Back Roads of Japan with G Adventures

11 days
02 Nov 24 to 24 Dec 24
Book by 29 Feb 24
Explore Tokyo's mix of tradition and modernity, from historic temples to futuristic districts. Immerse in samurai culture at Matsumoto Castle, then cycle through Hagi's charming streets. Experience a community homestay for a deeper connection with local life. Discover Kyoto's timeless beauty with its temples and unique districts. Conclude your journey with a reflective day in Kyoto, blending vibrant city life with serene landscapes.


  • 11 Days G Adventures Tour
  • 10 Nights accommodation: Hotels (8 nts), Homestay (2 nts, multi-share)
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Transportation by bus, bullet train, local train, bicycle, walking
  • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides
  • Included experiences
  • Modern Tokyo walking tour
  • Zenkoji Temple visit (Nagano)
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park visit (Nagano)
  • Matsumoto Castle visit
  • Hagi Community Homestay welcome ceremony
  • Hagi cycling tour
  • Tottori sand dunes visit
  • Tottori fish market visit
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine visit
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days) and much more!


  • Flights
  • Arrival/ departure transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Spending money and items of a personal nature


  • Travel Style: Classic
  • All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
  • My Own Room - From R8499.00
  • If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.
  • Luggage size restriction – Effective from May 2020 onwards
  • All G Adventures tours in Japan use the world-famous Shinkansen bullet trains, which have a restriction on maximum luggage size. Your luggage must be less than 160cm in total. This is roughly the size that most airline companies consider as "carry-on baggage" and allow in overhead storage compartments.
  • We strongly recommend bringing a day pack or backpack to use during the day, in addition to your carry-on sized luggage. Please see “What to take” under Tour details for more information.


  • 10 Nights accommodation
  • 6 Meals
  • Sightseeing


Day 1: Tokyo

Arrive at any time. Exclusive Inclusions: Your Welcome Moment Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2: Tokyo

Take a CEO-led walking tour of eclectic modern Tokyo from the hub of Shinjuku to Shibuya through to Harajuku.

Day 3: Tokyo/Nagano

Journey to Nagano, located in the Japanese Alps and host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics. Discover the world-famous Jigokudani Monkey Park and watch Japanese snow monkeys bathing in the natural hot springs.

Day 4: Nagano

Enjoy a day-trip to quaint Matsumoto and visit one of Japan's most treasured castles. Return to Nagano and explore historic Zenkoji Temple.

Day 5: Nagano/Otsu

Travel to Otsu in Shiga prefecture, located on the banks of Lake Biwa, Japan's largest freshwater lake. Settle in and relax with a stroll around this picturesque lake before heading out to enjoy a delicious bowl of Ramen for dinner. Meals included: Dinner

Day 6: Otsu/Hagi

Grab a quick breakfast before heading off, on a long travel day. In the late afternoon, arrive in the quaint city of Hagi, a former castle town that boasts feudal architecture. Take part in a welcome ceremony with the local residents, and meet your host family at a community homestay, a G Adventures for Good project. Get to know each other as you enjoy dinner together. Exclusive Inclusions: Your G for Good Moment Hagi Community Homestay Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7: Hagi

Explore rural Hagi on a guided morning cycle, spotting samurai architecture along the way. On return, experience authentic Japanese countryside life by partaking in seasonal activities with the community. Return to your homestay in the late afternoon and enjoy dinner with your host family. Exclusive Inclusions: Your G for Good Moment Hagi Community Homestay Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8: Hagi/Tottori

Bid farewell to your host family after enjoying breakfast together. Later, travel to Miho-misumi by train, taking in scenic views along the way. Learn the art of making "washi," a UNESCO-recognized traditional Japanese paper before continuing to the seaside town of Tottori. Exclusive Inclusions: Your Hands-On Moment Traditional Paper-making Lesson Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Tottori/Kyoto

Spend the morning exploring Tottori's scenic sand dunes, some reaching 50m (164 ft) in height. After, visit the local fish market and opt for a fresh seafood lunch. In the late afternoon, travel to Kyoto for two nights in the traditional heart of Japan.

Day 10: Kyoto

Visit the iconic Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, famed for an impressive 10,000 red torii gates. This afternoon, enjoy free time in this picturesque city. Opt to experience zen gardens, teahouses, shrines, and local gift shops – and maybe even spot a real-life geisha.

Day 11: Kyoto

Depart at any time.

Terms & conditions

Prices are per person twin share, include discounts, and are subject to availability and rate of exchange changes. Offers above are a guide only and will vary depending on departure date, our guide price is based on the cheapest departure within the stipulated season and availability is correct at time of loading. Visas may be necessary and insurance is essential. Pentravel and Tour Operator terms and conditions apply, and may be found on our website. Offer can be removed at any time. High season supplements and block out dates may apply. These packages are based on CASH price. E&OE.

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