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 transfer to hotel. Rest of day at leisure.

Day 3 Tokyo

This morning you will embark on a half day tour of Tokyo. First visit Meiji Shrine, built in 1920 and dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Continue to Tokyo Tower and Imperial Palace East Garden. Finally visit Asakusa Kannon Temple (Sensoji) – completed in 645AD, this Buddhist temple is one of the city’s most popular temples. Outside the temple is Nakamise shopping street, offers you the opportunity to sample local snacks and browse for traditional Japanese souvenirs.

Afternoon at leisure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 4 Tokyo / Mt Fuji & Hakone

Today enjoy a full day 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 Tokyo late afternoon / evening.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 5 Tokyo - Nagano - Yudanaka

This morning take Shinkansen bullet train to Nagano. You will be met by our English speaking assistant at the platform of Nagano Station and be escorted to board 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

Continue your journey to Matsumoto and venture into the Japanese Alpes.

We recommend a visit to magnificent Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan’s most beautiful original castles.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 7 Matsumoto - Takayama

Morning travel 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.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 8 Takayama - Shirakawago - Kanazawa

This morning travel 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.

Proceed to Kanazawa late afternoon.

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

Continue your journey to Kyoto. Be met on arrival at Kyoto Station and tour to Nara. Once the capital of Japan, Nara offers unique glimpse into Japan’s past.  visit Todaiji Temple with Great Buddha, Nara Deer Park and Kofuku-ji Temple. Return to Kyoto late afternoon.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 11 Kyoto

This morning enjoy 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

This morning proceed to Hiroshima. A modern city rebuilt after the second world war, Hiroshima is forever remembered for that fateful day in August 1945.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 15 Hiroshima

Enjoy full day Hiroshima and Miyajima tour visiting Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, Atomic Bomb Dome.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 16 Hiroshima - Osaka

Morning take bullet train to Osaka. Rest of day free to explore.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 17 Osaka - London Heathrow

Transfer to Osaka Kansai Airport for flight to London.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Tokyo - 3* Shinagawa Tobu Hotel

A 7-minute walk from Shinagawa train station, this relaxed hotel on a bustling street is a 3-minute walk from Aqua Park Shinagawa aquarium and a 12-minute walk from the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art.

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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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Hakone - 3* Hakone Hotel

On the edge of Lake Ashi, this casual hotel with views of Mount Fuji is 3 km from the Hakone Shrine and 10 km from the Hakone Open-Air Museum.

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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 - 3* Alpico Plaza Hotel

A 3-minute walk from Matsumoto train station, this straightforward hotel is a 9-minute walk from the Matsumoto Timepiece Museum and a 16-minute walk from Matsumoto Castle.

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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 - 3* Takayama Green Hotel

Set on a commercial street, this relaxed hot spring hotel is 8 minutes’ walk from trains at Takayama Station and 13 minutes’ walk from the Hidakokubun-ji Temple.

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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 - 3* Hotel Mystays Premier Kanazawa

This understated hotel is a 7-minute walk from Kanazawa train station, 3 km from the historic Higashi Chaya District and 4 km from the renowned Kenroku-en garden.

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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 - 3* Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi

In a low-key commercial area, this straightforward hotel is 6-minute walk from the closest subway station and 4 km from the iconic Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist temple.

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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 - 3* Hotel Century 21 Hiroshima

Set in a modern building overlooking the Enko River, this relaxed hotel is 7 minutes’ walk from trains at Hiroshima Station and 2 km from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.

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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 - 3* Hearton Hotel Nishiumeda

A 4-minute walk from Osaka train station, this low-key hotel is 1 km from the Umeda Arts Theater and 4 km from the Shinsaibashi shopping area.

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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;
  • Luggage forwarding service between cities;
  • Sightseeing coach excursions with English speaking guides;
  • 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);
  • Optional tours;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.
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16 nights
15/10/2022
31/10/2022
£3,790(pp)
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16 nights
06/11/2022
22/11/2022
£3,790(pp)
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16 nights
01/12/2022
17/12/2022
£3,240(pp)
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16 nights
08/01/2023
24/01/2023
£3,460(pp)
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16 nights
05/03/2023
21/03/2023
£3,970(pp)
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16 nights
02/04/2023
18/04/2023
£3,970(pp)
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16 nights
14/05/2023
30/05/2023
£3,970(pp)
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16 nights
04/06/2023
20/06/2023
£3,460(pp)
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16 nights
24/07/2023
09/08/2023
£3,970(pp)
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16 nights
03/09/2023
19/09/2023
£3,970(pp)
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16 nights
15/10/2023
31/10/2023
£3,970(pp)
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All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
16 nights
05/11/2023
21/11/2023
£3,970(pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
16 nights
24/03/2024
09/04/2024
£4,070(pp)
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All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
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