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This is a sketch of what your Custom Journey to Japan might look like. Keep in mind these are merely suggestions. We can create a custom Japan tour package entirely from scratch, based on your available time, interests, budget, and preferred pace.

Iconic Japan | 15 Days

Day 1-2 Fly U.S. to Tokyo. Transfer to hotel, evening free.
Day 3
Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market, Asakusa, Senso-ji Temple, Edo History Museum. Overnight Tokyo.
Day 4

Imperial Palace, financial district, Ginza shopping district, kabuki theatre performance, traditional bento dinner. Overnight Tokyo.

Day 5

Train to Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, Omote-sando Street, shops and galleries. Overnight Tokyo.

Day 6

Day trip to Nikko by train. Explore shrines, temples, a sacred bridge, mossy forests. Return to Tokyo. Overnight Tokyo.

Day 7

Train to Hakone and Mt. Fuji National Park. Outdoor Sculpture Garden. Overnight traditional Japanese ryokan inn with natural onsen (hot springs baths). Multi-course traditional banquet. Overnight Hakone.

Day 8

Cable cars to view Mt. Fuji and Owakudani Crater. Boat on Lake Ashi, Avenue of the Cedars, train to Takayama. Overnight Takayama.

Day 9

Bicycle through the Sanmachi Suji district. Visit traditional Japanese toy-making center and Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum. Overnight Takayama.

Day 10

Train to Kyoto. Train to Sagano, Tenryu-ji Temple. Matsuo Shrine, Saiho-ji Moss Garden. Overnight Kyoto.

Day 11

Explore Kyoto. Silver Pavilion, Philosopher's Walk, Nanzen-ji Temple, Temple of the Golden Pavilion. Overnight Kyoto.

Day 12

Train to Rengei-ji Temple. Shisendo Temple and garden. Overnight Kyoto.

Day 13

Daikoku-ji zen monastery, rock gardens at Zuiho-in, Koto-in. Studio of indigo dyer, walking tour of Gion galleries, shops. Overnight Kyoto.

Day 14

Buddhist statuary at Sanjusangen-do, Kawai Kanjiro Museum, pottery studio, Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Overnight Kyoto.

Day 15

Transfer to the airport for flights home.

Plan Your Journey

Every trip begins by us wanting to know you better. For starters we'll want to know who you're traveling with, your travel dates, any special interests you may have and what types of hotels you prefer. You may not know the answer to all the questions - don't worry, that's where we come in.

Traveler Questionnaire

Use the following questions to help you think about your ideal journey - better yet copy and paste them into an email and send them off our our knowledgable Travel Specialists who can then provide some suggestions.

  1. Will you be traveling with family or friends? How many people are in your group?
  2. Do you have specific dates in mind?
  3. About how many days do you expect the trip to last?
  4. Which destinations are you interested in?
  5. Do you have specific interests that you would like to concentrate on such as art, architecture, archaeology, wildlife, spas, cuisine, textiles, religion, sports, schools or nature?
  6. Do you like to have activities planned sun up to sun down, or do you prefer some downtime?
  7. Do you have an interest in active travel (hiking, biking, kayaking, etc.)?
  8. If you are of active disposition, do you consider 2 hours of hiking enough or do you like to go all day?
  9. On trips past, what were some of the activities or specific things that you most enjoyed?
  10. What type of accommodations do you generally prefer? Only five-star? Small, boutique properties? Nice, but not over the top?
  11. Do you have an approximate budget in mind for the trip?
  12. Are you celebrating a special occasion on this journey?
  13. Do you plan to use frequent flyer miles or reward points for international travel?
  14. Do you plan to book your own air or use our company's in-house air department?