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Wonders of the Land of the Rising Sun

Christina, Travel Expert


Our most complete journey through Japan, travel by rail to explore its most important cities and discover historic Hiroshima and charming Kanazawa.

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until December 2022
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Discover the beauty of Japan, travelling by train with an included Japan Rail Pass. Get to know the neighbourhoods of Asakusa, Shibuya and Shinjuku in Tokyo. Explore the picturesque landscapes of Kanazawa and discover the traditional district of Higashi Chaya. Fall in love with the traditions of Kyoto, discover the poignant history of Hiroshima and get lost in modern Osaka.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Night on board

Arrival at your departure airport ready to check-in for a flight to Tokyo. Night on board.*

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Tokyo

Arrive in the capital of Japan and self-transfer to the hotel. Tokyo is a dazzling metropolis rich in history and tradition. Rest of the day free to start discovering this exciting city of contrasts and its delicious cuisine. Overnight stay in Tokyo.

3rd Day: Tokyo

Today, take a half-day tour of the city of Tokyo including many of the most emblematic sights in the city. See the vibrant neighbourhood of Harajuku, the charming Meiji Shrine and the National Diet Building. Discover the magnificent Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Japanese Emperor, before passing through the varied districts of the city and arriving in Asakusa. Asakusa retains all the charms of 'old Tokyo', with its traditional architecture, craft shops and food stalls. Here you can marvel at the magnificent Senso-ji temple and Kaminari-mon Gate. End the tour at Tokyo Station and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Tokyo.

4th Day: Tokyo

Enjoy a day at your own. We recommend an exciting full-day tour to Mount Fuji and Hakone*. Overnight stay in Tokyo.

* Optional full-day tour to Mount Fuji and Hakone: The bus heads up to the 5th Station along the Subaru Line, at 2,300 metres above sea level. At this height, you will be amazed by the breathtaking views from above the clouds. After lunch at Samurai Restaurant, visit scenic Owaku-dani Valley in Hakone and enjoy a peaceful boat trip on Ashi Crater Lake to admire the superb views of Mt. Fuji. Return to Tokyo by bus with the option to end the tour at Odawara station if you prefer. 

Please note: If road conditions or unforeseen circumstances restrict the ascent to the 5th station, you will instead travel the highest elevation possible considering the circumstances. The same also applies for the cruise on Ashi Crater Lake; if conditions or circumstances prevent sailing on the lake, alternative visits and experiences will be taken to replace the activity.

5th Day: Tokyo

Enjoy a day exploring Tokyo at your leisure, getting to know the shopping districts, discovering new parts of the city or simply soaking up the culture and sampling the cuisine. Overnight stay in Tokyo.

6th Day: Tokyo - Kanazawa

Using your Japan Rail Pass, travel to Kanazawa, a historical jewel of a city and home to some of Japan's most beautiful landscaped gardens. We recommend visiting Kenrokuen, a castle garden originating from the 17th-century. Enjoy strolling in the picturesque landscapes. Overnight stay in Kanazawa.

7th Day: Kanazawa

Spend the day on a self-guided tour of the sights of Kanazawa. Catch the Kanazawa Loop Bus for an overview of the city before admiring the pristine landscaped gardens and Japanese architecture of the Kenrokuen Gardens & Seisonkaku Villa. Soak up the artistic atmosphere at a traditional Gold-Leaf Experience and refresh with tea coupons to redeem at Kikantei. Overnight stay in Kanazawa.

8th Day: Kanazawa - Hiroshima

Today, travel to Hiroshima using your Japan Rail Pass. Arrive in the modern city of Hiroshima, largely destroyed in 1945 by an atomic bomb, making it a poignant and moving destination to explore. Spend the day at your leisure, getting to know the numerous city memorials, museums or historic Hiroshima Castle. Overnight stay in Hiroshima.

9th Day: Hiroshima

Today you will have the opportunity to be your own guide with a self-guided tour of the main attractions of Hiroshima. Begin at the Atomic Bomb Dome, passing by Hiroshimajo Castle along the way, for a poignant look at one of the few structures that survived the 1945 atomic explosion. Continue to the Peace Memorial Park and stop for a traditional Okonomiyaki lunch. Afterwards, head to the port for a short ferry ride to Miyajima to see the Otorii Gate and the beautiful Itsukushima Shrine. End the tour with a visit to Daishonin Temple. This tour includes a full-day ticket for Hiroden (tram and bus network in and around Hiroshima, and roundtrip ticket for Miyajima ferry), and a voucher for lunch at Okoromi-mura. The tour will take place in the order that you prefer. Overnight stay in Hiroshima.

10th Day: Hiroshima - Kyoto

Using your Japan Rail Pass, travel to Kyoto, the capital of the Japanese Empire for 11 centuries. We recommend visiting Mount Hiei and its main temple in the Buddhist school of Tendaishū or exploring Pontocho, an emblematic neighbourhood known for its traditional architecture and geishas. Overnight stay in Kyoto.

