Share this

Japan tour, 14 days

On this Japan tour on the largest island of Japan, Honshu, you get a complete picture of Japan. In addition to absolute “must sees” and the impressive capital Tokyo and the temples of Kyoto visit unique places like Shirakawago, Nara and Koyasan. In Matsumoto we visit one of the most famous castles in Japan. In the mountains in the Japanese Alps in Shirakawago, time seems to have stood for hundreds of years. In Kyoto and Kamakura you can find the famous Golden Pavilion that is frequented by many Japanese. You will have the small mossy temples in the hills practically to yourself. During the excursion to Nara visit the Todai-ji temple, the largest wooden building in the world with special bronze and wooden sculptures. The trip will end in the vibrant city of Osaka. If you wish to visit HIroshima, you can easily take the bullet train from Osaka for a day trip.  


Join our international groups with active travelers, of all ages. Most will come from Holland and Belgium, but you will find they have an excellent command of English. Your tour leader addresses the group in Dutch and English. Our skilled land crew have worked with Djoser for many years and make sure things run smoothly.

There is ample time for group exploration. Count on lots of walking. But sometimes, it is great to be able to break off and explore on your own. Your guide can make some great suggestions.

Join us for unforgettable cultural, nature and local experiences!

Itinerary

  1. Tokyo
  2. Tokyo
  3. Tokyo (excursion Kamakura)
  4. Tokyo
  5. Tokyo - via Daio Wasabi Farm - Matsumoto
  6. Matsumoto - Takayama
  7. Takayama (excursion Shirakawago)
  8. Takayama - Kyoto
  9. Kyoto
  10. Kyoto (excursion Nara) and visit Fushimi Inari Temple
  11. Kyoto - Koyasan
  12. Koyasan - Osaka
  13. Osaka
  14. Osaka

Day by day

On the Road with Djoser

Djoser's active journeys offer an ideal balance of guidance and freedom. Our guide-assisted adventures cover the globe and feature wildlife, beautiful natural settings, historic sights and authentic cultural experiences. During Djoser travels, the daily schedule is not rigidly set.

The day-to-day descriptions describe the anticipated, or possible daily activities. Our travel days are obviously fixed, but each day the program may deviate depending on the preferences of the group, in consultation with the tour leader. The tour guide offers a program daily, with planned excursions. You are never obligated to participate. Those who desire more freedom may go out exploring or may dine on their own. Your tour leader can offer suggestions for safe explorations and fun restaurants. You will find that Djoser participants will take advantage of this flexibility. We believe a sense of discovery is an integral element of a great trip.

We offer the land program only. Below, you will find the day-to-day description days numbered to correspond with that of the Dutch participants (which includes their transit days from/to Amsterdam). This is so that when you are traveling and refer to this day-to-day description, all travelers will be “on the same page” or the same day number.

Tokyo
Day 1 Transit day for most participants
Day 2 Tokyo (Land begins)
Day 3 Tokyo
Day 4 Tokyo, excursion by train to Kamakura
Day 5 Tokyo

We begin our Japan tour in Tokyo. After the flight to Tokyo, you can explore this exciting city. Tokyo is on the east side of Honshu, the largest island of Japan, the Tokyo-wan Bay. You can escape the bustling city life and discover this vibrant city with its many facets. You can also relax in one of the many parks , which are like oases in the middle of Tokyo. The famous Ginza district is well worth a visit. With its bustling business center and expensive shops Ginza is the symbol of the rise of Japan. Also, Akihabara and Shinjuku demonstrate the success of Japan as a producer of modern cars and electronics. Here the latest electronic gadgets are for sale. In the district of Shibuya you can find many large department stores and trendy shops for the young. Harajuku is known for its chic international fashion stores and many small boutiques. In the district of Asakusa you will find the famous Japanese Sensoji temple frequented by the Japanese. The street to the temple is full of small souvenir shops and has a history of hundreds of years old. A visit to Tsukiji, the largest fish market in the world, is an experience. You will see fish you've never seen before. You can enjoy a delicious sushi lunch or for the early birds, a sushi breakfast.

