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Japan Unrivalled

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The one that takes in bustling cities, relaxing hot springs and majestic mountains for the ultimate Japan experience

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  • Duration

    13 days

  • Places

    7 places

  • Meals

    12 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Private Coach + Bullet Trains

  • Group Size

    Average 24 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Mount Koya, Osaka

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About this trip

Konnichiwa! And welcome to our ultimate trip to Japan. Experience traditional Japanese hot springs in Tokyo, explore Kyoto the cultural hub of Japan by visiting the Fushimi Inari Shrine & travel around Tokyo taking in all the bright lights and quirks as well as eating as much sushi as possible. This is the only way to be guided around Japan, one of the most unique countries in the world.

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Map & Itinerary

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Nights spent per location

  1. 3 3 nights

    Tokyo

  2. 1 1 night

    Hakone

  3. 2 2 nights

    Takayama

  4. 2 2 nights

    Hiroshima

  5. 2 2 nights

    Kyoto

  6. 1 1 night

    Mount Koya

  7. 1 1 night

    Osaka

DAY 1 - Arrive Tokyo

Tokyo

Kon'nichiwa Tokyo! Welcome to this dazzling orchestra of light, sound and intersecting subway lines. This is the city where the future fuses with the past in the most fascinating way possible, and we'll have a free evening to bond, explore and soak it all in.

Stay

Grand Palace Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2 - Tokyo

Tokyo

Today we'll bounce out of bed ready and raring to uncover Tokyo. The ancient Buddhist temple of Asakusa Senso-ji, the lake woven grounds of the Imperial Palace & the  Meiji Jingu shrine are just some of the doors we will open to this city. If history and religion don't get you going, the wild fashion of Harajuku & the shopping district of Nakamise Street might see you more wide-eyed. Or perhaps your idea of fun is to take to the streets of Shibuya, attempting to cross the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world.

 

Tonight, we've got a Free Time Add-On we reckon you'll find hard to resist - a much needed soak in traditional Japanese hot spring baths, locally known as an Onsen. Be warned though, these hot springs are not for the shy (meaning total nakedness), but are the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring the sights & sounds of the city.

Stay

Grand Palace Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Tokyo's Imperial Palace, home of the Emperor of Japan

  • Visit the Meiji Jinju Shinto shrine dedicated to Meiji the Great

  • See the famous giant red lanterns of Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the shopping delights of Nakamise Street

  • See the fashion forward streets of Harajuku

  • Witness the ordered chaos of Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, rumoured the busiest intersection in the world

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Unwind like the locals with a soak in the Odaiba Onsen hot spring in Tokyo

    JPY 2480

DAY 3 - Tokyo

Tokyo

Today is yours to take on Tokyo your way. Check out the anime and electronics packed buildings of Akihabara or perhaps find a cat café and do some petting while you sip your tea, or check out the beautiful Ueno Park.

Stay

Grand Palace Hotel (or similar)

DAY 4 - Tokyo to Hakone

Tokyo

Before we leg it out of Japan's capital we have some very serious business to tend to - a guided tour of famous Tsukiji - the world's largest and busiest fish market. Here, why not opt to learn the art of sushi making, or just kick back in one of the markets sushi bars and soak in the atmosphere.

Hakone

Our first overland journey takes us south to Hakone, completely removing us from Tokyo's fast city pace. We will take in Japanese mountain vistas from the Hakone Ropeway & spend the night in a traditional guesthouse where we'll be treated to some local Japanese hospitality. 

Stay

Ryokan Special Stay

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Grab some sushi at the world-famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo

  • Take in the incredible views from the Hakone Ropeway

  • Experience a high-quality Japanese Kaiseki dinner

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Master the art of sushi-making at a lunchtime class in Tokyo

    JPY 6800

DAY 5 - Hakone to Takayama via Matsumoto

Hakone

Waving our supremely hospitable hosts goodbye we hit the road in search of a long valley amidst the Japanese mountains. 

Takayama

After a full day of exploring and ogling and Japanese countryside, it would be perfectly acceptable to crash out on arrival in Takayama. Particularly acceptable given we have all day tomorrow here to explore. 

Stay

Takayama Green Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See one of Japan's premier historic site Matsumoto Castle

DAY 6 - Takayama

Takayama

Dark wooden buildings, Kanji signs & surrounding hillsides will see us totally taken by Takayama. Grab a bike and take a cycle, then unwind from it all with a Japanese footbath. There's not many places where relaxation feels quite like this. Tonight is yours to explore as you wish, but we have an inkling you won't want to miss the mouthwatering hida beef for dinner. 

Stay

Takayama Green Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Kamisan no machi (Kamisan Town), Takayama morning markets & Jinya house.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Feast on a melt-in-your mouth Hida Beef dinner in Takayama

    JPY 6700

  • Drink in tradition with some Sake tasting in Takayama

    JPY 3000

DAY 7 - Takayama to Hiroshima

Takayama

In usual circumstances we'd be quite sad to be leaving the soul-stirring town of Takayama, but with the bullet train experience whipping us to Hiroshima it's hard not to get excited. 

Hiroshima

We did it! We travelled on land at a casual 320 kilometers per hour on the Shinkansen - the world's fastest train. That's a big old tick off the Japan bucket list. Hiroshima is yours this afternoon to explore your way.

Stay

New Hiroden Hotel (or similar)

DAY 8 - Hiroshima

Hiroshima

A city mourned over as the world's first atomic bomb target during World War ll, the mood will turn reflective as we enter Hiroshima. Thankfully, today this historical great has been declared a City of Peace, symbolised by coloured paper cranes denoting people’s prayers. Our day here will be one of learning as we take in the tragic recounts of World War II at the Peace Memorial Museum.  

