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Backroads of Japan

$3999 $114 taxes

Tokyo and Kyoto—the modern and imperial capitals of Japan, respectively—represent the perfect merger of the ancient and the contemporary. On this trip, you’ll thoroughly explore both and everything in between, from traditional villages and miles of rice fields to ancient temples and the stunning vistas of the Japanese Alps. Snow monkeys, geishas, the teeming pedestrian scrambles of Tokyo’s Shibuya district, and the impossibly friendly staff of your traditional ryokan are just a few of the locals you’ll meet and never forget.

Travel Best Bets Package Includes:

  • Return airfare from Canada to Tokyo and return from Osaka
  • 11 night guided tour
    Modern Tokyo walking tour, Zenkoji Temple visit (Nagano), Jigokudani Monkey Park visit (Matsumoto), Matsumoto Castle visit, Hida No Sato folk village visit Kibi Plains bike ride (outside Kurashiki), Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine visit. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 11 nights in hotels and traditional guesthouses/onsens
  • 1 breakfast, 1 dinner. Allow USD590-770 for meals not included
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (7-day)
  • Transfer by Bus, bullet train, local train, bicycle
  • Guided by Local English speaking guided
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12

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April 28
Vancouver $4099 + $114 tax
Kelowna $4099 + $109 tax
Calgary, Edmonton $4199 + $125 tax
Toronto $4069 + $121 tax

Per person based on shared accommodation



Day 1: Tokyo

Arrive at any time. For Narita Airport there is the option to take an airport limousine to hotel or Narita Express train  to Shinjuku stationwith a 5 min walk to hotel (additional cost paid locally)

Day 2: Tokyo

Take a guided walking tour of eclectic modern Tokyo from the hub of Shinjuku to Shibuya through Yoyogi Park and Harajuku.

Day 3: Tokyo

Enjoy a free day to experience the city or venture out to Mt Fuji.

Day 4: Tokyo/Nagano-shi

Journey to the Japanese Alps and Nagano, host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics. Visit the historic Zenkoji Temple.

Day 5: Nagano-shi/Matsumoto

Discover the world-famous Jigokudani Monkey Park and watch Japanese snow monkeys bathing in the natural hot springs. Continue to Matsumoto.

Day 6: Matsumoto/Takayama

Explore Matsumoto’s breathtaking ‘Black Crow’ Castle and continue to the traditional alpine market town of Takayama, known as ‘Little Kyoto’.

Day 7: Takayama

Visit the Hida No Sato traditional folk village, sake breweries and craft shops. With free time walk through the forest, go for a bike ride or relax at an onsen spa. (B/D)

Day 8: Takayama/Kurashiki

Travel to picturesque Kurashiki, retaining its old world charm with black and white buildings.

Day 9: Kurashiki

Enjoy a bike tour through the Kibi Plains, surrounded by rice fields and ancient burial grounds. On this scenic ride, glide past shrines and temples and get a glimpse of rural Japanese life.

Day 10: Kurashiki/Kyoto

Travel to Kyoto for two nights in the traditional heart of Japan. Explore impressive Fushimi Inari, visit Kiyomizu, and take in the breathtaking Chion-in temples.

Day 11: Kyoto

Enjoy a free day in this lovely city. Experience some of the many great walks through zen gardens, teahouses, shrines and shops and maybe even spot a real-life geisha.

Day 12: Kyoto

Depart at any time.

Call for details: 1-877-523-7823


Terms & Conditions

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes $30 per adult Booking Management Fee.  Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Please note there maybe a tax increase when FREE connectors are added with Air Canada Vacations. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287