All-in Japan - Small Group Tour of Japan

With all meals, local transport, and luggage handling included there's nothing for you to do on All-In Japan but sit back and enjoy. Covering Japan's classic destinations with a few unusual twists, this trip is full of cultural experiences to give you a stress-free introduction to Japan.

Small Group Tour – All-in Japan

2019 Now Available!

12 Nights: from US$7213 per person

Group Size: 6 – 20

Single Supplement: US$855

Tour Highlights

  • Have a go at traditional confectionery-making in Kanazawa

  • Visit Himeji, Japan's largest original feudal castle

  • Enjoy a private audience with one of Kyoto's geisha or maiko

  • Try your hand at traditional Taiko drumming

  • Head to the top of Mount Misen on Miyajima Island

  • Visit the sobering Hiroshima Peace Park and museum

  • Learn about zazen meditation at Daianzen-ji Temple

Overview

Sometimes, a holiday should just be a holiday: a chance to relinquish all responsibilities, make no decisions, and worry about absolutely nothing. On All-In Japan, you'll do just this. Leaving every aspect of your trip to us, from your lunch to your luggage, you'll be free to concentrate on immersing yourself in Japanese culture - safe in the knowledge that you don't have a penny to pay on the ground.

This tour is an exhilarating journey through Japan's history and traditions, from the refined geisha houses of Kyoto to Tokyo's exuberant taiko drumming workshops. Tour the ancient temples of Kyoto and Nara, visit the biggest original castle in Japan at Himeji, and experience zazen meditation at a beautiful temple deep in Fukui Prefecture.

Try your hand at confectionery-making in Kanazawa, visit the fascinating Peace Memorial Park and Museum at Hiroshima, and ride the cable car to the top of Mount Misen for spectacular views over the Seto Inland Sea. Forget the tour bus bubble - we'll take you to meet the artisans, restaurateurs and small business owners who make all this possible. It's not all temples and tradition, however, and we'll make sure you're well-acquainted with modern Japan - from an architecture tour of Tokyo to Kanazawa's outstanding 21st Century Art Museum.

One of the great features of this tour is the wide range of excellent evening entertainment, and you'll try a huge range of cuisines in all sorts of settings - including do-it-yourself okonomiyaki pancakes, and drinks at the "Kill Bill" izakaya, plus an evening dinner cruise on the Sumida River.

This tour is all about comfort and peace of mind, but don't let that fool you -- this is all-inclusive as you've never seen it before: full-on, fast-paced, and packed full of action.

The tour leader will be staying at the first hotel for two nights before the tour starts so they will be available for advice if you choose to book pre-tour nights. We recommend booking at least one extra night to check in and relax before the tour begins.

Important Information

  • Fitness: Even when not using public transport, sightseeing in Japan often involves walking between sights, climbing up steps in temples and being 'on the go' for much of the day. To enjoy any of our Small Group Tours you should be of moderate fitness, able to walk and climb stairs without difficulty and able to maintain a pace that is comfortable for the majority of the group.

  • Single Supplement: This tour has a single supplement. This guarantees a single room throughout the tour.

  • Transport: The tour will use a private coach for most sightseeing and transfers. We will ride the famous bullet train on the transfers between Tokyo and Hiroshima, and between Kanazawa and Tokyo.The day trip from Kyoto to Nara will be by local train. The transfer between Hiroshima Peace Park and Miyajima will be by ferry. On two half-days, you will be exploring Tokyo by public transport with your IC card.

  • Luggage: Luggage handling between all destinations is included but we still recommend that you pack reasonably light to make your stay more enjoyable. Although there is often a porter service available at hotels, large suitcases might be an inconvenience to you. A small case or bag with wheels or a rucksack are most appropriate for this tour when you will have to carry your bags through the hotel's escalators or elevators/lifts.

  • Accommodation: All accommodation on this tour has full ensuite bathroom facilities. The accommodation in Kaga Onsen and Kanazawa also offer shared natural hot-spring baths for your enjoyment.

  • Meals*: Whilst on tour breakfast, lunch and dinner are included on every full day, plus dinner on your first day and breakfast on your last day. For pre- and post- tour nights only breakfast is included.

  • Drinks: at least one drink is included with all meals, some have more. You will be able to choose from a selection of beverages. If you wish to purchase extra beverages you will have to pay for them locally.

  • International Flights: International flights are not included in the tour price. This tour starts and finishes in Tokyo for arrivals and departures at Tokyo Narita Airport or at Tokyo Haneda Airport.

  • Check-in: Please note that rooms at the Tokyo hotel are only available from 3pm. (You can, however, securely leave your luggage at the front desk at any time).

*Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements and we will do our best to accommodate your wishes. However, please be aware that restaurants or ryokan (Japanese-style inns) will not always be able to alter their menus to fully exclude specific allergens or to cater for strict dietary requirements.

What's included

  • Full-time services of your tour leader

  • 12 nights' accommodation

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and a selection of drinks

  • All transport between destinations in Japan, including airport transfers

  • IC transport card with 2,500 yen credit for local transport

  • Luggage handling between all destinations

  • Extra local guides in Tokyo and Kyoto

  • Entrance fees for all excursions described in the day-by-day itinerary

  • Shared portable Wi-Fi access throughout trip

  • Luggage forwarding from Tokyo to Hiroshima & Kanazawa to Tokyo

What's NOT included

  • International flights

  • Any extra transport, entrance fees, activities or meals not mentioned in the day-by-day itinerary

  • Other items of a personal nature (souvenirs, laundry etc.)

Please Note: We are happy to book this small group tour for you or one of the many other tours for Japan. However, many times these pre-set itineraries are merely a starting point for us to customize your own trip. Our consultation fee includes setting aside time to get to know you, your travel style and your travel desires to create a personal and tailor-made itinerary that you will love. Contact me today for more information about this tour or for your Japan Specialist (that's me!) to create your very own customized itinerary.

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