Majestic Japan Luxury Tour
11 Days
1 Country

Japan

8 Cities

Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Mt Fuji, Tokyo, Sendai, Oirase Gorge, Oirase

22 Meals

5 Dinners, 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunchs

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 20
Tour brand Luxury Gold
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If you want the finest from life, enjoy curated luxury travel, and are looking for incredible and unique experiences - a VIP vacation like no other, Luxury Gold tours are the perfect choice. Enjoy the finest end to end experience on the world's leading limited edition small group tours. With an average of 20 guests, every journey is filled with unrivalled Passport Moments, the golden threads that create your extraordinary vacation. The sounds of Mozart soaring after hours under frescoed palace ceilings. Flavors of spice from Delhi’s Street vendors. Sustainable ways to live, cook and savor at a pioneering Michelin starred restaurant. If passports were stamped with experiences instead of place, they would be imprinted with these exceptional moments. Curated exclusively for you. Go beyond the velvet rope. Front of the line priority with behind-the-scenes access. Enjoy rare insights into the world’s most majestic landmarks. Meet legendary locals and celebrated icons to mingle with them personally.

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Be captivated by the beauty and traditions of Japan during this 11-day guided tour. Travel to Kyoto, a cultural hub for the country, where you can bask in the serenity surrounding the iconic Golden Pavilion. See the Giouji Temple — a Buddhist place of worship set amidst a moss-covered forest — and feast on a traditional Kyo-Kaiseki lunch as you watch an apprentice geisha perform beside you. In Tokyo, choose to make decadent sushi rolls using the finest quality fish during a private cooking class or join a Local Expert and explore the fashionable Omotesando and Harajuku neighborhoods before sampling a local lunch. Then discover the river valley of the Oirase Gorge, walking along its crystal-clear waters while marveling at the amber leaves that surround you. Later, journey to a local brewery for a private sake tasting and behind-the-scenes tour, led by a sake brew master.

The Activity Level of this tour is Dynamic, meaning this journey features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills.

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Day 1

Welcome to Osaka, Japan

Enjoy a private transfer to your five-star hotel to begin your Japan luxury tour. Tonight, awaken your tastebuds with tempura and sushi over stunning views over Osaka’s skyline

Osaka, Japan
Imperial Hotel Osaka View Hotel Details
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Imperial Hotel Osaka

About the Hotel

Osaka, Japan

With over 100 years of hospitality experience, the five-star Imperial Hotel Osaka places you along the Okawa River in the heart of vibrant Osaka. Stay in the midst of one of Japan’s best cherry-blossom-viewing locations and enjoy a range of state-of-the-art facilities, including a luxury spa and fine-dining restaurants.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Room Service

Style

  • Traditional

Day 2

Highlights of Osaka

Take in 360-degree city views from the Floating Garden Observatory in the skyscraper, Umeda Sky. Continue your exploration of striking architecture at Osaka Castle, one of Japan's most famous landmarks and pivotal in the reunification of Japan during the 16th century.

Osaka Castle in Japan
Imperial Hotel Osaka View Hotel Details
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Imperial Hotel Osaka

About the Hotel

Osaka, Japan

With over 100 years of hospitality experience, the five-star Imperial Hotel Osaka places you along the Okawa River in the heart of vibrant Osaka. Stay in the midst of one of Japan’s best cherry-blossom-viewing locations and enjoy a range of state-of-the-art facilities, including a luxury spa and fine-dining restaurants.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Room Service

Style

  • Traditional
Passport Moments Osaka Castle Osaka, Japan
Osaka Castle Visit

Explore the fascinating Osaka Castle, a famous landmark that was pivotal in the reunification of Japan during the 16th century. Marvel at the varie...

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Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Donburi Street Food Osaka, Japan
Osaka Donburi Street Food Tasting

Discover why Osaka is known as the kitchen of Japan on a stroll through Donburi street with a Local Expert. Taste local specialties such as rounds ...

