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12 days

from $5,609 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Browse the bustling stalls of a Tokyo fish market, and create artful dishes at a sushi-making class.
  • Practice Zen meditation with a Buddhist monk in Kyoto.
  • Enjoy a multi-course kaiseki feast while staying at a traditional ryokan in the countryside.
  • Learn samurai and kembu moves, and try your hand at Zen calligraphy.
Itinerary

Japan delights in contrasts, revering the past while embracing the future. Begin your 12-day adventure in glittering, massive Tokyo, then head by rail into the countryside to visit traditional villages and tranquil shrines. On strolls through geisha districts and restorative visits to ancient temples and gardens, feel the power of the here and now.

Day 1: Tokyo

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Tokyo

Spend the day exploring vibrant Tokyo by public transit. As a city of extreme contrasts, we experience the ancient and traditional with visits to Meiji Jingu Shrine and the old town of Asakusa. We then see Tokyo's quirky and modern side with a walk through the pop culture-obsessed Harajuku district — a great place to sit back and people-watch.

Day 3: Tokyo

This morning, insiders of the Toyosu Fish Market (formerly known as the Tsukiji Fish Market) take us on a tour to learn about the fishing industry in Japan, ending with a class led by sushi masters. Learn how to identify the freshest fish, to prepare and fillet, and the fine art of sushi-making and presentation. After, try your hand at making your own sushi and enjoy a taste of your creation. This afternoon is free to explore Tokyo on your own.

Day 4: Tokyo/Tsumago

Depart Tokyo by train. Disembark at Nagiso and continue to our local ryokan accommodation. Enjoy a walk through the countryside, passing farms and hamlets into Tsumago, a traditional village. After, feast on a kaiseki meal, learn about Japanese customs, and sleep on a futon.

Day 5: Tsumago/Kanazawa

Continue by train to the historic city of Kanazawa. Explore the ancient Samurai culture with a walk through the well-preserved Nagamachi Samurai district and visit to the Nomura Samurai family residence.

Day 6: Kanazawa

Continue exploring Kanazawa, visiting the Myoryuji Ninja Temple and walking through the Higashi Geisha district. The city is also renowned as a centre of traditional arts and crafts. We delve into these traditions with a chopstick and gold leaf painting experience.

Day 7: Kanazawa/Hiroshima

Continue by bullet train train to Hiroshima and visit the park and Memorial Museum to learn more about the tragic history of this city.

Day 8: Hiroshima

Catch a ferry over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii Gate, considered one of Japan's most beautiful and sacred shrines. This afternoon is at your leisure. Opt to catch the ferry to other islands and explore on your own.

Day 9: Hiroshima/Kyoto

This morning we visit Himeji Castle, considered the best preserved and most stunning castle in all of Japan. After, continue by train to Kyoto, the former Imperial Capital and home of the country's most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life. This afternoon, take a stroll around the Gion Geisha district.

Day 10: Kyoto

Visit the stunning Fushimi Inari, an ancient shrine at the base of the mountain of the same name. After, spend the day exploring sites around Nara, visiting the impressive Todaiji Buddhist Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine.

Day 11: Kyoto

This morning, visit a local temple to learn about the history and practice of Zen Buddhism in Japan. Here we meet with a local monk who will talk about Buddhism and instruct us in Zen meditation and calligraphy. Enjoy a cup of tea before visiting the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion. After, we learn about the etiquette of the samurai as well as the practice of basic kembu, and take a lesson on how to use the Japanese sword. Then, enjoy a performance by kembu masters which includes short poems, which were traditionally written by samurai about major events in their life.

Day 12: Kyoto

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 24 Oct 2019 - 04 Nov 2019
  • double occupancy
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    $5,939 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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  • date 28 Oct 2019 - 08 Nov 2019
  • double occupancy
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    $6,599 AUD Per Person
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  • date 11 Nov 2019 - 22 Nov 2019
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    $6,599 AUD Per Person
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  • date 16 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,609 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,618 AUD Per Person

  • date 24 Feb 2020 - 06 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,299 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,148 AUD Per Person

  • date 16 Mar 2020 - 27 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,448 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Mar 2020 - 29 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,448 AUD Per Person

  • date 23 Mar 2020 - 03 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Mar 2020 - 05 Apr 2020
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  • date 30 Mar 2020 - 10 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 01 Apr 2020 - 12 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Apr 2020 - 24 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Apr 2020 - 26 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Apr 2020 - 01 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,888 AUD Per Person

  • date 22 Apr 2020 - 03 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,888 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Apr 2020 - 08 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,888 AUD Per Person

  • date 04 May 2020 - 15 May 2020
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    $7,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,888 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 May 2020 - 22 May 2020
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    $6,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,448 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
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    $6,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,448 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 May 2020 - 05 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,448 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Jun 2020 - 19 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,448 AUD Per Person

  • date 22 Jun 2020 - 03 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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  • date 06 Jul 2020 - 17 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,448 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Jul 2020 - 24 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,448 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 Aug 2020 - 21 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,448 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Aug 2020 - 28 Aug 2020
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    $6,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,448 AUD Per Person

  • date 31 Aug 2020 - 11 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,448 AUD Per Person

  • date 14 Sep 2020 - 25 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $7,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,888 AUD Per Person

  • date 28 Sep 2020 - 09 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $7,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,888 AUD Per Person

  • date 05 Oct 2020 - 16 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $7,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,888 AUD Per Person

  • date 12 Oct 2020 - 23 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $7,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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  • date 19 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $7,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,888 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Oct 2020 - 06 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $7,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,888 AUD Per Person

  • date 09 Nov 2020 - 20 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,299 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,148 AUD Per Person

  • date 23 Nov 2020 - 04 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,299 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,148 AUD Per Person

  • date 14 Dec 2020 - 25 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,299 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,148 AUD Per Person

  • date 21 Dec 2020 - 01 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,299 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,148 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Mar 2021 - 26 Mar 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,448 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Apr 2021 - 18 Apr 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,219 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,068 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 May 2021 - 14 May 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,888 AUD Per Person

  • date 05 Jul 2021 - 16 Jul 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,448 AUD Per Person

  • date 09 Aug 2021 - 20 Aug 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,448 AUD Per Person

  • date 16 Aug 2021 - 27 Aug 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,448 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Sep 2021 - 24 Sep 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,888 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Sep 2021 - 08 Oct 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,888 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), traditional Inn (1 nt)
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Transport: Bullet train, express train, local train, ferry, metro, taxi, public bus.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Tsukiji Sushi Experience, Tokyo
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Zen Buddhist Meditation and Calligraphy, Kyoto
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Kembu Masters, Kyoto
  • Your Hands-On Moment: Chopstick and Gold Leaf Painting Experience, Kanazawa
  • Tour of Tokyo including Meiji Jingu Shrine and Asakusa and Harajuka districts
  • Walking tour of Tsumago Village and countryside
  • Kaiseki dinner
  • Visit Kanazawa samurai and geisha districts
  • Visit Nomura Family Samurai Residence and Myoryuji Ninja Temple
  • Visit Himeji Castle
  • Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial
  • Excursion to Miyajima Island
  • Zen tea experience
  • Tour Kyoto and Nara including Fushimi Inari, Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine (Jan - Sep)
  • Visit Gion Geisha district
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $6,818

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.