu Shrine, a resting place of a Tokugawa shogun who was one of the most powerful rulers of the country. The opulent shrine contrasts with the traditional minimalist style commonly used throughout Japan. Every corner of this monument is covered in intricate gold leaf, lacquer work, paintings and patterns.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Nikko Toshogu Museum
Here you can also visit the Nikko Toshogu Museum of Art at the back of the temple complex (extra entrance fee apply). This 1920s mansion has a beautiful collections of sliding doors and screens decorated by the best Japanese painters of the day. In your free time, you can pay a visit to the red-lacquered Shin-kyō bridge, one of the town’s most famous landmarks, and the Buddhist temple of Rinnō-ji, home to fearsome statues and an elegant garden.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Chuzenjiko Lake Boat House
you may prefer time exploring Nikko’s beautiful natural setting with a visit to Chuzenji Lake and Kegon Falls. Kanmangafuchi Abyss is another highlight in Nikko that your leader will take you to visit, where you'll see about 70 Jizo Buddhas looking out to the river. Nikko - Bus to Chuzenji Lake (return) - JPY2200
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Ryokan
Meals:
  Not Included
Hakone-machi
Leaving Nikko, you'll have a long travel day today to our next destination - Hakone. Travel by local train followed by two shikansen bullet trains and finally a bus. Phew! Total travel time can vary depending on the connections, but we will usually arrive by mid afternoon.The journey is certainly worth it as Hakone is a scenic hot-springs resort in the foothills of Mt Fuji. You’ll be staying at a family run ryokan tonight, with tatami-mat rooms, shared bathroom facilities and a lovely outdoor hot-spring onsen. As you travel on public transport for the next few days, we'll forward your big luggage to Takayama while you take a smaller bag with you to Hakone. 1 x piece of luggage is included in our luggage forwarding service. If you have extra luggage you'd like to be forwarded from Nikko to Takayama, the cost will be about 1800-2300 JPY depending on the size. Your Leader will be able to advise the exact amount whilst on your trip.
Duration: 12 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Ryokan
Meals:
  Not Included
Hakone-machi
This morning, hop on a boat across Ashinoko Lake and then tride the Hakone ropeway cable car to the top of the surrounding mountains. The area around the lake offers plenty of stunning views, and you may even catch a glimpse of Mt Fuji in the distance if weather conditions are clear.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Optional Activity: JPY1600 There’s also a great collection of art at the Hakone Open-Air Museum and the Pola Museum of Art, an eclectic mix that includes work by the likes of Renoir, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gallé. Not what you would expect to find in a small Japanese town, right?
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Accommodation:
 Ryokan
Meals:
  Not Included
Takayama
Travel by a local train first then a shikansen towards Takayama in alpine Gifu Prefecture today. You’ll reach speeds of 270 kilometres per hour and it will take around 4 hours to get there in total. Takayama is a charming Edo period town located in the Japanese alps, famous for its traditional inns, sake breweries.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato)
an outdoor museum where the traditional thatched-roof architecture unique to the area has been relocated in a delightful mountain setting in an effort to preserve traditional Japanese culture. Discover the techniques used to build farmhouses that could withstand fierce winters and long periods of isolation due to snow-closed roads. The thick thatching kept in warmth and the roofs were angled so as to minimise snow build-up. Each house is like its own self-contained museum, with displays of personal items and traditional tools. We stay in another delightful ryokan tonight where you can experience traditional Japanese hospitality, sleeping on futon in tatami-mat rooms. Your included dinner tonight will give you the chance to taste some of Takayama’s famous signature dishes.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Ryokan
Meals:
 Dinner  
Takayama
Enjoy a typical local breakfast this morning at the ryokan before our visit to the morning market. Gifu prefecture is known to produce many fine high-altitude vegetables, and these markets have been held for over 600 years. Browse the stalls of seasonal vegetables brought in from the surrounding countryside, set up by local farm women from 6am every morning. Look out for the unique local style of pickles, the bags of miso wrapped in leaves, Genkotsu ame (soy bean candy), preserved fish, spices, and the delicious marshmallow treat of owara tamaten. The alpine climate and crystal clear mountain waters are perfect for creating sake, so you'll also visit a local brewery for a taste of the region's prized signature drop later today. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this delightful little town.Takayama is also very famous for Hida beef. Don't miss the opportunity to try some of the country’s best while you're in town for lunch or today.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Free
Takayama
Optional Activities Takayama - Festival Float Museum - JPY1000 Takayama - Merchant House - JPY700 Takayama - Bike hire (per day) - JPY800 Takayama - Showa Museum - JPY800 Takayama - Takayama Jinya Building - JPY430
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Ryokan
Meals:
 Breakfast  Dinner  
Hiroshima
Time to leave Takayama and travel by express train and shinkansen (approximately 5 hours) to Hiroshima. Depending on arrival times, we will either visit Hiroshima’s Peace Park this afternoon or tomorrow morning. This evening, maybe try one of the city’s signature dishes for dinner – okonomiyaki, a savoury pancake of egg, cabbage, soba noodles, and meat or seafood. Our accommodation tonight will either be a simple ryokan or hotel.
