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The Golden Route Japan

Summer Tour

7

Days

6

Nights

Sales
From USD
$2,898
per person
$2,998

Tour Period

2024
Jun 2 - Jun 8
Jun 16 - Jun 22
Jun 30 - Jul 6
Jul 6 - Jul 12
Jul 14 - Jul 20
Jul 28 - Aug 3
Aug 8 - Aug 14
Aug 18 - Aug 24

2025
Jun 2 - Jun 8
Jun 15 - Jun 21
Jun 29 - Jul 5
Jul 6 - Jul 12
Jul 13 - Jul 19
Jul 27 - Aug 2
Aug 8 - Aug 14
Aug 17 - Aug 23

2026
Jun 14 - Jun 20
Jun 28 - Jul 4
Jul 6 - Jul 12
Jul 12 - Jul 18
Jul 26 - Aug 1
Aug 8 - Aug 14
Aug 16 - Aug 22
Aug 30 - Sep 5

Included

Accommodations

  • 5 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation

Meals

  • Breakfast everyday

  • 3 lunches and 2 dinners

Admission Fees & Activities

  • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

Others

  • Meet and greet upon arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport

  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure

  • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan

  • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  • Gratuities

Not Included

Airfares

  • International Airfares

Meals

  • Meals that are not included in the itinerary

  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks

Travel Insurance

  • Travel Insurance

Others

  • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills

Explore the world this summer on a sunny vacation filled with Japan's most popular highlights.

Embark on the Golden Route tour, Japan's iconic journey. Explore Tokyo's landmarks and culinary delights before relaxing in the tranquil Hakone hot springs. Experience the exhilarating Shinkansen ride before stepping back in time at the Koka Ninja Mansion and the ancient city of Kyoto. Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and marvel at Nara's monumental architecture. Conclude your journey in vibrant Osaka, with an option to extend the trip to Himeji Castle, Hiroshima, Kobe, and Shikoku Island. Experience the quintessential Japanese journey with us.

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The Golden Route Japan Summer bamboo
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The Golden Route Japan Summer water The hamanako
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The Golden Route Japan Summer nara park

Itinerary

This 7-day, 6-night "Golden Route Japan: Summer" tour is perfect for first-time visitors, featuring Tokyo's historic sites, a sushi-making experience, Hakone's hot springs, Kyoto's temples and bamboo forest, Nara's ancient Todaiji Temple and deer park, concluding with Osaka's vibrant culture and landmarks. It combines cultural immersion, historic exploration, and scenic beauty, ensuring a memorable introduction to Japan's iconic destinations.

day-1
Narita Airport
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Tokyo
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Hakone
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KokaKyoto
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Kyoto
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KyotoNaraOsaka
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Tour Ends
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day-1

Narita Airport

Welcome to Tokyo! You will be met at the arrival gate by our representative holding a name sign.


Hotel iconHotel Mystays Premier Narita or similar class

NOTE 1: If you wish to stay in the center of Tokyo for the first night instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included. We will provide you directions to get to your hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$65.00 per person per way.

NOTE 2: If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita International Airport (NRT), we can arrange for you to stay in the center of Tokyo (Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class) instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita. In this case, meet-and- greet and airport transfer are not included. We will provide with full instructions to get to the hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$60.00 per person per way.

day-2

Tokyo

Exploring Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Market

In the morning, you will be taken to Asakusa Kannon Temple, an active place of worship where you can see the largest paper lantern in Japan. You will also be able to explore the Nakamise Market, which is located right after the temple's outer gates. It is a traditional-style shopping street with several centuries of history.

Ueno Park Cherry Blossoms and Sushi Making Experience

Continue to Ueno Park, famous for its 1,000 cherry trees that line the central pathways, making it an excellent cherry blossom viewing spot. Next, learn how to create your own sushi with a professional sushi chef. Whatever you make, you will get to eat for lunch!

Tsukiji Outer Market's Fresh Delights

Afterwards, make your way to the Tsukiji Outer Market, filled with shops and restaurants where you can try fresh produce and other food-related goods.

Visiting the Imperial Palace

Then, we will proceed to the Imperial Palace, the current residence of Japan's Imperial Family and former site of the Edo Castle. It is surrounded by moats and stone fortifications, located in the heart of Tokyo.

Tokyo Tower: A Panoramic Experience

In the afternoon, we will visit the world's tallest self supporting steel tower, the Tokyo Tower. Here, you can tour 150 meters up to the main observatory deck and enjoy a bird's eye view of Tokyo.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Lunch
Hotel iconHotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class

NOTE: For Sushi Making Experience, if you are vegetarian, on gluten-free diets, have seafood allergy, or don't eat raw fish, please contact us for other ingredient options.

day-3

Hakone

We will depart from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji on our private coach. Along the way, enjoy the changing scenery, from thick vegetation to lowlands and rolling clouds. Stop at Mt. Fuji 5th station (depending on weather conditions) to admire the world famous peak.

