A Tour of Japan’s World Heritage Sites – Tokyo, Nikko, Hakone, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto & Nara

10 Days / 9 Nights – Tour Code (JPW)

Land Only – Set Departures – Join Tour

Takayama, Japan Tour & Vacation

This unforgettable Japan tour takes you on a time journey to retrace the kingdom’s remarkable civilization, catching a glimpse of its revered UNESCO World Heritage Sites across seven alluring cities. Your introduction of Japan begins by touching down in one of most vibrant cities in the world – Tokyo. Its contrasts between the old and the new, the traditional and modern make this ancient and present day capital an exciting place for travelers the world over. Here, soak up Tokyo’s bustling nightlife, sensational cuisine and electrifying cityscape, as well as Nikko’s scenic beauty – a sacred, World Heritage Site famous for its beautiful natural setting, spirituality and architectural masterpieces.

Your Japan voyage continues on to Hakone, where the majestic Mt. Fuji warmly welcomes the visitor with its lush countryside, tranquil lakes and invigorating onsens. Then, journey to the heart of Japanese civilization to Takayama, a charming castle town of wooden homes and cobbled alleyways nestled in the Japan Alps offering the visitor a rare glimpse into Japan’s Shogunate period. Here, visit two enchanting UNESCO World Heritage villages at Shirakawa-go and Gokayama before continuing on Kanazawa, yet another castle town steeped in Shoguate Era and home to the famous Kenrokuen Garden.

Your tour concludes in the ancient capital of Kyoto, a heritage town rich in history depicting Japan of Old. Tour the city’s the revered architectural masterpieces including the Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace, plus a memorable visit to Nara, yet another former capital of Japan and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visits include the awe-inspiring Todaiji Temple famed for being the world’s largest wooden building that houses the country’s largest Buddha statue, Deer Park where over 1,000 free roaming deer abound, and Kasuga Taisha, one of the most celebrated Shrines in all of Japan.

From Tokyo’s glamorous Ginza District to Shirakawa-go’s rustic wooden villages, Mt. Fuji’s breathtaking panorama to Hakone’s soothing hot-springs, Kyoto’s Imperial Castles to Nara’s inspiring temples and shrines — this is a journey that goes beyond the imagination.



  • 9 nights hotel accommodations per itinerary
  • Hotel American Breakfasts Daily
  • 3 Japanese Lunches per itinerary
  • Extensive Sightseeing by motorcoach with services of English-speaking guides (Join Tour)

TOKYO (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at Hotel Grand Nikko Daiba | ANA InterContinental Tokyo
  • Half-day Tokyo private walking tour visiting Meiji Shrine, Tsukiji Fish Market & Sensoji Temple
  • Full-day excursion to Nikko, UNESCO World Heritage Site (1999)
  • Airport transfers by private taxi upon arrival

HAKONE (1 night)

  • 1 night at Yumoto Fujiya Hotel*
  • Extensive sightseeing including a Mt. Fuji excursion and Lake Ashi Cruise

TAKAYAMA (1 night)

  • 1 night at Hotel Hida Plaza*
  • Sightseeing to World Heritage villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama (1995).

KANAZAWA (1 night)

  • 1 night at Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
  • Extensive sightseeing in including the beautiful Kenroku-en Garden, Kutaniyaki Pottery kiln and Nagamachi Samurai House district

KYOTO (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at Hotel Okura Kyoto | Westin Miyako Hotel
  • Full day sightseeing to World Heritage Kyoto & Nara (1994)
  • Departure transfers to Kansai or Itami Airport in Osaka by shared mini-van

1 Accommodations based on Japanese-Western and Deluxe Rooms at Yumoto Fujiya and Hida Plaza Takayama, respectively.

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Shirakawago, Takayama

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Nagoya Castle



Day 1 Arrive Tokyo
Upon arrival, be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Tokyo
Today, enjoy a morning walking tour of Tokyo accompanied by your private guide (using public transportation). First, take a tour of the world’s largest fish market, Tsukiji Market handles about 2,888 tons of marine products a day worth about $20M. Some 450 kinds of fish are received; from penny-per-piece sardines to giant tuna that go for well over $8,000. Take time to wander through this enormous market, exploring both the vegetable and fruit areas plus the impressive seafood section. Next is Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can soak in the atmosphere of the Tokyo of old. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple and wander down Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. Take the subway across town to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to eat, shop and explore Tokyo on your own. (B)

Day 3 Tokyo (Nikko)
Full day excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nikko by motorcoach. Visits include Toshogu Shrine, Irohazaka and a scenic drive up to the mountains. After Japanese-style lunch at a local restaurant, visit Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Waterfall before returning to Tokyo. (B,L) ***Note: Tour disbands on arrival at Ginza or Shinjuku.***

