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Tour Itinerary

Experience the past in Takayama's folk village and Kyoto's historic centre, lose yourself in the picturesque Kenroku-en Garden, marvel at Miyajima's iconic floating torii gate, hike to the peak of sacred Mt Fuji.

  1. Day 1
    Tokyo
    Arrive at any time.
    Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
    Accommodation: The B Ikebukuro Tokyo (or similar)
  2. Day 2
    Tokyo/Kanazawa
    Arrive in Kanazawa and explore the city's well-preserved geisha district.
    Transport: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
    Activity: Step back in time with a visit to the Higashi Chaya geisha district of Kanazawa. Learn about the geisha culture, prevalent in Kanazawa since the 17th century. Visit the traditional two-story wooden houses decorated with lattice and discover the traditions behind this iconic Japanese way of life.
    Accommodation: Garden Hotel Kanazawa (or similar)
  3. Day 3
    Kanazawa
    Stroll through Keroku-en, ranked one of the nation's top three gardens before exploring the historic Nagamachi samurai district.
    Activity: Walk around this breathtaking garden, ranked one of the top three in Japan. With unique bridges, ponds and fountains, pagodas and tea houses there's lots to see here in any season.
    Activity: Step back in time with a visit to the Nagamachi Samurai district of Kanazawa. Take a walk through the historic samurai district located just below the Kanazawa Castle, where traditionally samurai and their families lived in mud huts.
    Free Time: Explore the city with some free time.
    Accommodation: Garden Hotel Kanazawa (or similar)
  4. Day 4
    Kanazawa/Takayama
    Arrive in picturesque Takayama and relax in the traditional Japanese inn.
    Transport: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
    Free Time: Explore this charming town with a free afternoon.
    Accommodation: Minshuku Iwatakan (or similar)
  5. Day 5
    Takayama
    Explore the Hida No Sato traditional folk village, and walk the quaint streets of the old town - lined with sake breweries and craft shops. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the area.
    Activity: Visit the Hida Folk Village, an outdoor museum where various buildings from the 1600s are open to tour. The steep, thatched roofs of the farmhouses are said to resemble praying hands. Take a peek inside to see tools and furniture from the original village.
    Free Time: Use free time to enjoy the area, sample sake or visit a nearby hot spring for a soak.
    Accommodation: Minshuku Iwatakan (or similar)
  6. Day 6
    Takayama/Hiroshima
    Arrive in Hiroshima and visit the Peace Park and Museum to learn more about the tragic history of this city.
    Activity: Walk through the Peace Park in the centre of Hiroshima, a living memorial dedicated to the tens of thousands who died from the atomic bomb blast in 1945. Visit the statue of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who died of leukemia as a result of the bomb blast, despite folding 1,000 origami paper cranes to appeal to the gods to make her well. See the frame of the Gembaku Dome, the sole building to withstand the explosion. Reflect, remember, and be reminded of the power we all hold to create peace.
    Transport: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
    Accommodation: Hotel New Hiroden (or similar)
  7. Day 7
    Hiroshima
    Take a ferry to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii Gate and meet the friendly local deer.
    Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
    Activity: Take a trip to Miyajima Island, famed as one of Japan's most scenic spots, with a free afternoon to explore. See the famous floating Torii Gate, set out in the bay, which glows extraordinarily at sunset. The island is dotted with shrines and temples, populated by deer and monkeys, and traversed with hiking trails for those who want to get some exercise. There are also lanes full of souvenirs and tasty treats. Visit Miyajima at your own pace, and have the option to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.
    Free Time: Spend free time however you choose. Opt to hike, try the region's famed oysters, or check out the important sights and museums.
    Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
    Accommodation: Hotel New Hiroden (or similar)
  8. Day 8
    Hiroshima/Kyoto
    Travel to historic Kyoto. Explore the marvellous Fushimi Inari shrine and walk under thousands of torii gates.
    Transport: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
    Activity: Visit the Fushimi Inari shrine, located just outside of Kyoto. Walk under the thousands of iconic torii gates (as seen in the film Memoirs of a Geisha) and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. The shrine itself is at the base of the Inari mountain but includes many trails up to smaller shrines in the area.
    Accommodation: Ibis Styles Kyoto Station (or similar)
  9. Day 9
    Kyoto
    Wander the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens before visiting Kyoto's iconic Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion.
    Activity: Explore Kinkaku-ji or the Golden Pavilion, named for the temple's top two floors that are covered in gold leaf. The temple is surrounded by trees and sits on a reflective pond, making this must-see in Kyoto a perfect place for photos. While the temple can be busy, there are gardens around the area to explore once you've had enough of the view.
    Activity: Visit the Nijo Castle, the residence of the first shogun of the Edo Period built in 1603. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the property is divided into three areas: the Honmaru (main circular fortification), Ninomaru (secondary circle of defense), and the gorgeous gardens that surround both.
    Free Time: Discover more of this cultural city with some free time.
    Accommodation: Ibis Styles Kyoto Station (or similar)
  10. Day 10
    Kyoto
    Spend a full free day discovering the Zen gardens, huge wooden temples, pagodas and shrines of Kyoto. Opt to enjoy the Zen gardens of Ryoan-ji and the Silver Pavilion, and take a leisurely stroll down the lovely Philosopher's path to Nanzen-ji.
    Free Time: Head out and explore this captivating city.
    Accommodation: Ibis Styles Kyoto Station (or similar)
  11. Day 11
    Kyoto/Fujikawaguchiko
    Visit Lake Kawaguchi and go for some optional walks. Enjoy an amazing multi-course Japanese kaiseki dinner and prepare for the next day's hike.
    Transport: There are multiple train changes during this ride and a short taxi ride at the end.
    Activity: Visit the natural hot springs in traditional style and soak in the waters and feel all your troubles float away.
    Accommodation: Royal Hotel Kawaguchiko (or similar)

