Insider’s Japan 2021

Sep. 29 – Oct. 11, 2021

Tour Details

Number of days: 
13
Cost: 
$6,584 [including air from SFO]
Activity Level: 
Level 3
Max Passengers: 
24
Tour Operator: 
Odysseys Unlimited
Tour Brochure 
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Tour Description 


  • During a three-night stay, see fascinating Tokyo’s important sites, including the Imperial Palace District and gardens, the Meiji Shrine, and the Tokyo National Museum.
  • Visit the gallery of a preeminent calligrapher and watch her as she works.
  • Marvel at views of iconic Mt. Fuji and take a cruise on scenic Ashi Lake at Mt. Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.
  • Spend a night at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, enjoying a Japanese-style Kaiseki dinner.
  • Stroll along the streets of historic Takayama with its 16th-century castle and attractive old-style buildings dating to the Edo Period (1600–1868).
  • Take a hands-on cooking class with a local chef.
  • Tour a sake brewery, sampling this national beverage and learning about the unique traditional brewing methods.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago Gassho-zukuri Village, featuring the unique Gassho architectural style.
  • Explore culturally rich Kanazawa, including renowned Kenrokuen Garden and the Higashi Chayagai teahouse and geisha area.
  • Tour a gold leaf museum and Kutani Kosen Kiln, where artists fashion the prized pottery.
  • Experience Kyoto, a city that embodies Japan’s rich culture and complex history.
  • See Kyoto’s lakeside Temple of the Golden Pavilion, one of Japan’s most famous buildings
  • Tour extravagant Nijo-jo Castle, where shoguns once resided; the important Buddhist temple, Sanjyusangendo Hall; and the Fushimi Inara Shrine with its many red torii gates.
  • Attend a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
  • Discover Hiroshima, the modern, cosmopolitan city reborn from the atomic destruction of World War II, on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

  • Elimination of Penalty on Tour Deposits (2021) As a final initiative, Odysseys Unlimited has decided to waive the $200 per person penalty associated with tour deposits. Effective immediately, each guest’s $500 per person deposit will be fully refundable up until the final payment due date: 95 days prior to tour departure.
  • COVID-19 Protocol Update

Itinerary 

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Tokyo, Japan

Day 2: Arrive Tokyo

Day 3: Tokyo 

Day 4: Tokyo 

Day 5: Tokyo/Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park/Hakone 

Day 6: Hakone/Takayama  

Day 7: Takayama 

Day 8: Takayama/Shirakawago/Kanazawa

Day 9: Kanazawa 

Day 10: Kanazawa/Kyoto

Day 11: Kyoto  

Day 12: Kyoto 

Day 13: Depart Kyoto for U.S.