Journey Through Japan

Ancient and ultra-modern sit shoulder to shoulder in Japan. On this two-week itinerary, we'll delve into high-paced cities, hushed shrines and temples, serene gardens, and more. We’ll attend a traditional tea ceremony, learn about geisha and samurai culture, catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji, and whizz between cities on the sleek, slick Shinkansen (bullet train). This journey also includes crafting Okonomiyaki in a cooking class, exploring the vibrant Dotonburi district with a walking tour in Osaka, and visiting the tranquil Bamboo Forest in Kyoto. As a signature tour, this tour is escorted exclusively by National Seniors Travel.

Members from: $8,980 P.P Twin ShareSolo traveller from: $10,742

  • Type

    Escorted by National Seniors Travel

  • Destination


  • Supplier

    National Seniors Exclusive

  • Booking Code


  • Departs

    25 March 2025


  • 16 meals l 12 breakfasts l 2 lunch l 2 dinners including Farewell Dinner

  • 12 nights in hotels

  • Travel in destination by coach

  • 20 excursions and visits
    • City tours of Tokyo (including Shibuya
    Crossing), Kanazawa (including Kenroku-en
    Garden), and Kyoto
    • Mount Fuji Visitor Centre
    • Visits to Matsumoto Castle, Shirakawago
    Village, Miyajima Island, Arashiyama
    Bamboo Grove, and Nara (including Todaiji
    Temple and Nara Park)
    • Sake tasting at a traditional brewery
    • Walking tours of Takayama, Dotonbori
    (Osaka), and Hiroshima Peace Memorial
    • Three journeys on the bullet train
    • Traditional tea ceremony
    • Okonomiyaki making experience
    • Lake Ashi cruise
    • Cable car to the Owakudani Valley and hot

  • National Seniors Travel Escort Tour

  • Titan Tour Manager

  • Porterage Services Included

  • Portable audio headset system on

Our Signature Tour

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Marvelling at the harmonious contrast of Japan’s old and new. Enjoying three exhilarating rides on the modern marvel that is the bullet train. Experiencing a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in Kyoto, the country’s ancient capital (and birthplace of this refined ritual). This journey also includes crafting Okonomiyaki in a cooking class, exploring the vibrant Dotonburi district with a walking tour in Osaka, and visiting the tranquil Bamboo Forest in Kyoto.  


  1. Day 1

    Day 1 - Tokyo

    Join your tour group at the hotel.
    Overnight: Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo (4-star)

  2. Day 2

    Day 2 - Tokyo

    A tour guide helps us to embrace this dazzling city. As we walk out amidst skyscrapers and the world’s tallest self-supporting tower (the Tokyo Skytree), we find Tokyo’s traditional side. Learn the stories behind legendary landmarks like the moated Imperial Palace, Tokyo’s oldest temple - Sensō-ji, and Meiji Shrine, a serene Shinto shrine set on a tree-lined avenue.

    For a different experience that will leave you in no doubt that you’re in Tokyo, we'll head to the intersection in front of Shibuya Station, famously for the scramble of hundreds of pedestrians simultaneously crossing the road in all directions.

    • Guided city tour of Tokyo, including Shibuya
    Crossing (all day
    Overnight: Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo (4-star)

  3. Day 3

    Day 3 - Mount Fuji - Matsumoto

    Standing out from its surroundings at 3,776m high, Japan’s tallest mountain has inspired countless artists and photographers. Clouds often linger around this active volcano, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed for you to catch a sight of the iconic snow-capped peak as you travel from Tokyo to Matsumoto. If the weather is clear, you’ll see the volcano’s image reflected on the placid waters of Lake Jawaguchi.

    • Mount Fuji visitor centre (morning)
    Overnight: Matsumoto Buena Vista (3.5-star)

  4. Day 4

    Day 4 - Matsumoto - Takayama

    Known as one of the most beautiful castles in Japan, Matsumoto is a striking timber and stone structure with a unique moon-viewing turret. In the spring, take your time to stroll among the cherry blossoms in the spacious castle gardens. Stop to sample sake (Japanese rice wine) in a traditional brewery, before we take the breathtaking journey through thick pine forests and snow-tipped peaks of the Japanese Alps to the hill town of Takayama. We’ll call in at the Hida Folk Village, an open-air museum with a collection of antique houses from the region and displays highlighting crafts and ancient traditions.

    • Visit to Matsumoto Castle (morning)
    • Sake tasting (afternoon)
    Overnight: Takayama Green Hotel (3-star) or
    Associa Takayama (3-star)

  5. Day 5

    Day 5 - Takayama

    Meiji-era inns, hillside shrines and a pretty riverside setting - the hamlet of Takayama is traditional Japan at its finest. Soak in the local character on our walking tour, when we’ll see highlights such as the open-air flower and fruit market and government house.

    • Walking tour of Takayama (morning)
    Overnight: Takayama Green Hotel (3-star) or
    Associa Takayama (3-star)

  6. Day 6

    Day 6 - Kanazawa

    Next on our Japan itinerary, we transfer by coach to Kanazawa, visiting the World Heritage Shirakawago Village en route. Kanazawa is a historic castle town, boasting beautifully preserved samurai and geisha districts. Our sightseeing tour includes Omicho market and Higashi Chayagai (the ‘teahouse district’).

