Discover Japan (OJ)

10 Day Tour from Tokyo to Kyoto

2021 Tour Details

Forget everything your mother taught you about table manners. In Japan, it’s considered rude not to slurp. Get ready to joyously drink in traditional hot sake, matcha green tea, big brothy noodle bowls and the delicious views from neon-lit Tokyo to time-honored Kyoto. Peaks, palaces, pavilions, and pagodas provide picture-perfect backdrops for your photos, but don’t expect to stand still for very long on this enthralling tour of Japan. A hands-on calligraphy class, a special kimono fitting, an interactive cooking demonstration, and a gold-leaf design class—where you’ll make your own keepsake bento box—are all part of the fun. You’ll also browse the produce at a Takayama farmer’s market, stroll through Kanazawa’s famous Kenroku-en gardens, and experience the thrill of a ride on the famous bullet train. Prepare to be floored in more ways than one!

Small-Group Discovery

Each Globus Asia tour is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Asia vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from transfers to and from your hotel and included intra-vacation flights to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!

Accommodation Spotlight Immerse yourself in authentic Japanese culture and hospitality few travelers experience with a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn) stay. During your visit to Kyoto, choose optional accommodations at Gion Hatanaka—a ryokan. Enjoy traditional touches, including tatami mat floors, a thin sleeping mattress on the floor, private bathroom, and the chance to experience a Japanese-style bath. Your 1-night ryokan experience includes transfers to/from your inn and Kyoto hotel, and traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast. Note: Reserve your ryokan at the time of booking, as space is limited.
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 Photo Highlights

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

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN TOKYO, JAPAN

TOKYO Welcome to Tokyo! Hotel check-in available mid-afternoon.

Day 2 TOKYO

TOKYO Guided sightseeing includes the Meiji Shrine and a drive past the Imperial Palace. Calligraphy class at an artist’s studio, with kimono fitting and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite traditional tea ceremony. Guided visit to Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Free time this afternoon.

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Day 3 TOKYO. EXCURSION TO MOUNT FUJI

MOUNT FUJI AREA Cable-car ride with views of Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. Guided visit to Churieto Pagoda.
TOKYO Free time late this afternoon and evening.

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Tokyo with suggestions from your Tour Director. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

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Day 4 TOKYO–MATSUMOTO–TAKAYAMA

MATSUMOTO Guided visit to Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum. Scenic drive through the Japanese Alps en route to Takayama.
TAKAYAMA Traditional Japanese-style dinner this evening.

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Day 5 TAKAYAMA

TAKAYAMA Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the morning market and Takayama Jinya historic site. Free time to browse in San-Machi Suji historic district before a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite sake tasting at a local brewery. Free time this evening.

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Day 6 TAKAYAMA–SHIRAKAWA–KANAZAWA

TAKAYAMA Scenic drive through Shokawa Valley en route to Shirakawa.
SHIRAKAWA Visit to Gassho-Zukuri thatched-roof houses.
KANAZAWA Guided sightseeing includes Kenroku-en garden, followed by a gold-leaf design class to make your own keepsake bento box.

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Day 7 KANAZAWA–KYOTO

KANAZAWA Thunderbird Express train trip to Kyoto.
KYOTO Guided sightseeing includes visits to Sanjusagendo Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and a guided walk through Kyoto. Choose to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan (additional expense).

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Day 8 KYOTO

KYOTO Guided sightseeing includes visits to the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, and Yuzen Handmade Corner to learn about the ancient kimono fabric-dyeing techniques. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Japanese cooking class before free time this afternoon and evening.

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Day 9 KYOTO. EXCURSION TO NARA

KYOTO Excursion to Nara includes guided sightseeing at Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Shrine (UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Free time this afternoon before a farewell dinner.

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Day 10 KYOTO

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Schedule departing flights from Kansai International Airport in Osaka after 11 am.

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 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

TAKAKO SAN

Escorting tours for more than 20 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

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
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Kyoto

Kyoto

Kyoto Maiko Dinner

Kyoto Maiko Dinner

A very special evening of culture, entertainment, and traditional Japanese food.

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