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16 Day Traditional Japan Small Group Tour with Flights

Osaka - Nara - Kyoto - Kanazawa - Shirakawa - Takayama - Nagano - Matsumoto - Mt Fuji - Tokyo

Roundtrip international flights from Australia included

4-star hotel accommodation with daily breakfast

Experience the bullet train from Osaka to Kyoto

Small-group tour of only 20 travellers 

2020 departure dates available

From $4,699 Typically $5,499 Include flight pp twin share

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The group size for this tour is a maximum of 20 travellers!

Immerse yourself in the culture imbued with national identity, explore the old streets, its natural beauty and taste the unique flavours of Japan. Start your journey in Osaka and Nara. Visit the magnificent Osaka Castle and Nara Deer Park where you can see hundreds of deer roaming around, as well asmany other highlighted attractions. Next, take a bullet train to the historical capital of Kyoto and visit World Heritage-listed Kinkakuji Temple before making your way to enjoy a traditional kimono show followed by a visit to Western Kyoto’s Arashiyama District. Afterwards, head over to the castle town of Kanazawa, small village Shirakawago and Takayama city. Visit unique villages, mountainous old towns, castles and famous Museums and temples. The real highlight of this trip is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit one of Mount Fuji's springs, which is fed by melting snow filtered down from the slopes of the mountains through porous layers of lava. Enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi, marvel at the natural beauty that surrounds you. Enjoy a free day in Japan's megacity, Tokyo! Explore it in your way, or you can choose to join a wide range of optional activities before getting ready for your flight home the next day. Return to Australia with many beautiful memories of your exploration of Japan.


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16

Day 1

Australia  Osaka 

Depart Australia today on your flight to Japan. 

Please note: some flights might depart 1 day later.

Meals included: inflight only 

Day 2


Welcome to Osaka, Japan! Upon arrival at Kansai Airport, clear customs and immigration before boarding the transfer to your accommodation. 

Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Osaka or similar, Osaka

Meals included: none

Day 3

Osaka  Nara Osaka

Today we will take a day trip to Nara. Once you arrive in Nara it is a short walk to the main attractions. We will visit Todaiji Temple and its Great Hall as it houses one of the largest bronze Buddha statues in the world. On your return to the station, wander back through  Nara Deer Park where you can see hundreds of deer roaming around. Nara’s 1,200 deer have become the symbol of the city as it comes from the Shinto idea that every creature, nature or object is a messenger of God. After enjoying your morning in Nara we will head back to Osaka. 

As we arrive back in Osaka city, we will make a stop at Osaka Castle. After that, we will finish off our day with a tour of one of Osaka’s central food and entertainment centres Dotonbori. Enjoy wandering around trying the local foods, shopping districts and posing with one of Osaka’s famous icons, Gurico! We will eat our welcome dinner here together. Enjoy a good rest in your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Osaka or similar, Osaka

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 4

Osaka  Kyoto

Today we will take the bullet train from Osaka to the historical capital Kyoto reaching within 15 minutes. In Kyoto, we will visit the Kinkakuji Temple otherwise known as the Golden Pavilion. Kinkakuji Temple is a Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct architectural styles of Shinden, Samurai and Zen. After that, we will head to the Nishijin Textile Centre and enjoy a traditional kimono show. Kimonos are still used today in Japan for formal ceremonies and festivals. Enjoy your stay in Kyoto! Take a good rest at your hotel

Accommodation: Kyoto Plaza Hotel or similar, Kyoto

Meals included: breakfast

Day 5


Today is a free day to explore Kyoto at your own pace

Accommodation: Kyoto Plaza Hotel or similar, Kyoto

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

Kyoto Kanazawa

This morning we visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto former residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and is designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Board the bus towards  Togetsu Bridge and the Bamboo Grove, landmarks of Western Kyoto’s Arashiyama District for over four hundred years. Standing amongst the Bamboo Grove is like being in another world and is nothing like any other forest you have seen before. It is mesmerizing and peaceful. We then continue to the city of Kanazawa.

