Aug 2016 - Aug 2016

14 Day Journey Through Japan with Ryokan Extension

Cosmos Guided Tour starting in Tokyo and finishing in Narita

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Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos's 14 Day Journey Through Japan with Ryokan Extension. Begin in Tokyo with sightseeing including the Meiji Shrine, the Akihabara district and the famous Ginza shopping district. Journey north to Nikko and see the famous Yomeimon Gate. Travel to Shirakawa, home to the unique...read more


Operator: Cosmos
Type: Guided Tour (Low Cost)
Style: Regional Discovery
Duration: 14 Days
From: Tokyo to Narita
Tour Code: 2542
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Japan
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Day By Day



Welcome to Japan's capital city. Hotel rooms are available for check-in from mid-afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to relax or begin your exploration of one of the most exciting cities in the world, home to more than 8 million people.


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 - Tokyo

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 I-Ro-Ha Zaka driveway, which reaches elevations of 3,940 feet, to visit Lake Chuzenji and the Kegon Waterfall. Later, return to Tokyo. (B)

Tokyo - Matsumoto - Nagano - Toyama

This morning, travel to Matsumoto where you will see Matsumoto Castle and the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM. Later, visit Nagano and the Zenkoji Temple. Founded 1400 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 (meaning joined hands) style thatched houses can only be found in this area. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps via one of Japan's longest road tunnels, 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

Head to the city of Yonago on the coast of the Sea of Japan. After a brief visit, continue to Izumo to admire the exterior architecture of the Izumo Shrine. 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 where your sightseeing tour of this important historical city features the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb. Also visit the Shukkeien Landscape Garden, which dates back to 1620. (B)

Hiroshima - Kyoto

Your fascinating journey to Kyoto today, 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 the day is free for you to explore or relax. (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 Kinkakuji, 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 - Hakone National Park - Narita

Drive to Hakone National Park 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 Narita for your traditional Ryokan stay. (B)


Spend the next two days exploring the panoramic beauty surrounding Narita. Visit the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple situated just in front of your Ryokan or stroll through the main street of Narita, filled with souvenir shops and restaurants. To simply relax, try a traditional bath or a visit to one of the nearby parks. (B/D)


Day at leisure. (B/D)


Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • TOKYO: Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple.
  • MATSUMOTO: Matsumoto Castle.
  • SHIRAKAWA: Gassho - Zukuri houses.
  • TAKAYAMA: Kusakabe Heritage House.
  • TOBA: Mikimoto Pearl Island.
  • MATSUE: Buke Yashiki Samurai House, Matsue Castle.
  • HIROSHIMA: Itsukushima Shrine, Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Museum, Shukkeien Landscape Garden.
  • BULLET TRAIN: Hiroshima to Kyoto.
  • KYOTO: Nijo Castle, Temple of the Gold Pavilion, Heian Shrine and Garden, Traditional Tea Ceremony.
  • HAKONE NATIONAL PARK: Owakudani Valley, Lake Ashi Cruise.
  • ACCOMMODATION: on tour in twin room with private facilities.
  • TRANSPORT: Travel on tour by air-conditioned coach.
  • MEALS: 13 breakfasts (B)and 2 dinners (D)
  • TOUR DIRECTOR: English speaking guide on tour.


  • 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)
  • Narita Ryokan: Wakamatsu Honten (F)

Included Meals

  • 13 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners

Trip Notes

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


Operator Details

Region: Asia
Style: Regional Discovery
Accommodation: 4+ Star
Hotels: Central - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Coach: 4+ Star
Average Age: 50+
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Not Included
Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 26 (Avg. 20)
Free Coach WiFi: No
* Source: Cosmos for tours in Asia . Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.
Aug 2016 - Aug 2016

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