Japan is well known for its thriving, modern cities and an incredible array of cultural and culinary experiences. On this tour, we set out to experience another side of Japan, one that includes beautiful coastal scenery, a slow pace of life, and fascinating history. On our journey, we will encounter waterfalls, mist-shrouded mountains, expert craftsmen, geishas, and explore a fascinating island that through its history has sheltered political exiles, birthed a gold rush, and preserved thriving cultural traditions.
The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.
Private Room Supplement Cost 2022: $1,430 per person
Private Room Supplement Cost 2023: $1,580 per person
Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to three miles each day, mainly on flat and even surfaces, as well as occasional stairs.
You should plan to arrive in Tokyo by 5 p.m. on Day 1. Our tour begins with a welcome dinner and overnight in Tokyo on Day 1. Our tour concludes upon return to Tokyo around 5p.m. on Day 9. If you plan to connect to a departure flight on Day 9, make sure the flight does not depart before about 9 p.m.
*As of June 10, 2022 a tourist visa is required for entry to Japan. Airport arrival and departure transfers will be provided to all guests in compliance with the new entry requirements.
We will be taking the Shinkansen (bullet train) in our itinerary, which has luggage size restrictions. Only luggage up to 160cm (L+W+H) will be permitted on the train. Larger suitcases can be shipped from our Tokyo hotel to your next accommodation if necessary, however it’s important to keep this in mind when packing for your trip.
We’ll be staying mostly in 4-star modern hotels. One night will be in a Japanese-style room in a traditional ryokan with on-site onsen, where bedding is a comfortable futon mattress on the floor.
Your participation in this trip will provide significant financial contributions to the communities we visit, directly supporting small businesses, schools, villages, and local families. In addition, this trip's focus on traditional customs will help to preserve and maintain them for future generations.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
As of June 10, 2022, an entry visa is required for Japan. Please check requirements for travel to Japan and any countries passed through in transit. A passport is required for international travel. We recommend your passport expire at least six months after your return home.
The CDC recommends all travelers be up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Please check these recommendations and discuss them with your doctor.