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Splendors of Japan with Hiroshima

13 Day Japan Tour from Tokyo to Osaka

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Splendors Of Japan With Hiroshima
13 Days
1 Country

Japan

9 Cities

Tokyo, Yamanakako, Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Kotohira, Hiroshima, Osaka

22 Meals

12 Breakfasts, 3 Lunchs, 4 Dinners, 1 Be My Guest, 1 Regional Dinner, 1 Farewell Dinner

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Embrace the timeless tradition and modern spirit of Japan’s iconic sites, from the neon skyline of Tokyo to the foodie hotspot of Osaka. Relax in the soothing hot springs of Kotohira, spend the night in a traditional ryokan and contemplate world peace in Hiroshima.

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Day 1

Konnichiwa Tokyo

Your in-depth exploration of Japan begins in Tokyo. On arrival at Narita or Haneda Airport, take a shuttle bus transfer to your centrally located hotel, where you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome drink and local appetizers.

Sky Tree in Tokyo, Japan
Accommodation New Otani Garden Tower Tokyo

Day 2

Explore Vibrant Tokyo

We launch our city tour in the old-time entertainment center of Asakusa, where we’ll encounter the Sensoji Buddhist Temple. One of Tokyo's most colorful and popular temples, Sensoji has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site. Strolling down Nakamise next, we immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of shitamachi (downtown Tokyo), admiring the wooden dolls, colorful chiyogami (origami paper) and traditional Japanese sweets. We’ll ascend Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower for panoramic views of the city.

Sensoji Asakusa Temple in Tokyo, Japan
Accommodation New Otani Garden Tower Tokyo
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo City Tour

Visit Tokyo's renowned landmarks and gain insight into how this modern city preserves its ancient roots. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 3

Off to the Five Lakes District

Our first stop today is the Imperial Palace Plaza from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. We'll have the opportunity to explore the leafy Imperial Palace East Gardens before continuing our city tour. At the Tokyo National Museum browse collections of Japanese art, then continue to the Ginza district where we’ll learn how to make sushi with a professional sushi chef. We venture to the Five Lakes District next, keeping a keen eye out for the UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji which dominates the landscape.

Food, Sushi in Tokyo, Japan
Accommodation Fuji Marriott Hotel Lake Yamanakako
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience View of Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo City Tour

Visit Tokyo's renowned landmarks and gain insight into how this modern city preserves its ancient roots. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Dive Into Culture Chef making Sushi in Tokyo, Japan
Sushi-Making Workshop

With the guidance of your professional sushi chef, make your own selection of sushi specialties. Afterwards enjoy the fruits of your labor with a delicious lunch.

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Dive Into Culture

Day 4

Majestic Mt. Fuji and Timeless Takayama

Visit Oshino Hakkai, a small rural village in the Fuji Five Lakes district, renowned for eight natural spring water ponds that are fed by melted snow from Mt. Fuji. Admire the reflections of the sky and landscapes in its clear waters, then ascend Mt. Fuji by road to 2,300 meters at the 5th station. Ride up Mt. Tenjo on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway next, for jaw-dropping views (weather permitting) of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. Then, journey through the Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama, before enjoying dinner at the hotel.

View of Mount Fuji, Japan
Accommodation Hotel Associa Takayama Resort
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Kachi Kachi Ropeway Mt Fuji, Japan
Fuji Five Lakes District City Tour

Start your day by visiting the small rural village of Oshino Hakkai which is home to eight natural spring water ponds. Next on your travels is a 2,...

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Day 5

Experience Gokayama and on to Kanazawa

Immerse yourself in tradition as you walk through the Edo-style streets of Takayama's Old Town. Indulge a lunch of Japanese Hida-gyu – beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, renowned as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. Journey back in time this afternoon during a visit to the peaceful UNESCO-listed Gokayama, a mountain village set amidst five valleys. Admire the unique construction of the local Gassho-zukuri wooden houses that have been built without the use of nails with steeply sloped thatched roofs to prevent snow from building up on them. Meet with a local family in one of these houses. Observe local artisans making washi paper and try your hand at making your own. Make a difference to the sustainability of this small business during MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Stay overnight in Kanazawa.

