Get picked up at the airport in Tokyo on Day 1 and enjoy free days in the capital on Days 2 & 3. Transfer to Hakone to experience breathtaking and iconic Mt. Fuji on Day 4 before heading to Kyoto on Day 5 for a city tour on Day 6 and another free day on Day 7. Catch a bullet train to Hiroshima on Day 8 and enjoy free time in the historic city on Day 9. On Day 10 you will transfer to Osaka and spend two free days in the high-energy city on Day 11 & 12, Day 13 ending your trip.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Tokyo Airport Pick-Up
Upon arrival at the airport in Tokyo you will be picked up and transferred to your accommodation for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to relax, explore, and get settled in. Overnight in Tokyo.
Day 2 & 3: Tokyo Free Days
Enjoy two free days on your own in the world’s biggest city! For adventurers and foodies we recommend getting up at the crack of dawn to visit the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, the world’s biggest and busiest fish market where you can watch tuna bidding wars and enjoy a fresh sushi breakfast. Or you can sleep in and treat yourself to tea at a cat cafe or go to Shibuya to experience the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing. You can also visit Senso-ji and Meiji, Tokyo’s most famous buddhist temple and shinto shrine, respectively, or head to the peaceful and beautiful Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Overnight in Tokyo.
Day 4: Bus Transfer to Hakone - Mt. Fuji Excursion (L)
After check-out you will get picked up for your bus transfer to the Hakone Area. Hakone is the gateway to Mt. Fuji and its surrounding national park, famous for its wonderful onsen (natural hot springs) and beautiful natural landscapes. Visit the Fuji Visitor Centre and the famous Mt. Fuji 5th Station, the gateway to the iconic mountain and the perfect place to view its stoic slopes. After lunch, take a boat cruise on the picturesque Lake Ashi and visit the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway that will carry you from the shores of the lake to the top of Mt. Komagatake for an amazing view of the breathtaking Hakone region, majestic Mt. Fuji, and the bucolic Japanese countryside. Today’s visit ends in Odawara, please make your way to your accommodation. Overnight in Hakone.
Day 5: Train Transfer to Kyoto
Rise early and make your own way to the Odawara station, where you will catch a high-speed bullet train to Kyoto, the cultural capital and stronghold of Geisha tradition in Japan. Check into your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the afternoon in this picturesque town at your leisure. Overnight in Kyoto.
Day 6: Half-Day Kyoto Tour
You will have a free morning to explore Kyoto before making your way to Kyoto station, the meeting point for your half-day city tour. Visit one of Japan’s largest torii gates at the Heian Shrine featuring a beautiful garden with a central pond and stepping stones leading to a small Soryu-ike (Green Dragon) pond. Then, continue to Sanjusangendo Temple with 1,001 armed Kannon Goddess statues (the Goddess of Mercy). Finally, visit the Kiyomizu-dera temple situated on Mt. Otowa with an impressive veranda standing 13-metres in height and built without any nails. Awe at the breathtaking view and if you’re lucky to be visiting in fall you will see the beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom. Have dinner on your own tonight and overnight in Kyoto.
Day 7: Kyoto Free Day or Self-Guided Day Trip to Nara
Start early and go on a self-guided exploration of Kyoto. Relax, take a leisurely stroll and be sure to sample all the food. Or if you wish, you could plan a visit to Nara (transport included). Overnight Kyoto.
*Note: Today is a free day, you have the choice of spending a free day in Kyoto or going on a self-guided day trip to Nara. The transportation to and from Nara is included in the price of your JR pass, but it may be full if you do not book in advance.
Day 8: Train Transfer to Hiroshima
Check-out of your accommodation and make your own way to Kyoto Station for your bullet train to Hiroshima. Upon arrival check in to your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Hiroshima.
Day 9: Hiroshima Free Day
Today you can explore the beautiful and historic Hiroshima. Visit the stunning Peace Memorial Park and its museum to pay respects to the victims of the World War II atomic bomb, stroll the city streets, visit the beautiful Shukkei-en Garden, or tour the gorgeous Hiroshima Castle. Overnight in Hiroshima.
Day 10: Transfer to Osaka
After checking out from your accommodation please make your own way to Hiroshima Station for your bullet train to Osaka. Upon arrival check in to your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Osaka.
Day 11 & 12: Osaka Free Days
You will have two days to experience the casual atmosphere of Osaka on your own. You can visit the stunning and historic Osaka castle, try the region’s famous street food. You can also go explore Dotonbori, famous for its eccentric atmosphere, huge neon signs, and high-energy nightlife. Overnight in Osaka.
Day 13: Tokyo (or Osaka)
All good things must end. Check out of your accommodation and enjoy your last morning in Japan at your leisure. Make your own way to Osaka Airport. Enjoy your ongoing journey!
Tour does not run during the following 2018/2019 dates:
Christmas and New Year – 23rd Dec – 3rd Jan
Golden Week - 1st – 10th May
Autumn Leaves - 28th Oct – 8th Nov
Tokyo Airport Pick-Up
14-Day Japanese Railway Pass, Valid for All Transfers Between Cities
- Hakone to Kyoto by Bullet Train
- Roundtrip Train Kyoto to Nara can be arranged at no extra cost
- Kyoto to Hiroshima by Bullet Train
- Hiroshima to Osaka by Bullet Train
- Osaka to Tokyo by Bullet Train
12 Nights Accommodation in Hostels, 3* or 4* Hotels Depending on Package:
- 3N Tokyo
- 1N Hakone
- 3N Kyoto
- 2N Hiroshima
- 3N Osaka
Meals: 1 Lunch + 12 Breakfasts in Hotel Categories Only
Mt. Fuji Excursion Including
- Tokyo to Hakone by Bus
- Traditional Japanese Lunch
- Mt. Komagatake Ropeway
Half-Day Kyoto Tour Including
- Entrance Fees
English-Speaking Guide for Tours Only
Transfers to/from Train Stations
Airport Drop - off
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