Tokyo - Touring Options

Tokyo Uncovered 5 Days / 4 Nights

A wonderful way to spend a few days for those who are time poor or looking for a great few days in Tokyo, this tour is designed to show the traveller several of the main tourist sites without making you feel like you need a holiday at the end of it.

Day 1 – Arrive Tokyo – Arrive in Tokyo where you will be welcomed at the airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 – Tokyo – This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel for a full day of sightseeing using Tokyo’s very efficient metro system. We begin the day with an early morning visit to Meiji shrine, timed to avoid the crowds. Next to Meiji Shrine is
Harajuku – Tokyo’s youth fashion mecca and there is a shop in Harajuku that caters for you! Neighboring Harajuku is Omotesando, commonly referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysee. From Omotesando, take the metro to Ginza, Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district. Our last stop for the day is Asakusa, part of Tokyo’s Shitamachi, or old town. Asakusa is home to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, and is also the city’s oldest Geisha district. (B)

Day 3 – Tokyo –Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 8am and take you by subway to the Tsukiji Fish Market. On offer in the seafood section are more than 480 different kinds of seafood ranging from fresh fish to shellfish,  after buying various ingredients participants will visit a typical Japanese home. Learn to prepare “maki sushi” (rolled sushi), “gunkan maki” (sushi rice wrapped with a strip of seaweed and topped with soft ingredients), and “nigiri sushi” (sushi rice topped with a slice of raw fish). (B & L)

The afternoon is free for you to explore Tokyo and enjoy the night at your hotel.

Day 4 – Tokyo – Today is a self guided day and you are free to explore the city at your own pace. If you need a break from Tokyo’s hectic pace you can choose to make an excursion outside of Tokyo to the delightful seaside town of Kamakura and we will provide you with detailed information of all the options available to you. (B)

Day 5 – Depart Tokyo – Today is free until your included transfer to the airport by either train or shuttle bus. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfer.
  • Accommodation on a shared twin / double share basis.
  • Local English speaking guide on day 2.
  • Transfers and tours as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle and local rail network.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits on day 2.
  • Information pack.
  • PASMO Tokyo transport pass at a value of 2000 JPY.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary.
  • Return airport transfers

Best of Tokyo & Kyoto 6 Days

This tour takes you to all the hidden treasures places with an experienced local guide visiting Tokyo and Kyoto, and you can also extend your tour to Osaka from Kyoto. The tour provides a deep insight of the culture and rich history. Currently Japan is a symbol of the exotic, the unknown and the immeasurable and exudes a sense of complete difference that draws travelers to its fascinating and volcanic shores. A wealth of World Heritage shrines, temples and gardens as well as modern Japan with its ultra efficient transport system and tall skyscrapers await discovery on this introductory tour. Commence in the city of Tokyo and explore the main sights with your private guide. Spend a day on your own freely at leisure and then travel on to Kyoto by the express bullet train, a fascinating city that echoes tales of a rich royal past.

Day 1 – Arrive in Tokyo – On arrival at Tokyo Airport you will be welcomed by our airport representative who will assist you in boarding an airport limousine bus and transfer to your hotel on your own. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 2 – Tokyo -Meet your guide after breakfast, you will start your Tokyo Grand Experience with a  first visit is Tokyo Tower, a symbol of Tokyo and major sightseeing spot that provides a 360-degree panoramic view of Tokyo, such as high-rise buildings in the nation’s capital, the Tokyo Skytree broadcasting tower which began operating in 2011 and Tokyo Bay. Proceed to Meiji Jingu Shrine, taking in a fine example of Japanese Shrine architecture, nestled in a peaceful and picturesque area.  Drive by Akasaka Palace (known as Government State Guest House) and National Diet Building, before enjoying a pleasant walk in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, as a place of historical interest and scenic beauty. After driving through Ginza Shopping District, enjoy a Japanese style lunch. This afternoon your guide takes you to Hamarikyu Garden which is a typical Daimyo garden in the Edo period with a tidal pond. Continue to Hinode Pier, where you’ll enjoy a short Cruise on the Sumida River as you head towards Tokyo’s Asakusa neighborhood. Your ride on this historically significant body of water will take you underneath 12 bridges as you enjoy the unique architectural landmarks along the riverbank and see a harmonious blend of old and new Tokyo. Disembark from your boat and spend some time to stroll the Streets of Nakamise, a thoroughfare that’s packed with vendors selling handicrafts and food. Head on from Nakamise to Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Senso-ji Temple), where you’ll have the chance to explore Tokyo’s oldest and most important Buddhist temple. After the tour, concludes your excursion with a drive through Kappabashi, Ueno and Akihabara. Finally you will be transferred to your hotel and then spend the rest of day at leisure on your own. (B, L)

