Top 4 Japan 2-Week Itinerary Options for Seniors Travelers

Last Updated: March 01,2024

Japan, with its long history, deep culture, and splendid scenery, has always attracted countless senior travelers. In this country, ancient traditions meet modern splendor, providing a unique journey for them. There is a wide range of choices including traditional tea ceremonies and kimono experiences, onsen treatments, Shinkansen scenery, famous temples and shrines, world heritage sites, Geisha performances, and delicious cuisine. Here are our top three 2-week Japan tour itineraries recommended for senior visitors. 

※It's important for senior visitors to check the physical requirements of specific activities and communicate any special needs or concerns to our travel experts to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience. 

Table of Contents

-9 Days Tokyo, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto and Nara Tour

-12 Days Include Nagoya, Takayama, Kanazawa, and Osaka

-14 Days Extend to Hiroshima, Miyashima, Himeji, Okayama and Kurashiki

-Costs of a 2-Week Japan Tour for Seniors Travelers

Senso-ji Temple

Option 1: 9-Day Deluxe Japan Tour

Quick Access>>>9 Days Tokyo - Hakone - Mt. Fuji - Kyoto - Nara Tour

Explore the beauty of Japan on our luxurious 9 day Japan itinerary! From the bustling city of Tokyo to the breathtaking scenery of Mount Fuji, to the boon of Hakone's hot springs, to the ancient temples of Kyoto and Nara, this 9 days 8 nights Japan itinerary offers a glimpse of Japan's cultural heritage and natural beauty. With a private driver, comfortable transfers, and a selection of sightseeing spots, you'll enjoy the tour and experience the unique charms of Japan.

Meiji Jinggu

Summary of Tour

Days 1-3: Tokyo (Asakusa Food Experience, Senso-ji, Make Sushi, Meiji Jinggu)

Days 4-5: Mt. Fuji and Hakone (Onsen, Tenjozan Park, Lake Ashi, Oshino Hakkai, Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, Owaku-dani Valley, Hakone Sightseeing Cruise)

Days 6-9: Kyoto (Kiyomizu Temple, Kinkakuji, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Nijo Castle)

Make Sushi

Detailed Itineraries of the Deluxe Japan Tour in 9 Days

Days 1-2: Tokyo Arrival and Cultural Exploration

-Explore Meiji Jingu Shrine: Tokyo's largest shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.

-Experience Harajuku: the center of Kawaii and Japanese young fashion style.

-Stroll down Omotesando: Tokyo’s tree-lined avenue with high-end shopping.

-Relax in Yoyogi Park: One of Tokyo's largest parks offering a peaceful retreat.

-Visit Senso-Ji Temple: Tokyo's oldest and most prominent temple in Asakusa.

Day 3: Tsukiji Fish Market and Tokyo's Vibrant Districts

-Visit Tsukiji Fish Market: Once the world's largest seafood market, now a must-see for its lively atmosphere and sushi.

-Enjoy Asakusa Food Experience: Delight in local culinary treasures around Senso-Ji Temple.

-Discover Shinjuku: Tokyo's bustling district with shops, museums, and vibrant nightlife.

-Experience Odaiba Seaside Park: A Man-made park with stunning views of Tokyo Bay.

Day 4: Hakone's Scenic Wonders

-Explore Lake Ashino: Take a "Hakone Pirate Ship" for beautiful views of Mt. Fuji.

-Ride the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani: Witness volcanic activity and enjoy scenic landscapes.

-Visit the Venetian Glass Museum: Admire contemporary glass art with Owakudani Valley views.

-Stay overnight at Hakone: Enjoy the natural Onsen at a traditional Ryokan.

Day 5: Mount Fuji Highlights

-Take the Mount Fuji Classic Tour: Visit Kawaguchiko Tenjozan Park, Arakura Sengen Shrine, and Oshino Hakkai for iconic Mt. Fuji experiences.

Day 6: Shinkansen Journey to Kyoto

-Travel by Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto in just over two hours.

