Ultimate Japan

Explore this extraordinary country in detail on our Ultimate Japan holiday, which takes you from urban buzz to historic mountain towns, taking in volcanic hot springs, samurai castles and ancient shrines, as well as fantastic food and fine sake.

At a glance
  • Walk Tokyo’s most historic streets
  • Marvel at the eye-popping Robot Restaurant
  • Walk in the footsteps of Samurai on the Nakasendo trail
  • Marvel at the shrines of Kyoto
  • Learn to cook a Japanese meal
  • Feel inspired by Hiroshima’s Peace Park
  • Visit the 1,500 year old shrine of Miyajima
  • Indulge in Osaka’s streetfood scene
  • Explore the samurai warlord fortress at Kanazawa
  • Stroll around a perfect Japanese garden
  • Admire historic wooden architecture in Takayama
  • Wander in the mountains of Matsumoto
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Tokyo - 3 nights

Tokyo is one of the world's most captivating cities, and has seen revolutionary changes over the last few centuries. The shogun’s castle has transformed into the Emperor’s Palace, the samurai dwellings have exploded upwards into gleaming skyscrapers, and millions of people have poured in from all over the country, animating their capital into a vast energising urban sprawl. Your stay here will span the eras, starting at the gaudily exuberant Robot Restaurant, and then heading back in time with a walking tour through the historic Shitamachi district, home to the city's oldest temple and some of its most respected museums.

Day 1 - Arrive Tokyo, Robot Restaurant

On arrival in Japan, you'll be met by our representative, who will accompany you to your hotel for check-in. Excellent public transport is part of the Japan experience, so where practical during your trip you will be taking the train rather than being driven. Once you’ve checked in, your day will be at leisure until the evening, when it's time to venture into Kabukicho, Shinjuku’s red-light district, in time to catch the famous Robot Restaurant - a rather bizarre performance which mixes neon, techno, robots and dancers in a flashy floorshow the likes of which you’ve probably never seen... at least outside Tokyo.

Day 2 - Walking tour of historic Tokyo

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Meet your guide and set off for a walking tour of Tokyo’s historic Shitamachi district, which boomed during the Edo era (1603 - 1868). You'll wander through the city’s oldest Geisha district, visit a drum museum to have a bash at playing some traditional instruments, and stroll down Kappabashi-dori - the well-known street that sells nothing but kitchenware and the famous life-sized replicas of food which Japanese restaurants often display instead of menus. Explore shops selling kimono, traditional sweets and crafts, and take in stunning views of the Tokyo Sky Tree. Drop in to the Edo Shitamachi Traditional Craft Museum, before paying your respects at Senso-ji (‘Asakusa Kannon’), which - at nearly 1,400 years old - is Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist site. Stop to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before being driven to Ueno, which was the wealthiest district in Japan during the Edo period. This afternoon's walk will take in Jomyo-in, a temple containing 84,000 Jizo (Bodhisattva) statues, and the historic Kane-ji temple, along with some of Tokyo’s most famous museums in Ueno Park. Finish your tour at Ameyoko-cho, which was a black market after World War II and is now one of Japan’s few remaining outdoor markets. It's the ideal spot for tea and yakitori, and possibly a cold beer - the first round is on us!

Day 3 - Visit Fujinomiya

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Sitting on the southwestern slopes of Mt Fuji, Fujinomiya is a less well known but charming city from which to take in the scenic views of this iconic mountain. Take the train to Fujinomiya this morning and meet your local guide for a stroll through the local shotengai, a traditional pedestrianised shopping street. The city’s speciality dish is yakisoba – pan fried noodles sprinkled with fish and topped with crispy meat. Rather than simply stopping at a local restaurant for lunch, you will try your hand at making the dish for yourself. The afternoon is focused on traditional activities to get a flavour of Japanese culture, and you’ll learn how to put on and wear a kimono before heading to a local shrine suitably dressed for some photographs. Finally participate in a Japanese sweet-making workshop before returning to Tokyo.

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Kiso-Fukushima - 2 nights

Sitting in the Kiso Valley surrounded by beautiful forest scenery, Kiso Fukushima remains a quiet and traditional town. Prior to the Edo Period the area was important in producing Japanese cypress - the main building material for shrines and temples. It then became a key post-station and major checkpoint on the 500km Nakasendo trade route that ran between Kyoto and Edo (now Tokyo) between the 17th-19th centuries. The town still retains the traditional architecture of the period and is a great base from which to walk part of the scenic old Nakasendo Way.