Nowhere can you find fresher sushi! Also nearby are the beautiful Hama-Rikyu Gardens. From this park you can take the boat to the Sensoji temple. From Tokyo we make a day trip to Kamakura, the imperial capital of Japan in the 13th century. Kamakura is located on the azure Pacific Ocean and enveloped on three sides by wooded hills. At the station Kita- (North) Kamakura, we get off at this station, walk through the temples in the forests to the center of town. You can also choose to explore the city and temples by bike. In Kamakura you can not miss the large bronze Buddha statue in the 13th century Tsurugaoka Shrine. In addition to this impressive statue is Kamakura, which is full of large and small Zen temples, often located in attractive gardens or parks. The architecture here has the atmosphere of a bygone age. Also you will find in Kamakura good examples of the famous Japanese gardens.

Matsumoto

Day 6 Tokyo

From Tokyo we travel to Matsumoto by bus through the Daio wasabi farm. In clear weather, you have a nice view of the sacred volcano Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan. We stop at the Daio wasabi farm, the largest wasabi farm in Japan well known for its beautiful water mills. The farm also plays a role in the film “Dreams” by the famous director Akira Kurosawa. The castle town of Matsumoto was founded in the 8th century in the "Japanese Alps. The black and White Matsumoto-jo Castle is the highlight of this town and is seen as one of the three most beautiful castles of Japan. In the castle you will find a museum on the top floor from which you have a beautiful view over the mountainous area.

Takayama and Shirakawago

Day 7 Matsumoto to Takayama bus
Day 8 Takayama, excursion to Shirakawago

The next day we travel by bus through the Japanese Alps to the picturesque town of Takayama, where we spend two nights. This village has managed to preserve this charming village in its isolated location in a valley. You can see many traditional wooden houses, equipped with sliding doors and walls to cool the home in the warm summer. The open-air museum (Hida no Sato), where you find traditional wooden houses from this part of Japan, is worth visiting. On the second day in Takayama we make an excursion to Shirakawago. This village in the Japanese Alps time seems to have stood still. Wooden houses with thatched roofs stand in the rice fields. You can walk on the narrow streets and paths running between houses and fields to visit various shops. A short walk takes you up to a small restaurant with a beautiful view over the village.

Kyoto
Day 9 Takayama to Kyoto by train
Day 10 Kyoto
Day 11 Kyoto excursion by train to Nara and visit Fushimi Inari Shrine

From Takayama we go by train to Kyoto. For more than 1,000 years, Kyoto was the residence of the emperor and the capital of Japan. The city has more than 2,000 temples such as the big wooden Higashi-Honganji and Toji Temple in 796. The Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) is also a good example of the magnificent temple architecture. In Kyoto, in addition to many famous temples there are numerous undiscovered scenic spots. The area around the Kiyomizu-dera temple you can find small shops, which sell traditional crafts. The gardens around the temples and palaces bear witness to centuries of devotion. Here the Japanese garden design evolved, with magnificent, small scale, simulated landscapes. At the Ryoanji Temple is a rock landscape. During a walk through the old entertainment center, the Gion district, you will see many 'ochaya "or tea houses where geishas still work. You feel as you have stepped into the past. A fun way to explore the city is by bike. Like the Japanese, for large parts of your bike ride, you ride on the sidewalk. From Kyoto we make a day trip to Nara, which in the 8th century was the capital of Japan. The city is built on the model of Chang-an, the capital of China during the Tang Dynasty. Most of the monuments are located on the outskirts of the city in a beautiful park, which is inhabited by tame deer. In this park is the 150 foot high Todaiji Temple, the largest wooden building in the world. The temple houses one of the largest bronze Buddha statues in the world and impressive 25 foot high wooden Nio images. In the park surrounding it are even more beautiful ancient temples, some dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries. On the way back from Nara to Kyoto, we visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine. On the base of this temple are hundreds of red torii that form a path through the woods. This is a great place to take photos and to take a walk along the small temples and restaurants that surround the mountain at the temple. On the last day in Kyoto, you might take a walk on the famous Philosopher's Walk in the east of the city. This trail runs along a canal with restaurants and craft shops and is a popular hiking path for the Japanese.