-Enjoy private car transfers between the hotel and the station.

Day 7: Kyoto's Cultural Treasures

-Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple: Enjoy panoramic views of Kyoto.

-Explore Kinkaku-dera Temple: The famous golden temple.

-Tour Nijo Castle: A historic castle with beautiful gardens and "nightingale floors."

-Experience Nishiki Market: A historic market offering a culinary adventure.

Day 8: Nara and Fushimi Excursion

-Discover Fushimi Inari Taisha: Headquarters of Inari shrines with iconic Torii gates.

-Explore Uji: Known for high-quality tea cultivation.

-Visit Nara Park and Tōdai-ji Temple: Home to roaming deer and a World Heritage temple.

-Savor sake in Fushimi: Exclusive tasting at one of Kyoto's largest sake breweries.

Day 9: Departure from Osaka

-Your private driver will escort you to Osaka International Airport for your onward flight.

Fushimi Inari Shrine

What to Expect from the 9 Days in Japan:

Here are some highlights that may be particularly beneficial for senior travelers from this 9 day Japan itinerary:

-Cultural Exploration: Visits to historic sites like Meiji Jingu Shrine, Senso-ji Temple, and Kyoto's Kiyomizu-dera offer a glimpse into Japan's rich cultural heritage.

-Scenic Relaxation: Stops at parks like Yoyogi Park and scenic spots like Lake Ashino provide opportunities for leisurely strolls and peaceful moments.

-Culinary Experiences: The itinerary includes visits to markets (e.g., Tsukiji Fish Market and Nishiki Market) where seniors can explore local cuisine at a comfortable pace.

-Nature Appreciation: The Hakone and Mt. Fuji segments provide a chance to enjoy natural beauty, including a cruise on Lake Ashino and views of Mt. Fuji.

-History Odyssey: Guided excursions to places like Fushimi Inari Taisha and Nara Park provide valuable insights into Japan's history and traditions.

-Exclusive Tasting: The exploration of the Sake District in Kyoto, with an exclusive tasting at a sake brewery, offers a cultural and culinary experience.

-Efficient Travel: The use of the Shinkansen for travel between Tokyo and Kyoto ensures a fast and efficient mode of transportation.

Hakone Sightseeing Cruise

This 9-day Japan itinerary prioritizes cultural experiences, scenic beauty, and efficient travel, catering to the preferences and comfort of senior visitors. It allows you to appreciate Japan's rich heritage without compromising on relaxation and convenience.

Nijo Castle

Option 2: 12-Day Japan Culture & Nature Family Tour

Quick Access>>>12 Days Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Nagoya - Takayama - Kanazawa - Kyoto - Nara - Osaka Tour

If you hope to extend your Japan tour to a longer journey for more cultural and natural exploration, here the 12 day Japan itinerary is highly recommended to you. For this Japan tour in 12 days, you not only will experience the highlights of Tokyo, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, and Nara, but also will take visits to Nagoya, Takayama, Kanazawa, and Osaka. It is a well-rounded and enjoyable experience for a family tour with seniors. 

Shirakawa-go

Summary of Tour

Days 1-2: Tokyo (Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Senso-ji)

Days 3-4:  Mt. Fuji and Hakone (West Lake Village, Oshino Hakkai, Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, Fuji Safari Park, Hakone Sightseeing Cruise)

Days 5-6: Nagoya (Nagoya Castle, Toyota Museum, Magome, Tsumago)

Days 7-8: Takayama and Kanazawa (Takayama Jinya, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen, Higashi Chaya District)

Days 9-10: Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera, Gion, Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Nishiki Market)

Days 11-12: Osaka (Osaka Castle, Ninja experience, Donki Ferris wheel, Dotonbori)

Harajuku

Detailed Itineraries of the 12 Days in Japan

Day 1: Welcome to Japan!

-Arrive in Tokyo, where a private car will transfer you to your hotel for a worry-free start.

