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Travel Dates: September 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021
Book this vacation by June 30, 2020 and save up to 30% of your trip price.

On this comprehensive tour, immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of Japan and discover its most beautiful landscapes. Starting in Tokyo, discover famous sites such as the Meiji Shrine on a privately guided tour. With your itinerary personalized to suit your interests, take time to explore the dazzling metropolis, including unique neighborhoods like Asakusa and the gardens of Shinjuu, at your own pace. After Tokyo, make your way up the Japanese Alps to Nagano where an absolute treat awaits: snow monkeys soaking and playing in the hot springs of Jigokudani Yaen Koen Park.

Next, stroll along the cherry blossom-lined pathways of historic Kanazawa as you learn about its samurai and geisha history from a local expert. In Kyoto, explore the beautiful Golden Temple and walk down the haunting Bamboo Forest on a customized excursion. Visit the Peace Park of Hiroshima and see the Torii Gate in Miyajima Island, and then travel on to Osaka and sample some delicious street food treats. Take a break from the bustle as you travel to tranquil Mount Koya and immerse yourself in spirituality while staying at a Buddhist monastery. Having rejuvenated your mind and soul, it’s time to soak up the sun on the golden beaches of Koh Samui in Thailand, while you enjoy holistic spa treatments at premium resorts and some water therapy!

Personalize your tour of Japan to match all your preferences: from setting the pace to adding more travel destinations or selecting your preferred accommodation, our experts are happy to help! Get in touch with us for your obligation-free trip itinerary.

Please note that this offer is not valid for travel between December 15 – 31 2020, March 15 – 31 2021, and December 15 – 31, 2021.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4TokyoImperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, River cruise to AsakusaWashington Hotel Shinjuku, Park Hotel Tokyo
4 - 6NaganoJigokudani Yaen-Koen (Snow Monkey Park), Zenkoji Temple, Togakushi ShrineMetropolitan Nagano
6 - 7KanazawaKenrokuen: Japan’s most celebrated landscape garden, Higashi Chaya district (where Geisha’s perform tea ceremonies), Samurai districtHotel Vista Kanazawa, Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
7 - 10KyotoFushimi Inari Shrine, Nara’s Buddha Statue, Geisha District, Uji Tea PlantationsOriental Hotel Kyoto Rokujo, Granvia Kyoto
10 - 12HiroshimaPeace Memorial, Peace Museum, Miyajima IslandHotel New Hiroden, Sheraton Hiroshima
12 - 13OsakaOsaka Castle, Umeda Sky Building, Street FoodHotel Vischio Osaka by Granvia, The St. Regis Osaka
13 - 14KoyasanUNESCO World Heritage site Mount Koya, Graves in Okunoin Cemetery,  Zen Buddhist MeditationBuddhist Temple Lodging, Buddhist Temple Lodging
14 - 15OsakaOsaka Castle, Umeda Sky Building, Street FoodHotel Granvia Osaka, The St. Regis Osaka
15 - 21Koh SamuiEast Coast, White Sandy Beaches, Coconut Trees, Crystal Clear WaterBurirasa Village Koh Samui, Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

Shared Transfer from Narita Airport to Tokyo Hotel (including airport assistance)

Tokyo

3 Nights

Tokyo is a city like no other! Defined by cutting-edge design, quirky creativity and its own unique ancient culture, the city defines the best of both worlds.

Included Activities

Tokyo’s Finest by Day
Discover Tokyo with your local guide, stopping by some of its best known landmarks. The Asakusa area, with its many traditional buildings standing alongside the new, is your first stop. Witness the Sensoji Buddhist temple, believed to be Tokyo’s oldest. Discover the temple and the adjacent Nakamise street as well, where you will find rows of old shops selling food and curios of all kinds. After this you will be in for a novel experience as you travel by the Tokyo Water Bus on the Sumidagawa (meaning Sumida River), to reach the Hamarikyu Garden. Walk around the beautiful Edo-era garden and stop for some matcha (powdered green) tea and sweets at the charming little tea house within its precincts. Once done with the refreshments, make your way to the famous Meiji shrine, dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji and also a popular wedding venue. End your tour at dusk with a stroll around the Omotesando shopping street, a tree-lined boulevard with contemporary architecture and fashionable stores stocking some of the world’s finest brands. (Full Day; Private Activity; Transfers by public transport; Meal included: Tea and sweets; Fitness Level: Moderate)

