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10 Day Discover Japan

Globus Tour starting in Tokyo and finishing in Kyoto

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Globus's 10 Day Discover Japan. From bustling cities to quiet mountain villages, experience the distinct flavor of Japan during this amazing vacation. Of course, you'll visit Japan's famous sights, including many of its castles...read more


Operator: Globus
Type: Tour (Premium)
Max Group Size: 35
Duration: 10 Days
From: Tokyo to Kyoto
Tour Code: OJ
Visits: Japan
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Day By Day


Arrive In Tokyo, Japan

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


Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions prior to morning sightseeing in Tokyo. Your tour takes you to the MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th-century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest, followed by a drive to see the Imperial Palace. Next, visit an artist's studio and learn to write like a local during a CALLIGRAPHY CLASS with a master calligrapher. Here, you'll also have the opportunity to try on a traditional KIMONO and partake in a TRADITIONAL TEA CEREMONY, a wonderfully choreographed ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea. Last stop is the ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE and the NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, join your travelling companions at a welcome dinner hosted by your Tour Director. (B/L/D)

Tokyo Mount Fuji Excursion

This morning, leave Tokyo and head south along the coast to the beautiful Five Lakes region. Here, take a CABLE-CAR RIDE (weather permitting) for panoramic views of Lake Kawaguchi and spectacular Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain. You will also have a spectacular view of Mount Fuji from CHUREITO PAGODA, part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine, built as a peace memorial in 1963. Return to Tokyo and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. (B/L)

Tokyo - Matsumoto - Takayama

Journey to Matsumoto, gateway to the Japanese Alps. Visit famous MATSUMOTO CASTLE, dating back to 1593, and discover the history at the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM. Later, travel through the ruggedly beautiful Japanese Alps to Takayama. Tonight, enjoy a wonderful Japanese-style dinner at your hotel. (B/L/D)


Today begins with a visit to the MORNING MARKET, where farmers display locally grown fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Then, visit TAKAYAMA JINYA, a former government office during the Edo Period from 1692- 1868. This well-preserved building is a national historic site and the only remaining building of its kind in Japan. Continue on to the San-Machi Suji historic district-famous for lacquerware shops and sake breweries, and identified by the sugidama, balls made of cedar branches that hang over the entrances. Stop at one of the breweries for a SAKE TASTING. The balance of the day is at leisure, providing you time to explore the narrow streets where merchants buy and sell as they have for 300 years. (B)

Takayama - Shirakawa - Kanazawa

This morning, enjoy a drive through the mountainous Shokawa Valley to Shirakawa. This remote region of Japan is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites due to the unique GASSHO-ZUKURI-style (joined hands) thatched houses that can be found only here. Continue to the scenic town of Kanazawa, situated between the mountains and the Sea of Japan and once the country's richest region. Your Tour Director leads you on a tour of one of Japan's greatest gardens, KENROKU-EN, the "Garden of Six Qualities," dating from the 1670s. Afterward, partake in a GOLD LEAF CLASS, where you learn more about this ancient traditional craft and make your own bento box souvenir. Your included dinner tonight is at your choice of one of three restaurants at your hotel. (B/D)

Kanazawa - Kyoto

This morning, board the THUNDERBIRD EXPRESS TRAIN for your journey to Kyoto. Upon arrival, stop at SANJUSANGENDO TEMPLE, famous for its 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Flanking the main statue are 1,000 more life-sized statues, covered in gold leaf, with 40 arms said to have the power to save 25 worlds. After lunch, visit the FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE, renowned for the thousands of brightly coloured Torii Gates. Afterward, continue on to the Higashiyama District to visit KIYOMIZU TEMPLE, the "Pure Water Temple," with stunning views over Kyoto. Along the way, walk through the busy streets, where shops and restaurants have been catering to pilgrims for centuries. This evening, you have the option (additional expense) to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan. (B/L)


