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Cultural Treasures of Japan

14 DAYS
$4,899 pp*
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Immerse yourself in the ancient and modern cultures of Japan. Learn the art of the tea ceremony, and stand before the famous Senso-ji Buddhist temple. Tour Matsumoto Castle, known as the “Crow Castle” for its black exterior. Taste legendary Hida beef and sip sake at a local brewery. Delve into Kyoto, the marvelous cultural capital of Japan. Board the Shinkansen “bullet” train to travel to Hiroshima to visit Shrine Island and the Peace Memorial Museum. Absorb the beauty of the Golden Pavilion and the majesty of Nijo Castle. Japan slowly draws you into its eclectic culture and charm, revealing incredible moments every step of the way.

Your Tour Includes
  • 5 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 18 Meals
Included Highlights
  • Tokyo
  • Asakusa Sensoji Shrine
  • Tea Ceremony
  • Ginza

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Your Tour at a Glance

Stay

14 Days

13 Nights


Meals

18 Meals

12 Breakfasts

6 Dinners


Activity

3 - Active

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Pre Night: Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
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Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

Nights 1-3

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Odakyu Hotel de Yama

Night 4

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Takayama Green Hotel

Nights 5-6

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Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

Nights 7-8

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Nikko Princess Hotel Kyoto

Nights 9-12

Trip Reviews

Live, Unedited, & Independent Traveler Reviews

Rating

76 reviews
Overall Trip Rating
4.3
Out of 5
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Based on 76 independent reviews
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  • Trip Rating:
    1star
    Very poor itinerary. Important viewing was left out.
    Ameeta Mistry
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Excellent and caring tour manager and driver. All transfers efficiently performed.
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    Very mediocre to average tour. Food provided by Collette was awful. Three lunches were at gas stops, when I am traveling overseas that is not what I am looking for.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Steve was 5 star, and, as a team with the translator, they were incredibly strong. The extra time he spent w the group was incredible, although we didn't benefit from all of it b/c we'd scheduled private guides on a "free day" in Kyoto when Steve kept the day busy. Accommodations in Tokyo were OK, in Hakone was incredible; in Kyoto and Kanazawa were quite disappointing. Lunches and dinners that were provided were, on the whole, also quite disappointing. On the whole, reasonable time allotted for group activities, except at Tokyo Museum
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Great itinerary and good tour leader.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Hiroshima. Disappointed that no mention of Gen, MacArthur was made after the war that reconstructed Japan.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Wonderful time in Japan. Clean country and very nice people. The tour inclusions led to a very enjoyable experience.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Bad experience-A Fellow passenger was was using bad words and cursing,. Kyoto hotel was very small and not comfortable My back pack was stolen from security belt in Osaka. Later found.
    Rudra Prakash
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Tour guide and food was not up to Collette standards.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Very well organized tour.
    Wendy Liverpool
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Tour manager, Yoshiko Ono was very well organized and maintained a good time schedule as she wanted to share as much sights to visit during our stay. When we had a free day, she did an options tour for those who were interested in spite of the heavy rain on that particular day. She got to know each one of us personally and exhibited understanding, caring and was very patient.
    Kay Low
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Japan was a fantastic trip and Collette always makes travel easy! Cherry blossom season was incredible.
    Charles Warren
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Outstanding tour guide and exceptional quality. Seeing the cherry blossoms in full bloom and experiencing the tea ceremony, sushi making,learning how to apply gold leaf and stenciling gave me a lifetime of memories.
    Judy Lawrence
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The tour was well organized and our tour guide was knowledgeable and well prepared. The experiences (tea ceremony, gold leaf, sushi, and stenciling) were fun and added to my experience learning about Japanese culture. Good value for the money. Very enjoyable.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    A few of the Hotels were disappointing and very small especially compared with the others we stayed in.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The structure of the tour covered many interesting sites yet was flexible enough to allow for free exploration. Plus, the tour guide Nobuko Nakamura was excellent in her job making the tour more enjoyable. The choices of hotels to stay were also top notch with their buffet breakfasts. The transportation at the beginning and the end of the tour for the airport was also smooth and efficient.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    She was so knowledgeable, compassionate, and concerned. Starting with a Pretoria letter and ended with a nice after tour thank you by email.
