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Essence of Japan


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Select small group departures (averaging 24 Tauck guests), or classic departures, and the year you would like to travel.

$11,990 USD
Journey Type
Time of Year
Mar - Jun, Aug - Nov
Cities & Landmarks
Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Tokyo, Kyoto, Matsumoto, Takayama
Essence of Japan Guided Tour
Mount Fuji


Uniquely Tauck



In Kyoto, enjoy a private home visit with tea ceremony & Origami demonstration, explorations with a local Geisha expert, visits to Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple & Pure Water Temple (Kiyomizu Temple) 




Multiple-night stays in premier hotels in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone & at a hot springs resort & spa in Matsumoto


Tokyo's Edo-Tokyo Museum, Kagura dancing, taiko drums & sumo wrestling


A cruise on Lake Ashi beneath Mt. Fuji


In Hakone, visit an open-air museum and attend a flower arranging class





Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.



Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Experiences of a lifetime

Inspirational, innovative and intriguing, Japan is a favorite destination with Tauck travelers... where gilded temples and glittering skyscrapers reign over streets steeped in history and tradition.

Discover the revered customs and unique sense of beauty that infuse life here... On the main island of Honshu, from Tokyo to the hot springs resort town of Hakone and on through the "Japanese Alps" to Kanazawa and the cultural treasure trove of Kyoto, visit a private home for a tea ceremony and Origami... explore castles, temples, shrines, a samurai home, and world-class gardens... spend a night at a ryokan with traditional Japanese cultural experiences... make sushi, taste sake, cruise Lake Ashi to see Mt. Fuji... enjoy a taiko performance, Shinto music, Kagura dancing, a sumo wrestling demonstration... and meet a geisha expert. Join us for a Japan trip to remember. Read Less

The Geisha

Extraordinary Access

Cruise Lake Ashi via private boat

Day 4

Lake Ashi, in Mt. Fuji's shadow

Sometimes known as Hakone Lake or Ashinoko Lake, Japan's Lake Ashi is a picturesque crater lake set on the caldera of volcanic Mt. Hakone on the island of Honshu. The lake is famous not only for the sight of Mt. Fuji, Japan's tallest peak, looming over it, but for the many volcanically heated hot springs and historic sites along its shores. Foremost among these is Hakone Shrine in the lakeside town of Hakone, a Shinto shrine that has been frequently visited by samurai, shogun and pilgrims since the 17th century. Your cruise aboard a private boat on Lake Ashi's sparkling waters offers great views of such sites and, weather permitting, iconic Mt. Fuji in the distance.

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Nights 8, 9, 10 and 11

The gateway to Kyoto's treasures

Secluded in garden tranquility just ten minutes from Kyoto's busy downtown, Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto offers personalized, insider access to this historic city's four-season delights. In its spacious guest rooms, suites and hotel residences, the hotel blends refined, modern aesthetics and the creations of Japanese artisans – including washi-paper lamps, fusuma screens and urushi lacquerware. Patterns of light and shadow play from large windows, and bathrooms reflect the soothing effects of water. And on its grounds, the poetic heart of Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is an 800-year-old ikeniwa (pond garden), crossed by a glass bridge.

The opportunities to experience the 'Onsen', wear a Yukata and stay one night in a traditional Japanese hotel were not to be missed.

Malcolm & Jenette Galloway


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This was our Trip Of A Lifetime. A luxurious, delightful, beautiful experience. From start to finish, our experienced, dedicated and low-key tour director deftly managed all details of the tour with enthusiasm and wit. Our first tour, now the benchmark against which all other tours will be judged. Weather, camaraderie- wonderful!!

Most Memorable Moment:

The explosion of cherry blossoms at Kanazawa ties with the Tea Ceremony and the surprise sightings of Fuji-san--all incredibly moving. Recommend the Maiko/Geisha Dance and Games be included at the Farewell Dinner--would leave a refined, intimate look at the Japanese culture instead of a distorted and sad quasi-Sumo demonstration. Nix Nikko Hotel.

We joined this tour straight after enjoying our tour of Indochina which was great. The contrast on arriving in Japan was fascinating with everything and everyone so ordered and everywhere so clean. We were lucky to hit the best week for the Sakura blossom and also to have good weather with many views of Mount Fuji. Our TD Bill made it great fun!

Most Memorable Moment:

All of it! The whole experience in the Hakone hotel and museums, the Onsens, especially in the mountain Ryokan; All of the gardens were spectacular, especially in Kanazawa; Kyoto was special and everywhere the blossoms! The variety and exquisite presentation of the food we were given was memorable and our introduction toJapanese food was fabulous

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