Hakone Ropeway / Owakudani

Next, travel to Hakone, one of Japan's most popular hot-spring resorts. You will also get to view the forested slopes of Hakone National Park. We will take a 20 minute ropeway ride from Togendai to Owakudani. Most of Owakudani is considered an active volcanic zone since its creation from the eruption of Mount Hakone some 3,000 years ago. Visitors will encounter the area's hot springs and bubbling pools, complete with sulfurous fumes and steam vents. If the weather conditions are in our favor, Owakudani also grants splendid views of Mount Fuji.

Shinkansen Bullet Train Ride

Then, experience a Shinkansen bullet train ride, which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/hr. We will stay at the Onsen Hotel at Hamanako Kanzaiji Onsen, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of a spa bath and feast on a traditional Japanese Kaiseki banquet dinner.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Lunch & Dinner
Hotel iconGrand Mercure Lake Hamana Resort and Spa or similar class
day-4

Koka

Koka Ninja Mansion

After breakfast at the hotel, our group visit the Koka Ninja Mansion. This mansion used to be resided in by ninja, equipped with many ingenious traps and devices, designed to prevent intruders and to provide a means of escape in times of need.

Miho Museum

Then proceed to Miho Museum, a stunning architecture that accentuates the surrounding nature while exhibiting a variety of items from different ancient civilizations. It was designed by the renowned architect, I. M. Pei, and is named after Koyama Mihoko, one of the richest women in Japan and the founder of the museum. Moreover, the museum has been listed as one of the "1000 Places to See Before You Die".

Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine

We will then continue to Kyoto, a historical city that was spared from air raids and saved from the atomic bomb during World War II for its cultural and historical value. The tour will continue to the scenic and historic Fushimi district to see the stunning vermilion-colored Fushimi Inari Shrine. This architectural wonder boasts an approximately 2.5-mile (4-km) tunnel of torii gates. We will stay two nights in Kyoto.


Hotel iconBreakfast
Hotel iconKyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

NOTE: If Miho Museum is close, we will visit Kyoto National Museum or Sagawa Art Museum instead.

day-5

Kyoto

Arashiyama / Tenryuji Temple Zen Garden

Today, we will start our tour of Kyoto, the former capital of Japan that holds priceless historical values. We will first visit Arashiyama, known for its natural scenery and is particularly popular during the spring and fall season. Visit the Zen garden of the Tenryuji Temple, ranked first among Kyoto's five great Zen Temples.

Sagano Bamboo Forest / Golden Pavilion / Nishijin Kimono Show

Afterwards, enjoy a pleasant walk through the attractive Sagano Bamboo Forest. Make your way to the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), known for its two top floors covered entirely in 18 carat gold leaves. Watch the elegant Nishijin Kimono Fashion Show and learn how kimonos are made. Continue to the famous Kiyomizu Temple, best known for its wooden stage that overlooks the scenic hillside below.

Kiyomizu Temple / Maruyama Park / Gion Geisha District

The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below, as well as a beautiful scene of Kyoto in the distance. From Kiyomizu Temple we will head to Maruyama Park, one of the most popular places for cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto. Lastly, we will tour Gion, Kyoto's most famous geisha district. It is filled with various restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where maiko and geisha entertain their guests.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Dinner
Hotel iconKyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class
day-6

Kyoto

Kiyomizu Temple

Today, we will visit the famous Kiyomizu Temple, best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance.

Nara

Todaiji Temple / Deer Park

From there we continue to Nara, the oldest capital city of Japan. We will visit Todaiji Temple, the largest wooden building in Japan. The temple also houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha at 16.3 meters high, and the surrounding park is filled with over 1,000 Sika Deer.

Osaka

Osaka Castle / Dotonbori / Shinsaibashi

In the afternoon, we will travel to Osaka by private coach. We will visit Osaka Castle; whose construction began in 1583 on the ruins of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple. The castle was the largest of its time and played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century. Our last visit for the day is Dotonbori, which runs parallel to the Dotonbori canal. A popular shopping, entertainment, and food district, Dotonbori is known for the hundreds of neon and mechanized signs that line the street, including the famous Glico Running Man and Kani Doraku Crab signs.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Lunch
Hotel iconHotel Nikko Kansai Airport, Hotel Elsereine Osaka, or similar class

NOTE: If you wish to stay in the center of Osaka for the last night instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included, but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.

NOTE: If you will be flying out from Itami Airport (ITM) instead of Kansai International Airport (KIX), we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class) instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport. In this case, airport transfer is not included but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.

day-7

Tour Ends

After breakfast, our tour officially ends. Checkout time is 11 am and Osaka Kansai Airport can be reached in a three minute walk.


Hotel iconBreakfast

NOTE 7: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book transfers and hotel accommodations.