    Barry Chambers
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Enjoyed trip and tour manager.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Bullet train and many other things through out am amazing country.
    Valerie Smith
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    venue at Hakone was marvelous
    Anne Zaydon
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Our tour guide was absolutely the best. She was knowledgeable, both in historical information, but also in the details of the location. From rating bathrooms to how many steps we were going to have to climb. She went over and beyond everyday.
    Paul Davis
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Loved driving up Mt. Fuji and visiting Shinagawa-go.
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  • Trip Rating:
    2star
    She rarely answered questions when asked . She usually got around to it, but when a question was asked, we all wanted an answer.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Interesting, but very crowded sights, Too much "free" time. Overall, a very good experience,
    Johannes Van Leijenhorst
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Hiroshima Museum
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    The tour guide created all kinds of problems.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    I like the outskirts/ countryside / hot spring / all accommodations/ food etc.
    Cresencia Banzuela
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Junko was an excellent tour guide
    Tarek Mahdi
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    The visit to the Hiroshima Peace Museum was very moving. The tea ceremony was educational.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The tour was wonderful and the sights terrific. The guide was very knoledgeable, and kept the tour moving at just the right pace. The hotels were excelent, Probably the best that I have ever been at.
    Martin Greenberg
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Riding the bullet train to Heroshima and visiting the Peace Garden and meuseum.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Riding the Shirenkanson bullet train and visiting the Hiroshima atomic dome.
    Byron Bader
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The tour gave a great deal of history about Japan. We had a chance to see the country and their people. They are very polite and amenable to visitors in their country. It was fascinating to see Mt. Fuji, Hiroshima, Tokyo and other areas.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    I enjoyed the visit to Hakone - a sharp contrast to Tokyo. Takayama again was different to Kyoto. The sushi making class was a great success!
    Susan Blamey
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    There could have been more recommendations where to eat and shop on our own time. Hiroshima was the most memorable experience. Also, seeing My. Fuji.
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  • Trip Rating:
    2star
    Poor guide, dinners sub-par mostly buffets. Would prefer lunch in better restaurants or credit. Each place we visited seemed rushed. Very little background and cultural information provided by guide.
    Andrea Trachtenberg
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The trip to the Hiroshima Shrine and the beautiful cheery blossoms in the Mt. Fuji area as well as throughout the trip.
    Jane Howard
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Loved Hiroshima. Really enjoyed the cultural aspect of gold leaf experience as well as atenciling.
    Doris Herzke-selvaggi
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Our dinners were exceptional!! Each one was truly a cultural experience.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The choice of historic sites and cultural venues was excellent, The information provided by the tour manager was helpful in understanding what we were seeing and experiencing.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Outstanding hotels. Great itnerary.
    Nancy Mains
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Thought I filled this in but this was a very good experience - great guide, driver and time allotment for most excursions.
    Cheryl Steensma
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The tour was outstanding and comprehensive. Highlight was the Tokyo Tower, the Kyoto Shrine with 1000 Torii Gates, Horoshima Peace Memorial.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Traveling throughout the Japanese Alps, the beauty of the Cherry trees (we traveled during Sakura which is the peak of the Cherry Blossom celebration) that was spectacular.
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  • Trip Rating:
    2star
    Hokane was beautiful Fish markets were amazing Final night celebration was wonderful
    Kris Steedman
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    Needed Japanese guide who lives in Japan
    Lois Stitt
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    Tour not as advertised. Despite paying a single person supplement, I was given a single room. Fortunately, the country and its fascinating culture were sufficient to make this a truly memorable holiday experience.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Overall package was excellent. The cherry b;osmosis were awesome.
    Nafe Arca
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Well organized. Only downside was not enough free time, i.e. at fish market and open air shopping area. Needed more time to eat. Hard to mix shopping and eating for me personally.
    Jeffrey Altman
