12 days 11 nights
Arabic, Chinese, English, Francais
Start in Tokyo and end in Hiroshima! With the In-depth Cultural tour Discover Japan with Hiroshima 12 Days, you have a 12 days tour package taking you through Tokyo, Japan and 8 other destinations in Japan. Discover Japan with Hiroshima 12 Days includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Forget everything your mother taught you about table manners. In Japan, it’s considered rude not to slurp. Get ready to joyously drink in traditional hot sake, matcha green tea, big brothy noodle bowls and the delicious views from neon-lit Tokyo to time-honored Kyoto. Peaks, palaces, pavilions, and pagodas provide picture-perfect backdrops for your photos, but don’t expect to stand still for very long on this enthralling tour of Japan. A hands-on calligraphy class, a special kimono fitting, an interactive cooking demonstration, and a gold-leaf design class—where you’ll make your own keepsake bento box—are all part of the fun. You’ll also browse the produce at a Takayama farmer’s market, stroll through Kanazawa’s famous Kenroku-en gardens, and experience the thrill of a ride on the famous bullet train. Prepare to be floored in more ways than one!
Hop on the bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima to be further moved by dramatic gardens, sacred shrines, and the many touching memorials honoring the lives lost in the World War II atomic bombing. A 2-night Monograms vacation to the now serene city of Hiroshima is a peaceful ending to your tour of Japan.
TOKYO Welcome to Tokyo! Hotel check-in available mid-afternoon.
TOKYO Guided sightseeing includes the Meiji Shrine and a drive past the Imperial Palace. Calligraphy class at an artist’s studio, with kimono fitting and traditional tea ceremony. Guided visit to Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Free time this afternoon. (B,D)
MOUNT FUJI AREA Cable-car ride with views of Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. Guided visit to Churieto Pagoda.
TOKYO Free time late this afternoon and evening. (B,L)
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Tokyo with suggestions from your Tour Director. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
MATSUMOTO Guided visit to Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum. Scenic drive through the Japanese Alps en route to Takayama.
TAKAYAMA Traditional Japanese-style dinner this evening. (B,L,D)
TAKAYAMA Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the morning market and Takayama Jinya historic site. Free time to browse in San-Machi Suji historic district before a sake tasting at a local brewery. Free time this evening. (B)
TAKAYAMA Scenic drive through Shokawa Valley en route to Shirakawa.
SHIRAKAWA Visit to Gassho-Zukuri thatched-roof houses.
KANAZAWA Guided sightseeing includes Kenroku-en garden, followed by a gold-leaf design class to make your own keepsake bento box. (B)
KANAZAWA Thunderbird Express train trip to Kyoto.
KYOTO Guided sightseeing includes visits to Sanjusagendo Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and a guided walk through Kyoto. Choose to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan (additional expense). (B,L)
KYOTO Guided sightseeing includes visits to the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, and Yuzen Handmade Corner to learn about the ancient kimono fabric-dyeing techniques. Japanese cooking class before free time this afternoon and evening. (B,L)
KYOTO Excursion to Nara includes guided sightseeing at Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Shrine (UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Free time this afternoon before a farewell dinner. (B,D)
KYOTO Bullet train service from Kyoto to Hiroshima.
HIROSHIMA Excursion to Miyajima Island with visit to Itsukushima Shrine (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). (B)
HIROSHIMA Morning visit to Shukkei-en Garden. Visit to Peace Memorial Park to see the Peace Memorial, Memorial Museum and Memorial Hall. Free time this afternoon. (B)
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)