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Exceptional Dining

Passport Moments Umeda Sky Building Visit Osaka, Japan
Osaka Umeda Sky Building Visit

Visit the top of the Floating Garden Observatory in the Umeda Sky Building for incredible city views.

Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Day 3

A Local Perspective on Hiroshima

Arriving in Hiroshima by Shinkansen (bullet train), explore Peace Memorial Park and Museum and meet a survivor who will share moving insights. Indulge in okonomiyaki pancakes before arriving in Kyoto.

Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, Japan
The Thousands, Kyoto View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

The Thousands, Kyoto

About the Hotel

Kyoto, Japan
Curated Experiences Atomic Bomb Site Hiroshima, Japan
Meet a Survivor of the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb

Experience a truly poignant travel moment, as you meet a survivor of the 1945 Hiroshima atomic bomb, which destroyed most of the city during World ...

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Curated Experiences

Passport Moments Scenic Bullet Train journey, Japan
Japanese Scenic Bullet Train

Experience traveling like a local as you ride the high-speed bullet train. Catch views of snow capped mountains and quaint Japanese towns as you jo...

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Passport Moments

Passport Moments Hiroshima peace memorial park Hiroshima, Japan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park Visit

Spend some quiet moments in the emotive Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and see the A-Bomb Dome, the only structure left standing.

Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Local food in Hiroshima, Japan
Taste Okonomiyaki Pancakes

Indulge in the local favorite of okonomiyaki, a savory pancake dish consisting of wheat flour batter and other ingredients cooked on a teppan.

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Exceptional Dining

Day 4

The Temples and Geisha of Kyoto

Marvel at the Zen Buddhist temple Kinkakuji’s famed Golden Pavilion, Giouji Temple and take a quiet stroll through a grove of bamboo and maple trees. In the Gion district, dine on classic Kyo-Kaiseki cuisine and appreciate the talents of a Maiko, an apprentice geisha.

Sightseeing Kyoto, Japan
The Thousands, Kyoto View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

The Thousands, Kyoto

About the Hotel

Kyoto, Japan
Exceptional Dining Geisha Performance in Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto Highlight Lunch with Geisha Performance

Enjoy a performance by a Maiko, an apprentice Geisha, skilled in the art of classical dance and entertainment, as you savor a Highlight Lunch of tr...

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Exceptional Dining

Passport Moments Giouji Temple Bamboo Garden Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto Giouji Temple Visit

Wander around the famous Giouji Temple, where the bamboo trees and green groves inspire relaxation. This tiny temple with the thatched roof entranc...

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Passport Moments

Passport Moments Gion Neighbourhood Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto Gion Neighborhood Orientation

Join your Travel Concierge for an orientation of Gion neighborhood, known as Kyoto's geisha district. See well-preserved wooden machiya houses and ...

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Passport Moments

Passport Moments Kinkaku-ji temple Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto Kinkaku-ji Temple Visit

Visit the stunning Zen Buddhist temple of Kinkaku-ji, with its glittering Golden Pavilion and hear about its intriguing history. Then, explore the ...

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Passport Moments

Day 5

Mt. Fuji and on to Tokyo

Board the bullet train to Mishima for spectacular views of Mount Fuji and admire its reflection in Lake Kawaguchi. Visit Itchiku Kubota Art Museum or revel in mountain views from the Kachi-Kachi Ropeway cable car.

Mt Fuji View Kyoto, Japan
Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel

About the Hotel

Tokyo, Japan
Personalise your day Itchiku Kubota Art Museum Mt Fuji, Japan
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum Visit in Mount Fuji

Visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, where you’ll enjoy its unique architecture, wander the serene gardens and marvel at its collection of beautiful kimonos.

Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Personalise your day Kachi Kachi Ropeway Mt Fuji, Japan
Ride the Kachi-Kachi Ropeway Cable Car in Mount Fuji

Ride the Kachi-Kachi Ropeway cable car to fully embrace the breathtaking views of the lake and the mountain.

