Discover Japan (OJ) - 2015

Questions? 866.755.8581

10 Day Tour from Tokyo to Kyoto

Discover Japan
The gorgeous Japanese landscape
The gorgeous Japanese landscape
Spectacular view of the majestic Mount Fuji
The bustling Kyoto Station includes a shopping mall, theater, and hotel
The Matsumoto Castle displays armor and weapons from the Sengoku Period
The bustling city of Tokyo at night
Japananese temple
The bustling city of Tokyo at night
Stroll through the scenic gardens in Kanazawa
The historic Golden Pavilion Temple is set on the banks of Mirror Pond in Kyoto

Vacation Overview

From bustling cities to quiet mountain villages, experience the distinct flavor of Japan during this amazing vacation. Discover Japan’s culture as you try on a traditional kimono, partake in a tea ceremony, taste sake, attempt calligraphy, learn about the Yuzen dyeing technique used on kimonos, take part in a gold leaf class, browse a farmers market, and participate in a Japanese cooking class.

Of course, you’ll visit Japan’s famous sites, including many of its castles and shrines. In Kyoto, see the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, a Buddhist temple covered in gold leaf, and be amazed at its beauty. In Nara, visit Todaiji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 752 AD and one of Japan’s most significant temples. You’ll also visit Matsumoto Castle, a must-see sight in Japan. Dating from 1593 and designated a national treasure, it is Japan’s oldest existing castle tower.

Beyond the fascinating structures and shrines, you’ll also have a chance to visit one of Japan’s greatest gardens—Kenroku-en. According to the ancient Chinese book of gardens, gardens should have six different sublime qualities, but it is rare to find all six qualities in a garden. Dating from the 1670s, Kenroku-en does, in fact, combine the six attributes of a perfect garden—spaciousness & seclusion, artifice & antiquity, and water-courses & panoramas.

At the end of your journey you’re sure to have lots of stories and photos to share with loved ones back home!

Similar Vacations that may interest you:

City sightseeing; visit the Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Nakamise shopping arcade; calligraphy demonstration; kimono fitting; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite tea ceremony; night walking tour; welcome dinner

See the Great Buddha

Cruise on Lake Ashi; cable-car ride to view Mount Fuji

Visit Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum

City sightseeing; visit a local market, Takayama Jinya, and a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite sake brewery for a tasting

Visit Gassho-Zukuri houses

Visit Kenroku-en Garden; gold leaf class

City sightseeing; visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, Sanjusangendo Temple, Kiyomizu Temple, and Temple of the Gold Pavilion; walking tour of Gion; Yuzen Handmade Corner; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Japanese cooking class; excursion to Nara; farewell dinner

DAY 1Arrive in Tokyo, Japan

Welcome to Japan’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Japananese temple Enjoy the beautiful temples in Japan The gorgeous Japanese landscape 

DAY 2Tokyo

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions prior to morning sightseeing in Tokyo, home to more than 8 million people. Your tour takes you to the MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest, followed by a drive to see the Imperial Palace Plaza. Next, visit an ARTIST’S STUDIO and enjoy demonstrations by a master calligrapher before trying it yourself. You will also have an opportunity to try on a traditional KIMONO and join a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TEA CEREMONY. Last stop is the ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE and the NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, join your traveling companions at a welcome dinner hosted by your Tour Director. After dinner, take a WALKING TOUR with your Tour Director among the dazzling neon lights of Tokyo. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The bustling city of Tokyo at night The bustling city of Tokyo at night 

DAY 3Tokyo–Kamakura–Mount Fuji Area

This morning, leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to Kamakura to see the 750-year-old Great Buddha. Continue on to the Mount Fuji area for a CRUISE on Lake Ashi, followed by a CABLE-CAR RIDE for panoramic views of spectacular Mount Fuji (weather permitting). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Spectacular view of the majestic Mount Fuji 

DAY 4Mount Fuji Area–Matsumoto–Takayama

Journey to Matsumoto, gateway to the Japanese Alps. Visit famous MATSUMOTO CASTLE, dating back to 1593, and discover the history at the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM. Later, travel through the ruggedly beautiful Japanese Alps to the quiet, isolated town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time. Tonight, enjoy a wonderful Japanese-style dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The Matsumoto Castle displays armor and weapons from the Sengoku Period A beautiful view over the Japanese Alps The historic Hida Takayama Folk Village features traditional buildings from the Hida region 

