• Save $150 per person on select 2019 departures - Ends July 31

    Save $150 on select 2019 departures - Ends July 31
  • AARP Members Save an additional $100 per person

    AARP Members SAVE an additional $100
  • Additional Savings for Past Travelers

    Additional Savings for Past Travelers

Splendors of Japan

Operated by: Trafalgar

9 Days from $3,938 per person
Sensō-ji Buddhist Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo

Countries Visited

Japan

Locations Visited

Tokyo, Lake Yamanakako, Mt. Fuji, Takayama, Gokayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto
JPNL-splendors-of-japan-new-map-tt-19.jpg

Meal Summary

8 buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect With Locals

  • A kaiseki lunch at a traditional Japanese ryokan home near Kyoto where you will learn about local customs

Dive into Culture

  • Sample Japanese sake during a walking tour in the Edo-style streets of Takayama Old Town.
  • Learn how local artisans make Japanese washi paper in the UNESCO village of Gokayama.

Make a Difference

  • By supporting a local business with a visit to a washi paper workshop. You'll watch the family at work, and test your paper-making skills for yourself.

Local Specialist

  • Sushi making in Tokyo, Gold Leaf painting in Kanazawa

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tour of Tokyo, Kyoto
  • Visit the Edo Tokyo Museum, the Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, the Kinkakuji Temple, Sanjusangen-do Hall, Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto
  • View Mt. Fuji
  • See the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama, the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa
Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
  • Hamarikyu Japanese Garden
  • 2020 Departures
Start Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
18 Aug 19 26 Aug 19 checkmark $4,295pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
1 Sep 19 9 Sep 19 checkmark $4,375$3,938pp SAVE: $437Promo Code: PPTD119AARP members save an additional $100 Call 1-877-622-9109 Book Now
15 Sep 19 23 Sep 19 $4,375$3,938pp SAVE: $437Promo Code: PPTD119AARP members save an additional $100 Call 1-877-622-9109 Book Now
29 Sep 19 7 Oct 19 $4,495$4,046pp SAVE: $449Promo Code: PPTD119AARP members save an additional $100 Call 1-877-622-9109 Book Now
Hamarikyu Japanese Garden
2 Oct 19 10 Oct 19 $4,395pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Hamarikyu Japanese Garden
9 Oct 19 17 Oct 19 checkmark $4,395pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
11 Oct 19 19 Oct 19 $4,395pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
13 Oct 19 21 Oct 19 $4,395pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Hamarikyu Japanese Garden
16 Oct 19 24 Oct 19 $4,395pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
3 Nov 19 11 Nov 19 $4,395pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
10 Nov 19 18 Nov 19 checkmark $4,295pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
24 Nov 19 2 Dec 19 $4,295pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
8 Dec 19 16 Dec 19 $3,995pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
2020 Departures
5 Jan 20 13 Jan 20 $3,995pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
2020 Departures
9 Feb 20 17 Feb 20 $3,995pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
2020 Departures
8 Mar 20 16 Mar 20 $4,195pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
2020 Departures
15 Mar 20 23 Mar 20 $4,295pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
2020 Departures
22 Mar 20 30 Mar 20 $4,295pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Hamarikyu Japanese Garden
25 Mar 20 2 Apr 20 $4,295pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
  • Hamarikyu Japanese Garden: This departure will visit the Hamarikyu Japanese Garden instead of the Imperial Palace East Gardens.
  • 2020 Departures: are subject to change of itinerary, price, discount and hotels.
Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Tokyo

Kimono Dressing Experience

From cotton summer yukatas to silk kimonos, these pieces of wearable art are icons of Japanese style. Visit a specialist kimono hiring shop and have fun getting dressed up in traditional Japanese style with the assistance of an expert ‘kimono dresser’ who will show you the tricks to make it easy. Choose your preferred color of kimono which will come with a matching bag and shoes. A professional stylist will dress you in the kimono and afterward enjoy some free time to stroll through streets wearing your kimono! Strike a pose for camera carrying visitors or just simply act like a local and take a relaxing stroll through the streets. Great fun for both ladies and gentlemen. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.
Adult Price: ¥4500

Kanazawa

Izakaya Dining Experience

Join your Travel Director for a different kind of Japanese dining experience! An ‘izakaya’ is a type of informal Japanese pub where the food is shared by everyone at the table (similar to Spanish tapas). The menu changes according to the season but generally includes a small Japanese appetizer, sashimi, Japanese salad, grilled prawns, yakisoba, tofu yaki and chicken yakitori. The main dish is Japanese style dumplings known as ‘Gyoza’ which are very popular in Japan and featured on the menu at many izakaya establishments. The price also includes vanilla ice cream and two glasses of wine, beer or soft drinks per person. Vegetarian options are available for non-meat eaters. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.
Adult Price: ¥4500

Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sake Tasting Experience

Leave the hotel by coach to visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its tunnel of thousands of bright orange torii gates guiding the path through the sacred site and up into the mountains. Continue to the Gekkeikan Okura Museum to learn about the history of sake and the process of making it followed by a sake tasting. The family-run sake brewery, which is next door to the museum, was founded in 1637 by Jiemen Okura and has been passed down through 14 generations to the current President of Gekkeikan, Haruhiko Okura. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.
Adult Price: ¥4500

Ninja Dining Experience

Visit the Ninja-themed restaurant for a truly unique dining experience. You will be welcomed by a Ninja guide who will guide you through the labyrinth-like caves into the underground restaurant and to your table. The Ninja theme is carried on in incredible detail; the menus are ninja scrolls and while you are waiting for your meal there are crackers shaped like throwing stars to keep you going. Even the food itself is themed with dishes having names like ‘Ninja Teleportation Chicken Steak’ for example. If you’re lucky you might even meet one of the Ninja masters who’ll show you some of their magic tricks at your table. Also included are 60 minutes of unlimited drinks with a choice of wine, beer or soft drinks. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.
Adult Price: ¥7000

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Service
We had credit from previous trip to Europe that my husband couldn’t make it, Alyssa helped us apply credit to our trip to Japan. Thank you for making it easy for us!
Vacation
It was an excellent trip to Japan. We have not only the cities the towns but the culture and history! Suzuki San, our tour guide for all 9 days, is so lovely, helpful and well organized. All bus drivers we had are good and very polite. Hotels choices are excellent! As a Buddhist, we would love at least one big Buddha in Japan but we didn’t!
Samuel Bass
Travel date: Monday, April 15, 2019
Service
Booking was easy, with good recommendations, and worked out well
Vacation
Overall Japan was a disappointment. . Too modern with little history other than temples and Hiroshima. Did not like the food at all.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Service
This was second trip I've taken- and everything was well organized and a great value!
Vacation
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Everything was as hoped for!
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Service
It was a great trip. We saw major highlights of more than 10 cities/towns (large and small) across Japan from Tokyo to Hiroshima. It was a wonderful, educational and fun experience. Learned to make washi paper as well as sushi. Ate authentic Japanese meals. Visited Fuji mountain, numerous shrines and temples, beautiful gardens and rural areas with 200 year old thatched roof homes. Traveled on tour buses, express train and bullet train. Japanese tour guide was very knowledgeable with nice personality. I am not a big shopper, so the only negative thing was too much time allotted for shopping in various cities. Could have used that time to tour more areas.
Vacation
no information on purchases.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Service
I took a Trafalgar tour package of Europe 20 years ago, and I was displeased with the trip. I was especially unhappy about the numerous optional experiences. If you wanted a complete tour, you had to pay an additional large amount. My experience of this tour of Japan was a very pleasant surprise. I will not hesitate to take another trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for giving us another chance. We are so happy that you enjoyed Japan, Grand European Travel
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Vacation
It was a very enjoyable trip. I had only one objection, and that was the visit to the Okonomiyaki Museum. It was totally a commercial purpose, and almost all the persons on this tour agreed with this explanation. And by the way, the description of this activity in our travel itinerary had a total of eight lines, but the same paragraph gave the Peace Memorial Park a mere two lines. Did Trafalgar Company receive a monetary reward for bringing travelers to this facility?
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Friday, May 27, 2016
Service
While contact person was pretty good, the air department appeared lacking. They told me to review flights and let them know what I wanted; I thought it was their purpose to research and provide the best flights. Everything did turn out quite well.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your valuable feedback. We're sorry to hear about the difficulty booking your flights with us. We do try to find the perfect fit when it comes to flight arrangements and will often ask for more input form our Guests when there several options available. It sounds as if you had a wonderful time once you arrived. Grand European Travel
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Vacation
The hotels, locations visited and food included were all excellent. The tour guide was extremely informative about every subject and included a visit to a high point for views on one of the islands. The pace was perfect and not rushed with a perfect group size. A very enjoyable tour in every respect.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Friday, October 23, 2015
Service
Hotels were better than expected. While we've traveled with GE before, this was actually our first experience with Trafalgar. Impressed with accommodations.
Vacation
Our Guide, Kimiko Tsukushi, made the trip an awesome experience. This will rank among our favorite trips.
See More Reviews
Back To Top