Travel & Accommodation
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 snowcapped Mt Fuji
- Cruise to the World Heritage-listed Miyajima Island
- Visit the rustic open-air museum of Hida Folk Village
- Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and listen to a talk from a Hiroshima survivor or successor
- 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 Sapporo to Tokyo, Days 8-9 Matsomoto to Kyoto and Days 11-13 Kyoto to Hakata
- 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
- Whilst on the tour the majority of the rooms in Japan on GRJ tours will be twin bedded rooms, whilst Travelmarvel does it’s best to try and confirm double bedding for travellers this cannot be guaranteed and is subject to availability at check in
- 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 :
Enjoy a whisky tasting at the Yoichi 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 the nearby Yoichi 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 :
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.
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 on to the Asakusa Kannon Temple and then the beautiful Nakajima no Ochaya, a teahouse 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.
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 Ashinoko or similarDaily :
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.
Visit Matsumoto Castle, an imposing fortress completed in 1593.
An exciting day of Insider Experiences awaits you today.
Stay: Matsumoto, Hotel KagetsuDaily :
Matsumoto, Hida Folk Village, Takayama
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 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 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, farewell Takayama and travel to Japan’s former capital.
Stay: Two Nights, Kyoto, ANA Crowne PlazaDaily :
Take part in a traditional tea ceremony.
Discover the delights of historic Kyoto today on a guided tour. Visit Kyoto Railway Museum, which houses all types of trains across history, from the earliest steam locomotives to the ultra-modern bullet trains. Later, enjoy an Insider Experience before continuing to Kodaiji Temple and the famous Gion district.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
From the Peace Memorial Park to the A-Bomb Dome, your tour explores the city’s tragic devastation of World War II events. You’ll also hear a moving account from a Hiroshima survivor, or successor.
Enjoy a scenic boat ride out to the famous Miyajima Island.
A guided tour today takes you around Hiroshima today.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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