Journey Through Japan

This 12 Day Journey Through Japan tour showcases the very best that the country has to offer. You’ll start and end in Tokyo and overnight throughout in Toyama, Nagoya, Osaka, Matsue, Hiroshima, and Kyoto. Along the way, you’ll see stunning scenery and visit many of Japan’s celebrated sites.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Tokyo

Welcome to Japan’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Hotel: Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu, 3 nights

Day 2: Tokyo

Today’s sightseeing tour takes you to the Meiji Shrine, a magnificent 20th century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Afterwards, pass by the Imperial Palace Plaza, the State Guest House, the Akihabara district and the famous Ginza shopping street. Your tour concludes with a visit to the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Nakamise Shopping Arcade. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in this cosmopolitan city

Day 3: Tokyo – Nikko – Tokyo

Journey north to Nikko for a visit to Toshogu Shrine and its famous Yomeimon Gate, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, continue on to the scenic I-Ro-Ha Zaka driveway, which reaches elevations of 1,200 metres (3,940 feet), to visit Lake Chuzenji and the Kegon Waterfall. Later, return to Tokyo

Day 4: Tokyo – Matsumoto – Nagano

This morning, travel to Matsumoto where you will see Matsumoto Castle and the Matsumoto City Museum. Later, visit Nagano and the Zenkoji Temple. Founded 1,400 years ago, the temple houses what is said to be the first Buddhist statue brought to Japan.

Hotel: Nagano Tokyu Rei Hotel

Day 5: Nagano – Shirakawa – Takayama – Nagoya

Continue through Japan’s beautiful mountain scenery to one of the country’s most remote regions – Shirakawa. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique Gassho-Zukuri (meaning joined hands) style thatched houses can only be found in this area. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps, via one of Japan’s longest road tunnels, to the secluded town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time. Visit the Kusakabe Heritage House for a glimpse of traditional Japanese architecture of the late 19th century before heading to Nagoya.

Day 6: Nagoya – Toba – Osaka

Begin today with a trip to Toba and visit Mikimoto Pearl Island to learn about the pearl cultivation process. Later, enjoy a visit to the most important shrine of the Shinto ‘church’, Ise Grande Shrine. This afternoon, continue to Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Hotel: Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu Rei Hotel

Day 7: Osaka – Matsue

Journey to the city of Yonago on the coast of the Sea of Japan. After a brief visit, continue to Adachi Museum Of Art to view Japanese-style gardens and view paintings by one of the greatest Japanese painters Yokoyama Taikan. Later, visit Matsue to see Matsue Castle and Buke Yashiki, a former samurai residence.

Hotel: Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu

Day 8: Matsue – Hiroshima

En route to Hiroshima, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Of Itsukushima Shrine and its famous Floating Torii Gate. From here, continue to Hiroshima. This city bears significant historic importance, for it was here that the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. Your tour features the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, which commemorate the victims of that fateful day. Also visit the Shukkeien Landscape Garden, which dates back to 1620.

Hotel: Hiroshima Tokyu Rei Hotel

Day 9: Hiroshima – Kyoto

Your fascinating journey to Kyoto, aboard one of Japan’s famous Bullet Trains, is sure to be a highlight of your tour. Kyoto is one of the most fascinating cities in Japan and the remainder of your day is free to explore. This evening, you may choose to stay (additional expense) in a traditional Japanese ryokan.

Hotel: Kyoto Tokyu Hotel, 2 nights

Day 10: Kyoto

Enjoy a tour of Kyoto, visiting many of the city’s temples, shrines, palaces and pagodas. A highlight of the day is a visit to the extraordinary Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the official residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. You will also visit Kinkakuji, the Temple of the Gold Pavilion and the Heian Shrine And Garden. During the day there will also be a chance to participate in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.

Day 11: Kyoto – Mount Fuji Area – Tokyo

Drive to the Mount Fuji area for a leisurely Cruise On Lake ASHI and an aerial Cable Car Ride (weather permitting) over the beautiful Owakudani Valley. From here, enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, before continuing on to your Tokyo airport hotel.

Hotel: Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu or Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu

Day 12: Tokyo

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2018 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
June: 12$5,533.00$6,615.00
September: 04, 25$5,533.00$6,615.00
October: 02$5,533.00$6,615.00
October: 16$5,643.00$6,725.00

Meals: 11 breakfasts
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:Bullet Train Ticket: Hiroshima - Kyoto
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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