Accommodation: Hotel Route-Inn Kanazawa Ekimae or similar, Kanazawa

Meals included: breakfast

Day 7


Today we will explore the castle town of Kanazawa. First up we will visit Buke Yashiki (a samurai house) and learn about how the high ranked samurais lived during the Edo period. Later we will make our way through the streets of Higashi Chaya, a district lined with quaint old buildings that were once teahouses used by the local geisha (traditional Japanese female entertainers) and their guests. Next, we will visit  Kenrokuen Garden one of Japan's three best landscape gardens. Then we will go to Omicho Market to try the local foods and see the local crafts. Enjoy your night's stay in Kanazawa

Accommodation: Hotel Route-Inn Kanazawa Ekimae or similar, Kanazawa

Meals included: breakfast

Day 8


Today you can enjoy your day at leisure in Kanazawa. Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, on Japan's central Honshu Island. It's known for well-preserved Edo era districts, art museums and regional handicrafts. Today while you are in Kanazawa there are many attractions you can check out. From the temple equipped with secret doors and traps, Ninjadera to the beautifully designed Kanazawa Castle, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Nishi Chaya District, Oyama Shrine, Seisonkaku Villa, the 21st-century Museum and D.T. Suzuki Museum are all must-see attractions. You can never go wrong in this quaint, peaceful and nature surrounded the city of Kanazawa. Enjoy your night's stay in Kanazawa. 

Accommodation: Hotel Route-Inn Kanazawa Ekimae or similar, Kanazawa

Meals included: breakfast

Day 9

Kanazawa  Shirakawa Go  Takayama 

Today we will go on a half-day tour of Shirakawago to explore the small village and the gassho style houses. On this tour, you will stop at the observation point so you can view the whole of Shirakawago and while you are there English speaking tour guide will teach you about the history of this unique village. You will be able to look inside the traditional houses and get a feel of what it is like to live in Shirakawago. You can also try the local food and snacks as part of this wonderful village of Shirakawago. Enjoy your day in Shirakawago! After our tour in Shirakawago, we will head towards Takayama where you will stay the night in your hotel. Enjoy a good rest in Takayama.

Accommodation: Washington Hotel Plaza Takayama or similar, Takayama

Meals included: breakfast

Day 10

Takayama Nagano 

Today we will spend the day exploring Takayama city. Takayama is a city located in Japan's mountainous Gifu Prefecture. Takayama retains a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town. While you are in Takayama we will visit the preserved Old Town, the open-air museum of Hida Folk Village, the former local government office, Takayama Jinya, an impressive museum called Matsuri no Mori, pass by temples and enjoy seeing a range of festival floats at the Yatai Kaikan. Upon finishing your tour in Takayama board the bus to Nagano. Enjoy your stay. 

Accommodation: Hotel Metropolitan Nagano or similar, Nagano

Meals included: breakfast

Day 11

Nagano  Matsumoto

Ohayou-gozaimasu! (Good morning!) After breakfast, we will gather together and head off to Hokusai Museum to discover the great artworks of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) one of Japan's leading Edo period ukiyo-e painters. His most famous artwork is the Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji which is a woodblock print that was influential to many talented painters such as Vincent Van Gogh. 

After that, we will continue on to Zenkoji Temple which was founded over 1,400 years ago and houses one of the first-ever Buddhist statues to ever be brought into Japan. Enjoy this unique and fascinating temple. We will then continue on to Matsumoto city where we will view one of Japan's most complete and original castles,  Matsumoto Castle. A short stroll from the castle we will finish up our tour in Nakamachi Street where we can see nicely preserved buildings, warehouses, massive white walls, small shops, restaurants and traditional ryokans. Enjoy your day in Nagano and Matsumoto city! Rest up and enjoy your stay in Matsumoto. 

