Small Group Tour IJT Classic

Classic Japan

13 Nights: from US$5033 Trip Code: CJ

Imagine basking in a hot spring bath at the foot of Mount Fuji, drinking sake with an apprentice geisha in Kyoto or seeing Tokyo from the water as you cruise down the Sumida River. This tour collects the best of Japan's classic cultural and natural locations. Read more >

Discover some of the locations that have given Japan its reputation as a land of mysterious spirituality and exquisite aesthetics, as you ride cross-country on the world-famous bullet train and stay in some lovely traditional accommodations.

Your journey will be gastronomic too - sample local specialities from melt-in-the-mouth Hida beef in the alpine regions to super-fresh sushi in Tokyo, quick bites from street vendors in Osaka and multi-course kaiseki feasts in Takayama.

In each destination you'll enjoy an expertly planned range of experiences, from learning about the history of the magnificent Osaka Castle, to wandering through the thatched farmhouses of Takayama's Hida no Sato Folk Village.

Take a tour of Kyoto with an expert local guide, enjoy the exclusive audience with a trainee geisha, and drink tea at the beautiful Hamarikyu Gardens, hidden in the heart of Tokyo's skyscraper district.

Along the way you'll visit two stunning national parks: Chubu Sangaku (Kamikochi) and Fuji-Hakone-Izu. The former is home to Japan's most magnificent mountain scenery and a thriving population of Japanese macaque monkeys, whilst the latter offers a pirate ship ride across Lake Ashi and the chance to boil eggs in volcanic hot springs.

If you choose to travel in July or August, you will also have the option to scale one of the most famous peaks in the world: Mount Fuji.

Accompanying you throughout will be your tour leader, who will introduce history and culture, guide you on excursions, demystify the local etiquette and generally make sure you get the best from your Classic Japan tour. 

If this sounds good and makes you want to see even more, why not extend your tour in Japan!

The tour leader will be staying at the first hotel for two nights before the tour starts so they will be available for advice if you choose to book pre tour nights. We recommend booking at least one extra night to check in and relax before the tour begins. 

Important Tour Information

Group Size: 4 - 14

Mt. Fuji Climb: Our July and August departures offer an optional Mount Fuji climb. You will need to be fit and determined and have suitable wear and equipment for this fantastic experience. Please ask us for more details. The tour leader will lead the climb; those not climbing will have a guide at their service for their full day in Hakone.

Single Supplement: Single rooms are guaranteed at all night stops on this tour through payment of a mandatory single supplement.

Fitness: Even when not using public transport, sightseeing in Japan often involves walking between sights, climbing up steps in temples and being 'on the go' for much of the day. To enjoy any of our Small Group Tours you should be of moderate fitness, able to walk and climb stairs without difficulty and able to maintain a pace that is comfortable for the majority of the group.

Check-in: Upon arrival you will probably be tired after a long international flight. Please note that rooms at the Tokyo hotel are only available from 3pm. 

Hotels in Japan operate strict check-in policies. If you have an early arrival you can either book an extra night for any-time check-in, or the hotel will be happy to securely store your luggage for you whilst you go for a drink or explore the local area.

The tour leader will be staying at the first hotel for two nights before the tour starts so they will be available for advice if you choose to book pre tour nights. We recommend booking at least one extra night to check in and relax before the tour begins.

Transport: Please note that most transfers are by public transport making use of Japan's first-rate transport network. This tour uses a mixture of trains, taxis, public buses, boats, as well as private coaches for some transfers and sightseeing.

Luggage: We highly recommend that to make your stay more enjoyable you pack reasonably light. Large suitcases will be an inconvenience to you. A small case or bag with wheels or a rucksack are most appropriate for this tour as you will have to carry your bags for short distances and some stations do not have escalators or elevators/lifts. You will also need a small overnight back-pack (for up to two nights) for use when we forward our main bags to the next location.

Accommodation: Culturally, communal bathing is common practice in Japan. Please note that in some traditional accommodations fully private en suite facilities may not be available. We will do our best to secure rooms on tour with private toilet and sink however some accommodations are not able to offer private bathing facilities. Shared facilities (when included) will always be separated by gender. 

Please note that in Japan, twin rooms are very much the norm, and there are far fewer double rooms available. Please understand that we will not be able to offer a double in every hotel on this tour.

International Flights: This tour starts and finishes in Tokyo for arrivals and departures at Tokyo, Narita or Haneda. Please note that the included meet-and-greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available from these two airports.

At a glance

What's Included >

What's included

  • Full-time services of your InsideJapan tour leader
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day and seven evening meals
  • Your InsideJapan Info-Pack
  • Seven-day Japan Rail Pass
  • IC transport card with 4,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Three-day Hakone Free Pass for transport in the Hakone region
  • Private coach from Takayama to Kamikochi; bus & trains from Kamikochi to Tokyo
  • Full day private guide in Kyoto with private bus
  • Afternoon tea with a maiko in Kyoto
  • Entrance to Kiyomizu Temple & Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto
  • Entrance to the Hida no Sato folk village in Takayama
  • Entrance to Osaka Castle
  • Tickets to Hakone Open-Air Museum
  • Sumida river bus ride and entrance to Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo
  • Luggage forwarding from Tokyo to Osaka & from Takayama to Tokyo
  • Shared portable Wi-Fi access throughout trip
  • Arrival transfer by shared shuttle bus & departure transfer by airport limousine bus

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Any local transport unless covered by the included transport passes
  • Any entrance fees (including temples, shrines and museums) unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding unless otherwise specified - you will be expected to carry your own luggage.

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Tour Price Information

  • Tour Price: From US$5033
  • Single Supplement: From US$490

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share From US$152 pp Single From US$163 pp
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share From US$133 pp Single From US$161 pp


  • Tour Price: From US$5453
  • Single Supplement: From US$770

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share From US$99 pp Single From US$158 pp
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share From US$126 pp Single From US$152 pp
Disclaimer Message: Please note: Prices displayed above are all "From" prices as individual prices vary depending on time of year travelling. For full pricing information on specific departures please speak to your Travel Consultant.

Tour Highlights

  • See Tokyo from a different perspective as you cruise down the Sumida River
  • Sip green tea in the peace of Tokyo's Hamarikyu Gardens
  • Get an introduction to feudal history at the magnificent Osaka Castle
  • See Japan as it once was in Hida No Sato folk village museum near Takayama
  • Explore Kyoto the ‘city of a thousand temples' and meet a trainee geisha in Kyoto's Gion district
  • Visit Kamikochi, one of Japan's most beautiful regions
  • Climb Mt. Fuji (optional - July & August departures only)
  • If all this sounds great and makes you want to see even more, why not extend your stay in Japan!

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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Classic Japan - 14 Days - Accommodation

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Single supplement from US$490

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