Day 3 – Tokyo – Today is at your own leisure. (B)

Day 4 – Tokyo to Kyoto – Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you move on to Shinagawa Station where you board a pre-reserved bullet train (Nozomi Standard Seat) and transfer to Kyoto Station on your own. Upon arrival at Kyoto Station, check in to your hotel and spend the remainder of day at your own leisure. (B)

Day 5Kyoto – After breakfast, meet your guide and begin to immerse yourself in the captivating culture of Kyoto on a 9-hour sightseeing tour. Travel first to Nijo Castle, a superficially deceptive structure that harbors a magnificent interior, stroll the lavishly decorated chambers and marvel at glittering gold leaf and opulent tones as your guide offers tales of the building’s heritage. Continue to Kinkaku-ji Temple, World Cultural Heritage featuring a shining golden pavilion and a pond-centered garden. Proceed to the shining Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion), a symbol of Kyoto and one of the historical buildings most representative of Japan before venturing to the next destination. Visit Kyoto Imperial Palace and appreciate the regal resplendence of the residence. Enjoy a moment of quiet reflection at the vibrant Heian Shrine then head to the Buddhist temple of Sanju-Sangendo Hall and gaze at the 1,000 life-size statues that inhabit the grand hall. Conclude your tour with a leisurely stroll down a charming lane lined with pottery shops and arrive at Kiyomizu Temple. Enjoy the panoramic vistas of the city from the vertiginous vantage point of a lofty terrace then return to your private vehicle for the journey back to your hotel. The rest of day is free at leisure on your own. (B, L)

Day 6 – Kyoto -Enjoy your last day in Kyoto before you meet your driver who will assist you in the private transfer to Osaka Kansai International Airport for your onward flight.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation on a shared twin / double basis.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Transfers and tours as mentioned by private vehicle and Bullet train.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Return airport transfers.
  • Bullet train ticket.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary – 5 Breakfasts / 2 Lunches

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Japan’s Capitals – 7 Days / 6 Nights

Delve into the captivating history of Japan on this 7-day tour that traverses the country’s present and former capitals.

Day 1 – Arrive into Tokyo -On arrival in Tokyo you will be welcomed by our airport representative who will assist you with your transfer by either train or shuttle bus to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 – Tokyo – This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel and the day begin’s with a stroll through Hama-Rikyu Teien, a former private garden of an Edo Period lord. You will then have a chance to view Tokyo from a different angle as you take a boat cruise along the Sumida River. Next stop will be Asakusa, which is home to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, and is also the city’s oldest Geisha district. In the afternoon, head across Tokyo to Omotesando, commonly refered to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysee. This broad, tree lined avenue features many fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects within a short distance of each other. At the end of the day you will have time to explore Meiji Shrine, Tokyo’s most famous, dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor Meiji. (B)

Day 3 – Tokyo to Kamakura Day Trip – Today you will make a day trip to Kamakura, the former de facto capital of Japan as the seat of the Shogunate during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333). At that time Kamakura was the largest city in the world however, Kamakura of today is a small, sleepy seaside town with numerous temples, shrines and other attractions. On arrival at Kamakura station you will be met by your guide who will take you on a Zen temple morning tour. Visit Hokokuji Temple, known as ‘Bamboo Temple’ due to its stunning garden featuring over 2000 bamboo trees. Final stop of the morning is Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrinbe, Kamkaura’s most important shrine dedicated to Hachiman, the patron god of Samurai. After the tour is finished, you have the afternoon free to further explore Kamakura’s attractions at your own pace before returning to Tokyo. (B)

