iLoveJapanTours is a leading tour operator specializing in private tours in Japan.

 
Japan Classics 15 days Tokyo to Osaka
Senso-ji (Asakusa) - the city’s oldest temple, Tokyo, day 2
Meiji Jingu - a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji, Tokyo, day 2
Takeshita - a pedestrian shopping street, Harajuku, day 2
Takeshita - a pedestrian shopping street, Harajuku, day 2
Arakura Sengen Shrine, Kagawaguchiko, Day 3
Iyashi no Sato, a small village featuring quaint little houses with thatched roofs, Kawaguchiko, Day 3
The outdoor Buddha statue of Kotoku-in e, Kamakura, Day 4
Kanazawa Castle, Day 6
Kenroku-en - one of the three most beautiful Japanese gardens, Kanazawa, Day 6
The Historic Village of Shirakawa-go, a remote settlement amid the Japanese Alps, Day 7
A traditional gassho-zukuri architecture house, Shirakawa-go, day 7
Nanzen-ji Temple - a sprawling Zen paradise in Kyoto, day 8
Geisha in Gion, Kyoto, day 8
Arashiyama bamboo forest, Kyoto, day 10
Atago Nenbutsu-ji temple, Kyoto, day 9
The golden temple, Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto, day 9
Todai-ji, the Great Eastern Temple, Nara, day 11
The Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima, day 12
Miyajima (the shrine island), day 13
Osaka Castle, day 14
Kanidouraku - the crab restaurant in Dotombori, Osaka, day 14
Japan Classics
Travel style: Comfort

15 days

TokyoKawaguchikoKamakuraTokyoKanazawaShirakawa-goKyotoNaraHiroshimaMiyajimaOsaka

  • From¥ 725,000 JPY

  • From$ 6,487 USD

  • From 5,769 EUR

  • From£ 4,994 GBP

  • From$ 8,660 AUD

  • From฿ 221,863 THB

  • FromRp 86,169,892 IDR

Tour code: CJ-01-EN
Theme: Classic Japan
Availability: All year round

Interactive Map (click me!)

Overview

So you have never been to Japan. You have read a lot about it in travel magazines, or maybe your friends have been sharing their wonderful experience there during their last vacation. You,would really like to see for yourself what the all the buzz is about, but you don’t know where to start. Worry not, we have the right itinerary and service for you to realize this dream!

Japan Express is the most inexpensive and concise of ILJT’s three newcomer-friendly itineraries. The itinerary is designed to cover only the most well-known of Japanese destinations: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and of course, the great Mt. Fuji. It also includes the quintessential Japanese experience, such as riding a rickshaw, relaxing in an onsen, or watching a geisha performance.

The simple and straightforward nature of this itinerary also allows for a very comfortable pace. With three nights each in Tokyo and Kyoto, and one night near the airport, you can take your time to independently explore your city of stay at night. You also need not worry about complicated transfers, as our capable guides and drivers will make sure that your trip is worry-free. Enjoy your first time in Japan on our Japan Express tour!

Overview

So you have never been to Japan. You have read a lot about it in travel magazines, or maybe your friends have been sharing their wonderful experience there during their last vacation. You,would really like to see for yourself what the all the buzz is about, but you don’t know where to start. Worry not, we have the right itinerary and service for you to realize this dream!

Japan Express is the most inexpensive and concise of ILJT’s three newcomer-friendly itineraries. The itinerary is designed to cover only the most well-known of Japanese destinations: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and of course, the great Mt. Fuji. It also includes the quintessential Japanese experience, such as riding a rickshaw, relaxing in an onsen, or watching a geisha performance.

The simple and straightforward nature of this itinerary also allows for a very comfortable pace. With three nights each in Tokyo and Kyoto, and one night near the airport, you can take your time to independently explore your city of stay at night. You also need not worry about complicated transfers, as our capable guides and drivers will make sure that your trip is worry-free. Enjoy your first time in Japan on our Japan Express tour!

Highlights

Outline

Day 1 Arriving to TokyoTokyo

Arrive in Tokyo. Adventure is about to start!

Day 2 Tokyo City TourTokyo

Explore Tokyo, a modern metropolis of tradition, fashion, and action

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 3 Mt. Fuji TourKawaguchiko

Explore and stay in the Fuji Five Lakes area, where atmosphere meets comfort

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4 Kamakura TourKamakura › Tokyo

Explore Kamakura, a traditional city with beautiful and iconic temples

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 5 Kanazawa City TourKanazawa

Transfer to Kanazawa, and learn all about its famous gold leaf production

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 6 Kanazawa City TourKanazawa

Explore more of Kanazawa and the legacy of its samurai culture

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 7 Shirakawa-go TourShirakawa-go

Explore Shirakawa-go, a historic village amid the autumn-colored mountains

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 8 Kyoto City TourKyoto

Explore a prominent temple and the geisha district of East Kyoto

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 9 Kyoto City TourKyoto

Explore more of Kyoto, including a castle, two temples, and a kimono museum

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 10 Arashiyama TourKyoto

Explore Arashiyama, and enjoy a rickshaw ride amid its beautiful nature

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 11 Nara TourNara

Explore Nara, visit its majestic temple and shrine, and interact with wild deer

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 12 Hiroshima City TourHiroshima

Explore Hiroshima, and learn all about the city’s greatest historic event

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 13 Miyajima TourMiyajima

Explore Miyajima, a scenic spot known for its floating torii gate on high tide

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 14 Osaka TourOsaka

Explore Osaka, both its landmark castle and busy shopping streets

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 15 Leaving JapanOsaka

Leave Japan, and bring home many wonderful memories!

Meals included : Breakfast

Hotels

Days 1, 2, 4: East 21 Tokyo , Tokyo
East 21 Tokyo is a premium European-style hotel located in Koto-ku, Tokyo. Rooms are large and clean, and amenities include five restaurants and a gym, sauna, and swimming pools. The hotel also offers a shuttle service to Tokyo Disney Resort. All these combined with the prime location guarantee a great stay in Tokyo.
Day 3: Fuji View Hotel , Kawaguchiko
Fuji View Hotel is a 4-star establishment that has both Western and Japanese-style rooms. Here it will be acting as a ryokan. It is located by Lake Kawaguchi, and boasts a large garden and superb views of Mt. Fuji, hence the name. It also offers a relaxing onsen bath. Dinner options include French and Japanese restaurants.
Days 5, 6, 7: Mystays Premier Kanazawa , Kanazawa
Hotel Mystays Premier Kanazawa is a 3.5-star Western-style hotel in central Kanazawa. Located just 5 minutes away from Kanazawa Station, this hotel boasts very spacious rooms, each more than 30 square meters large, with cozy interior. Amenities include a fitness center and library, and a restaurant that serves Japanese food.
Days 8, 9, 10, 11: Rihga Royal Kyoto , Kyoto
Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto is a 4-star Western-style hotel located just outside Kyoto Station. The hotel is one of the city’s most prestigious, having been a host to important visitors throughout its history. It has recently been renovated, making the hotel look cutting-edge and very sharp, but without losing its traditional beauty and appeal.
Day 12: Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima , Hiroshima
Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima is a 4-star Western-style hotel. This upscale establishment is located near Hiroshima Bay, and its modern, minimalist rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows from which you can gaze over the scenery of Seto Inland Sea. There are also many dining options to choose from within the hotel.
Day 13: Hotel New Hankyu Osaka , Osaka
Hotel New Hankyu Osaka is a popular 4-star Western-style hotel that is directly connected to the main station of Osaka, Umeda Station. As expected of the very convenient location, the hotel has nearly 20 restaurants to choose from for dinner. The city view at night is excellent, and the interior is modern and clean.
Day 14: Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport , Osaka
Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport is a modern-looking 4-star hotel located right by Osaka Bay. The location makes it the perfect accommodation for travelers who need to reach Kansai Airport easily -- in fact, the hotel is directly connected to Terminal 1 with a pedestrian walkway. It also provides free shuttle service to the terminals.