Koyasan
Day 12 Kyoto

We go to Koyasan by train. Japanese try not only to escape the summer heat in the high Koyasan but also many people hope to detatch from the stresses of the dayt in one of the many Buddhist. We stay here in a "Shukubo", a lodging in a temple complex. During dinner and breakfast, which are included in the price, you will be served delicious vegetarian dishes. Again, as with the regular Japanese homes, you swap your shoes for slippers. During our stay, it is possible for you to attend a Buddhist service in the early morning and / or at the beginning of the evening. This is a great way to get a good impression of the ancient Japanese religious traditions. Nearby is the sanctuary Okuno-in which more than 11,000 lights illuminate a large hall. You reach the property through a path in a garden full of statues and tombs of powerful families. There is a very special atmosphere here. We stay one night and the next day go by train for about two hours to bustling Osaka.

Osaka

Day 13 Koyasan to Osaka by train
Day 14 Osaka
Day 15 Osaka – (land ends)

As Kyoto is a reminder of the past, Osaka is a city of the present. The city is famous for its food and good shopping. The population is more down to earth than in the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto. Here we leave the beauty of the past and to enjoy everyday life once more . The town is characterized by a network of canals and the 16th-century Osaka-jo castle. Take in a performance of Bunraku, at Osaka’s puppet theater. Also Osaka Aquarium is a famous attraction. In the evening you stroll through the illuminated shopping center and enjoy the a last delicious Japanese food in one of the many restaurants before you return home.

Hiroshima

* For those who wish to see Hiroshima, it is easy to arrange a day excursion taking the bullet train from Osaka. 

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2019

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Mar-25-19Apr-07-19$3,3150 seats
Apr-01-19
Guaranteed leave
Apr-14-19$3,4453 seatsbook now >
Apr-08-19Apr-21-19$3,2450 seats
Apr-15-19Apr-28-19$3,1800 seats
Apr-22-19May-05-19$3,4450 seats
Apr-29-19May-12-19$3,18012 seatsbook now >
May-06-19
Guaranteed leave
May-19-19$3,1807 seatsbook now >
May-13-19May-26-19$3,18012 seatsbook now >
May-20-19Jun-02-19$3,31512 seatsbook now >
May-27-19
Guaranteed leave
Jun-09-19$3,05010 seatsbook now >
Jun-10-19Jun-23-19$3,05011 seatsbook now >
Jul-08-19Jul-21-19$3,31520 seatsbook now >
Jul-15-19Jul-28-19$3,18020 seatsbook now >
Jul-18-19Jul-31-19$3,18020 seatsbook now >
Jul-22-19Aug-04-19$3,18018 seatsbook now >
Jul-29-19Aug-11-19$3,18020 seatsbook now >
Aug-05-19Aug-18-19$3,18020 seatsbook now >
Aug-12-19Aug-25-19$3,18018 seatsbook now >
Aug-19-19Sep-01-19$3,18020 seatsbook now >
Sep-02-19Sep-15-19$3,18020 seatsbook now >
Sep-09-19Sep-22-19$3,18020 seatsbook now >
Sep-23-19Oct-06-19$3,05020 seatsbook now >
Sep-30-19Oct-13-19$3,05018 seatsbook now >
Oct-07-19Oct-20-19$3,05020 seatsbook now >
Oct-14-19Oct-27-19$3,05020 seatsbook now >
Oct-21-19Nov-03-19$3,05020 seatsbook now >

Departure dates 2020

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Mar-23-20Apr-05-20$3,05020 seatsbook now >
Mar-30-20Apr-12-20$3,18020 seatsbook now >
Apr-04-20Apr-17-20$3,18020 seatsbook now >
Apr-06-20Apr-19-20$3,18020 seatsbook now >
Apr-13-20Apr-26-20$3,18020 seatsbook now >
Apr-20-20May-03-20$3,18020 seatsbook now >
Apr-27-20May-10-20$3,18020 seatsbook now >
May-04-20May-17-20$3,18020 seatsbook now >
May-11-20May-24-20$3,18020 seatsbook now >
May-18-20May-31-20$3,18020 seatsbook now >
May-25-20Jun-07-20$3,18020 seatsbook now >
Jun-08-20Jun-21-20$3,18020 seatsbook now >
Jun-15-20Jun-28-20$3,18020 seatsbook now >
Jun-22-20Jul-05-20$3,05020 seatsbook now >

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

Included in our Japan tour package: land program beginning and ending at first and last hotel, transport by bus and train, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast in Koyasan, excursions according to program, Dutch tour guide (speaks Dutch & English).

