Journey Through Japan

12 Day Guided Tour from Tokyo to Osaka with Cosmos

Read 17 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos 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, more

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1 Tokyo, Japan
Welcome to Japan's capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
2 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)
3 Tokyo
Enjoy your day at your leisure. Perhaps join a full day optional excursion to Mount Fuji. (B)
4 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)
5 Utsunomiya - Matsumoto
This morning, travel to Matsumoto where you will see MATSUMOTO CASTLE and the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM. (B)
6 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)
7 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)
8 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)
9 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)
10 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)
11 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)
12 Osaka
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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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.
  • 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.
  • COSMOSGO: Get the mobile app for trip information.
Included Meals
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 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.

Reviews (17)

12 Day Journey Through Japan reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

“Journey through Japan”
- NSW, Australia Apr 2019 4 Helpful Votes

Our trip was organised expertly - we had a fabulous time, hotels were good, our tour guide Rumi was fantastic and had expert knowledge of all areas of Japan. She looked after us and made sure we saw all that we could in Japan. We contemplated travelling Japan on our own but I am so glad we changed to the tour - we saw far more than we could have on our own. This was the second Cosmos tour we have taken and we have found them extremely well run and we would recommend them to anyone.

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“Excellent Overall Experience in Japan with Cosmos & Global Journeys!”
- NSW, Australia Sep 2018 6 Helpful Votes View Photo

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. more

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“Trip packed with great sights and experiences”
- NSW , Australia Mar 2018 10 Helpful Votes

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 more

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“12 Day Journey Through Japan”
- SA, Australia Oct 2017 16 Helpful Votes View Photo

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 more

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“ Japan with Hiroshima Extension”
- QLD, Australia Sep 2017 4 Helpful Votes

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.
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