Take a mind-blowing tour of historic, cultural and modern Japan

Ever-welcoming and always fascinating, Japan is a land of ancient cultures, austere traditions and groundbreaking technology. Experience the best that this diverse country has to offer from the excitement of lively Tokyo to the sacred resting places of shoguns at Nikko. Feast on local delights at a Takayama market, make a sobering visit to the Hiroshima Peace Park and explore magnificent Kyoto temples. Discover ancient castles, lush countryside and fascinating feudal history on this authentic travel adventure. If you pack a good sense of humour and leave all inhibitions behind, the Land of the Rising Sun rarely disappoints.

Tokyo, Japan
Kyoto, Japan
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
700kg pp per trip


  • Be dazzled by a gold-plated temple
  • Reflect on the past in Hiroshima
  • Experience the collision of old and new Japan
  • Delve into geisha culture in Kyoto
  • Visit the resting place of a Tokugawa shogun
  • See neon-hued Tokyo city lights
  • Sip sake in Takayama
  • Soak in a traditional outdoor onsen in Hakone


Arrive in Japan and travel down the bustling, neon-lit streets of central Tokyo. Beneath the lights, high-tech gadgetry and crowded suburbs is a city steeped in ancient tradition. Visit Tokyo's iconic Ueno Park where delicate cherry blossom trees provide a beautiful backdrop to various museums or catch the train to Ginza for some retail opulence.
Experience Japan's sleek, modern trains while watching the breathtaking Japanese scenery fly by on your way to regal Nikko.
Boasting some of Japan's most renowned shrines and temples, Nikko houses several sacred sites including Toshu-gu Shrine, the resting place of the founding Tokugawa shogun. If ornate architecture and multicoloured carvings don't appeal, hiking the cedar-covered shores of Lake Chuzenji is a pleasant alternative.
Relax on a cruise across Ashino-ko before enjoying picturesque views of the region from a cable car ride through the surrounding mountains - perhaps catch a glimpse Mt Fuji looming in the distance. Don't miss the chance to soak in one of Hakone's many outdoor onsen (hot springs).
Traditional markets and food festivals make Takayama a treat to visit all year round. Nestled in the Japanese Alps, the Hida Folk Village is a great place to see traditional thatched-roof houses and life among artisans. Gobble a delicious taiyaki and explore.
This rebuilt and reborn Hiroshima city has a vibrant energy that belies its tragic history. Sights like the A-Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Museum make for a moving experience or perhaps visit the nearby island of Miyajima to see the free-roaming deer.
Gain insight into feudal Japan at Himeji-jo castle, en route to Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto. Temples framed by golden trimming, like the magnificent Kinkaku-ji, are on today's agenda, followed by a wander through the geisha district of Gion. Bid new friends farewell as the sun sets over the Land of the Rising Sun.
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2 breakfasts2 dinners
Boat, Bus, Cable car, Ferry, Train, Train (bullet)
Guesthouse (5 nights), Hotel (1 night), Ryokan (7 nights)
Included activities
  • Hakone - Cable car
  • Hakone - Lake Ashino-Ko boat trip
  • Himeji - Himeji Castle
  • Kyoto - Temple/Shrine entrance (2)
  • Nikko - Toshogu Shrine
  • Takayama - Hida Folk Village
  • Takayama - Market visit


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Important notes

1. All travellers must arrive with a 14-day Japan Rail (JR) pass. Please see Trip Notes (Transport) for more details.
2. A single supplement is NOT available on this trip (2012 brochure indicated a single supplement was available in error)

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