Day 4 – Tokyo to Kyoto – A two hour bullet train journey to Kyoto awaits this morning on the top of the line Nozomi super express Shinkansen, which is capable of speeds up to 330km/h, upon arrival we have a special cooking experience in store for you. Together with a local guide you will walk the mile-long Nishiki covered food markets, where there are many interesting food stores to explore as you help your guide buy the ingredients for your Japanese cooking class. After visiting the markets, you’ll travel through the back streets and lanes of Kyoto, visit to former sake brewery for the tour of the house with sake tasting, and then finally to a traditional wooden townhouse for your Japanese cooking class. After the meal the evening is free for you to explore Kyoto, or your guide can assist you in returning to your hotel. (B & D)

Day 5 – Kyoto -Today you explore the former imperial capital utilizing Kyoto’s comprehensive bus system to visit some of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites. Start your day with a visit to Nijo Castle. Continue onto Kinkakuji, the Goldon Pavilion. Originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun, after his death it became a Buddhist Temple at his request, and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples. The final stop of the morning is Daitoku-ji Zen temple complex, which consists of a main temple and 22 sub-temples. After lunch, visit Kiyomizu ( Pure Water ) Temple. From the 13m high veranda jutting out from the Main Hall, you can enjoy amazing views of Kyoto. Finish off the day with a stroll through the Higashiyama district, whose busy lanes lead up to Kiyomizu and are filled with quaint shops selling souvenirs. (B)

Day 6 – Nara DaytripToday is a self-guided day.

This morning, make the 45min train ride to Nara which was the capital of Japan from 710 -784. Nara is a small town and most of its main sights are gathered around Nara Park.

Today we recommend visiting Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden buiding and home to Japan’s largest Buddha, and Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine. Nara’s National Musuem has a large collection of Japanese Buddhist Art. In the afternoon, head back to Kyoto for additional sightseeing in the ancient capital. (B)

Day 7 – Depart Kyoto – Free time until your included departure by airport bus to Kansai Airport. We can also arrange a return train to Tokyo Narita Airport as well as an additional night in Tokyo if required. (B)   

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation on a shared twin / double basis.
  • Local English speaking guide on day 2, 3 and 5.
  • PASMO Tokyo transport pass at a value of 2500 JPY.
  • Shinkansen ticket from Tokyo station to Kyoto station in ordinary class.
  • Kyoto one day bus and subway pass.
  • All entrance fees and transport on Days 2, 3 (AM only) and 5.
  • Kyoto Cooking class.
  • Information pack.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary – 6 Breakfast’s / 1 Dinner.

Culture and Cuisine 12 Days / 11 Nights

Day 1 – Arrive Tokyo – On arrival into Tokyo you will be welcomed by our airport representative who will assist you with transferring by either train or shuttle bus to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 – Tokyo – An early start today as you head with a local guide to Tsukiji Fish Market and after exploring the market, ‘sample the wares’ at your included sushi breakfast in one of the markets sushi bars. Following breakfast, stroll through nearby Hama-Rikyu Teien before an opportunity to view Tokyo from a different angle as you take a boat cruise along the Sumida River. Next stop will be Asakusa, part of Tokyo’s Shitamachi, or old town. Asakusa is home to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, and is also the city’s oldest Geisha district. The streets around Sensoji have many traditional shops selling Japanese crafts and souvenirs and are a delight to wander through. From Asakusa, it is a short walk to Kappabashi. Last stop is Ueno’s Ameyoko-cho, a busy market street underneath the tain lines. This bustling market is filled with shops and stalls selling various products. (B)

Day 3 – Tokyo – Discover the secret of the Japanese soba (buckwheat) noodle in a half day lesson with Master Chef Akila Inouye. The afternoon is then free for you to continue your sightseeing in Tokyo. We will provide information on all available options in our information pack. (B&L)