Accommodation: Dormy Inn Matsumoto or similar, Matsumoto

Meals included: breakfast

Day 12

Matsumoto  Mt Fuji

Today we will visit one of Mount Fuji's springs,  Oshino Hakkai. Oshino Hakkai is one of the eight ponds fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of Mount Fuji through porous layers of lava, resulting in very clear spring water that is well-regarded by the locals. Afterwards, we will visit Mount Fuji's 5th station, which is above the clouds and allows you to view its enormous summit (if the weather permits). Stay the night in Mt Fuji area and enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow tour members.

Accommodation: Hotel Alexander Yamanakako or similar, Mt Fuji area

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 13

Mt Fuji & Lake Ashi Tokyo

Today we will visit Gotemba Peace Park to capture another breathtaking view of Mt Fuji. Then we'll take a cruise down Lake Ashi where you will be able to see the beautiful nature around you. Enjoy your stay in Tokyo tonight. 

Accommodation: Apa Hotel Asakusa Kuramae or similar, Tokyo

Meals included: breakfast

Day 14


Enjoy a free day in Japan's megacity, Tokyo! You may like to spend a day in Tokyo Disneyland or Disney Sea ($120). Or alternatively, you can join our wide range of optional programs (tea ceremonies, pottery making experiences, golden joinery, kimono photoshoots or cooking classes). All activities are not guided and transportation is self-arranged. Some other places you may be interested in going are: the Imperial Palace, Ginza District, Asakusa and Senso-Ji Temple, National Museum of Nature and Science, Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo National Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Meiji Shrine, Miraikan and Edo-Tokyo Museums, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Ghibli Museum, National Art Centre and Kabuki-za Theatre

Accommodation: Apa Hotel Asakusa Kuramae or similar, Tokyo

Meals included: breakfast

Day 15

Tokyo  Australia

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your homebound flight. Tokyo is serviced by two airports, Narita and Haneda which are both accessible from Tokyo city. Make sure you check your flight details before going to the airport

Meals included: breakfast and inflight

Day 16


Arrive home today. 

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Return Economy Class airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane*, Adelaide*, Perth* or Darwin* (*surcharge applies)
  • International flights are with Philippine Airlines, China Eastern, Air China or China Airlines subject to availability
  • 13 nights of 4-star hotel accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Meals as indicated: 13 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • Bullet train from Osaka to Kyoto
  • Return airport transfers
  • Professional tour guide and experienced local guides
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
  • In-depth sightseeing and monument fee as per itinerary
  • Cherry Blossom and Koyo/Maple Season dates available! 
  • All tipping


4-star Accommodation

Osaka - Holiday Inn Osaka Namba or similar

Kyoto - Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi or similar

Kanazawa - The Square Hotel Kanazawa or similar

Takayama - Hotel Associa Takayama Resort or similar

Nagano - Hotel Metropolitan Nagano or similar

Matsumoto - Hotel Buena Vista or similar

Mt Fuji - Hotel Mystays Fuji Onsen Resort or similar

Tokyo - Sunshine City Prince Hotel or similar


  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated
  • Optional recommended programs
  • Optional tour extensions


Child Policy

No child discounts apply. A full-priced voucher must be purchased for all children travelling. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.


Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveller is $3150.

Looking to save on the single supplement? Join our Facebook group - Solo Traveldreamers to connect with other solo travellers or call us on 1300 350 263.


Extra Services

Looking to arrive early or stay late post-tour? Call on 1300 350 263 or email us at to inquire. More details also available under Extra Services during checkout.


Departure Dates

APR 2020
04 th
Saturday 04 Apr 2020  ‐  Sunday 19 Apr 2020
+ $900 p.p
JUN 2020
10 th
Wednesday 10 Jun 2020  ‐  Thursday 25 Jun 2020
SEP 2020
02 nd
Wednesday 02 Sep 2020  ‐  Thursday 17 Sep 2020
OCT 2020
14 th
Wednesday 14 Oct 2020  ‐  Thursday 29 Oct 2020
NOV 2020
11 th
Wednesday 11 Nov 2020  ‐  Thursday 26 Nov 2020
+ $900 p.p

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