Stay

New Hiroden Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the Itsukushima Shrine & spot miniature deer on Miyajima Island

  • Visit Peace Park & the memorial museum in Hiroshima

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Taste the delicious flavours of Okonomiyaki savoury pancakes for lunch in Hiroshima

    JPY 3000

DAY 9 - Hiroshima to Kyoto

Hiroshima

With 3 more destinations left to uncover on the Japanese map, we hit the road this morning and leave the historical metropolis of Hiroshima behind. 

Kyoto

Welcome to the culture hub of Japan. Geisha girls, artfully manicured gardens, shrines & temples aplenty - looks like we're in Kyoto! We won't  waste a minute peeling back this city's layers, taking you to Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle & the Gion Area with our guide. You'll also have plenty of free time to check the place out any old way you please, and go on the lookout for glamorous geishas. If that means wearing a kimono and platforms, we're right here to applaud you.  

Stay

New Miyako Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Kinkaku-ji aka The Golden Pavilion

  • See the intricate wooden stylings of Nijo Castle

  • Visit the Gion Area where the Geisha are

DAY 10 - Kyoto

Kyoto

So what's up next? How about checking out the Fushimi Inari Shrine? Approx 233 metres above sea level, the journey to the shrine begins at the base of the mountain. This afternoon is free for you to explore the sights of Kyoto.
 

Kyoto

 

Stay

New Miyako Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the thousand red tori gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Bike through the magical Bamboo Forrest and Kyoto's western outskirts

DAY 11 - Kyoto to Mount Koya

Kyoto

Enjoy a slow and leisurely morning in Kyoto to get in the zen frame of mind for what lies ahead. On the train we make tracks for Mt Koya.
 

Mount Koya

You would think that by this stage of the trip all the phenomenal moments might be behind us. Oh how wrong you would be. Tonight we stay in a Buddhist guesthouse, eating traditional food and savouring the mindfulness & beauty of this incredible experience. For those looking for a digital detox amongst nature, it doesn't get better than this. 
 

Stay

Shukubo Special Stay

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the zen rock gardens of Kongobuji Temple

DAY 12 - Mount Koya to Osaka

Mount Koya

It's our last full day of the trip - make the most of it by rising early this morning and partaking in the tradition of an early morning Buddhist service. A Local Guide will then walk us through the beauty of the Koyasan area and centuries old cemetery before we move on to our last destination.
 

Osaka

For those who have stepped out of their quiet zone from the morning of serenity, it will be time to relish in Osaka and take on the traditional Japanese pastime of Karaoke. A couple of Asahis or Sakes - you know, for tradition - should stimulate your bravery. 
 

Stay

New Hankyu Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Experience the Morning Buddhist Service at our spiritual Buddhist guest house in the shadow of Mount Koya

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Complete your last night as a group together with a delicious Izayaka feast

    JPY 3800

  • Make your childhood Mario Kart dreams a reality as you zoom through Osaka in a Street Kart

DAY 13 - Depart Osaka

Osaka

Today our Japanese fairytale comes to an end. Whilst we'll be crying silent (or not so silent) tears, our life-lasting memories, army of new friends and deep appreciation for Japan will be enough to keep the smiles on our faces. Sayōnara, globe trotters! 

Top Experiences

18 included & 8 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Master the art of sushi-making at a lunchtime class in Tokyo

    JPY 6800

    Tokyo

  • Drink in tradition with some Sake tasting in Takayama

    JPY 3000

    Takayama

  • Visit the Itsukushima Shrine & spot miniature deer on Miyajima Island

    Included

    Hiroshima

Japan Unrivalled

18 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Tokyo's Imperial Palace, home of the Emperor of Japan
  • Visit the Meiji Jinju Shinto shrine dedicated to Meiji the Great
  • See the famous giant red lanterns of Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the shopping delights of Nakamise Street
  • See the fashion-forward streets of Harajuku
  • Witness the ordered chaos of Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, rumoured the busiest intersection in the world
  • Grab some sushi at the world-famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo
  • Take in the incredible views from the Hakone Ropeway
  • Experience a high-quality Japanese Kaiseki dinner
  • See one of Japan's premier historic site Matsumoto Castle
  • See Kamisan no machi (Kamisan Town), Takayama morning markets & Jinya house.
  • Visit the Itsukushima Shrine & spot miniature deer on Miyajima Island
  • Visit Peace Park & the memorial museum in Hiroshima
  • See Kinkaku-ji aka The Golden Pavilion
  • See the intricate wooden stylings of Nijo Castle
  • Visit the Gion Area (where the Geisha are)
  • See the thousand red tori gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • See the zen rock gardens of Kongobuji Temple
  • Experience the Morning Buddhist Service at our spiritual Buddhist guest house in the shadow of Mount Koya

8 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Unwind like the locals with a soak in the Odaiba Onsen hot spring in Tokyo JPY 2480
  • Master the art of sushi-making at a lunchtime class in Tokyo JPY 6800
  • Feast on a melt-in-your mouth Hida Beef dinner in Takayama JPY 6700
  • Drink in tradition with some Sake tasting in Takayama JPY 3000
  • Taste the delicious flavours of Okonomiyaki savoury pancakes for lunch in Hiroshima JPY 3000
  • Bike through the magical Bamboo Forrest and Kyotos western outskirts
  • Complete your last night as a group together with a delicious Izayaka feast JPY 3800
  • Make your childhood Mario Kart dreams a reality as you zoom through Osaka in a Street Kart

Where You'll Stay

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    Ryokan Traditional Japanese Guesthouse

    Hakone, Japan

    A ryokan is a traditional style Japanese inn or guest house. Simply the best way to have a true Japanese experience

    1 night

  • 12 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    10 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay

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