Day 4  – Tokyo to Takayama – Today is a self guided day. Leave Tokyo behind as you take Japans Shinkansen bullet train to Takayama In Takayama you will be staying in traditional Japanese-style ryokan accommodation, complete with tatami mats, shoji rice paper sliding doors and onsen baths. An onsen after dinner is highly recommended before you bed down on your futon. (B&D)

Day 5 – TakayamaToday is a self guided day. After breakfast head up to the Miyagawa morning market, a good opportunity totry some local fruit and vegetables. A short bus ride will take you to Hida No Sato Folk Village, an open air museum exhibiting over 30 typical farmhouses and other traditional buildings from the Hida region. In the afternoon visit the Takayama Festival FLoats museum, displaying floats from the Takayama festival or wander through the preserved old town. Dinner will be served in your Ryokan. (B&D)

Day 6 – Takayama to KyotoToday is a self guided day.Back on the Shinkansen today as you make the 4 hour journey to the city of Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital. The afternoon is yours to explore Kyoto. (B)

Day 7 – Kyoto – Today explore the former imperial capital with a learned local guide, utilizing Kyoto’s comprehensive bus system to visit some of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites. Start your day with a visit to Nijo Castle. This ornamental castle was built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence and is surrounded by stunning surrounding gardens. Continue to Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion, originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun, after his death it became a Buddhist Temple, and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples. The final stop of the morning is Daitoku-ji Zen temple complex, which consists of a main temple and 22 sub-temples. After lunch, visit Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple then finish off the day with a stroll through the atmospheric Higashiyama district. (B)

Day 8 – Kyoto – You have the morning free on Kyoto at your leisure and after lunch, we have arranged a very special cooking experience for you. Together with a local guide you will walk the mile-long Nishiki covered food markets as you help your guide buy the ingredients for your Japanese cooking class. After visiting the markets, you’ll travel through the back streets and lanes of Kyoto, visit to former sake brewery and then finally to a traditional wooden townhouse for your Japanese cooking class. Cooking your own Japanese evening meal, you will learn how to make rolled sushi, miso soup and cooked salad. After the meal the evening is free for you to explore Kyoto. (B&D)

Day 9 – Kyoto to Koya-SanToday is a self guided day.This morning make your way to holy Mt Koya (Koya-San). The 3 hour train journey is one of the best in Japan, as the local train winds its way up into the mountains whilst the final ascent to the top of Koya is made by cable car. Your learned local guide will be waiting for your arrival to show you Koya-San’s sites and explain about Japanese Buddhism. Tonight you will be staying at a shukubo, Japanese temple lodging. Dinner will be shojin ryori, traditional Buddhist cuisine. (B&D)

Day 10 – Koya-San to Osaka – An early start as you will be able to witness monks chanting their morning prayers, followed by a shojin rvori breakfast. The rest of the day is free to explore Koya-San before your train ride to Osaka. (B)

Day 11 – Osaka – Start the day with a visit to Sumiyoshi Taisha, one of Japan’s oldest shinto-shrines from the shrine, head back north and visit Osaka Castle, arguably Osaka’s most famous landmark. While the castle is a concrete rebuilt from 1931, the views from the top floor of the surrounding gardens and city are not to be missed. After lunch in a local restaurant, head to the Doguyasuji shopping arcade, a unique market where you can find anything related to the food industry After all this food display, it is time to enjoy your included dinner in Dotonbori, a former pleasure district turned restaurant mecca. (B&D)

Day 12 – Depart Osaka – Departure day is at your leisure until your included transfer by train to Kansai Airport. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation on a shared twin / double share basis
  • Local English speaking guide on days 2, 7, 9 and 11
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits on days 2,7,9 and 11
  • 7 Day Japan rail pass ordinary class – to be used from day 4
  • PASMO Tokyo transport pass
  • Kyoto 1 days bus and subway pass
  • Kansai Thru pass for transport to Koya-San
  • Half day Soba making lesson day 3
  • Kyoto cooking class day 8
  • Meals included – 11 Breakfast’s / 1 Lunch / 5 Dinners

