Explore Japan in depth during visits to many of the country's highlights, plus off-the-beaten-path excursions to learn about its rich traditions.

Starting at: $5,891 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto  Daibutsu or "Great Buddha" in Nara, Japan  An artisan at work  Mt. Fuji  Young Geishas offer a picturesque pose against sake barrels  Entrance to Nijo Castle (detail), Kyoto  Nijo Castle Garden, Kyoto  Ryoan-ji Zen Garden, Kyoto  The Todaiji Temple, Nara  The historic houses of Shirakawa-go

Eternal Japan

13 days from $5,891 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore Japan in depth during visits to many of the country's highlights, plus off-the-beaten-path excursions to learn about its rich traditions.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

brochure iconbrochure

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This Smithsonian Journeys trip exceeded my expectations. The quality of leadership and their narratives, the hotels, and local guides make my trip rich beyond words. Thank you Smithsonian for a special life experience.

- Cheryl B.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

See All Journeys Dispatches ››

ACCOMMODATIONS

*Click on hotel name to visit hotel web-site.

Park Hotel Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Built in 2003, this 273-room hotel in Tokyo's Shiodome culture and business district offers a peaceful oasis from the busy city. Hotel facilities and amenities include several restaurants, bars, and lounges; a salon, flower shop, and gift shop; Internet access; and professional "pillow fitters" to help guests achieve a restful night's sleep. Serenely decorated guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer and other typical amenities.

Number of nights: 3

Prince Park Tower Tokyo (May 10 and Oct 23 departures only)

Tokyo, Japan

The flagship of the Prince Hotel chain, the Prince Park Tower Tokyo sits a short walk from the Tokyo Tower and offers unbeatable skyline views.  Hotel facilities and amenities include several restaurants, bars, and lounges; a salon, spa, fitness center, bowling salon, and gift shop; laundry and dry cleaning services; and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Serenely decorated guest rooms have private bath with hairdryer, air-conditioning, in-room safe, minibar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

New Otani Garden (Oct 4 departure only)

Tokyo, Japan

Built in 1962 to contribute to the advancement of tourism for the Tokyo Olympic Games, the New Otani Garden overlooks stunning Mount Fuji.  The hotel’s facilities and amenities include several restaurants, bars, and lounges (including a rotating sky lounge); fitness center; spa; laundry and dry cleaning services; and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Serenely decorated guest rooms have private bath with hairdryer, air-conditioning, in-room safe, minibar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Aura Tachibana

Hakone, Japan

Located in the small hot springs resort of Hakone, the Aura Tachibana offers a traditional Japanese-style lodging experience.  Guests can enjoy a dip in the public outdoor onsen bath; dine upon fresh, local Japanese food at dinner; and experience sleeping on a futon in a Japanese-style room with private bathroom.  Per Japanese tradition, shoes must be removed in bedrooms at this ryokan.

Number of nights: 1

Hida Hotel Plaza

Takayama, Japan

Centrally located near the railway station and a five-minute walk from Miyagawa morning market, the 283-room Hida Hotel Plaza features several restaurants, lounges, and a sake bar; beauty salon; gift shop; indoor swimming pool, spa, and sauna; Internet access; and a roof-top pool with commanding views of the northern Japanese Alps. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, refrigerator, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Hotel Associa Takayama Resort (Apr 15 departure only)

Takayama, Japan

Hotel Associa Takayama Resort is nestled in amongst the Hida Takayama Hot Spring Village offering a great selection of open-air hot springs that provides spectacular views of the Northern Alps. Hotel amenities include several restaurants, lounges, and bars; spa and outdoor spring baths; tennis court; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; and laundry and dry cleaning services.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hairdryer, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (Apr 1 and Apr 15 departures only)

Kyoto, Japan

A short walk away from the Nishi Honganji Temple, the Kyoto Tokyu Hotel features an elegant and calming design complete with a waterfall garden. It has earned the Kyoto Scenic Beauty Award as well as the BCS Awards for excellence in modern architecture.  The 430-room hotel has several restaurants and a bar; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; fitness center; laundry and dry cleaning services; beauty salon; and gift shop.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hairdryer, in-room safe; minibar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

Kanazawa, Japan

Conveniently located within walking distance of some of Kanazawa's most popular sights, the 260-room Nikko Kanazawa combines a refined European atmosphere with the beauty of the four seasons. Hotel amenities include several restaurants, lounges, and bars; and an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, sauna, and Jacuzzi. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Internet access, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

ANA Crowne Plaza Hyoto Hotel (ANA Hotel Kyoto)

Kyoto, Japan

Despite its contemporary exterior, ANA Hotel Kyoto offers guests traditional Japanese hospitality inside. The 298-room hotel, well located across from Nijo Castle, has several restaurants and a bar; a health club with indoor pool, spa tub, and sauna; internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; beauty salon; and gift shop. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe; mini-bar, mini-fridge, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3