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Double Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Park Hotel Tokyo – Opt 2
RoomCity Room - City View
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 4 - 6

Taxi transfer from your hotel to Tokyo train station (including assistance from your hotel until you board your train)

Shinkansen Train from Tokyo to Nagano (1.5 hrs)

Make your own way from the Nagano train station to your hotel

Nagano

2 Nights

Nagano is the capital city of Nagano Prefecture, and is a treasure trove of nature, history and culture. Surrounded on all four sides by tall mountains, it is also referred to as ‘The Roof of Japan.’ Breathtaking mountains make Nagano a hiker’s delight.

Included Activities

Visit to Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Snow Monkey Park)
Take a refreshing day trip to Jigokudani Yaen-Koen – Snow Monkey Park – to watch the fascinating Japanese Macaques in their natural habitat. Walk through a lovely pine tree forest to reach the Park. ‘Jigokudani’, which literally means ‘Hell’s Valley’ in Japanese, is so called because of the boiling hot springs that bubble and steam up from the frozen landscape. Watch the Park’s resident snow monkeys as they soak and bathe in the hot waters in large groups. Completely nonchalant to the presence of human guests, it is a great treat to witness them interacting with one another. Although winter is the best season to spot large groups of Macaques, it is possible to encounter them at the park all year round. If you’re lucky, you could even spot spiky haired baby macaques! In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to the nearby charming town of Obuse, with traditional houses, stores and streets. Obuse is known for its delicious chestnuts and as the home of Hokusai, the famous painter and print maker from Japan’s Edo period, and a visit to his museum here is a must. Over 100 houses in the town participate in an ‘Open Garden’ scheme. If you see this sign in front of the house, it means you can enter the property and enjoy the gardens, giving you a unique insight into Japanese houses. No visit to Obuse is complete without stopping in at the Masuichi sake brewery for a taste of their delicious sake made from the high quality local rice. (Full Day, Public transport; Fitness Level: Moderate due to the steep walkways to reach the park; Please bring comfortable walking shoes in summer, and snow boots in winter, along with warm and waterproof clothing).

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 6 - 7

Make your own way from your hotel to Nagano train station

Shinkansen Train from Nagona to Kanazawa (1 hr)

Make your own way from the Kanazawa train station to your hotel

Kanazawa

1 Night

Kanazawa is perhaps best known for its 17th century castle garden Kenroku-en. It is equally well known as the neighbor of the quintessential Japanese feudal fortress, Kanazawa Castle.

Included Activities

Treasures of Kanazawa
Discover the glorious 17th century Kenroku-en, renowned among Japan’s top three gardens. Kenroku-en includes fountains, waterfalls, bridges, stone layouts, and teahouses that enhance its appearance around the year. A sophisticated water system feeds its two ponds – Kasumigaike and Hisagoike. The centerpiece of the garden is a huge two-legged stone lantern – Kotojitoro. Walk on its meandering paths that cut across forests of cherry trees and Karasaki pine. Drop by the well-preserved Seisoanku Samurai villa next door. Later, you will also visit the unique samurai district of Nagamachi. Nomura-ke, the showstopper of this district, is a historic samurai residence with Edo Period heirloom antiques, samurai calligraphy, an lovely courtyard garden, and a tea ceremony room. See the 400-year old Japanese bayberry tree on the premises, Japanese cypress ceilings, and traditional fusuma-e paintings. (Half Day; Private Activity; Time of the Day: 0930 or 1300 hrs; Duration: 4 hrs; Fitness level: Moderate)

Hotel Options
RoomModerate Double
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Room
Meals
StyleInternational
Day 7 - 10

Make your own way from your hotel to Kanazawa train station

Train from Kanazawa to Kyoto (2 hrs)

Taxi transfer from Kyoto train station to your hotel (including assistance from the train station until you reach your hotel)

Kyoto

3 Nights

Kyoto is to be seen to be believed. With no less than 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, the city encapsulates traditional Japanese culture and tradition.

