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Map & Itinerary
- 13 nights in premium accommodation
- Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort
- 17 meals - 13 breakfasts and 4 dinners
- Enjoy a 'Romancecar' train journey to Hakone and visit the Mt Fuji World Heritage Centre
- Cruise to the World Heritage-listed Miyajima Island
- Visit the rustic open-air museum of Hida Folk Village
- Experience a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary operated by Great Rail Journeys
- Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
- Prices include transfers, tipping and most porterage
- An overnight bag will need to be packed for days 3-4, 8-9 and 11-13
- 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/ferry only. Flights not included
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Arrive in Sapporo and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers and Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort.
Stay: Two Nights, Sapporo, JR Tower Nikko HotelDaily :
Enjoy a whisky tasting at a Nikka distillery.
Sapporo is famed for its 19th-century architecture and pretty public spaces, some of which you will explore today on your guided tour. Discover the delights of Otaru before heading to a nearby distillery where award-winning Nikka whisky is produced. Founded in 1934, the distillery creates whisky using famous Scottish distilling methods, and has been producing acclaimed malts ever since. Later, head back to Sapporo for the evening.Daily :
This morning, travel to Hakodate on the Super Hokuto limited express train.
This afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of the local sights by coach, including Goryokaku, a star-shaped fortress that dates back 150 years. Later, ascend Mt Hakodate via ropeway, for fabulous views of the city.
Stay: Hakodate, La Vista HakodateDaily :
Visit Hakodate’s vibrant ﬁsh market, where fresh produce is bought and sold in a lively atmosphere.
Travel by bullet train to Tokyo.
Explore the vivid array of stalls at Hakodate's fish market, which boast fresh seafood, local vegetables, fruit and sweets, and look out for tanks of live shellﬁsh and clusters of crab. After your visit, travel to Tokyo by train.
Stay: Two Nights, Tokyo, Keio PlazaDaily :
A full-day sightseeing tour of Tokyo begins with a visit to the Hamarikyu Gardens before visiting the Imperial Palace Plaza. Next it’s time for a tour of the Asakusa Kannon temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo. Finish the day experiencing the energy of the famous Shibuya Crossing.Daily :
Travel by ‘Romancecar’ train to Hakone.
In Hakone, enjoy a scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway over the Owakudani Valley and Lake Ashi, as well as a boat cruise across the serene Lake Ashi, a former crater. Continue on to your hotel, where you will spend one night.
Stay: Prince Hakone Lake AshinokoDaily :
Hakone, Mt Fuji, Matsumoto
Visit the Mt Fuji World Heritage Centre, dedicated to its namesake, where you will learn more about this world-famous symbol.
An exciting Insider Experience awaits you today. After viewing the Mt Fuji World Heritage Centre, stop en route to Matsumoto for a visit to the Chihiro Art Museum Azumino.
Stay: Matsumoto, Hotel KagetsuDaily :
Matsumoto, Hida Folk Village, Takayama
Visit Matsumoto Castle, an imposing fortress completed in 1593.
Visit Hida Folk Village, an open-air museum of rustic farm dwellings. Set on a hillside overlooking the Takayama Valley, some of the buildings in the village date back 500 years.
This morning, visit the miso factory and Matsumoto Castle, followed by the Nakamachi District. After an Insider Experience, continue to Takayama, where you’ll enjoy an overnight stay in this atmospheric town.
Stay: Takayama, Associa HotelDaily :
Travel by bullet train to Kyoto.
Nestled among mountainous surrounds, Takayama's narrow streets and wooden houses appear almost untouched by time. Explore Takayama and admire the ancient architecture on a guided tour featuring Miyagawa Market, Sannomachi Street and Takayama Jinya, the old government house, before bidding farewell and travelling to Japan's former capital.
Stay: Two Nights, Kyoto, Righa RoyalDaily :
Take part in a traditional tea ceremony.
See the highlights of Kyoto today on a tour beginning at the Kyoto Railway Museum, which houses a variety of trains from the earliest steam locomotives to the ultra-modern bullet trains. Continue on to the iconic Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) before a stroll through the tranquil Sagano Bamboo Forest. After taking part in a special Insider Experience, finish the day with a stroll around the Gion area.Daily :
Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima
Travel by bullet train to Hiroshima.
Today you’ll explore Nara, a former capital of Japan, and home to eight World Heritage-listed sites. Take in the Todai-ji Temple where you’ll ﬁnd the Great Buddha, a 13th-century bronze statue. Continue to beautiful Nara Park, a delightful deer sanctuary spread over almost 530 hectares, before transferring to Osaka, where you’ll catch a bullet train to Hiroshima.
Stay: Two Nights, Hiroshima, Sheraton HotelDaily :
Hiroshima, Miyajima Island
Enjoy a scenic boat ride out to the famous Miyajima Island.
A guided tour today takes you around Hiroshima. From the Peace Memorial Park to the A-Bomb Dome, your tour explores the city’s tragic devastation during World War II.Daily :
Ride a bullet train to Hakata.
Visit the Kyushu National Museum.
After breakfast, journey to Hakata. Take in the Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine and the Komyozenji Temple. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
Stay: Hakata, New Otani HotelDaily :
Transfer to Fukuoka airport this morning after breakfast.Daily :
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