Ultimate Japan

Ultimate Japan

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Ultimate Japan

14 Days Starting in Tokyo and ending in Osaka

Visiting: Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima, Itsukushima, Himeji Castle, Kyoto, Koyasan, Osaka

Tour operator:

Travel Talk Tours

Tour code:

JPU

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-59

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

Discover more than just chaotic cities and mountainous landscapes on this ultimate 15-day adventure through Japan. Explore the cultural hubs of Kyoto and Osaka as you learn about Geishas, visit enchanting castles and discover the beautifully quaint backstreets. Spend an evening sleeping at a Buddhist monastery in Mount Koya. Embrace Tokyo’s blend of new and old as visit local fish markets and explore neon-lit neighbourhoods. Follow your guide through the historic heartlands of Takayama and Hiroshima. Travel in style with bullet trains, gondola rides, and boat trips to ensure you get the most out of your adventure!

Highlights

  • Shape your adventure with optional activities including cycling tours, cooking classes, day trips, theme parks visits, and more!

  • Meditate with Buddhist monks and enjoy an evening of zen as you sleep in a traditional Monastery at Mount Koya.

  • Discover ancient cities and traditions in-depth with extended stays in Kyoto and Osaka.

  • Take a day trip to the romantic Miyajima Island to explore the famously floating Torii Gate, Shrines, and breath-taking 360-degree views of the inland sea.

  • Follow your local guide through historic cities like Hiroshima and explore iconic landscapes like Mt Fuji in Hakone.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: No Meals

Kon’nichiwa and welcome to the capital of Japan – Tokyo! Meet your group and tour leader for an informal welcome meeting in the hotel lobby at 6.30pm, before going out for an optional group dinner. With a population of above 10 million people, Tokyo offers endless choices when it comes to shopping, green spaces, entertainment, historical sites, culture, and dining!



Day 2 : Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Rise and shine in the city of Tokyo! After a full breakfast, follow your tour leader to learn about the diverse history and colourful culture of Japan as we visit the Hama Rikyu Garden and Meiji Jingu (Shrine), before making the famous Shibuya/Harajuku walk in the city. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to shape your adventure to your likes. Your tour leader will be happy to recommend the best places and activities to your taste. You can catch some fresh air at the public Ueno Park and visit the Tokyo National Museum within. Or explore one of the many fascinating museums across the city including Edo-Tokyo Museum, Hokusai Museum, or Odaiba Team Labo – home to immersive, futuristic art installations.

Day 3 : Tokyo, Hakone

Location: Tokyo, Hakone

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Make the best of this morning in Tokyo on your own terms.



We will farewell Tokyo for the breath-taking Hakone region at noon. Grab a seat for the two-hour train journey as we head towards the mountainous town known for its hot springs (onsen) resorts and views of Mount Fuji. On arrival in Hakone, follow your guide on a walking tour and take a scenic boat tour along Lake Ashinoko while you snap some picture-perfect shots of Mount Fuji. Explore the Hakone Shrine along the shore of Lake Ashinoko and visit the Tokaido Checkpoint to learn about its significance. Finish up the day with an included 30-minute gondola ride on the Owakudani Cable Car for views of the active sulfuric hot springs, Lake Ashinoko and Mount Fuji from above!

Day 4 : Hakone, Takayama

Location: Takayama

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Kick-start the day with a scenic mountain train ride and hop on an express/bullet train that reaches speeds of 270 kilometers per hour as we make our way to Takayama! The journey will take approximately 5 hours and includes travel by local train and Shinkansen Bullet Train. Takayama is a charming city hidden in the mountainous region of Hida and made famous for its authentic Japanese touch and preserved old towns. This afternoon hop on a local bus for the Hida Folk Village and tag along your expert local guide to get a glimpse of a beautifully preserved sample of the Japanese culture, strolling along traditional thatched-roof homes built during the Edo Period of 1603-1967! Learn about the traditional Japanese way of life, crafts, and culture of these olden times. Tonight, put your feet up at the 4-star Wat Hotel and make the most of the beautiful onsen and spas.

Day 5 : Takayama

Location: Takayama

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

After an included breakfast at the hotel, explore Takayama’s morning market with your tour leader as we embark on our walking tour. This traditional market was established over 600 years ago and is a great way to interact with locals and tourists alike as your browse the crafts, flowers, and fresh produce for sale. Continue strolling the town with visits to the Merchant House and Takayama Jinja Building. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the quaint town of Takayama. If you enjoy sake, make sure to have a taste of Takayama’s prized signature drop at a local store.

Day 6 : Takayama, Hiroshima

Location: Hiroshima

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel by express train and Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima (approximately 5 hours). Hiroshima is well known for the 1945 atomic bomb attack which destructed the entire city within a 2km radius. After the war, great efforts were taken to rebuild Hiroshima. The city was tastefully reconstructed in a way that still pays tribute to the suffering, with a large park built in the city centre – Peace Memorial Park. Following your guide through the park, you will visit the Peace Memorial Museum to learn of the historical war events that took place here. Then, visit the A-Bomb Dome, one of few buildings that remained standing following the attack. Explore the somber UNESCO World Heritage Site and listen carefully as your guide shares stories of Hiroshima’s unique past. This evening, you can explore Hiroshima on your own.

Day 7 : Hiroshima, Miyajima Island

Location: Itsukushima

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Known as the ‘romantic shrine Island’ just 1 hour outside of Hiroshima, Miyajima Island makes for the perfect day trip and is home to some of Japan’s best views. Visit the island with your local guide and explore the famous floating Torii Gate and Itsukushima-jinja Shrine. Then, hop on the nearby cable car to the top of Mt Misen and embrace the 360-degree views of the inland sea. Enjoy some photo opportunities on the mountain top before returning to Hiroshima with free time in the late afternoon to enjoy the sites of the city. Your guide will be more than happy to offer tips and suggestions on what to see and do during your final night in Hiroshima.

