MAP - Discover Japan 2017

Discover Japan (OJ)

10 Day Tour from Tokyo to Kyoto

2017 Tour Details

From bustling cities to quiet mountain villages, experience the distinct flavor of Japan during this amazing vacation. Of course, you’ll visit Japan’s famous sights, 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 the traditional Gassho-Zukuri-style (joined hands) thatched houses in Shirawaka and Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine, a magnificent Shinto monument set in a man-made garden.

On this Japan tour, you’ll not only see 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. Keep your eyes open for the perfect photos!

But that’s not all…on this tour, you’ll discover Japan’s culture through special experiences arranged by Globus. Partake in a traditional tea ceremony, taste sake, and participate in a Japanese cooking class. You'll also attempt calligraphy, learn about the Yuzen dyeing technique used on kimonos, take part in a gold leaf class, browse a farmers market, and try on a traditional kimono.

All of this and much more await you on this marvelous Japan tour. It’s a vacation of a lifetime!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

TOKYO
Visit the Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Nakamise shopping arcade; calligraphy class; kimono fitting; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite traditional tea ceremony; welcome dinner
MOUNT FUJI AREA
Cable-car ride to view Mount Fuji; visit Chureito Pagoda
MATSUMOTO
Visit Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum
TAKAYAMA
City sightseeing; visit a local market, Takayama Jinya, and a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite sake brewery for a tasting
SHIRAKAWA
Visit Gassho-Zukuri houses
KANAZAWA
Visit Kenroku-en Garden; gold leaf class
KANAZAWA–KYOTO
Travel by Thunderbird express train
KYOTO
Visit Sanjusagendo Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Temple of the Gold Pavilion; Yuzen Handmade Corner; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Japanese cooking class; excursion to Nara; farewell dinner

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Shirakawa (Gassho-Zukuri houses)
  • Todaiji Temple
  • Kasuga Shrine
  • Kiyomizu Temple
  • Temple of the Gold Pavilion
  • Mount Fuji

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 4 dinners including a welcome dinner in Tokyo and a farewell dinner in Kyoto.

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Tokyo, Japan

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

Day 2 Tokyo

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions prior to morning sightseeing in Tokyo. 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. Next, visit an artist’s studio and learn to write like a local during a CALLIGRAPHY CLASS with a master calligrapher. Here, you’ll also have the opportunity to try on a traditional KIMONO and partake in a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TRADITIONAL TEA CEREMONY, a wonderfully choreographed ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea. 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.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch
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Day 3 Tokyo. Mount Fuji Excursion

This morning, leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to the beautiful Five Lakes region. Here, take a CABLE-CAR RIDE (weather permitting) for panoramic views of Lake Kawaguchi and spectacular Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain. You will also have a spectacular view of Mount Fuji from CHUREITO PAGODA, part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine, built as a peace memorial in 1963. Return to Tokyo and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

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Day 4 Tokyo–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 Takayama. Tonight, enjoy a wonderful Japanese-style dinner at your hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch
DinnerDinner

Day 5 Takayama

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 Breakfast

Day 6 Takayama–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-style (joined hands) 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 Breakfast
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Day 7 Kanazawa–Kyoto

This morning, board the THUNDERBIRD EXPRESS TRAIN for your journey to Kyoto. Upon arrival, 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. After lunch, visit the FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE, renowned for the thousands of brightly colored Torii Gates. Afterward, 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. This evening, you have the option (additional expense) to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan.

Traditional Ryokan Stay
Immerse yourself in the Japanese culture and hospitality at a ryokan (Japanese inn). Your ryokan, Gion Hatanaka, features traditional touches—tatami mat floors, a thin sleeping mattress on the floor, and the chance to experience a Japanese-style bath—as well as the modern convenience of a private bathroom. Included: transfers to/from ryokan from/to hotel in Kyoto; traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast.

NOTE:
Space is limited. See price box for supplement.

Day 8 Kyoto

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. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this fascinating city on your own.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 9 Kyoto. Nara Excursion

This morning, 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 some leisure time. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner to celebrate your discovery of Japan.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 10 Kyoto

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

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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.

TAKAKO SAN

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

Hi I'm Takako. I have traveled extensively as a certified tour guide. In addition to being a Globus Tour Director, I've guided for government delegates from around the world. From high-tech industry to ancient tastes and rich nature, I'm excited to show my diverse country to you and share fascinating and educational insights throughout your journey.

Tour Director - TAKAKO SAN

 Accommodations

Tokyo
Takayama
Kanazawa
Kyoto

Tokyo

Hilton Tokyo

Moderate Deluxe

Hilton Tokyo 6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku 6 Chome, Tokyo,   Japan

6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku 6 Chome
Tokyo, Japan

The Hilton Tokyo is the the perfect base for exploring the vibrant, energetic city of Tokyo. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Lobby and Marble Lounge. Rejuvenate in the 24-hour health club within the hotel and relax in the sauna or soothing whirlpool spa. Choose from seven tempting restaurants offering a range of delicious cuisine. Favorites include Dynasty authentic Chinese restaurant, and Musashino, featuring sushi, tempura and teppanyaki. For a relaxing evening drink, visit St. George's Bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite

Takayama

Hida Hotel Plaza

First-Class

Hida Hotel Plaza 2-60 Hanakoka-Cho, Takayama,   Japan

2-60 Hanakoka-Cho
Takayama, Japan

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Situated in Takayama, this hotel is close the center of Takayama and features two restaurants and a hot springs for relaxation.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Internet Access
  • Phone

Kanazawa

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

First-Class

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa 2-15-1 Honcho, Kanazawa,   Japan

2-15-1 Honcho
Kanazawa, Japan

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Hotel Nikko Kanazawa combines an elegant European atmosphere with the beauty of the four seasons. Travelers will appreciate that the hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of some of the most famous tourist spots in Kanazawa.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Beauty Salon
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Coffee Maker
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone

Kyoto

ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kyoto

First-Class

ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kyoto Nijojo-Mae, Horikawadori, Kyoto,   Japan

Nijojo-Mae, Horikawadori
Kyoto, Japan

The ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto looks almost out of place with its modern exterior nestled amongst the sublime beauty and historic grandeur of Japan's old capital. This however belies the traditional hospitality and classic atmosphere you will experience during your stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Hot Tub
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Coffee Maker
  • Voicemail

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