Self Guided Adventure


Traditional Japan

14 Nights: from US$6240 per person (twin share) Trip Code: TJS

Combining some of Japan's classic sights with rural towns and villages throughout the countryside, our Traditional Japan itinerary showcases some of the wonderful contrasts to be found in modern Japan. Read more >

After your initial stay in the bustling urban sprawl of Tokyo, watch the skyscrapers melt away as you head into the tranquillity of the Japanese Alps.

Relive samurai battles at Matsumoto Castle, take a stroll through the immaculate gardens of Kanazawa and be whisked high into the stunning mountains for a stay in the market town of Takayama.

From the Alps you will descend once more to Kyoto, formerly the capital of Japan for over a thousand years. Here you can sample some of the country's finest cuisine, chance upon a geisha in the narrow streets of Gion, and wander through gardens and temples dotted throughout the surrounding hills.

In Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa, you will be accompanied by a private local guide who will help you delve deeper into the history and culture of each of these cities. In Kyoto you'll have the chance to learn about zazen meditation from a master at Kodai-ji Temple, with your guide on hand to translate and help you ask any questions you might have about Japanese culture.

In each of your destinations you'll experience the best in Japanese hospitality, staying in a mixture of Western-style city hotels and traditional Japanese-style ryokan inns, with the very best of local cuisine included.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 14 nights' accommodation (four nights Japanese style)
  • Breakfast each morning, three evening meals and three lunches
  • Airport transfers by private car
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for local transport
  • Transport between destinations (first class where available)
  • First class (green) seven-day Japan Rail Pass
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa including entrance fees and lunch
  • Twilight private guided tour of Kyoto's Gion geisha district
  • Zazen meditation experience
  • Pocket WiFi device
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, subways, taxis) unless otherwise specified
  • Taxi transfer between Nagiso and Tsumago (approx 2,000 yen per taxi each way)
  • Any entrance fees unless otherwise specified

Trip Highlights

  • Spot a geisha in Kyoto's Gion quarter
  • Walk the Nakasendo Highway
  • Try zazen meditation at Gesshin-In Temple
  • Sample kaiseki cuisine in traditional Japanese inns

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

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