Estimated rates

Size of your group Price per person Price per group
1 pers
  • From¥ 2,894,000 JPY

  • From$ 25,895 USD

  • From 23,028 EUR

  • From£ 19,934 GBP

  • From$ 34,567 AUD

  • From฿ 885,617 THB

  • FromRp 343,966,436 IDR

  • From¥ 2,894,000 JPY

  • From$ 25,895 USD

  • From 23,028 EUR

  • From£ 19,934 GBP

  • From$ 34,567 AUD

  • From฿ 885,617 THB

  • FromRp 343,966,436 IDR

2 pers
  • From¥ 1,678,000 JPY

  • From$ 15,015 USD

  • From 13,352 EUR

  • From£ 11,558 GBP

  • From$ 20,043 AUD

  • From฿ 513,499 THB

  • FromRp 199,438,728 IDR

  • From¥ 3,356,000 JPY

  • From$ 30,029 USD

  • From 26,705 EUR

  • From£ 23,116 GBP

  • From$ 40,086 AUD

  • From฿ 1,026,997 THB

  • FromRp 398,877,457 IDR

3 pers
  • From¥ 1,286,000 JPY

  • From$ 11,507 USD

  • From 10,233 EUR

  • From£ 8,858 GBP

  • From$ 15,361 AUD

  • From฿ 393,540 THB

  • FromRp 152,847,559 IDR

  • From¥ 3,858,000 JPY

  • From$ 34,521 USD

  • From 30,699 EUR

  • From£ 26,574 GBP

  • From$ 46,082 AUD

  • From฿ 1,180,619 THB

  • FromRp 458,542,678 IDR

4 pers
  • From¥ 1,085,000 JPY

  • From$ 9,708 USD

  • From 8,634 EUR

  • From£ 7,473 GBP

  • From$ 12,960 AUD

  • From฿ 332,030 THB

  • FromRp 128,957,700 IDR

  • From¥ 4,340,000 JPY

  • From$ 38,834 USD

  • From 34,535 EUR

  • From£ 29,893 GBP

  • From$ 51,839 AUD

  • From฿ 1,328,119 THB

  • FromRp 515,830,799 IDR

5 pers
  • From¥ 965,000 JPY

  • From$ 8,635 USD

  • From 7,679 EUR

  • From£ 6,647 GBP

  • From$ 11,526 AUD

  • From฿ 295,308 THB

  • FromRp 114,695,097 IDR

  • From¥ 4,825,000 JPY

  • From$ 43,174 USD

  • From 38,394 EUR

  • From£ 33,234 GBP

  • From$ 57,632 AUD

  • From฿ 1,476,538 THB

  • FromRp 573,475,485 IDR

6 pers
  • From¥ 884,000 JPY

  • From$ 7,910 USD

  • From 7,034 EUR

  • From£ 6,089 GBP

  • From$ 10,559 AUD

  • From฿ 270,520 THB

  • FromRp 105,067,840 IDR

  • From¥ 5,304,000 JPY

  • From$ 47,460 USD

  • From 42,206 EUR

  • From£ 36,533 GBP

  • From$ 63,354 AUD

  • From฿ 1,623,121 THB

  • FromRp 630,407,041 IDR

7 pers
  • From¥ 880,000 JPY

  • From$ 7,874 USD

  • From 7,002 EUR

  • From£ 6,061 GBP

  • From$ 10,511 AUD

  • From฿ 269,296 THB

  • FromRp 104,592,420 IDR

  • From¥ 6,160,000 JPY

  • From$ 55,119 USD

  • From 49,017 EUR

  • From£ 42,429 GBP

  • From$ 73,578 AUD

  • From฿ 1,885,073 THB

  • FromRp 732,146,940 IDR

8 pers
  • From¥ 846,000 JPY

  • From$ 7,570 USD

  • From 6,732 EUR

  • From£ 5,827 GBP

  • From$ 10,105 AUD

  • From฿ 258,891 THB

  • FromRp 100,551,349 IDR

  • From¥ 6,768,000 JPY

  • From$ 60,559 USD

  • From 53,855 EUR

  • From£ 46,617 GBP

  • From$ 80,840 AUD

  • From฿ 2,071,132 THB

  • FromRp 804,410,794 IDR

9 pers
  • From¥ 806,000 JPY

  • From$ 7,212 USD

  • From 6,414 EUR

  • From£ 5,552 GBP

  • From$ 9,627 AUD

  • From฿ 246,651 THB

  • FromRp 95,797,148 IDR

  • From¥ 7,254,000 JPY

  • From$ 64,908 USD

  • From 57,722 EUR

  • From£ 49,965 GBP

  • From$ 86,645 AUD

  • From฿ 2,219,857 THB

  • FromRp 862,174,335 IDR

10 pers
  • From¥ 774,000 JPY

  • From$ 6,926 USD

  • From 6,159 EUR

  • From£ 5,331 GBP

  • From$ 9,245 AUD

  • From฿ 236,858 THB

  • FromRp 91,993,788 IDR

  • From¥ 7,740,000 JPY

  • From$ 69,257 USD

  • From 61,590 EUR

  • From£ 53,312 GBP

  • From$ 92,450 AUD

  • From฿ 2,368,582 THB

  • FromRp 919,937,876 IDR

11 pers
  • From¥ 747,000 JPY

  • From$ 6,684 USD

  • From 5,944 EUR

  • From£ 5,145 GBP

  • From$ 8,923 AUD

  • From฿ 228,596 THB

  • FromRp 88,784,702 IDR

  • From¥ 8,217,000 JPY

  • From$ 73,525 USD

  • From 65,385 EUR

  • From£ 56,598 GBP

  • From$ 98,148 AUD

  • From฿ 2,514,552 THB

  • FromRp 976,631,722 IDR

12 pers
  • From¥ 725,000 JPY

  • From$ 6,487 USD

  • From 5,769 EUR

  • From£ 4,994 GBP

  • From$ 8,660 AUD

  • From฿ 221,863 THB

  • FromRp 86,169,892 IDR

  • From¥ 8,700,000 JPY

  • From$ 77,847 USD

  • From 69,229 EUR

  • From£ 59,925 GBP

  • From$ 103,917 AUD

  • From฿ 2,662,359 THB

  • FromRp 1,034,038,698 IDR

What is included?

