Grand Tour of Japan
Sapporo to Fukuoka
Travel & Accommodation
Map & Itinerary
- 13 nights in premium accommodation
- The services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort
- 17 meals - 13 breakfasts, and 4 dinners
- Airport transfers, tipping and most porterage
Travel & Accommodation
Spend two nights in the dynamic city of Sapporo, famed for its 19th century architecture and pretty public spaces.
High Speed Wonder
Cover more ground during your Japan holiday on the world-famous Bullet Train, which travels at 300 km/h.
Enjoy spectacular views of the city as you ascend Mt Hakodate on a cable car.
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
- Itinerary operated by Great Rail Journeys
- Prices include transfers, tipping and most porterage
- An overnight bag will need to be packed for Days 3-4 Sapporo to Tokyo, Days 8-9 Matsomoto to Kyoto, Days 11-13 Kyoto to Hakata.
- In Hakone, the accommodation is Japanese ryokan style
- Prices are for land/rail 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 :
Visit the Yoichi Distillery where award-winning Nikka whiskey is produced and enjoy a whiskey tasting.
Sapporo is famed for its 19th-century architecture and pretty public spaces, some of which you explore today on your guided tour. Discover the delights of Otaru before an enjoying an Insider Experience. Later, head back to Sapporo.Daily :
Travel to Hakodate on the Super Hokuto limited express train.
Travel to Hakodate where you’ll enjoy 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 in Hakodate’s fish market which boast fresh seafood, local vegetables, fruit and sweets, and look out for tanks of live shellﬁsh and clusters of crabs before travelling on to Tokyo.
Stay: Two Nights, Tokyo, Keio PlazaDaily :
A full-day tour of Tokyo begins with a trip to the impressive Meiji Shrine, followed by the Edo Tokyo Museum. Next it’s onto the Asakusa Kannon Temple and then the beautiful Nakajima no Ochaya, a tea house in Hamarikyu Garden. Later, visit the Imperial Palace Plaza before experiencing the energy of the famous Shibuya Crossing.Daily :
Travel by ‘Romancecar’ train to Hakone.
Stay at the peaceful Kowakien Ten-yu, a modern Japanese ryokan style hotel with open-air baths.
Travel to Hakone where you’ll enjoy a scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway and a delightful boat cruise across the serene Lake Ashi, a former crater.
Stay: Hakone, Kowakien Ten-yuDaily :
Hakone, Mt Fuji, Matsumoto
Visit Matsumoto Castle, an imposing fortress completed in 1593.
Venture to Mt Fuji, arguably Japan’s most distinctive landmark.
Travelling by coach, explore the foot of the famous Mt Fuji. Visit the Mt Fuji Visitor Centre, where you learn more about this world famous symbol.
Stay: Matsumoto, Marunouchi Hotel, or similarDaily :
Matsumoto, Hida Folk Village, Takayama
Visit the 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 picturesque village date back 500 years. Continue to Takayama, where you’ll spend the afternoon at leisure.
Stay: Takayama, Associa HotelDaily :
Travel by bullet train to Japan’s former capital, Kyoto.
Nestled amongst mountainous surrounds, Takayama’s narrow streets and wooden houses appear almost untouched by time. After exploring on a guided tour and admiring the ancient architecture, you farewell Takayama, and travel to Kyoto.
Stay: Two Nights, Kyoto, Tokyu HotelDaily :
Take part in a traditional tea ceremony.
Discover the delights of historic Kyoto today on a guided tour. Visit Nijo Castle, an incredible complex of fortiﬁcations and gardens that date back to the 17th century. Later, enjoy an Insider Experience before continuing to see the Kodaiji Temple and famous Gion district, home to a number of beautiful geisha.Daily :
Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima
Travel by bullet train to Hiroshima.
Today you explore Nara, another former capital of Japan, and home to an impressive eight World Heritage-listed sites. Take in the Toda-ji Temple, the largest wooden building in the world, where you ﬁnd the Great Buddha, a 13th- century bronze statue. Continue to beautiful Nara Park, a delightful deer sanctuary spread over almost 1,300 acres. Later, travel to Hiroshima.
Stay: Two Nights, Hiroshima, Sheraton HotelDaily :
Hiroshima, Miyajima Island
Visit Hiroshima’s World Peace Memorial Park and the A-Bomb Dome Museum. Listen to a fascinating talk from a Hiroshima survivor or successor.
Enjoy a scenic boat ride out to the tranquil Miyajima Island.
A guided tour today takes you around Hiroshima. Gain a greater understanding of Japan’s history during a fascinating Insider Experience. After delving into the city’s past, travel to Miyajima Island.Daily :
Journey to Hakata by bullet train.
Visit the Kyushu National Museum, Japan’s first national museum.
Experience the ‘yatai’, Hakata’s pop-up kitchens that line river banks and serve authentic local and national dishes in a rare and exciting fashion.
Take in the Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine, dedicated to the Shinto god of literature; Komyozenji Temple, a Zen temple and rare ‘karesansui’, or Japanese rock gardens. This evening, explore Hakata after dark, visiting the food stalls that spring to life as the stars start to come out. After time to explore the vibrant market, make your way to a local restaurant for a Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Hakata, New Otani HotelDaily :
Your tour of Japan concludes this morning after breakfast, when you transfer to Fukuoka airport.Daily :
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