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Personalise your day

Day 6

Explore Traditional Tokyo

Visit the Tokyo National Museum and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Learn to make sushi with a Master Sushi Chef or explore Omotesando and Harajuku. Tailor your evening at a restaurant specialising in Shabu-shabu or Teppanyaki.

Sightseeing Tokyo, Japan
Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel

About the Hotel

Tokyo, Japan
Passport Moments The Tokyo Sky Tree and pink cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Sightseeing Tour

Take a sightseeing tour of Tokyo with your Travel Concierge to spot many places of interest in this bustling capital city. 

Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Tempanyaki Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Your Choice Evening

During a Your Choice Evening, choose from two hand-picked restaurants, each specialising in local delicacies. Try Shabu-shabu, sizzling hotpots of ...

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Included in Trip

Exceptional Dining

Personalise your day Sushi Making Class Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Private Sushi-Making Class with Lunch

Participate in a private sushi-making class in Tokyo and discover why it takes ten years to perfect this 2000-year-old Japanese art from a master s...

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Personalise your day

Personalise your day Harajuku girls in the Harajuku area in Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Omotesando and Harajuku Walking Tour

Join a Local Expert and head to the Omotesando and Harajuku neighborhoods known for their fashion, art and design before indulging in lunch.

Included in Trip

Personalise your day

Day 7

Journey to Sendai

Hear insights into island life in Sendai, joining the owner of a local inn for a fresh seafood lunch. A private cruise shows off the impressive views of Matsushima Bay before a traditional tea ceremony.

Sendai in Tokyo, Japan
The Westin Sendai View Hotel Details
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The Westin Sendai

About the Hotel

Sendai, Japan

Old-world elegance and modern comforts combine to make the luxurious Westin Sendai Hotel an ideal oasis in the heart of the city, within your Superior Rooms.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Concierge
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Gym

Style

  • Traditional
Passport Moments Matshushima Bay cruise  Sendai, Japan
Matsushima Bay Private Cruise

Take in views of the many pine clad islets in Matsushima Bay on a private cruise. Hear about the many haikus featuring the bay describing it as a p...

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Passport Moments

Passport Moments Matshushima Bay cruise  Sendai, Japan
Meet a Traditional Inn Owner at Matsushima Bay

Meet the owner of a traditional Japanese inn set in the dazzling Matsushima Bay, which has inspired poetry over the centuries. Hear more about her ...

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Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Sendai Tea Ceremony Tokyo, Japan
Sendai Tea Ceremony

Experience a truly Japanese tradition when you enjoy a tea ceremony at a traditional tea house. Learn the art of making the perfect matcha green te...

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Exceptional Dining

Day 8

Tsugaru and Hirosaki Castle

At Hirosaki Castle, meet a cherry blossom doctor. Explore the Tsugaru-han Neputa Village and watch skilled craftsman. Enjoy a private performance of traditional Tsugaru Shamisen guitar and Taiko drumming.

Hirosaki Castle Visit Hirosaki, Japan
Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel

About the Hotel

Oirase Gorge, Japan

Ideally situated moments away from the serene Oirase Keiryua stream, the Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel is a luxurious resort hotel and offers spacious bedrooms, five-star facilities and easy access to natural hot springs situated in the nearby forest.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Spa
  • Laundry

Style

  • Traditional
Passport Moments Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Doctor Hirosaki, Japan
Meet a Specialist Cherry Blossom Doctor in Hirosaki

Learn about the meticulous care and nurturing of cherry blossom trees from a specialized cherry blossom doctor who ensures that each one, from sapl...

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Passport Moments

Passport Moments Neputa Village Musical Performance, Hirosaki, Japan
Neputa Village Private Musical Performance

See the colorful decorations, which take a year to create, being prepared for the summer Neputa Festival by local craftsmen. Witness a private musi...

