Small Group Tour IJT Superior

Japan Enchantment

14 Nights: from US$8663 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 open-air sculpture park 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!

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 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.

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 ensuite bathroom facilities. The accommodation in Hakone and Karuizawa also offer shared natural hot-spring baths for your enjoyment.

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

Check-in: Please note that rooms at the Tokyo hotel are only available from 2pm. (You can, however, securely leave your luggage at the front desk at any time).

At a glance

What's Included >

What's included

  • Full-time services of your InsideJapan tour leader
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day, two lunches and seven evening meals
  • Your InsideJapan Info-Pack
  • IC transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • 7-day Japan Rail Pass
  • 2-day Hakone Free Pass for transport in the Hakone region
  • All transport between destinations in Japan
  • Arrival & departure airport transfers by private car
  • Sumida river bus ride & entrance to Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo
  • Half-day private guide service in Tokyo including travel by private coach
  • Full-day private guide service in Nikko & Karuizawa including entrance fees and travel by private coach
  • Flying squirrel watching tour and soba noodle-making lesson in Karuizawa
  • Full-day private guide service in Kanazawa including entrance fees
  • Private transfer & entrance to the Jigokudani monkey park in Yudanaka
  • Private afternoon tea with a maiko
  • Full-day private guide service in Kyoto including travel by private coach
  • Tickets to Hakone Open-Air Museum
  • Luggage forwarding from Karuizawa to Kanazawa and from Kyoto to Tokyo
  • Shared portable Wi-Fi access throughout trip

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$8663
  • Single Supplement: US$1073

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share pp US$195 Single pp US$210
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share pp US$195 Single pp US$333


  • Tour Price: From US$8953
  • Single Supplement: US$1196

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share pp US$200 Single pp US$211
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share pp US$198 Single pp US$342

Tour Highlights

  • Take a walk around Kyoto's Gion geisha district followed by an exclusive audience with a trainee geisha
  • See the famous onsen-bathing “snow monkeys” of Yudanaka
  • Discover Nikko, Tokyo, Karuizawa, Kanazawa and Kyoto with the help of expert local guides
  • If all this sounds great and makes you want to see even more, why not extend your stay in Japan!
  • Balance activity and relaxation in luxury surroundings in verdant Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
  • Enjoy a soba noodle-making class in one of Japan's finest mountain resorts
  • See flying squirrels in their natural habitat in rural Karuizawa

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 £740

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