Ultimate Japan (17 days)

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flag Tokyo - Yudanaka - Takayama - Kanazawa - Kyoto - Hiroshima - Osaka
What's included?
+ included - not included
  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

Day 1 London Heathrow to Tokyo

Depart London Heathrow for international flight to Tokyo.

We can also arrange departures from your local airport at no extra cost.

Day 2 Tokyo Arrival

Arrive at Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport. Be greeted by English speaking assistant and board airport limousine bus to hotel.

Day 3 Tokyo

Morning embark on half day coach tour of Tokyo, visiting Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace East Garden and Asakusa Kannon Temple.

Afternoon at leisure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 4 Tokyo / Mt Fuji & Hakone

Morning coach tour to Mt Fuji and Hakone National Park. Mt Fuji is not only the highest (3,776 metres) and most sacred mountain in Japan, it’s also the symbol of Japan. We visit Mt Fuji 5th Station, Owakudani Boiling Valley, Hakone Ropeway, Boat Cruise on Lake Ashi. Return to Shinjuku late afternoon.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 5 Tokyo - Nagano - Yudanaka

Make your way to Tokyo Station and take Shinkansen bullet train to Nagano. You will be met by our English speaking assistant at the platform of Nagano Station and be escorted until boarding local train to Yudanaka. Yudanaka is a famous Onsen (hot springs) resort. Visit a famous snow monkey park (Jigokudani Yaenkoen) at your own leisure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 6 Yudanaka - Nagano - Matsumoto

Take local train to Nagano Station, change to limited express train to Matsumoto and venture into the Japanese Alpes.

We recommend a visit to magnificent Matsumoto Castle.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 7 Matsumoto - Takayama

Make your way to Matsumoto bus terminal and take bus to Takayama. Famed for the Edo period buildings – Jinya, Takayama is well preserved and the place to see quintessential Japan. We recommend visit to old town, Hida Folk Village, Matsuri no Mori etc.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 8 Takayama - Shirakawago - Kanazawa

This morning take bus from Takayama Nohi Bus Centre to Shirakawago. Deep in the mountains in Shogawa River Valley, and UNESCO world heritage site, Shirakawago is famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. Ogimachi village where the bus stops is the largest village and main attraction, can be easily explored on foot.

After some free time at Shirakawago, take Nohi bus to Kanazawa.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 9 Kanazawa

Day at leisure.

Enjoy your free day using Kanazawa Casual Package which includes Loop Bus 1 day pass, Kenrokuen garden admission, Tea coupon at Kinkatei and Gold Leaf Art experience voucher.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 10 Kanazawa - Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto

Take limited express train to Kyoto. Be met by English speaking assistant at the platform of Kyoto Station, take coach tour to Nara, visiting Todaiji Temple with Great Buddha, Nara Deer Park and Kofuku-ji Temple.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 11 Kyoto

This morning take a walking tour of Kyoto, visiting Togetsu-kyo Bridge, Tenryu-ji Temple, Sagano Bamboo Groove, and Sagano Romantic Train.

Afternoon at leisure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 12 Kyoto

Free day at leisure.

Optional Kyoto tour available on request: Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Sanjusangen-do Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 13 Kyoto - Mt Koya

Meet your English speaking assistant at hotel lobby and be escorted to Shin-Imamiya Station by train. Transfer to Gokurakubashi Station by train and transfer to Mt Koya Station by cable car.

Mt Koya, a small secluded temple town, is the centre of Shingon Buddhism. It is one of the best places to experience an overnight stay at a temple lodging (shukubo).

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 14 Mt Koya - Hiroshima

Make your way to Shin-Imamiya Station using Koyasan World Heritage Ticket. Transfer to Shin-Osaka Station via Osaka Station by local train. Take bullet train to Hiroshima.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 15 Hiroshima

Free day at leisure.

Enjoy your free day using Hiroshima and Miyajima 1 day tour voucher (included: Hiroden 1 day pass, Okonomiyaki Voucher, Miyajima Night Cruise and Miyajima Ferry tickets).

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 16 Hiroshima - Osaka

Morning take bullet train from Hiroshima Station to Shin-Osaka.

Rest of day free to explore.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 17 Osaka - London Heathrow

Transfer by airport limousine bus from Osaka Airport Bus stop by Kansai Airport for flight to London.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Tokyo - 4* Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa

Part of a trio of hotels on wooded grounds, this understated business hotel is a 5-minute walk from Shinagawa train station, 10 minutes on foot from the Aqua Park Shinagawa aquarium and 7 km from the shops in Ginza.

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Yudanaka - 4* Issa no Komichi Biyu no Yado

This plush hotel is an 8-minute walk from the nearest train station, 4 km from Jigokudani Monkey Park and 22 km from Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.

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Matsumoto - 4* Hotel Buena Vista

This sleek hotel in a modern concrete and glass tower is 1 km from both Yohashira Shrine and Matsumoto Castle, and 2 km from Agata Forest Park.

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Takayama - 4* Hotel Associa Takayama Resort

This refined hot spring hotel with views of the Northern Alps is 3 km from Takayama train station and 4 km from the Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village open-air museum.

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Kanazawa - 4* ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

A 3-minute walk from Kanazawa railway station, this upmarket hotel is 2 km from Kanazawa Castle and 3 km from the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Kyoto - 4* Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto

This upmarket hotel is 4 km from both Kiyomizu-dera temple and Nijo Castle.

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Mt Koya - 4* Henjoko-in

Temple lodging that has been preserved as a traditional temple in Koyasan. There are a lot of pictures and images of Buddha designated a National Treasure. This temple was once the “Gozasho” for Shirakawa Joko.

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Hiroshima - 4* Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

Connected to the Hiroshima bullet train station, this sleek high-rise hotel is 2 km from both Hiroshima Castle and baseball games at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium, and 4 km from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

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Osaka - 4* Hotel Hankyu Respire Osaka

Set in a bustling area, this polished hotel is a 3-minute walk from Osaka-Umeda train station, a 7-minute walk from the observation deck at Umeda Sky Building and 5 km from Osaka Castle.

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Tour Price includes:

  • International economy flights;
  • Hotel / Ryokan accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures;
  • Sightseeing coach excursions with English speaking guides;
  • All transfers and road transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Train/Boat journeys where mentioned in program;
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Tour Price excludes:

  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Optional tours;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.
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