Fascinating Japan

Explore a culture steeped in constant contrast including ancient temples nestled alongside modern skyscrapers and samurai castles scattered throughout bustling cities.
16-25 October & 13-22 November 2023
$5500 per person

Fascinating Japan

Japan’s enigmatic, insular nature and fierce commitment to safeguarding its unique cultural traditions has long intrigued those seeking an immersive, authentic travel experience. You will explore a culture steeped in constant contrast including ancient temples nestled alongside modern skyscrapers and samurai castles scattered throughout bustling cities. We will explore Tokyo, visiting everything from the city’s classic heritage sites to its street fashion epicenter. Then, you will soak in a Japanese onsen (hot spring) at the edge of a volcanic lake. Shabbat will be spent in Kobe, a large port city and home to Japan's oldest Jewish community, dating back to the 1860s when Jewish traders arrived on Japan's shores from Iraq, Iran, Syria and Russia.

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Departure / Arrival Time 
May 16
Arrival in Tokyo Narita/Haneda
May 17
Classic Tokyo
May 18
Tokyo – Hakone
May 19
Hakone-Matsumoto Takayama
May 20
May 21
Kyoto During Shabbat
May 22
Classic Kyoto
May 23
May 24
Kyoto – Trendy Tokyo
May 25
Depature Tokyo-Narita/Haneda Airport
Daily Itinerary & Attractions

Day 1: Monday, Arrival to Tokyo

Yokoso & Konnichiwa! Welcome to Japan! Seeing that we are arriving from all over the world on different flights, we’ll all meet at our hotel in Tokyo by Monday afternoon. Gala opening dinner and at the kosher Restaurant of Japan in Tokyo. And then back o the hotel for a much needed sleep to prepare for our first touring day tomorrow.

Overnight: Tokyo

Day 2: Tuesday, Tokyo – Part I

Tokyo-Yokohama is the world’s most populous mega-city with over 34 million inhabitants. We’ll begin our tour of the Land of the Rising Sun by plunging into Tsukiji Outer Market, where the citizens of Tokyo come daily for the best and freshest seafood with which to start their day. Here. We’ll also discover typical Japanese street food as we bump shoulders in the alleyways with locals and tourists from all over the world. From one busy Tokyo site, we’ll continue to another even busier location; Asakusa, Tokyo’s former entertainment district. Here we’ll visit the oldest and most important Buddhist temple in Tokyo – Senso-ji, as well as the colorful pilgrimage alley that leads to it. This is also a shopping stop for those who need it. After these two busy sites, it’s time to take a break as we cruise along the Sumida river, Tokyo’s primary waterway. Here we’ll be able to enjoy our lunch as we sail past numerous office and hi-rise towers to  Odaiba. Built on a huge man-made island, it is home to TV studios, shopping malls, hotels and landmarks. an architecturally futuristic area it’s one of the best places to see some of the most beautiful urban views of the city. Here, we’ll become part of an immersive art installation called TeamLab Planets. Suffice it to say that “immersive” is the key word. Our final stop of the day will be at Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo’s busiest intersection, where thousands of people mass at the day’s end to make their way home in any and all of the city’s nine railway companies. Dinner .

Overnight: Tokyo.

Day 3: Wednesday, Hakone

After Shacharit & breakfast, this morning we will leave Tokyo and head to the mountainous Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. We’ll make our way to the resort town of Hakone, best known for quality hot springs, beautiful views and art. The bounty of hot springs is a result of the fact that this is still an active volcanic area (we’ll learn about Japan’s volcanoes along the way). Upon arrival we’ll board a ship and sail across Lake Ashi, before riding a cable car ride up the mountains to Owakudani Valley, an active volcanic area, where we’ll get up close to this powerful natural phenomenon. We’ll have lunch here before heading to the Hakone Open Air Museum where hundreds of sculptures made by the greatest Japanese and world artists are displayed on a mountain slope, immersed into nature and carefully designed botanical elements. The museum also houses the world’s largest private collection of the works of Pablo Picasso.

Overnight: Tokyo

Day 4: Thursday, Kyoto – Part I

After Shacharit & breakfast, we’ll walk down to Shinagawa Station to board the Shinkansen Bullet Train for the “flight” down the rails to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital for over 1,000 years. We’ll start our tour of Japan’s “Jerusalem” with a visit to Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion and its magnificent gardens, one of Japan’s iconic images. We’ll continue to Arashiyama, where we’ll make a stop at the Tenryuji Zen Temple and its garden, before making our way into Kyoto’s famous Bamboo Forest. At the end of our visit we’ll head to the port city of Kobe for dinner at the Ohel Shelomo Sefardi synagogue before continuing to our hotel for a well-earned rest.