Ogimachi Village in Takayama, Tokyo
Accommodation Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel Kanazawa
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Dive Into Culture Sample Japanese sake during a walking tour in the Edo-style streets of Takayama old town
Taste Japanese Sake in Takayama

Sample Japanese sake during a walking tour in the Edo-style streets of Takayama Old Town.

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Dive Into Culture

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit a washi paper workshop and test your paper-making skills in Gokayama
Gokayama Washi Paper Workshop

Help support 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.

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Iconic Experience Shirakawago Village in Gokayama, Japan
Visit Gokayama

Take some time to admire the peaceful mountain village of Gokayama. Discover their unique homes that have been built without the use of nails and t...

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Day 6

Traditional Kanazawa

Join a Local Specialist this morning to learn the secrets of painting gold leaf, a delicate craft the Japanese have been perfecting since the 16th century. Continue to the tranquil gardens of Kenrokuen, which took shape over a hundred years to emerge as one of Japan’s most beautiful gardens. Connecting with your exquisite natural surrounds, you’ll stroll through ornate landscapes and past ponds and temples. Take a short walk through the Omicho market next to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insider’s view of everyday life in a busy coastal town.

Then, visit the Nagamachi District with its beautifully preserved samurai houses that line the traditional stone streets. Here you will gain first-hand insights into samurai life during a visit to the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion.

Higashiyama Teahouse in Kanazawa, Japan
Accommodation Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel Kanazawa
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Learn about Gold Leaf Painting Kanazawa, Japan
Visit a Gold Leaf Painting Factory

Learn about the delicacy of the 16th-century craft gold leaf painting with your Local Specialist.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Higashiyama Teahouse in Kanazawa, Japan
Kanazawa City Tour

Enjoy a stroll through Omicho market before making your way to the beautiful Gardens of Kenrokuen which have been shaped over the past one hundred years.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy Shabu Shabu dinner with drinks in Kanazawa, Japan
Shabu Shabu Dinner with Unlimited Drinks

Tonight you will enjoy typical washoku Japanese buffet meal with unlimited drinks. Dine on shabu shabu hot pot, a dish of thinly sliced meat and ve...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Onwards to Kyoto

We board an Express train this morning to Kyoto. We’ll Connect With Locals at a traditional ryokan and enjoy a Be My Guest lunch, learning about local Japanese customs from our hosts. After lunch, we visit the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple with its famous Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion), the proud symbol of Kyoto and a Zen temple, which has its origins as a 14th-century villa.

Temple of the Silver Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan
Accommodation The Hotel Higashiyama
Included Meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
Be My Guest Enjoy a kaiseki lunch at a traditional Japanese ryokan home near Kyoto
Lunch at a Traditional Japanese Ryokan

Enjoy a kaiseki lunch at a traditional Japanese ryokan near Kyoto where you will learn about local customs.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Kinkaku-ji temple Kyoto, Japan
Visit Kinkakuji Temple

Admire the beautiful golden pavilion of Kinkakuji Temple.  

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Iconic Experience

Day 8

Discover Enchanting Kyoto

The blazing orange torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine guide our path through the forest, up into the mountains and to a sacred site that has heard prayers for prosperity and happiness since the 8th century. We continue to Sanjusangen-do Hall and admire the minute detail of each of its 1,001 “thousand-handed” goddesses of mercy statues, then enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. This evening, we indulge in a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests.

Torii Gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan
Accommodation The Hotel Higashiyama
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Yasaka Tower in Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto City Tour

Your city tour takes you to the orange gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Admire this sacred site before visiting Sanjeusangen-do-Hall, where you c...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Experience a tea ceremony in Kyoto, Japan
Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience

Experience the ambience of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with a professional Tea Master who will have spent many years leaning his craft whic...