Price excludes

Excluded in our Japan tour package: international flights from/to United States, meals, and optional excursions, entrance fees if not specifically named as included, visa(if applicable), exit taxes (if applicable), tips, personal expenses, travel insurance, airport transfers at arrival & departure.

Group trip dates denoted with the green "G"  (Most Likely to GO)

The dates you see listed in our group tours that are marked with a green "G" are MOST LIKELY TO GO based on this trip's past booking history, for a similar date. Before booking your flights it is important that you check with us to see if the group has enough participants for the trip to GO. However, Djoser is not responsible for costs for flight changes or cancellations if a trip must be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, which might include a booking cancellation after the trip has been deemed to have sufficient bookings for a "GO". 

Cost Overview

Costs are listed in U.S. Dollars

Single room from:  $385

Estimated Out of Pocket Costs Weekly (for meals, excursions and extra not listed as included)   $420

Extension hotel city #1 TOKYO
Double room - total from $170
Single room  from $125
Extension hotel city #2  
Double room total from  
Single room from   

Payment Schedule 

  • Deposit is due upon booking to hold your place
  • 20% of total costs due (or $500 minimum) 
  • Payments by charge card or check accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date. 

USEFUL WEBSITES

Weather:   http://worldweather.wmo.int/en/home.html

Consulate List:   http://www.state.gov/misc/list/index.htm

Passport/Visa Expeditor:   TRAVISA   http://www.travisa.com/

Travel Insurance Quote:  TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792  http://www.travelexinsurance.com/quote/?nc=1  

Currency Conversion Cheat Sheet : http://www.oanda.com/currency/travel-exchange-rates

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

Accommodations - The hotels we stay during our Japan tour are comfortable tourist class hotels that are centrally located. They feature all modern amenities and have a private bathroom. The staff is extremely service oriented as per Japanese tradition.  In Koyasan we stay in a "Shukubo" a Buddhist temple where monks prepare our meals (dinner and breakfast included). Here you sleep on a futon (thin mattress) on the 'tatami' (thick, quality floor mats of woven rice straw). In this traditional Japanese accommodation rooms are not en suite, but a "ofuro" (shower, hot tub and toilet for common use) on the corridor. The Japanese are very fond of hygiene, so do not forget the flip flops for trips to the toilet.

Some examples of our usual hotels (subject to change)

Tokyo Hotel Jal City Tamachi
Matsumoto Matsumoto Tokyu Inn
Takayama Hida Hotel Plaza
Kyoto Ibis Styles Kyoto Station
Koyasan  Shojoshin-in Temple
Osaka Hotel Plaza Osaka


Single room - Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on "Dates & Prices" page.

Hotel extensions - It is always great to be well rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed on the "Dates & Prices" page.

Meals – During the Japan tour you can decide where, with whom and what you want to eat. Of course you can eat with the group, but you are free to dine on your own. The meals are therefore not included in the trip (except dinner and breakfast in Koyasan). The tour guide will give you tips for a good restaurant, café or suggestions and for entertainment. Japan is a paradise fine food lovers. The variety is huge. Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe have over 500 restaurants with one or more Michelin stars. The food in the less upscale restaurants is of course delicious and high quality, and very affordable! Tokyo alone has more than 160,000 eateries!
If you like fish, you'll be happy in Japan. Usually you get a huge bowl, richly filled with all kinds of delicacies from the ocean. You will be surprised by the number of Japanese sushi bars with delicious fresh sushi and sashimi. Also in many big stores you can get your delicious fresh sushi or a complete Bento bo the typical Japanese lunch box with small boxes with different dishes. Other classic dishes are Shabu-shabu; two bowls with vegetables and meat that you cook yourself at the table in hot oil and Tempura dishes;breaded and fried vegetables and shrimp. You will also come across yakitori; chicken on a skewer marinated in a sweet sauce. You can also find other delicious dishes such as Udon, Ramen, Tonkatsu, Kobe steak, Sukiyaki, Okonomiyaki etc. etc. The Japanese cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world. With almost every meal free green tea and water are provided. There are also plenty of western style restaurants to choose from. including pizza, pasta, burgers or French cuisine.

