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Discover Japan

From the towers and gadgets of Tokyo to the serenity of sacred shrines and the soaring beauty of Mt Fuji, this tour provides the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace. Linger in the gardens of Kyoto, shoot through the mountain air on a Shinkansen bullet train, and stay in a traditional ryokan for the ultimate in Japanese luxury.

Travel Style: Classic
Service Level: Standard
Physical Rating: 3 - Average
Trip Type: Small Group

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience the past in Takayama's folk village and Kyoto's historic centre
  • Explore Kanazawa Castle
  • Lose yourself in the picturesque Kenroku-en Garden
  • Marvel at iconic Mt Fuji and Miyajima's floating torii gate
Pricing Information

Total From €3,499
Nights  13

Flight prices are not included, prices are p.person.

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Day 1 Tokyo

We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation in Tokyo to take full advantage of this spectacular city.

Included Activities
  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Tokyo/Kanazawa

Take a short train ride to Kanazawa. In the 17th century, this beautifully preserved castle town was Japan's wealthiest, and it became a thriving center for culture and arts.

Included Activities
  • Higashi Geisha District Visit


Bullet train (2.50-3.00 hours, 400km)

Day 3 Kanazawa

After strolling through the expansive gardens of Kenrokuen, opt to stop at the massive Kanazawa castle next door.

Kanazawa is also home to many interesting museums, opt to visit one or learn more about local crafts. Loving the food in the city? Take a trip to the local seafood market to see where some of the fresh, tasty ingredients come from.

Included Activities
  • Kenroku-En Garden Visit
  • Nagamachi Samurai District Walk

Day 4 Kanazawa/Takayama

Arrive in Takayama in the afternoon and begin taking in the beautiful scenery of this traditional city.


Bullet train (2.00 hour(s))

Day 5 Takayama

Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful landscape. Discover traces of a feudal past in the thatched houses and rice fields. Opt to visit one of the markets or rent a bike and cycle out of the town centre and into the countryside.

Included Activities
  • Hida no Sato (Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village) Visit

Day 6 Takayama/Hiroshima

The large Peace Park in the centre of the city is an extremely moving place dotted with memorials of those killed by the atomic bomb and others who subsequently died. The burning flame in the park will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world have been destroyed. Take a tram ride through the city to reach Peace Park.

Included Activities
  • Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial


Bullet train (5.00 hour(s))

Day 7 Hiroshima

Take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, not far from the coast.

Here, view one of the most photographed sights in Japan— the floating Torii Gate. The shrine itself dates back to the 6th century and is designed in a pier-like structure.

Enjoy time to explore the island and its many shrines and temples. Sample local treats like maple leaf shaped cakes, and opt to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.

Additional Notes

Please note the floating Torii Gate will be under construction from June 2019 to August 2020.

Included Activities
  • Miyajima Island Visit



Day 8 Hiroshima/Kyoto

Continue on to Kyoto, the former imperial capital and home of the country's most treasured remnants of Japanese imperial life.

Walk around Gion and perhaps catch a glimpse of a geisha going from teahouse to teahouse.

Included Activities
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit


Bullet train (1.50-2.00 hours)

Day 9 Kyoto

Wander the impressive Nijo Castle and gardens before visiting Kyoto's iconic Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion.

Included Activities
  • Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit
  • Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit

Days 10-11 Kyoto

Want to feel like a real Samurai? Pre-book the Samurai Spirit Full Kembu Lesson on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

Day 11 Kyoto/Fujikawaguchiko

Leave Kyoto and travel to Kawaguchiko arriving mid afternoon. Take the rest of the afternoon to visit the Onsen Spa before dinner.

Included Activities
  • Onsen Spa Visit


There are multiple train changes during this ride and a short taxi ride at the end.
Bullet train (5.50 hour(s))

Included Meals

1B, 1D

Day 12 Fujikawaguchiko/Tokyo

Enjoy a morning in Kawaguchiko exploring the Five Lakes region on foot. Later, travel to Tokyo by train.

Included Activities
  • Five Lakes Region Walk


Bullet train (3.00-4.00 hours)

Day 13 Tokyo

Opt take in some more sights, visit the museums and gardens, or do some shopping. Meet with the group later tonight for our final dinner together.

Experience the true art of sushi making and pre-book the Tokyo Sushi Insider Experience on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

Day 14 Tokyo

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

Included Activities
  • Departure Day

What's Included

  • Your Discover Moment: Kyoto
    Your Wellness Moment: Onsen Spa Visit, Kawaguchiko
    Your Discover Moment: Tokyo
  • Higashi Geisha District visit (Kanazawa)
  • Kenroku-en garden visit
  • Nagamachi Samurai District walk (Kanazawa)
  • Hida No Sato folk village visit (Takayama)
  • Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit
  • Miyajima excursion with floating torii gate visit
  • Nijo Castle and gardens visit
  • Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion visit
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine visit
  • Hiking in the Five Lakes Region
  • Kaiseki dinner
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (14 days)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.


Hotels (10 nts), traditional inns (1 nt), traditional inns with shared facilities (2 nts).
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