    Meals: Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Fujikawaguchiko/Mount Fuji
    Arrive at Station 5 and begin your ascent of this sacred mountain. To slow the pace and help with acclimatization, overnight at Station 8 and rest up before the final push to the summit in the morning.
    Transport: Travel from the bus platform in town to Station 5 to start the hike.
    Activity: Drive to Station 5 and start the ascent up Mt Fuji towards Station 8. The climb itself isn't difficult but the rapid ascent, constant incline and altitude can be challenging for hikers. The 1,396m (4580 ft) to the summit takes 5-6 hours in total, stop at Station 8 tonight to rest and prepare for the rest of the climb.
    Accommodation: Fuji Tomoekan (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Mount Fuji/Tokyo
    Wake up early for the final stretch of the hike and reach Japan's tallest peak - 3,776m (12,388 ft) - in time for sunrise. Take in the views from the summit before hiking down. Later, travel by train to Tokyo for one final night in the city.
    Activity: Start hiking towards the summit before dawn, there will be some rough patches that will only be visible with flashlights. Tread carefully, don't rush and drink plenty of water. Watch the sunrise atop the mountain and celebrate a successful climb. Hike back down to retrieve your bags. It's about 2.5-3.5 hrs to summit. After watching the sunrise, slowly head back down about 3 more hrs.
    Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
    Transport: Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.
    Free Time: Use free time in Tokyo to visit any must-see sights you missed, tour a museum or shop for souvenirs for yourself or friends back home.
    Accommodation: The B Ikebukuro Tokyo (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast
  14. Day 14
    Tokyo
    Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.
    Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Countries Visited

Japan

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Inclusions

Meals:
2 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transportation:
Bullet train, tram, ferry, public bus, walking.