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Optional Experiences

Day 9

Cross the Seto Inland Sea to Awaji Island

This morning we leave Japan’s main island Honshu behind, crossing the world’s largest suspension bridge over the Seto Inland Sea to Awaji Island. Enjoy free time for lunch, then take a walk around Yumebutai, a complex of buildings built on the side of the mountain. One of the most striking features is the ‘100 Stepped Garden’ — a group of 100 flowerbeds in small square gardens on an incline and arranged in grids spread over several levels. Visit the Water Temple and admire the reflection of the surrounding mountains, rice paddies and bamboo groves as you descend the steps to the Buddhist temple beneath its still waters.

Journey to the small mountain hot springs village of Kotohira where our accommodation tonight is one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories - a traditional Japanese ryokan. We’ll have some time this evening to climb the steps adjacent to the hotel to visit Kotohira-gu Shrine and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Later perhaps take a relaxing soak in the onsen (hot spring) bath at our hotel.

Maiko Women in Kyoto, Japan
Accommodation Kotohira Grand Sakuranosho Ryokan
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Trafalgar Difference Enjoy Japanese hospitality at a traditional Ryokan in Kotohira, Kyoto, Japan
Stays with Stories

Enjoy genuine Japanese hospitality at a traditional ryokan in the mountain hot springs village of Kotohira.

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Trafalgar Difference

Day 10

Spiritual Kotohira and Onwards to Hiroshima

This morning visit the Zentsuji Temple, birthplace of one of the most revered figures of Japanese Buddhism, the high priest Kobo Daishi. It is the 75th temple on the 88 temple Shikoku Pilgrimage, which covers approximately 1,200 kilometers and was traditionally done on foot taking up to 60 days to complete. It is still done by many people today although modern pilgrims use cars, taxis, buses, bicycles or motorcycles. Continue to Omishima Island and make a stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Drive to Hiroshima via the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Expressway, a 60-kilometer highway that links the islands of the Seto Inland Sea with nine individual bridges. Check into your hotel for a relaxing evening.

View over the Kotohira countryside, Kotohira, Japan
Accommodation Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Iconic Experience Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge of Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Expressway, Omishima Island, Japan
Travel on the Shimanami Kaido Expressway

Admire the islands of the Seto Inland Sea as you travel across the Shimanami Kaido Expressway.

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Iconic Experience

Day 11

Set Sail for Miyajima Island

We travel by ferry to the sacred Miyajima Island, where we’ll see the famous UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine and elaborate torii gate that stands majestically in the sea. After some free time for lunch and to explore the island’s spiritual sanctuaries, we return to Hiroshima for a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Imagine the devastation and horror that followed the world’s first atomic explosion in 1945 as you see the UNESCO-listed Peace Memorial, the only structure left standing in the area and an expression of hope for world peace. This evening, we’ll indulge in Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, a savory pancake made with egg, cabbage, soba noodles, and meat, seafood or cheese, grilled in layers on a hot plate.

Itsukushima in Hiroshima, Japan
Accommodation Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima
Included Meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Dive Into Culture Sample the famous okonomiyaki savory pancake in Hiroshima
Taste Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima

Sample the famous Hiroshima style okonomiyaki.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Visit the Tokyo National Museum to browse collections of Japanese art, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo National Museum Visit

Visit the Tokyo National Museum to browse collections of Japanese art and archaeological objects.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Itsukushima in Hiroshima, Japan
See the Itsukushima Shrine

Spend some time admiring the majestic Itsukushima Shrine.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 12

High Speed Bullet Train to Osaka

Board the high-speed bullet train to Osaka this morning and enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping in the Dotonbori Street area. Visit Osaka Castle, which played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Castle in Osaka, Japan
Accommodation Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka
Included Meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Iconic Experience Osaka Castle Osaka, Japan
Osaka City Tour

Hop aboard the bullet train to Osaka before visiting the sixteenth century Osaka Castle.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 13

Sayonara Osaka

Our encounter with Japan’s centuries-old traditions and modern cityscapes at its end, take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport, or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight.

