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Published Jan 10, 2023
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Introducing: Best of Japan! Our brand new 13-day small group tour will take you on a journey showcasing the destination’s highlights alongside hidden gems and hands-on cultural experiences. A must-visit for travelers craving something unexpected, Japan offers a land of delightful opposites. Ancient traditions thrive alongside a vibrant streak of tech, pop culture, and nightlife. The serene and calm panoramas of glittering temples and verdant bamboo forest contrast with the neon, frenetic energy that hums at Tokyo’s very core. The country may be small, but the depth and richness of culture to be found will entice your senses, engage your curiosity, and leave you with lifetime memories.
Full of value, this package includes:
  • International, round-trip flights from Los Angeles
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • Intimate touring group of no more than 16
  • 10 nights in Deluxe and First-Class Superior hotel accommodations
  • 1 night at a ryokan-style resort in Hakone
  • 21 Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Comprehensive touring program with English-speaking Tour Director

Best of Japan
Experience Japan: futuristic Tokyo; coastal Kamakura & mountainous Hakone w/ iconic Mt. Fuji; historic Takayama; UNESCO site, Gokayama & the ancient city of Kyoto
per person, double occupancy*
Why You'll Love this Tour:
Explore Tokyo's highlights, including Sensoji Temple, Nakamise-dōri Street, and Tokyo Skytree.
Learn the art of making sushi during a hands-on lesson.
Cruise along Lake Ashi before ascending 4,300 ft. to the ancient Mototsumiya Shrine on top of Mt. Komagatake and a chance to see Mt. Fuji.
Set out on a high-speed adventure aboard the Shinkansen Kodama, a bullet train linking Japan's major cities while reaching speeds of over 170 miles per hour.
Discover scenic Takayama, including the Sannomachi District, the Takayama-Jina Shrine, and the Yatai Kaikan museum.
Tour a local sake brewery and taste samples of various sakes.
Get hands-on during a Washi paper-making demonstration and experience.
Visit the Nomura-Ke Samurai residence, then discover Kanazawa's rich tradition of gold leaf at the Gold Leaf Experience.
Explore Kyoto, including the Golden Pavillion, Nijo Castle, Heian Jingu Shrine, and Nishiki Market.
Meander through the renowned Sango bamboo grove of Arashiyama, considered one of the most beautiful woodlands in the world.
* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

† The Carefree Booking policy is not travel insurance and only applies to a new booking—defined as booking without the use of funds on file from a previous cancellation. With our Carefree Booking policy, if you book one of our scheduled departures and decide later not to travel for any reason, you can transfer all payments you've made excluding the cost of any issued flight tickets, towards another available departure date or package, with no change fees or penalties.

Alternately, you can choose to receive a future travel credit for all payments made, excluding the cost of any issued flight tickets; or you can choose to receive a refund for that same amount, minus the deposit, per person future travel credit.

You may use these credits anytime, however they must be used or transferred within 5 years of your booking.

The Carefree Booking policy only applies to your original booking—limiting rebookings to one. Subsequent bookings will be subject to standard cancellation penalties. Additionally, any coupon or discount (other than our Instant Savings) does not transfer from the cancelled booking and therefore will not be applied to the new booking.

Travel protection premiums may be credited to your new tour provided: no claim is filed; (no vendor penalties such as Air, sea or rail etc have been incurred); and your new trip departs within 1 year of the cancellation of your original tour.

Valid for bookings made on or after September 23, 2022 Offer may not be available on all packages, including private and custom group departures and Biblical Journeys. Changes or cancellations requested after final payment due date are subject to our regular change and cancellation fees & policies. For more information and some additional restrictions, see our terms & conditions.

†† $199 deposit available on select packages. Valid for new bookings only. Changes to your package, departure date, or flights may require an increased deposit. If you select our optional travel protection plan, the premium will be added to your deposit. See additional terms & conditions.

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