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Old WOrld

October 3-16, 2023

Spend 13 days/12 nights exploring a different side of Japan including ceramics villages, a local festival, and one of Japan's most scenic train rides starting at $4599 per person, double occupancy, land only



  • 2 nights in Tokyo at the Shiba Park Hotel with breakfast, transfer from airport

  • Half day Tokyo city tour

  • Bullet train to Nagoya

  • 2 nights in Nagoya at the Mitsui Garden Premier Hotel with breakfast

  • Tour of Nagoya with Nagoya Castle & the Tokugawa Art Museum

  • Special train journey on the Nagara River Railway to Hokuno with lunch

  • Tour of Gujo Hachiman

  • 1 night at the Shokawa Marriott Hotel with breakfast

  • Drive to Takayama, explore the Takayama and its Autumn Festival with your guide

  • 2 nights in Takayama at the Mercure Takayama with breakfast

  • Drive to Kanazawa with a visit to Shirakawa-go Village (see picture above)

  • 2 nights at the Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel with breakfast

  • Tour of Kanazawa

  • Drive to Toyama & Toyama Bay Cruise

  • 2 nights at the Yamanoha Ryokan with dinner and breakfast

  • Tour of Kurobe Gorge

  • Bullet train to Tokyo

  • 1 night at the Shiba Park Hotel with breakfast

  • Transfer to airport

  • English-speaking guide throughout

Price for 15-20 people
Double occupancy: $4599 per person
Single occupancy: $6215

Price for 10-14 people
Double occupancy:
$5455 per person

Single occupancy: $7069


Image by Louie Martinez

Day One - October 3, 2023

Fly to Tokyo

Board your flight to Tokyo! Coming from the Western Hemisphere, you will "lose" a day by crossing the International Date Line and will arrive on October 4th.


Day Two - October 4, 2023

Arrive in Tokyo

Arrive at Narita Airport and transfer to the Shiba Park Hotel in Tokyo.

Image by Yosuke Ota

Day Three - October 5, 2023

Tokyo Sightseeing

Take a half day tour of Tokyo, visiting some of the city's most important and beautiful sights including the Meiji Shrine and its gardens, the fashionable Harajuku neighborhood right next door, Asakusa, and more. The rest of the day will be free for you to explore Tokyo on your own.

Image by Fikri Rasyid

Day Four - October 6, 2023

Bullet train to Nagoya

In the morning, take the bullet train from Tokyo Station to Nagoya. Check into the Mitsui Garden Premier Hotel before heading off to visit Nagoya Castle and the Tokugawa Art Museum.

Image by Alexandre Valdivia

Day Five - October 7, 2023


Heavy Walking Day
Take local trains to the pottery town of Tokoname, which has been producing ceramic ware since the Heian Period (794-1185 CE). Visit the Pottery Footpath & Forest, the Tokonyan Ceramic Hall, and the Nobori-gama - an impressive Toei kiln that is one of the few surviving examples left in Japan.

Image by Tara Vester

Day Six - October 8, 2023

Gujo Hachiman & the Nagara River Railway

Head to Mina-Ota to take the Nagara River Railway deep into the heart of Gifu prefecture, where old Japan still exists in these mountain villages. Enjoy lunch in Hokuno before driving to Gujo Hachiman, which was once known for its castle and is now known as the center of Japan's ubiquitous plastic food replicas. After your tour, overnight in Shokawa.

Image by Vladimir Haltakov

Day Seven - October 9, 2023

Takayama's Autumn Festival

Heavy Walking Day
Head to Takayama for the town's Autumn Festival, considered one of the most beautiful festivals in all of Japan. Watch the elaborate floats as the travel down the streets and entertain the festival goers with special marionette performances. In between festival events, explore Takayama's historical center and taste local delicacies.


Day Eight - October 10, 2023

Takayama's Autumn Festival

Continue to explore Takayama and enjoy the Autumn Festival on your own.

Image by Sorrawis Chongcharoen

Day Nine - October 11, 2023


Drive to Kanazawa and stop along the way in the traditional village of Shirakawa-go, known for its distinctive farmhouses with steep angled roofs. Overnight in Kanazawa.

Image by Yu

Day Ten - October 12, 2023


Take a tour of Kanazawa with visits to the famous Kenrokuen gardens, where we'll enjoy a traditional tea ceremony. From there wander through the Higashi Chaya district to Omichi Market, Kanazawa's biggest market. Take a tour of the Nomura Samurai House to see how samurai and their families lived up until the 1800s.

Image by Fred Rivett

Day Eleven - October 13, 2023


Drive to Toyama and enjoy a cruise on Toyama Bay. The bay is home to unique marine life, including the phosphorescent firefly squid. In the afternoon, check into the Yamanoha Ryokan to enjoy the onsen baths and a traditional kaiseki dinner.

Image by Ajeng Larasati

Day Twelve - October 14, 2023

Kurobe Gorge

Heavy Walking Day
Head to the Kur
obe Gorge, which is only accessible by train. Depending on the weather, you can sit in open air cars and watch the scenery go by. At the end of the line there is a short hiking trail and a foot bath where you can sit and soak your feet after you explore the gorge.

Image by Jezael Melgoza

Day Thirteen - October 15, 2023

Bullet train to Tokyo

Take a bullet train back to Tokyo. Check into the Shiba Park Hotel and use the rest of the day to explore Tokyo.

Image by Kevin Woblick

Day Fourteen - October 16, 2023

Fly home

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

This trip is designed for active travelers. You will need to be able to walk several miles a day (with breaks). If you have mobility issues and still want to join the group, please contact to see if we can make accommodations for you.

Small group COVID-19 Vaccination
& Masking Requirements

Due to the increased potential for the spread of COVID-19 within a small group, we require all travelers who sign up for our small group trips to be fully vaccinated and boosted with the most recent booster. we recommend getting your booster about one month before departure.
We also require that all groups wear masks indoors, including on the tour bus and on public transportation, unless they are eating or in the privacy of their own rooms.



Meals not listed in the itinerary

Luggage transfer from Toyama to Tokyo (available upon request)

Travel insurance

Gratuities for guides, drivers, waitstaff, bellhops, etc.

Services not listed on the itinerary
Optional Tours

International Flights

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