Inclusions
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Kyoto Your Wellness Moment: Onsen Spa Visit, Kawaguchiko. Higashi Geisha District visit (Kanazawa). Kenroku-en garden visit. Nagamachi Samurai District walk (Kanazawa). Hida No Sato folk village visit (Takayama). Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit. Miyajima Island excursion. Nijo Castle and gardens visit (Kyoto). Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion visit. Fushimi Inari Shrine visit. 2-day Mt Fuji hike. Kaiseki dinner. Japan Rail (JR) pass (14 days). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Hygiene and Safety Protocols for G Adventures Tours

Travel with Confidence

Your safety, as well as the safety of employees and partners, has always been G Adventures top priority, which is why new physical distancing and cleaning measures have been put in place on all of the tours. New Travel with Confidence policy features new health and safety procedures from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, without taking away from having the time of your life. The policy will evolve as time goes on and as G Adventures continues to monitor local public health recommendations, but what won't change is the commitment to keeping you safe as you explore big, beautiful world.


Before you join us

Global Connection Officers

GCOs (the people who answer when you call us) are available 24/7 to help with any questions you have prior to your trip, so you can feel confident and safe before leaving. No matter what time of day, they're there to respond to you — even at 3AM. They'll be up to date on local regulations and restrictions and can guide you through your travel process as smoothly as possible. And if you don't feel well before travelling, there's the Book with Confidence policy that helps you reschedule your trip for when you do, which they can help you with too (terms & conditions apply). If you book flights with us and there are any changes, rest assured that the team will support you by making new arrangements on your behalf.

Smaller groups

Groups have always been small. This offers security, access, camaraderie, and a connection with your destination you won't get by travelling on bus tours or on your own. The average group size is 12, ensuring travellers can engage with each other without being squeezed together like sardines — and that was before physical distancing became a reality. Plus, if you have 8 or more friends you'd like to adventure with, you can reserve the entire trip!

My own room

If you're joining one of the small group tours on your own, good on ya! If you are a solo traveller sharing a room with someone, G Adventures will do their best to ensure they will be your roommate for the entire journey to support distancing efforts. G Adventures has 'My Own Rooms' available as an extra option for tours (pending availability), and they'll be offering more of these at more affordable prices to make it even easier to have a bit more space.


When you arrive

Chief Experience Officers

CEOs are responsible for ensuring you have the time of your life while keeping you as safe as possible. Here's how they're ready to do that:

  • They're trained in First Aid, CPR, and other safety protocols
  • They're supported 24/7 by the field staff in offices around the world who are well-equipped to handle emergencies
  • They can help you find local clinics if you're feeling sick
  • They'll receive new training to ensure they are up to date on all health and safety policies during these evolving times
  • They have extensive local knowledge to proactively help you navigate wherever you're travelling
  • Their local knowledge allows for greater flexibility when it comes to knowing the best time to visit certain highlights to avoid crowds whenever possible and suggesting the restaurants with the strictest hygiene practices or those where you can reserve your own table or room in advance
  • They'll wear face masks when necessary based on local guidelines and recommendations

You & your fellow travellers

Travellers' safety and wellbeing is G Adventures biggest concern. If you're not feeling well before your departure, G Adventures has a Book with Confidence policy that provides you with flexibility and freedom to delay leaving until you're back to 100% healthy (terms & conditions apply). If you have a fever or any other symptoms on tour, you may be required to have a doctor clear you before rejoining us. All travellers are requested to bring face coverings, whether they're buffs, face masks or bandanas (extra style points encouraged). G Adventures makes every effort to have hand sanitizer available, but recommend bringing your own.


While on tour

Planes, trains, automobiles and more

Small private transport vehicles

  • Every surface in G Adventures well-kept fleet of private vehicles will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • Each traveller will have a daily assigned seat
  • Hand-sanitizer will be required every time you board the vehicle
  • Facial coverings will be recommended while on-board
Boats
  • Every surface will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • High-traffic areas will receive more frequent cleaning
  • Hand-sanitizer or hand washing will be required every time you board the boat, as well as before and after meals
  • To support physical distancing, meals may have assigned seating and there will be assigned slots for activities and rooming
  • Facial coverings will be recommended and welcomed on-board
  • Your crew is trained in health and safety measures (including food handling) and all cooking staff will follow up-to-date advice from health authorities
Local transportation
  • Use of local transportation will be limited wherever possible. Please reference the Trip Details for each individual tour for specifics
  • If local transportation is used, precautions will be followed in adherence to local health and safety regulations to keep travellers safe and sound.

