Japan is impossible to grasp in one go - you could spend years here and never grow bored - but our 17 day Ultimate Japan itinerary is an excellent opportunity to get under the skin of this remarkable country.
Arriving in Tokyo, you'll explore ancient, modern and even get a glimpse of things to come, before heading off on the high speed train to Hakone, a volcanic hot springs region, where you can relax in an onsen and take a cable car across scenic valleys, looking out for a glimpse of nearby Fuji.
From here, travel through scenic countryside to explore the historic historic towns of Matsumoto, Kanazawa and Takayama, taking in a samurai castle, Japan's most venerated tea garden, traditional bath-house inns and a great deal of beautiful architecture.
Taking the train south to UNESCO heritage hotspot Kyoto, you'll learn the secrets of the tea ceremony and experience the elegance of traditional Japanese culture, before a very special trip up the mountain for an overnight stay in the seat of Shingon Buddhism.
Afterwards, you'll discover a delightful artistic culture in Hiroshima, and visit a holy island, before departing for the grande finale of your journey in raucous Osaka, with its gluttonous food culture and the bright lights of the pleasure district.
As with all our itineraries, we have created free time for you to enjoy as you please. If you would prefer a more ‘complete’ travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.
Tokyo, Old Tokyo Walking Tour
Tokyo, Kabukicho Robot Restaurant
Tokyo, Hakone National Park
Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go, Takayama
Takayama, Food & Culture Walk, Cycling Tour
Takayama, Kyoto, Kimono Wearing & Tea Ceremony
Kyoto, Nijo Castle, City Tour & Arashiyama
Kyoto, Food Market Walking Tour & Cooking Class
Kyoto, Koyasan, Mountain Tour
Hiroshima, Peace Memorial Park & Museum, Miyajima Island
Hiroshima, Osaka, Street Food Tour