    • Visit to Shirakawago Village (morning)
    • Sightseeing tour of Kanazawa (afternoon)
    Overnight: Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel (4-star)

  7. Day 7

    Day 7 - Kanazawa - Hiroshima

    We pack overnight bags whilst our luggage is transferred to Kyoto. We’ll have another sweep of the city, stopping at the gorgeous Kenroku-en Garden and BukeYashiki (Samurai’s house).

    Located outside the gates of Kanazawa Castle and covering an area of 11.4 hectares, the Kenroku-en Garden was created in the 1620s and opened to the public in 1874. It’s the epitome of a traditional Japanese garden with plum and cherry blossoms, artificial ponds, hills
    and buildings. From the quaint, quiet streets of Kanazawa, we’ll go full throttle into one of Japan’s other

    The Shinkansen (bullet train) will hurtle us from Kanazawa to Hiroshima in perfect comfort. Our hotel for two nights has excellent views of the castle or the Peace Park.

    • Visits to Kenroku-en Garden and BukeYashiki
    • Bullet train journey (afternoon)
    Overnight: Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima (4-star)

  8. Day 8

    Day 8 - Hiroshima

    Leafy Hiroshima, with its wide boulevards and friendly locals, might not be what you expected. It’s a vibrant and
    cosmopolitan city of peace with a devastating history. Today we’ll catch a ferry over to Miyajima Island to admire the ancient Itsukushima Shrine and its torii gate. We'll spend some time strolling through the park. In
    autumn, the maples here are ablaze with rich reds and oranges.

    Back in Hiroshima, we’ll experience its great food culture, making our own okonomiyaki. This local speciality is a delicious savoury pancake and after learning some tips and tricks, we’ll be sure to taste them.

    We’ll then take a walking tour around the Peace Memorial Park and take some time for reflection at the Atomic Bomb Museum.

    • Boat to Miyajima Island (morning)
    • Okonomiyaki making experience (afternoon)
    • Peace Memorial Park walking tour and
    Atomic Bomb Museum (afternoon)
    Overnight: Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima (4-star)

  9. Day 9

    Day 9 - Nara - Osaka - Kyoto

    Another bullet train takes us to Osaka, where we’ll board our coach for the onward journey to Nara, a former capital of Japan. The 8th-century Todaiji temple - supposedly the oldest wooden structure in the world - is wondrous, but the real highlight here are the adorable deer roaming through Nara Park. You can buy a packet of crackers to feed them - they’ll even bow to you before you feed them.

    Late afternoon, we'll return to Osaka and head to the neon-lit world of Dotonbori for an orientation walk of this fascinating part of the city. There’ll also be some time for you to have dinner before we head to Kyoto. With its wealth of shrines and temples, colourful gardens and
    variety of arts and crafts shops, it's a real highlight.

    • Bullet train journey (morning)
    • Todaji Temple and Nara Park (afternoon)
    • Walking tour of Dotonburi, Osaka (evening)
    Overnight: Kyoto Hotel Okura (4-star)

  10. Day 10

    Day 10 - Kyoto

    Highlights of this morning’s tour include the wonderful Ryoanji Temple (a Zen temple with a famous rock garden), and the beautiful Kinkakuji Temple, or ‘Golden Pavilion’, whose top two floors are completely bedecked
    in gold leaf.

    A stroll through Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is an otherworldly experience as you stand amid soaring stalks of green. We’ll walk through, gazing upwards whilst listening to the rustling. We also visit Nijo, a fortified castle with unique ‘nightingale’ floors designed to replicate the sound of the nightingale song when stepped on. We’ll then uncover geisha culture with some
    time in the Gion area - Japan’s most famous geisha district before returning to the hotel. Later, we’ll head out to a local yakiniku restaurant for a Japanese BBQ.

    • Guided city tour of Kyoto (morning)
    • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and Nijo Castle
    • Japanese BBQ 'Yakiniku' dinner (evening)
    Overnight: Kyoto Hotel Okura (4-star)

  11. Day 11

    Day 11 - Kyoto - Mishima

    We’ll sit down for a cuppa before leaving Kyoto this morning - it is the birthplace of the traditional tea ceremony, after all. Learn the intricacies of this graceful discipline, considering simple details like holding the bowl so your friends can enjoy the beauty of its decoration. You can read about these rituals in any Japan travel guide, but there's nothing quite like experiencing it first hand. You’ll never drink tea at home the same again!
    Another bullet train whisks us from Kyoto to Mishima.

    We’ll check into our hotel and if the weather is kind you’ll have views of Mount Fuji from your room.

    • Traditional tea ceremony (morning)
    • Bullet train journey (afternoon)
    Overnight: Fujisan Mishima Tokyu Hotel (3.5-

  12. Day 12

    Day 12 - Hakone - Tokyo

    We drive to Hakone and embark on a cruise on Lake Ashi for stunning views of the snow-capped mountains. We’ll jump in a cable car all the way up to the Owakudani Valley and Hot Springs, in the crater of Mount Hakone.

    Later, we’ll arrive in Tokyo and enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.

    • Lake Ashi cruise (morning)
    • Cable car to Owakudani Valley and hot
    springs (afternoon)
    • Farewell dinner (evening)
    Overnight: Kawasaki King Skyfront Tokyu Rei
    Hotel, Tokyo (3-star

  13. Day 13

    Day 13 - Tokyo

    Say goodbye to your tour group for your onward travel

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