The very best of Japan

Japan is impossible to grasp in one go, 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 the ancient and the modern, 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 towns of Matsumoto, Kanazawa and Takayama, taking in a samurai castle, Japan's most venerated tea garden 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 special trip up the mountain for an overnight stay in the seat of Shingon Buddhism. Continue on to Hiroshima, and visit a holy island, before departing for the grande finale of your journey in Osaka, with its famed 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.

Day 1

arrive Tokyo

Day 2

Tokyo, Old Tokyo Walking Tour

Day 3

Tokyo, Kabukicho Robot Restaurant

Day 4

Tokyo, Hakone National Park

Day 5

Hakone, Matsumoto

Day 6

Matsumoto, Kamikochi

Day 7

Matsumoto, Kanazawa

Day 8

Kanazawa, City Tour

Day 9

Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go, Takayama

Day 10

Takayama, Food & Culture Walk, Cycling Tour

Day 11

Takayama, Kyoto, Kimono Wearing & Tea Ceremony

Day 12

Kyoto, Nijo Castle, City Tour & Arashiyama

Day 13

Kyoto, Food Market Walking Tour & Cooking Class

Day 14

Kyoto, Koyasan, Mountain Tour

Day 15

Koyasan, Hiroshima

Day 15

Hiroshima, Peace Memorial Park & Museum, Miyajima Island

Day 17

Hiroshima, Osaka, Street Food Tour

Day 18

depart Osaka

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