Village & Valley’s – Temples & Towns 14 Days / 13 Nights

Day 1 – Arrive in Toky0 -Arrive in Tokyo where our airport representative you welcome you and assist you with transferring by either train or shuttle bus to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 – Tokyo -Today you will spend a full day taking in some of the many highlights Tokyo has to offer with a learned local guide by public transport. First stop is nearby Meiji Jinja, Tokyo’s most famous shrine, from old to new Tokyo as we then take a walk down Omotesando, commonly referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysee. A short subway ride will then take us to Asakusa, part of Tokyo’s Shitamachi, or old town, we will then see Tokyo from a different angle as we take a cruise down the Sumida Gawa river by boat to Hamarikyu-teien. (B)

Day 3 – Tokyo to Nikko day trip – A 2 hour journey by train takes you high into the mountains of the Nikko National Park is in Tochigi Prefecture and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Toshogu-shrine complex. A local guide will meet you at the station and spend the morning with you, taking you around some of the numerous temples and shrines before returning to Tokyo in afternoon. (B)

Day 4 – Tokyo to Kiso Valley ( This is a self guided day ) – Leave the city behind as we venture into the Central Japanese Alps in Nagano Prefecture, to the stunning Kiso Valley region. The journey by Shinkansen Bullet Train and local train takes approximately 4.5 hours. Tonight you will be staying in a Japanese Minishuku, a family run traditional inn with a tatami matt flooring, futon beds, Japanese gardens and hot spring onsen baths. For dinner an amazing kaiseki multi course will be served. (B&D)

Day 5 – Kiso Valley to Takayama -This morning after a healthy Japanese style breakfast you will follow in the footsteps of samurais and lords as you hike the old Nakasendo to Magome. On arrival at Magome you will have time to take a break before moving on by train to Takayama. In Takayama, you will be staying in a ryokan and another amazing local dinner will be served to you. (B&D)

Day 6 – Takayama (This is a self guided day) After breakfast head up to the Miyagawa morning market, followed by a short bus ride that take’s you to Hida No Sato Folk Village, an open air museum exhibiting over 30 typical farmhouses and other traditional buildings from the Hida region.  In the afternoon you can visit the Takayama Festival Floats museum, followed by our recommendation of a visit to one of the towns sake breweries for some tasking before heading back to your ryokan for another sumptuous dinner. (B&D)

Day 7 – Takayama to Kanazawa ( This is a self guided day ) – Another stunning journey today as you take the train alongside the Sea of Japan to Kanazawa. The highlight of any visit to Kanazawa is Kenroku-en garden. Ranked one of the top three in Japan, it is a must visit in any season. A visit to the imposing Kanazawa Castle next door is also a must do. (B)

Day 8 – Kanazawa to Hiroshima – (This is a self guided day) – Onwards by train to Hiroshima. Perhaps more than any other city in the world, Hiroshima is famous for one moment in history. First stop this afternoon should be Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in central Hiroshima. The area where the park now lies was ground zero for the Atomic Bomb however, after the bombing the Memorial Park was created and dedicated to those who lost their lives in the attack. (B)

Day 9 – Hiroshima / Miyajima – (This is a self guided day) – From Hiroshima, a short ferry ride will take you to Miyajima Island, here you will find perhaps the most photographed site in Japan – The Floating Torii Gate. You will have time to explore the island and its many shrines / temples and sample local cuisine. Miyajima is small enough to walk around, or you can hire a bike if you choose. (B)

Day 10 – Hiroshima to Kotohira – (This is a self guided day) –Today you will venture by train to Shikoku Island. The smallest of Japan’s main islands and the least visited by tourists. Kotohira is a small town on Shikoku famous for Kompirasan, the island’s most popular shrine. Despite being one of the most difficult shrine approaches in Japan, Kompirasan is a highly popular site visited by pilgrims from across the country. Most visitors only make it up to the main hall however, for the adventurous it is an additional 585 steps along a paved, forested path to the inner shrine of the complex and worth the effort. (B&D)

