Japan Revealed - Small Group Tour

14 Day Escorted Coach Tour from

Japan Revealed is a tour with modest accommodation and minimal inclusions, giving you the freedom to choose where you spend your time and money - whether you see yourself slurping on a quick bowl of noodles or splurging on sushi. Selected departures are dedicated to solo travellers - without the expensive solo supplements.
 From $4,899 per person
Days 1 - 2                                                                                                                                                                           Discover the many faces of Tokyo, one of the world's greatest cities.
Welcome to Japan! On arrival at one of Tokyo's airports you will use your included Manaca card to take the train into the centre of the city, where your hotel is located. This evening you will join your tour leader at a welcome meeting, then if you feel like it you can head out with your group to one of the excellent nearby restaurants for an introduction to Japan's outstanding cuisine and dining etiquette.

On day two you will take an extensive walking tour of the city with your tour leader, making use of Tokyo's fantastic public transport system. From the wooded precincts of Meiji Shrine to the candy-coloured shops of Harajuku, from the bustling traditional quarter of Asakusa to the hubbub of Shinjuku's skyscraper district; today you'll discover what makes Tokyo one of the world's greatest cities.

If you would prefer to break away from the group today, your tour leader will be happy to assist you with your plans.
Overnight: Shiba Park

Day 3                                                                                                                                   
Stay overnight at a Buddhist temple lodging at Zenko-ji, Japan's most important Zen temple.
Today you'll leave the big city behind and make your way to the city of Nagano in the mountains. Nagano is famous as the host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics and as the location of Zenko-ji – one of Japan's most important temples.

This afternoon will be yours to explore the city. We recommend joining your tour leader for a meal of freshly made soba noodles (a local speciality) before relaxing at the local hot spring baths.

Tonight you will be spending the night at one of Zenko-ji's affiliated shukubo lodgings. Accommodation will be in simple, Japanese-style rooms with tatami mats, sliding screen doors and comfortable futon mattresses.
Overnight: Zenkoji Yakuo-in
Day 4                                                                                                                                   
Attend Buddhist morning prayers in Nagano, visit the snow monkeys of Yudanaka and scale Matsumoto's “Black Crow” castle.
On day four you will be rising early to attend morning prayers at Zenko-ji – a unique and spiritual experience. After the ceremony you will return to your lodgings for an elaborate breakfast of shojin ryori, or traditional vegetarian Buddhist cuisine, before having the opportunity to make a visit to the famous hot spring-bathing snow monkeys of Yudanaka.

After lunch you will make your way to Matsumoto, another alpine city famous for its impressive original samurai castle – the “Black Crow”. This afternoon we recommend paying a visit to the castle and its nearby museum, or heading out to the excellent ukiyo-e woodblock print museum in the city suburbs.
Overnight: Kagetsu
Days 5 - 6                                                                                                                                   
Explore the craft shops, sake breweries, morning markets and museums of Takayama, a lovely alpine town.
You will continue your journey through the Japanese Alps on day five as you make your way to Takayama, a town famed for the high quality of its traditional crafts.

There are many options to keep you busy in the town today, from the festival float museum to the wood-panelled streets of the old town; from the world headquarters of the Sukyo Mahikari cult (an interesting experience indeed!) to the area's many craft shops.

Tonight you'll be staying at a simple, family-run minshuku inn with Japanese-style rooms, onsen baths and a lovely kaiseki dinner included.

With another day to explore Takayama we recommend making the excellent morning market your first port of call. Later you can join your tour leader on a visit to the Hida no Sato folk village, an open-air museum filled with traditional thatched-roof farmhouses, before heading back to the old town for a spot of sake-tasting at the local breweries to round off the day.

Dinner is not included this evening so we highly recommend going out for a taste of the local delicacy, Hida beef, which is every bit as delicious as its Kobe cousin!
Overnight: Iwatakan
Day 7                                                                                                                                 
Enjoy the beautifully preserved traditional districts of Kanazawa, home to one of Japan's top three landscape gardens.
Located on the Japan Sea coast, Kanazawa is one of Japan's best-preserved traditional cities. Like Kyoto, its historical monuments were considered sufficiently important by Allied forces to escape air raids, meaning that today you can still find something of the atmosphere of pre-war Japan in its old town districts.