Accommodation

Western hotel: 13 nights -- Japanese ryokan: 1 night

Meals

14 breakfasts -- 13 lunches -- 1 dinners

Transport

Airport pickup -- Private car: 13 days -- Bullet train: 3 time (Tokyo - Kanazawa, Kyoto - Hiroshima, Hiroshima - Osaka) -- Express train: 1 time (Kanazawa - Kyoto)

Tour guide

Airport transfer: 1 day -- Guided tours: 13 days

FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the tour

International flights are not included in the tour price, and should be independently arranged by the traveler. This particular itinerary starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka. Please book a flight to either Narita International Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND), and a flight out of Kansai International Airport (KIX). It should be noted that we can arrange the included airport pickup service only if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). We recommend flights that arrive around/after noon, as you can only check into your hotel starting at 3 PM.
An English-speaking guide will accompany you on Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14. The guide will be at your service during the designated tour hours. Please note that the guide will be staying at the same hotel as you on Day 3 for logistical reasons. The guide will also pick you up at the airport if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). In the event that your flight arrives early, we can arrange a half-day tour on the day of arrival at an additional cost.
The tour price includes thirteen nights in 3- or 4-star hotels and one night in a predesignated ryokan (Japanese-style inns). Breakfast is included for each night’s stay in a hotel, whereas both dinner and breakfast are included for every night in a ryokan unless otherwise specified in the itinerary. Lunch is provided on every guided day, but not on days of arrival or departure. As you can only check into your hotel starting at 3 PM, in the event that your flight arrives early, we can arrange lunch on the day of arrival at an additional cost.
The tour price includes the service of a driver and a private car on every guided day. It also includes three scheduled bullet train transfers between Tokyo and Kanazawa on Day 5, Kyoto and Hiroshima on Day 12, and Hiroshima and Osaka on Day 13, as well as one express train transfer between Kanazawa and Kyoto on Day 8. The driver and car will be available only during the designated tour hours, and only for the included destinations. Please note that the driver will be staying at the same hotel as you on Day 3 for logistical reasons. Airport pickup is also included if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). In the event that your flight arrives early, we can extend the use of the private car for the purposes of lunch or a half-day tour at an additional cost. Please note that airport transfer for departure is not included.
All entrance tickets for destinations defined in the schedule are included in the tour price. Some tickets cannot be pre-booked, and it may be necessary for the guide to procure them on the spot. Please note that some attractions require strict compliance to pre-booked entrance times, and may void the booking if the schedule is not observed. As such, please complete your preparations to leave the hotel by the designated start time of the day.
East 21 Tokyo Western

Day 1 Arriving to Tokyo

 Tokyo

Activities

The first day is a standard affair. Your guide will pick you up at the airport and assist you with preparations for the tour. A private coach will take you to your hotel in the heart of the city. After the check-in procedures are completed, you will have the rest of the day to yourselves

Breakfast / Lunch East 21 Tokyo Western

Day 2 Tokyo City Tour

 Tokyo

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Asakusa
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Asakusa and Senso-ji
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Transfer to Tsukiji
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Sushi lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:15 Drive around Ginza, Marunouchi/Otemachi and the Imperial Palace
  • 14:15 - 14:45 Transfer to Harajuku
  • 14:45 - 15:45 Meiji Jingu
  • 15:45 - 16:45 Sightseeing around Takeshita Street
  • 16:45 - 17:00 Transfer to Shibuya
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Sightseeing around Shibuya
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Transfer to hotel

Activities

The famous Tokyo has an impressive way of blending both tradition and modernity. A classic example is Asakusa, your first destination of the day, where the city’s oldest temple stands in stark contrast to the towering Tokyo Skytree. You will once again witness this beautiful contradiction in around the Imperial Palace, whose stone walls and great moat feels almost like a different era next to a highly developed business district.

Later in the afternoon, you will be visiting the great shrine Meiji Jingu where they venerate the spirit of Emperor Meiji, as well as the busy Takeshita Street known for its unique fashion boutiques and trendy stores. Your last stop today will be Shibuya, to be visited around the end of the working day. When pedestrian traffic is at its peak, you will witness the renowned scramble crossing getting populated with a sea of humans.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of East 21 Tokyo. LUNCH is a sushi set in an upscale restaurant in Ginza. As one of the branches of a sushi chain that originates from Hokkaido, the restaurant offers very high quality sushi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Fuji View Hotel Japanese

Day 3 Mt. Fuji Tour

 Kawaguchiko

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 11:30 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Fuji Five Lakes
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Arakura Sengen Shrine
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Transfer to Iyashi no Sato
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Hoto udon lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Drive around Lake Kawaguchi
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Transfer to ryokan
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Ryokan check-in >> onsen, free time
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Kaiseki dinner

Activities

The Fuji Five Lakes area is about a two-hour drive away from Tokyo. Your first destination is a mountainside shrine known for its Chureito pagoda. Together with Mt. Fuji in the background, they form an iconic view that features in many panoramic shots of Japan. Later in the day, you will also see Mt. Fuji from other angles during lunch or when you circle Lake Kawaguchi. Be it looming over a city or reflected in the water, Mt. Fuji is a classic Japanese site that you cannot miss.

You will enjoy lunch at the scenic Iyashi no Sato, a small village featuring quaint little houses with thatched roofs. The menu itself is a local delicacy, in which udon noodles are cooked with many locally harvested ingredients. Finally, you will spend the night in a ryokan near Mt. Fuji. Enjoy a relaxing onsen bath, and feast on a classic kaiseki dinner in the atmospheric lodging!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of East 21 Tokyo. LUNCH is a bowl of hoto udon, the trademark vegetarian dish of the area. The udon is cooked together with different kinds of fresh vegetable, making it healthy and fulfilling. DINNER is a beef kaiseki course in Fuji View Hotel. The menu utilizes the unique Koshu wagyu beef, the meat of cattle locally raised and fed with wine and sake lees.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast / Lunch East 21 Tokyo Western

Day 4 Kamakura Tour

 Kamakura › Tokyo

Schedule

  • 0:00 - 12:00 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Kusatsu
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Washoku lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Transfer to Mt. Shirane
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Mt. Shirane (via ropeway)
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Transfer back to Kusatsu
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Ryokan check-in
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Sightseeing around Kusatsu
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Seasonal kaiseki dinner

Activities

Today, you will see many famous landmarks of Kamakura. This old coastal city features many historic temples established in the 13th century. Among them, the outdoor Buddha statue of Kotoku-in is an instantly recognizable icon of Japan. The eleven-faced statue of Guanyin that sits in the main hall of Hase-dera is another impressive Buddhist art.

You will have lunch in the long shopping street of Komachi-dori, a walk that leads from the main station to the city’s biggest shrine. Finally, as a last stop in Kamakura, you will experience an authentic tea ceremony in a teahouse in the Jomyo-ji Temple. Enjoy a bowl of matcha and a bite of Japanese sweets as you look at a beautiful garden outside.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Japanese-style breakfast set served in Fuji View Hotel. LUNCH is a serving of Kamakura’s best unaju, which refers to a box of steamed rice topped with fillets of grilled unagi (freshwater eel) seasoned with delicious tare sauce.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch Mystays Premier Kanazawa Western

Day 5 Kanazawa City Tour

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 12:30 Hotel check-out >> Transfer to Kanazawa by shinkansen
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Transfer to restaurant
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Kaga ryori lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Transfer to Gold Leaf Museum
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Gold Leaf Museum
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Transfer to hotel >> check-in

Activities

Leaving Tokyo in the morning, you will take the famous bullet train to the other coast of Japan. The city of Kanazawa is one of the major cities in the Hokuriku area of the Chubu region, and it is renowned for being the premier production hub of the gold leaf used in many Japanese artifacts and ornaments, among other things.

After sampling the local cuisine for lunch, you will visit the Gold Leaf Museum and learn firsthand about this incredible craft. You can browse its souvenir shop, which sells gold leaf-related goods, You may also obtain food products that feature gold leaf decorations! Afterward, you will check in to your hotel in Kanazawa, where you will stay for 3 nights.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of East 21 Tokyo. LUNCH is Kaga ryori, a kaiseki course that originated from the Kaga region, or present-day Kanazawa. The classy hotel restaurant also has a pretty Japanese garden.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch Mystays Premier Kanazawa Western

Day 6 Kanazawa City Tour

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Kanazawa Castle
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Kanazawa Castle and Kenroku-en
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Transfer to Omi-cho
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Sushi lunch
  • 14:00 - 14:30 Transfer to Ninja-dera
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Ninja-dera
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Transfer to Naga-machi
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Buke Yashiki (samurai residence)
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Return to hotel

Activities

Today, you will experience many facets of samurai culture in Kanazawa. First and foremost is Kanazawa Castle, which was the residence of the richest feudal lord in the Edo period, second only to the shogun’s clan itself. Its outer garden, Kenroku-en, is said to be one of the three most beautiful Japanese gardens. Together, they are a prime example of grand samurai architecture.