Overnight: Kobe

Day 5: Friday, Tokyo – Kobe

After Shacharit and breakfast, spend the day in the city of Kobe. While not part of Japan’s regular tourist route, Kobe offers numerous fascinating insights into Japanese culture. Our first stop will be the Nunobiki Botanical gardens. These are not traditional Japanese gardens, but are quite spectacular as they are planted on a steep mountain slope overlooking the city. We’ll take the cable car to the top and then walk down half-way as we admire the gardens. We’ll have some free time wo wander about downtown and then return to our hotel to and prepare for Shabbat, which we’ll spend with the members of the Ohel Shelomo Sefardi synagogue. Dating back to the 1880s, and founded by Jews from Iraq and Syria, this is the oldest functioning synagogue in Japan.

Overnight: Kobe

Day 6: Shabbat, Kobe

Even though Ohel Shelomo is a Sefardi synagogue, the community has a Chabad rabbi and they daven at Chabad times. On the way to shul this morning we’ll pass some of the old former Jewish homes in the Kitano neighborhood, whose former residents were part of Kobe’s international and diplomatic community. We’ll discover why Jews came to Japan in General and Kobe in particular, and why it became the haven to the Sugihara rescuees during World War II. After shul, we’ll enjoy Shabbat lunch with the community, followed by Mincha, and then we’ll walk back to the hotel for a good Shabbat rest. We’ll return to the shul for Maariv and Havdalah, and then enjoy a Melave Malka after Shabbat, to end off a most interesting and enjoyable Shabbat!

Overnight: Kobe

Day 7: Sunday, Kyoto – Part II

After Shacharit & breakfast we’ll return today to complete our visit to Kyoto. We’ll begin at Nijo Castle, built by Shogun Tokugawa Eiyasu. He was the shogun who united Japan into one country, and then left the Emperor in Kyoto while he established his capital in Edo (Tokyo). He was the first in line of the Tokugawa dynasty which ruled Japan for just over 250 years! We’ll continue to Nishiki Market, the heart of Kyoto’s food scene for a fascinating walk-through. From there it’s on to  the Kiyomizu Dera (Pure Water) Temple complex with its beautiful architecture and historic significance. We’ll have some free time here to wander about the fascinating stores and the old houses in Sanneizaka and Ninneizaka lanes. We’ll then head to meet a Geisha and enjoy a traditional Japanese tea. We’ll have an opportunity to ask her a few questions to learn about her chosen life. We’ll end the day at a Gion Street where we’ll discover where the Geisha actually live before heading back to Kobe.

Day 8: Monday. Hiroshima

After Shacharit & breakfast we’ll once again board the Shinkansen and make our way swiftly to Hiroshima, the City of Peace. We’ll hop a ferry to cross the waters of the Inland Sea to the hallowed island of Miyajima. Here we’ll walk among the sacred deer to visit the Itsukushima Shrine, from where we’ll view Japan’s most famous Torii, an iconic image of Japan (we’ll be seeing at least four of those). Then  it’s back to the mainland to visit the Mazda Museum and Factory, for a mind-blowing experience as we watch man and machine working hand-in-hand to create the vehicles for which Mazda has become famous. We’ll end the day in Hiroshima at the site of the A-Bomb dome, the Peace Park and the A-Bomb Museum. It’s a somber visit – but it’s an important one.

Overnight: Kobe

Day 9: Tuesday, Osaka – Tokyo

Osaka is Japan’s 3rd largest city, but it’s largest single municipal area. It’s a short drive from Kobe and we’ll spend most of the day here. We’ll start with a bit of history at the Osaka Castle, a former Samurai Castle splendidly restored to its original size.  We’ll visit Osaka’s busy downtown areas, Namba and Dotonbori, before ascending to the top of the Umeda Sky Garden building. The view from the top is breathtaking! Then it’s back down to ground level as we whizz along the tracks back to Tokyo.

Overnight: Tokyo

Day 10: Wednesday, Tokyo – Part II

After Shacharit & breakfast, we’ll check out of the hotel and leave our baggage with the bell desk, as we head out to visit Tokyo’s sites once again. We’ll start by paying our respects at Niju Bridge of the Emperor’s Palace, followed by a visit to the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the memory of Emperor Meiji, Japan’s 122nd emperor, who ruled from 1867 to 1912 and was responsible for turning Japan from a backward wasteland into an industrial giant.