Duration: 12 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
he Genbaku (A-Bomb) Dome and Peace Memorial Museum stand testament to the fateful day in August 1945 when Hiroshima was chosen as target for the first ever wartime use of the atomic bomb. The dome was just metres from where the bomb detonated so it was able to retain its shape and the fact that it looks almost exactly as it did after the bombing has made it an enduring symbol of peace. The memorial park serves the same purpose, and has museums, memorials and monuments dedicated to the memory of victims.
Duration: 12 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Ryokan/Hotel
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Miyajima
Today you'll make your way to the nearby island of Miyajima with its famous 'floating' torii gate. You might like to further explore the island by climbing to the top of Mt Miyajima (or hopping on the cable car instead) for 360-degree views of the Inland Sea. Keep your eyes out for inquisitive and hungry deer that roam the streets. You have the rest of the day free to enjoy some of the other sites in this very welcoming and pleasant city. You could stop by the magnificent five-storied Hiroshima Castle, which originally dates from the 1590s. It was destroyed by the bomb but reconstructed in all its glory in the 1950s, and now holds an informative museum. The wonderful Shukkeien Garden, with its graceful teahouses and waterfalls, is also a perfect place to decompress on a break from sightseeing. Ask your leader for other tips and suggestions as there is plenty to see and do.
Duration: 12 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Itsukushima Shrine
Optional Activities Miyajima - Itsukushima-jinja Shrine - JPY300
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Accommodation:
 Ryokan/Hotel
Meals:
  Not Included
Himeji Castle
Leave Hiroshima today and head to Japan’s most impressive samurai castle at Himeji by shinkansen (approximately 1 hour). The building, which has survived earthquakes and war since the mid-16th century, was restored to its full glory in 2015. The moats, baileys, towers and walled alleyways were ingeniously designed to trick attackers – perhaps so intimidatingly that they were never in fact tested. Explore the castle that was once home to over 10,000 samurai families and look out over the castle grounds and the city below from the seventh floor.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Kyoto
Hop back on the shinkansen for the 1 hour train trip to Kyoto. Originally founded as Heian-kyo (literally “tranquillity and peace capital”) by Emperor Kammu in 794, Kyoto had its golden age during the imperial court's heyday from 794 to 1185. Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years (the name means “Capital City”) but the emperor and government are now located in Tokyo. With over 2,000 temples, shrines and gardens, Kyoto is a great place to get lost in. Your leader will take you on an orientation walk on arrival to get your bearings and you may like to spend some further time getting acquainted with Kyoto by wandering through its historical streets lined with traditional machiya houses. Stay in a ryokan or simple hotel during our time here.
Duration: 12 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Ryokan/Hotel
Meals:
  Not Included
Kyoto
With its many cultural landmarks and historical sites, and the abundance of traditional arts and literature, Kyoto is regarded as the cultural heart of Japan. Your tour leader will take you to visit two of the best temples this morning. Afterwards, it's your free time to explore this charming ancient capital. You will have almost one and half free days here to exploreand there is a lot to see and experience here. Your tour leader will be able to help you with making the most out of your time.