Where you'll be staying safe

G Adventures has always carefully selected accommodation partners for high standards and local roots. Travelling in small groups means that the stay is in smaller hotels too, with fewer guests — which means less daily contact with others outside your group in public spaces. Now G Adventures is working with accommodation partners to optimize their health, safety and cleanliness procedures, as well as creating additional measures for physical distancing. Here are some of the things G Adventures is working on to help keep you safe:

  • Daily deep cleaning and disinfecting of all surface areas inside your room with extra cleaning on light switches, door handles, TV remotes, and thermostats
  • No hotel staff will enter your room after it has been cleaned
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of all public restrooms and all surfaces in public areas. This might include the closure of public spaces such as gyms, bars, restaurants, and meeting rooms for periods throughout the day
  • Wherever possible, groups will stay on the lower floors to limit elevator use
  • Hotels will implement social distancing protocols in line with local regulations
This is just the beginning of commitments to keeping you sleeping safe and sound. G Adventures will continue to evolve and roll-out these and additional policies as needed.

A good & safe place to eat

G Adventures has always carefully selected food service partners and worked closely with them to ensure they are meeting health, safety, and cleanliness standards with their facilities, staff training, and food preparation and delivery. Wherever possible, G Adventures will reserve separate tables or private rooms at the restaurants visited on the trip, opt for more "al fresco" opportunities when it is possible (gotta love that fresh air!), and ensure breakfasts can be "grab and go" boxes, while avoiding family style or self-serve buffets for meals. G Adventures wants you to feel comfortable and safe as you savour every last bite.

Activities

You've always had freedom and flexibility to do your own thing on tours with optional activities and experiences. Now, you'll still have those options with added measures to keep you healthy and safe. All equipment for activities on tour, including hiking poles, camping supplies, life jackets, snorkels, etc., will be cleaned thoroughly at least once a day and disinfected between use. When travellers are responsible for putting up their own tents on camping itineraries, you will be given the supplies required to disinfect your gear. G Adventures will also do their best to make activities and highlights stops happen during non-peak hours, so you can have fun and feel safe no matter what you're doing.


Before you leave

A healthy goodbye

If you're not feeling well at the end of your tour for any reason, let your CEO know and they can help get you access to medical care and support. Because we want you to head home after a life-changing experience feeling just as good (let's be honest, way better) than when you left.

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Accommodations

Hotels (9 nts), traditional inn (1 nt), traditional inns (2 nts, shared facilities), mountain hut (1 nt, multi-share).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.6
Accommodations
3.5
Itinerary
3.5
Professional Staff
3.5
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.5

Ratings based off 4 reviews - currently showing 3 reviews with comments only

This was our first-ever tour, as we're pretty independent travelers. G Adventures was a great choice for us, offering the perfect mix of guidance and independence.

My whole experience was beyond my expectation. Our tour guide made my experience to Japan most memorable. It was the best way to experience Japan in a small size group tour. Thanks for your constant dedication to each and everyone in the group. Thank you for the unforgetable experience, for answering our questions, accommodating our concerns, and for making us feel at home just by being around you. You are such a great guide and we are so greatful GAdventure chose you for our group.

Except Shinjuku Washington Hotel which was not only away from station but also pathetic. G Adventures did not give us the guide book on Japan at the beginning of the trip and the reason given to us that 2013 books were not yet out. It would have helped us a lot in speaking in Japanese which is a must in Japan. 3. Already referred Affordable tours to all my friends. You are the BEST folks. Keep up the good work.

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