Travel & Accommodation
Map & Itinerary
- 11 nights in premium accommodation
- Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort
- 15 meals - 11 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners
- Enjoy a ‘Romancecar’ train journey to Hakone and visit the snowcapped Mt Fuji
- Cruise to the World Heritage-listed Miyajima Island
- Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and listen to a talk from a Hiroshima survivor or successor
- Glimpse the colourful kimonos of Kyoto’s geisha and enjoy a traditional evening meal in Kyoto
- Wander through the towering bamboo at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary operated by Great Rail Journeys
- Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
- Prices include transfers, tipping and most porterage
- Whilst on the tour the majority of the rooms in Japan will be double bedded rooms. Twin bedding cannot be guaranteed and is subject to availability at hotel upon check in.
- An overnight bag will need to be packed for days 6-8
- Cherry Blossom season in Japan usually lasts from late March to May, however due to changeable weather blooms cannot be guaranteed, even during spring months
- Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included
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Welcome to Tokyo! Transfer to your hotel where a Welcome Dinner gives you the chance to meet your fellow travellers and Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort.
Stay: Two Night, Tokyo, Keio Plaza HotelDaily :
A full-day tour of Tokyo begins with a trip to the Miraikan. Next it’s on to the Asakusa Kannon Temple and Hamarikyu Garden. Afterwards, pay a visit to the Meiji Shrine and the famous Shibuya Crossing before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure.Daily :
Today you will make the journey to Odawara by train, travelling in a ‘Romancecar’ (observation car) on the picturesque narrow-gauge line.
Journey to Odawara and enjoy a tour before taking a ride on the Hakone Ropeway to the Togendai station, nestled on the shores of the tranquil Lake Ashi. Enjoy a relaxing cruise around the lake before continuing on to your hotel for the evening.
Stay: Hakone HotelDaily :
Mt Fuji, Matsumoto
Driving along the foot of the famous mountain, disembark at the Mt Fuji Visitor Centre to learn more about the country’s tallest volcano. Continue to Mt Fuji’s Fifth Station where, if the sun is shining, you will be able to see the snowcapped peak.
This morning, travel to Mt Fuji, arguably Japan’s most distinctive landmark. Later, it’s on to Matsumoto to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Stay: Matsumoto, Buena Vista Hotel, or similarDaily :
This morning, venture to Matsumoto Castle, an impressive five-storey fortress. This striking castle goes by another name, ‘Crow Castle’, because of its black exterior.
En route to Takayama, you’ll stop at Hirayu Onsen, one of Japan’s famous traditional open-air baths. Continue on to visit Hida Folk Village before arriving in the picturesque town of Takayama, set atop brilliant hills.
Stay: Takayama, Associa HotelDaily :
Takayama, Nagoya, Hiroshima
This morning, join a guided walking tour to see sights including Miyagawa markets, Takayama Jinya and Sannomachi Street. Later, set off on a journey on the Hida Train to Nagoya, continuing onwards by bullet train to Hiroshima.
Stay: Two Nights, Hiroshima, Granvia HotelDaily :
Hiroshima, Miyajima Island
Today, travel by train and ferry to Miyajima Island.
Translated to ‘Shrine Island’, the wooded Miyajima Island is home to the famous Itsukushima Shrine, a Shinto shrine which appears to float on the island’s waters at high tide. During your time here you’ll enjoy a walking tour and see cheeky wild deer. The afternoon is set aside for you to discover the other sites of Hiroshima at your own leisure.Daily :
Be given the extraordinary opportunity to listen to a talk from a Hiroshima survivor or successor about the events that shaped Japan into the country it is today.
Wander the streets of the famous Gion district and keep watch for one of the many beautiful geiko and maiko, the titles given to geisha and their apprentices.
Later this evening, indulge in a traditional Japanese dinner at a local restaurant, renowned for using delicious and fresh produce.
This morning visit Hiroshima’s World Peace Memorial Park and the A-Bomb Dome Museum. Afterwards, travel by bullet train to Kyoto.
Stay: Three Nights, Kyoto, ANA Crowne Plaza or similarDaily :
Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony.
Venture to some of Kyoto’s beautiful formal gardens this morning for a special Insider Experience. Afterwards, take a tour of Kyoto’s most famous landmarks including Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) which has an exquisite Japanese garden; Kyoto Railway Museum; and Kiyomizu Temple, a historic Buddhist temple that offers impressive views over Kyoto. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure.Daily :
While you’re in Nara, the birthplace of sake, it seems fitting that you visit a sake brewery and savour a tasting.
Today you’ll enjoy a day trip to Nara, a picturesque city with an abundance of impressive temples. See Todai-ji Temple, the largest wooden building in the world and its Great Buddha and Nigatsu-do Shrine. Founded in 745 by Emperor Shomu, Todai-ji is a vast Buddhist temple complex that was constructed as a symbol of imperial power. Its famous Buddha towers overhead at 15 metres tall and is the largest Buddha statue in Japan. Later, it’s time for a stroll through Nara’s famous Deer Park, home to over 1,200 wild deer who freely roam the park, grazing on the spacious lawns.Daily :
Visit Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.
After an Insider Experience, continue on to Osaka and visit the Umeda Observatory in the iconic Umeda Sky building. Here, you’ll enjoy panoramic views over Osaka and its castle. Celebrate your final evening with a Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Osaka, Sheraton MiyakoDaily :
Transfer to Osaka airport after breakfast for your onward flight.Daily :
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