Day 8 : Hiroshima, Nijo Castle, Kyoto

Location: Himeji Castle, Kyoto

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel by Shinkansen bullet train for approximately 2 hours before arriving at Kyoto, once Japan’s capital. Considered the cultural and historic heart of the country, Kyoto is brimming with temples, shrines, peaceful gardens, geisha, restaurants, and shops. This traditional city is the perfect place to get lost in! After arrival you will visit Nijo Castle, one of Kyoto’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It was the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa shoguns during Japan’s Edo Period. There you will visit the 3,300-square-meter Ninomaru Palace built entirely of Hinoki cypress and lavishly decorated with gold leave and wood carvings. The palace is surrounded by extensive gardens where you can stroll around and enjoy seasonal flowers. After checking into the hotel, enjoy free time to explore Kyoto at your own pace.

Day 9 : Kyoto

Location: Kyoto

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a full day to explore the cultural hub of Japan as we roam the city by public bus! Your tour guide will lead you to three or four of the best locations to visit depending on the season (shrines, temples, local markets or museums), so listen carefully as they explain the significance and history of these fascinating sites. Learn about the best spots to visit around town and enjoy the afternoon freely to continue your discovery of charming Kyoto with your bus pass valid for the day.

Day 10 : Kyoto

Location: Kyoto

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is yours to explore Kyoto and the surrounding towns!

Ask your local guide for tips and recommendations on what to do for a day exploring Kyoto independently.

Day 11 : Kyoto, Mount Koya

Location: Koyasan

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kumagaiji or similar – Ryokan

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we will leave Kyoto and travel by train, cable car, and local bus (approximately 3 hours) before arriving at Mount Koya. Home to a small mountaintop Buddhist community, Mount Koya (Koyasan) is one of Japan’s most magical destinations. Tonight, we will experience a stay like no other at a traditional Shukubo, a Buddhist Temple lodging. Mount Koya is home to more than 100 temples and monasteries, some of which you will visit with your local guide. The most famous and sacred landmark here is the otherworldly Okunoin Cemetery. Follow your guide as they share stories of the cemetery and explore the location of Kobo Daishi’s (the founder of Shingon Buddhism) mausoleum. Visit the headquarters of Shingon at Kongobuji Temple and marvel at the beautiful Japanese rock gardens while you are here. After a day exploring Mount Koya, we will enjoy an included Shojin Ryori dinner, Buddhist vegeterian cuisine!

Day 12 : Mount Koya, Osaka

Location: Osaka

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Wake up early to catch the morning prayer service at your Shukubo lodge. Here you will witness the sacred Goma Ritual where a priest will burn wooden sticks in a fire to destroy negative energies and thoughts while beating the taiko drums and chanting. The ceremony is said to create a trance-like state and have a profound effect on those who witness it – so keep an open mind! Then, hop on a local bus, cable car, and train (approximately 2 hours) as we make our way to the city of Osaka. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore Japan’s second-largest metropolitan area. Explore old backstreets, markets, and retail areas away from tourists; discover the New York-inspired neighbourhood of Shinsekai; wander through the flashy, glittering, famed district of Dotonbori; and sample famous Osaka treats like kushi-katsu and takoyaki octopus balls.

Day 13 : Osaka

Location: Osaka

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Fill up on breakfast because a big day exploring Osaka awaits! This vibrant and eclectic city is the heart and soul of the Kansai region, so let us get straight into it. First up, follow your guide to the Kuromon food market and explore some 150 shops selling culinary delights including fresh seafood, yakitori, sushi, and traditional sweets. Next up, make your way to Osaka Castle and explore the surrounding citadels, gates, and impressive stone moats. Continue with a stroll through Osaka’s unmissable Dotombori district to check out the neon-lit canals and try some Japanese-style street food. Spend your afternoon freely to shape your experience to your taste, there is no shortage of things to do in Osaka.

Day 14 : Osaka

Location: Osaka

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we saw our goodbyes! Enjoy a final breakfast together before hotel check-out at 10:00. Roam through the backstreets of Osaka one last time before farewelling your new travel mates – until next time!

What's Included

  • Meals

    13 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

  • Accommodation

    4 and 3 star hotels, Japanese-style ryokans, mountain monasteries

  • Train

    Express/bullet train, local & mountain train

  • Transportation

    Train, cable car, local bus, luggage transfers

  • Tour Guiding

    Services of local experienced Travel Talk Tour Leader licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

    Complimentary hotel Wi-Fi access (where available)



What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Optional activities

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Travel Insurance

  • Entrance Fees

    Entrance fees to the sights and museums

  • International Travel

Add Ons

Local Payment: £

Check out our Q&As

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, children age 18 and above are allowed

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    There are always single travellers on our tours. If you don't mind being roomed with another single traveller of the same gender, then you do not need to pay a single supplement, however, this excludes all of our North American tours where the sharing option for a solo traveller is not available, and the single supplement must be applied if you are travelling alone. The single supplement is for travellers who would like to stay in a private room for the duration of the tour. PLEASE NOTE: The single private option is not always available, especially for sailing tours and camping.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Our tours are suitable for any traveller above 18 years old. The majority of Travel Talkers are from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada or Europe, however we always have travellers from all over the world. What brings them together is a passion for travel, discovering authentic cultures and experiencing unique adventures with like-minded travellers.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Travel Talk, we believe that travel is a force for good and show our support through various initiatives and charity organizations, as well as keeping the principals of responsible and sustainable travel at the core of our ethos. These values are engrained in our business culture and the design of our trips just the same. Together with our guests, we strive to make a positive impact on local p

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Over 20 years

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