May 21 - June 5, 2018
16 Days
Tour Status - Available

Japan is a country of spectacular natural beauty with gentle rural landscapes contrasting with modern, vibrant cities. Japan’s agriculture is steeped in tradition, however in many instances has adapted to modern production and management techniques. Join us for this exciting 15-day tour to Japan to see a fascinating range of agricultural and horticultural enterprises. Visit the country’s famous historic cities and soak up the centuries-old traditions for which Japan is best known. Experience a night in a Japanese ryokan (traditional inn) with onsen (natural hot spring baths) and enjoy the thrill of travelling between cities via Shinkansen – Japan’s famous bullet trains.

This tour is operated by one of our ATOI Travel Partners.

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Tour Highlights

  • International economy class airfare from major North American gateways
  • All land travel in private, modern, air-conditioned coaches and bullet trains
  • Professional English speaking tour host and city guides
  • Included gratuities for drivers and guides
  • Visit a Kobe beef farm to see how this delicacy is produced
  • Experience the bustle and colour of Tokyo’s famous wholesale markets
  • Visit a diverse selection of agricultural and horticultural enterprises
  • Picturesque Matsushima Bay
  • Cruise Lake Ashi with views to Mt. Fuji
  • Spend four days in historic Kyoto
  • PLUS much more

DAY 01 - MAY 21, 2018:  DEPART NORTH AMERICA     [IFM]

DAY 02 - MAY 22, 2018:  TOKYO     [IFM/D]
Upon arrival into Tokyo, Japan be met and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 03 - MAY 23, 2018:  TOKYO   [B/L/D] 
After breakfast depart on a full day of sightseeing in Tokyo, including the Sensoji temple, the east garden of the Imperial Place and the Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest ‘free-standing’ structure and an amazing observation tower. Visit the famous Kappabashi district; a fascinating street lined with 170 kitchen supply shops devoted to every conceivable culinary implement!  This evening meet your fellow travelers over a Welcome Dinner.

DAY 04 - MAY 24, 2018:  TOKYO    [B/L]
Early morning visit to the bustling OTA Wholesale Market, Japan’s largest flower and vegetable market.  See how produce is displayed and sold…quite different to what you see at home!  Afterwards travel to Chiba Prefecture in the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan area; an area surrounded by sea and rivers where countless varieties of delicious fruits are grown.

DAY 05 - MAY 25, 2018:  TOKYO - MATSUSHIMA     [B/L/D] 
Leave Tokyo and travel by bullet train to Sendai in the north of the main island, an area famous for rice growing.  Spend time visiting and talking to local farmers (dairy or Wagyu cattle) then travel to picturesque Matsushima Bay with its breathtaking views over hundreds of pine clad islets scattered throughout the bay.   This area has been designated as one of the three most scenic sites in Japan and joined the Most Beautiful Bays of the World Club in 2013.  Later check in to a Japanese Ryokan for a traditional dinner and onsen (public hot spring baths).

DAY 06 - MAY 26, 2018:  MATSUSHIMA - SENDAI    [B/L/D]
A relaxing day in the Matsushima Bay area.  Visit the Zuigani temple; a Zen temple dating back to 828 and enjoy a cruise and sushi lunch on beautiful Matsushima Bay.  Later in the day transfer to Sendai for overnight.

DAY 07 - MAY 27, 2018:  SENDAI - OMIYA - NAGANO   [B/L/D]
Check out after breakfast and transfer to the station to take the bullet train to Nagano.  Visit the Jigokudani Monkey Park where troops of wild Japanese macaque (snow monkeys) live and bathe in the hot springs at an altitude of 850 metres.  This is a popular observation location for researchers, photographers and visitors.

 DAY 08 - MAY 28, 2018:  NAGANO   [B/L]
After breakfast today there’s a full day of farm visits which include the opportunity to see how vegetables, including Enoki mushrooms, are grown for the Japanese market.

