Discover the essence of Japan—from Mt. Fuji, Kanazawa, and Kyoto to Tokyo—and discover a land of sublime art, unsurpassed natural beauty, and fascinating traditions as well as bustling modernity.

Starting at: $6,984 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto  Buddha at Todai-ji Temple  The iconic Mt. Fuji  Traditional kimonos  Entrance to Nijo Castle (detail), Kyoto  Nijo Castle Garden, Kyoto  Ryoan-ji Zen Garden, Kyoto  Todaiji Temple, Nara  The historic houses of Shirakawa-go  An artisan at work  Traditional sushi platter  Sushi-making lesson

Eternal Japan

13 days from $6,984 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Discover the essence of Japan—from Mt. Fuji, Kanazawa, and Kyoto to Tokyo—and discover a land of sublime art, unsurpassed natural beauty, and fascinating traditions as well as bustling modernity.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Hard to top this trip! It was well planned and the opportunity to see smaller cities such as Takayama made this trip very special. There was no way could we have seen, experienced and learned so very much about this country on our own … especially over a limited number of days! Very good value. This was our second Smithsonian journey and, as we experienced with our first, excellent arrangements, enrichment program, and educational impact. This was simply an outstanding introduction to Japanese culture; it topped our expectations.

- Suzanne and Peter C.

This was a top quality tour! Fabulous rooms, and delicious meals. The best part though is the exceptional tour guides and experts that took us on this amazing journey through Japan. I learned so much and felt completely cared for from them as we traveled from one city to the next. I would recommend traveling with Smithsonian to all my friends and family without hesitation!

- Carol M.

This tour really gave us insights into the culture and language of Japan we couldn't have gotten any other way. 

- Nicky S.

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

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ACCOMMODATIONS

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Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

This modern hotel is centrally located in Tokyo and sits close to the city’s popular Ginza area. Hotel facilities and amenities include several restaurants, a bar, fitness center, sauna, salon, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, and dry cleaning and laundry service. Each of the air-conditioned guest rooms have a private bath with hairdryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone

Number of nights: 3

Shin Kado Ya (ryokan)

Atami, Japan

Shin Kado Ya sits overlooking the Sagami-nada Sea in the coastal town of Atami. This traditional ryokan offers a Japanese-style lodging experience where 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. Water is pulled from Shin Kado Ya’s private spring, and the ryokan offers traditional décor and a tranquil atmosphere for our one-night stay. Bedrooms have private bathrooms, and per Japanese tradition, shoes must be removed in bedrooms.

Number of nights: 1

Setsugetsuka (ryokan)

Harkone, Japan

Setsugetsuka sits just a minute’s walk away from Gora Station in the small hot springs town of Hakone. This traditional ryokan offers a Japanese-style lodging experience where guests can enjoy a dip in the public outdoor onsen bath; dine upon fresh, local Japanese food at dinner; and experience sleeping in a room of serene, minimalist Japanese design with a private bathroom. Water is pulled from two private springs, and the ryokan offers traditional décor and a tranquil atmosphere for our one-night stay. Air-conditioned guest rooms offer private bath with hair dryer, tea-making facilities, and TV. Per Japanese tradition, shoes must be removed in bedrooms at this ryokan.

Number of nights: 1

Mizunoto (ryokan) April 1 departure only

Hakone, Japan

A traditional ryokan offering an authentic Japanese-style lodging experience, Mizunoto enjoys a convenient location in the small hot springs town of Hakone, where guests can enjoy a dip in the public outdoor onsen bath. The lodging itself offers authentic Japanese dining, décor, and a tranquil atmosphere in which guests can immerse themselves for the one-night stay. Air-conditioned guest rooms have traditional futons for sleeping, private bath, hair dryer, in-room safe, and TV. 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

Takayama Green Hotel (October 7, 2019 and October 24, 2020 departure only)

Takayama, Japan

The Takayama Green Hotel, located in Takayama’s Old Town and close to the Miyagawa Morning Market, offers a variety of traditional Japanese relaxation options.  Guests can take the waters at the hotel’s natural hot springs baths, which include indoor and outdoor bathing options.  Hotel amenities include massage service, complimentary WiFi internet access, fitness center, beauty salon, and gift shop. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, refrigerator, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

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

The Thousand Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan

Just opened in the summer of 2019, The Thousand Kyoto offers an elegant and contemporary stay in the heart of Kyoto. With soaring interior spaces, understated yet sophisticated décor, and a variety of amenities, The Thousand Kyoto ranks as a perfect place from which to explore this fascinating city. The hotel boasts a Japanese restaurant, an Italian restaurant, a tea room with tea-infused cocktails, fitness center, spa with a range of treatments (for a fee), complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee). Air-conditioned guest rooms are designed according to a minimalist Japanese aesthetic and have private bath with hair dryer, tea-making facilities, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 1

Hotel Granvia Kyoto (2019 departures only)

Kyoto, Japan

Sitting atop the JR Kyoto Station, this hotel is ideally located and close to an underground shopping mall, the Kyoto National Museum, and many temples.  The hotel features nine restaurants and two bars, an indoor pool, sauna, fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Each of the 536 spacious, air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hairdryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 1