Day 4 - Train to Kiso-Fukushima

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After a leisurely morning in Tokyo, take a bullet train to Nagoya before enjoying one of Japan's more picturesque train journeys. You'll pass amongst the Central Japanese Alps, travelling through the stunning Kiso Valley region to reach Kiso-Fukushima. Tonight you’ll stay in traditional Japanese-style ryokan accommodation, complete with tatami mats and onsen baths. Spend the evening relaxing in your yukata (lightweight kimono), and dine on a sumptuous kaiseki multi-course feast. An onsen after dinner is highly recommended before you bed down on your futon.

Day 5 - Walk the Nakasendo trail

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Follow in the footsteps of Samurai warriors and Shogun lords as you hike part of the Nakasendo Way from the post town of Magome to Tsumago today. The Nakasendo is the old stone road that connected Edo (modern day Tokyo) to Kyoto - one of five trails that crossed central Honshu during the Edo period. This well-maintained section of the trail is beautiful and truly evocative of historic Japan. Walk at a leisurely pace through the countryside, passing local houses, waterfalls, forest and farmland, arriving at Tsumago, another beautifully preserved post town, to rest and enjoy the mountain views before returning to Kiso-Fukushima.

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Kyoto - 3 nights

Kyoto has long played a graceful historic counterpoint to Tokyo’s unrelenting urban buzz. This is a city of ancient Shinto shrines and immaculate Zen temples, professional geisha and Noh theatre, and the evocative wooden architecture of ‘old’ Japan. It's home to an astonishing 2,000 shrines and temples, including seventeen UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The oldest was established in the 6th century AD, and for miles around you can find soaring pagodas, along with the superbly decorated shogunate Nijo Castle, and markets selling well-made traditional crafts and decent antiques. Aside from its historic architecture and deep cultural connections, Kyoto is renowned for its cuisine, and the city boasts some of the best restaurants in Japan, several of which enjoy Michelin-star ratings. You’ll try your own hand at creating a fine Japanese meal during a cookery class in a traditional Kyoto townhouse, and explore some of the city’s heritage sites with a knowledgeable local guide.

Day 6 - Train to Kyoto, food market tour & cooking class

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Take the train to Kyoto and later meet your guide for a food-focused afternoon. Visit Nishiki for the lively covered food market known as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’, which sells all things food related, from knives and cookware to fresh seafood and Japanese sweets. Your guide will help you buy ingredients for this afternoon's shared Japanese cooking class. Heading to a traditional wooden townhouse you will first learn about the iconic drink of sake (and enjoy a spot of tasting!) before cooking your own Japanese evening meal. Learn to roll sushi, make miso soup and prepare a Japanese salad, before sitting down and enjoy what you've made.

Day 7 - Nijo Castle & city tour

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Meet your knowledgeable local guide for a tour of some Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites. Start with Nijo Castle, an ornamental structure surrounded by stunning gardens, built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate. The main building was completed in 1603 and is known for its distinctive architecture and chirping ‘nightingale’ floors. Continue to Ryoan-ji, the site of Japan's most famous Zen garden, and home to the Myoshinji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. Visit the picturesque district of Arashiyama, a popular destination since the 8th century (!) thanks to its striking bamboo forest and elegant shrines, taking in Togetsukyo (‘Moon Crossing’) Bridge over Katsura River, and making your way to the bamboo forest path on the west side of the river, where you may well hear the bamboo creaking as it sways in the breeze.

Day 8 - Explore independently

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Your day will be at leisure to explore Kyoto further at your own pace.

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Hiroshima - 2 nights

Perhaps more than any city in the world, Hiroshima is famous for one moment in history: on 6 August 1945, an atomic bomb was detonated above it, instantly destroying everything within a 2km radius. Since this infamous act, the city has rebuilt itself as one of Japan's most laid back, vibrant cities, full of wide boulevards and art museums, great restaurants and friendly, welcoming people. Your stay here will be at leisure to discover the city at your own pace, but we recommend a visit to the Peace Park and Museum. Far from being a depressing experience, the theme of the Museum and surrounding park is one of hope and peace. Nearby Hiroshima Castle is also interesting, albeit largely reconstructed; it was still being used as a Japanese military HQ in the 1940s, and its wooden structure and proximity to ground zero meant that all but the basement offices were obliterated in the blast. The castle houses an exhibition of regional life in the Edo era, and there's a good view across the city from its keep. In Hiroshima Bay, an hour from the city centre, sits Miyajima - 'shrine island'. Its 1,500 year old Shinto shrine sits embedded in the sand, so the huge red torii gate appears to 'float' on the water at high tide. The island is home to some very chilled out deer, and has a number of relaxing walking trails.

