Small Group Tours by STORY

Story Land & Sea®



Tokyo, Traditional Ryokan, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima

Discover the amazing and diverse landscape of Japan.
STORY Exclusive Experiences, Heart of City Hotels
Classic Package from $5,779, Deluxe Package from $6,779
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11-Day Story of Japan Tour

11-Day Story of Japan Tour

Discover the Essence of Japan with STORY Exclusive Experiences

The trip is fully-hosted by our professional STORY Tour Captain and complemented by our local, expert tour guides. the Story of Japan Tour is the perfectly balanced adventure through this beautiful country.

International Flight Date

Day 1

Your international flight is not included in your tour package, however, we can arrange your air travel through our Story® Air Service Department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences. We utilize both our own air department and on-line agencies to find the best rate.

Visit Air Service department by clicking here.

Cross the International Dateline

Day 2

Lose a day crossing the international dateline.

Welcome to Tokyo, Japan

Day 3

Arrival to Tokyo

Airport transfers to your Tokyo hotel are included to our beautiful hotel in the heart of the great city.

After you check-in and freshen up, later tonight you will enjoy a special reception with your STORY Tour Captain.

STORY Way Dining
Enjoy a dinner tonight with your STORY Tour Captain to welcome you officially to Japan!

Tokyo Skyline


Accommodation, 2 Nights
Tokyo Imperial Hotel or Similar

About our Deluxe Hotel
Founded in 1890, the Imperial Hotel has welcomed celebrities by offering impeccable Japanese hospitality.

Discovering Tokyo

Day 4

This morning we will enjoy a drive through Tokyo for a fantastic overview that intertwines both traditional and modern Japan.

Experience a Tea Ceremony in Tokyo at Hamarikyu Gardens.
Our amazing journey continues with an included experience at this garden tea house.

Boaters In Tokyo enjoying the spring cherry blossoms.


Ryokan in Hakone

Day 5

This morning we make our way to the tow of Hakone, a resort town known for its hot springs. On the way we stop off for a special experience on Lake Ashi.

The Lake Ashi boat cruise, weather permitting, will explore the lake which was created about 3,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption. From this lake's southern edge you can see views of Mt. Fuji and the perspective seen in so many photos.

Lake Ashi with Mt. Fuji in background.

Story Exclusive
Enjoy a special culinary experience and learn the art of making Sushi –  the perfect cap to our day and arrival into Hakone.

STORY Way Dining
Enjoy a special dinner tonight with your Tour Captain.

Accommodation, 1 Night
Hakone Kowakien Tenyu or Similar

About our Ryokan
Welcome to Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu, a true sanctuary facing magnificent mountain in Hakone, away from your bustling city life. The concept of our ryokan is the harmony of authentic Japanese hospitality and the nature. You can watch the sunrising sky while bathing in our enormous open-air onsen with infinite horizon view. In addition, all rooms come with its own private open-air bath. In the evening,get excited for the beautifully presented delicious Japanese cuisine at your table. Enjoy the heavenly experience of the true Japanese service throughout your stay.

What's the difference between a Ryokan and a Hotel?
Ryokans are the traditional Japanese accommodation with minimalistic 'tatami' mat rooms. We will trade in our regular shoes and clothes for a 'yukata,' a Japanese-style robe and slippers. They usually will feature an Onsen (hot springs) which means we'll get to experience Japanese bathing culture and etiquette. We will enjoy a Kiaseki dinner which is a multi-coursed experience, and the same for breakfast. The beds are traditional Japanese futon.

Ryokan - JR Odawara Sta.

Day 6

This morning we make our way to the Yatai Kaikan Hall, a museum devoted to the unique and spectacular floats of the Takayama festivals

Special Visit to the Yatai Kaikan Hall
Admire the detailed carvings, metalwork and puppets of the floats housed in this exhibition hall. You will learn why the floats were originally decorated in this way. This grand space, also known as the Takayama Float Exhibition Hall, houses four resplendent floats, each decorated with intricate weavings, carvings and metal adornments

Takayama Jinya
Because of its valuable timber resources, the Hida Region around Takayama was put under direct control of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1692. The Takayama Jinya served as the local government office headed by the officials dispatched from Edo (present day Tokyo).

The building complex was in official use until 1969, and is now open to the public as a museum. It includes various nicely maintained tatami mat rooms that once served as offices, conference rooms, guest rooms and residential space.

Takayama old town, located in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture.

Accommodation, 2 Nights
Hotel Associa Takayama Resort or Similar


Shirakawago & Kanazawa
Day 7

This morning we make our way to Wada Family's House. Wada house is part family home and part museum. It is also one of the largest gassho homes in the village of Shiraka-mura.

Then we enjoy admission to Doburoku Festival Museum. The Doburoku Festival Museum celebrates the Doburoku Festival occurs yearly from late September to October in Shirakawago. The exhibit features dolls and models to reproduce parts of the festival and not only shows an overview of the event, but also illustrates rituals of the festival as well as its transition over time.