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Passport Moments

Day 9

Exploring Oirase

Discover Japan’s nature haven of Oirase Gorge’s, admiring its waterfalls and crystal-clear streams. Enjoy a soothing Onsen bath in the nearby forest before ending the day with a visit to Miurashuzo family-run sake brewery for a private VIP tasting and tour.

Oirase Gorge Sightseeing Oirase, Japan
Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel

About the Hotel

Oirase Gorge, Japan

Ideally situated moments away from the serene Oirase Keiryua stream, the Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel is a luxurious resort hotel and offers spacious bedrooms, five-star facilities and easy access to natural hot springs situated in the nearby forest.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Spa
  • Laundry

Style

  • Traditional
Curated Experiences Oirase Gorge Hachimantai National Park, Japan
Oirase Gorge Hachimantai National Park Nature Walk

Take a gentle walk along the Oirase Gorge in the Hachimantai National Park. Each season brings its own color palette while unique rock formations a...

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Included in Trip

Curated Experiences

Exceptional Dining Sake Tasting Oirase, Japan
Oirase Private Sake Tasting with Brew Master

Enjoy a rare opportunity to meet a brewmaster, Takumi Sato, and learn about the essence of sake in a special guided visit of his brewery. Share som...

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Exceptional Dining

Magnificent Stays The exterior of the Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel in Oirase Gorge, Japan
Oirase Keiryu

Ideally situated moments away from the serene Oirase Keiryua stream, the Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel is a luxurious resort hotel and offers...

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Magnificent Stays

Day 10

The Highlights of Tokyo

Explore the Senso-ji Buddhist Temple, visit Nakamise Street and Kappabashi, Tokyo’s foodie hub. Celebrate your travels over fine dining at Hoshinonaruki.

Tokyo, Japan
Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel

About the Hotel

Tokyo, Japan
Passport Moments Senso-ji Temple Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Sensō-ji Temple Visit

Pay a visit to the Sensō-ji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo and the site of a large late spring festival, which many international visitors atte...

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Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Passport Moments Nakamise Street Tokyo, Japan
Visit Nakamise Street in Tokyo

Wander down one of Japan's oldest shopping streets, Nakamise Street, which dates back to the 17th century. If you're feeling peckish, visit Kappaba...

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Included in Trip

Passport Moments

Exceptional Dining Hoshinonaruki Restaurant Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Hoshinonaruki Celebration Dinner

Tradition meets innovation as you enjoy a fine dining experience with new friends at Hoshinonaruki. Using age-old Japanese culinary techniques and ...

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Exceptional Dining

Day 11

Farewell Japan

Your Osaka to Tokyo luxury tour ends with your private car to Narita or Haneda International Airport for your onward journey.

The Tokyo Sky Tree and pink cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Japan
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Passport Moments
Osaka Castle Visit

Explore the fascinating Osaka Castle, a famous landmark that was pivotal in the reunification of Japan during the 16th century. Marvel at the varie...

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Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Osaka Umeda Sky Building Visit

Visit the top of the Floating Garden Observatory in the Umeda Sky Building for incredible city views.

Included in Trip
Curated Experiences
Meet a Survivor of the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb

Experience a truly poignant travel moment, as you meet a survivor of the 1945 Hiroshima atomic bomb, which destroyed most of the city during World ...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Japanese Scenic Bullet Train

Experience traveling like a local as you ride the high-speed bullet train. Catch views of snow capped mountains and quaint Japanese towns as you jo...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park Visit

Spend some quiet moments in the emotive Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and see the A-Bomb Dome, the only structure left standing.

Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Kyoto Giouji Temple Visit

Wander around the famous Giouji Temple, where the bamboo trees and green groves inspire relaxation. This tiny temple with the thatched roof entranc...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Kyoto Gion Neighborhood Orientation

Join your Travel Concierge for an orientation of Gion neighborhood, known as Kyoto's geisha district. See well-preserved wooden machiya houses and ...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Kyoto Kinkaku-ji Temple Visit

Visit the stunning Zen Buddhist temple of Kinkaku-ji, with its glittering Golden Pavilion and hear about its intriguing history. Then, explore the ...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum Visit in Mount Fuji

Visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, where you’ll enjoy its unique architecture, wander the serene gardens and marvel at its collection of beautiful kimonos.

Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Ride the Kachi-Kachi Ropeway Cable Car in Mount Fuji

Ride the Kachi-Kachi Ropeway cable car to fully embrace the breathtaking views of the lake and the mountain.

Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Tokyo Sightseeing Tour

Take a sightseeing tour of Tokyo with your Travel Concierge to spot many places of interest in this bustling capital city. 

Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Tokyo Private Sushi-Making Class with Lunch

Participate in a private sushi-making class in Tokyo and discover why it takes ten years to perfect this 2000-year-old Japanese art from a master s...

See More
Included in Trip
Personalise your day
Tokyo Omotesando and Harajuku Walking Tour

Join a Local Expert and head to the Omotesando and Harajuku neighborhoods known for their fashion, art and design before indulging in lunch.

Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Matsushima Bay Private Cruise

Take in views of the many pine clad islets in Matsushima Bay on a private cruise. Hear about the many haikus featuring the bay describing it as a p...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Meet a Traditional Inn Owner at Matsushima Bay

Meet the owner of a traditional Japanese inn set in the dazzling Matsushima Bay, which has inspired poetry over the centuries. Hear more about her ...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Meet a Specialist Cherry Blossom Doctor in Hirosaki

Learn about the meticulous care and nurturing of cherry blossom trees from a specialized cherry blossom doctor who ensures that each one, from sapl...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Neputa Village Private Musical Performance

See the colorful decorations, which take a year to create, being prepared for the summer Neputa Festival by local craftsmen. Witness a private musi...

See More
Included in Trip
Curated Experiences
Oirase Gorge Hachimantai National Park Nature Walk

Take a gentle walk along the Oirase Gorge in the Hachimantai National Park. Each season brings its own color palette while unique rock formations a...

See More
Included in Trip
Magnificent Stays
Oirase Keiryu

Ideally situated moments away from the serene Oirase Keiryua stream, the Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel is a luxurious resort hotel and offers...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Tokyo Sensō-ji Temple Visit

Pay a visit to the Sensō-ji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo and the site of a large late spring festival, which many international visitors atte...

See More
Included in Trip
Passport Moments
Visit Nakamise Street in Tokyo

Wander down one of Japan's oldest shopping streets, Nakamise Street, which dates back to the 17th century. If you're feeling peckish, visit Kappaba...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences.  
 In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.  ​
Included at all hotels. 

Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.​

Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.  
On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.
Enjoy complimentary hotel Wi-Fi. And, on select coaches, onboard Wi-Fi may also be available.
Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be requested.

Authentic Dining

5 Dinners, 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunchs

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Osaka Donburi Street Food Tasting

Discover why Osaka is known as the kitchen of Japan on a stroll through Donburi street with a Local Expert. Taste local specialties such as rounds of ground octopus wrapped in batter, called Takoyaki.

Taste Okonomiyaki Pancakes

Indulge in the local favorite of okonomiyaki, a savory pancake dish consisting of wheat flour batter and other ingredients cooked on a teppan.

Kyoto Highlight Lunch with Geisha Performance

Enjoy a performance by a Maiko, an apprentice Geisha, skilled in the art of classical dance and entertainment, as you savor a Highlight Lunch of traditional Kyo-Kaiseki cuisine. Admire the balance of taste, texture and color in this Kyoto specialty.

Tokyo Your Choice Evening

During a Your Choice Evening, choose from two hand-picked restaurants, each specialising in local delicacies. Try Shabu-shabu, sizzling hotpots of meat and vegetables, or Teppan-yaki, where rice, meats and vegetables are freshly cooked on the grill in front of you.