Day 9 - Train to Hiroshima, explore independently

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Catch the train to Hiroshima where the rest of your day will be at leisure to begin exploring this inspiring city. Take time to visit the Peace Park and Museum for a sobering reminder of the events of 1945, and explore Hiroshima Castle.

Day 10 - Explore independently

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Your day will be at leisure, with time to hop on the ferry over to Miyajima island, a small sacred island located in the Seto Inland Sea. Begin with Itsukushima Shrine and take in the beautiful views of the island’s ‘floating’ Torii gate. Then walk towards the mountain to visit Daisho-in, the most visited Buddhist temple on the island, spinning sutras to gain a blessing as you climb the stairs to the main hall.

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Osaka - 2 nights

Osaka is defined by its flamboyance, its fun-loving people, and fantastic food and drink; this is a place to indulge yourself and allow people to entertain you, rather than potter around temples. The city's food and sake are world-renowned, thanks to plentiful supplies of high quality ingredients, and long-established merchants with preferential connections. Dotonbori is the best known district for food and nightlife, but you'll enjoy a mouth-watering tour of the city’s best streetfood experience in a more authentic local atmosphere.

Day 11 - Bullet train to Osaka

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Jump on the shinkansen, which will whisk you from Hiroshima to Osaka, where the remainder of your day will be at leisure.

Day 12 - Explore independently, local food tour

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Your day is at leisure until late afternoon, when you’ll meet your guide in the Tenma district for this evening’s food tour. A lively, unpretentious neighbourhood steeped in history, Tenma is home to Tenjinbashi-suji shopping street which claims to be the longest covered arcade in Japan, stretching more than 2.5 kilometres. The area’s maze of narrow streets and alleys come to life at night when locals flock to dine and relax in the many tiny bars and hole-in-the-wall eateries that open up. Forget Dotonburi - this is the place to get real local soul food, and your guide will show you where to find the classics.

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Kanazawa - 2 nights

Kanazawa sits on the northwest shore of Japan’s largest island, and is known for its art museums, fine craftsmanship, elegant gardens, and well preserved historic streets and buildings. At its centre sits the carefully restored ruin of Kanazawa Castle, an imposing example of samurai warlord fortress, surrounded by original historic districts, including samurai residences and Edo-era geisha houses. You'll visit a cha-ya, or tea house, where geishas traditionally entertain their guests with songs and dances, and a Hakuza workshop where you can attempt the local art of gilding - 99% of Japan’s gold comes from this region.

Day 13 - Train to Kanazawa

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After breakfast, travel by train to Kanazawa.

Day 14 - Kenroku-en & city tour

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Meet your guide to visit one of Japan's most famous gardens, Kenroku-en - ‘Six Attributes Garden’. A perfect Japanese garden should balance six factors: spaciousness, seclusion, artifice, antiquity, water-courses and panoramas. Continue to Kanazawa Castle to learn about daily life under the samurai, followed by lunch at nearby Omicho market, known throughout Japan for its fresh seafood and fine sushi. In the afternoon, visit the Higashi Chaya District, a well-preserved tea-house district in Kanazawa, where geishas traditionally entertained their guests. Here you will also find the Hakuza workshop that produces Kanazawa’s speciality - objects richly decorated with gold leaf. If you’re feeling creative, you can try your hand at making gold-leaf covered chopsticks before returning to your hotel.

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Takayama - 2 nights

Takayama - ‘tall mountain’ - is a beautifully preserved old town which used to be entirely cut off from the rest of Japan, due to its location high in the Japanese Alps. The town is a must-visit for hill-walkers, and a huge treat for those who love to feast their eyes on mountain scenery and traditional wooden architecture! Ancient Japan has been preserved more effectively here than anywhere else, largely because of the area’s remoteness and masterful historic carpentry, which is visible in many of the city’s buildings, some of which date back to the 1400s. You’ll explore the town by foot and bike, and with your tastebuds, on a tour of its thriving food scene.

Day 15 - Mountain bus via living history village to Takayama

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Leave Kanazawa for Takayama, pausing en route at Shirakawa-go, a living history village and UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its collection of traditional farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. Characterised by steep thatched roofs, their distinctive architectural style evolved to withstand the heavy snow that falls here in winter. Continue through the scenic landscape to Takayama, where you will be staying in a traditional Japanese-style ryokan - an inn with tatami mat flooring, futon beds, and hot spring onsen baths. For dinner, a traditional multi-course kaiseki will be served, and will feature some of Takayama’s famous cuisine, including local vegetables, miso, and last but not the least, Hida beef, which rivals the better-known Kobe beef.

