Small Group Tour IJT Superior

Spirit of Honshu

8 Nights: from US$5810 Trip Code: SOH

Have a limited amount of time and want to get the most out of your visit to Japan? This is the tour for you. In between stays in Japan's two greatest cities you'll relax in hot springs, explore the beautiful Izu Peninsula, and make day trips to the fascinating historical sites of Nikko and Nara. Read more >

Starting with three nights in the hectic buzz that is Japan's capital city, your tour leader will help you navigate the whirlwind - accompanying you on a boat trip down the Sumida River, a visit to the serene Hamarikyu Gardens and maybe a night at a traditional izakaya restaurant.

Muse on the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" monkey carvings in Nikko's extravagant woodland temple complex. Feel dwarfed by the giant Buddha of Todai-ji and feed senbei crackers to the resident deer in the ancient capital of Nara.

Stay in a superb ryokan inn with seven varieties of hot spring bath on the stunning Izu Peninsula - a national park whose views of Mount Fuji, sweeping coastlines and forested interior make it the perfect antidote to the unrelenting crowds of Japan's cities. These are just some of the wonderful experiences you'll have on this short tour of Japan's main island.

Concluding your trip will be three days in Kyoto, Japan's undisputed cultural heart and a city with a very different character from Tokyo. Here it seems as though every sliding door conceals a bewitching garden or a lavish temple - but the real treat comes when you meet a maiko, or apprentice geisha. Geisha embody the mystery and refinement that Japanese culture is famous for, and this is a privileged chance to be in the company of one of these remarkable performers in person.

Throughout the tour you'll stay in superior accommodation, enjoying the very best in Japanese cuisine and travelling by first class rail and private transport.

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: Upon arrival you will probably be tired after a long international flight. Please note that rooms at hotels 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: We will be using several modes of transport on this tour including private minibuses and taxis. Please note that some transfers are by public transport making use of Japan's first-rate transport network. 

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: Rooms at the accommodation in Tokyo and Kyoto are fully en-suite. The rooms at the Japanese ryokan in Izu have an en-suite lavatory. There is no en-suite bath but all the hot spring baths can be used privately.

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 in Tokyo for arrivals at Tokyo Narita Airport or at Tokyo Haneda Airport and finishes in Kyoto for departures from Osaka Kansai Airport. Add-ons back to Tokyo can easily be arranged. Please ask us for details.


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 (8 nights)
  • Get your day off to a great start with breakfast every day
  • Enjoy our favourite eateries with one lunch and five evening meals
  • Touch down to see a friendly face with private airport arrival transfers
  • Avoid a last-minute rush with a shared taxi airport departure service
  • Forget searching for small change on the subway, your IC transport card has 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • See Tokyo's calmer side with tickets for a cruise on the serene Sumida river and entrance to the beautiful Hamarikyu Gardens
  • Don't worry about seat reservations, from bullet train to boat rides, all domestic transport is included
  • Have a once in a lifetime experience sipping afternoon tea with a maiko (trainee geisha)
  • Lose yourself in thick forests with tickets, transport and an expert local private guide in Nikko National Park
  • Explore ancient temples and meet friendly deer with a day trip to Nara (including train tickets and entrance fees)
  • Get some sea air with two days sightseeing on the Izu Peninsula by private coach
  • Discover Kyoto with an expert local guide and tickets to the cultural capital's most popular highlights
  • Lighten the load with luggage forwarding from Izu Peninsula to Kyoto
  • Keep connected with shared portable Wi-Fi access throughout

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Entrance fees (including 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$5810
  • Single Supplement: From US$525

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share From US$176 pp Single From US$204 pp
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share From US$323 pp Single From US$445 pp


  • Tour Price: From US$5810
  • Single Supplement: From US$1330

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share From US$233 pp Single From US$394 pp
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share From US$330 pp Single From US$618 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

  • Feel dwarfed by Todai-ji's giant Buddha in Nara
  • Take in Tokyo by boat as you cruise down the Sumida River to Hamarikyu Gardens
  • Enjoy a private audience with an apprentice geisha in Kyoto
  • Stay in a luxury traditional ryokan with a delicious kaiseki dinner
  • Visit the extravagant woodland temple complex of Nikko
  • Marvel at the stunning coastline of Izu Peninsula, a less visited region of Japan
  • Make friends with the sacred deer whilst temple sightseeing in Nara
  • 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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Spirit of Honshu - 9 Days - Accommodation

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Single supplement from US$525

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