Afterwards, we’re off to Harajuku. Japan is a land of many contrasts. Tradition and modernity. Ancient and super-modern. Conservative and innovative. Harajuku will be the first time we meet this contrast. It’s the area where Japan’s cheeky youth present unusual fashion and modern music.

We’ll return to the hotel to pick up our luggage and head to the airport for our flights back to our home gateway.

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What's included?
  • A 9-night tour of Japan.
  • Three delicious kosher meals per day, including packed lunches for day tours.
  • A complete touring itinerary with a local English-speaking guide.
  • Travel in a luxury, air-conditioned coach bus.
  • Kosher Traveler’s exclusive program and a complete Shabbat program
  • All entrance fees for sites on the tour itinerary.
  • Internationally rated accommodation that facilitate our Kosher requirements.

What's not included?

  • International flights 
  • Travel insurance - comprehensive travel & health insurance is compulsory.
  • Tips for local guides and service providers, $10 per person/per day (except for locales where tipping is culturally offensive).
  • Entry visa if required. 


Kashrut information

Kosher Travelers is committed to providing all meals of the highest quality and under strict kosher supervision. We choose the hotels based on the hotel's willingness and ability to accommodate our kashrut needs and/or the proximity to kosher restaurants if available. In countries where such supervision is not available, we have a cook/mashgiach travel with us to supervise kashrut and prepare our meals.

International Flights & Global Travel, Health & Luggage Insurance
    • Comprehensive Travel Insurance covering trip cancellation, medical emergencies and luggage is mandatory at the time of reservation.
    • Israeli Citizens; Kosher Travelers recommends Egert & Cohen Insurance. Contact Tali +972-2-622-7999 ext. 125 or 052-769-9406 or tali@egertcohen.co.il. You may also sign up for insurance online at https://www.egertcohen.co.il/travel/signup-kosher-travel.asp.
    • USA & Canadian Citizens; Kosher Travelers recommends www.traveldefend.com Ph Josh: 18005782871 info@traveldefend.com
    • Arrangements and cost of International flights are not included.
    • We recommend the following Travel & Flight Consultants
    • PJ - Tag Travel pj@tagtravel.co.il Tel: +9722-6234131
    • Ruth Berman of Ofakim +97225362163 or  ruth@ofakim.co.il


    • KOSHER TRAVELERS CANCELLATION FEES AND REFUNDS POLICY:If guest cancels their reservation the following cancellation fees apply:
      • 90 days prior a full refund is payable less $100 admin. per person
      • 45-90 days prior a full refund is payable less $500 per room
      • Within 45 days there is no refund.
      • If government-imposed lockdown of hotel or airport full refund less $100 admin. per person

What kind of crowd should I expect?

The common denominator of our clients is Shomer Shabbat and kashrut. There are no religious level criteria to join our tours, cruises or hotel programs and we won't ask you any questions about your religious observance. We attract a diverse group of Jewish, English-speaking guests from across the globe, and encourage an accepting atmosphere among our group members.

At Kosher Travelers, we’re passionate about travel. Like you, we believe in opening yourself up to new experiences and breathtaking vistas that will forever expand who you are and how you see the world.

Discover… That’s why we put so much care into giving our customers not just a vacation but a life-changing experience. On a Kosher Travelers tour, you can be confident that every detail will be taken care of, from A to Z. No worries, no stress – just sheer delight and the freedom to fully enjoy every moment.

Enrich... We know what’s important to you. You want not just memorable, but meaningful. A pampering, deluxe, full-sensory experience that also has depth and spirituality. That’s why we bring the Jewish dimension to our tours, wherever in the world they are and provide the highest level of kashrut and all the amenities required for the kosher traveler.

Connect... Most importantly, when you travel with Kosher Tours, you travel with family. We take pride in creating a family dynamic among our group members. Lifelong friendships have been formed on our tours!

Come experience for yourself the magic of a Kosher Travelers Tour!

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Experience The Best of Japan

Experience the Future & the Past

Only in Japan, you’ll find ancient customs and craftsmanship woven together with cutting-edge modern technology.

A Complete Sensory Experience

Be blown away by the breathtaking vistas, natural wonders, and sci-fi movie-worthy cityscapes.

An Authentic Cultural Experience

Enjoy the full Japanese cultural experience, with all your Kosher needs taken care of!



All tours include comfortable, 5-star rated accommodations.
$5500 per person based on Twin-share/double occupancy. Single Supplement: $1000

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

There is a $1000 per person deposit required to confirm your reservation. If the tour is canceled because a minimum number of participants was not reached, you will receive a FULL refund.

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