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Just a recommendation for inclement weather in Hakone: please have a contingency plan. Felt like half the day was wasted. Have subsequently discovered many things to do there no matter the weather.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    We were very lucky with our timing. We saw Mt. Fuji without cloud cover; the first cherry blossoms; met a Maiko; and made eye contact with the Emperor of Japan. Our free time allowed us to meet some lovely local people.
    Marily Sampson
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    Seeing the Emporer as he drove by
    Richard Burbidge
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Because that’s what I thought of it.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Very organized, with a great variety of destinations, modes of travel, and first rate accomodations. I liked the different hand craft excursions.
    Aben Kaslow
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Kyoto and Kanazawa, Mt Fuji were the best!
    Catherine Wood
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    I thoroughly enjoyed the trip except for the fact that our transfer to the hotel in Tokyo did not materialize and we had to make our own way to the hotel. There were many highlights, seeing Mount Fuji, decorating lacquer boxes and the amazing autumn leaf colour in Kyoto. Having a free day on the last day of the trip seemed odd but our tour manager took some of us to the bamboo forest. We went by public transport and are so glad we didn't miss this amazing place.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Most memorable moments were incredible views of Mt Fuji and my ride on the Shinkansen - both checked off on my bucket list.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Great value for money. Two memorable experiences - sunset over Mount Fuji and trip to Hiroshima.
    Walter Hall
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Mountain drive was thrilling. Winding road around massive mountains on cliffs that overlook a wide green fast flowing river and through long tunnels. Beautiful majestic scenery. Not to lessen each and every venue! It was a great schedule! Would have done 5 stars if the Whispernet audio system wasn’t junk. Poor system!
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    No favorite spot, but a fabulous overview of someplace I had never visited before.
    Kieran Keenan
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Too many to give only one: • the Hiroshima experience • interesting meals • Gould leaf experience • adjusting the schedule during the typhoon .... and much more
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Great value, covered almost everything
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Very well organised trip with lots of memorable experiences. We particularly liked the fact that Collette had organised classes in traditional crafts such as gold leaf painting, stencilling and watching a tea ceremony. Favourite experience was having our photos taken in front of a perfect view of Mount Fuji.
    Malcolm Turner
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Hot spa baths Making bento boxes Samurai village
    Heather Booth
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    My favorite memorable experience was making our lacquer boxes.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The tour was very well planned and very inclusive of what we wanted to see in Japan.
    Paula Cornelius-lopez
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    This was a great holiday which covered a wide range of experiences. The trip was well organised and the guide was excellent. Had quite a wait at the airport on arrival though and a very early departure time on leaving - 2am when we couldn't check in at the airport until 05:40 so had a couple of hours wait. The holiday was worth it though.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    The tour was wonderful and I would rate it a 5; however, when traveling alone it is the additional fee that is added to the cost that is not appreciated. I could take another tour if it didn’t cost so much to travel alone. The only problem about accommodations refers to the one night stay at Hakone which a number of us expressed the desire to stay an extra night at the same hotel. (I would not want to loose another other days though.). A couple of travelers complained about the hotel in Takayama, I’m sure it was the best available in the area. I did like the cultural activities we did—the gold-leaf bento box and painted handkerchief. ******* is an excellent tour guide!! She is so knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate.
    (Margaret) Dianne Kirkpatrick
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Every part of our tour was excellent but if I had to narrow down a couple of favourites it would have been Mt Fuji and the Goodbye dinner with the Entertainment of the Mika ( Geisha ) girl.
    Petrina Scott
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    A really great tour and how fortunate to see Mt. Fuji in all its glory! The "Geisha" show at our farewell dinner capped of a very memorable experience.
    David Hilton
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Seeing Mt Fiji was fabulous.
    Ronald Bagner
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Hiroshima was a must - tinged with heartbreak and yet hope for peace!
    Michael Grumich
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  • Trip Rating:
    2star
    Making the bento boxes and the bullet train to Hiroshima.
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  • Trip Rating:
    2star
    See the feedback in the first section.
    Gerard Berlanga
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    See my comments provided in experience
    Mary Murphy
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  • Trip Rating:
    1star
    I sent you the survey last week.
    Miriam Hudson

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