Day 11 – Kyoto -This morning continue on by train to Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto ( 2 1/2 hr) Kyoto is home to an astonishing 2000 shrines / temples including 17 UNESCO World Heritage listed sites. Meet your local guide at a central meeting spot During your guided walk of the mile-long Nishiki covered food markets, there are many interesting food stores to explore as you help your guide buy the ingredients for your Japanese cooking class. After visiting the markets, travel through the back streets of Kyoto and visit a former sake brewery for a taste test. The cooking class will take place in a traditional Japanese wooden house. (B&D)

Day 12 – Kyoto – A full day to explore the former imperial capital with a learned local guide, utilizing Kyoto’s comprehensive bus system to visit some of Kyoto’s World Heritage Listed Sites. Start your day with a visit to Nijo Castle, continue on to Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion and the final stop of the morning is Daitoku-ji Zen temple complex, which consists of a main temple and 22 sub-temples. After lunch, visit Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple before finishing off the day with a stroll through the atmospheric Higashiyama district. (B)

Day 13 – Kyoto ( This is a self guided day ) – This morning you will make the short 45min trip to Nara. We recommend visiting Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha, and Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine. You will also have time to wander through Nara Park, called Deer Park by locals due to the large population of tame deer living there. The afternoon is free for you to continue your sightseeing in Nara or Kyoto. (B)

Day 14 – Depart Kyoto – Today is free until your included departure by train to Kansai International Airport. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation on a shared twin / double share basis.
  • 14 Day Japan Rail Pass for Ordinary Class.
  • PASMO Tokyo transport pass.
  • Kyoto 1 day bus & subway pass.
  • English speaking local guide in Tokyo day 2, Nikko half day 3, and Kyoto day 12.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits day 2 & 12.
  • Information Pack.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary – 13 Breakfasts / 5 Dinners.

Highlights of Japan 14 Days / 13 Nights

Day 1 – Arrive in Tokyo – Arrive in Tokyo where you will be welcomed by our airport representative to assist you with transferring by either train or shuttle bus to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 – Tokyo -Today you will spend a full day taking in the many highlights Tokyo has to offer with your learned local guide by public transport. First stop is nearby Meiji Jingu, Tokyo’s most famous shrine, following take a walk down Omotesando, commonly referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysees. A short subway ride will take us to Asakusa, part of Tokyo’s Shitamachi, or old town. Asakusa is home to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, and is also the city’s oldest Geisha district. We will then see Tokyo from a different angle as we take a cruise down the Sumida Gawa river by boat to Hamarikyu garden. NOTE: The order of this itinerary may change according to the location of you hotel. (B)

Day 3 – Tokyo / Option Kamakura Day Trip – Today is a day at leisure! You may choose to visit the famous Tsukji fish market, the electronics district of Akihabara or discover Tokyo’s museums and galleries. An alternative to this is a day trip to the seaside town of Kamakura, one of Japan’s former capitals, Kamakura is home to many ancient temples and the Daibutsu, a giant bronze Buddha. Kamakura is approx 1 hour train ride fro Tokyo. (B)

Day 4 – Tokyo to Hakone/Mt Fuji – An early start today as you leave Tokyo behind and make the 2 hour journey to Hakone, the gateway to Mt Fuji and surrounding national park. Armed with your included Transport Pass, you can take advantage of the numerous forms of transport on offer throughout the Park including a ride on the worlds 2nd longest cable car or a boat ride across Lake Ashinoko. Throughout the day you will have the chance to get a glimpse of Mt Fuji, and tonight you stay in a traditional Japanese-style ryokan accommodation, complete with tatami mats, shoji rice paper sliding doors and onsen baths. (B&D)

Day 5 – Hakone/Mt Fuji – Takayama – Today enjoy a 4 hour train journey to Takayama. The first leg will be on the world famous Shinkansen bullet train, which reaches speeds of up to 300km/h. You will then change onto the Limited Express Hida Wideview for the one of the most scenic train journeys in Japan, winding your way through tall mountains and stunning gorges. This afternoon we recommend visiting one of the towns sake breweries for a taste of the local drop and tonight you will stay in Japanese style ryokan accommodation with a hot springs onsen bath. (B&D)

