World Heritage & Pilgrimage Trail Private Tour (14 days)

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flag Tokyo - Hakone - Takayama - Kyoto - 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

Upon arrival at Tokyo International Airport, be greeted by our English speaking assistant and board an airport limousine bus to your hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 3 Tokyo

This morning meet your English speaking private guide in hotel lobby, embark on tour of Tokyo, visiting Meiji Shrine, Shibuya Crossing Street, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Sumida River Cruise and Ginza etc.

Return to hotel after tour.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 4 Tokyo - Hakone

This morning take the bullet train to Odawara, the gateway to Mt Fuji / Hakone National Park. The tour of Hakone includes Owakudani Boiling Valley, Ropeway and Boat Cruise on Lake Ashi.

Check in to ryokan or hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5 Hakone - Takayama

Morning transfer to Odawara Station by private car, take bullet train to Nagoya. Upon arrival, be greeted by your local guide at the platform. Transfer to Takayama by limited express train. Located in the mountainous Hida region, Takayama is well preserved and offers a rare glimpse into the ancient past. Visit Yatai Kaikan, Jinya House and Kamisannomachi. Transfer to ryokan for dinner.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 6 Takayama - Shirakawago - Kanazawa

After breakfast, take private guided tour of Takayama and Shirakawago (deep in the mountains in Shogawa River Valley, and UNESCO world heritage site, Shirakawago is famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses). Visit Takayama Morning Market, Shirakawago Hamlet, Wada House and Observatory Deck. Proceed to Kanazawa.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 7 Kanazawa - Kyoto

Morning take private guided tour in Kanazawa, visit Kenrokuen, Higashichaya Street, Nomura Samurai House, Ohmicho Market etc.

Transfer to Kyoto by limited express train. Be met by English speaking assistant at the platform of Kyoto Station, check in to hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 8 Kyoto

Kyoto served as capital of Japan for over a thousand years (794-1868), it is the highlight of our tour in Japan. Full day sightseeing of Kyoto, visiting the Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple, Nijo Castle, Gion etc.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 9 Kyoto

Free day at leisure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 10 Kyoto - Mt Koya

Travel to Mt Koya by local train and cable car with your guide. 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. Visit Okunoin, Tokugawa Cemetery, Kongobuji and Kondo. Transfer to your accommodation (shukubo / temple stay). Tonight enjoy vegetarian dinner.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 11 Mt Koya - Kumano Kodo - Kawayu or Yunomine Onsen

Attend morning ceremony at the temple. After breakfast, transfer to Kawayu / Yunomine Onsen by private car. Visit Kumano Hongu Shrine, the Ancient Pilgrimage Trails Kumano Kodo. Walk a part of Kumano Kodo Trail (approximately 60 mins). Transfer to your ryokan.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 12 Kawayu or Yunomine Onsen - Nachi - Osaka

After breakfast at ryokan, visit Nachi Shrine and Nachi Waterfall. Walk a part of Kumano Kodo Trail (approximately 60 mins). Transfer to Osaka by limited express train and local train. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 13 Osaka

Osaka is the third largest city of Japan and second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo. This morning visit Osaka Castle, Umeda Sky Building Observatory and Dotombori area.

Afternoon at leisure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 14 Osaka to London Heathrow

Transfer to Osaka Kansai Airport by airport limousine bus 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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Tokyo - 5* The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Nestled among gardens and trees, this chic, contemporary hotel lies a 6-minute walk from Shinagawa train station, 4 km from Tokyo Tower and 7 km from the Tsukiji Market.

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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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Kyoto - 5* Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Set in the contemporary Kyoto Station complex, this sprawling, high-end hotel features interiors filled with modern art. It’s 2 km from To-ji Buddhist temple and 4 km Nijo-jo Castle.

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Osaka - 4* Hotel Granvia Osaka

Occupying a modern building connected to Osaka train station, this upmarket hotel in the bustling Umeda district is a 7-minute walk from the HEP Five Ferris wheel, 12 minutes’ stroll from the landmark Umeda Sky Building, and 5 km from the 16th-century Osaka Castle.

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Osaka - 5* Hilton Osaka

Providing direct access to the Grand Front Osaka Mall, this upmarket hotel is 5 km from Osaka Castle and 4 minutes’ walk from Osaka train station.

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Hakone - 4* Tokinoyu Setsugetsuka

Overlooking Mount Hakone, this sleek inn is 1 km from the Hakone Open–Air Museum, 6 km from Owakudani valley and 12 km from Lake Ashi.

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Hakone - 5* Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu

Surrounded by woodland, this upscale hot spring hotel with views of Mount Hakone is 1 km from Kowakidani Station and 2 km from the Hakone Open-Air Museum.

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Hakone - 4* The Prince Hakone Ashinoko

This elegant hotel, set on the shores of Lake Ashi, is a 2-minute walk from the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway station (the aerial tramway that climbs Mount Komagatake), 20 km from Odawara train station and 56 km from Mount Fuji.

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Hakone - 5* Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa

This contemporary spa hotel in the mountainous Hakone area is 3 km from the Hakone Open-Air Museum sculpture park, 6 km from Lake Ashi and 17 km from the town of Odawara.

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Kumano - 4* Kawayu-Onsen Fujiya

Overlooking the Ota River, this polished hot spring hotel surrounded by lush landscape is a minute’s walk from the Kawayu Hot Spring and 5 km from the Kumano Hongū Taisha Shinto shrine.

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Kumano - 5* Kawayu-Onsen Fujiya

Overlooking the Ota River, this polished hot spring hotel surrounded by lush landscape is a minute’s walk from the Kawayu Hot Spring and 5 km from the Kumano Hongū Taisha Shinto shrine.

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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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Kanazawa - 5* Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

A 3-minute walk from Kanazawa train station, this upscale high-rise hotel is 2 km from both Kanazawa Castle and Kenroku-en garden, which is considered 1 of Japan’s 3 perfect gardens.

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Takayama - 4* Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan

Alongside the Miyagawa River, this understated hot spring inn is an 8-minute walk from Takayama train station and 3 km from farmhouses at the Hida Minzoku Mura open-air museum.

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Takayama - 5* Hidatei Hanaougi

This sleek inn encircled by trees is 2 km from Hidakokubun-ji Temple and 4 km from Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village.

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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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Mt Koya - 5* 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.

Visit the website to see more!

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;
  • Bullet Train (Shinkansen) 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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