You will visit the exciting Ninja-dera in the afternoon. Despite its name, the temple is actually a samurai hideout that earned its name from its many tricks and traps. Your last stop of the day is another legacy of the samurai’s reign in Kanazawa. Explore an example of a samurai residence, and learn about their way of living as you walk through the Naga-machi area.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Mystays Premier Kanazawa. LUNCH is a bowl of kaisen-don at Omi-cho Fish Market. Vinegared sushi rice with seafood topping, colorfully arranged and deliciously prepared, is served with local soy sauce. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch Mystays Premier Kanazawa Western

Day 7 Shirakawa-go Tour

 Shirakawa-go

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 12:30 Hotel check-out >> Transfer to Kanazawa by shinkansen
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Transfer to restaurant
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Kaga ryori lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Transfer to Gold Leaf Museum
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Gold Leaf Museum
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Transfer to hotel >> check-in

Activities

You will go on an excursion to the Historic Village of Shirakawa-go, a remote settlement amid the Japanese Alps. This iconic spot is known for retaining a lot of Japan’s traditional gassho-zukuri architecture, in which the houses have steep thatched roofs designed to withstand the heavy snowfall of the region. This timeless village is beautiful in any season, and the panoramic view from atop its observation deck is simply marvelous.

Returning to Kanazawa in the afternoon, you will explore its old town district. Enjoy a cup of tea in one of the well-preserved teahouses, and learn about the geisha culture. After another peaceful stroll in an atmospheric setting, you will return to your hotel in Kanazawa, where you will stay for one last night.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Mystays Premier Kanazawa. LUNCH is a Hida beef set served in Shirakawa-go. The Hida beef in miso can be cooked to the tenderness that you prefer. The restaurant itself is a quaint gassho-zukuri house.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch Rihga Royal Kyoto Western

Day 8 Kyoto City Tour

 Kyoto

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 12:00 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Kyoto by express train
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Transfer to restaurant
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Washoku lunch
  • 15:30 - 15:45 Transfer to Nanzen-ji
  • 15:45 - 17:00 Nanzen-ji
  • 17:00 - 17:15 Transfer to Gion
  • 17:15 - 18:00 Sightseeing around Gion
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Gion Corner (subject to availability)
  • 19:00 - 19:30 Transfer to hotel >> check-in

Activities

It is time to bid Kanazawa goodbye. Taking the Thunderbird express train from Kanazawa, you will arrive in Kyoto. After lunch, you will visit one of the most important temples in Kyoto, Nanzen-ji. As the head temple that presides over the five great Zen temples, Nanzen-ji boasts a massive gate, impressive gardens, and beautiful paintings on gold leaf, among many other things.

In the evening, you will pick up where you left off in Kanazawa and go sightseeing around Kyoto’s - and Japan’s - most famous geisha district. Get a taste of Kyoto’s antiquated atmosphere as you explore the old-fashioned streets of Gion! You will also watch a cultural show where apprentice geisha will perform different kinds of Japanese art.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Mystays Premier Kanazawa. LUNCH is an assorted washoku set in an atmospheric restaurant. The historic building has been around for more than 2 centuries, and it also has a spacious Japanese garden.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch Rihga Royal Kyoto Western

Day 9 Kyoto City Tour

 Kyoto

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Nijo Castle
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Nijo Castle
  • 11:00 - 11:15 Transfer to Nishijin Textile Center
  • 11:15 - 12:30 Nishijin Textile Center
  • 12:30 - 13:15 Transfer to restaurant
  • 13:15 - 14:45 Temari-zushi lunch
  • 14:45 - 15:00 Transfer to Kinkakuji
  • 15:00 - 15:45 Kinkaku-ji
  • 15:45 - 17:00 Ryoan-ji
  • 17-00 - 17:30 Return to hotel

Activities

Classic Kyoto sights await you! You will start the day with a visit to Nijo Castle, a former samurai fortress that also functioned as an interim imperial palace. You will visit the well-preserved palace, hear its squeaking nightingale floors, and see its beautiful decorations. Afterward, you will browse through a gallery of beautiful kimono at Nishijin Textile Center.

After a delightful temari-zushi lunch, you will explore two of the most well-known icons of Kyoto. The first is the golden temple, Kinkaku-ji, whose impressive exterior and reflection in the water are legendary. The second temple features the most renowned “dry landscape” in the country, which is a carefully raked rock garden.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto. LUNCH is temari-zushi, a special type of sushi where the rice is pressed smaller than usual, making for very attractive little sushi balls. The restaurant is also aesthetically superb.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch Rihga Royal Kyoto Western

Day 10 Arashiyama Tour

 Kyoto

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Arashiyama
  • 10:00 - 10:45 Adashino Nenbutsu-ji
  • 10:45 - 11:30 Otagi Nenbutsu-ji
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Sightseeing around Arashiyama (rickshaw ride)
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Kaiseki lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Tenryu-ji
  • 15:30 - 17:30 Transfer to Kyoto hotel

Activities

Enjoy an exciting trip to the Arashiyama area, a scenic getaway that is very popular among visitors to Kyoto. This place is known for its many iconic landmarks, including the famed bamboo grove and one of the five great Zen temples, Tenryu-ji, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will explore a portion of Arashiyama on a traditional rickshaw, which is a quintessential classic Japanese experience.

In addition, you will visit two lesser known temples in the northern Arashiyama area. Both of the Nenbutsu-ji temples feature stone sculptures numbering in the thousands. The eerie-looking statues, along with the generally quiet ambience, will leave you in awe as you walk around this remote corner of Arashiyama. As for lunch, you will enjoy an authentic kaiseki meal in an atmospheric restaurant by the river.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto. LUNCH is a style of kaiseki originating from Kyoto, also known as Kyo-ryori. Quality ingredients that accentuate the essence of the four seasons are used in this hotel restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch Rihga Royal Kyoto Western

Day 11 Nara Tour

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:30 Transfer to Nara
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Nara Park
  • 11:30 - 11:45 Transfer to restaurant
  • 11:45 - 13:15 Irori lunch
  • 13:15 - 13:30 Transfer to Todai-ji
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Todai-ji
  • 14:30 - 14:45 Transfer to Kasuga Taisha
  • 14:45 - 15:45 Kasuga Taisha
  • 15:45 - 16:30 Manyo Botanical Garden
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Transfer to Kyoto hotel

Activities

Today’s excursion brings you to Nara, best known for the thousands of wild deer that roam in its park. You will have a great time feeding them the specially sold deer crackers. Some of the deer even picked up the Japanese habit of bowing to you! Near the park is the equally famous Todai-ji, the Great Eastern Temple. It has the largest wooden building and Daibutsu statue in the country.

