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

Single (Superior)from AUD $7289.00

Single (Deluxe) from AUD $9089.00

Twin (Superior)from AUD $4905.00

Twin (Deluxe) from AUD $6140.00

Prices per person

Download Itinerary +

Tour Description

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.