This afternoon we recommend strolling the Nagamachi samurai quarter, the Chaya geishadistrict, and getting some super-fresh sushi from the Omicho fish market. No visit to Kanazawa would be complete without a visit to the city's star attraction: Kenrokuen. Ranked as one of Japan's top three landscape gardens, Kenrokuen is truly stunning and well worth your time today.
Overnight: Garden Hotel Kanazawa

Days 8 - 9
Visit Hiroshima's Peace Park and Museum and spend the day on the beautiful island of Miyajima.
With two days in Hiroshima you will have ample time to explore this exciting city and its beautiful neighbour – the island of Miyajima.

Though it will forever be remembered for the tragic events of 1945 – and you should certainly reserve some time to visit the haunting Peace Park and museum whilst in the city – modern Hiroshima has much more to offer than memorials to the atomic bomb. With world-class art galleries, an excellent manga library, a beautifully restored castle and the nearby Mazda Museum, you will be spoilt for choice as to how to spend the rest of the afternoon.

On day two of your stay in Hiroshima you might like to make the ten-minute ferry ride across the bay to Miyajima, a beautiful island on the Seto Inland Sea. Miyajima is home to a tiny, traditional community, a friendly resident population of deer, and Itsukushima Shrine – whose “floating” torii gate is one of the most iconic images of Japan.

Before leaving Hiroshima you must be sure to try the local speciality: okonomiyaki. A type of cabbage- or noodle-based pancake cooked on a grill in the centre of your table, okonomiyaki is a delicious and very cheap option that never fails to go down well.
Overnight: Hiroshima Washington Hotel

Day 10 
Admire the preserved canal district of Kurashiki and cycle through rice paddies and villages across the Kibi plains.
Kurashiki is rarely included on first-time itineraries to Japan, which we think is a real shame as it's a truly lovely town with a fascinating history.

The preserved canal district forms the centre of the town, with streets lined with traditional shops, cafés and superb museums housed in white-walled, black-tiled storehouses from the Edo era. The Ohara Museum is the most impressive of all the local museums and houses the first permanent collection of Western art ever to be exhibited in Japan.

Today you will also have the option of taking a cycling trip across the Kibi plains, one of the most beautiful and historical paved bike rides in Japan, taking you past rice fields, burial mounds, local temples and Buddhist cemeteries.
Overnight: Court Hotel

Days 11 - 12
An ancient imperial capital and home to 17 World Heritage Sites, Kyoto is Japan's most important repository of culture and history.
A highlight of any journey to Japan, Kyoto was Japan's capital for over a millennium and is home to an incredible 17 World Heritage Sites, including temples, shrines and some beautiful gardens. Your tour leader will be sure to take you to one of these today – perhaps the incredible structure of Kiyomizu Temple with its commanding city views – before you enjoy a guided tour of the traditional Gion geisha district, where you might be fortunate enough to spot a geisha as dusk falls.

On your second day in Kyoto you'll have the option of taking a tour of some of the city's famous sites – as well as some lesser-known beauty spots that you might otherwise never have found! Alternatively you can opt to head out alone and discover them for yourself. Your tour leader will be happy to help you make plans if there is something specific you'd like to see.

From the Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji to the ten thousand red gates of Fushimi Inari; from Nishiki food market to Gion's traditional teahouses – Kyoto has so much to offer that you'll be spoilt for choice.
Overnight: Heianbo Ryokan

Days 13 - 14 
Return to Tokyo for some sightseeing, last-minute shopping and a fabulous final night in the capital.
Today you will speed back to Tokyo on the shinkansen bullet train, perhaps catching a glimpse of Mount Fuji on your way past – if you're lucky! This is your chance to do a bit of last-minute souvenir shopping, and to visit any of the sights you may have missed the first time around. Today would be a great time to see Tokyo from the top of the Skytree, the tallest tower in the world at 634 m (2,080 ft), or to rent out a karaoke booth in Shinjuku and sing your heart out with your new friends.

Though dinner is not included tonight, we highly recommend joining your group for a farewell meal at one of your tour leader's favourite restaurants in the city as a great way to toast the end of a fantastic trip.

