Essential Japan

Cultural Insights from Tokyo to Kyoto

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Essential Japan

Custom | 12 Days | Easy Touring
  • Modernity and tradition in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Luxuriate in Hakone’s mountain onsen (natural hot springs)
  • Visit Tsukiji Market―the biggest wholesale seafood market on the planet
  • Travel by train into the Japan Alps
  • Customize your trip with sushi making, calligraphy, origami workshops, and more

In 1880 the great traveler Isabella Bird wrote, “Japan offers as much novelty perhaps as an excursion to another planet.” More than a century later her insight still resonates. We are smitten with Japan, especially by its talent for integrating its proud, ancient culture with its equally fervent embrace of the modern. On this private, customizable trip, you may revel in Tokyo's cultural highspots, then travel to mountainous Hakone and luxuriate in its famed onsens (hot springs). You may explore  old post towns on the Nakasendo Road and drink in Kyoto, the distilled essence of Japanese culture.


You did a fantastic job, patiently guiding me through various alternatives as the trip took shape. You were phenomenal to work with.

– Margaret S.

Discover Tokyo, visiting the Meiji Shrine and Asakusa, seeing exquisite kimono-clad women, and savoring fabulously graceful restaurants.


Ride the train to Hakone, where you may luxuriate in mountain hot springs, admire sculptures, boat across lovely Lake Ashi, and spot Mount Fuji.


Takayama, tucked beautifully in the Japan Alps, invites you to wander its old streets, drop into its woodworking shops and inns, and soak up the flavor of the old Nakasendo Road.


Explore Kyoto's centuries-old geisha district, its many temples and shrines, stunning gardens, and bamboo groves before departing for home.


Dates & Prices


Custom Trips offered year–round


From $21,250 per person* (Custom Trip)

*based on two travelers sharing a room


  • Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
  • Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
  • All accommodations
  • All ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Sightseeing, events, visits, and entrance fees
  • Most meals
  • Bottled water at included meals and while sightseeing
  • Services of local guides, drivers, and other staff
  • Some gratuities
  • Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance

A Journey Built Just For You

Take customization to the next level on a journey fully tailored to you. GeoEx's destination specialists will gladly tailor this existing itinerary—or build one completely from scratch—to suit your style, interests, and time frame. Contact us to see what's possible.

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