Castle in Osaka, Japan
Included Meals Breakfast

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Tokyo City Tour

Visit Tokyo's renowned landmarks and gain insight into how this modern city preserves its ancient roots. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Tokyo City Tour

Visit Tokyo's renowned landmarks and gain insight into how this modern city preserves its ancient roots. 

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Sushi-Making Workshop

With the guidance of your professional sushi chef, make your own selection of sushi specialties. Afterwards enjoy the fruits of your labor with a delicious lunch.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Fuji Five Lakes District City Tour

Start your day by visiting the small rural village of Oshino Hakkai which is home to eight natural spring water ponds. Next on your travels is a 2,...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Taste Japanese Sake in Takayama

Sample Japanese sake during a walking tour in the Edo-style streets of Takayama Old Town.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Gokayama Washi Paper Workshop

Help support 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.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Gokayama

Take some time to admire the peaceful mountain village of Gokayama. Discover their unique homes that have been built without the use of nails and t...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit a Gold Leaf Painting Factory

Learn about the delicacy of the 16th-century craft gold leaf painting with your Local Specialist.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Kanazawa City Tour

Enjoy a stroll through Omicho market before making your way to the beautiful Gardens of Kenrokuen which have been shaped over the past one hundred years.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Lunch at a Traditional Japanese Ryokan

Enjoy a kaiseki lunch at a traditional Japanese ryokan near Kyoto where you will learn about local customs.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Kinkakuji Temple

Admire the beautiful golden pavilion of Kinkakuji Temple.  

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Kyoto City Tour

Your city tour takes you to the orange gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Admire this sacred site before visiting Sanjeusangen-do-Hall, where you c...

See More
Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Stays with Stories

Enjoy genuine Japanese hospitality at a traditional ryokan in the mountain hot springs village of Kotohira.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Travel on the Shimanami Kaido Expressway

Admire the islands of the Seto Inland Sea as you travel across the Shimanami Kaido Expressway.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Taste Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima

Sample the famous Hiroshima style okonomiyaki.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Tokyo National Museum Visit

Visit the Tokyo National Museum to browse collections of Japanese art and archaeological objects.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Itsukushima Shrine

Spend some time admiring the majestic Itsukushima Shrine.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Osaka City Tour

Hop aboard the bullet train to Osaka before visiting the sixteenth century Osaka Castle.

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima
Visit the Sensoji Temple, the Tokyo Skytree, the Edo-Tokyo Museum, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, the Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sanjusangendo Hall in Kyoto, the Water Temple on Awaji Island, Zentsuji Temple, the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum and Osaka Castle
View Mt. Fuji
See the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama, the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Shabu Shabu Dinner with Unlimited Drinks

Tonight you will enjoy typical washoku Japanese buffet meal with unlimited drinks. Dine on shabu shabu hot pot, a dish of thinly sliced meat and ve...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience

Experience the ambience of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with a professional Tea Master who will have spent many years leaning his craft whic...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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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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We are so happy that you enjoyed your latest trip to Japan. We also appreciate your loyalty and repeat business. Thank you
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Review date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
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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!
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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
Review date: Monday, April 15, 2019
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Booking was easy, with good recommendations, and worked out well
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Overall Japan was a disappointment. . Too modern with little history other than temples and Hiroshima. Did not like the food at all.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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This was second trip I've taken- and everything was well organized and a great value!
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Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Everything was as hoped for!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, May 27, 2017
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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.
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Review date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
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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
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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?
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Review date: Friday, May 27, 2016
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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
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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.
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Review date: Friday, October 23, 2015
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Hotels were better than expected. While we've traveled with GE before, this was actually our first experience with Trafalgar. Impressed with accommodations.
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Our Guide, Kimiko Tsukushi, made the trip an awesome experience. This will rank among our favorite trips.
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