Travel by coach, local trains and the world famous bullet train. Discover an amazing variety of places from the modern cities of Tokyo and Osaka to the peaceful countryside of Takayama. Explore Japanese tradition and culture in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, with its thousands of shrines and temples. Visit historic Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome and feed the deer on Miyajima Island. This tour will operate with an experienced JTB escort and local guides who will assist you with the entire trip, from sightseeing to shopping and dining.
- Mt. Fuji
DAY 1 Tokyo Hotel Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa Upon arrival at Narita/Haneda Airport, clear customs and immigration before boarding the Airport Limousine Bus to your accommodation in Tokyo for 3 nights. Transfer services can be provided from either Narita or Haneda Airports in Tokyo. Additionally JTB can arrange early check in or prior accommodation and any other arrangements before the tour begins.
DAY 2 Tokyo Meal Breakfast, Lunch Hotel Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa After breakfast your Japan journey begins with a full day sightseeing tour of Tokyo. Visit some of the major sights including the Tokyo Sky Tree with 360 panoramic views of the city, Tsukiji Outer Fish Markets, and Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo’s most famous Buddhist Temple. Drive by some famous shopping districts such as Ginza and Akihabara. The day will conclude early evening where you will have the rest of the evening free to explore the nightlife of Tokyo.
DAY 3 Tokyo Meal Breakfast Hotel Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa Morning sightseeing visiting Shibuya, Harajuku and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Afternoon free at leisure.
DAY 4 Tokyo – Hakone Meal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Luggage transfer Tokyo to Takayama – Carry overnight bag Traditional Japanese Ryokan Inn Yoshiike Ryokan (Japanese style room) Today embark on a full day sightseeing tour of the Hakone and Lake Ashi area. Visit Mt Fuji, Japan’s national icon. Drive up to the Mt Fuji 5th station of the mountain and its viewing spots. Enjoy a cruise on lake Ashi, then ropeway up Mt. Komagatake, stopping at Owakudani Valley for a spectacular panoramic view of Mt. Fuji and the surrounding area. After sightseeing, arrive at your Hakone Ryokan (Japanese style accommodation) and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner with your tour escort and group.
DAY 5 Hakone – Takayama Meal Breakfast Hotel Hida Hotel Plaza or Takayama Green Hotel A Japanese style breakfast then depart for Takayama via Nagoya on the Shinkansen bullet train. You will have the afternoon and evening free to explore this beautiful little town. For dinner you might like to try the famous “Hida-gyu” beef, a speciality dish in Takayama. After dinner relax and unwind in the Japanese Onsen (Hot Springs) at your accommodation.
DAY 6 Takayama Meal Breakfast Luggage transfer Takayama to Osaka – Carry overnight bag Hotel Hida Hotel Plaza or Takayama Green Hotel Today visit some famous sights in Takayama including the Hida Folk Village, an open air museum exhibiting over 30 traditional houses from the region, Matsuri-no-mori and San-machi, a traditional Japanese village area and Takayama Jinya. Explore this historic area of Takayama’s old town. A small 3 lane area is filled with old wooden buildings consisting of sake breweries, small boutiques and some larger merchant houses which are now museums.
DAY 7 Kanazawa – Gokayama – Kanazawa Meal Breakfast, Lunch Luggage transfer Takayama to Hiroshima – Carry overnight bag Hotel Hotel in Kanazawa or Toyama Today you will have the morning free to explore more of the beautiful little town of Takayama. We recommend visiting the early morning Takayama markets, where local fresh produce and souvenirs stalls are set up. In the afternoon, travel by bus visiting Gokayama, a World Heritage listed area and experience Japanese paper making.
DAY 8 Kanazawa – Hiroshima Meal Breakfast Hotel Granvia Hotel Hiroshima This morning join a Kanazawa city tour visiting, Higashi Chayagai, Kenroku-en Garden – one of Japan’s 3 most beautiful gardens. Also visit Nagamachi Buke Yashiki, and Omicho Market. In the afternoon travel to Hiroshima city by the JR limited express train.
DAY 9 Hiroshima Meal Breakfast Hotel Granvia Hotel Hiroshima Breakfast at your own leisure. Today, visit some of the major sights of Hiroshima, including Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, a World Heritage listed site and the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome. Evening free to dine out.
DAY 10 Hiroshima – Himeji – Kyoto Meal Breakfast Luggage transfer Kanazawa to Hiroshima – Carry overnight bag Hotel New Miyako Hotel, Kyoto Breakfast at your own leisure. In the morning depart for Kyoto by Shinkansen Bullet Train. Take a detour to Himeji on the way, visiting Himeji castle, a World Heritage listed site and Koko-en Garden. Then continue onto Kyoto city and check into your accommodation where you will be staying for 3 nights.
DAY 11 Kyoto Meal Breakfast, Lunch Hotel New Miyako Hotel, Kyoto Breakfast at your own leisure. Today enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Kyoto city visiting some of the most famous sites including the Golden Pavilion, Shimogamo-jinja, Sanjusangendo amd Kodai-ji. A tea ceremony experience and lunch is also included today.
DAY 12 Kyoto Meal Breakfast, Dinner Hotel New Miyako Hotel, Kyoto Today is a free day to explore more of Kyoto city or do some last minute shopping. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with your tour escort and group.
DAY 13 Kyoto – Osaka Meal Breakfast Hotel Granvia Osaka In the afternoon depart Kyoto by bus. Visit Osaka city sights, including Osaka Castle and Floating Observatory. Accommodation in Osaka for 1 night.
DAY 14 Osaka Meal Breakfast Your journey finishes today after breakfast. Included in this tour is an airport transfer service back to Kansai International Airport or Itami Domestic Airport. We can also arrange late check out, post tour accommodation and any other arrangements if you wish to extend your stay in Japan after the tour concludes.
- 13 nights accommodation
- Many meals
- Transfers & Transport
- Sightseeing & Activities
- Local guides & English-speaking tour escort throughout