13 Days/12 Nights
Travel Type
Escorted Tours

If you would like to visit the highlights of Japan with limited time, this tour is your best choice!


12-night accommodation
Travel by bus with English-speaking guide
21 meals: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Arrival and departure shared transfers
Kawaguchiko Lake’s boat trip
City tours: Tokyo, Kyoto
Evening transfers: Shinjuku, Traditional quarter of Gion in Kyoto
Ferries: Hiroshima – Miyahima, Hiroshima – Matsuyama
Funicular: Matsuyama castle in Matsuyama
High speed train: Tokyo – Hiroshima
Ticket admissions:
– Metro
– Peace Museum in Hiroshima in Hiroshima
– Dogo Onsen
– Ishiteji Temple in Matsuyama
– Shinto shrine in Kotohira
– Ritsurin Garden
– Naruto Bridge
– Earthquake Memorial Museum in Kobe
– Okuno Mausoleum
– Kongobuji Temple and Ajikan or Zazen meditation in Mount Koya
– Shrine of Fushimi Inari
– Imperial Palace
– Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto
– Matsumoto Castle
– Zenko-ji Temple
– Gomakuyo ceremony
– Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano
– Yumomi performance in Kusatsu
– Nikko Toshogu Shrine
– Taiyuinbyo Mausoleum in Nikko
– Temple of Hokoku-ji and bamboo forest
– Sugimoto-dera Temple
– Great Buddha (Daibutsu) in Kamakura
– Castle in Odawara


International airfare – Beverages – Gratuities to guides, drivers, and hotel staff – Optional excursions – Personal expenses – City tax and visa fees when applicable – Travel insurances – All other items not mentioned in the inclusions

Additional Information


English-speaking guided group tour
Minimum 2 pax
Group size between 2 and 40 pax
Multilingual : max 2 languages per coach – each language has their own tour guide



Welcome to Japan! Transfer by coach (SHUTTLE BUS) to hotel.
18H30 - Meeting with guide. Late in the afternoon, we will pay a visit to this fascinating country by taking a trip on the metro (tickets included) to the Shinjuku district and see the crowds of people who use this modern and efficient collective transport system. Shinjuku is one of the most important nightlife districts. Dinner included and return to hotel by metro with our guide.

Meals : Dinner

Accommodation : Tokyo for 2 nights



In the morning, we take part in a 5-hour trip with our guide to see this amazing city, with its hustle and bustle and extremely modern districts that coexist with quiet, peaceful areas. Brief stop at the Zojoji Temple to make a beautiful photograph of the Tokyo Tower. Pay attention to the hundred of Jizos, stone traditional protecting deities who guide us on our travels, give power to those who are weak (such children) and those in dangerous places, and who are dressed including hats, robes and windmills. Then we head to the junction of Shibuya, a junction that is said to be the most crowded in the world. The Meiji Temple is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji, his wife, and their spirits. We continue on our bus along the elegant street of Omotesando. We will edge the most beautiful part of the Imperial Palace and the gardens. Stop to visit the famous Nijubashi Bridge. We will pass through the district of Akihabara, the “electric town” with icons from the popular Japanese Manga and Anime culture and then see Kokugikan, the Sumo stadium, home of this Japanese sport. We will also visit the Buddhist temple of Sensoji, the oldest and most important temple in Tokyo, with its 55-metre high pagoda. Then we will have some free time to visit the traditional commercial street of Nakamise in the district of Asakusa. Lunch included in a local restaurant. Return to hotel.
Free time in the afternoon.

NOTE: During the Japanese Olympics, accommodation may be given near Narita airport.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch



After breakfast, transfer to the station to take the BULLET TRAIN to HIROSHIMA. It takes four hours, more or less, to travel the 800 kilometers between both cities. Arrival at Hiroshima. This city is sadly known for the atomic bomb that fell on it in 1945 and which levelled the city. We will stroll around the Peace Memorial, the Dome of the bomb and we will visit the impressive Museum of Peace. After the war we will seek peace by embarking on a ferry to the island “where men and gods live together”, with the sanctuary of ITSUKUSHIMA dedicated to the guardian of the seas, built partially over the sea. Time to visit the temple, to stroll around its pretty centre and have lunch. Return to our hotel in Hiroshima. Dinner included.
NOTE: The order of the visits in Hiroshima may vary without affecting their content.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation : Hiroshima for 1 night