Afterward, you will visit the grand shrine Kasuga Taisha, which is known for its thousands of lanterns. There is even a dark room within the inner area, where the myriad hanging lanterns are fully lit, making this shrine a magical visit. To conclude the classic Nara experience, you will visit the botanical garden just outside Kasuga Taisha. You will then return to Kyoto for another stay.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto. LUNCH is a type of Japanese grilled dishes called irori. High quality kuroge wagyu beef with seasonal vegetables are served in this classy restaurant with traditional decor.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima Western

Day 12 Hiroshima City Tour

 Hiroshima

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 11:30 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Hiroshima by shinkansen
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Transfer to restaurant
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Okonomiyaki lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Transfer to Peace Memorial Park
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • 15:45 - 16:45 Shukkei-en
  • 16:45 - 17:30 Transfer to hotel >> check-in

Activities

After four nights in Kyoto, you will leave the old capital city and take the bullet train to Hiroshima. Hiroshima is most known for being the first unfortunate city in the world to be destroyed by an atomic bomb. However, the historic nightmare did not stop the city from attempting to restore its former glory. The Atomic Bomb Dome, which still stands in its dilapidation among the now modern city, is testament to Hiroshima’s resilience and resolve.

After an enlightening experience in the Peace Memorial Park, which was built right under the center of the explosion, you will visit the beautiful garden of Shukkei-en. While it was heavily damaged during the bombing, it has been reconstructed to be as gorgeous as ever. The garden’s serene atmosphere provides a certain calm in the middle of the memories that this city evokes.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto. LUNCH is Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, essentially pancakes with layers of vegetables, pork, and other ingredients. It is served in the popular Okonomimura food theme park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch Hotel New Hankyu Osaka Western

Day 13 Miyajima Tour

 Miyajima

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Hotel check-out >> transfer to ferry port
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Take the ferry to Miyajima
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Itsukushima Shrine
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Oyster lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Take the ferry to Hiroshima
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Transfer to Osaka by shinkansen
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Transfer to hotel >> check-in

Activities

Checking out of your hotel in the morning, you will be driven to Hiroshima Port. Just a short ferry ride from Hiroshima is the island of Itsukushima, more commonly known as Miyajima (the shrine island) due to its iconic Shinto shrine. Your driver will be waiting for you on this side as you cross the strait to the legendary island.

The floating torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine has been widely ranked as one of Japan’s top three scenic views, and today you will get to see it in all its glory. Depending on the tide, you may even be able to get close to the torii gate for a memorable picture. After a pleasant walk and a delightful lunch in Miyajima, you will take the ferry back to Hiroshima, and from there the bullet train to Osaka.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima. LUNCH is a set of oyster dishes in Miyajima. The large local oysters are prepared in various ways, such as fried, barbecued, raw, on rice, or in a bowl of miso soup.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport Western

Day 14 Osaka Tour

 Osaka

Activities

Osaka is a big and lively city, which makes it a great dessert for your classic Japan tour. You will first visit Osaka Castle, which has a classic exterior, but is actually a modern museum in disguise. Then you can enjoy a serving of the city’s most popular crab dishes, and see all the bustle in action on its shopping streets.

In the afternoon, you will be brought to a hotel near Kansai International Airport, which will be your port of exit. Nearby is the Rinku Premium Outlets, which you may want to visit in case you haven’t bought enough for gifts and souvenirs. Enjoy your last night in Japan!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel New Hankyu Osaka. LUNCH is a course of crab dishes in the iconic restaurant in Dotonbori. This popular eatery has traditional Japanese seating, and every variety of crab is prepared deliciously. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast

Day 15 Leaving Japan

 Osaka

Schedule

  • 10:00 Hotel check-out >> Transfer to Kansai Airport In the case your flight is scheduled later in the day, we can arrange the departure transfer later in the day.

Activities

 

You have completed the Japan Classics tour! We hope that you enjoyed your trip with ILJT! On the last day, you will check out of your hotel and conduct an independent transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight back home, and see you again soon!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport. LUNCH and DINNER are not included.
Meals: Breakfast
 Tokyo
East 21 Tokyo Western

Activities

The first day is a standard affair. Your guide will pick you up at the airport and assist you with preparations for the tour. A private coach will take you to your hotel in the heart of the city. After the check-in procedures are completed, you will have the rest of the day to yourselves

 Tokyo
Breakfast / Lunch East 21 Tokyo Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Asakusa
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Asakusa and Senso-ji
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Transfer to Tsukiji
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Sushi lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:15 Drive around Ginza, Marunouchi/Otemachi and the Imperial Palace
  • 14:15 - 14:45 Transfer to Harajuku
  • 14:45 - 15:45 Meiji Jingu
  • 15:45 - 16:45 Sightseeing around Takeshita Street
  • 16:45 - 17:00 Transfer to Shibuya
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Sightseeing around Shibuya
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Transfer to hotel

Activities

The famous Tokyo has an impressive way of blending both tradition and modernity. A classic example is Asakusa, your first destination of the day, where the city’s oldest temple stands in stark contrast to the towering Tokyo Skytree. You will once again witness this beautiful contradiction in around the Imperial Palace, whose stone walls and great moat feels almost like a different era next to a highly developed business district.

Later in the afternoon, you will be visiting the great shrine Meiji Jingu where they venerate the spirit of Emperor Meiji, as well as the busy Takeshita Street known for its unique fashion boutiques and trendy stores. Your last stop today will be Shibuya, to be visited around the end of the working day. When pedestrian traffic is at its peak, you will witness the renowned scramble crossing getting populated with a sea of humans.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of East 21 Tokyo. LUNCH is a sushi set in an upscale restaurant in Ginza. As one of the branches of a sushi chain that originates from Hokkaido, the restaurant offers very high quality sushi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Kawaguchiko
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Fuji View Hotel Japanese

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 11:30 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Fuji Five Lakes
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Arakura Sengen Shrine
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Transfer to Iyashi no Sato
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Hoto udon lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Drive around Lake Kawaguchi
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Transfer to ryokan
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Ryokan check-in >> onsen, free time
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Kaiseki dinner

Activities

The Fuji Five Lakes area is about a two-hour drive away from Tokyo. Your first destination is a mountainside shrine known for its Chureito pagoda. Together with Mt. Fuji in the background, they form an iconic view that features in many panoramic shots of Japan. Later in the day, you will also see Mt. Fuji from other angles during lunch or when you circle Lake Kawaguchi. Be it looming over a city or reflected in the water, Mt. Fuji is a classic Japanese site that you cannot miss.

You will enjoy lunch at the scenic Iyashi no Sato, a small village featuring quaint little houses with thatched roofs. The menu itself is a local delicacy, in which udon noodles are cooked with many locally harvested ingredients. Finally, you will spend the night in a ryokan near Mt. Fuji. Enjoy a relaxing onsen bath, and feast on a classic kaiseki dinner in the atmospheric lodging!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of East 21 Tokyo. LUNCH is a bowl of hoto udon, the trademark vegetarian dish of the area. The udon is cooked together with different kinds of fresh vegetable, making it healthy and fulfilling. DINNER is a beef kaiseki course in Fuji View Hotel. The menu utilizes the unique Koshu wagyu beef, the meat of cattle locally raised and fed with wine and sake lees.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Open previous day

 Kamakura › Tokyo
Breakfast / Lunch East 21 Tokyo Western

Schedule

  • 0:00 - 12:00 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Kusatsu
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Washoku lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Transfer to Mt. Shirane
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Mt. Shirane (via ropeway)
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Transfer back to Kusatsu
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Ryokan check-in
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Sightseeing around Kusatsu
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Seasonal kaiseki dinner

Activities

Today, you will see many famous landmarks of Kamakura. This old coastal city features many historic temples established in the 13th century. Among them, the outdoor Buddha statue of Kotoku-in is an instantly recognizable icon of Japan. The eleven-faced statue of Guanyin that sits in the main hall of Hase-dera is another impressive Buddhist art.