Day 2: Tokyo's Highlights

-Explore Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Omotesando, Yoyogi Park, and Senso-ji Temple with a guide, experiencing Tokyo's cultural and fashionable side.

Day 3: Nature Exploration

-Visit West Lake Village, Oshino Hakkai, Narusawa Ice Cave, and Arakurayama Sengen Park to appreciate nature's beauty.

Day 4: Fuji Adventure

-Discover Mt. Fuji Safari Park, shop at Gotemba Premium Outlets, and cruise Lake Ashi on a Hakone Pirate Ship.

Day 5: Nagoya Castle Heritage

-Discover Nagoya's past at Nagoya Castle and explore the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology to learn about Japan's automotive legacy and Nagoya's industrial contributions.

Day 6: Nakasendo Trail History

-Discover the Nakasendo trail, offering a glimpse into Japan's rich history and surrounded by picturesque landscapes of Magome and Tsumago.

Day 7: Rural Japan's Charm

-Visit Miyagawa Morning Market, Shirakawa-go, and Takayama Jinya to experience rural Japan's charm.

Day 8: Kanazawa's Cultural Odyssey

-Explore Kanazawa's cultural highlights, including Nagamachi Samurai District, Kenrokuen Garden, and Charming Geisha Districts.

Day 9: Gion in Kyoto

-Travel to Kyoto, exploring the historic Gion district known for its geisha culture and traditional charm.

Day 10: Kyoto's Treasures

-Discover Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market, and Kinkaku-ji Temple, exploring Kyoto's historic wonders.

Day 11: Osaka's Urban Delights

-Visit Osaka Castle, experience Ninja fun, ride the Donki Ferris Wheel, and enjoy the lively Dotonbori district.

Day 12: Departure

-Enjoy free time until your guide escorts you to the airport for your onward flight.

Magome

Why is the Japan Itinerary 12 Days Suitable for Senior Visitors?

-The itinerary focuses on cultural and scenic attractions, offering a diverse range of experiences without strenuous activities. Visits to shrines, gardens, historic sites, and traditional districts provide a rich cultural experience.

-The Nakasendo Trail and visits to historical sites like Nagoya Castle and Nagamachi Samurai district offer chances to explore Japan's history and architecture without demanding physical exertion.

-The itinerary includes destinations that are known for their accessibility and senior-friendly infrastructure, ensuring a smooth travel experience.

-The nature-focused days, such as exploring West Lake Village, Oshino Hakkai, and Arakurayama Sengen Park, allow seniors to appreciate the beauty of Japan's natural landscapes at a relaxed pace.

Arakurayama Sengen

In conclusion, from Tokyo's peaceful shrines to the stunning views of Mount Fuji, the historic trails of Nagoya, and the cultural delights of Kanazawa and Kyoto, this 12-day Japan tour aims to capture Japan's essence with a focus on comfort. Whether exploring markets, serene landscapes, or iconic landmarks, your family will leave lasting memories.

Osaka Castle

Option 3: 14-Day Japan Culture & History Essential Tour

Quick Access>>>14 Days Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Kyoto - Nara - Arashiyama - Hiroshima - Miyashima - Himeji - Okayama - Kurashiki - Osaka

How can an essential tour to deeply explore Japan's culture and history without visiting Hiroshima, Miyashima, Himeji, Okayama, and Kurashiki? This Japan 14 day itinerary offers a diverse and immersive experience, combining historical landmarks, cultural sites, and natural beauty across different regions of Japan. Also, if you dream of an Arashiyama Rickshaw experience to immerse yourself in the seemingly endless bamboo stems in the famous Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, just leave us a message and we can also arrange it into your 14 day Japan itinerary.