Day 4 Tokyo / Hakone
Today’s tour begins with a motor-coach to the foot of Mt.Fuji. Then drive halfway up Japan’s highest mountain to enjoy spectacular views from a height of 2,300 meters. Lunch at Hotel Highland Resort. Afternoon, proceed to Hakone for a cruise on Lake Ashi and a ride on Mt. Komagatake Aerial Cableway. Overnight in Hakone. (B,L)

Day 5 Hakone / Takayama
Today’s tour begins with a drive to Odawara, followed by a Shinkansen (bullet-train) ride to Takayama, an ancient tranquil city known as “Little Kyoto”. In the afternoon, stroll through Takayama with visits to the Yatai Kaikan Hall, where colorfully decorated traditional festival floats are displayed; Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum, formerly the residence of powerful merchants under government patronage; and the streets of Kami Sannomachi, famous for its preserve traditional Japanese wooden houses. Overnight in Takayama. (B)

Day 6 Takayama /Kanazawa
After breakfast, enjoy a stroll through the morning market of Takayama. Afterwards, eb=embark on a scenic drive by Lake Miboro and along Shokawa River to Shirakawa-go, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, famous for its unique structures called Gassho-Zukuri, or joined-hands farmhouses. Then visit Gokayama, another World Heritage Site (1995), where you can experience making Gokayama Washi, traditional Japanese paper. Continue to Kanazawa. (B)

Day 7 Kanazawa / Kyoto
Morning sightseeing in Kanazawa, visiting Kenroku-en Garden, one of Japan’s three most beautiful traditional gardens; Kutaniyaki Pottery kiln; and a stroll through the Nagamachi Samurai House district. Later in the afternoon, continue to Kyoto by rail. (B)

Day 8 Kyoto (Nara)
Today’s tour begins with a morning tour to Kyoto, visiting Golden Pavilion, Nijo castle noted for its gorgeous interiors (When Nijo Castle is closed, visit Ryoanji Temple instead), and Kyoto Imperial Palace (on Sat., Sun., & national holidays: visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine or Higashi Honganji Temple instead). After lunch at Kyoto Handicraft Center, Proceed to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan. Visit Todaiji Temple housing a great image of Buddha, colorful Kasuga Shrine with 3,000 lanterns and Deer Park where many tame deer are freely roaming. Return to Kyoto. (B,L)

Day 9 Kyoto
Full day free at leisure to soak up Kyoto’s serene atmosphere and explore its many temples, shrines and heritage sites on your own. (B)

Day 10 Depart Kyoto
Transfer to Osaka Airport (Itami or Kansai) by shuttle van for your departure flight onward. (B)



2018 Price Chart (Prices valid through December 25, 2018)

Set Departures

Twin Sharing Single Supplement
January 3,995 1,345
February 3,995 1,345
March – May* 4,145 1,445
June – August 4,025 1,345
September 4,025 1,295
October 4,175 1,425
November 4,375 1,775
December 4,125 1,445
Supplement for one passenger traveling alone: $250


  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy
  • Price includes entrance fees, hotel taxes & service charges
  • Price excludes all airfares, personal expenses, beverages during included lunches, meals not specified in itinerary
  • All sightseeing on join basis (non-private) by air conditioned motorcoach except Tokyo city tour on Day 2
  • *Peak Season Hotel Surcharge of $80 per person/night applies for stays in Kyoto during Mar.26 – Apr.16 
  • Tour is subject to availability at time of reservation
  • Tour commences in Tokyo and ends in Kyoto. Please refer to the Tour Schedule for departure dates


Tokyo - Grand Pacific Hotel

Tokyo – Hotel Grand Nikko Daiba

Tokyo - ANA Intercontinental Hotel

Tokyo – ANA Intercontinental Hotel

Hakone - Yumoto Fujiya Resort

Hakone – Yumoto Fujiya Resort

Kanazawa - Hotel Nikko

Kanazawa – Hotel Nikko

Kyoto - Westin Miyako Resort

Kyoto – Westin Miyako Resort

Kyoto - Hotel Okura

Kyoto – Hotel Okura


  • Full-day excursion to Nikko, UNESCO World Heritage Site (1999)
  • Private Tokyo walking tour visiting Meiji Shrine, Tsukiji Fish Market & Sensoji Temple
  • Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour with Lake Ashi Cruise
  • Tour of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Villages, UNESCO World Heritage Site (1995)
  • Tour of in Kanazawa including the famed Kenroku-en Garden, one of Japan’s top 3 classical gardens
  • Tour UNESCO Kyoto and Nara including Golden Pavilion, Kyoto Imperial Palace & Todaiji Temple

Price Starting From: $4,025




“We had a wonderful experience with our trip to Japan. All our accommodations and private guides were awesome. We visited Tokyo, stayed at a Ryokan in Hokone where we had a spectacular day to see Mt Fuji, took the bullet train to Kyoto and then also squeezed in Hiroshima…I cannot say how thankful I am to have found Explorient Travel and would highly recommend them.”

Desiree Z. - Florida

June 2017 (Japan)