12 Day Journey Through Japan

Cosmos Guided Tour starting in Tokyo and finishing in Osaka

Read 16 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos's 12 Day Journey Through Japan. This Japan tour showcases the very best that the country has to offer. You'll start in Tokyo, end in Osaka, and overnight along the way in Utsunomiya, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kyoto, Matsue,...read more
Overview
Operator: Cosmos
Type: Guided Tour (Affordable)
Style: Regional Discovery
Max Group Size: 50
Duration: 12 Days
From: Tokyo to Osaka
Tour Code: 2540
Visits: Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
Welcome to Japan's capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
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Tokyo
Today's sightseeing tour takes you to the MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Afterward, pass by the Imperial Palace Plaza, the State Guest House, the Akihabara district, and the famous Ginza shopping street. Your tour concludes with a visit to the ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE and the NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in this cosmopolitan city. (B)
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Tokyo
Enjoy your day at your leisure. Perhaps join a full day optional excursion to Mount Fuji. (B)
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Tokyo - Nikko - Utsunomiya
Journey north to Nikko for a visit to TOSHOGU SHRINE and its famous YOMEIMON GATE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, continue on to the scenic Iroha-zaka Driveway, which reaches elevations of 3,940 feet(1200 metres), to visit LAKE CHUZENJI and the KEGON WATERFALL. Continue to Utsunomiya, home of Japan's famous gyoza dumplings. (B)
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Utsunomiya - Matsumoto
This morning, travel to Matsumoto where you will see MATSUMOTO CASTLE and the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM. (B)
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Matsumoto - Takayama
Continue through Japan's beautiful mountain scenery to one of the country's most remote regions, SHIRAKAWA. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique Gassho-Zukuri (joined hands) thatched houses can only be found here. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps to the secluded town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time. (B)
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Takayama - Kyoto
Journey to Kyoto, one of the most fascinating cities in Japan. The remainder of your day is free to explore. This evening, you may choose to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan (additional expense). (B)
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Kyoto
Enjoy a tour of Kyoto, visiting many of the city's temples, shrines, palaces, and pagodas. A highlight of the day is a visit to the extraordinary NIJO CASTLE, built in 1603 as the official residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. You will also visit the TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION and the HEIAN SHRINE AND GARDEN. During the day, there will also be a chance to participate in a traditional JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY. (B)
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Kyoto - Matsue
Journey to the city of Yonago on the coast of the Sea of Japan. After a brief visit, continue to ADACHI MUSEUM OF ART to view Japanese-style gardens and view paintings by one of the greatest Japanese painters, Yokoyama Taikan. Later, visit Matsue to see MATSUE CASTLE and BUKE YASHIKI, a former samurai residence. (B)
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Matsue - Hiroshima
En route to Hiroshima, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE and its famous FLOATING TORII GATE. From here, continue to Hiroshima. This city bears significant historic importance, for it was here that the world's first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. Your tour features the PEACE MEMORIAL PARK to see the PEACE MEMORIAL. Commonly referred to as the Atomic Bomb Dome, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been preserved just as it was on August 6, 1945, immediately after the bombing. Also, visit the SHUKKEI-EN GARDEN, which dates back to 1620. (B)
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Hiroshima - Osaka
Your fascinating journey to Osaka, aboard one of Japan's famous BULLET TRAINS, is sure to be a highlight of your tour. The rest of the day is yours to explore Japan's second largest city. (B)
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Osaka
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Cosmos Inclusions
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Trip Inclusions
  • TOKYO: Visit Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Nakamise Shopping Arcade.
  • NIKKO: Visit Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, and Kegon Waterfall.
  • MATSUMOTO: Visit Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum.
  • SHIRAKAWA: Visit Gassho-Zukuri houses.
  • KYOTO: Visit Nijo Castle, Temple of the Golden Pavillion, and Heian Shrine and Garden; Japanese tea ceremony.
  • MATSUE: Visit Adachi Museum of Art, Matsue Castle, and Buke Yashiki.
  • HIROSHIMA: Visit Itsukushima Shrine, Peace Memorial Park, Peace Memorial, and Shukkei-en Garden.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private, deluxe, airconditioned coach while touring; bullet train from Hiroshima to Kyoto.
  • INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR
  • HOTELS: Includes rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
  • MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary.
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Included Meals
  • 11 Breakfasts
Accommodation
  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF)
  • Tokyo Shiba Park Hotel (F), Utsunomiya Daiwa Roynet Utsunomiya (MF), Matsumoto Alpico Plaza Hotel (MF), Takayama Associa Takayama (F), Kyoto Daiwa Roynet Shijo Karasuma (MF), Matsue Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu (MF), Hiroshima Hiroshima Tokyu Rei (F), Osaka Shin- Osaka Esaka Tokyu Rei (MF)
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
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Accommodation: 3.5 Star
Average Age: 35-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours
Max Group Size(s): 50
Budget: Low Cost
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland, USA
Reviews (16)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Journey Through Japan with Cosmos.
NSW, Australia
Sep 2018
2 Helpful Votes
“Excellent Overall Experience in Japan with Cosmos & Global Journeys!”
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In September 2018, my daughter & I took the 12 day "Journey Through Japan" Cosmos tour. Our lovely Japanese guide, Aki, was the best and just so welcoming with her knowledge and gentle sense of humour, and our coach driver was very polite and helpful. Our accommodation was excellent especially in Tokyo and as to be expected in Japan, our hotel rooms weren't huge. The daily buffet breakfasts of both Japanese and Western options were a great way to start each day.