Day 6 – Takayama -After breakfast head up to the Miyagawa morning market, following which a short bus ride will take you to Hida No Sato Folk Village, an open air museum. Afterwards take a short bus ride to Hida No Sato Folk Village, an open air museum exhibiting over 30 typical farmhouses and other traditional buildings from the Hida region.  In the afternoon you can visit the Talayama Festival Floats museum, displaying floats from the famour Takayama festival. (B)

Day 7 – Takayama to Kanazawa -Another stunning journey today as you continue your train journey alongside the Sea of Japan to Kanazawa. This afternoon we would recommend visiting the Nagamachi Samurai district, including a visit to the Saihitsuan Yuzen Silk Centre in addition to Nomura Samurai House, a traditional Japanese home with a tea-ceremony room, an interior courtyard garden and artefacts from the Edo period. (B)

Day 8 – Kanazawa – The highlight of any visit to Kanazawa is Kenroku-en garden. Ranked in the top three gardens in Japan, its beauthy shines through in any season. A visit to the imposing Kanazawa Castle next door is also a must do. Kanazawa is also home to many interesting temples in addition to a bustling seafood market and we can arrange a guise to join you today should you prefer. (B)

Day 9 – Kanazawa to Hiroshima -This morning we return to the train for a 4 hour journey to Hiroshima. Perhaps more than any city in the world, Hiroshima is famous for one moment in history when on 6 August 1945, it became the first target of an atomic bomb. Since that day, the city has rebuilt itself as one of Japan’s most laid back, vibrant cities with wide boulevards, art museums, great food and friendly, welcoming people. (B)

Day 10 – Hiroshima – This morning head to the Peace Park and Museum for a sobering reminder of the events of 65 years ago. In the afternoon, you can take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island in the Inland Sea near Hiroshima and visit the most photographed site in Japan – The floating Torri Gate. You will have time to explore the island and its many shrines / temples, sample local goodies, and have the option to hike to the peak of the island, Mt Misen. (B)

Day 11 – Hiroshima to Kyoto -Time for one last ride on the Shinkansen as you undertake the 2 hour journey to Kyoto. Kyoto is home to an astonishing 2000 Shrines and Temples, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Today we have in store a truly amazing experience as you learn about Japanese culture in a Machiya, a beautiful restored wooden town house typical for Kyoto. The cultural experience ends with a walk through the old neighbourhood and a visit to a nearby sake brewery, where you will have the chance to sample the local brew. (B)

Day 12 – Kyoto – Today explore the former imperial capital with a learned local guide using Kyoto’s comprehensive bus system. You will start your day with a visit to Nijo Castle, continue on to Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion and the final stop of the morning is Daitoku-ji Zen temple complex. After lunch, visit Kiyomizu (Pure Water) Temple, then finish off the day with a stroll through the atmospheric Higashiyama district. (B)

Day 13 – Kyoto to Nara day trip – This morning take the short 45min trip by train to Nara. We would recommend visiting Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha, and Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine. You will also have time to wander through Nara Park. This afternoon is free for you to continue your sightseeing in either Nara or Kyoto. (B)

Day 14 – Depart Kyoto – At leisure until your included transfer by shuttle bus to Kansai Airport If departing from Tokyo Narita airport, we can arrange a return ticket to Narita Airport (4 hours) as well as an additional night in Tokyo if required. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation on a shared twin / double share basis.
  • Local English speaking guide in Tokyo day 1 and Kyoto day 1.
  • 7 Day Japan Rail Pass for Ordinary Class to use from day 5 till day 11.
  • PASMO Tokyo transport pass.
  • Hakone Free Pass.
  • Kyoto one day bus and subway pass.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits and transport on days 2 and 12.
  • Information Pack.
  • Meals Included – 13 Breakfasts / 2 Dinners.