Small Group Tour IJT Superior

Japan Enchantment

14 Nights: from US$8393 Trip Code: JE

With a range of high-end accommodations, superb included meals and your tour leader on hand to make sure everything runs like clockwork, this is the perfect introduction to a fascinating culture often considered impenetrable by the outside world. Read more >

You'll begin and end the trip in Tokyo, icon of high modernity and a city of bewildering size and scope. Your first dinner at a local restaurant will provide you with a relaxed yet invaluable introduction to Japanese food and etiquette, and is the perfect way to get to know your tour leader and group.

Kyoto is Japan's other great city: imperial capital for over a thousand years and packed with architectural treasures. The highlight of your stay here is a private audience with a maiko (trainee geisha). Such experiences are rarely available to foreigners, giving you an exclusive window into this mysterious and captivating profession.

Complementing the city stays, you'll also get a tantalising taste of rural Japan. In the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park you'll cruise across Lake Ashi under the watchful gaze of Mount Fuji, explore the outstanding Hakone Open-Air Museum and rest your legs in volcanic hot spring baths.

In thickly forested Nikko you'll be privy to the most lavish religious architecture in all of Japan, whilst in Karuizawa you'll take a soba noodle-making class in of one of the country's finest mountain resorts.

The cities of Kanazawa and Nagano, contrasting as they are, offer yet more remarkable variety. High in the Japanese Alps, Nagano is your gateway to the famous onsen-bathing snow monkeys of Yudanaka. Kanazawa offers beautifully preserved samurai house districts, one of the very best Japanese gardens and a plethora of traditional craft workshops.

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

Important Tour Information

Group Size: 4 - 14

Single Supplement: This tour has a single supplement. This guarantees a single room throughout the tour.

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: Please note that rooms at the Tokyo hotel are only available from 3pm. (You can, however, securely leave your luggage at the front desk at any time). 

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: We will have the use of a private minibus in Tokyo (half day), Nikko, Karuizawa, Kyoto, and for our transfer to our Hakone hotel. For all other transfers, we will be making use of Japan's first-rate transport network.

Luggage:  We highly recommend that to make your stay more enjoyable you pack reasonably light. Although there is often a porter service available at hotels, 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: All accommodation on this tour has full en-suite bathroom facilities. The accommodation in Hakone and Karuizawa also offer shared natural hot-spring baths for your enjoyment.

Please note that in Japan, twin rooms are very much the norm, and there are far fewer double rooms available. Please understand that even if you are being booked in a double, this will only be in the hotels where there is availability.

International Flights: This tour starts and finishes in Tokyo for arrivals and departures at Tokyo Narita Airport or Tokyo Haneda Airport.

At a glance

What's Included >

What's included

  • An experienced InsideJapan tour leader will be there all day every day, making sure everything goes to plan
  • Sleep soundly in our selection of handpicked accommodation (14 nights)
  • Get your day off to a great start with breakfast every day
  • Enjoy our favourite eateries with two lunches and seven evening meals
  • Forget searching for small change on the subway, your IC transport card has 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • A 7-day Japan Rail Pass makes travelling on the bullet train even more efficient
  • See Tokyo's calmer side with tickets for a cruise on the serene Sumida river and entrance to the beautiful Hamarikyu Gardens
  • Watch squirrels fly with wildlife experts in Karuizawa
  • Take home new skills with a soba noodle-making cookery class
  • Make friends with snow monkeys at the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Yudanaka
  • Have a once in a lifetime experience sipping afternoon tea with a maiko (trainee geisha)
  • See ground-breaking contemporary art with tickets to Hakone Open-Air Museum, and explore the Hakone area using the 2-day Hakone Free Pass
  • Lighten the load with luggage forwarding from Karuizawa to Kanazawa and Kyoto to Tokyo
  • Keep connected with shared portable Wi-Fi access throughout
  • Touch down to see a friendly face with private airport transfers

What's NOT included:

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

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Tour Price Information

  • Tour Price: From US$8393
  • Single Supplement: From US$1155

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share From US$176 pp Single From US$204 pp
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share From US$183 pp Single From US$319 pp


  • Tour Price: From US$8645
  • Single Supplement: From US$1680

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share From US$233 pp Single From US$394 pp
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share From US$204 pp Single From US$350 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 flying squirrels in their natural habitat in rural Karuizawa
  • Discover Nikko, Tokyo, Karuizawa, Kanazawa and Kyoto with the help of expert local guides
  • Stroll around Kyoto's Gion district followed by an exclusive audience with a trainee geisha
  • Enjoy a soba noodle-making class in one of Japan's finest mountain resorts
  • See the famous onsen-bathing “snow monkeys” of Yudanaka
  • 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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Japan Enchantment - 15 Days - Accommodation

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Single supplement from US$1155

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