Simply Japan

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  • No booking fees
  • COVID-19protected
  • Train tour
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 14+ yrs
  • max group size 17
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Tokyo, Japan
  • Ends Osaka, Japan
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
  • Choose a different tour Select a new tour run by the same tour operator within 30 days of departure.
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Tokyo Explore modern and ancient Tokyo, its temples and teeming streets, with the option to visit nearby Mount Fuji
  • Kyoto Experience traditional Japan, with stunning temples, immaculate Zen gardens and enigmatic geishas
  • Jigokudani Meet the snow monkeys and spend the night in a temple lodging, joining the monks for morning prayers
  • Kanazawa Explore the Samurai district and discover the secrets of the Ninja Temple
Start in Tokyo and end in Osaka, the "Simply Japan" tour is a guided train tour that takes 14 days. You will travel through Hiroshima, Kyoto, Tokyo and 6 other destinations in Japan. "Simply Japan" is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Travel from super-modern Tokyo to villages, castles and temples that remain unchanged from the times of the Shogun and Samurai. Stay in a Buddhist temple and a family-run ryokan, meet snow monkeys and tame deer, and experience the modern and the ancient in this invigorating country. Tokyo - Explore modern and ancient Tokyo, with the option to visit nearby Mount Fuji Kyoto - Experience traditional Japan with temples, Zen gardens and geishas Kanazawa - Explore the Samurai district and discover the secrets of the Ninja Temple
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Based on 295 reviews
  • Gill
  • On Dec 10 2019
5 - Excellent
Gill's review for another Explore tour
“Apart from the morning boat-trip which was about 10 rather than 7 as quoted, the food and drink was generally cheaper than stated. ”
  • Linda
  • On Nov 02 2020
5 - Excellent
Linda's review for another Explore tour
“A wonderful trip as always.”
  • Preston
  • On Dec 07 2019
5 - Excellent
Preston's review for another Explore tour
“On Weds 27th November we made a very early start in order to make a 'Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat'. Our local guide gave us the impression we would see the sun rise behind the towers of the temple. In fact, from where we were standing, when the sun did come above the horizon, it was behind some trees, well to the right of the temple. Even if we had been further to the left, it would have been full daylight before the sun appeared behind the towers. Despite this, it was still a great experience, but I think it would be better entitled 'Dawn and Angkor Wat' rather than 'Sunrise'.”
  • Day 1 : Join trip in Tokyo
  • Day 2 : Experience the spectacular Fire Ceremony and discover Tokyo’s temples and frenetic city streets
  • Day 3 : Explore Tokyo with the option to visit Hakone National Park for views of Mount Fuji
  • Day 4 : Travel by train to Matsumoto and discover the impressive Crow Castle
  • Day 5 : Meet the snow monkeys of Jigokudani and spend the night in Zenkoji Temple
  • Day 6 : Join the monks for morning prayers and explore the samurai district of Kanazawa
  • Day 7 : Free time in Kanazawa to try sushi at the Omichi Fish Market or discover the 'Ninja Temple'
  • Day 8 : Try sake in the old town of Takayama and stay in a family-run ryokan
  • Day 9 : Travel by train to Hiroshima and experience the poignant Peace Park and Peace Museum
  • Day 10 : Take the ferry to Miyajima Island, meet the tame deer and see the floating torii gate
  • Day 11 : Take the Bullet train to Kyoto and explore Nijo Castle
  • Day 12 : Free time to explore the Zen gardens, temples and geisha district of Kyoto
  • Day 13 : Continue discovering Kyoto before travelling to Osaka for a final night amongst the neon lights
  • Day 14 : Trip ends in Osaka
  • Asakusa Via Inn (3 nights)
  • Alpico Plaza Hotel (1 night)
  • Zenkoji Yakuo In (1 night)
  • Hotel Econo Kanazawa Ekimae (2 nights)
  • Minshuku Iwatakan (1 night)
  • Hotel S-Plus Hiroshima Peace Park (2 nights)
  • Hotel Elcient Kyoto (2 nights)
  • Rihga Nakanoshima Inn (1 night)
  • 13 Breakfasts
  • Bus
  • Ferry
  • Train
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Any international flights to Tokyo and from Osaka are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Simply Japan tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Simply Japan tour. You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 24 December 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 24 December 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 59 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Simply Japan tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Simply Japan tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Various COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this trip to ensure the safety of each traveller.
  • This tour has implemented COVID-19 protocols that are guided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation), the European Commission and local government regulations. It amongst others take into account personal protection, extensive disinfecting and social distancing measures.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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