Today we will take a ferry to Shikoku Island, on a pleasant crossing that lasts two hours and a half and see the many islands that make up Japan. In MATSUYAMA we will take the cable car up to its impressive castle. Afterwards, we will visit ISHITEJI, a beautiful Buddhist temple and a place of pilgrimage. Lunch included. In the late afternoon, we will visit DOGO ONSEN (admission included), a traditional Japanese bath facility built in the 19th century.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Matsuyama for 1 night



We depart for KOTOHIRA, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the God of sailors and a place of pilgrimage. The shrine stands on Mount Zosu and is reached by climbing 785 steps. Afterwards in TAKAMATSU we will visit RITSURIN, one of the prettiest gardens in Japan. Lunch included. Then, in NARUTO, we cross an impressive bridge over the sea, stopping on the way to admire the construction and walk on its glass floor with the sea 45 metres below us. Our road is surrounded by beautiful scenery and then crosses long bridges between islands over the sea. Arrival in KOBE.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Kobe for 1 night



In Kobe we will visit the Earthquake Memorial Museum, a place to remind the tragic seism that devastated the city in 1995 and its perfect reconstruction. NOTE: On some dates, the Earthquake Museum may be changed for the Sake Museum or a climb up Kobe Tower. We go on to Osaka. We will depart from this city to visit, MOUNT KOYA, one of Japan’s sacred mountains and Japan’s main centre of Shingon Buddhism. There are 120 shrines and monasteries on this mountain which is a magical place of pilgrimage. We will visit Okuno Mausoleum, a spiritual place and an immense cemetery in the wilderness that has more than 200,000 graves. We will visit Kongobuji temple, built in 1593.
We will spend this night at a Buddhist monastery. The monks will offer us a Zen meditation session (Ajikan). Dinner included (vegetarian food). There is religious ceremony at the temple early in the morning if you wish to attend it.
NOTE: We consider the sojourn at the monastery as an experience of great existential value. The rooms at this place are modest, without bathrooms, in the traditional Japanese style with tatamis. Bathrooms are communal.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation : Mount Koya for 1 night



Japanese breakfast at the temple. Then we leave early for KYOTO, to spend the whole day in the city, which was the capital of Japan between 794 and 1868 and home to the Imperial Court. During World War II the city was the only major Japanese to escape the bombardments, and so it still preserves its wealth of artistic heritage; the famous protocol restricting greenhouse gas emissions was signed in Kyoto in 1997.
The visit includes a trip to one of the most important parts of the city. We will see the marvellous Shinto Shrine of Fushimi Inari, the Imperial Palace and Kinkakuji temple, “the golden pavilion” and its wonderful gardens.
Free time before visiting GION, a busy traditional quarter famous for its Geisha. Free time.
NOTE: If you already visited Kyoto on your circuit, our guide will offer you information and advice on visiting the other parts of the city unaccompanied.

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Kyoto for 1 night



We set out for TSUMAGO, passing attractive country scenery on our way. This small village with its wooden houses is one of the prettiest places in Japan. Free time to explore and lunch included. Then we continue to MATSUMOTO, a tourist city, where we will visit the impressive 16th century castle, known as the “Crow Castle”. Free time to explore this bustling tourist city. We continue to NAGANO, accommodation.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Nagano for 1 night



In NAGANO we will see the Zenko-ji, a place of pilgrimage with the first Buddhist image in Japan. Our travellers will be included the Gomakuyo ceremony to bring luck. After this, we will travel to the beautiful Japanese Alps and in the mountains we will go to the JIGOKUDANI Monkey Park, where we will include lunch and stroll amidst its forests with its rivers and spa waters where colonies of Japanese macaques live and bathe. After this, very beautiful high mountain scenery (we go up to 2,172 metres), passing semi-active volcanoes. KUSATSU, an attractive spa town, its main square full of life. We will include attendance at a Yumomi show, with its actresses and singing telling us about the traditional method used to cool the spa waters. We follow this with a walk in the city park which has the open air Onsen. Then on to IKAHO, a picturesque spa town where we will stroll in its ancient centre with its staircase streets. We will stay at a RYOKAN, a Japanese style hotel where we will continue to enjoy its baths. Traditional Japanese dinner included.
NB: In the autumn, depending on the amount of fruit in the mountains, the movement of the monkeys is unpredictable. If the macaques do not come down to the park, it may be closed. The visit to Kusatsu and the Yumoni show are cancelled due to the weather from November to April.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Ikaho for 1 night



We continue our way to NIKKO, and in this fantastic town we will visit the impressive Nikko-Toshogu Temple with its room with the sound of a dragon. We will also see the Taiyuinbyo mausoleum, an impressive place full of peace. After this a stroll by the river in Kanmangafuchi, Hundreds of Jizos watch us! We will have free time in the centre before leaving for TOKYO once more. Arrival in Tokyo at around 18.30 in the evening.