You will have lunch in the long shopping street of Komachi-dori, a walk that leads from the main station to the city’s biggest shrine. Finally, as a last stop in Kamakura, you will experience an authentic tea ceremony in a teahouse in the Jomyo-ji Temple. Enjoy a bowl of matcha and a bite of Japanese sweets as you look at a beautiful garden outside.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Japanese-style breakfast set served in Fuji View Hotel. LUNCH is a serving of Kamakura’s best unaju, which refers to a box of steamed rice topped with fillets of grilled unagi (freshwater eel) seasoned with delicious tare sauce.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

Breakfast / Lunch Mystays Premier Kanazawa Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 12:30 Hotel check-out >> Transfer to Kanazawa by shinkansen
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Transfer to restaurant
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Kaga ryori lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Transfer to Gold Leaf Museum
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Gold Leaf Museum
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Transfer to hotel >> check-in

Activities

Leaving Tokyo in the morning, you will take the famous bullet train to the other coast of Japan. The city of Kanazawa is one of the major cities in the Hokuriku area of the Chubu region, and it is renowned for being the premier production hub of the gold leaf used in many Japanese artifacts and ornaments, among other things.

After sampling the local cuisine for lunch, you will visit the Gold Leaf Museum and learn firsthand about this incredible craft. You can browse its souvenir shop, which sells gold leaf-related goods, You may also obtain food products that feature gold leaf decorations! Afterward, you will check in to your hotel in Kanazawa, where you will stay for 3 nights.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of East 21 Tokyo. LUNCH is Kaga ryori, a kaiseki course that originated from the Kaga region, or present-day Kanazawa. The classy hotel restaurant also has a pretty Japanese garden.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

Breakfast / Lunch Mystays Premier Kanazawa Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Kanazawa Castle
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Kanazawa Castle and Kenroku-en
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Transfer to Omi-cho
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Sushi lunch
  • 14:00 - 14:30 Transfer to Ninja-dera
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Ninja-dera
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Transfer to Naga-machi
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Buke Yashiki (samurai residence)
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Return to hotel

Activities

Today, you will experience many facets of samurai culture in Kanazawa. First and foremost is Kanazawa Castle, which was the residence of the richest feudal lord in the Edo period, second only to the shogun’s clan itself. Its outer garden, Kenroku-en, is said to be one of the three most beautiful Japanese gardens. Together, they are a prime example of grand samurai architecture.

You will visit the exciting Ninja-dera in the afternoon. Despite its name, the temple is actually a samurai hideout that earned its name from its many tricks and traps. Your last stop of the day is another legacy of the samurai’s reign in Kanazawa. Explore an example of a samurai residence, and learn about their way of living as you walk through the Naga-machi area.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Mystays Premier Kanazawa. LUNCH is a bowl of kaisen-don at Omi-cho Fish Market. Vinegared sushi rice with seafood topping, colorfully arranged and deliciously prepared, is served with local soy sauce. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Shirakawa-go
Breakfast / Lunch Mystays Premier Kanazawa Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 12:30 Hotel check-out >> Transfer to Kanazawa by shinkansen
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Transfer to restaurant
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Kaga ryori lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Transfer to Gold Leaf Museum
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Gold Leaf Museum
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Transfer to hotel >> check-in

Activities

You will go on an excursion to the Historic Village of Shirakawa-go, a remote settlement amid the Japanese Alps. This iconic spot is known for retaining a lot of Japan’s traditional gassho-zukuri architecture, in which the houses have steep thatched roofs designed to withstand the heavy snowfall of the region. This timeless village is beautiful in any season, and the panoramic view from atop its observation deck is simply marvelous.

Returning to Kanazawa in the afternoon, you will explore its old town district. Enjoy a cup of tea in one of the well-preserved teahouses, and learn about the geisha culture. After another peaceful stroll in an atmospheric setting, you will return to your hotel in Kanazawa, where you will stay for one last night.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Mystays Premier Kanazawa. LUNCH is a Hida beef set served in Shirakawa-go. The Hida beef in miso can be cooked to the tenderness that you prefer. The restaurant itself is a quaint gassho-zukuri house.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Kyoto
Breakfast / Lunch Rihga Royal Kyoto Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 12:00 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Kyoto by express train
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Transfer to restaurant
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Washoku lunch
  • 15:30 - 15:45 Transfer to Nanzen-ji
  • 15:45 - 17:00 Nanzen-ji
  • 17:00 - 17:15 Transfer to Gion
  • 17:15 - 18:00 Sightseeing around Gion
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Gion Corner (subject to availability)
  • 19:00 - 19:30 Transfer to hotel >> check-in

Activities

It is time to bid Kanazawa goodbye. Taking the Thunderbird express train from Kanazawa, you will arrive in Kyoto. After lunch, you will visit one of the most important temples in Kyoto, Nanzen-ji. As the head temple that presides over the five great Zen temples, Nanzen-ji boasts a massive gate, impressive gardens, and beautiful paintings on gold leaf, among many other things.

In the evening, you will pick up where you left off in Kanazawa and go sightseeing around Kyoto’s - and Japan’s - most famous geisha district. Get a taste of Kyoto’s antiquated atmosphere as you explore the old-fashioned streets of Gion! You will also watch a cultural show where apprentice geisha will perform different kinds of Japanese art.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Mystays Premier Kanazawa. LUNCH is an assorted washoku set in an atmospheric restaurant. The historic building has been around for more than 2 centuries, and it also has a spacious Japanese garden.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Kyoto
Breakfast / Lunch Rihga Royal Kyoto Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Nijo Castle
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Nijo Castle
  • 11:00 - 11:15 Transfer to Nishijin Textile Center
  • 11:15 - 12:30 Nishijin Textile Center
  • 12:30 - 13:15 Transfer to restaurant
  • 13:15 - 14:45 Temari-zushi lunch
  • 14:45 - 15:00 Transfer to Kinkakuji
  • 15:00 - 15:45 Kinkaku-ji
  • 15:45 - 17:00 Ryoan-ji
  • 17-00 - 17:30 Return to hotel

Activities

Classic Kyoto sights await you! You will start the day with a visit to Nijo Castle, a former samurai fortress that also functioned as an interim imperial palace. You will visit the well-preserved palace, hear its squeaking nightingale floors, and see its beautiful decorations. Afterward, you will browse through a gallery of beautiful kimono at Nishijin Textile Center.

After a delightful temari-zushi lunch, you will explore two of the most well-known icons of Kyoto. The first is the golden temple, Kinkaku-ji, whose impressive exterior and reflection in the water are legendary. The second temple features the most renowned “dry landscape” in the country, which is a carefully raked rock garden.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto. LUNCH is temari-zushi, a special type of sushi where the rice is pressed smaller than usual, making for very attractive little sushi balls. The restaurant is also aesthetically superb.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Kyoto
Breakfast / Lunch Rihga Royal Kyoto Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Arashiyama
  • 10:00 - 10:45 Adashino Nenbutsu-ji
  • 10:45 - 11:30 Otagi Nenbutsu-ji
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Sightseeing around Arashiyama (rickshaw ride)
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Kaiseki lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Tenryu-ji
  • 15:30 - 17:30 Transfer to Kyoto hotel

Activities

Enjoy an exciting trip to the Arashiyama area, a scenic getaway that is very popular among visitors to Kyoto. This place is known for its many iconic landmarks, including the famed bamboo grove and one of the five great Zen temples, Tenryu-ji, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will explore a portion of Arashiyama on a traditional rickshaw, which is a quintessential classic Japanese experience.

