Highlights Of Japan
Updated: Jan 22
This independent tour mixes traditional and modern Japan. Exploring the skyscrapers, bright streets, the cultural temples and traditional Japanese gardens. You will Travel by bullet train which can reach up to 199 mph visiting highlights such as the stunning Mount Fuji, the impressive bamboo forest of Kyoto and the Itskushima Shirne.
Duration: 14 days, 13 nights
Cost from: £1755 per per person
With flights from: £2450 per person
Day 1: Tokyo (3 nights) Arrive at Tokyo airport and take the train to the Shinjuku district. A central hub for touring around Tokyo with lots of local shops and restaurants. With the subway close by you can use the transport links to get around the whole of Tokyo. Visit Hamarikyu - A tranquil Japanense garden. Cross the Shibuya crossing, the worlds most famous pedestrian crossing. Take a perch in one of the skyscraper coffee shops and people watch over the crossing. There are so many districts to visit but the Harajuku area is a must, get here by train and visit the colourful shops and check out the extreme fashion culture.
Join your included day tour to visit the Hakone National Park to see Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain. Marvel at the mountain over one of the viewpoints and take a cruise along Lake Ashi to enjoy the scenic natural beauty of the lake and enjoy a traditional Japanese lunch.
Day 4: Takayama (2 nights) Travel by bullet train to the small town of Takayama, nestled high in the Hida Alpine region of Gifu Prefecture. One of the most scenic train journeys in Japan. Once in
Takayama stroll the streets lined with century-old merchants’ homes and stop by at one of the sakebreweries for a taste of the local beer. Experience an overnight stay
in a ryokan, the traditional Japanesestyle inn furnished with low tables
and chairs, beds and sliding shoji doors. Day 6: Kanazawa (1 night) This morning catch the bus to Shirakawago – a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site famous for its gassho-zukuri farmhouses, with roofs constructed without any nails and intricately designed to withstand large amounts of snow. Some of these houses are open to the public, such as Wada House, left behind by the Wada Family who were once the richest family in Ogimachi. In the afternoon continue by bus for an overnight stay in Kanazawa an old castle town.
Day 7: Hiroshima (2 nights) Take the 5 hour train journey onto Hiroshima today. Check into your hotel and start exploring this amazing city. Take the ferry over to Miyajima a small island that is most famous for its giant torii gate, which looks like it's floating on water. Back in Hiroshima the visit Peace Memorial Park and museum. An eye opening experience to see the destruction that a single atomic bomb had on the city. The museum includes belongings left behind by victims, artefacts and testimonials from those effected. A powerful insight and even more powerful message from the museum.
Day 9: Kyoto (3 nights) Board the train this morning and make your way to Kyoto a cultural hub of Japan. See the Nijo castle which was originally home to a powerful feudal lord. Visit the Royoan-Ji Temple and its famous rock garden. Visit the bamboo gardens and check out the narrow alleyways lined with local shops and eateries. Take your reusable cup and visit Arabica coffee, the 'best' coffee in Kyoto. During your time in Kyoto you have an evening tour included where the true magic of Kyoto comes alive when past and present blend into the night! Take to the streets as dusk falls and see how argon lights mix with paper lanterns, age-old shrines squeeze into busy shopping streets, and aged wood is decorated with modern street art, you may even get a glimpse at a geisha.
Day 12: Osaka (2 nights)
After your short train journey from Kyoto start exploring Osaka's busy streets. From Namba Station, explore Doguyasuji, a unique market that sells anything related to food, from pots
and other kitchenware and everything in between. Check out one of the narrow alleys to see Hozen-ji Temple – a small village temple dedicated to one of the Five Wisdom Buddhas where locals gather to worship. In the evening visit Dotombori Arcade and marvel at the bright lights from the Ebisu-bashi Bridge.
Day 14: Depart Osaka.
The tours are tailor made by me and can be changed to suit your needs. This tour is based on 2 people sharing and includes touring where specified, train and bus journeys and all accommodation. The price is based on low season and is subject to change based on availability.