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Our Journeys

Wonders of Japan

Land Tour
15 Days
$14,490 CAD
All inclusive from, per guest, double occupancy.
Limited Spaces
Current Date Selected

May 16 to 30, 2025

Land Tour
15 Days
$14,490 CAD
All inclusive from, per guest, double occupancy.
Limited Spaces
Current Date Selected

May 16 to 30, 2025

Journey Highlights

Join us on an extraordinary 15-day Journey across Japan, where you’ll uncover the heart and soul of this captivating country. From the vibrant streets of Tokyo and the historic town of Takayama to the poignant landmarks of Hiroshima and the cultural treasures of Kyoto, alongside the awe-inspiring sights of Mount Fuji and Miyajima Island. We warmly invite you to immerse yourself in Japan’s unique culture and breathtaking landscapes, forging unforgettable memories with new and familiar friends.

Browse the highlights below by swiping or pressing the arrows.

Tokyo

Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan’s bustling capital, offers a spirited mix of attractions. Experience the energy of Shibuya Crossing, one of the world’s busiest intersections, marvel at the upscale atmosphere of the Ginza district, and take in breathtaking panoramic views from the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world. Each corner of this vibrant metropolis offers a unique glimpse into its dynamic culture and innovation.

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji, Japan’s iconic peak, stands majestically as a symbol of natural beauty and cultural significance. Visible from miles around, it captivates with its symmetrical form and serene presence, making it a highlight for many. This revered mountain offers a profound connection to Japan’s rich heritage and is exemplary of breathtaking scenery.

Takayama

Takayama

Takayama, nestled in the Japanese Alps, captivates with its beautifully preserved old town and rich historical charm. The streets lined with Edo-period buildings, traditional merchant houses, and sake breweries offer a glimpse into Japan’s cultural heritage at its finest, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in its authentic atmosphere.

Miyajima Island

Miyajima Island

Miyajima Island, one of Japan’s most revered destinations, captivates with its iconic floating torii gate and friendly roaming deer. It offers a tranquil retreat into nature and a deep connection to Japan’s spiritual heritage, inviting visitors to explore its timeless charm.

Kyoto

Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan’s cultural treasure trove, invites exploration with its array of temples, shrines, and traditional gardens. Quaint streets lined with traditional machiya houses offer glimpses into the city’s enduring charm. Kyoto captivates visitors with its blend of historical depth and vibrant present-day culture.

Journey Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1

DEPART FOR TOKYO, JAPAN

Start your Journey with us by enjoying a private car pick up service from your home. Upon arrival at the airport, guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow guests, and board your flight. Our Journey Manager travels with you to take care of all the details throughout the Journey, allowing you to focus on your experience.

 

Overnight: Overnight Flight
Day 2

WELCOME TO TOKYO

On arrival in Tokyo, we experience firsthand the genuine kindness of the Japanese with a warm welcome from our local guide. Relax in the elegance of our hotel, or take a stroll through the streets of Japan’s largest metropolis. Join us this evening for a casual welcome dinner.

Overnight: Hotel New Otani, Tokyo
Meals: Dinner
Day 3

DISCOVERING TOKYO

Our full day city exploration will begin with a visit to the Imperial Palace Eastern Gardens, home to 210,000 square meters of green space that is open to the public. Drive by the Ginza district, the most expensive real estate in the world. After lunch, we proceed to the Tokyo Skytree to visit the top level for an awe-inspiring view of the city, and maybe even Mt Fuji on a very clear day. At Asakusa, visit Nakamise-dori, Senso-ji Buddhist Temple (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) to learn about Japan’s unique religious practices. Experience the world’s busiest intersection, Shibuya Crossing, where hundreds of people cross from all directions every time the signal changes.

Note – During this journey, many temples require us to remove our shoes. This shows respect for the Japanese traditions, and protects the centuries old heritage sites.

Overnight: Hotel New Otani, Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

KAMAKURA

Immersing ourselves in the local culture, we drive to Kamakura, the former home to countless poets and artists. One of many highlights today include the beauty of The Great Bronze Buddha, the Hase Kannon Temple and the impressive Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.
Wander amongst the intimate shops and cafes on Komaci Street. Look closely, and you will find the famous natto (sticky beans), ham, traditional Kamakura carving and other local specialties.

Overnight: Hotel New Otani, Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

MT. FUJI & HAKONE

We skirt the Japanese Alps this morning as we drive south from Tokyo. Mt Fuji pokes its perfect volcanic cone towards the heavens. Discover the picturesque and serene natural beauty of a crater lake during a relaxing boat cruise, then takethe Komagatake Ropeway for scenic views of Hakone and surrounding area On to Suwa where for this one night we step into another world, relaxing in a cotton yukata (dressing gown) and sleeping on a traditional Futon. Note: On day 5, our main luggage travels directly from Tokyo to Takayama (see day 6) on a separate vehicle. You will not have access to it for the night of the fifth day and we encourage you to use our convenient carry on bag for this overnight. You may want to pack a long sleeve shirt in your carry on as we travel over higher ground to Mt. Fuji today where the air may be cool.