DAY 5Takayama

Today begins with a visit to the MORNING MARKET, where farmers display locally grown fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Then, visit TAKAYAMA JINYA, a former government office during the Edo Period from 1692-1868. This well-preserved building is a national historic site and the only remaining building of its kind in Japan. Continue on to the San-Machi Suji historic district—famous for lacquerware shops and sake breweries, and identified by the sugidama, balls made of cedar branches that hang over the entrances. Stop at one of the breweries for a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SAKE TASTING. The balance of the day is at leisure, providing you time to explore the narrow streets where merchants buy and sell as they have for 300 years. (Breakfast)


DAY 6Takayama–Shirakawa–Kanazawa

This morning, enjoy a drive through the mountainous Shokawa Valley to Shirakawa. This remote region of Japan is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites due to the unique GASSHO-ZUKURI (joined hands)-style thatched houses that can be found only here. Continue to the scenic town of Kanazawa, situated between the mountains and the Sea of Japan and once the country’s richest region. Your Tour Director leads you on a tour of one of Japan’s greatest gardens, KENROKU-EN, the “Garden of Six Qualities,” dating from the 1670s. Afterward, partake in a GOLD LEAF CLASS, where you learn more about this ancient traditional craft and make your own bento box souvenir. Your included dinner tonight is at your choice of one of three restaurants at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Stroll through the scenic gardens in Kanazawa 
The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 7Kanazawa–Kyoto

This morning, travel along the Sea of Japan to Kyoto. Upon arrival, visit the FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE, renowned for the thousands of brightly colored Torii Gates. Next, stop at SANJUSANGENDO TEMPLE, famous for its 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Flanking the main statue are 1,000 more life-sized statues, covered in gold leaf, with 40 arms said to have the power to save 25 worlds. Continue on to the Higashiyama District to visit KIYOMIZU TEMPLE, the “Pure Water Temple,” with stunning views over Kyoto. Along the way, walk through the busy streets where shops and restaurants have been catering to pilgrims for centuries. Lastly, take a WALKING TOUR through Gion, Kyoto’s most famous geisha district, which is also known for its high concentration of machiya-style merchant houses. If luck is on your side, you may even see a geisha or a geisha-in-training, called a maiko. This evening you may choose to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan. (Breakfast)

The bustling Kyoto Station includes a shopping mall, theater, and hotel The historic Golden Pavilion Temple is set on the banks of Mirror Pond in Kyoto 

DAY 8Kyoto

This morning starts with a visit to stunning Kinkakuji, the TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION. Next, visit YUZEN HANDMADE CORNER to learn about the Yuzen dyeing technique used to decorate kimonos by painting dye directly on the cloth. You will be invited to participate in making your own souvenir using this traditional method. For lunch, participate in a special Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite JAPANESE COOKING CLASS. Under the instruction of a local chef you will learn how to make miso soup, teriyaki chicken, and makizushi, more commonly known as a sushi roll. This afternoon, take an excursion to NARA, the oldest capital of Japan. Here, visit two separate UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First, at Nara Park, is TODAIJI TEMPLE, built in 752 AD and one of Japan’s most famous significant temples. Rebuilt after a fire in 1692, the temple is only two-thirds its original size, yet remains the world’s largest wooden building. The Daibutsu (Giant Buddha) inside the main hall is made of copper and bronze, and is the largest in all of Japan, weighing in at 250 tons and standing some 49 feet tall! Nearby is KASUGA SHRINE, known for its 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Return to Kyoto for the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)

The illuminated Todaiji Temple at night 
The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 9Kyoto

A full day at leisure to explore more of Kyoto’s temples, shrines, palaces, and pagodas. Tonight your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner to celebrate your discovery of Japan. (Breakfast, Dinner)


DAY 10Kyoto

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. Homebound flights from Kansai International Airport in Osaka should not be booked prior to 11 am. (Breakfast)

Osaka, Japan 

American breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 5 dinners including a welcome dinner in Tokyo and a farewell dinner in Kyoto.

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.


Years of Experience: 6 years

Japan is a fascinating country with long-standing traditions and customs based on the localities and four distinct seasons. As a Tour Director, I am privileged to meet travelers from around the world who are interested in exploring my country. I am more than happy to help people see what makes Japan so unique!

Four Ways Globus Eliminates the Hassles

VIP Access
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.

Perfect Hotels
We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.

Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.

Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride. Learn how Globus is reducing transportation-related energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Discover Japan:

  • Shirakawa-Go