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12 Day Journey Through Japan

Cosmos Tour starting in Tokyo and finishing in Tokyo

Read 11 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 and end in Tokyo and overnight throughout in Toyama, Nagoya, Osaka, Matsue, Hiroshima, and Kyoto. Along...read more


Operator: Cosmos
Type: Tour (Affordable)
Style: Regional Discovery
Max Group Size: 50
Duration: 12 Days
From: Tokyo to Tokyo
Tour Code: 2540
Visits: Japan
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Day By Day


Tokyo, Japan

Welcome to Japan's capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.


Today's sightseeing tour takes you to the MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Afterwards, 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)

Tokyo Nikko Excursion

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. Later, return to Tokyo. (B)

Tokyo - Matsumoto - Naganotoyama

This morning, travel to Matsumoto where you will see MATSUMOTO CASTLE and the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM. Later, visit Nagano and the ZENKOJI TEMPLE. Founded 1,400 years ago, the temple houses what is said to be the first Buddhist statue brought to Japan. Arrive in Toyama this evening. (B)

Toyama - Shirakawa - Takayama - Nagoya

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. Visit the KUSAKABE HERITAGE HOUSE for a glimpse of traditional Japanese architecture of the late 19th century before heading to Nagoya. (B)

Nagoya - Toba - Osaka

Begin today with a trip to Toba and visit MIKIMOTO PEARL ISLAND to learn about the pearl cultivation process. Later, enjoy a visit to the most important shrine of the Shinto "church," ISE GRANDE SHRINE. This afternoon, continue to Osaka, Japan's second largest city, where the rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Osaka - 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)

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, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been preserved just as it was on August 6, 1945, immediately after the bombing. Also, visit the SHUKKEIEN GARDEN, which dates back to 1620. (B)

Hiroshima - Kyoto

Your fascinating journey to Kyoto, aboard one of Japan's famous BULLET TRAINS, is sure to be a highlight of your tour. Kyoto is one of the most fascinating cities in Japan and the remainder of your day is free to explore. This evening, you may choose to stay (additional expense) in a traditional Japanese ryokan. (B)


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)

Kyoto - Mount Fuji Area - Tokyo

Drive to the Mount Fuji area for a leisurely CRUISE ON LAKE ASHI and an aerial CABLE CAR RIDE (weather permitting) over the beautiful Owakudani Valley. From here, enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, before continuing on to your Tokyo airport hotel. (B)


Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • SIGHTSEEING: In Tokyo, Matsumoto, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Mount Fuji Area. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Meiji Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Waterfall, Gassho-Zukuri houses, Shukkei-en Garden, Nijo Castle, Temple of the Gold Pavilion, Heian Shrine and Garden, Lake Ashi Cruise.
  • GUIDES: Services of a professional Tour Director.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private, deluxe, airconditioned coach while touring; bullet train from Hiroshima to Kyoto
  • HOTELS: Hotel accommodation will be allocated in twin-bed or double rooms with private facilities, as stated or similar.


  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF)
  • Tokyo Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu (F), Toyama Toyama Excel Hotel Tokyu (F), Nagoya Nagoya Sakae Tokyu Rei Hotel (F), Osaka Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu Rei Hotel (MF) Matsue Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu (MF), Hiroshima Hiroshima Tokyu Rei Hotel (F), Kyoto Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (F), Tokyo Narita Airport Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu (F) or Tokyo Haneda Airport Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu (F)

Included Meals

  • 11 Breakfasts

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Cosmos Reviews: (1365)
Tours on Sale: 195
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 (11)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Journey Through Japan with Cosmos.
SA, Australia
Oct 2017
5 Helpful Votes
“12 Day Journey Through Japan”
Booking With Global Journeys
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.
WA, Australia
Apr 2017
1 Trip
“Enjoyable Journey in Japan”
Booking With Global Journeys
We thought the trip was well managed though it would have been nicer to be allowed more time in some places and also to have avoided some of the massive crowds at the more well known sites. There were other options that would have been equally as impressive to visit without having to fight the crowds at the World Heritage Sites. Also, to have more time available with not such a hectic schedule.
ACT, Australia
Aug 2016
1 Helpful Vote
“Cultural awakening”
Booking With Global Journeys
What an eye opener. The history, infrastructure and scenery. The people are very courteous, helpful and friendly, their public security is great. I can't recall the last time I when felt so secure. We walked the streets at night and felt quite at ease. In the bigger cities there was a strong presents of police. No graffiti and every where was clean and tidy. Our only draw backs were ordering meals and a minor issue single beds. Not all had menus in English. This was particularly hard when dealing with a food allergy. Despite a written Japanese notice restaurant staff were reluctant to clear the food content. This was not an issue when the guide was with us as she pushed the issue for us. Most accommodation is single beds with very few double beds available at establishments. Would I recommended this tour a big yes. Would I recommend Global Journeys, once again a big yes. The ladies at Global Journeys were very reactive to my request and pricing was good.
NSW, Australia
May 2016
1 Helpful Vote
1 Trip
“Perfect Trip”
Booking With Global Journeys
It's just a perfect trip because its only 18 of us in the coach and we are all Aussies. The choices of hotels are good, only one or two are not (rooms too small to move around with big suitcase) I learned a lot from this tour. Although some parts we thought are just a waste of time and "energy". My sister is convincing me to do it again with her, which I might. Global Journeys help was great.
May 2016
1 Helpful Vote
5 Trips
“Journey Through Japan”
Booking With Global Journeys
Our journey through Japan was a great adventure. We criss-crossed the country in the comfortable coach as our guide talked to us about Japan. Tokyo is a massive, vibrant city with shops and restaurants on at least three different levels - the underground, the ground level and the upper storey level! One of the highlights of the trip for my husband and I was the Gasso-Zukuri style thatched roofed houses at Shirakawa. It was a beautiful scenic place with wonderful views of the mountains.

As we travelled about we couldn't help but be amazed by the stunning scenery of the forested mountains and the verdant valleys. Apparently, there are ten thousand tunnels in Japan, so they are true experts in the skill of tunneling! Also, the infra-structure is way ahead of Australia with most roads built on pillars well above the ground. Another highlight was to visit the Pearl-diving at MikimotoPerl Island and to learn the process of pearl cultivation. Another wonderful place was the Floating Tori Gate and Itsikuskima Shrine.

Hiroshima was a somber experience as we walked through the Peace Park and went into the Museum. On the last day we had a great, full day as we went on the boat at Lake Ashi and the aerial car was a memorable experience as we were packed into the cable car! At the top were the most spectacular views and we had so many breathtaking views of Mount Fuji. Our mix of fellow travellers was good and the number of twenty was spot-on as it allows you to get to know most other people. It was good accommodation throughout and the rooms were extremely clean and tidy.the breakfasts were excellent and one of the highlights of the day!!! It was a great time of year to travel as the weather was kind and warm mostly, with just the one rainy day. Our guide was informative and friendly. It would have been nice to have welcome dinner to meet our fellow travellers and one or two dinners just to get together as a group. However, it was most enjoyable and We will continue to book with you as you make it so easy for us. We are already looking forward to our tour of Spain this September! So, we thank you again for a great holiday!
Mar 2018 - Oct 2018

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