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15 Day Highlights of Japan
15 Day Highlights of Japan
Discover the sights and sounds of Japan on this in-depth tour of some of the region's most significant and impressive locations. Head to the top of the Tokyo Tower, visit the revered castles and temples of Kyoto and sample the food and culture of Osaka as you venture from one hotspot to the next aboard the speedy Shinkansen bullet train.
Tour highlights
  • The bright lights of Megalopolis Tokyo including a full day tour to see the top sights.
  • A traditional Ryokan stay in Takayama.
  • The quaint UNESCO site of Shirakawa-go home to traditional houses over 250 years old.
  • Travelling in style between cities at up to 200mph on Japan's famed Bullet Train.
  • 2 nights in Historic Hiroshima.
  • Trying some of Japans best cuisine in Osaka.
  • Exploring Hakone’s peaceful mountain setting and enjoying its hot springs.
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Days 1-3: Tokyo
On arrival take your shared transfer to your hotel. On day 2 take a full day sightseeing tour to four of Tokyo's popular spots including Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, Asakusa and Sensoji.
  • Accommodation: Shiba Park
Day 4: Tokyo - Takayama
From Tokyo, take the world-famous Shinkansen bullet train and then the Limited Express Hida Wide View, winding your way through mountains and stunning gorges to Takayama. That afternoon a visit to one of the town’s many sake breweries is recommended.
  • Accommodation: Sumiyoshi Ryokan
Day 5: Takayama - Shirakawa-go
Visit the Miyagawa Market in Takayama and the ancient town. End the morning by stopping at a sake brewery and enjoy a tasting on Japan’s national tipple. In the afternoon the tour will move onto the UNESCO site of Shirakawa-go village. Your guide will show you around the village, famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.
  • Accommodation: Sumiyoshi Ryokan
Day 6: Takayama - Kyoto
Enjoy the beautiful view of the Japanese countryside as you travel via train from Takayama to Kyoto, the journey includes a stop in Nagoya. Your afternoon will be spent at your leisure.
  • Accommodation: Vista Premio
Days 7-8: Kyoto
Visit some of Kyoto’s most charming spots on a sightseeing bus tour of Kyoto. Visit Kinkaku-ji Temple and Nijo Castle, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Continue to Nara and visit 2 World Heritage Sites, Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine.
  • Accommodation: Vista Premio
Days 9-10: Kyoto - Hiroshima
Hop on the Shinkansen bullet train and journey west to Hiroshima. While you’re here it is recommended you check out the historic Hiroshima castle and bustling downtown area. On day 10 you will take a shared tour to visit the Peace Memorial Park with the A-Bomb dome and Miyajima Island.
  • Accommodation: New Hiroden
Day 11: Hiroshima - Osaka
Back on the bullet train as you travel to Osaka. Culturally distinct from its counterpart Tokyo in the east, Osaka is a lively city with a buzzing comedy scene and considered a foodies delight, be sure to try some of the city’s famous dishes such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki.
  • Accommodation: Osaka Tokyu Rei
Days 12-13: Osaka - Hakone
Head east to Hakone on the Shinkansen as you travel to Osaka. The rest of your time is free to enjoy at leisure - Hakone is blessed with natural hot springs, stunning Lake Ashi, and a ropeway that offers an amazing view of Mount Fuji.
  • Accommodation: Hakone Pax Yoshino
Days 14-15: Hakone - Tokyo
From Hakone, head back to Tokyo on the bullet train, time to pick up some last minute souvenirs and get some final sightseeing in. On your final day take a shared transfer back to the airport.
  • Accommodation: Shiba Park Hotel
All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in selected hotels
  • Meals as specified: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All Rail tickets
  • Airport transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Superior and Deluxe options available at extra charge

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