Included Activities

Highlights of Kyoto – Golden Temple, Bamboo Forest and Markets
Revel in the traditional sights, smells and sounds of feudal Japan’s best preserved city, in the company of your local guide. Visit the many UNESCO World Heritage sites dotting Kyoto, beginning with the Kinkakuji Temple, originally built for the Shogun. At his request, the Shogun’s villa was converted into a Buddhist Temple after his death. Discover the magnificent 15th century Nijo Castle with its splendidly preserved medieval gardens from Japan’s Edo period. Admire the many details and typical architectural features of the old monument, before walking down to the bustling Nishiki Market. Eat your heart out at this food street payable on spot, also known as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’, lined with innumerable restaurants and traditional eating houses! Try out typical local delicacies such as pickles, dried fish and sushi. Also visit the beautiful Arashiyama bamboo grove. (Full Day; Private activity & Public transport; Duration: 8 hrs. Please wear comfortable walking shoes; Fitness level- Moderate; Food tasting to be paid by the guests on spot).

Japanese Cooking Class
Japanese cuisine has been declared a UNESCO Intangible World Heritage for good reason, cooked as it is with the freshest ingredients and masterful techniques. Get an overall idea about Japanese cooking styles from your chef in this cooking class designed for a small, intimate group. Learn how to prepare Bento style boxed meals under the expert guidance of your host chef. Cook Kyoto’s signature Shokado bento, a delicious spread that includes delectable bites of tempura, miso soup, egg roll, chicken teriyaki, sesame spinach salad and sushi. The greatest treat awaits you at the end of the class, when you get to taste your own Bento box! (Half Day, Shared Activity & No Transfers; Meal included: Lunch; Fitness Level: Easy; Please inform about any dietary restrictions in advance).

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Twin
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Granvia Kyoto – Opt 2
RoomStandard Room with View
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 10 - 12

Taxi transfer from your hotel to Kyoto train station (including assistance from your hotel until you board your train)

Shinkansen Train from Kyoto to Hiroshima (1.5 hrs)

Make your own way from the Hiroshima train station to your hotel

Hiroshima

2 Nights

Hiroshima evokes powerful images and emotions attached to its war-torn past. Yet today, Hiroshima has emerged as a symbol of peace, beauty, and hope.

Included Activities

Tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima Island
Explore the highlights of central Hiroshima and the scenic Miyajima Island. Meet your guide at the hotel and head out to the Peace Memorial Park that is dedicated to the Hiroshima nuclear attack and its victims. Visit some of the memorials such as the A-Bomb Dome, the lecture halls, the museum that showcases exhibits along with several memorabilia. Hop onto a ferry to the Miyajima Island (Itsukushima) in Hiroshima Bay, known for its forests and ancient temples. Visit the beautiful, sixth century UNESCO World Heritage-listed Floating Torii Gate and its harmonious buildings built with great aesthetic and technical skills. Wander around the shrines, and taste local delights such as maple leaf-shaped cakes before you head back to your hotel. (Full Day; Times: 0900 hrs; Please note you will travel in public transport – local tram and trains. The pick up and drop off will be at the hotel. The Floating Torii Gate will be under restoration from June 2019 to 2021.)

Hotel Options
RoomTwin Room B
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomDeluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 12 - 13

Make your own way from your hotel to Hiroshima train station

Shinkansen Train from Hiroshima to Shin Osaka (1.5 hrs)

Taxi transfer from Osaka train station to your hotel (including assistance from the train station until you reach your hotel)

Osaka

1 Night

Osaka is third largest city of Japan and has been the home of traders and merchants. It is also well-known for Japan’s oldest temple, the Shinto Sumiyoshi-taisha, and the majestic 16th century Osaka Castle.

Included Activities

Osaka Street Food Trail
Eat your heart out on this evening food trail at Osaka’s street food paradise – Shinsekai or Dotonbori – in the company of your local guide. This pedestrian-only food street in the boisterous Namba District, is lined with causal eateries and hole-in-the-wall establishments, dishing out local favorites and delicious Kansai delicacies. Cross the Dotonbori Bridge and settle down to the joys of sampling delectable takoyaki dumplings (or “octopus balls” as they are more popularly called) and kushikatsu (skewered meat and vegetables). All of which can be washed down with cups of tea. The experience is made richer by the cultural explanations offered by your guide. All in all, this is a most satisfying evening spent out on the town! (Half Day, Evening Tour; Fitness Level: Easy; Meal included: Street food samplings; Please inform your guide about any food allergies and strict dietary restrictions in advance).

