Small Group Tour IJT Classic

Spring Elegance

13 Nights: from US$5425 Trip Code: SE

Spring is when Japan casts off its winter blanket and really lets its hair down. Every park is packed with revellers gathered to view the cherry blossom, festivals are underway across the country and nearly everyone embraces the party-like atmosphere – this really is a wonderful time to travel. Read more >

Not far from Tokyo, the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is a haven of natural splendour. With stunning views of Mount Fuji across Lake Ashi and a profusion of volcanic hot springs, you'll have the opportunity to relax and unwind in a traditional onsen bath and visit a world-class sculpture park in an unbeatable setting.

Kanazawa offers a glimpse of life in a small, beautifully preserved traditional city. Three days in Kyoto, meanwhile, will induct you into Japan's other great city. The highlights here are meeting a maiko (apprentice geisha) and tickets to the Miyako Odori - annual geisha dances given to celebrate the spring.

In the Japanese Alps, the city of Matsumoto and the craft town of Takayama offer a trip to the iconic "Black Crow" castle and an excursion to Hida no Sato respectively. The former is one of Japan's most impressive samurai castles, whilst the latter is an open-air museum showcasing the steeply thatched "praying hands" farmhouses typical of the region.

No trip to Japan would be complete without seeing something of the big city, and your tour will be bookended by stays amongst the skyscrapers of Tokyo. Here you'll receive an introduction to Japanese cuisine at a local restaurant and see the city from the waters of the Sumida River.

This is an active tour packed with opportunities for exploration, good value mid-range accommodation and a variety of meals included. With your tour leader to steer you through the most fascinating aspects of these superb destinations, this tour offers a classic sightseeing experience at a fantastic time of year.

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:  Single rooms are guaranteed at all night stops on this tour for those paying a 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 hotel are only available from 3pm.

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 and boats, as well as some 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. Shared facilities (when included) will always be seperated by gender. At all night stops on the Spring Elegance tour your room will have full en-suite facilities (attached bath, shower and toilet). The Japanese ryokan in Takayama will have both en-suite and optional traditional large, hot spring baths for your relaxation.

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

  • Full-time services of your InsideJapan tour leader
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day and four evening meals
  • Your InsideJapan Info-Pack
  • Airport transfers and all transport between destinations in Japan
  • 7-day Japan Rail Pass
  • IC transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • 3-day Hakone Free Pass for transport in the Hakone region
  • Takayama bus pass
  • Transfers from Takayama to Kanazawa by private coach
  • Sumida river bus ride & entrance to Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo
  • Half day guide, half day private coach in Tokyo
  • Full day guide, full day private coach in Kyoto
  • Entrance to the Hida no Sato folk village and full day guide in Takayama
  • Private afternoon tea with a maiko
  • Tickets to the Miyako Odori spring geisha dances
  • Entrance to the Hakone Open-Air Museum
  • Luggage forwarding from Tokyo to Takayama, Takayama to Kyoto and from Kyoto to Tokyo
  • Shared portable Wi-Fi access throughout trip

What's NOT included:

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

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Tour Price Information

  • Tour Price: From US$5425
  • Single Supplement: From US$714

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share From US$154 pp Single From US$194 pp
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share From US$168 pp Single From US$207 pp


  • Tour Price: From US$6125
  • Single Supplement: From US$1141

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share From US$204 pp Single From US$246 pp
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share From US$191 pp Single From US$243 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

  • Float down the Sumida River to Tokyo's beautiful Hamarikyu Gardens
  • Admire the world-famous Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa
  • Wander around at one of Japan's best preserved castles in Matsumoto
  • Meet a maiko (trainee geisha) and attend a performance of the spring geisha dances in Kyoto
  • Explore traditional thatched farmhouses at the Hida no Sato folk village in the Japanese Alps
  • Ponder Picasso and wander amongst the sculptures of Hakone's open-air art museum
  • If all this sounds great and makes you want to see even more, why not extend your stay in Japan!

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What, where, when and how...

Spring Elegance - 14 Days - Accommodation

Spring Elegance - 14 Days - Booking

Single supplement from US$1141

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