Flights & Transportation

Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arrive from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the land beginning and end times are listed in this section. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind:

Dutch participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
Airline: Lufthansa
NL participants arrive: Tokyo   12:15 PM
NL participants depart: Osaka 10:05 AM

Before you book your flight - To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.

Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.

Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.

Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices"  section

If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.

Airport transfer to/from hotel – not Included - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.

Useful Links for booking your flights
Orbitz.com
Expedia.com
Kaykak.com

Local transportation -  In Japan we travel mostly by train. These time-saving trains leave more time for the many highlights that Japan has to offer. The train in Japan is very punctual and runs normally to the exact second. Traveling with the Japanese is a cultural experience in itself. What is striking is that the train is not wired, and you find many sleeping passengers. At various routes we use the most modern and fast Shinkansen bullet train. These very comfortable trains have excellent service on board and the beautiful cars offer ample opportunity to view the beautiful and varied region. Two legs will be covered by bus, between Tokyo and Matsumoto and between Matsumoto and Takayama we travel by train or bus to the hotel (a short distance from the station). Between Hiroshima and the island of Miyajima we travel by ferry. On the route to and from Koyasan is by train, over a short distance. We also take a bus and a funicular.

Money Matters

A summary of all trip costs can be found on our "Dates & Prices" page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.

Included in price of our Japan tour package

  • Land package (begins & ends at hotel)
  • Tour leader (logistics coordinator, not a lecturer), speaks Dutch & English
  • Dinner and breakfast in Koyasan
  • Rooms with private bath
  • Overnight in a "Shukubo" a Buddhist temple
  • Tour temple and beach city Kamakura
  • Tour Matsumoto castle from the 16th century
  • Tour Shirakawago, back in time in the Japanese Alps
  • Nara excursion with ao the largest wooden building in the world
  • Visit Fushimi Inari temple with hundreds of red torii
     

When you book a trip

  • Deposit of 20% of the minimum land price due upon booking
  • Payments by charge card or check are accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date


While you are traveling

In your pre-trip information we will send you more information about money matters such as information about local currencies, charge cards, ATM’s, currency exchange, etc.

Local Currency : Yen
Cash accepted: Yen. Easy exchange at hotels
ATMs: Widely available 
Credit Cards: Accepted most places


Tipping - 
It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.

** You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.

Excursions

Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the "Dates & Prices" section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.

During our Japan group tour, the following excursions are included in the program:

  • From Tokyo we make a day trip to Kamakura, in the 13th century, the imperial capital of Japan. Kamakura are beautiful temples in the wooded hills
  • Visit to the Daio wasabi farm, the largest wasabi farm in Japan
  • Excursion to the unique Shirakawago; Japan as it was hundreds of years ago.
  • On this day we make an excursion to Nara, a former capital of Japan. Here you will find include the Todai-ji, the largest wooden building in the world. On the way we stop at the special Fushimi Inari temple with hundreds of red torii

In addition, there are several places to visit which only have an entrance fee has to be paid (and some are even free) such as:

  • In Tokyo there are too many options to mention but two (free) sights definitely worth visiting, Tsukiji Fish Market and the Meiji Shrine
  • Matsumoto you can visit the unique black castle. One of the few original castles from the 16th century
  • The open-air Hida no Sato is on the outskirts of Takayama and is well worth a visit. You will find original wooden houses and workshops from the area
  • In Kyoto there is a special abundance of temples and gardens, such as the Gold and Silver temple
  • In Osaka, you can visit the world famous aquarium and castle

There are many other excursion options. From Tokyo, you can make a day trip to Nikko, one of the most beautiful temple cities in Japan. Visiting a Noh or Kabuki performance also among the possibilities. Kyoto is located between the mountains, but the city itself is largely flat.