On the morning of day 14 it's time to say goodbye to Japan and hop on the train back to the airport for your departure flight. We hope you have a good journey home.
Overnight: Ibis Tokyo Shinjuku


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Japan Unmasked
  • What's included
    • Full-time services of your InsideJapan tour leader
    • 13 nights' accommodation
    • Breakfast every day and one evening meal
    • All transport between destinations in Japan
    • 14-day Japan Rail Pass
    • IC transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
    • Highway Bus from Matsumoto to Takayama
    • Transfer from Takayama to Kanazawa by private coach
    • Entrance to Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano
    • Entrance to Jigokudani Monkey Park in Yudanaka
    • Geisha district walking tour
    • Luggage Forwarding Tokyo to Matsumoto
    • Your InsideJapan Info-Pack
    • Shared portable Wi-Fi access throughout trip
  • What's NOT included:
    • International flights
    • Entrance fees (including those for temples, shrines and museums) unless otherwise specified
    • Any local transportation unless covered by the included passes
    • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding unless otherwise specified
Tour Highlights

  • Explore the old canal district of lovely Kurashiki
  • Stay in a Buddhist temple lodging at Nagano's Zenko-ji Temple
  • Enjoy the diversity of cities and sights, from the neon streets of Shinjuku to Hiroshima's Peace Memorial park
  • Visit the traditional samurai & geisha districts of Kanazawa
  • Stay in a traditional ryokan with a delicious meal in your yukata
  • Observe the famous “snow monkeys” up close in Yudanaka
  • Ride the famous shinkansen bullet train
  • Explore the traditional craft town of Takayama in the Japanese Alps
  • If all this sounds great and makes you want to see even more, why not extend your stay in Japan!
  • Solo travellers can choose to book on any available departure, or on dedicated departures for solos only.
Dates and Prices


  • Tour Price: From AU$4930
  • No single supplement! Guaranteed single room in Western style hotels.
Extra Nights
  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share From AU$153 pp Single From AU$269 pp
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share From AU$150 pp Single From AU$188 pp

  • Tour Price: From AU$4930
  • No single supplement! Guaranteed single room in Western style hotels.
Extra Nights
  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share From AU$153 pp Single From AU$264 pp
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share From AU$167 pp Single From AU$266 pp

Disclaimer Message: Please note: Prices displayed above are all "From" prices as individual prices vary depending on time of year travelling. For full pricing information on specific departures please speak to your Costless Travel Advisor. 
Departure Dates
Japan Unmasked - 14 Days - Booking
  • 04 Mar 2019   -  AU$5120   -   SOLD OUT
  • 29 Apr 2019  -  AU$5310   -   SOLD OUT
  • 13 May 2019   -   AU$5120   -   SOLD OUT
  • 27 May 2019   -   AU$5120   -   SOLD OUT
  • 10 Jun 2019   -   AU$5120   -   AVAILABLE
  • 01 Jul 2019   -   AU$4930   -   AVAILABLE
  • 22 Jul 2019   -  AU$4930   -   AVAILABLE
  • 19 Aug 2019   -  AU$4930   -   AVAILABLE
  • 02 Sep 2019   -   AU$5120   -   AVAILABLE
  • 20 Sep 2019   -   AU$5310   -   AVAILABLE
  • 30 Sep 2019   -   AU$5120   -   AVAILABLE
  • 14 Oct 2019   -   AU$5310   -   LAST SEATS
  • 28 Oct 2019   -  AU$5310   -   AVAILABLE
  • 11 Nov 2019   -  AU$5120   -   SOLD OUT
  • 25 Nov 2019  -   AU$5120   -   AVAILABLE
  • 17 Feb 2020   -   AU$4899   -   AVAILABLE
  • 02 Mar 2020   -  AU$5120   -   AVAILABLE
  • 27 Apr 2020   -  AU$5310   -   LAST SEATS
  • 11 May 2020   -  AU$5120   -   AVAILABLE
  • 25 May 2020   -   AU$5120   -   AVAILABLE
  • 08 Jun 2020   -   AU$5120   -   AVAILABLE
  • 29 Jun 2020   =   AU$5120   -   AVAILABLE
Disclaimer Message: Please note: Prices displayed above are all "From" prices as individual prices vary depending on time of year travelling. For full pricing information on specific departures please speak to your Costless Travel Advisor. 

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