Note: Hotel is traditional Japanese Ryokan and room will have comfortable futon on the floor for sleeping.

Overnight: Suwa, Hotel Saginoyu (Japanese style room)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

MATSUMOTO & TAKAYAMA

Our journey continues via Matsumoto, noted for its majestic six storey castle, to the mountain village of Takayama. Visit the Hida Folk Village, a living museum of rural homes and barns, where we will experience the traditional lifestyles of a bygone era. Later we will visit the Matsuri-no-Mori Museum to learn about the art of tea. The museum has a collection of massive yatai or parade floats, created for the annual harvest festival.

Overnight: Takayama, Hotel Associa Takayama Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

TAKAYAMA

Takayama lies in the mountainous Hida region and has retained a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town. This historic city gained importance as a source of high quality timber and highly skilled carpenters during the feudal ages. This morning will be spent on a comprehensive walking tour exploring this delightful small city. Visits include the Miyagawa Morning Market, the traditional wooden houses and shops of Kami Sannomachi Street, Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum. The latter was formerly the residence of the Kusakabe family and has been designated an important cultural property. We’ll also visit Takayama Jinya, the former regional headquarters of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Note: An overnight bag will be required for Day 8 as luggage will be transported separately to Hiroshima.

Overnight: Takayama, Hotel Associa Takayama Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8

SHIRAKAWAGO, UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Our scenic drive continues this morning along mountainous roads , as you enter the mountain village of Shirakawago, with its unique thatched roof houses and picturesque river side setting, you can feel the historic atmosphere of this UNESCO site. Visit the residence of the Iwase family or Wade family, with its magnificent thatched roof home. Later visit Gokayama to observe the intricate and involved process of creating traditional Japanese paper (Washi). Before arriving at your hotel, visit the Higash Chaya-gai, a district with teahouses where geisha perform song and dance.

Overnight: Kanazawa, ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9

KANAZAWA & THE GARDEN OF SIX QUALITIES

This morning we walk through one of Japan’s most famous gardens, Kenroku-en, the Garden of Six Qualities. It features magnificent landscaping, flowering trees, and lakes. Visit the Hakuichi Gold Leaf Museum with a demonstration explaining the art of gold leaf application before travelling by bullet train to Hiroshima, an important southern city. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Overnight: Hiroshima, RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10

HIROSHIMA

Hiroshima is best remembered for the event of August 6, 1945 when the A Bomb decimated the city and area. The Peace Memorial Park and Peace Memorial Museum are both sobering testaments to the event and aftermath. Time permitting we shall visit Shukkei-en Garden, for a quiet walk with time to reflect. This afternoon cross the Inland Sea by ferry to Miyajima Island, felt by many to be one of the three top scenic experiences in Japan.

Note: Luggage will be transported separately from Hiroshima to Kyoto.

Overnight: Hiroshima, RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11

BULLET TRAIN TO KYOTO

Transfer to JR Hiroshima Station for bullet train to Himeji. See the exterior of Himeji Castle, the 400-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site and national treasure. Continue by coach to historic Kyoto, capital of Japan for almost 1,000 years (until 1868). This delightful city conjures up classic images: streets of little wooden houses, the sound of geta (wooden sandals) clicking on the cobblestones, geisha in brightly coloured silk, tea ceremonies, traditional gardens and more. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Kyoto, Tokyu Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12

KYOTO

Our day begins with a walk through the unique Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, one of Kyoto’s most popular attractions, followed by the Kinkaku-ji Temple, or Golden Pavilion. This threestorey pagoda, covered in gold foil, is set next to a tranquil reflecting pool and surrounded by gardens and pine forests. Nearby are the gardens and palace of Nijo Castle, a UNESCO Site noted for the great Ninomaru Wing and Audience Hall with its Nightingale Floors. In Fushimi we will explore the gardens of the Inari Shinto Shrine with its series of vermillion Torii gates and delightful cherry trees leading up to the slopes of Mt Inari. With good fortune, this will be a most enchanting day with lots of colours to enjoy.

Overnight: Kyoto, Tokyu Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13

KYOTO

Leave hotel in early morning for a visit to Nara. Nara is one of the most gracious and sacred centres in all of Japan. At Todaiji Temple we visit Daibutsuden Hall, once the largest wooden building in the world, enshrining a great bronze sitting image of Buddha. Enjoy a stroll through the Deer Park (Nara Park). Following an ancient tradition, the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, founded in the 8th century to protect the capital, is rebuilt every 20 years. In the temple grounds you will find some 3,000 stone lanterns which are lit twice a year, during two special festivals. After lunch, transfer back to Kyoto to experience a tea ceremony. Return to hotel.

Note: Luggage will be transported separately from Kyoto to Tokyo, an overnight bag will be required for last night in Kyoto.