Travel Documents

When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip. 

Travel documents need
Japan tourist visa needed - NO   Consulate link

Visa expeditor - If you are anxious about the visa process, or if you are short of time, you can pay an additional fee for an expediting service. They will look over your paperwork and should be able to guaranty a swift return of your visa or passport. We can recommend TRAVISA. 

Health Issues & Insurance

Health - Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.

When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance.It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as IMMODIUM). Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellent , salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit. 

Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.

For a tour of Japan, you do not need vaccinations. The hygienic conditions are similar to those in the States and so there is no increased risk of illness. Of course, it is wise to keep in your own bag a little "travel pharmacy 'with some bandages, aspirin, betadine / iodine, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, etc. pack

Insurance - For piece of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses, Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.

You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan. * Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation. TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792

Group Composition

Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America, who will be the minority group on these trips. Most of our trips range from a minimum of eight participants to a maximum of 20 or 22. You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).

Minimum group size: 8 
Maximum group size: 20


What to expect when traveling with an international group - 
Djoser, Inc. (the United States office) has been a Japan tour operator for several years. Djoser, B.V. (the Netherlands office) has been a Japan tour operator for over 25 years. So together we bring vast experience.Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.

On our Japan group tour, you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. Typically, there are only one to five North Americans per group. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.

The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way. The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

Our trips are guided by an experienced Netherlands guide who speaks Dutch and English. He or she will be responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the trip. He/she coordinates with the driver, hotels, and other vendors along the way. The tour leader has extensive travel experience and expertise as well as a comprehensive training.

Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. We work closely with them and they function as the liaison between our office, the guide, drivers and hotels. They are also available in the case of an emergency and their number will be provided on your emergency contact list.

Climate & Geography

Since Japan stretches about  1850 miles from North to South, the climate varies and is dependent on where you are traveling and the time of year. Japan has four seasons and the seasons are similar to those in the U.S.. The temperatures of northern Honshu are similar to those of the northern states, and the temperatures of the South Kyushu Honshu and are similar to those of the Southern states. In late March, early April is the time of the cherry blossoms, a time of reflection and celebration for the Japanese. Scheduling a trip to see the cherry blossoms is difficult  because the flowering depends on the temperature and rainfall, therefore occurs at different times. . The spring months of April and May are the most beautiful; the weather starts to warm up and it is mostly dry and there is especially in April to see much blossom. In the autumn is the period from mid-September to mid-November is the best time to travel to Japan. The temperatures are still very pleasant and from mid October the leaves begin to change color already. A magnificent spectacle are the parks and mountains of Japan. The bright red Japanese ash trees are impressive. June, and the beginning of September are rainy. In July and August it is hot and you have to take into account probability of high humidity. During this period, it is still fine to travel if one takes into account the temperature and a few showers.

Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org

Photos & video

Book Trip/Trip Inquiry

Are you ready to book a trip?


* Submit this form to begin your reservation process.  Confirm that names exactly as they appear on a current passports.  If names on your international, domestic flights or visas (if applicable) do not match your name as it appears on your passport, some countries will deny you entry.

TIP:  Also verify your name on your flight records, within 24 hours after reserving to avoid change or cancellation penalties.   

* Pay by personal check or credit card:  Visa, Mastercard, American Express

* Call us with your charge card information.  Your place will be reserved upon receipt of funds for required deposit.

* Refer to the Prices & Dates page for an overview of your total costs & deposit 


* Download the Booking Form with Terms and Conditions

* Fax for with signatures for all participants 18 and over to  484-595-9140 . Or scan to us at luke@djoserusa.com

* Or mail Djoser, Inc., 154 Woodgate Lane, Paoli, PA 19301 - Attn: Luke Neal


Download Booking Form 

* = required

Highlights

  • All highlights of Japan at a relaxed pace
  • International group - all ages 
  • Excursions to Kamakura and Nara included
  • Visit the unique Shirakawago
  • Comfortable travel by train and Shinkansen
  • Temple night incl. dinner and breakfast

Our Japan Trips