Tokyo National Museum

Summary of Tour

Days 1-3: Tokyo (Meiji Jingu Shrine, Senso-ji, Tokyo National Museum)

Days 4-5:  Mt. Fuji and Hakone  (Onsen, West Lake Village, Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, Owaku-dani Valley, Hakone Sightseeing cruise)

Days 6-8: Kyoto (Kiyomizu Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle, Kimono and Tea Ceremony Experience, Sagano Bamboo Forest)

Day 9: Himeji (Himeji Castle)

Days 10-11: Okayama and Hiroshima (Okayama Castle, Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine)

Day 12: Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art)

Days 13-14: Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, Street food experience)

Kimono Performance

Detailed Itineraries of the Japan Culture & History Essential Tour in 14 Days

Days 1-2: Arrival in Tokyo and Tokyo's Cultural Triangle

-Meiji Jingu Shrine: Visit the serene shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.

-Tokyo National Museum: Explore the extensive collection of art and archaeological artifacts.

-Senso-Ji Temple: Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Tokyo's oldest temple with its iconic Thunder Gate.

Day 3: Tokyo's Eclectic Experience

-Tsukiji Fish Market: Experience the world's largest seafood market and indulge in exceptional sushi.

-Odaiba Seaside Park: Enjoy scenic views of Tokyo Bay from a man-made beach.

-Shibuya Sky Observation Deck: Marvel at panoramic views of Tokyo.

-Hachiko's Statue: Visit the Iconic spot that symbolizes loyalty in Japanese culture.

Day 4: Kawaguchiko's Natural Beauty

-West Lake Village: Discover a tranquil haven with traditional thatched cottages and a view of Mount Fuji.

-Oshino Hakkai: Visit eight crystal-clear ponds fed by Mount Fuji's snowmelt.

-Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave: Explore a two-tunnel cave with stunning natural ice formations.

-Arakurayama Sengen Park: Enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji and cherry blossom scenery during the spring season.

-Onsen Experience: Stay overnight at Fuji View Hotel to enjoy the private onsen Kawaguchiko and the stunning view of Mt. Fuji.

Day 5: Sailing Hakone's Scenic Trio

-Hakone Pirate Ship: Cruise Lake Ashino to enjoy the splendor of Mt. Fuji.

-Owakudani: Explore a geothermal valley with active sulfur vents and legendary black jade.

-Shinkansen to Kyoto: Experience a scenic and convenient bullet train journey.

Day 6: Kyoto's Heritage and Tradition

-Kiyomizu Temple: Visit one of Kyoto's oldest temples with a stunning Shimizu stage.

-Hanamikoji Dori: Stroll through the evening prime location for spotting geishas.

-Nijo Castle: Explore the former Kyoto residence with unique palace architecture.

-Kimono and Tea Ceremony Experience: Immerse yourself in a traditional Kimono and Tea Ceremony led by an expert tea master for an authentic and memorable Japanese cultural encounter.

Day 7: Kyoto's Serene Beauty

-Arashiyama: Discover the historical elegance of this former retreat for the Japanese aristocracy.

-Tenryuji Temple: Visit a temple known for its expansive gardens and scenic vistas.

-Bamboo Forest: Wander through an iconic sensory haven, which is a peaceful place with tall bamboo trees.

-Togetsukyo Bridge: Enjoy the scenic view from Togetsukyo Bridge, a lovely spot in Arashiyama.

-Okochi-Sanso: Explore the traditional architecture and a teahouse displaying Japanese aesthetics.

-Kinkaku-ji Temple: Admire its gold-covered exterior and immerse yourself in the rich history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8: Kyoto to Nara

-Fushimi Inari: Explore the shrine famous for its vermilion torii gates and fox statues.

-Sake Museum: Discover the history and culture of sake at Gekkeikan.

-Nara Park: Experience a vast park with free-roaming sacred deer.

-Todai-ji Temple: Visit the UNESCO site with the Great Buddha Hall.

Day 9: Himeji Castle

-Himeji Castle: Explore Japan's iconic White Heron Castle, a national treasure and World Heritage Site.

Day 10: Western Japan's Historical Journey

-Okayama Castle: Uncover the history of the iconic "crow castle" characterized by its unique black exterior.

-Korakuen Garden: Immerse yourself in the beauty of one of Japan's three finest landscape gardens.

-Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park: Contemplate the impact of nuclear devastation and champion the message of peace.

Day 11: Miyajima's Magic

-Itsukushima Shinto Shrine: Explore the captivating shrine with a "floating" Torii gate.

-Kintai Bridge: Visit the remarkable wooden arch bridge in Iwakuni.

Day 12: Okayama's Cultural Charms

-Shukkeien Garden: Experience the charm of the "shrunken-scenery garden." 

-Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter: Explore the meticulously preserved historical quarter with picturesque canals. 

-Ohara Museum of Art: Delve into Japan's first Western art museum, housing a stunning collection.

Day 13: Osaka's Urban Adventure

-Osaka Castle: Admire Osaka Castle from a distance, a historic fortress with roots dating back to 1583.

-Shinsaibashi Shopping: Explore Shinsaibashi-suji, a lively shopping district with a rich retail history.

-Dotonbori Excitement: Experience the vibrant atmosphere around the Dotonbori River with its famous eateries and neon lights.

-Street Food Adventure: Enjoy a Japanese Street Food Tour in Osaka, savoring more than 10 delicious treats.

Day 14: Departure

-Spend your free time before your guide escorts you to the airport. Depart with memories of Japan's history and vibrant city life.

Atomic Bomb Dome

In our crafted 14 day Japan itinerary, cultural highlights such as the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Senso-Ji Temple, and the Kyoto temples offer serene environments suitable for contemplation. It includes visits to scenic locations like Kawaguchiko, Hakone, Arashiyama, and Miyajima, providing opportunities for peaceful walks and an appreciation of nature. It also includes opportunities for interactions with locals, such as the tea ceremony experience and visits to cultural sites, providing insight into Japan's traditions and hospitality. The Onsen experience caters to a more leisurely pace, promoting relaxation and well-being.

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Overall, this Japan itinerary 14 days aims to offer a memorable and comfortable journey through Japan for senior visitors, balancing cultural exploration with moments of relaxation and enjoyment.

How Much Would a 2 Week Trip to Japan Cost?

How much does a trip to Japan cost for 2 weeks? Here is the cost to travel to Japan for reference: the typical cost for a private tour with 4-star hotels in Japan ranges from US$350-500 per person per day, catering to a family size of 3–5 individuals. This comprehensive package includes a private guide, a dedicated car, a full-day itinerary, entrance tickets to attractions, all intercity transportation within Japan, and carefully selected 4-star hotels. Consequently, the estimated 2 week trip to Japan cost falls within the range of US$5,000-7,000 per person, excluding international flights.

Trip to Japan Cost

It's important to note that March and April mark the peak travel months in Japan, characterized by the enchanting bloom of cherry blossoms. During the Japan Cherry Blossom Season, the cost to go to Japan for 2 weeks tends to double or even triple. To secure a tour during this sought-after season, we strongly recommend making reservations at least six months in advance of the planned departure date. This foresight ensures availability and allows for a more seamless and enjoyable travel experience.

Check the following links of the top 3 itineraries recommended in our article, and submit your travel preference to get your final quote:

Japan Culture & History Essential Tour
14 Days Tokyo - Mt.Fuji - Kyoto - Nara - Arashiyama - Hiroshima - Miyashima - Himeji - Okayama - Kurashiki - Osaka
14 days | From $ 8365
Japan Culture & Nature Family Tour
12 Days Tokyo - Mt.Fuji - Hakone - Nagoya - Takayama - kanazawa - Kyoto - Nara - Osaka Tour
12 days | From $ 7162
Deluxe Japan Tour
9 Days Tokyo - Hakone - Mt.Fuji - Kyoto - Nara Tour
9 days | From $ 4320

Conclusion

Whether it's immersing in the rich culture and history, savoring culinary delights, or relaxing in natural beauty and modern urban entertainment, our handpicked 2-week itineraries offer a wide variety of well-paced travel experiences in Japan. Seniors can customize a trip to Japan that meets the needs of the mind and body based on their interests and health.

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