Accommodations

The tour offers premium stays, starting with options like Hotel Mystays Premier Narita or Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro, depending on your arrival airport. Enjoy Hakone's The Hamanako with onsen facilities for relaxation. In Kyoto, stay at the Kyoto Tokyu Hotel, blending elegance and location. The tour ends with an option between Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport or the centrally-located Hotel Elsereine Osaka, offering convenience for your departure needs.

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Hotel Mystays Premier Narita ext

31 Ōyama, Narita, Chiba 286-0131, Japan

Hotel Mystays Premier Narita or similar class

Hotel Mystays Premier Narita provides a seamless stay near Narita Airport with its well-appointed rooms, essential amenities, and commendable service. It's ideal for travelers seeking convenience and comfort, featuring facilities like a fitness center, dining options, and airport shuttle service.

NOTE 1: If you wish to stay in the center of Tokyo for the first night instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included. We will provide you directions to get to your hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$65.00 per person per way.

NOTE 2: If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita International Airport (NRT), we can arrange for you to stay in the center of Tokyo (Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class) instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita. In this case, meet-and- greet and airport transfer are not included. We will provide with full instructions to get to the hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$60.00 per person per way.

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Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro exterior

1-chōme-6-1 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo 171-8505, Japan

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro is centrally located in Ikebukuro, offering guests convenient access to Tokyo's vibrant shopping, dining, and entertainment. This hotel features modern rooms, diverse dining options, and comprehensive amenities including fitness facilities and meeting rooms. Its proximity to major transport links makes it an ideal base for exploring Tokyo's key attractions, combining comfort and convenience for travelers.

NOTE: For Sushi Making Experience, if you are vegetarian, on gluten-free diets, have seafood allergy, or don't eat raw fish, please contact us for other ingredient options.

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Grand Mercure Lake Hamana Resort and Spa overview

4396-1 Yamazaki, Yuto-cho, Chūō-ku, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka Japan 431-0101

Grand Mercure Lake Hamana Resort and Spa or similar class

The Hamanako - hotel - is known for its scenic lakeside location, offering guests stunning views of Lake Hamana. It's a resort that combines relaxation with the charm of nature, featuring amenities such as hot spring baths, comfortable and well-appointed rooms, and dining options that highlight local cuisine. The hotel provides a tranquil retreat ideal for those looking to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of the area, making it a favorite for both leisure and rejuvenation.

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Kyoto Tokyu Hotel main

Gojo-sagaru, Horikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8519

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

In Japan’s ancient imperial capital, the Kyoto Tokyu Hotel is a serene, contemporary haven. Perfectly placed amid narrow streets surrounded by Kyoto's temples, gardens, and shrines.

NOTE: If Miho Museum is close, we will visit Kyoto National Museum or Sagawa Art Museum instead.

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Kyoto Tokyu Hotel main

〒600-8357 Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Kakimotochō, 580

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

The Kyoto Tokyu Hotel is a luxurious hotel located in the heart of Kyoto, Japan. With elegant rooms, exquisite dining options, and panoramic city views, it’s an ideal base for exploring Kyoto’s rich cultural heritage. Whether you’re a business traveler or a tourist, this hotel offers a blend of comfort and sophistication.

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Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport main

1 Senshu-kuko kita Izumisano-shi Osaka 549-0001 Japan

Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport, Hotel Elsereine Osaka, or similar class

The Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport is the only full-service hotel directly connected to Kansai International Airport. With comfortable rooms, free WiFi, and a variety of dining options, it offers convenience for travelers. Whether departing or arriving, guests can enjoy a seamless experience on Kansai Airport Island.

NOTE: If you wish to stay in the center of Osaka for the last night instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included, but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.

NOTE: If you will be flying out from Itami Airport (ITM) instead of Kansai International Airport (KIX), we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class) instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport. In this case, airport transfer is not included but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.

Notes

Please review the important notes below for key tour details and arrangements, ensuring a smooth travel experience.

Tour Pricing, Occupancy, and Flight Details

  • All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy. Single Supplement: USD $540.00

  • International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!

  • We can arrange international flights if needed, please ask for details.

Additional Information

Deposit

  • We require a NON-Refundable US$500 deposit per person to hold the space at the time of booking and the final payment is due 2 months prior to departure.

Transport

  • Travel by private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling.

Arrival Departure Airports

  • For arrivals at Narita Airport (NRT), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).

  • If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the first day, airport transfer is not included. We will provide with full instructions to get to the hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$60.00 per person per way.

Meal Requests

  • Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.

Meet and Greet

  • The meet-and-greet is ONLY available for flights arriving in Terminal 1 & 2 after 11:00 AM. For guests arriving in Terminal 3, airport pickup is not included, but we will provide you with directions to get to your hotel in advance.

  • If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, we will provide full instructions in advance for you to transfer to your hotel on your own.

  • If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.

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