In addition, you will visit two lesser known temples in the northern Arashiyama area. Both of the Nenbutsu-ji temples feature stone sculptures numbering in the thousands. The eerie-looking statues, along with the generally quiet ambience, will leave you in awe as you walk around this remote corner of Arashiyama. As for lunch, you will enjoy an authentic kaiseki meal in an atmospheric restaurant by the river.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto. LUNCH is a style of kaiseki originating from Kyoto, also known as Kyo-ryori. Quality ingredients that accentuate the essence of the four seasons are used in this hotel restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

Breakfast / Lunch Rihga Royal Kyoto Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:30 Transfer to Nara
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Nara Park
  • 11:30 - 11:45 Transfer to restaurant
  • 11:45 - 13:15 Irori lunch
  • 13:15 - 13:30 Transfer to Todai-ji
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Todai-ji
  • 14:30 - 14:45 Transfer to Kasuga Taisha
  • 14:45 - 15:45 Kasuga Taisha
  • 15:45 - 16:30 Manyo Botanical Garden
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Transfer to Kyoto hotel

Activities

Today’s excursion brings you to Nara, best known for the thousands of wild deer that roam in its park. You will have a great time feeding them the specially sold deer crackers. Some of the deer even picked up the Japanese habit of bowing to you! Near the park is the equally famous Todai-ji, the Great Eastern Temple. It has the largest wooden building and Daibutsu statue in the country.

Afterward, you will visit the grand shrine Kasuga Taisha, which is known for its thousands of lanterns. There is even a dark room within the inner area, where the myriad hanging lanterns are fully lit, making this shrine a magical visit. To conclude the classic Nara experience, you will visit the botanical garden just outside Kasuga Taisha. You will then return to Kyoto for another stay.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto. LUNCH is a type of Japanese grilled dishes called irori. High quality kuroge wagyu beef with seasonal vegetables are served in this classy restaurant with traditional decor.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Hiroshima
Breakfast / Lunch Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 11:30 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Hiroshima by shinkansen
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Transfer to restaurant
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Okonomiyaki lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Transfer to Peace Memorial Park
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • 15:45 - 16:45 Shukkei-en
  • 16:45 - 17:30 Transfer to hotel >> check-in

Activities

After four nights in Kyoto, you will leave the old capital city and take the bullet train to Hiroshima. Hiroshima is most known for being the first unfortunate city in the world to be destroyed by an atomic bomb. However, the historic nightmare did not stop the city from attempting to restore its former glory. The Atomic Bomb Dome, which still stands in its dilapidation among the now modern city, is testament to Hiroshima’s resilience and resolve.

After an enlightening experience in the Peace Memorial Park, which was built right under the center of the explosion, you will visit the beautiful garden of Shukkei-en. While it was heavily damaged during the bombing, it has been reconstructed to be as gorgeous as ever. The garden’s serene atmosphere provides a certain calm in the middle of the memories that this city evokes.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto. LUNCH is Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, essentially pancakes with layers of vegetables, pork, and other ingredients. It is served in the popular Okonomimura food theme park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Miyajima
Breakfast / Lunch Hotel New Hankyu Osaka Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Hotel check-out >> transfer to ferry port
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Take the ferry to Miyajima
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Itsukushima Shrine
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Oyster lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Take the ferry to Hiroshima
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Transfer to Osaka by shinkansen
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Transfer to hotel >> check-in

Activities

Checking out of your hotel in the morning, you will be driven to Hiroshima Port. Just a short ferry ride from Hiroshima is the island of Itsukushima, more commonly known as Miyajima (the shrine island) due to its iconic Shinto shrine. Your driver will be waiting for you on this side as you cross the strait to the legendary island.

The floating torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine has been widely ranked as one of Japan’s top three scenic views, and today you will get to see it in all its glory. Depending on the tide, you may even be able to get close to the torii gate for a memorable picture. After a pleasant walk and a delightful lunch in Miyajima, you will take the ferry back to Hiroshima, and from there the bullet train to Osaka.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima. LUNCH is a set of oyster dishes in Miyajima. The large local oysters are prepared in various ways, such as fried, barbecued, raw, on rice, or in a bowl of miso soup.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Osaka
Breakfast / Lunch Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport Western

Activities

Osaka is a big and lively city, which makes it a great dessert for your classic Japan tour. You will first visit Osaka Castle, which has a classic exterior, but is actually a modern museum in disguise. Then you can enjoy a serving of the city’s most popular crab dishes, and see all the bustle in action on its shopping streets.

In the afternoon, you will be brought to a hotel near Kansai International Airport, which will be your port of exit. Nearby is the Rinku Premium Outlets, which you may want to visit in case you haven’t bought enough for gifts and souvenirs. Enjoy your last night in Japan!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel New Hankyu Osaka. LUNCH is a course of crab dishes in the iconic restaurant in Dotonbori. This popular eatery has traditional Japanese seating, and every variety of crab is prepared deliciously. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Osaka
Breakfast

Schedule

  • 10:00 Hotel check-out >> Transfer to Kansai Airport In the case your flight is scheduled later in the day, we can arrange the departure transfer later in the day.

Activities

 

You have completed the Japan Classics tour! We hope that you enjoyed your trip with ILJT! On the last day, you will check out of your hotel and conduct an independent transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight back home, and see you again soon!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport. LUNCH and DINNER are not included.
Meals: Breakfast

Open previous day

Estimated rates

Size of your group Price per person Price per group
1 pers
  • From¥ 2,894,000 JPY

