Take a short and sweet tour through fascinating Japan.

Home to sumo wrestling, sake, geishas, karaoke and traditional onsens, Japan is an extraordinary land. On this tour you can expect a frenetic pace one day and a tranquil experience the next. Take in the neon nightlife of Tokyo, relax in the manicured gardens of Nikko and discover thousands of years of culture and history in Hakone and Kyoto. From world-class sushi to legendary samurai, this enigmatic nation is a traveller’s delight. Get back to basics and see the best of Japan without busting your budget.

Tokyo, Japan
Kyoto, Japan
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
450kg pp per trip


  • Shed your clothes (and inhibitions) in a traditional Japanese onsen
  • Experience ancient traditions in Kyoto
  • Travel by train through pristine countryside
  • Visit the restorative Hakone hot springs
  • Shop up a storm in Tokyo
  • See the shrines and temples of Nikko
  • Boat on Hakone's peaceful lake


From imperial gardens to towering skyscrapers, the attractions are endless in frenetic Tokyo city. Enjoy free time to visit the world's biggest fish market, hit the shops in Shibuya or discover traditional Tokyo in Asakusa. In free time, Ueno Park with its many galleries and museums is a great place to visit, the Sensoji Temple is a serene way to pass an afternoon, and the sumo stables are a must-see.
Travel on a scenic train ride from Tokyo to Nikko and get the chance to soak up the spectacular countryside that makes Japan such a unique holiday destination. Stroll through forests of towering cedars that conceal splendid shrines and temples, remnants of the wealth and power of a warlord whose family ruled Japan for almost three centuries. A visit to Toshogu Shrine in particular is highly recommended while in Nikko.
Jump aboard another train to the hot spring region of Hakone. This panoramic mountainous area has some great walks, including the old Tokaido Highway. Hit the waters of Lake Ashino-ko on a boat ride and view breathtaking scenery on a cable car ride. Feeling brave? Why not take a refreshing bath in an outdoor onsen (sans clothing).
Enjoy a ride on the bullet train to Kyoto. Featuring over 2,000 temples, shrines and gardens, Kyoto has a picture-postcard vista around every corner. Travel out to Gion, the famous geisha district, to observe the traditional teahouses and to catch a glimpse of its elusive kimono-clad residents. Perhaps end the adventure with a quintessential Japanese experience - a night out at a karaoke bar!
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Bus, Metro, Train, Train (bullet)
Ryokan (8 nights)
Included activities
  • Hakone - Cable car
  • Hakone - Lake Ashino-Ko boat trip


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Important notes

1. Please note itinerary change since print of 2012 brochure. This trip spends 2 nights in Nikko and 2 nights in Kyoto (not 3 nights Nikko)
2. You will not be required to purchase a Japan Rail Pass for this trip.

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Japan Express , August 2015

Japan Express , August 2015