This morning starts with a visit to stunning Kinkakuji, the TEMPLE OF THE GOLD PAVILION. Next, visit YUZEN HANDMADE CORNER to learn about the Yuzen dyeing technique used to decorate kimonos by painting dye directly on the cloth. You will be invited to participate in making your own souvenir using this traditional method. For lunch, participate in a special JAPANESE COOKING CLASS. Under the instruction of a local chef you will learn how to make miso soup, teriyaki chicken, and makizushi, more commonly known as a sushi roll. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this fascinating city on your own. (B/L)

Kyoto Nara Excursion

This morning, take an excursion to NARA, the oldest capital of Japan. Here, visit two separate UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First, at Nara Park, is TODAIJI TEMPLE, built in 752 AD and one of Japan's most famous significant temples. Rebuilt after a fire in 1692, the temple is only twothirds its original size, yet remains the world's largest wooden building. The Daibutsu (Giant Buddha) inside the main hall is made of copper and bronze, and is the largest in all of Japan, weighing in at 250 tons and standing some 49 feet (15 metres) tall! Nearby is KASUGA SHRINE, known for its 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Return to Kyoto for some leisure time. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner to celebrate your discovery of Japan. (B/D)


Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. Homebound flights from Kansai International Airport in Osaka should not depart prior to 11 am. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • TOKYO: Visit the Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Nakamise shopping arcade; calligraphy class; kimono fitting; traditional tea ceremony; welcome dinner.
  • MOUNT FUJI AREA: Cable-car ride to view Mount Fuji; visit Chureito Pagoda.
  • MATSUMOTO: Visit Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum.
  • TAKAYAMA: City sightseeing; visit a local market, Takayama Jinya, and a sake brewery for a tasting.
  • SHIRAKAWA: Visit Gassho-Zukuri houses.
  • KANAZAWA: Visit Kenroku-en Garden; gold leaf class.
  • KANAZAWA-KYOTO: Travel by Thunderbird express train.
  • KYOTO: Visit Sanjusagendo Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Temple of the Gold Pavilion; Yuzen Handmade Corner; Japanese cooking class; excursion to Nara; farewell dinner.
  • INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Local Favourites

  • Partake in a traditional tea ceremony in Tokyo
  • Visit a sake brewery for tastings in Takayama
  • For lunch, participate in a Japanese cooking class in Kyoto
  • Extend your trip to include Hiroshima


  • Hotel Classifications: Moderate Deluxe (MD), First Class (F)
  • Tokyo Hilton Tokyo (MD), Takayama Hida Hotel Plaza (F), Kanazawa Hotel Nikko Kanazawa (F), Kyoto Ana Crowne Plaza Kyoto (F)

Included Meals

  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners

Trip Notes

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

Operator Details

Globus Reviews: (477)
Tours on Sale: 296
Accommodation: 4.5 Star
Average Age: 50+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Small Group Tours
Max Group Size(s): 44 & 20
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland, USA

Reviews (1)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Discover Japan with Globus.
New Zealand
May 2017
1 Trip
“Japan - What a delightful experience”
Booking With Global Journeys
May was the right time to travel - up to 30 degrees some days in the Tokyo area but only two wet days throughout the tour. June starts the wet season. Good group size of 33; buses could have larger seats and a few more amenities e.g. seat trays etc. No problem with frequent stops during the bus rides for snacks and toilets. Guide Yuki was excellent in all respects, and Mr Asano very good driver. Of the four hotels two were excellent and 2 very good; all with hassle-free check-in and check-out procedures.

The Japanese gardens are well worth the visit as are the other included attractions. Enough shrines and pagodas! Really liked the inclusions such as Tea ceremony, calligraphy and cooking class. Sake tasting was a disappointment as most of the group thought we would see he manufacturing process - we just stood in a courtyard and tasted two different classes of sake. Overall a good tour of the right length.
Apr 2018 - Oct 2018

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