Jewels of Japan

Immerse yourself in the unique and fascinating culture of Japan. Encompassing the essentials with futuristic cities, imperial heritage and magnificent nature, this tour incorporates a number of experiences that give your holiday a truly authentic edge.

Places Visited

US - Tokyo (3N) - Mt Fuji (2N) - Kyoto (2N) - Hiroshima (1N) - Miyajima - Himeji - Osaka (1N) - US

Days 1-2 Fly to Tokyo
Fly overnight to the dazzling metropolis of Tokyo, Japan's capital city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Days 1-2 Fly to Tokyo
Day 3 Discover Tokyo
Today's city tour starts on the observation deck of the 2,080 feet Skytree, the world's tallest tower, before seeking out the tranquility of the ancient Buddhist Sensoji Temple. Glimpse Tokyo's historical heritage at the Edo-Tokyo Museum and explore Tokyo's Imperial Palace.
Day 3 Discover Tokyo
Day 4 Meiji Shrine
The city tour continues with a relaxed morning wandering around the classical landscapes of the Hamarikyu Garden. Explore the huge evergreen forest that encompasses the Shinto Meiji Shrine. This evening take dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay for excellent city vistas.
Day 4 Meiji Shrine
Day 5 Fuji Five Lakes
Journey through the foothills of the iconic Mt Fuji to its base where we find the Fuji Five Lakes. The region is spectacular with the calm waters of the five lakes, formed by past eruptions, reflecting Fuji's picture-perfect cone. Try your hand at making traditional Japanese soba noodles before tucking in to your creations. Continue to Oshino Hakkai, a scenic area of ponds full of crystal clear spring water created by Fuji’s melting snow, where there is also a small museum.
Day 5 Fuji Five Lakes
Day 6 Mt Fuji
Ascend Mt Fuji to the 5th Station. Return to the beautiful Five Lakes region and explore Iyashi no Sato. Destroyed by a landslide in 1966, the remaining thatched-roofed houses of this old Japanese village have been transformed into an open-air museum and craft village, exhibiting plenty of local, and traditional handicrafts.
Day 6 Mt Fuji
Day 7 Bullet train to Kyoto
Sit back and relax in the cool comfort of a bullet train as you speed across the country to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto was capital for a thousand years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. This afternoon visit a traditional tea house and explore the Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion and Ryoanji, a Zen temple with an excellent example of a dry landscape garden.
Day 7 Bullet train to Kyoto
Day 8 Explore Kyoto
Visit the Kiyomizu Temple, a 16th century Buddhist temple before learning the traditional Japanese art of origami and enjoying a tea ceremony.
Day 8 Explore Kyoto
Day 9 Hiroshima
Take the bullet train to Hiroshima and Miyajima. Hiroshima needs no introduction. The city today is vibrant and modern with a forward-thinking, sunny outlook. Find a moment to reflect at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Hopping on a ferry, make the short trip to the holy island of Miyajima. Visit the Itsukushima Shrine. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Japan's most recognizable, it rises majestically out of the waters of the inland sea.
Day 9 Hiroshima
Day 10 Himeji
Drive to Himeji where the feudal era fort, one of the most impressive in Japan, towers over the city recognizable as the backdrop to several major films. Explore the beautiful castle and Kokoen Garden before continuing to Osaka for dinner.
Day 10 Himeji
Day 11 Fly Osaka to USA
Transfer to Osaka airport and fly to the US, arriving home the same or following day.
Day 11 Fly Osaka to USA

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Customize Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to one of our Destination Specialists who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us at 877 993 6399 and we'll help plan your dream vacation.

The below prices include international flights. If you have your own flights, we also offer land-only packages.

Based on New York departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from $5,540 (Tokyo-Kyoto)
Single room from $920

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Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Tokyo Sunshine Prince
Tokyo Sunshine Prince - Tokyo (3 Nights)
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The Sunshine Prince is located in Sunshine City, a shopping and entertainment hub of Tokyo and close to Ikebukuro Station, providing convenient transport links to the rest of the city. The hotel's en-suite rooms are simple, comfortable and traditionally furnished with a television, electric kettle, a mini fridge and a safety deposit box. Facilities in the hotel include on-site restaurants serving Japanese, Cantonese and Western cuisines, a cafe and bar and a 24 hour convenience store.

Hamayou Resort
Hamayou Resort - Hakone/Mt. Fuji (2 Nights)
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A haven of rest and peace, the Hamayou Resort offers spectacular views of the lake with impressive Mount Fuji in the background. The light and bright Japanese-western style rooms are furnished with both standard beds and Japanese tatami mat relaxation areas. The resort features a restaurant, a cafe and an onsen for guests to relax in.

Palace Side Hotel
Palace Side Hotel - Kyoto (4 Nights)
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The Palace Side hotel boasts a fantastic location in the heart of historical Kyoto, perfect for exploring the city. Guests can enjoy a range of western and Japanese cuisine at the hotel's cafe restaurant next to the gardens of the Imperial Palace. The 120 rooms all have air-conditioning, a fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Hotel Plaza
Hotel Plaza - Osaka (1 Nights)
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The hotel boasts a central location in the city. It has four restaurants, offering a mixture of western and Japanese cuisine, a cafe and a bar. Other hotel facilities include a gift shop, a hair salon, a swimming pool and a fitness center. All guest rooms are air conditioned and feature a TV, electric kettle and a mini fridge. WiFi access is available throughout the hotel.

A Visa is not required for Japan for US and Canadian passport holders.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the US the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 1, then the local area code, then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 1 212 868 5800.
Mobile Phones
Cell phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however text and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your cell phone provider if you intend to use international roaming during your vacationand ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the US.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping in Japan is not compulsory, nor expected. Any tipping provided for services on tour in Japan should be provided discreetly inside a small envelope. 

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.

Why Book This Tour?

Ideal for those with a short amount of time in Japan looking to see the most famous cities and scenic spots in the country. This tour is suited for those who are interested in the train system in Japan, as this tour incorporates train travel throughout.

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