Sendai Tea Ceremony

Experience a truly Japanese tradition when you enjoy a tea ceremony at a traditional tea house. Learn the art of making the perfect matcha green tea as you follow the custom.

Oirase Private Sake Tasting with Brew Master

Enjoy a rare opportunity to meet a brewmaster, Takumi Sato, and learn about the essence of sake in a special guided visit of his brewery. Share some of the sacred drink of Japan in the stunning surroundings of Oirase.

Tokyo Hoshinonaruki Celebration Dinner

Tradition meets innovation as you enjoy a fine dining experience with new friends at Hoshinonaruki. Using age-old Japanese culinary techniques and seasonal ingredients, this is a dining experience that truly brings the flavor of the country to life.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Imperial Hotel Osaka
The Thousands, Kyoto
Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel
The Westin Sendai
Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across Japan: Japanese the official language of Japan.
  • Currency used in Japan: The currency of Japan is the Japanese Yen (¥).
  • Capital City:: The capital of Japan is Tokyo.
  • Time Zone(s) in Japan: Japan Standard Time (JST)

 

Japan passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Japan.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Japan experiences a diverse range of weather and climate due to its geographical location and topography. The country generally has four distinct seasons. Spring (March to May) brings mild temperatures, cherry blossoms, and occasional rain showers. Summers (June to August) are hot and humid, with temperatures often reaching 30°C (86°F) or higher, accompanied by occasional typhoons. Autumn (September to November) is mild and known for its vibrant fall foliage, making it a popular time for tourism. Winters (December to February) are cold, especially in northern regions, with snowfall common in mountainous areas. Coastal areas experience milder winters with cool temperatures.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits for Asia Tours

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10." For internal flights within Asia tours, there is generally a 44-lb luggage allowance.

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

When going on a guided tour of Asia, it's essential to pack smartly to ensure you have all the necessary items without burdening yourself with excessive luggage. Here's a limited packing list that covers the basics for your trip:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • A pair of comfortable walking shoes or sandals for exploring.
  • Lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for warm and humid weather. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and one or two long-sleeved shirts for cooler evenings or places with mosquitos.
  • A light sweater or jacket for cooler climates or air-conditioned spaces.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: A compact travel umbrella or a lightweight, packable rain jacket.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.

Miscellaneous:

  • A lightweight and foldable day bag to carry essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A small phrasebook or language app for basic communication when you're out exploring on your own (without your Travel Director)
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Consider the specific cultural norms and dress codes of the countries you visit to ensure respectful attire. Adapt this packing list to your specific needs and the duration of your trip, and you'll be well-prepared for your guided tour of Asia!

Electricity

Most Asian countries run on 220-240 volts at 50Hz AC (Alternating Current) electricity. However, there are some exceptions in certain regions. Here are some voltage variations for specific countries or regions in Asia:

  • Japan: Japan uses 100 volts at 50Hz in eastern Japan (including Tokyo) and 100 volts at 60Hz in western Japan (including Osaka). It's essential to check the voltage requirements for the specific area you will be visiting.
  • Malaysia: Malaysia uses 230 volts at 50 Hz.

Always verify the voltage and frequency for the particular country you'll be visiting, as using incompatible devices can lead to damage or malfunction. If you plan to bring American appliances or electronics to Asia, you will likely need a voltage converter and a plug adapter. Here's what you need to know:

  • Voltage Converter: American appliances designed to run on 110 volts may not function properly or could be damaged if connected directly to the higher voltage in Asian countries. A voltage converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your devices to work safely.
  • Plug Adapter: The physical shape of electrical outlets in Asian countries may also differ from those in the United States. You'll need a plug adapter to match the American-style plug with the outlets in the destination country.