Overnight: Kyoto, Tokyu Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14

BULLET TRAIN TO KYOTO

Enjoy your morning at leisure before a short walk takes us to the Shinkansen platform at Kyoto Station where we board the Bullet train to Tokyo Station. On arrival we transfer to our hotel. Join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Overnight: Tokyo, New Otani Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 15

HOME

This morning is yours to relax, do some last minute souvenir shopping before we bid Japan ’ Sayōnara’, and make our way to the airport for our flights home. Enjoy our private car to your home.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Private car home from the Journey to the Nordic Countries
Private car home from the Journey to the Nordic Countries
Private car home from the Journey to the Nordic Countries

Signature Inclusions on This Journey

THE JOURNEYS DIFFERENCE

In addition to our essentials, your Journey includes our following Signature Inclusions:

24/7 Professional Journey Manager
  • Will travel with you from Canada and handle every detail
  • In addition to knowledgeable local guides

 

Memorable Private Excursions
  • Private excursions crafted by our team
  • All sightseeing & entrance fees included

 

Private Car Pick-up Service
  • Within a 200-kilometre radius, let your Journey begin in elegant comfort with a private chauffeured car to the airport

 

Generous Tips & Gratuities
  • For the porters, local guides, hotel staff & many more, paid by us on your behalf

 

Our essentials included with your Journey:

  • 11 nights in outstanding hotels
  • All meals included: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Air Canada
  • “Whisper” radios included for use during excursions
  • All taxes as well as service charges
  • Hassle-free Visas handled & processed for Canadian citizens
  • Other gateways & travel classes available
  • Porterage for one piece of luggage per person
  • Complete information & assistance leading up to your departure
  • Branded overnight carry-on or backpack

Hotels

Day 2-5 & Day 14

NEW OTANI HOTEL, TOKYO

Surrounded by a beautiful 400-year old Japanese garden, Hotel New Otani Tokyo is located in central Tokyo and offers comfortable accommodations less than a 10-minute walk from 5 subway lines.

New Otani Hotel is just 984 feet from Akasaka-Mitsuke Subway Station. From this station the Ginza, Shibuya and Shinjuku areas can all be reached in less than a 10-minute subway ride.

The room has large full-height windows that extend from the foot to the ceiling with a sense of openness and provide a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and air conditioning, and guests can stay connected with free wifi.

Day 5

HOTEL SAGINOYU, SUWA

Hotel Saginoyu, situated in front of Lake Suwa, is one of the most established ryokans in Ka-mi-Suwa hot spring town, with more than 100-year history as a hot spring ryokan. Despite the modern atmosphere of the town’s buildings, once you step inside Saginoyu, the warmth of Japa-nese style is seen throughout the interior, rooms and garden will welcome you. Bathing in a large common bath at Saginoyu whose natural hot spring water has a number of therapeutic benefits will surely help you get relaxed.

Cable television is provided for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and bidets. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

 

Day 6&7

HOTEL ASSOCIA, TAKAYAMA RESORT

Amidst the beautiful Takayama highlands in the southwest of Takayama city, this gracious hotel soars above the surrounding countryside and provides commanding views of rice paddies, deep forests and the Japanese Alps. The hotel prides itself on providing the finest accommodations in the entire area. Guests at the hotel have access to a very traditional Japanese hot spring bath. With it’s European style and elegant atmosphere, the hotel is an ideal resort for people looking for a break from the fast-paced city lifestyle.

Spa Wing-onsen or Hot spring Baths

This is perhaps the most talked-about hot spring spa in this area of Japan. Imagine an entire wing dedicated to hot spring baths! Take a slow walk down an all-tatami aisle, bow under the no-ren (Japanese curtains) and approach baths fit for the gods!

Day 8

ANA CROWNE PLAZA, KANAZAWA

ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa offers rooms with free WiFi. It features 5 restaurants, a bar with city views and concierge services. The elegant rooms at ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa are air-conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. A fridge, free tea and coffee are provided. Free toiletries include aromatherapy oils, eye masks, and bath additives.

Japanese restaurant Unkai overlooks the hotel’s garden. The restaurants at Crowne Plaza offer a variety of Chinese, Japanese and international food. In-room dining is available.

Hotel Kea, Akureyri - Resturant
Day 9 & 10

RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL, HIROSHIMA

With a stylish exterior designed in the image of Rijo, Hiroshima’s famous “Carp Castle”, the RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima offers a wealth of facilities and services befitting a hotel of the 21st century. This new symbol of Hiroshima, an international city of peace and culture, is sure to meet your every expectation.

The air-conditioned guest rooms at Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima come with a desk, trouser press, hairdryer and bathroom amenities. An air purifier is provided for guests as well. Serta beds are used in all rooms for a comfortable stay. Rooms include a flat-screen satellite TV and a private bathroom with bathtub. Free WiFi is available in all guest rooms.

Day 10-12

TOKYU HOTEL, KYOTO

The hotel’s contemporary interpretation of traditional Kyoto values has earned the Kyoto Scenic Beauty Award, as well as the BCS Awards for excellence in modern architecture. From the impressive main entrance, and the courtyard water feature recreating the simple purity of the city’s Horikawa River, the atmosphere of quiet composure communicates a sense of calm and relaxation to every guest.

The modern rooms have Tempur comfort pillows and a satellite LCD TV. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. All rooms are air-conditioned and include a fridge and an electric kettle

May 16 to 30, 2025

All-Inclusive Fares

Double Occupancy

$14,490

Single Occupancy

$17,490
Prices are per guest in CAD, all taxes included.

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