DAY 09 - MAY 29, 2018:  NAGANO – MATSUMOTO - TAKAYAMA   [B/L/D] 
Checkout after breakfast and visit visit Daio Wasabi Farm before transferring to Takayama for the next two nights.  Described as Japanese horseradish, wasabi can only be grown in cool clear water and here at Daio it is grown in abundant natural springs. Opportunity to sample wasabi culinary delights, including wasabi ice cream! Afterwards visit Matsumoto Castle. Often known as the ‘Crow Castle’ due to its black exterior, Matsumoto Castle is the oldest existing castle and one of the most complete and beautiful of Japan’s original castles.

DAY 10 - MAY 30, 2018:  TAKAYAMA     [B/L]
A full day of farm visits today one of which includes the opportunity to experience a soba noodle making session. Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat.  It usually refers to thin noodles made from buckwheat flour, or a mix of buckwheat and wheat flours, in contrast to the thick wheat noodles known as udon.  Later visit some vegetable greenhouses to see how tomatoes and other vegetables are grown in this cold, high altitude.

 DAY 11 - MAY 31, 2018:  TAKAYAMA – KYOTO   [B/L/D]
This morning visit the market in the charming historic town of Takayama.  Located in the mountainous Gifu Prefecture, Takayama is known for its many small museums and narrow wooden merchants’ houses dating back to the Edo period. Later transfer to the station to take the limited express and bullet trains to the historic city of Kyoto on the island of Honshu.

DAY 12 - JUNE 01, 2018:  KYOTO – HYOGO - KYOTO    [B/L]
After breakfast travel to Hyogo to visit the Kumanoen green tea plantation to learn about the tea production process.  Afterwards have lunch at Kobe Takami.  At Takami Farm the black Wagyu cattle are raised according to strict tradition, including a controlled diet which includes sake mash and beer and a daily massage.  The meat produced is known for its unique flavor and aroma and here you have the opportunity to judge the end product for yourselves over lunch.  Afterwards visit the sheds where the famous Kobe Wagyu are housed, before returning to Kyoto.

DAY 13 - JUNE 02, 2018:  KYOTO       [B/L/D]
Today’s there’s a full day of sightseeing to fully appreciate this ancient city. Formerly the capital of Japan, Kyoto is an elegant city with a rich cultural heritage.  The city has thousands of classical Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, Imperial palaces, sublime gardens and traditional wooden houses. There’s an air of old Japan here; a reminder of traditions of time long past when geishas were often seen walking quietly to secret assignations.  Kyoto is a city steeped in tradition which often contrasts sharply with first impressions of the ultra-modern glass and steel train station. This evening there’s a special dinner with Maiko dance performance.

DAY 14 - JUNE 03, 2018:  KYOTO– NARA – FUSHIMI - KYOTO    [B/L] 
Enjoy the day visiting Nara and further exploring the Kyoto area. Once Japan’s capital, Nara is a fascinating city with eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and is second only to Kyoto in significance.  Visit the famous Todaiji temple and neighboring deer park in Nara, as well as the Fushimi Inari shrine – described as perhaps the single most impressive site in Kyoto!  There’s also a chance to visit the sake museum in Fushimi to sample the local brew.  This evening is free.

DAY 15 - JUNE 04, 2018:  KYOTO - ODAWARA    [B/L/D]
After breakfast transfer to the station for a bullet train ride to Odawara, the gateway to the Hakone hot springs area and the Fuji-Hakone National Park. With a boxed lunch, enjoy a cruise on beautiful Lake Ashi with views to Mt Fuiji.  Afterwards take a ride on the Hakone Ropeway, a cable car ride over the amazing landscape with views to Mt Fuji (on clear days).  Later visit the Owakudani Valley, a fascinating volcanic valley with sulphur vents and hot springs.

DAY 16 - JUNE 05, 2018:  ODAWARA - TOKYO   [B/IFM]  
Checkout after breakfast and travel by coach to Tokyo for your return flight to North America.

Per Person, Double - $10,863.00, Including air from Major North American GAteways

Plus $586.61 Air & Government Taxes
Single Occupancy - Add $1,580.00
Initial Deposit at time of booking- $2,000.00 per person
Final Payment - February 28th, 2018