It's essential to check the voltage and plug type requirements for the specific Asia country you plan to visit, as they might vary slightly from one country to another. Some modern electronic devices, like laptops and smartphones, are often designed to handle a wide range of voltages, so they might only require a plug adapter. 

Before your trip, verify the compatibility of your appliances and devices. You can find this information on the labels or tags of your electronics or in the user manuals. If in doubt, consult with the manufacturer or a qualified electrician.

We suggest buying an adapter with a voltage converter to help reduce the number of things you have to pack. Additionally, it's essential to get any required adapters or converters for your electronic devices before embarking on your guided tour and bringing them along. It's crucial to be cautious when using electrical devices in foreign countries, as using incorrect voltage or plugs without the right adapters can cause damage to your devices or even pose a safety hazard.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

In many hotels across Asia, hairdryers are commonly provided in guest rooms or available upon request. However, the availability and quality of hairdryers can vary depending on the hotel's star rating, location, and amenities.

It is important to keep in mind that the voltage of the hair dryer provided by the hotel will match the local electrical standards of the country where it is located. If you would like to use your own hair dryer, you will need a voltage converter (transformer). Before using your hair dryer or any electronic device, it is essential to verify voltage compatibility and use the appropriate plug adapter if necessary. Although many modern hair dryers are designed to be dual voltage, meaning they can work on both 110 volts and 220-240 volts, it is always recommended to double-check the label or user manual to be sure.

If you are unsure about the electrical compatibility or amenities provided by a specific hotel, you can contact them directly before your trip to inquire about the availability of hair dryers and other electrical considerations for international travelers. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but cannot find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is common in hotels across Asia, especially in urban and tourist areas. As Asia experiences diverse climates and varying temperatures, air conditioning has become a standard feature in most hotels to provide comfort to guests, especially during hot and humid weather.
  • However, the availability of air conditioning can vary based on the type of accommodation and the specific location within each country. Some hotels in Asia may have energy-saving initiatives, which could include setting temperature limits on air conditioning during certain hours. This is especially true for eco-friendly or environmentally-conscious hotels.

Regardless of where in the world your tour visits, we do our best to ensure your transportation is as comfortable as it can be.

Coach travel on Asia Tours

  • Asia tour vehicles do not have Wi-Fi on board
  • There are no onboard restrooms -  there are regular rest stops.

Airport transfers

Transfers will depend on the trip you choose and vary among destinations. In general, if you are joining or departing your guided vacation on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included. You’ll find specific information on your itinerary page.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling to Asia on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers heading to Asia:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history, current health status, and the specific countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

Personal Medications: Bring an ample supply of any prescription medications you require, along with a copy of your prescriptions. Keep them in their original containers. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Vaccinations: While there are no vaccine or testing requirements, travelers should ensure that all routine vaccinations are up to date. Commonly recommended vaccinations for travelers to Asia may include:

  • Routine Vaccinations: These include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), and influenza.
  • Hepatitis A and B: These protect against food and waterborne diseases.
  • Typhoid: Another vaccine to guard against food and waterborne illnesses.

Malaria Prevention: Malaria is present in some parts of Asia, especially in rural or forested areas. Consult with your healthcare provider about the appropriate antimalarial medications and mosquito bite prevention measures (e.g., insect repellents, mosquito nets) for your specific destinations.

Insect Bite Prevention: Protect yourself from insect bites, as they can transmit diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. Use insect repellents containing DEET or Picaridin and wear long-sleeved clothing and pants to reduce the risk of bites.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially in hot and humid climates, to prevent dehydration.

Hand Hygiene: Carry hand sanitizers and use them frequently, especially before eating or after touching surfaces in public places.

Respect Local Customs: Be aware of and respect local customs and traditions, as some practices may have health implications.

Avoid Street Food if Unsure: While trying local cuisine is a highlight of travel, be cautious about eating from street vendors or in places with questionable hygiene standards.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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