Day 16 - Food & culture walk, cycling tour

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Meet your guide for a walking tour of the Sanmachi Suji district in Takayama's old town. The area is particularly well preserved, its streets lined with traditional houses, shops and restaurants. Some of the old merchant’s homes are open to the public, and will give you an insight into Takayama’s rich history and culture. Takayama also has a thriving food scene with unique local dishes that are not found elsewhere in Japan. You will visit several food shops, some of which have been in business for generations, to taste these local delicacies. Another speciality of the region is sake, and several old sake breweries can be found in the old town, recognized by balls made of cedar branches hung over their entrances. Sake sampling will also be included during the morning. After your walk, you'll be driven out of Takayama for an afternoon of cycling through the region’s stunning landscape, along trails past waterfalls and the typical thatch-roofed houses that make this area so famous. There will be plenty of opportunities to get off the bikes, hike the trails, and photograph the impressive scenery.

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Matsumoto - 2 nights

Matsumoto has been famous as a castle town since feudal times, and boasts beautiful mountain scenery along with its samurai history and cultural heritage. To the west, the Japanese Alps rise to heights of 3,000 metres, and you can reach several hiking and climbing by bus. Matsumoto Castle is renowned as one of Japan’s most beautiful castles, and is listed as a National Treasure of Japan. Resting on stone fortifications and surrounded by a lake, the wooden structure’s observation deck offers lovely views over the city, and its moat is lined with cherry trees, making it especially spectacular in spring. Explore the castle and visit Kamikochi, a plateau in Chubu Sangaku National Park, for a picturesque trek through the mountain landscape.

Day 17 - Mountain bus to Matsumoto

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Leave Takayama for the scenic journey to Matsumoto, where the remainder of your day is at leisure to explore the castle and sample the local cuisine.

Day 18 - Trek in Matsumoto's mountain scenery

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Travel to Kamikochi for a trek through some of Japan's most beautiful mountain scenery. Forming part of the Chubu Sangaku National Park, Kamikochi itself is a plateau set in the pristine Azusa-gawa River Valley, and surrounded by some of Japan’s highest peaks. Private cars are banned here, so access is only permitted by bus or taxi. We recommend starting your walk from Taisho-ike Pond, which reflects the Hotaka Mountain Range and Mt. Yakedake, an active volcano which stands at around 2,455 meters above sea level. Admire the extremely picturesque views from Kappa-bashi Bridge, before taking the trail to Myojin-bashi Bridge, the gateway to Hotaka-jinja Shrine and Myojin-ike Pond. There is also a small restaurant here where you may wish to have lunch.

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Tokyo - 1 night

Day 19 - Train to Tokyo

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Return to Tokyo for a final night at leisure before leaving the country.

Day 20 - Depart Tokyo

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Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel class Price per person (based on total # travelling)
2 persons 3-4 5-6
First Class £6,017US$7,846 £5,536US$7,219 £5,154US$6,721

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

A brand new hotel addition in the heart of the up-and-coming, lively Kabukicho area of Shinjuku, the Hotel Gracery has the advantage of a wide and varied range of shops, bars and restaurants on its doorstep.… See more

Nukumorino-yado Komanoyu

In a small valley just outside the town of Kiso-Fukushima, this beautiful ryokan in peaceful surroundings has an excellent onsen and serves superb Japanese food in its atmospheric restaurants...

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Noku Kyoto

Contemporary Japanese style, friendly service and its good location near many key sights make Noku Kyoto a great choice for anyone seeking a modern bolt hole in this ancient city...

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Hotel Vista Hiroshima

A stylish, good value hotel in the centre of Hiroshima, the Hotel Vista is within walking distance of the Peace Park and well located for access to other important must-sees, as well as a good range of restaurants…

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Cross Hotel Osaka

This modern urban property sits plum in the centre of Osaka, making it perfect for exploring Japan’s second largest city, with popular locations like Dotonbori and Osaka Castle within very easy reach... See more

Hotel Vista Kanazawa

As you’d expect from the sister hotel of one of Selective Asia’s favourite First Class properties in Kyoto, the Hotel Vista Kanazawa is a perfect choice for comfortable, good value accommodation, within a 5 minute walk of Kanazawa station... See more

Ryokan Asunaro

Centrally located in downtown Takayama, within 10 minutes’ walk of the train station and a short stroll from the Sanmachi Suji quarter, the Ryokan Asunaro follows the traditional Japanese inn style, with considered modern touches... See more