Then we take in the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden. Beauty: Kenrokuen in Kanazawa is justifiably classified as one of Japan's "three most beautiful landscape gardens" alongside Mito's Kairakuen and Okayama's Korakuen. The spacious grounds used to be the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle and were constructed by the ruling Maeda family over a period of nearly two centuries. Opened to the public in 1871, Kenrokuen features a variety of flowering trees which provide the garden with a different look for each season.

We return to our hotel for a free evening.

Shirakawago Village



Discovering Kyoto

Day 8

This morning we enjoy a visit to a traditional temple.

More formally known as Tenryū Shiseizen-ji — is the head temple of the Tenryū branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism, located in Kyoto. Tenryuji is the most important temple in Kyoto's Arashiyama district. It was ranked first among the city's five great Zen temples, and is now registered as a world heritage site. Tenryuji is the head temple of its own school within the Rinzai Zen sect of Japanese Buddhism.

Tenryuji was built in 1339 by the ruling shogun Ashikaga Takauji. Takauji dedicated the temple to Emperor Go-Daigo, who had just passed away. The two important historic figures used to be allies until Takauji turned against the emperor in a struggle for supremacy over Japan. By building the temple, Takauji intended to appease the former emperor.

Kiyomizu Temple



Accommodation, 2 NIghts
Hyatt Regency Kyoto or Similar

Of Temples & Shrines

Day 9

This mogning we visit an especially interesting temple that is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto World Heritage site.

Kiyomizu Temple
Kiyomizu-dera, officially Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. e.

Gardens around Kyoto


Tea Ceremony
We enjoy a formal Tea Ceremony today.

Kinkaku-ji, officially named Rokuon-ji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually.

Heian Shrine
The Heian Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The Shrine is ranked as a Beppyō Jinja by the Association of Shinto Shrines. It is listed as an important cultural property of Japan.

We return to our hotel for a free evening.


Understanding Hiroshima

Day 10

Peace Memorial Museum
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is a museum located in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, in central Hiroshima, Japan, dedicated to documenting the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in World War II. This, and the bombing of Nagasaki, brought the Empire of Japan to terms of surrender, thus saving the lives of countless more soldiers on both sides of the conflict.

Hiroshima Castle


Miyajima Ferry
Itsukushima, also known as Miyajima, is a small island in Hiroshima Bay, western Japan. It is known for its forests and ancient temples. Just offshore, the giant, orange Grand Torii Gate is partially submerged at high tide. It marks the entrance to the Itsukushima Shrine, which was first built in the 12th-century. Nearby, the Museum of History and Folklore has cultural artifacts in a 19th-century merchant's home.

Miyajima Island


Accommodation, 1 Night
Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel or Similar


Hiroshima's Treasures

Day 11

We make our way this morning to Himejl Castle.

Himeji Castle
This hilltop Japanese castle complex is located in the city of Himeji, Hyōgo, Japan. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture.

Himeji Castle and surrounding gardens





Kokoen Garden
This amazing Japanese garden is located next to Himeji Castle in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. It was constructed in 1992 at the site of the lord's west residence, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Himeji municipality.

We arrive Osaka this afternoon for our last night together.

Tonight is a special time as you join the Tour Captain for an included Farewell to Rome Dinner with your new friends!

STORY Exclusive: Included Farewell to Japan Dining Experience tonight.

One of our favorite nights of fun and celebration, as we toast one another to a wonderful journey together. The venue and activity we have designed for you tonight will make for the perfect finale to our Japanese vacation.

It is a night of great cuisine and, of course, wine and saki along with new friends. Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together.


Departure Day

Day 12 - Homeward Bound


Deluxe Accommodations



Amazing accommodations throughout our journey:


We've tried to include everything! However, make note of the following:

International Airfare is not included. International Airfare arrangements made by Story Land & Sea® are a completely separate booking from your land vacation. We highly recommend trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

  • 9 Dinners are included
  • 8 Lunches are included
  • Hotels in the heart of the cities and towns.
    Not on the outskirts of town so no shuttles or special transfers needed.
  • We Never Up-sell while On Tour.
  • Story Land & Sea® provides gratuities for your Local City Tour Guides, Tour Drivers, and Restaurant Staff.
  • Customary gratuities for your Story Tour Captain are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis.
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary at authentic restaurants that fit our group size.
  • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
  • Magic Portage included
  • Services of Certified Expert, English Speaking Guides   


Services of full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office. A $100 in cash National Park Fee is required.

Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are based on your itinerary.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: Included per itinerary.



STORY ® Presents...

10-Day Story of Japan Tour


Dates & Rates

Published prices are based on a guaranteed departure with at least six (6) Story guests. Rates are per person and do not include flights or gratuities for the Tour Captain.

Published Date Price
March 30 $8779
May 26 $8779
June 18 $8779
September 20 $8779

Book early for best savings and cabin selection. Balance due 150 Days Prior to Departure.

Solo Supplement: $1543.

Triple Occupancy Reduction: Please inquire.


Get Started: Let's go to Japan!




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  • Fly dates seemlessly coordinate with your tour dates

Airfare is a completely separate booking from your land tour.



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Airfare is not included but it can be quoted here. Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group tour origination. If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if STORY Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.