The tour pace, sightseeing and excursions were very good with even a Shinkansen (bullet train) journey included. It was a fantastic way to experience Japan for the first time and we will definitely be returning! Special thanks to Georgie who handles our international bookings so efficiently - all of my trips have gone off so smoothly with Global Journeys!
NSW , Australia
Mar 2018
9 Helpful Votes
4 Trips
“Trip packed with great sights and experiences”
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This was not our first on the go trip with Cosmos but it was the first that failed to provide a reasonable amount of free time to allow us to do our own exploring. There were some days that we were so time poor that we had to pre-purchase our lunch and eat it on the coach. Sure that gave us time to see the many sights included in this tour but it did not give us time to get out and mix with the locals and experience their daily lives.

In Osaka the hotel was so crowded that they could not get us into either breakfast room to serve breakfast in time for us to be ready to leave at the appointed hour that morning. We missed out on breakfast and the small gift from the hotel by way of compensation did not satisfy our appetite and was worth a fraction of the cost of the missed meal. There was no organised rotation of seats in the coach and so we had 3 fellow travelers who dominated and selfishly occupied the same seats the whole time.
SA, Australia
Oct 2017
14 Helpful Votes
“12 Day Journey Through Japan”
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Our Tour Guide was fantastic, helpful, happy and a wealth of information. She often provided information on the Japanese way of life that we didn’t expect to hear but was very enlightening! All the hotels were great, especially the Kyoto hotel which was stunning.

We saw some autumn colour in the mountains but overall it was a few weeks early for the mass of colour. It seems the seasons are getting later but we were very lucky to have a sunny, clear day to sail on Lake Ashi and had a clear view of Mt Fuji with just a little snow on the top.

Highlights were the Japanese Alps, Shirakawa, the Adachi Museum of Art gardens, Miyajima Island, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Hakone. We loved everything about Japan and feel very lucky to have seen and done so much. We couldn’t fault the whole tour, the scenery, the food, the Shinkansen, the shrines, castles, gardens and temples. We especially loved the Japanese people, their culture of honesty, courtesy, cleanliness and respect. Inspiring. We will definitely recommend this tour to others.
QLD, Australia
Sep 2017
3 Helpful Votes
2 Trips
“ Japan with Hiroshima Extension”
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The 10 Day Classic Japan: Golden Route tour was very good. I would thoroughly recommend the Hiroshima Extension. I felt this part of the trip was a wonderful experience in such a beautiful city. This tour was very slow-paced. We were given plenty of spare time to wander in all places which was interesting. The hotels were excellent in Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto and the breakfasts also. Unfortunately a very poor quality of hotel and breakfast in Hiroshima.

The travel by bullet trains was amazing, comfortable and fast. The only negative was that we were told we could only take hand luggage on the train, so we had to pack clothes and toiletries to take while our bags were transported by road. This was inconvenient and most people would have liked prior warning.

There were too many temples and related items to visit. Am sure Japan could come up with some other places of interest for tourists. A beautiful, clean and safe country indeed.
VIC, Australia
Apr 2017
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“Fantastic journey through Japan”
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The trip was fantastic. Great value for money. Cherry blossom season was memorable. I would recommend it to anyone. Tour guide was very knowledgeable.
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