Small Group Tour IJT Essential

Japan Unmasked

13 Nights: from US$2800 Trip Code: JU

Japan Unmasked is a tour with simple accommodation and minimal inclusions, giving you the freedom to choose where you spend your time and money. Whether you see yourself slurping on a quick bowl of noodles or splurging on sushi, this tour gives you the scope to create your perfect holiday. Read more >

The tour begins in Tokyo: the beating, neon heart of Japan. The first of many rides on the Shinkansen bullet train then whisks you into the Japanese Alps, where you'll spend the night at a shukubo temple lodgings, try vegetarian Buddhist cuisine and search for the key to paradise in the pitch-dark tunnels underneath Zenko-ji - one of Japan's most important temples.

A chance for you to see the mischievous snow monkeys soaking in the natural hot spring pools of Yudanaka will be followed by a visit to the "Black Crow", Matsumoto's magnificent original samurai castle.

Delving deeper in the mountains you'll experience warm Japanese hospitality at a traditional ryokan inn in Takayama, where the old-town streets hide sake breweries, craft shops and morning markets loaded with fresh produce.

Kyoto and Kanazawa offer a glimpse of traditional Japan - one a magnificent former capital with an astounding 17 World Heritage Sites, the other a small but beautifully preserved city with lamp-lit streets and one of the best gardens in Japan. Walking around the Gion district in Kyoto you might be lucky enough to spot a geisha in full regalia.

Further west you'll visit Hiroshima, where the Peace Memorial Park offers a sobering reminder of Japan's darkest hour. Though haunted by its past, Hiroshima today is a city teeming with life and optimism. Be sure to try the region's favourite savoury pancake: okonomiyaki.

Finally you'll visit Kurashiki - a real gem of a town that often goes unseen by foreign visitors but whose beautiful merchant canal district, wealth of excellent museums and cosmopolitan atmosphere make it well worth the trip.

What's Included >

What's included

  • Full-time services of your InsideJapan tour leader
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day and one evening meal
  • 14-day Japan Rail Pass
  • IC transport card with 3,500 yen credit for city transport
  • All transport between destinations in Japan
  • Entrance to Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano
  • Geisha district walking tour
  • Luggage Forwarding Tokyo to Matsumoto
  • Your InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Entrance fees (including those for temples, shrines and museums) unless otherwise specified
  • Any local transportation unless covered by the included passes
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

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Tour Price Information

  • Tour Price: From US$2800
  • Single Supplement: N/A

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share pp US$64 Single pp US$96
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share pp US$64 Single pp US$96

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the old canal district of lovely Kurashiki
  • Ride the famous Shinkansen bullet train
  • Explore the traditional craft town of Takayama in the Japanese Alps
  • Stay in a Buddhist temple lodging at Nagano's Zenko-ji Temple
  • Enjoy the diversity of cities and sights, from Matsumoto Castle to Hiroshima Peace Memorial park
  • Visit the traditional samurai & geisha districts of Kanazawa

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