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AJENG - Iconic Japan

Japan delights in contrasts, revering the past while embracing the future. Begin your 12-day adventure in glittering, massive Tokyo, then head by rail into the countryside to visit traditional villages and tranquil shrines. On strolls through geisha districts and restorative visits to ancient temples and gardens, feel the power of the here and now.


National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Tsukiji Sushi Experience, Tokyo National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Zen Buddhist Meditation, Kyoto National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Kembu Masters, Kyoto Hands-On: Chopstick and Gold Leaf Painting Experience, Kanazawa-shi Hands-On: Zen Tea Ceremony, Kyoto
Tour of Tokyo including Meiji Jingu Shrine and Asakusa and Harajuka districts
Walking tour of Tsumago Village and countryside
Kaiseki dinner
Visit Kanazawa samurai and geisha districts
Visit Nomura Family Samurai Residence and Myoryuji Ninja Temple
Visit Himeji Castle
Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial
Excursion to Miyajima Island
Tour Kyoto and Nara including Fushimi Inari, Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine
Visit Gion Geisha district
Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $5,239
Start Location
Tokyo, Japan
End Location
Kyoto, Japan
Age Range
Min :12
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Discovery, Small Group
Physical Rating
Tour departure dates
28 May 201808 Jun 2018Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
11 Jun 201822 Jun 20189AUD $5,239
25 Jun 201806 Jul 2018Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
09 Jul 201820 Jul 20181AUD $6,299
23 Jul 201803 Aug 20183AUD $5,354
20 Aug 201831 Aug 201810AUD $6,299
03 Sep 201814 Sep 201813AUD $6,299
17 Sep 201828 Sep 20189AUD $6,299
08 Oct 201819 Oct 20181AUD $6,549
22 Oct 201802 Nov 20182AUD $6,549
05 Nov 201816 Nov 201815AUD $6,549
19 Nov 201830 Nov 201815AUD $6,549
03 Dec 201814 Dec 201815AUD $6,549
17 Dec 201828 Dec 201815AUD $6,549
28 Jan 201908 Feb 201915AUD $6,299
25 Feb 201908 Mar 201915AUD $6,299
18 Mar 201929 Mar 201915AUD $6,299
25 Mar 201905 Apr 201913AUD $6,799
01 Apr 201912 Apr 20191AUD $6,799
03 Apr 201914 Apr 201913AUD $6,799
08 Apr 201919 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
10 Apr 201921 Apr 201915AUD $6,799
15 Apr 201926 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
22 Apr 201903 May 201915AUD $6,549
29 Apr 201910 May 2019Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
13 May 201924 May 201913AUD $6,549
27 May 201907 Jun 201915AUD $6,549
10 Jun 201921 Jun 201915AUD $6,549
24 Jun 201905 Jul 201915AUD $6,549
22 Jul 201902 Aug 201915AUD $6,299
19 Aug 201930 Aug 201915AUD $6,299
02 Sep 201913 Sep 201915AUD $6,299
16 Sep 201927 Sep 201915AUD $6,299
14 Oct 201925 Oct 201914AUD $6,549
28 Oct 201908 Nov 201915AUD $6,549
11 Nov 201922 Nov 201915AUD $6,549
25 Nov 201906 Dec 201915AUD $6,549
16 Dec 201927 Dec 201915AUD $6,549
27 Jan 202007 Feb 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
24 Feb 202006 Mar 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
16 Mar 202027 Mar 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
23 Mar 202003 Apr 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
25 Mar 202005 Apr 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
30 Mar 202010 Apr 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
01 Apr 202012 Apr 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
06 Apr 202017 Apr 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
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13 Apr 202024 Apr 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
20 Apr 202001 May 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
27 Apr 202008 May 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
04 May 202015 May 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
11 May 202022 May 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
25 May 202005 Jun 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
08 Jun 202019 Jun 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
22 Jun 202003 Jul 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
20 Jul 202031 Jul 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
17 Aug 202028 Aug 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
31 Aug 202011 Sep 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
14 Sep 202025 Sep 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
12 Oct 202023 Oct 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
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09 Nov 202020 Nov 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
23 Nov 202004 Dec 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
14 Dec 202025 Dec 2020Fully BookedAUD $5,239 
Day 1 - Tokyo
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 - Tokyo
Spend the day exploring vibrant Tokyo by public transportation. As a city of extreme contrasts, we experience the ancient and traditional with visits to Meiji Jingu Shrine and the old town of Asakusa. We then experience the quirky and modern with a walk through the pop culture obsessed Harajuka district a great place to sit back and people watch.
Day 3 - Tokyo
This morning visit the famed market with insiders of Tsukiji Fish Market, learn about the fishing industry in Japan and enjoy a class with Sushi Masters. Learn how to identify the freshest fish, to prepare and fillet and the fine art of sushi making and presentation. After, try your hand at making your own sushi and enjoy a taste of your creation. This afternoon is free to explore Tokyo on your own.
Day 4 - Tokyo/Tsumago
Depart Tokyo by train. Disembark at Nagiso and enjoy a walk through the countryside, passing farms and hamlets and into Tsumago, a traditional Village. After, continue to our local ryokan accommodation, feast on a Japanese kaiseki meal, learn about Japanese customs, and sleep on a futon.
Day 5 - Tsumago/Kanazawa-shi
Continue by train to the historic city of Kanazawa. Explore the ancient Samurai culture with a walk through the well-preserved Nagamachi Samurai district and visit to the Nomura Samurai family residence.
Day 6 - Kanazawa-shi
Continue exploring Kanazawa, visiting the Myoryuji Ninja Temple and walking through the Higashi Geisha district. The city is also renowned as a centre of traditional arts and crafts and we delve into these traditions with a chopstick and Gold Leaf Painting Experience. Opt to visit the stunning gardens or original castles.
Day 7 - Kanazawa-shi/Hiroshima
Continue by bullet train train to Hiroshima and visit the park and Memorial Museum to learn more about the tragic history of this city.
Day 8 - Hiroshima
Catch a ferry over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating Torii Gate, considered one of Japans most beautiful and sacred shrines. This afternoon is free, opt to catch the ferry to other Islands to explore on your own.
Day 9 - Hiroshima/Kyoto
This morning we visit Himeji Castle, considered the best preserved and most stunning castle in all of Japan. After, continue by train to Kyoto, the former Imperial Capital and home of the country's most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life. This afternoon, take a stroll around the Gion Geisha district.
Day 10 - Kyoto
This morning, visit a local temple to learn about the history and practice of Zen Buddhism in Japan. Here we meet with a local Monk who will talk about Buddhism and instruct us in Zen meditation and calligraphy. Also enjoy and participate in a traditional tea ceremony.After, spend the day exploring sites around Nara, visiting the stunning Todaiji Buddhist Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine.
Day 11 - Kyoto
Continue to explore Kyoto including a visit to the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion and the stunning Fushimi Inari ancient shrine at the base of the mountain of the same name. After, we learn about the etiquette of the samurai as well as the practice of basic kembu, and take a lesson on how to use the Japanese sword. Then, enjoy a performance by Kembu masters which includes short pms, which were traditionally written by Samurai about major events in their life. Later, take some time to explore on your own, opt to visit museums, temples and zen gardens, or stroll to the Inari Gates.
Day 12 - Kyoto
Depart at any time.