Hotel Buena Vista

Plum in the middle of Matsumoto, with excellent public transport connections and within walking distance of several of the city’s attractions, the Buena Vista is a good option for those who value comfort and convenience over... See more
Superior £6,792US$8,857 £6,304US$8,220 £5,931US$7,734

Park Hotel

As much of an art gallery as a hotel, the Park Hotel is a ‘Design Hotel’. Thought-provoking design and architecture are an essential element of the property.… See more

Nukumorino-yado Komanoyu

In a small valley just outside the town of Kiso-Fukushima, this beautiful ryokan in peaceful surroundings has an excellent onsen and serves superb Japanese food in its atmospheric restaurants...

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The Celestine

Located in the Gion district of Kyoto, the Celestine is a modern boutique hotel which combines chic interiors, well-designed facilities and high traditional service standards… See more

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima

When it comes to location you really can’t get more convenient than the Sheraton Grand Hiroshima. Occupying a prime spot next to the train station, with direct access to the bullet train, bus terminals and the city’s tram lines... See more

Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel

Located on the top floors of Japan’s tallest building, the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel has a convenient central location, great facilities and absolutely jaw-dropping views over the city and beyond to Osaka Bay...

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Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

A slick, contemporary hotel in a great position right next to Kanazawa Castle Park, the Tokyu mixes a long-standing tradition of Japanese hospitality with a modern aesthetic, and is very well placed for visiting the must-see sights... See more

Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan Ryokan

This modern Japanese ryokan combines the main elements of a traditional Japanese inn – personalised service, hot-spring bathing facilities and multi-course dinner feasts - with the polished, up-market ambiance of a luxury hotel... See more

Hotel Buena Vista

Plum in the middle of Matsumoto, with excellent public transport connections and within walking distance of several of the city’s attractions, the Buena Vista is a good option for those who value comfort and convenience over... See more
Deluxe £8,889US$11,591 £8,361US$10,901 £7,358US$9,594

Palace Hotel

Originally built in the early 1960’s and an iconic property of the time, the Palace Hotel was razed to the ground in 2009 and completely rebuilt, re-opening in 2012 with a more up-to-date look... See more

Urara Tsutaya

A beautiful and traditionally designed Ryokan, the Urara Tsutaya is ideally located in Kiso Fukushima and offers hot spring baths.

Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Situated in a secluded old district in central Kyoto, the stylish Hyatt Regency is conveniently close to several important temples and the National Museum, as well as key transport hubs for exploring the city and beyond... See more

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima

When it comes to location you really can’t get more convenient than the Sheraton Grand Hiroshima. Occupying a prime spot next to the train station, with direct access to the bullet train, bus terminals and the city’s tram lines... See more

Conrad Osaka

Occupying the top floors of the Nakanoshima Festival West Tower in the heart of the city, the Conrad Osaka is a sleek luxury hotel with sweeping views from all its guest rooms and public spaces…

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Hotel Nikko

Hotel Nikko’s location directly in front of Kanazawa Station means the journey from Tokyo aboard the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train, a swift 2.5 hour service, is virtually door to door. It couldn’t be more convenient... See more

Hidatei Hanaougi Takayama

Hidatel Hanaougi is located in a nature rich area with stunning seasonal views offering exceptional Japanese hospitality... See more

Tobira Onsen Myojinkan

Set in a remote forested National Park near Matsumoto, the beautiful Myojinkan is deceptively minimal, and perfect for finding the deep tranquility inherent in onsen culture, as well as enjoying Japan’s shifting seasonal colours... See more

Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

Itinerary additions

  • Extend your holiday with a few days on the coast, climbing Mount Fuji, or a hike along the Edo-era track that once connected Tokyo and Kyoto.

At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.

While many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

The important stuff

Please note: Japanese hotel contracts are extremely seasonal in comparison to most of their Asian counterparts and therefore you should expect surcharges at various times of the year, including weekends, not just during peak seasons such as Christmas, New Year and Cherry Blossom. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.


Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • All train tickets and rail passes as listed
  • Luggage forwarding service as listed
  • 4G Wi-Fi To Go Package
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Extras

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You will not require a visa to enter Japan. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

What to expect from us in Japan

Japan's excellent public transport & exceptional safety allow us to offer a more self-guided experience than we do elsewhere. It's a famously expensive country, so we often suggest more independent exploration, with our exclusive self-guide app on hand to help you unearth our hidden gems. This helps to keep your costs down, and the data is on us.