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Double Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomGrand Deluxe King
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 13 - 14

Taxi transfer from your hotel to Osaka train station (including assistance from your hotel until you board your train)

Train from Osaka to Koyasan followed by cable car to Mt Koya and bus to Buddhist temple lodging

Koyasan

1 Night

Koyasan, also known as Mount Koya, and its surrounds, is a delightful destination to delve into the ancient culture of Japan, and a marvelous UNESCO World Heritage site.

Included Activities

Overnight Stay at Mount Koya Monastery
Set off from Osaka on your own as you head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mount Koya using local trains and a cable car. Explore your surroundings before you settle into your simple yet comfortable accommodations at the shukubo or Buddhist temple lodging. Relish a traditional vegetarian meal before getting a good night’s rest. Wake up early to watch the monks at prayer before you set off on a private tour with a monk or local expert. Soak in the history and tranquillity of the mountain as you stroll around the Okunoin cemetery. Watch the monks conduct the Shojingu ritual where they bring food to their departed master Kobo Daishi. Stop by Toronto hall with its many lanterns offered by the royal. Walk down along the beautiful trail known as Women Pilgrims’ Route to reach a private terrace offering splendid views of the region. Savor a sushi lunch and choose to further explore the area on your own before catching the train back to your next destination. (2 Days/1 Night; Breakfast and One Meal Included; Fitness Level: Moderate. The hotels are religious facilities where rooms are simple with shared bathrooms and toilets.)

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Japanese Room with Shared Facilities at Buddhist Temple
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
RoomSuperior Japanese Room with Private Facilities at Buddhist Temple
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Day 14 - 15

Train from Koyasan to Osaka.

Taxi transfer from Osaka train station to your hotel (including assistance from the train station until you reach your hotel)

Osaka

1 Night

Osaka is third largest city of Japan and has been the home of traders and merchants. It is also well-known for Japan’s oldest temple, the Shinto Sumiyoshi-taisha, and the majestic 16th century Osaka Castle.

Hotel Options
RoomStudio Twin
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomGrand Deluxe King
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 15 - 21

Private Transfer from Osaka Hotel to Kansai Airport (please note: the chauffeur usually does not speak English).

Flight from Osaka (Kansai) to Bangkok

Flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui

Transfer from Koh Samui Airport/ Pier to Hotel

Koh Samui

6 Nights

Koh Samui, located off Thailand’s eastern coast, is an island oasis of natural beauty with its white sandy beaches, swaying coconut trees.

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
RoomDeluxe Garden View
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort

Transfer from Koh Samui Hotel to Airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 14,903 $ 9,590 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 16,923 $ 11,490 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 21 days / 20 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Economy flights for all sectors :
    • Osaka (Kansai) – Bangkok (Flight)
    • Bangkok – Koh Samui
  • The following train journeys in the highest class available :
    • Tokyo – Nagano (Shinkansen Train – Standard Class)
    • Nagano – Kanazawa (Shinkansen Train -Standard Class)
    • Kanazawa – Kyoto (Train- Standard Class)
    • Kyoto – Hiroshima (Shinkansen Train – Standard Class)
    • Hiroshima – Shin Osaka (Shinkansen Train- Standard Class)
    • Osaka – Koyasan (Express Train)
    • Koyasan – Osaka (Express Train)
  • All activities as listed :
    • Tokyo: Tokyo’s Finest by Day
    • Nagano: Visit to Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Snow Monkey Park)
    • Kanazawa: Treasures of Kanazawa
    • Kyoto: Highlights of Kyoto – Golden Temple, Bamboo Forest and Markets
    • Kyoto: Japanese Cooking Class
    • Hiroshima: Tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima Island
    • Osaka: Osaka Street Food Trail
    • Koyasan: Overnight Stay at Mount Koya Monastery
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
  • Fees and taxes
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
  • All airport, train station and hotel transfers as indicated. For private transfers our representative will meet you at the airport or the station and accompany you to your vehicle (and vice versa).
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above

Not Included

  • Camera fees
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)

Book this vacation by June 30, 2020 and save up to 30% of your trip price.

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Grand Tour of Japan and Koh Samui Beach

21 days $ 14,903 $ 9,590 / person

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