11th Day: Kyoto

Set off this morning on an exciting half-day Kyoto tour to see the beautiful and historical districts of Sagano, riding the Sagano Romantic Train (trolley train), enjoying a walk through the enchanting Sagano bamboo grove where bamboos cover the area, and Arashiyama's Tenryuji Temple, admiring their famous statues and pagodas. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Kyoto.

12th Day: Kyoto

Spend today at your leisure, exploring the delights of Kyoto at your own pace. Perhaps explore the iconic Bamboo Forest, the perfect backdrop for budding photographers, or walk through the tranquil Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. We recommend an optional afternoon excursion to the peaceful sanctuary of Nara.* Overnight stay in Kyoto. 

* Optional Nara Excursion: Head to Nara on the Kintetsu Express Train, for a tour of two World Heritage Sites: Todai-Ji Temple and Kofukuji Temple. Encounter wild deer up close while walking through Nara Park, a rarity in Japan and worldwide and discover Todai-Ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's largest wooden structures.

13th Day: Kyoto - Osaka

Today, take a local train to Osaka. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free for you to discover this charming city. We recommend visiting the bustling Kuromon market or the Floating Garden Observatory in the Umeda Sky Building, for unforgettable panoramic views of the city. Overnight stay in Osaka.

14th Day: Osaka

Today, set off on a self-guided tour of Osaka. You will have at your disposal an Osaka Metro and City Bus card to move around the city on your own. Also a ticket for the Abeno Harukas 300 Observatory and the entrance to Osaka Castle. You can begin by heading to the observatory, which is 300 meters high, on the tallest building in Japan, to enjoy the borderless day and night scenery of Osaka. Continue to Osaka Castle, where you have the chance to learn about the history of Japan's most famous landmarks. This castle played a major role in the unification of Japan during the Azuchi-Momoyama period. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Overnight stay in Osaka.

15th Day: Osaka

Spend the day at your leisure, exploring the cultural delights of Osaka, discovering local life and tasting the iconic cuisine of the city. Overnight stay in Osaka.

16th Day: Osaka - Night on board

At the indicated time, self-transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board.

17th Day: UK/Ireland

Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your unforgettable Japanese adventure.

17 days trip including flights*

15 days and 14 nights in destination




































* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

Accommodation: 14 Nights

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Included activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.

Half-Day Tokyo Morning Tour

Visit 'Love' statue in Shinjuku and drive past Harajuku and the Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine. See the National Diet Building and the Imperial Palace and the historic neighbourhood of Asakusa. Includes English guide.
Included activity for day 3

Kanazawa Self-Guided Tour

Enjoy exploring Kanazawa with on the Loop Bus and take advantage of the all-day free pass to explore the Kenroku-en Garden to take part in a traditional gold-leaf experience.
Included activity for day 7

Hiroshima and Miyajima self-guided tour (with Miyajima Night Cruise)

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the main attractions of Hiroshima: Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshimajo Castle, Peace Memorial Park, a short ferry ride to Miyajima and Daishonin Temple. Includes a full-day ticket for Hiroden and voucher for lunch at Okoromi-mura. 
Included activity for day 9
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Available Activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
See the price of optional activities after selecting the date in the next step

Mt.Fuji Excursion & Hakone Full-Day Bus Tour

Full-day tour to Mount Fuji and the surrounding sights by bus. Lunch included.
Suggested activity for day 4

Afternoon Nara Excursion

Head to Nara on the Kintetsu Express Train, for a tour of two World Heritage Sites: Todai-Ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Encounter wild deer up close while walking through Nara Park and discover Todai-Ji Temple. Return train travel included.
Suggested activity for day 12

The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland departure airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Tokyo, Osaka - UK/Ireland.
  • 7 day Japan Rail Pass, Tokyo Subway Pass 72h, Kyoto Bus/Subway Pass 48h, Train from Kyoto to Osaka. *
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  • 14 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels. **
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  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • ATOL Protection.

Not included

Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

A number of Japanese cities impose an accommodation tax, which must be paid directly to the hotel.

* We recommend activating your Japan Rail Pass on day 3 or 5 of your trip.

** Non-smoking rooms: unfortunately, hotels in Japan have a reduced number of non-smoking rooms and we can not guarantee you will be allocated one advance.

Japanese SIM card available to book in the next step of the booking process. 

  • Entry requirements
    Valid passport with at least six months validity.
  • Visa
    No visa is required.
  • Currency
    Japanese Yen.
  • Language
  • Electricity
    110 V. Adapter required.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from EU countries.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 08:00 or UTC + 09:00.
  • Other useful information
    You are not expected to leave a tip.
  • Tourist Office website

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

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