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Tokyo for 1 night



We will leave Tokyo for KAMAKURA. This “oasis of peace” for two centuries was the capital of Japan, and treasures numerous sanctuaries, temples and gardens. In the Zen temple of Hokoku-ji we will stroll through its bamboo forest (admission included) and we can have a green tea. We also see Sugimoto-dera, the oldest temple in the city, founded in 734. Time in the pleasant city centre before seeing the Great Buddha (Daibutsu - admission included). Our route is subsequently one of scenic beauty following the Pacific Ocean. Free time for lunch and a stroll in ENOSHIMA, a small island in the ocean connected by a bridge. We continue to ODAWARA; here we include admission to the castle, an imposing medieval fortress (restored in the twentieth century) from the Edo era, one of Japan´s main castles. Continuation to the beautiful area of Hakone, a region of lakes and mountains near Mount Fuji. Accommodation in the pleasant town of GORA (or a nearby place).

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Gora for 1 night



Today´s stage is spectacular. We start the day going up OWAKUDANI, the “hell valley”, steam boiler, bubbling mud and sulphurous gases (NOTE: Access is sometimes closed due to high volcanic activity or toxic gases, in which case we would include the arakurayama sengen park). After that we go on to OSHINO HAKKAI, a small, picturesque village with 8 ponds and views of Mount Fuji. We continue to KAWAGUCHIKO, an idyllic city of small houses, flowers and mountains next to its beautiful lake, where we include a beautiful boat trip. Later we start to climb Mount Fuji where, on the road that takes us to the “fifth station” amidst spectacular forests and views, we reach a height of 2305 metres. Return to Tokyo at the end of the day.
NOTE: In winter, the climb to Mount Fuji is often closed by snow or other weather conditions; if this is so, we will go as far as we are authorised.

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Tokyo for 1 night



Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport. End of our services.

Meals : Breakfast


Price based on one of the following accommodation or similar. Hotels will be confirmed 3 weeks prior departure.


Shinagawa Prince Hotel 4*
Fiju Kawaguchiko Resort 4*
Hotel New Otani Garden Tower 5*
Tokio Prince Hotel 4*
The Prince Park Tower Tokyo 5*


Hilton Hiroshima 4*
Comfort Kure 3*
Confort Hiroshima Otemachi 4*
Clayton Bay Kure 4*
Grand Prince Hotel 4*
Hotel Ana Crowne Plaza 4*
Apa Hiroshima Ekimae Ohashi 4*


Ana Crowne Plaza Matsuyama 4*


Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel 4*
Candeo Kobe Torroad 4*


Holiday Inn Express Osaka City Centre – Midosuji 4*

Mount Koya

Regen In 4*
Hongaku In 4*
Monasterio Hojoin 4*
Saimonin 3*
Sekisho In 4*


Hilton Garden Kyoto Siho 4*
Miyako Kioto Hachijyo 4*


Metropolitan Nagano 4*
Tokio Rei Nagano 4*
Royal Nagano 4*
Jal City Nagano 3*
Chisun Grand Nagano 4*


Hotel Moriaki Ryokan 4*
Kishigon Ryokan 4*
Metropolitan Takasaki 4*

Rates in CA$, per person, starting from

Land Package
Departures 2023 Single
Tour starts in Tokyo every Thursday in, June, July, August, September and October

June 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
July 06, 13, 20, 27
August 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 07, 14, 21, 28
October 05, 12, 19, 26
8089 6785

Early booking bonus: 75$ OFF per person if booked by July 15th, 2023, for departures before October 31st, 2023.

Minimum 2 pax
Group size between 2 and 40 pax
Multilingual : max 2 languages per coach – each language has their own tour guide

**Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to exchange rates and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment The prices indicated exclude the contribution to the Customer Compensation Fund of $3.50 per $1,000 of tourism product or service purchased from a travel agent in Quebec.

Capitals of Japan with Mount Fuji – Detailed itinerary
Capitals of Japan with Mount Fuji – Detailed itinerary

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