Duration: 12 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Fushimi Inari is definitely one of the most photographed shrines in Japan. For the more active, hiking up the mountain following the red torri gates is a great way to enjoy the expansive forest on the shrine’s grounds and views of the city below. Otherwise, maybe head off to Arashiyama to enjoy a wander through the Sagano bamboo forest, or cycle along the Kamo River. Another great stop is the architecturally impressive Higashi Honganji Temple and the almost surreal Sanjusangendo, home to 1,001 statues of Kannon, or the Nishiki food market.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Kyoto
Optional Activities Kyoto - Bike hire (per day) - JPY800 Kyoto - Sanjusangendo Temple - JPY600 Kyoto - Obanzai cooking class - JPY6500 Kyoto - Kiyomizu-dera - JPY400 Kyoto - Tea Ceremony with Maiko - JPY4000 Kyoto - Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) - JPY500
Duration: 12 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Ryokan/Hotel
Meals:
  Not Included
Gion
On one of the evenings, your leader will take you on a stroll through Gion, Kyoto's famous Geisha district. Even today you can observe the age-old tradition of geisha as they head out to perform dances and song for members of the wealthy elite in small teahouses tucked away in tiny back streets.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
SIONE Ginkaku-ji Honten
A gentle stroll through Kyoto's eastern hills along the ‘Path of Philosophy’ that links Ginkaku-ji, the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, with Nanzen-ji Temple is also recommended. This walk can be extended south through the well-preserved ‘old town’ areas to Kiyamizu-dera (Temple of Clear Water) with its famous viewing platform. Also recommended, for those visiting in spring, is a visit to the theatre for a presentation of Miyako Odori (Cherry Blossom Dance) performed by elaborately dressed maiko (apprentice geisha), or a visit to the extravagantly decorated Kinkakuji Temple, immortalised in Yukio Mishima’s novel “The Golden Pavilion”.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Kyoto
Optional Activities Kyoto - Bike hire (per day) - JPY800 Kyoto - Sanjusangendo Temple - JPY600 Kyoto - Obanzai cooking class - JPY6500 Kyoto - Kiyomizu-dera - JPY400 Kyoto - Tea Ceremony with Maiko - JPY4000 Kyoto - Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) - JPY500
Duration: 12 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Ryokan/Hotel
Meals:
  Not Included
Kyoto
There are no activities planned for the day and you’re free to depart the hotel at any time after check out at 10 am. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
  Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Booking must be made at least 21 days in advance
  • Minimum age is 15 years
  • Please note that on days in which no activities are planned, you are free to explore at your leisure; all activities and purchases will be at your own expense. You will have your tour guide's mobile number in case of emergency.
  • On this trip, you're expected to carry your own luggage for up to 30 minutes at a time. Train stations are quite complex and usually require a lot of stair climbing, especially when doing a quick transfer from train to train. Elevators aren't always available and cannot accommodate many people at a time, so if you are choosing to bring a suitcase, please ensure you are able to lift and carry it yourself without difficulty. A backpack is recommended for these reasons. Many inns don't allow suitcases with wheels into rooms with tatami mat floors. Japanese transportation is often quite small and cramped so it's best to pack as light as possible.
  • Accommodation: No single Supplements available.Twin Share Basis.
  • The following information is required of travelers upon booking:
  • Full name, nationality and current country of residence
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number, issue date and expiry date
  • E-mail address
  • Existing medical conditions or dietary requirements
  • Travel insurer name, contact number and policy number
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Intrepid Group
  • If you cancel less than 30 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 30 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Any changes made less than 55 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 31–55 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 13-Day Classic Japan Tour: Tokyo, Nikko, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima, and Kyoto?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during 13-Day Classic Japan Tour: Tokyo, Nikko, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima, and Kyoto?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during 13-Day Classic Japan Tour: Tokyo, Nikko, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima, and Kyoto?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 13-Day Classic Japan Tour: Tokyo, Nikko, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima, and Kyoto?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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