  • From$ 25,895 USD

  • From 23,028 EUR

  • From£ 19,934 GBP

  • From$ 34,567 AUD

  • From฿ 885,617 THB

  • FromRp 343,966,436 IDR

  • From¥ 2,894,000 JPY

  • From$ 25,895 USD

  • From 23,028 EUR

  • From£ 19,934 GBP

  • From$ 34,567 AUD

  • From฿ 885,617 THB

  • FromRp 343,966,436 IDR

2 pers
  • From¥ 1,678,000 JPY

  • From$ 15,015 USD

  • From 13,352 EUR

  • From£ 11,558 GBP

  • From$ 20,043 AUD

  • From฿ 513,499 THB

  • FromRp 199,438,728 IDR

  • From¥ 3,356,000 JPY

  • From$ 30,029 USD

  • From 26,705 EUR

  • From£ 23,116 GBP

  • From$ 40,086 AUD

  • From฿ 1,026,997 THB

  • FromRp 398,877,457 IDR

3 pers
  • From¥ 1,286,000 JPY

  • From$ 11,507 USD

  • From 10,233 EUR

  • From£ 8,858 GBP

  • From$ 15,361 AUD

  • From฿ 393,540 THB

  • FromRp 152,847,559 IDR

  • From¥ 3,858,000 JPY

  • From$ 34,521 USD

  • From 30,699 EUR

  • From£ 26,574 GBP

  • From$ 46,082 AUD

  • From฿ 1,180,619 THB

  • FromRp 458,542,678 IDR

4 pers
  • From¥ 1,085,000 JPY

  • From$ 9,708 USD

  • From 8,634 EUR

  • From£ 7,473 GBP

  • From$ 12,960 AUD

  • From฿ 332,030 THB

  • FromRp 128,957,700 IDR

  • From¥ 4,340,000 JPY

  • From$ 38,834 USD

  • From 34,535 EUR

  • From£ 29,893 GBP

  • From$ 51,839 AUD

  • From฿ 1,328,119 THB

  • FromRp 515,830,799 IDR

5 pers
  • From¥ 965,000 JPY

  • From$ 8,635 USD

  • From 7,679 EUR

  • From£ 6,647 GBP

  • From$ 11,526 AUD

  • From฿ 295,308 THB

  • FromRp 114,695,097 IDR

  • From¥ 4,825,000 JPY

  • From$ 43,174 USD

  • From 38,394 EUR

  • From£ 33,234 GBP

  • From$ 57,632 AUD

  • From฿ 1,476,538 THB

  • FromRp 573,475,485 IDR

6 pers
  • From¥ 884,000 JPY

  • From$ 7,910 USD

  • From 7,034 EUR

  • From£ 6,089 GBP

  • From$ 10,559 AUD

  • From฿ 270,520 THB

  • FromRp 105,067,840 IDR

  • From¥ 5,304,000 JPY

  • From$ 47,460 USD

  • From 42,206 EUR

  • From£ 36,533 GBP

  • From$ 63,354 AUD

  • From฿ 1,623,121 THB

  • FromRp 630,407,041 IDR

7 pers
  • From¥ 880,000 JPY

  • From$ 7,874 USD

  • From 7,002 EUR

  • From£ 6,061 GBP

  • From$ 10,511 AUD

  • From฿ 269,296 THB

  • FromRp 104,592,420 IDR

  • From¥ 6,160,000 JPY

  • From$ 55,119 USD

  • From 49,017 EUR

  • From£ 42,429 GBP

  • From$ 73,578 AUD

  • From฿ 1,885,073 THB

  • FromRp 732,146,940 IDR

8 pers
  • From¥ 846,000 JPY

  • From$ 7,570 USD

  • From 6,732 EUR

  • From£ 5,827 GBP

  • From$ 10,105 AUD

  • From฿ 258,891 THB

  • FromRp 100,551,349 IDR

  • From¥ 6,768,000 JPY

  • From$ 60,559 USD

  • From 53,855 EUR

  • From£ 46,617 GBP

  • From$ 80,840 AUD

  • From฿ 2,071,132 THB

  • FromRp 804,410,794 IDR

9 pers
  • From¥ 806,000 JPY

  • From$ 7,212 USD

  • From 6,414 EUR

  • From£ 5,552 GBP

  • From$ 9,627 AUD

  • From฿ 246,651 THB

  • FromRp 95,797,148 IDR

  • From¥ 7,254,000 JPY

  • From$ 64,908 USD

  • From 57,722 EUR

  • From£ 49,965 GBP

  • From$ 86,645 AUD

  • From฿ 2,219,857 THB

  • FromRp 862,174,335 IDR

10 pers
  • From¥ 774,000 JPY

  • From$ 6,926 USD

  • From 6,159 EUR

  • From£ 5,331 GBP

  • From$ 9,245 AUD

  • From฿ 236,858 THB

  • FromRp 91,993,788 IDR

  • From¥ 7,740,000 JPY

  • From$ 69,257 USD

  • From 61,590 EUR

  • From£ 53,312 GBP

  • From$ 92,450 AUD

  • From฿ 2,368,582 THB

  • FromRp 919,937,876 IDR

11 pers
  • From¥ 747,000 JPY

  • From$ 6,684 USD

  • From 5,944 EUR

  • From£ 5,145 GBP

  • From$ 8,923 AUD

  • From฿ 228,596 THB

  • FromRp 88,784,702 IDR

  • From¥ 8,217,000 JPY

  • From$ 73,525 USD

  • From 65,385 EUR

  • From£ 56,598 GBP

  • From$ 98,148 AUD

  • From฿ 2,514,552 THB

  • FromRp 976,631,722 IDR

12 pers
  • From¥ 725,000 JPY

  • From$ 6,487 USD

  • From 5,769 EUR

  • From£ 4,994 GBP

  • From$ 8,660 AUD

  • From฿ 221,863 THB

  • FromRp 86,169,892 IDR

  • From¥ 8,700,000 JPY

  • From$ 77,847 USD

  • From 69,229 EUR

  • From£ 59,925 GBP

  • From$ 103,917 AUD

  • From฿ 2,662,359 THB

  • FromRp 1,034,038,698 IDR

What is included?

Accommodation

Western hotel: 13 nights -- Japanese ryokan: 1 night

Meals

14 breakfasts -- 13 lunches -- 1 dinners

Transport

Airport pickup -- Private car: 13 days -- Bullet train: 3 time (Tokyo - Kanazawa, Kyoto - Hiroshima, Hiroshima - Osaka) -- Express train: 1 time (Kanazawa - Kyoto)

Tour guide

Airport transfer: 1 day -- Guided tours: 13 days

FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the tour

International flights are not included in the tour price, and should be independently arranged by the traveler. This particular itinerary starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka. Please book a flight to either Narita International Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND), and a flight out of Kansai International Airport (KIX). It should be noted that we can arrange the included airport pickup service only if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). We recommend flights that arrive around/after noon, as you can only check into your hotel starting at 3 PM.
An English-speaking guide will accompany you on Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14. The guide will be at your service during the designated tour hours. Please note that the guide will be staying at the same hotel as you on Day 3 for logistical reasons. The guide will also pick you up at the airport if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). In the event that your flight arrives early, we can arrange a half-day tour on the day of arrival at an additional cost.
The tour price includes thirteen nights in 3- or 4-star hotels and one night in a predesignated ryokan (Japanese-style inns). Breakfast is included for each night’s stay in a hotel, whereas both dinner and breakfast are included for every night in a ryokan unless otherwise specified in the itinerary. Lunch is provided on every guided day, but not on days of arrival or departure. As you can only check into your hotel starting at 3 PM, in the event that your flight arrives early, we can arrange lunch on the day of arrival at an additional cost.
The tour price includes the service of a driver and a private car on every guided day. It also includes three scheduled bullet train transfers between Tokyo and Kanazawa on Day 5, Kyoto and Hiroshima on Day 12, and Hiroshima and Osaka on Day 13, as well as one express train transfer between Kanazawa and Kyoto on Day 8. The driver and car will be available only during the designated tour hours, and only for the included destinations. Please note that the driver will be staying at the same hotel as you on Day 3 for logistical reasons. Airport pickup is also included if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). In the event that your flight arrives early, we can extend the use of the private car for the purposes of lunch or a half-day tour at an additional cost. Please note that airport transfer for departure is not included.
All entrance tickets for destinations defined in the schedule are included in the tour price. Some tickets cannot be pre-booked, and it may be necessary for the guide to procure them on the spot. Please note that some attractions require strict compliance to pre-booked entrance times, and may void the booking if the schedule is not observed. As such, please complete your preparations to leave the hotel by the designated start time of the day.

Got questions?

Japan Classics

| 15 days - Tokyo to Osaka -
  • From¥ 725,000 JPY

  • From$ 6,487 USD

  • From 5,769 EUR

  • From£ 4,994 GBP

  • From$ 8,660 AUD

  • From฿ 221,863 THB

  • FromRp 86,169,892 IDR

 |  Tour code: CJ-01-EN

A unique private tour operator in Japan

Who we are

iLoveJapanTours is a leading tour operator in Japan. With more than 10 years of experience in handling inbound travel requests, our local team of professionals has served thousands of satisfied clients from around the world.

Why travel with us

We have extensive insider’s knowledge on Japan thanks to our experience. Our tour programs are designed to be different, thematic, flexible, and authentic. Specializing in private tours, we have a suitable itinerary for everyone.

Why private groups

A private tour is much more than just a dedicated car and personal guide. It means traveling on your terms in virtually any aspect of a tour, including the dates of travel, food preferences, room arrangements, and free time activities.